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This Day In Wrestling History – May 28th‏



Trivia

2000 – Mitsuharu Misawa leaves All Japan and founds Pro Wrestling NOAH, taking all but two (Masanobu Fuchi & Toshiaki Kawada) of All Japan’s full-time roster with him

2001 – Lance Storm becomes the first member of The Invasion to appear on WWF programming

Events

In 1996, the second airing of WWF In Your House 8: Beware Of Dog went off without a hitch, after a power outage thwarted the first attempt. The event, held in North Charleston, South Carolina (the original attempt was held in Florence) was marketed as ‘Beware of Dog 2′. Also, I believe this is the only WWF/E PPV to have been held in South Carolina

– Shawn Michaels fought The British Bulldog to a double-pinfall draw (Michaels retains the WWF Title)
– Savio Vega defeats Steve Austin in a Caribbean Strap Match, forcing Austin’s manager Ted DiBiase to leave the WWF
– Vader defeats Yokozuna
– Goldust defeats The Undertaker in a Casket Match to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title

In 2002, NJPW Fighting Spirit Memorial Day was held in Sendai, Japan

– Koji Kanemoto defeats Jushin Liger
– Kensuke Sasaki defeats Akira
– Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeats Kenzo Suzuki
– Scott Norton fought Hiroshi Tanahashi to a draw
– Masa Chono defeats Yuji Nagata

Title Changes

1966 – Hiro Matsuda & Michiaki Yoshimura defeat Joe Carrolo & Killer Karl Kox to win the JWA All Asia Tag Team Titles

1974 – Red Bastien defeats The Great Mephisto to win the Texas Heavyweight Title

1978 – Bruiser Brody defeats Dale Valentine to win the Texas Heavyweight Title

2001 – on Raw, Chris Jericho defeats Rhyno to win the WWF Hardcore Title, but would lose the belt back to Rhyno later in the night

Birthdays

Happy birthday to current WWE Tag Team Champion Seth Rollins (26), former AWA and USWA Champion Kamala (63), former WWF wrestler Barry Orton (55) and one-time WWF Tag Team Champion Headbanger Mosh (42)

Also, today would have been the birthday of famed Boston promoter Paul Bowser (127)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2009, the wrestling world lost 10-time NWA Americas Heavyweight Champion ‘The Golden Greek’ John Tolos at the age of 78. Tolos started his career in his native Canada, competing alongside brother Chris as the Canadian Wrecking Crew. The duo found success all over the NWA territories, winning tag team titles from Stampede and Maple Leaf Wrestling in Canada, down to San Francisco and Hawaii. John also won tag team gold in the Texas, Western States and Los Angeles territories, teaming with various wrestlers. It was in the Hollywood territory where Tolos found his greatest success. Alongside 5 Tag Team Title reigns, he was a 10-time Heavyweight Champion, 3-time Television Champion and one-time United National Champion in the territory. He also won the Brass Knuckles title on several occasions, though there are conflicting sources on the exact number. In 1963, he and Chris won the WWWF US Tag Team Titles from Gorilla Monsoon and Killer Kowalski, arguably his most ‘significant’ title win. Tolos retired in the early 1980’s, though returned to wrestling as a manager in the early 1990’s, appearing as ‘Coach’ in the WWF and under his real name in the UWF. He quietly retired again the following year, taking a job as a security guard for Universal Studios Hollywood. In the years prior to his death, Tolos’ health had been in decline and he eventually passed peacefully of kidney failure



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