This Day In Wrestling History – November 1st‏

Nov 1, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


1996 – Shinya Hashimoto & Scott Norton win the NJPW Super Grade Tag League, defeating Keiji Mutoh & Rick Steiner in the final

2007 – Bruno Sammartino is inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame, securing 73% of the reader votes

2009 – Karl Anderson & Giant Bernard win the NJPW G1 Climax Tag League, defeating Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi in the final

2009 – Verne Gagne is inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame, securing 76% of the reader votes

2010 – Jesse Ventura is inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame, securing 75% of the reader votes


In 1998, ECW November to Remember| was held in New Orleans, Louisiana

– The bWo (The Blue Meanie & Super Nova) defeat Danny Doring & Amish Roadkill
– Lance Storm defeats Jerry Lynn with Tammy Lynn Sytch & Mikey Whipwreck as special guest referees
– Masato Tanaka & Balls Mahoney defeat The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray & D-Von) to win the ECW Tag Team Titles
– Jake Roberts & Tommy Dreamer defeat Justin Credible & Jack Victory
– Sabu, Rob Van Dam & Taz defeat The Triple Threat (Shane Douglas, Bam Bam Bigelow & Chris Candido)

In 2005, the second and final Raw-exclusive WWE Taboo Tuesday was held in San Diego, California, though the interactive format would be retained with Cyber Sunday for 2006. The fans voted on certain aspects of the matches, with the results announced live at the event.

– Eugene & Jimmy Snuka defeat Rob Conway & Tyson Tomko. The fans voted for Eugene’s partner
– Mankind defeats Carlito. The fans voted for which face of Foley would wrestle Carlito
– Kane & The Big Show defeat Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch to win the WWE Tag Team Titles. The fans voted for the third man in the main event (Michaels), with the other two challenging for the tag titles
– Trish Stratus wins a Fulfill Your Fantasy Battle Royal to retain the WWE Womens Title. The fans voted for what outfits the Divas wore
– Ric Flair defeats Triple H in a Cage Match to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title. The fans voted for the stipulation
– John Cena defeats Kurt Angle & Shawn Michaels in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WWE Title

Title Changes

1981 – Ted DiBiase defeats Paul Orndorff to win the MSW North American Title

1981 – Dory Funk Jr defeats Bruiser Brody to win the NWA International Heavyweight Title

1982 – Al Madril defeats Frank Dusek to win the WCCW Television Title

1990 – Jushin Liger defeats Pegasus Kid to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title. Also, Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki defeat Keiji Mutoh & Masahiro Chono to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles

2003 – The Briscoe Brothers (Mark & Jay) defeat Special K (Dixie & Izzy) to win the ROH Tag Team Titles

2004 – on Raw, La Resistance defeat Chris Benoit & Edge to win the World Tag Team Titles


Happy birthday to WWE Hall of Famer Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan (69) and former WWE wrestler Tyler Reks (35)

In Memoriam

One year ago today, the wrestling world lost former WCW regular Brad Armstrong at the age of 51. Part of the famous Armstrong wrestling family, Brad began his career in the Gulf Coast area in the early 1980s. By the middle of the decade, Armstrong had won several titles in both the Gulf Coast and Georgia territories and was about to embark on his first tour of Japan, where he came close to becoming the first AJPW Junior Heavyweight Champion, losing in the final of a tournament to Hiro Saito. In 1986, Armstrong joined the UWF, where he formed The Lightning Express, alongside Tim Horner (who he had teamed with before in Georgia, though not under that name). The pair won the UWF Tag Team Titles once, before the promotion was bought out by Jim Crockett, shortly before JCP became WCW. Armstrong’s career stalled until the early 90’s, when he became the masked ‘Fantasia’ (though to avoid legal issues with Disney, was soon renamed ‘Badstreet’) and joined The Fabulous Freebirds. His identity as Badstreet was never revealed on television, leading to an unusual situation at SuperBrawl I, where Armstrong interfered on both sides of a match! Armstrong also portrayed the infamous Arachniman, but a legal threat from Marvel Comics soon killed the character. Armstrong left WCW in 1995, only to return in 1996, having won both the SMW and USWA Heavyweight Titles during his brief stint away from the company. Armstrong’s second WCW stint was far less memorable than his first and, following a knee injury suffered in a bizarre backstage incident in which he was run over by Psicosis and Juvi Guerrera, his contract was allowed to expire. After initially taking a hiatus from wrestling, Armstrong returned to the indies in 2003. In 2006, he signed a deal with the WWE, working as a full-time trainer and part-time wrestler/announcer/producer for the new ECW brand. He was still under contract with the promotion when he died suddenly at his home in Kennesaw, Georgia. His cause of death has never been made public, but it is widely suspected to have been a heart attack.

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