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This Day In Wrestling History – November 13th‏



Events

In 2004, NJPW Toukon Festival was held in Osaka, Japan

– Ryusuke Taguchi defeats Katsuhiko Nakajima to win the Young Lions Tournament
– Heat defeats Koji Kanemoto to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Yuji Nagata & Osamu Nishimura defeat Masahiro Chono & Riki Choshu in an Elimination Match
– Kensuke Sasaki defeats Minoru Suzuki to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– Toshiaki Kawada & Naoya Ogawa defeat Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiroshi Tanahashi
– Kazuyuki Fujita & Kendo Kashin defeat Manabu Nakanishi & Shinsuke Nakamura

In 2005, TNA Genesis was held in Orlando, Florida. Despite his never competing for TNA, the event was dedicated to Eddie Guerrero. Also, Christian Cage made his TNA debut at this event

– Monty Brown defeats Jeff Hardy
– Abyss defeats Sabu in a No-DQ Match
– AJ Styles defeats Petey Williams to retain the TNA X-Division Title
– Rhino & Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) defeat Jeff Jarrett & America’s Most Wanted (Chris Harris & James Storm)

In 2011, TNA Turning Point was held in Orlando, Florida

– Robbie E defeats Eric Young to retain the TNA Television Title
– Crimson & Matt Morgan defeat D’Angelo Dinero & Devon to retain the TNA Tag Team Titles
– Austin Aries defeats Kid Kash to retain the TNA X-Division Title
– Gail Kim defeats Mickie James to retain the TNA Knockouts Title
– Jeff Hardy defeats Jeff Jarrett in a Cage Match, forcing either Jeff or Karen Jarrett to leave TNA. On the following Impact, it was announced that Jeff would leave the company
– Bobby Roode fought AJ Styles to a draw in an Ironman Match to retain the TNA World Title

Title Changes

1950 – Verne Gagne defeats Sonny Myers in the final of a tournament to win the vacant NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1965 – Jack Brisco defeats Don Kent to win the vacant TSW Missouri Junior Heavyweight Title

1992 – The Rock n Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) defeat The Heavenly Bodies (Stan Lane & Tom Prichard) in a Hospital Elimination Match to win the SMW Tag Team Titles

1993 – Tommy Dreamer & Johnny Gunn defeat Johnny Hotbody & Tony Stetson to win the ECW Tag Team Titles

1995 – At an NJPW event, Kensuke Sasaki defeats Sting to win the WCW United States Title

1998 – Bestia Salvaje & Scorpio Jr defeat Dr Wagner Jr & Satanico in the final of a tournament to win the vacant CMLL Tag Team Titles

2000 – on Nitro, Lance Storm defeats General Rection to win the WCW United States Title

2006 – on Raw, Jeff Hardy defeats Johnny Nitro to win the WWE Intercontinental Title. Also, Rated RKO (Randy Orton & Edge) defeat Ric Flair & Roddy Piper to win the World Tag Team Titles

2007 – on Smackdown, John Morrison & The Miz defeat Matt Hardy & MVP to win the WWE Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WCW wrestler Ice Train (46), current WWE trainer Sara Del Ray (33) and 6-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi (37)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost 3 personalities on this date.

Firstly, in 1993, NWA regular Rufus R Jones died aged 60. In his youth, Jones was a Golden Glove boxer whilst also playing football for South Carolina State University. He debuted in Texas in 1969, competing as ‘The Harlem Hangman, Buster Lloyd’. Eerily, his first feud was against Tiger Conway Sr, who would pass away on this same date 13 years later. Around the turn of the decade, he changed his ring name to Rufus R Jones and moved to Sam Muchnick’s Missouri territory, though would actually find most of his championship success in the rival Central States territory. By the late 80′s, Jones had won championships in the Central States, Georgia, Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern territories. He saw out his career in Puerto Rico in 1989, though had officially retired two years previously. In retirement, he worked security at a Kansas City dog racing track and later operated a bar and restaurant in the city. He also had a hand in training his adopted son Kenneth, who would go on to appear on WWF programming as Slick. Jones succumbed to a heart attack whilst on a deer hunt

Secondly, in 2005, WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero died aged just 38. Guerrero was born into a famous wrestling family and from a young age, decided that he wanted to continue the tradition. Guerrero made his debut in 1987, but it wasn’t until 1992 that he gained major attention, competing alongside El Hijo Del Santo. He also made regular trips to Japan in the early 1990′s, competing for New Japan Pro Wrestling as the second Black Tiger. He made his major American debut for ECW in 1995 (though had jobbed for WCW previously) and won their Television Title in his debut match. He would feud with Dean Malenko and 2 Cold Scorpio until signing with WCW at the end of the year. In a 3 year stint with the promotion, Guerrero became a 2-time Cruiserweight Champion and one-time United States Champion, but was one of several wrestlers who, despite their popularity, were never allowed a shot at the main event. In January 2000, Guerrero, along with Perry Saturn, Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko, signed with the WWF. Guerrero quickly became European and then Intercontinental Champion but was released in November 2001 after suffering from drug and alcohol problems. After a stint on the independents, Guerrero returned to the WWF having attended rehab to clean himself up. He initially teamed with his nephew Chavo, but his popularity soon earned a singles run, culminating in winning the WWE Title at No Way Out 2004. He would lose the title to JBL later in the year and saw out his final days feuding with Rey Mysterio and Batista. Guerrero was found dead in his hotel room of a previously unknown heart condition. His previous drug and alcohol problems are said to have contributed to the condition. Tributes were paid to Guerrero by several wrestling promotions, including TNA, CZW and ROH with WWE also dedicating the following week’s shows to him. Guerrero was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the next year.

Lastly, in 2006, television era star Tiger Conway Sr died aged 74. Conway grew up on a plantation in Louisiana, but moved to Texas in 1947, where he met Danny McShain. McShain trained Conway, who debuted in 1955, winning the Texas Negro Title in his first professional match. Conway’s earlier career was hampered by segregation; he was only permitted to compete on the ‘chitterling circuit’ against others of his own race. By the 1960′s, the era of segregation had passed and Conway was allowed to compete in regular promotions, but was now past his best and never managed to win a major championship. In his later career, he regularly teamed with his son, Tiger Jr, who would go on to find tag team success in Texas and the Mid-Atlantic. In retirement, Conway operated a fence-building business, but remained active in the business through membership of the Cauliflower Alley Club. Conway died of a massive stroke and aneurysm at home in Houston.



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One Response

  1. kklaws says:

    R.I.P Eddie eight years later you are still greatly missed. I hope there’s wrestling in heaven id love to sit up there watching you go against the best of which you will always rank as of the best ever.

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