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This Day In Wrestling History – December 6th‏



Trivia

1996 – Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue win the All Japan World’s Strongest Tag Team League defeating Jun Akiyama & Mitsuharu Misawa in the ‘final’ after both teams finished on 17 points

1998 – Satoshi Kojima & Keiji Mutoh win the NJPW Super Grade Tag League, defeating Tatsumi Fujinami & Shinya Hashimoto in the final

2009 – Keiji Mutoh & Masakatsu Funaki win the All Japan World’s Strongest Tag Team League, defeating Suwama & Masayuki Kono in the ‘final’ after both teams tied on 11 points

Events

In 1998, WWF Capital Carnage was a UK only PPV, held in London, England

– The Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher) defeat The Legion of Doom (Droz & Animal)
– Sable & Christian defeat Jacqueline & Marc Mero
– Ken Shamrock defeats Steve Blackman to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Triple H defeats Jeff Jarrett
– The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn & Road Dogg) defeat D’Lo Brown & Mark Henry to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
– The Rock defeats X-Pac by DQ to retain the WWF Title
– Steve Austin defeats Mankind, Kane & The Undertaker in a Fatal Four Way Match with Gerald Brisco as special guest referee

In 2002, All Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Tokyo, Japan

– Mike Awesome & PJ Friedman defeat Shigeo Okumura & Ryuji Hijikata
– Kendo Kashin defeats Tatsuhito Takaiwa to retain the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title
– Steve Williams & Mike Rotundo defeat Yoji Anjoh & Kazushi Miyamoto
– Genichiro Tenryu & John Tenta defeat Keiji Mutoh & Road Warrior Animal
– Satoshi Kojima & Taiyo Kea defeat Shinjiro Ohtani & Masato Tanaka to win the 2002 Real World Tag League and the vacant AJPW Tag Team Titles

Also in 2002, WWA The Retribution was held in Glasgow, Scotland

– Jeff Jarrett defeats Nathan Jones to retain the NWA World Title
– Sabu defeats Simon Diamond & Perry Saturn in a 3-Way Match
– Lex Luger defeats Sting to win the WWA Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1971 – Karl Gotch & Rene Goulet defeat Luke Graham & Tarzan Tyler to win the WWWF Tag Team Titles

1976 – Nelson Royal defeats Ron Starr to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1979 – Antonio Inoki vacates the WWF Title after his match with Bob Backlund goes to a no-contest

1989 – Stan Hansen & Genichiro Tenryu win the All Japan World’s Strongest Tag Team League to win the vacant AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

1991 – The Miracle Violence Connection (Terry Gordy & Steve Williams) win the All Japan World’s Strongest Tag Team League to win the vacant AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

1997 – Chris Candido & Lance Storm defeat Doug Furnas & Phil LaFon to win the ECW Tag Team Titles

1999 – Jushin Liger defeats Psychosis (subbing for the injured Juventud Guerrera) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title

2004 – Lita defeats Trish Stratus to win the WWE Womens Title

2008 – El Mesias defeats El Zorro in a Ladder Match to win the vacant AAA Heavyweight Title

2009 – Takashi Sugiura defeats Go Shiozaki to win the GHC Heavyweight Title. Also, Takeshi Rikio & Mohammed Yone defeat Kensuke Sasaki & Takeshi Morishima to win the GHC Tag Team Titles

2010 – Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov defeat Mark Henry & Yoshi Tatsu, The Nexus (Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel) & The Usos (Jimmy & Jey) to win the WWE Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to WWE Hall of Famer Nick Bockwinkel (78), Mexican star El Oriental (40) and one-time GHC Openweight Hardcore Champion Kentaro Shiga (38)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2003, the wrestling world lost Jerry Tuite, better known as WCW’s The Wall or TNA’s Malice, aged just 35. Tuite initially trained under Mike Sharpe before moving to the WCW Power Plant. He initially debuted in 1999 as a bodyguard for Berlyn, but had branched out on his own by the following year. Tuite floated around several minor storylines, including a stint with The Misfits In Action, but never achieved anything of note in WCW before the company closed. His contract was picked up by the WWF, but shortly after starting in developmental, he requested and received his release, citing personal issues. He began competing on the indies in 2002, where he gained the attention of the upstart NWA:TNA promotion. He was billed as TNA’s top heel in it’s early days, regularly competing against Ken Shamrock for the NWA World Title. He left the promotion in November 2002 in order to devote more time to wrestling in Japan, where he competed for All Japan Pro Wrestling as Gigantes. It was on one of these tours that Tuite was found dead in his Tokyo hotel room by fellow wrestlers Nosawa and La Parka. He was rushed to hospital, but pronounced dead on arrival of a heart attack. The cause is uncertain, but Tuite’s history of drug abuse is likely to have been a factor. Tuite was still very active in the days leading up to his passing, having competed in what would be his final match only the previous night





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