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This Day In Wrestling History – May 3rd‏



Trivia

1975 – Giant Baba wins the revamped AJPW Champion’s Carnival by defeating Gene Kiniski, The Destroyer & Mr Wrestling in a Round Robin League

Events

In 1987, WCCW Parade of Champions 4 was held in Irving, Texas. This event drew just under 6000 fans, compared to nearly 25000 the previous year.

– Mil Mascaras defeats Al Madril
– Skip Young defeats Brian Adias in a Lumberjack Match
– Bruiser Brody defeats Jeep Swenson
– Kevin Von Erich fought Nord The Barbarian to a double countout to retain the WCWA World Title
– The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers) & Steve Simpson defeat The Rock n Roll RPMs (Mike Davis & Tommy Lane) & Eric Embry in a Scaffold Match

In 1998, ECW Wrestlepalooza was held in Marietta, Georgia

– The bWo (The Blue Meanie & Super Nova) defeat The FBI (Little Guido & Tracey Smothers)
– Chris Candido & Lance Storm defeat The Hardcore Chair Swingin’ Freaks (Axl Rotten & Balls Mahoney) to retain the ECW Tag Team Titles
– Tommy Dreamer & The Sandman defeat The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray & D-Von)
– Rob Van Dam fought Sabu to a time-limit draw to retain the ECW Television Title
– Shane Douglas defeats Al Snow to retain the ECW World Title

In 2004, NJPW Nexess was held in Tokyo, Japan

– Koji Kanemoto, Ultimo Dragon & American Dragon defeat Heat, Tiger Mask & Naomichi Marufuji
– Yoshihiro Takayama & Minoru Suzuki defeat Masa Chono & Kazunari Murakami to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– Hiroshi Tanahashi defeats Sean O’Haire
– Musashi defeats Katsuyori Shibata by KO
– Bob Sapp defeats Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

Every year since 2009, NJPW Wrestling Dontaku has been held in Fukuoka, Japan

In 2009,

– Shinsuke Nakamura & Toru Yano defeat Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma
– Jushin Liger & CIMA defeat Tiger Mask & Koji Kanemoto
– Yuji Nagata defeats Takashi Iizuka by KO in a Dog Collar Chain Death Match
– Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson) defeat Ten-Koji (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima)
– Hiroshi Tanahashi defeats Hirooki Goto to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 2010,

– Jushin Liger defeats Negro Casas to win the CMLL World Welterweight Title
– Blue Justice Army (Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue) defeat NO LIMIT (Yujiro Takahashi & Tetsuya Naito) and Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson) in a 3-Way Match to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– Naomichi Marufuji defeats Ryusuke Taguchi to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Togi Makabe defeats Shinsuke Nakamura to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 2011,

– Jushin Liger defeats Mascara Dorada to retain the CMLL World Middleweight Title
– Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi defeat The No Remorse Corps (Davey Richards & Rocky Romero) to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson defeat Yujiro Takahashi & Tetsuya Naito to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– Hiroshi Tanahashi defeats Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 2012, the event was part of New Japan’s 40th anniversary celebrations

– Low Ki defeats Prince Devitt to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka defeat Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tetsuya Naito defeat Masato Tanaka & Yujiro Takahashi
– Kazuchika Okada defeats Hirooki Goto to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1973 – Rip Tyler & Eddie Sullivan defeat The Hollywood Blondes (Jerry Brown & Buddy Roberts) to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1985 – Ted DiBiase & Steve Williams defeat The Rock N Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) to win the MSW Tag Team Titles

1992 – The Steiner Brothers (Scott & Rick) defeat Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton to win the WCW Tag Team Titles

1993 – Papa Shango defeats Jerry Lawler to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1995 – Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) defeat The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) to win the WCW Tag Team Titles. Interestingly, this title change was recorded for WCW WorldWide 18 days before it aired, meaning that the Nasty’s lost the titles before they had officially won them!

1995 – Sabu defeats Koji Kanemoto to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title

1995 – Keiji Mutoh defeats Shinya Hashimoto to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title

1997 – Manabu Nakanishi & Satoshi Kojima defeat Kensuke Sasaki & Riki Choshu to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles

1998 – Booker T defeats Chris Benoit to win the WCW Television Title

2002 – Crash Holly defeats Steven Richards to win the WWF Hardcore Title, but loses the belt back to Richards later in the night

2006 – Koji Kanemoto defeats Tiger Mask IV to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title

2010 – Jushin Liger defeats Negro Casas to win the CMLL World Middleweight Title

2011 – on Smackdown, Randy Orton defeats Christian to win the World Heavyweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to 7-time JAPW Tag Team Champion Steve ‘Monsta’ Mack (34)

Also, today would have been the birthday of WWE Hall of Famer Stu Hart (98)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1996, the wrestling world lost former AWA and WWWF United States Champion Ray Stevens at the age of 60. Stevens began his career in 1950 aged just 15 and within two years, was main eventing alongside Gorgeous George, undeniably the most popular wrestler of the era. His first championship reign came in 1959, when he teamed with Roy Shire to win the NWA Chicago Tag Team Titles. In 1961, Stevens relocated to the San Francisco territory, which would become his home promotion for the next decade. This part of his career saw Stevens at the height of his popularity. In 1962, a card headlined by a match between himself and Pepper Gomez set an attendance record for The Cow Palace (which I believe, though cannot confirm, still stands). In the same year, a local television station conducted a survey of wrestling fans, which discovered that Stevens was both the ‘most hated’ and ‘most popular’ wrestler in the area. Towards the end of the decade, he defeated WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino by countout, and also held the AWA Tag Team Titles alongside Pat Patterson. In 1971, he switched home promotions, becoming an AWA regular. Here, he achieved a further 3 Tag Team Titles (all alongside Nick Bockwinkel) aswell as several more regional NWA titles (including 3 Tag Team Title reigns in JCP). A brief stint in the WWF followed, before a return to the AWA saw him taking on fewer in-ring appearances. After stints as an announcer, Stevens formally retired from wrestling in 1992, almost 42 years to the day since he began his career. Stevens died suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Fremont, California. One of his little-known legacies was the invention of the ‘turnbuckle flip’, where wrestlers would whip him into the corner, causing him to somersault out of the ring. The ‘move’ was later popularised by Ric Flair.

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