This Day In Wrestling History – December 4th‏

Dec 4, 2012 - by Jamie Cruickshank


2011 – KAI & Seiya Sanada win the AJPW World’s Strongest Tag Team League, defeating Masakatsu Funaki & Masayuki Kono in the final


In 2011, NJPW Alive was held in Osaka, Japan

– Prince Devitt defeats Davey Richards to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Masato Tanaka defeats MVP to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Title
– Minoru Suzuki defeats Giant Bernard
– Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Tetsuya Naito
– Hiroshi Tanahashi defeats Yuhi Nagata to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1972 – Kintaro Ohki defeats Bobo Brazil to win the NWA International Heavyweight Title

1990 – The Z-Man defeats Arn Anderson to win the NWA Television Title

1991 – Hulk Hogan is stripped of the WWF Title by then WWF President Jack Tunney

1992 – Toshiaki Kawada & Mitsuharu Misawa win the All Japan World’s Strongest Tag Team League to win the vacant AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

1993 – Kevin Sullivan & The Tazmaniac defeat Tommy Dreamer & Johnny Gunn to win the ECW Tag Team Titles

2000 – WCW Commissioner Mike Sanders awards the vacant WCW Tag Team Titles to Perfect Event (Chuck Palumbo & Shawn Stasiak). Also, Chavo Guerrero Jr defeats Mike Sanders to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title

2000 – William Regal defeats Crash Holly to win the WWF European Title


Happy birthday to former WWE wrestler Sylvester ‘The Predator’ Terkay (42) and 2-time TNA Knockouts Champion Brooke Tessmacher (28)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost 3 personalities on this day:

Firstly, in 2008, former WWF developmental talent and ECWA Super 8 Winner Steve Bradley died aged just 32. Bradley appeared in jobber or non-wrestler roles at several WWF shows, most notably as the driver of the golf cart at WrestleMania X-Seven. Outside the WWF, he was a tag team champion in several indy promotions and also held the Memphis Heavyweight Title on two occasions. He was found dead in a parking lot close to his old wrestling school. I believe I am right in saying that the cause of death has never been revealed, though it is known that he battled drug addiction early in his career, so that is likely to be a factor

Secondly, in 2009, 2-time WWE Intercontinental Champion Eddie Fatu, better known as Umaga or Jamal in the WWE, and Ekmo in TNA, died aged just 36. Despite his size, Fatu was a pretty agile wrestler, and was well respected all over the world. Outside of North America, he was a tag team champion twice in Japan and also competed on Hulk Hogan’s Australian tour. A promising WWE run as Umaga was cut short when he refused to enter rehab for a supposed drug addiction, prompting WWE to release him. Less than six months later, he succumbed to a series of drug-induced heart attacks

Finally, in 2010, former WWWF Tag Team and AWA United States Champion King Curtis Iaukea died aged 73. Before becoming a pro wrestler, Iaukea had a stint as a radio DJ, where he became infamous for requiring a reinforced steel swivel chair, after his 300lb weight broke several bar stool style chairs. He began wrestling in the 60s, competing in Japan, Australia and the US, becoming fairly successful in NWA promotions. He retired from active duties in the 80’s, but remained active in the business, appearing in several promotions (including WWF and WCW) as a manager. He died peacefully at his home after a long, undisclosed illness

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