This Day In Wrestling History – October 31st‏

Oct 31, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


2012 – John Bradshaw Layfield is inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Famer, securing 72% of the reader votes


In 2004, Keiji Mutoh’s 20th Anniversary Show: Love & Bump was held in Tokyo, Japan by AJPW

– Kaz Hayashi defeats Akira to retain the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title
– Osamu Nishimura & Jinsei Shinzaki defeat Abdullah The Butcher & Ruckus
– Satoshi Kojima defeats Love Machine Steele
– Toshiaki Kawada defeats Taiyo Kea to retain the AJPW Triple Crown Title
– Keiji Mutoh & Mitsuharu Misawa defeat Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki

Title Changes

1969 – Tarzan Baxter defeats Chuck Karbo to win the TSW North American Title

1979 – Giant Baba defeats Harley Race to win the NWA World Title

1983 – Johnny Mantell defeats Jimmy Garvin to win the WCCW Television Title

1985 – Mighty Inoue & Takashi Ishikawa defeat Norio Honaga & Isamu Teranishi to win the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles

1998 – Mitsuharu Misawa defeats Kenta Kobashi to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title

2000 – on Smackdown, Ivory defeats Lita to win the WWF Womens Title

2009 – Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeats Jushin Liger in the final of the ‘Jr Heavyweight League’ to win the vacant GHC Junior Heavyweight Title


Happy birthday to 5-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Koji Kanemoto (47)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date

Firstly, in 1992, famed Nebraska promoter Joe Dusek died at the age of 82. In his early career, Dusek became famed in the New York area by teaming with his brothers, Rudy, Emil and Ernie. He would later branch out into a solo career, but his longest title reign came as a tag team; Joe and kayfabe brother Wally held the Midwest Tag Team Titles for 4 years ending in 1952. In 1957, Max Clayton, the promoter based in Dusek’s hometown of Omaha, died suddenly, causing fears for the future of the territory. Dusek took over the promotion and secured it’s success, regularly drawing large crowds through to the early 70’s, by which time he had affiliated with the AWA. Dusek continued promoting cards into the 1980’s, but the rise of the WWF saw his attendances dwindle and he was eventually forced to close his promotion. Dusek died peacefully of natural causes at his home in Nebraska.

Secondly in 2002, one-time IWA Heavyweight Champion Moose Cholak died aged 72. Cholak joined the Navy in the 1950’s, serving as an engineer during the Korean War. During this time, he became the first (and I believe only) man to be the All-Navy Boxing and Wrestling Champion at the same time. Upon his return to Chicago, he was recruited by local promoter Chief Don Eagle and wrestled his first match in 1953. He became famous for his showmanship, wearing a massive set of antlers to the ring, which reportedly required two men to carry them back to the locker room, and making loud moose calls during his matches. His career took him all over North America and Japan, regularly winning championships wherever he went. Despite this success, Cholak apparently did not earn a living from wrestling, as he took a job with the Chicago Sanitation Department in the mid-70’s, continuing to wrestle into the mid-80’s. In his later years, he could often be found working at the family-owned bar, but his movement was severely restricted by a series of knee injuries caused by years of wear and tear. He eventually succumbed to a bout of pneumonia.

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