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This Day In Wrestling History – May 6th‏



Trivia

2002 – tonight’s Raw is the first under the WWE name

Events

In 1984, WCCW David Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions was held in Irving, Texas. This event drew over 50,000 fans, the largest wrestling attendance in the USA at the time

– Buck Zumhofe & Iceman King Parsons defeat The Super Destroyers (Bill & Scott Irwin) to win the NWA American Tag Team Titles
– Kerry Von Erich defeats Ric Flair to win the NWA World Title
– Kevin, Mike & Fritz Von Erich defeat The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts) to win the NWA Six-Man Tag Team Titles

In 2000, WWF Insurrextion was held in London, England and saw the final PPV appearance of The British Bulldog (Davey Boy Smith)

– Kurt Angle defeats Chris Benoit
– The British Bulldog defeats Crash Holly to win the WWF Hardcore Title
– The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff) defeat Edge & Christian by DQ (E&C retain the WWF Tag Team Titles)
– Eddie Guerrero defeats Chris Jericho to retain the WWF European Title
– The Rock defeats Shane McMahon & Triple H in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WWF Title

Title Changes

1921 – Stanislaus Zbyszko defeats Ed ‘Strangler’ Lewis to win the World Heavyweight Title

1963 – Rikidozan & Toyonobori defeat Fred Atkins & Killer Kowalski to win the vacant JWA All Asia Tag Team Titles

1969 – Ramon & Alberto Torres defeat Karl von Stronheim & Treacherous Phillips to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1974 – Rip Tyler ends Bob Sweetan’s 2-year reign as TSW Brass Knucks Champion

1982 – Black Tiger defeats Gran Hamada to win the vacant WWF Junior Heavyweight Title

1984 – The Rock & Soul Connection (Buck Zumhofe & King Parsons) defeat The Super Destroyers (1 & 2) to win the WCCW American Tag Team Titles. Also, The Von Erichs (Fritz, Kevin & Mike) defeat The Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy, Michael Hayes & Buddy Roberts) in a No-DQ Badstreet Bout Match to win the WCCW World 6-Man Tag Team Titles. Fritz immediately gives his share of the titles to Kerry von Erich

1985 – The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers) defeat The Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey & Bobby Eaton) in a No-DQ 2-Ring Match to win the vacant WCCW American Tag Team Titles

2002 – on Raw, William Regal defeats Spike Dudley to win the the WWE European Title. Also, the WWF Hardcore Title is passed from Steven Richards, Bubba Ray Dudley, Raven, Justin Credible, Crash Holly, Trish Stratus and back to Richards.

2009 – Manabu Nakanishi defeats Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to 2-time NWA World Champion Colt Cabana (33), former WWF, WCW and AWA Tag Team Champion Brian Knobbs (49) and one-time NWA Tag Team Champion Apolo (38)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2004, the wrestling world lost former NWA star Pepper Gomez at the age of 77. Gomez won the Mr California bodybuilding competition in 1949, but opted for a career in professional wrestling rather than in bodybuilding. He debuted in 1953, but severely injured his knee in his very first match, so did not begin competing regularly until late that year. His first championships came in Vancouver, where he teamed with Johnny Demchuck and Ivan Kameroff to win a total of three Northwest Tag Team Titles. Gomez would go on to find his greatest successes in the southern United States, primarily in Texas, where he became a 12-time Heavyweight Champion. He also made regular successful tours of Australia and still holds the record for drawing the largest audience to San Francisco’s Cow Palace, with 17000 fans turning up to see himself and Ray Stevens culminate their feud. Outside of the ring, Gomez was famed for his immense stomach muscles; a regular feat saw a Volkswagen car run over his stomach to no ill-effect. He finished his in-ring career in the 1980′s and lived out the rest of his working life as a greeter at Scoma’s restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the late 90′s, Gomez required a kidney transplant, but his health never recovered. A series of emergency surgeries only weakened the aging man, and he eventually passed peacefully with his family at his side.

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4 Responses

  1. Steven says:

    Nasty boys were never awa tag team champs

  2. Jamie says:

    They were AWA *Southern* Tag Team Champions. Two reigns, both in 1987

  3. Steven says:

    The way it was written “former WWF, WCW and AWA Tag Team Champion Brian Knobbs” makes it seem like the nasty boys were in the same club as the road warriors. if my memory doesnt fail me to be the only team to win all 3 world titles.

  4. Jamie says:

    Apologies, chalk it up to lack of clarity on my part

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