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This Day In Wrestling History – November 27th‏



Events

In 1986, NWA Starrcade: Night Of The Skywalkers was promoted by Jim Crockett Promotions under the NWA banner. It was held across two venues, with matches alternating between sites

In Greensboro, North Carolina:

– Wahoo McDaniel defeats Rick Rude in an Indian Strap Match
– Jimmy Valiant defeats Paul Jones in a Hair vs Hair Match
– Tully Blanchard defeats Dusty Rhodes in a First Blood Match to win the NWA Television Title
– The Rock n Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) defeat Ole & Arn Anderson in a Cage Match to retain the NWA World Tag Team Titles

In Atlanta, Georgia:

– The Russians (Krusher Khruschev & Ivan Koloff) defeat The Kansas Jayhawks (Bobby Jaggers & Dutch Mantel) in a No-DQ Match to retain the NWA United States Tag Team Titles
– Sam Houston defeats Bill Dundee by DQ to retain the NWA Central States Title
– Big Bubba Rogers defeats Ronnie Garvin in a Louisville Street Fight
– The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) defeat The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) in a Scaffold Match
– Ric Flair fought Nikita Koloff to a double-DQ to retain the NWA World Title

In 1991, WWF Survivor Series was held in Detroit, Michigan. It was the first to feature a standard singles match

– Ric Flair, The Mountie, Ted DiBiase & The Warlord defeat Roddy Piper, Bret Hart, Virgil & Davey Boy Smith in a Survivor Series Match with Flair as the lone survivor
– Sgt Slaughter, Jim Duggan, The Texas Tornado & Tito Santana defeat Colonel Mustafa, The Bezerker, Skinner & Hercules in a Survivor Series Match with all of Duggan’s team surviving
– The Undertaker defeats Hulk Hogan to win the WWF Title
– The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) & The Beverly Brothers (Blake & Beau) defeat The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty) & The Bushwhackers (Butch & Luke) in a Survivor Series Match with The Nasty Boys and Blake Beverly surviving
– The Legion Of Doom (Hawk & Animal) & The Big Boss Man defeat The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) & Irwin R Schyster in a Survivor Series Match with The Legion Of Doom surviving

In 2005, WWE Survivor Series was also held in Detroit, Michigan

– Booker T defeats Chris Benoit in the first match of a Best of 7 Series for the vacant WWE United States Title
– Trish Stratus defeats Melina to retain the WWE Womens Title
– Triple H defeats Ric Flair in a Last Man Standing Match
– John Cena defeats Kurt Angle with Daivari as special guest referee to retain the WWE Title
– Theodore Long defeats Eric Bischoff
– Team Smackdown (Batista, Rey Mysterio, JBL, Bobby Lashley & Randy Orton) defeat Team Raw (Shawn Michaels, Kane, The Big Show, Carlito & Chris Masters) in a Survivor Series Match with Orton as the lone survivor. Eddie Guerrero was supposed to be in this match, but sadly died two weeks before, so Orton took his place

Title Changes

1949 – Lou Thesz is awarded the NWA World Title when incumbent champion Orville Brown suffers career-ending injuries

1975 – Paul Jones defeats Terry Funk to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Title

1982 – Bad Leroy Brown wins a 20-Man Battle Royal to win the vacant NWA Television Title

1982 – Mr Wrestling II defeats Mr Olympia to win the MSW Mississippi Title. This was the final reign before the title was abandoned the following year

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

1994 – El Satanico defeats Apolo Dantes to win the CMLL World Middleweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to one-time WCW Cruiserweight and Hardcore Champion Evan Karagias (40) and 2-time WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Gran Hamada (63)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former WWF and WCW star ‘The British Bulldog’ Davey Boy Smith (51) and one-time AWA Tag Team Champion ‘Playboy’ Buddy Rose (61)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1999, the wrestling world lost Japanese legend Hiro Matsuda at the age of 62. Inside the ring, Matsuda is best remembered for his stints in New Japan as Antonio Inoki’s tag team partner and his stints in JCP and WCW. Outside the ring, he was a well-renowned trainer, counting Hulk Hogan, Paul Orndorff and ‘The Great Muta’ Keiji Mutoh among his students. Matuda was famous for his stiff training style, adopted in order to toughen up his students and teach them respect for the business. Famously, he broke the leg of Hulk Hogan in Hogan’s first training session, though when Hogan healed, he returned to Matsuda’s school, earning Hogan a great deal of respect. Matsuda eventually succumbed to colon cancer after a lengthy battle



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