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This Day In Wrestling History – May 5th‏



Trivia

2002 – WWF is officially renamed to WWE

Events

In 1985, WCCW Parade of Champions 2 was held in Irving, Texas

– Kerry Von Erich defeats One Man Gang in a Hair vs Hair Match
– The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers) defeat The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Dennis Condrey) to win the vacant NWA American Tag Team Titles
– Ric Flair fought Kevin Von Erich to a double countout to retain the NWA World Title
– The Von Erichs (Kevin, Kerry & Mike) & The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts) defeat Chris Adams, Gino Hernandez, Rip Oliver, One Man Gang, Kamala & Steve Williams in a two-ring match

In 2001, WWF Insurrextion was held in London, England

– Edge & Christian defeat X-Factor (X-Pac & Justin Credible), The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff) & The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) in a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match
– Chris Benoit defeats Kurt Angle in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match
– Chris Jericho defeats William Regal to win the Queens Cup
– The Undertaker defeats Steve Austin & Triple H in a Handicap Match (Austin retains the WWF Title as Taker pinned Triple H)

Title Changes

1978 – Jerry Brown & Bobby Jaggers defeat Ray Candy & Steven Little Bear to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1982 – King Kong Bundy defeats Kerry von Erich to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1982 – Junkyard Dog & Mr Olympia defeat The Wild Samoans (Afa & Sika) to win the MSW Tag Team Titles

1986 – Rick Rude defeats Lance von Erich to win the WCCW Television Title

1990 – Jerry Lawler defeats Jimmy Valiant to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to 2-time NWA Florida Champion Billy Fives (44), current WWE referee Chad Patton (37), WWE Hall of Famer Bill Watts (74), UK indy regular Frankie Sloan (43) and 2-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Hase (52)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2002, former NWA and WCW referee Randy Anderson died aged just 42. Anderson was an accomplished amateur wrestler at high school level, becoming Georgia-state champion in his weight class. Anderson was a childhood friend of Arn Anderson (interesting note: Arn took his ring name from Anderson, whose birth name was Randall Anderson) and the pair began training under Ted Allen. Anderson initially became a referee as part of his wrestling training, but soon found that he had a talent for the role and became a full-time referee in the late 70′s. He appeared primarily for Mid-South Wrestling and Florida Championship Wrestling before signing with JCP in 1985. By the time Ted Turner bought the promotion, Anderson was a regular main event referee. Anderson’s WCW career was remarkably quiet until 1996, when he was the referee for the Bash at the Beach event which saw the formation of the New World Order. He was also involved in an nWo storyline the following year, which led to his kayfabe firing at the hands of Eric Bischoff. During this period, he would also wrestle his one-and-only professional match, defeating fellow referee Nick Patrick. In 1999, Anderson was reinstated by WCW President Ric Flair, but would be forced to retire for health reasons mere months later. Anderson was originally diagnosed with cancer in 1995, having recognized his own symptoms. He was given the all-clear once, but the cancer returned in a more aggressive form, eventually claiming his life after a long battle.

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