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This Day In Wrestling History – December 2nd‏



Trivia

2003 – Kaz Hayashi & Satoshi Kojima win the All Japan World’s Strongest Tag Team League, defeating Justin Credible & Jamal in the ‘final’ after both teams tied on 8 points

2006 – RO’Z & Suwama win the All Japan World’s Strongest Tag Team League

Events

In 2000, WWF Rebellion was held in Sheffield, England

– Ivory defeats Lita to retain the WWF Womens Title
– Steve Blackman defeats Perry Saturn to retain the WWF Hardcore Title
– Crash Holly defeats William Regal to win the WWF European Title. After the match, Regal stole the title back
– Right To Censor (Bull Buchanan & The Goodfather) defeat The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff) to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Kurt Angle defeats Rikishi, Steve Austin & The Rock in a Fatal Four Way Match to retain the WWF Title

In 2007, TNA Turning Point was held in Orlando, Florida

– Johnny Devine & Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) defeat Jay Lethal & The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) in a Tables Match
– Scott Steiner, Senshi, BG James & Petey Williams win the Feast or Fired Battle Royal. Williams won a TNA Title shot, James a Tag Title shot, Steiner an X-Division Title shot and Christopher Daniels (who defeated Senshi on Impact to win his briefcase) was fired
– Gail Kim defeats Awesome Kong by DQ to retain the TNA Womens Title
– Abyss & Raven defeat Black Reign & Rellik in a Match of 10,000 Tacks
– Samoa Joe, Kevin Nash & Eric Young (replacing the no-showing Scott Hall) defeat The Angle Alliance (Kurt Angle, AJ Styles & Tomko)

Title Changes

1974 – Giant Baba defeats Jack Brisco to win the NWA World Title

1974 – Blackjack Lanza defeats Fritz von Erich to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1976 – Bobby Jaggers defeats Ken Patera to win the TSW Brass Knucks Title

1976 – Ron Starr defeats Pat Barret to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1978 – The Assassins (1 & 2) defeat Terry Latham & Ricky Fields to win the TSW Louisiana Tag Team Titles

1983 – The Von Erichs (David, Kerry & Kevin) defeat The Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy, Michael Hayes & Ric Flair (subbing for Buddy Roberts)) to win the WCCW World 6-Man Tag Team Titles

1985 – Dave Peterson defeats The Grappler to win the vacant WCCW Television Title

1991 – Jerry Lawler defeats Kamala to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1993 – Kenta Kobashi & Mitsuharu Misawa win the All Japan World’s Strongest Tag Team League to win the vacant AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

2006 – Takeshi Morishima & Mohammed Yone defeat Takuma Sano & Yoshihiro Takayama in the final of a tournament to win the vacant GHC Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to 2-time AWA Southern Tag Team Champion Gypsy Joe (79), former TNA wrestler Ricky ‘Machete’ Vega (36) and one-time AJPW All Asia Tag Team Champion Jinsei Shinzaki, also known for his WWF run as Hakushi (46)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1997, the wrestling world lost British legend Big Daddy aged 67. Real name Shirley Crabtree, he began his professional career in 1952. He became a British and European Heavyweight Champion before leaving the business in 1966, bemoaning the politics in British wrestling at the time. In 1972, Crabtree returned to wrestling and, at the behest of his booker brother Max, debuted the Big Daddy persona two years later. Initially portrayed as a monster heel, Daddy soon gained so much popularity that he was forced to turn face. He engaged in legendary feuds with Kendo Nagasaki and Giant Haystacks whilst also teaming with (and therefore increasing the popularity of) several younger talents, including those who would later rise to fame as William Regal, Satoru Sayama, Chris Adams and The British Bulldogs. In the early 1980’s, Daddy’s popularity was such that he was planned to star in his own children’s television show, however, he pulled out at short notice, leading to the creation of Tommy Boyd & Isla St Clair’s ‘The Saturday Show’. Daddy also starred in a weekly comic strip around this time. In 1987, Daddy suddenly called time on his career after inadvertently causing the death of fellow wrestler King Kong Kirk; Daddy performed his Big Splash finisher on Kirk, who stopped breathing and was rushed to hospital. Despite the coroner finding that Kirk had an undiagnosed heart condition and clearing him of all blame, Crabtree reportedly blamed himself for the incident. He made infrequent appearances into the 1990’s, but was never the same wrestler, having seemingly lost confidence in himself. He eventually succumbed to a stroke in his hometown of Halifax. Daddy’s popularity was never and probably will never be be attained by another UK wrestler. He could count several famous figures amongst his fans, including then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and, reportedly, the Queen!

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