Today In Wrestling History- December 7th

Dec 7, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


1987 – Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura win the NJPW Japan Cup Tag League, defeating Antonio Inoki & Dick Murdoch in the final

2001 – Taiyo Kea & Keiji Mutoh win the All Japan World’s Strongest Tag Team League, defeating Toshiaki Kawada & Mitsuya Nagai in the ‘final’ after a 4-way tie for first place (the ‘semi-finalists’ were Ron & Don Harris and Kodo Fuyuki & Genichiro Tenryu)

2010 – WWE NXT season 4 begins on

2010 – KENSO & KONO win the All Japan World’s Strongest Tag Team League


In 1988, NWA Clash of the Champions IV: Season’s Beatings, held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was the first Clash to be promoted by WCW, albeit still under the NWA banner

– The Fantastics (Tommy Rogers & Bobby Fulton) defeat Eddie Gilbert & Ron Simmons in the final of a tournament to win the NWA United States Tag Team Titles
– Road Warrior Animal defeats Dusty Rhodes by DQ to win control of the NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Titles. The Road Warriors later chose Genichiro Tenryu to hold the titles with them
– Ric Flair & Barry Windham defeat The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane)

In 1997, WWF D-Generation X: In Your House was held in Springfield, Massachusetts

– Taka Michinoku defeats Brian Christopher in the final of a tournament to become the first WWF Light Heavyweight Champion
– Butterbean defeats Marc Mero by DQ in a Toughman Match
– The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn & Road Dogg) defeat The Legion Of Doom (Hawk & Animal) by DQ to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Steve Austin defeats Rocky Maivia to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Ken Shamrock defeats Shawn Michaels by DQ (Michaels retains the WWF Title)

In 2008, TNA Final Resolution was held in Orlando, Florida. This was actually the second Final Resolution event of the year following TNA’s decision to move the event from January to December

– Homicide, Hernandez, Jay Lethal & Curry Man won the Feast or Fired Match. Lethal won a TNA Tag Title shot, Hernandez a World Title shot, Homicide an X-Division Title shot and Curry Man was fired
– Eric Young defeats Sheik Abdul Bashir to win the TNA X-Division Title
– Christy Hemme defeats Awesome Kong by DQ (Kong retains the TNA Knockouts Title)
– Beer Money Inc (Robert Roode & James Storm) defeat Abyss & Matt Morgan to retain the TNA Tag Team Titles
– The Main Event Mafia (Sting, Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner & Booker T) defeat The TNA Front Line (AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Brother Ray & Brother Devon). Sting pinned Joe to retain the TNA World Title

Title Changes

1976 – Chief Jay Strongbow & Billy White Wolf win a 3-team tournament to win the vacant WWWF Tag Team Titles

1981 – Junkyard Dog defeats The Great Kabuki to win the MSW Louisiana Title

1990 – The Miracle Violence Connection (Terry Gordy & Steve Williams) win the All Japan World’s Strongest Tag Team League to win the vacant AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

1992 – Leslie Belanger defeats Miss Texas to win the USWA Womens Title

1996 – Raven defeats The Sandman in a Barbed Wire Match to win the ECW World Title

2008 – Averno & Mephisto defeat Hector Garza & Mistico to win the CMLL Tag Team Titles

2010 – Jay Lethal defeats Robbie E to win the TNA X-Division Title


Happy birthday to former WWF wrestler Curtis ‘Mr’ Hughes (49), former ECW wrestler Hack Meyers (40), current WWE talent Dean Ambrose (28), one-time NWA Tag Team Champion Kelly ‘Slash/Wolfie D’ Wolfe (40) and WWE Hall of Famer Tammy ‘Sunny’ Sytch (41)

Also, today would have been the birthday of 3-time WCW International World Champion Rick Rude (55) and one-time WWWF United States Tag Team Champion Skull Murphy (83)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1989, the wrestling world lost former WWWF Tag Team Champion Haystacks Calhoun at the age of 55. Having broken into the business under former NWA World Champion Orville Brown in 1955, Calhoun’s popularity quickly grew, and he is frequently cited as one of the pioneers of wrestling’s super-heavyweights, he himself weighing over 600lbs at his peak. Unusually for a man of his size, Calhoun was also an accomplished wrestler, not relying purely on his size to win matches. That said, promoters often used Calhoun’s size as a popularity tool for his opponents, indeed, the career of Bruno Sammartino was helped no end by his ability to lift and slam Calhoun. Weight-related health problems eventually forced him into retirement in the 70s and he sadly lost his leg to diabetes not long afterwards. For those interested, I’m told that his wrestling memorabilia is on display at a museum in Collin County, Texas

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