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This Day In Wrestling History – November 30th‏



First off, happy St Andrews Day to any fellow Scots reading this

Trivia

2000 – Takashi Iizuka & Yuji Nagata win the NJPW G1 Climax Tag League, defeating Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan in the final

2010 – Kaitlyn wins WWE NXT Season 3

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

2012 – Ultimo Dragon is inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame, securing 72% of the reader votes

2012 – Manabu Soya & Takao Omori win the AJPW World’s Strongest Tag League, defeating Joe Doering & SUWAMA in the final. For winning, the pair won the vacant AJPW Unified Tag Team Titles

Events

In 1997, the first ECW November to Remember PPV was held in Monaca, Pennsylvania (it was the 5th NtR event, but the first on PPV)

– Mikey Whipwreck defeats Justin Credible
– Taz defeats Pitbull #2 to retain the ECW Television Title
– The FBI (Tracey Smothers & Little Guido) defeat The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray & D-Von), The Hardcore Chair Swingin’ Freaks (Balls Mahoney & Axl Rotten) & The Gangstanators (New Jack & John Kronus) in a 4-Way Match to retain the ECW Tag Team Titles
– Rob Van Dam fought Tommy Dreamer to a no contest in a Flag Match. Van Dam won the match, but the pinfall was counted by Doug Furnas, Phil LaFon and Stevie Richards rather than the designated referee and the result was later thrown out
– Sabu defeats The Sandman in a Tables & Ladder Match
– Shane Douglas defeats Bam Bam Bigelow to win the ECW World Title

In 2003, AAA Guerra de Titanes was held in Naucalpan, Mexico. The show featured the conclusion of the Televisa Tag Team Tournament

– Electroshock, El Hijo del Solitario & Televisa Deportes defeat The Headhunters (A & B) & Juventud Guerrera
– David Young & Mr Aguila defeat Heavy Metal & El Zorro in the semi-final of the Televisa Tag Team Tournament
– Latin Lover & Michael Shane defeat Jason The Terrible & Ghefar in the semi-final of the Televisa Tag Team Tournament
– Latin Lover & Michael Shane defeat Mr Aguila & David Young to win the Televisa Tag Team Tournament

Title Changes

1964 – Bull Curry defeats The Wrecker to win the vacant Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1979 – Antonio Inoki defeats Bob Backlund to win the WWF Title

1979 – Bruiser Brody defeats The Spoiler to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1998 – on Nitro, Bret Hart defeats Diamond Dallas Page in a No-DQ Match to win the WCW United States Title. Also, Konnan defeats Chris Jericho to win the WCW Television Title

1998 – on Raw, The Big Boss Man defeats Mankind in a Ladder Match to win the WWF Hardcore Title

2001 – Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa defeat Scorpio & Vader to win the GHC Tag Team Titles

2003 – Yuji Nagata & Hiroshi Tanahashi defeat Tamon Honda & Kenta Kobashi to win the GHC Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former SMW and USWA Tag Team Champion Jimmy Del Ray (51), one-time NWA Television Title Tom Zenk (55), WWE ‘Grand Slam’ Champion Christian (40), WWE Diva Naomi (26) and Japanese legend Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger (49)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2002, NWA southern territories star and bit-part WWWF wrestler ‘Mr Wrestling’ Tim Woods died at the age of 68. Woods had become a major star in the southern territories going into the 70’s, but his career was cut short by the infamous 1975 Wilmington plane crash. Woods, along with fellow wrestling personalities Ric Flair, Bob Bruggers, Johnny Valentine and David Crockett suffered serious injuries when their light aircraft crashed in North Carolina. Interestingly, Woods was the only face wrestler on the plane, and in the interest of protecting kayfabe, he registered with his real name (George Woodin) at the hospital in order to avoid reports of him traveling with the heels. Having not wrestled in the aftermath of the crash, rumors began to build that Woods was indeed on the plane, so to quash these rumors, he returned to the ring just two weeks after the crash, despite being in obvious agony. After an extended recovery period, Woods did indeed return to the ring, but never ascended to his former heights and retired for good in 1983 after a loss to Mr Wrestling II. In the run up to his death, WWE were preparing a piece about the crash for their ‘Confidential’ show for which Woods was to be interviewed. Sadly, a heart attack ensured that Woods wouldn’t live to give the interview



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