This Day In Wrestling History – November 25th
In 1992, WWF Survivor Series was held in Richfield, Ohio. The card needed a major reshuffle after The Ultimate Warrior, Davey Boy Smith and The Mountie all left the WWF in the run up to the event. There was also only one traditional Survivor Series Match on the card whereas up to this point, there had only been one non-Survivor Series Match across all previous events
– The Big Boss Man defeats Nailz in a Nightstick on a Pole Match
– Mr Perfect & Randy Savage defeat Razor Ramon & Ric Flair by DQ
– The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) & The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeat Money Inc (Ted DiBiase & Irwin R Schyster) & The Beverly Brothers (Beau & Blake) in a Survivor Series Match with The Nasty Boys surviving
– The Undertaker defeats Kamala in a Coffin Match
– Bret Hart defeats Shawn Michaels to retain the WWF Title
1982 – Stagger Lee defeats Ted DiBiase to win the MSW North American Title
1985 – The Spider Lady (The Fabulous Moolah in disguise) defeats Wendi Richter to win the WWF Womens Title. This match has been dubbed ‘The Original Screwjob’ as Richter kicked out of the pin at the count of 1.
1987 – The Von Erichs (Kerry & Kevin) defeat Frankie Lancaster & Brian Adias to win the WCCW World Tag Team Titles. Also, Shaun Simpson defeats Eric Embry to win the WCCW World Light Heavyweight Title
1991 – Kamala defeats Jerry Lawler to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title
1994 – Hiroshi Hase & Keiji Mutoh defeat The Hell Raisers (Hawk Warrior & Power Warrior) to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles
2006 – Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal defeat The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli) to win the ROH Tag Team Titles
Happy birthday to WWE announcer Josh Matthews (32), indy regular ‘Krazy K’ Kirby Mack (29) and WWE Hall of Famer Johnny Valiant (66)
The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date.
Firstly, in 2007, one-time Texas Heavyweight Champion David Sheldon died aged 54. Sheldon wrestled most of his career as The Angel of Death and it was under this name that he made his first major appearance in 1986, teaming with Steve DiSalvo in Calgary. Sheldon would go on to appear in several promotions over the next 4 years, primarily JCP, WCCW and UWF. In 1990, he won the WCCW Texas Heavyweight Title by forfeit from Kerry Von Erich, but would lose it four months later to Kerry’s brother Kevin. In August 1990, Sheldon became the first man to portray WCW’s Black Scorpion, though was eventually phased out in favour of Al Perez. Sheldon wrestled the remainder of his career on the southern indies whilst also regularly appearing as a jobber on WCW television. Sheldon retired in 2000 and largely stayed away from the wrestling business until his death. Sheldon’s funeral was attended by several wrestling stars, including Terry Taylor and Johnny Mantel.
Secondly, in 2010, New Japan Hall of Famer Kantaro Hoshino died aged 67. Hoshino turned to wrestling after a failed attempt at a boxing career. After training under Rikidozan, he made his debut in December 1961 against Atsuhide Koma. In 1967, Hoshino was sent to the USA for training. In a two-year stint, Hoshino teamed with Kotetsu Yamamoto to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Titles aswell as winning the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title. By 1970, he was back in Japan and teamed with Antonio Inoki to win the first NWA World Tag League, defeating Nick Bockwinkel and John Quinn in the final. After the closure of the JWA, Hoshino reformed his tag team with Yamamoto in NJPW where he remained until his retirement in 1995. In retirement, Hoshino worked as New Japan’s promoter for the Kobe area, but the wrestling bug soon bit him again, and he wound up returning to the ring in 2002, competing again until 2008 when he defeated Gedo in his second retirement match. Fittingly, this match took place 47 years to the day after he debuted. In February 2009, Hoshino suffered a stroke from which he would never truly recover; his health remained in decline until he succumbed to a bout of pneumonia. He had been inducted into New Japan’s ‘Greatest Wrestlers’ in 2007.