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This Day In Wrestling History – August 22nd‏



Events

In 1999, WWF Summerslam was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota

– Jeff Jarrett defeats D’Lo Brown to win the WWF Intercontinental and European Titles
– Al Snow defeats The Big Boss Man to win the WWF Hardcore Title
– Ivory defeats Tori to retain the WWF Womens Title
– Test defeats Shane McMahon in a Greenwich Street Fight
– The Undertaker & The Big Show defeat X-Pac & Kane to win the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Mankind defeats Steve Austin & Triple H in a Triple Threat Match with Jesse Ventura as special guest referee to win the WWF Title

Title Changes

1982 – Wahoo McDaniel defeats Sgt Slaughter to win the NWA United States Title

1992 – Mitsuharu Misawa defeats Stan Hansen to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title

1997 – Maunakea Mossman defeats Yoshinari Ogawa to win the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title

2010 – Koji Kanemoto & Tiger Mask IV defeat Ricky Marvin & Taiji Ishimori to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles

2011 – Air Boom (Evan Bourne & Kofi Kingston) defeat David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty to win the WWE Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to WWE Hall of Famer Paul Ellering (60), 10-time WCW Tag Team Champion Stevie Ray (53) and WWE developmental talent Adrian Neville (27)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former WWF wrestler Dean ‘BattleKat’ Peters (55), one-time AWA and NWA World Champion Pat O’Connor (89) and former NWA President Sam Muchnick (108)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2000, the wrestling world lost 3-time WWWF Tag Team Champion ‘Professor’ Toru Tanaka aged 70. Tanaka was drafted into the US Army in 1955 and was honourably discharged 11 years later having risen the ranks to sergeant. After his discharge, he ran a judo and jujitsu academy before being offered a wrestling job in 1967. His initial exposure came in Australia’s WCW promotion, before taking a job with the WWWF. He became known as one of the first ‘evil foreigner’ gimmicks (despite hailing from Hawaii, he played a Japanese character) to appear on US shores and was a regular contender for the WWWF Title when it was held by faces. He also established himself as a force in the tag team division, teaming with Mr Fuji, Mitsu Arakawa and Gorilla Monsoon at various times during his run with the promotion. In the mid-70’s, Tanaka left the WWWF and began competing for NWA promotions across America. He returned briefly later in the decade, but left for good in 1978 and retired a year later to pursue a moderately successful film career. He died of heart failure and due to his history in the army, was given a full military funeral



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