This Day In Wrestling History – August 13th‏

Aug 13, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


2000 – Kensuke Sasaki wins the NJPW G1 Climax Tournament, defeating Manabu Nakanishi in the final

2010 – Jushin Liger wins the CMLL Universal Championship Tournament, defeating La Sombra in the final


In 2000, WCW New Blood Rising was held in Vancouver, Canada. This was the first and only PPV to bear this name

– Buff Bagwell defeats Kanyon in a Judy Bagwell on a Forklift Match
– KroniK (Brian Adams & Bryan Clark) defeat The Perfect Event (Shawn Stasiak & Chuck Palumbo), The Natural Born Thrillers (Sean O’Haire & Mark Jindrak) & The Misfits In Action (General Rection & Corporal Cajun) in a Four Corners Match with Rey Misterio Jr, Disco Inferno & Tygress as special guest referees to retain the WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Lance Storm defeats Mike Awesome in a Canadian Rules Match with Jacques Rougeau as special guest referee to retain the WCW United States Title
– The Dark Carnival (Vampiro & The Great Muta) defeat KroniK (Brian Adams & Bryan Clark) to win the WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Kevin Nash defeats Goldberg & Scott Steiner in a Triple Threat Match
– Booker T defeats Jeff Jarrett to retain the WCW World Title

In 2006, TNA Hard Justice was held in Orlando, Florida. During the event, pyrotechnics caused a fire in the roof of the Impact Zone which forced a temporary evacuation of the building. The fire was quickly put out and the event resumed with just one match cancelled

– Samoa Joe defeats Rhino & Monty Brown in a 3-Way Falls Count Anywhere Match
– Senshi defeats Petey Williams & Jay Lethal in a 3-Way Dance to retain the TNA X-Division Title
– AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels defeat The Latin American Exchange (Homicide & Hernandez) to retain the NWA Tag Team Titles
– Jeff Jarrett defeats Sting to retain the NWA World Title

Also in 2006, New Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Tokyo, Japan

– Satoshi Kojima defeats Koji Kanemoto
– Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeats Giant Bernard
– Yuji Nagata & Hiroshi Tanahashi defeat Takashi Iizuka & Naofumi Yamamoto
– Riki Choshu, Manabu Nakanishi & Akebono defeat Masa Chono, Yoshihiro Takayama & Milano Collection AT
– Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeats Satoshi Kojima to win the G1 Climax Tournament

Title Changes

1984 – Jake Roberts defeats Chris Adams to win the WCCW Television Title

1998 – on Thunder, Bret Hart defeats Lex Luger to win the WCW United States Title

1999 – The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray & D-Von) defeat Spike Dudley & Balls Mahoney to win the ECW Tag Team Titles

2001 – on Raw, Jeff Hardy defeats Rob Van Dam to win the WWF Hardcore Title

2006 – Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Takashi Sugiura defeat Minoru Fujita & Ikuto Hidaka to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles

2011 – Jay Lethal defeats El Generico to win the ROH Television Title


Happy birthday to 2-time AWA Tag Team Champion ‘Jumping’ Jim Brunzell (64), former WWF and WCW wrestler Chad Fortune (46) and former ECW and WWF Tag Team Champion Spike Dudley (43)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost 3 personalities on this day.

Firstly, in 2005, one-time WWWF US Tag Team Champion Chris Tolos died of cancer at the age of 75. Tolos was a regular in Canada in the 50’s before venturing south of the border in the following decade. He and brother John became one of the best tag teams of their time, some would say of all time, winning championships all across North America. It is said that Tolos could have become a breakout singles star, but he chose to stay near his home in Hamilton, Ontario to take care of his aging mother and disabled sister.

Secondly, former AJPW, WWF and WCW Tag Team Champion Brian ‘Crush’ Adams died of a suspected drug overdose (the official cause has never been made public) aged 44. Adams first discovered wrestling while stationed in Japan with the US Army and later trained under Antonio Inoki. He returned to the US in 1986 to compete for Pacific Northwest Wrestling in Portland, where he became a 2-time tag and singles champion. This PNW run sandwiched a brief WWF spell as Crush, the third member of Demolition. In 1992, Adams left PNW for good to return to the WWF, this time competing as ‘Kona Crush’, a surfing Hawaiian character. He was with the promotion for 5 years, but failed to achieve anything of note (short of being jailed for buying steroids) and left the company in 1997, in protest to the Montreal Screwjob. The following year, he turned up in WCW, debuting as a member of the nWo before becoming The KISS Demon and later, one half of the successful KroniK tag team, who won two WCW Tag Team Titles. Upon the buyout of WCW, KroniK began appearing in the WWF, but were released towards the end of the year after ‘a series of lackluster performances’. Adams continued to compete in Japan before a back injury forced his in-ring retirement in 2003. He worked as a bodyguard for Randy Savage during his attempted musical career and also had plans to open a franchise of Marc Mero’s BodySlam health club before his death.

Finally, in 2010, 3-time World Tag Team Champion Lance Cade was found dead of heart failure, aged just 29. Cade trained at the Shawn Michaels Wrestling Academy in San Antonio alongside Bryan Danielson, now known as WWE’s Daniel Bryan. In 1999, he was sent to Japan for further training at FMW, during which time he faced such names as Balls Mahoney and Super Crazy. In 2001, he was signed to a WWF development deal and was initially assigned to Memphis, before quickly relocating to HWA. During the Invasion angle, there was a similar scenario being played out in HWA, featuring lower card WCW wrestlers facing WWF developmental competitors. Cade joined the ‘Invasion’, teaming with Mike Sanders to win the HWA Tag Team Titles before the angle abruptly ended. In 2003, Cade was reassigned again, this time to OVW, only to debut on the main roster in June of that year. He initially teamed with Mark Jindrak before an injury forced him off TV for over a year. In August 2005, he re-debuted, this team teaming with Trevor Murdoch and over the next 3 years, won 3 WWE Tag Team Titles. In 2008, after a brief angle with Chris Jericho, Cade was released from his WWE contract amid rumours of drug abuse. He competed across North America and Japan for the rest of his career, including another brief spell in WWE developmental before being found dead at his home. The former Shawn Michaels Academy (now the Texas Wrestling Academy) held a tribute show in his honour

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