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This Day In Wrestling History – June 3rd‏



Trivia

1998 – Koji Kanemoto wins the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, defeating Dr Wagner Jr in the final

Events

In 2007, WWE One Night Stand, held in Jacksonville, Florida, was the final PPV where all 3 brands were listed as promoters; all future events would refer solely to WWE. It was also the final PPV appearance of Chris Benoit

– Rob Van Dam defeats Randy Orton in a Stretcher Match
– The ECW Originals (Tommy Dreamer & The Sandman) & CM Punk defeat The New Breed (Elijah Burke, Marcus Cor Von & Matt Striker) in a Tables Match
– The Hardys (Matt & Jeff) defeat The Worlds Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) in a Ladder Match to retain the World Tag Team Titles
– Bobby Lashley defeats Vince McMahon in a Street Fight to win the ECW Title
– Edge defeats Batista in a Cage Match to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– John Cena defeats The Great Khali in a Falls Count Anywhere Match to retain the WWE Title

Title Changes

1962 – Alberto & Ramon Torres defeat Jan Madrid & Louie Tillet to win the TSW Southwestern Tag Team Titles

1965 – The Destroyer & Billy Red Lyons defeat Giant Baba & Toyonobori to win the JWA All Asia Tag Team Titles

1968 – Fritz von Erich defeats Spoiler #1 to win the vacant WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1968 – Danny Hodge & Lorenzo Parente defeat Jack Donovan & Ron Reed to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1969 – Baron von Raschke defeats Wahoo McDaniel to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1971 – Luke Graham & Tarzan Tyler defeat Dick The Bruiser & The Sheik in the final of a tournament to become the first WWWF Tag Team Champions

1980 – David von Erich defeats Gino Hernandez to win the Texas Heavyweight Title

1991 – Steve Austin defeats Bobby Eaton to win the WCW Television Title. Also, The Fabulous Freebirds (Badstreet, Jimmy Garvin & Michael Hayes) defeat The Junkyard Dog, Ricky Morton & Tommy Rich to win the WCW Six-Man Tag Team Titles

2002 – on Raw, Bradshaw defeats Steven Richards to win the WWE Hardcore Title

2003 – on Smackdown, Rey Mysterio defeats Matt Hardy to win the WWE Cruiserweight Title

Birthdays

Today would have been the birthday of one-time World Heavyweight Champion Ed Don George (108)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1973, the wrestling world lost former NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion Dory Funk Sr at the age of 54. Funk began his professional career after serving in the US Navy during World War II. Throughout his career, he wrestled primarily in Texas, rarely venturing out into other promotions, though he did achieve Tag Team Title reigns in Florida and Vancouver, alongside his Texan accolades. Upon his in-ring retirement, he became a renowned promoter in Amarillo, producing such stars as Stan Hansen, Ted DiBiase and Tito Santana, not to mention his sons Dory Jr and Terry. He was also one of the first promoters to realize the potential of sending his workers to Japan, regularly allowing his workers to tour through his friend Shohei Baba’s All Japan promotion. Funk died suddenly after suffering a heart attack at his ranch in Umbarger, Texas



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