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This Day In Wrestling History- May 4th



Trivia

1981 – It was announced by Vince McMahon that Andre the Giant had suffered a broken ankle.  The injury was blamed on Killer Khan, setting up a series of grudge matches after Andre recovered.  WWE maintained ownership of the giant cast used to set the ankle & often displays it at their annual Wrestlemania AXXESS events

2003 - The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported that the daughter of former WWF World Heavyweight Champion the Iron Sheik, Marissa Vaziri, 27, the daughter of Hossein Vaziri was found dead by Clayton County police in bed in the apartment she shared with boyfriend Charles Reynolds. According to the medical examiners report, Vaziri was strangled to death.  Reynolds apparently contacted his pastor after killing her, who in turn convinced Reynolds to turn himself in. When police arrived, Reverend Mark Medlin and two members of his church were present at the apartment. Reynolds confessed, according to the initial report, saying it was his fault. Reynolds was arrested. Captain Jeff Turner said that the couple had been drinking and taking pills prior to the incident

2009 – The Necro Butcher’s scene with Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler” where they brandish a staple gun in the midst of their hardcore CZW match was nominated for the very dignified “WTF Moment” MTV Movie Award.   The scene did not win, but was one of many notable mainstream media mentions for Butcher that year, including a shout-out during the Academy Awards

2011 – It was announced that Edge would join the Syfy series Haven as a guest star.  Edge’s work would lead to him becoming a recurring character on the series

2011-  It was announced that Mick Foley had raised over $500,000 for the RAINN charity

Events

In 2002, WWF Insurrextion, was held at Wembley Arena, in London, England, was both the 1st single-brand PPV (Raw), & the last under the WWF name. With an attendance of 10,500:

Dark Match:
– Mr. Perfect defeated Goldust
PPV:
– Rob Van Dam defeated Eddie Guerrero via DQ (Guerrero retains the WWF Intercontinental Title)
– Trish Stratus & Jacqueline defeated Jazz & Molly Holly
– X-Pac defeated Bradshaw
– The WWF Hardcore Title is passed from Steven Richards, to Booker T, to Crash Holly, back to Booker T, & finally back to Richards
– The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff) defeated Brock Lesnar & Shawn Stasiak (with Paul Heyman)
– Spike Dudley defeated William Regal to retain the WWF European Title
– Steve Austin defeated The Big Show with Ric Flair as special guest referee
– Triple H defeated The Undertaker

In 2014, WWE held it’s Extreme Rules live on the WWE Network, & ppv, at the Izod Center, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. With an attendance of 15,907:

Pre-Show:
El Torito (with Los Matadores) defeated Hornswoggle (with 3MB (Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre, & Jinder Mahal in a WeeLC Match
PPV:
Cesaro (with Paul Heyman) defeated Rob Van Dam, & Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter) in a Triple Threat Elimination Match
– Alexander Rusev (with Lana) defeated R-Truth, & Xavier Woods in a 2 on 1 Handicap Match
– Bad News Barrett defeated Big E. to win the WWE Intercontinental Title
– The Shield (Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, & Seth Rollins) defeated Evolution (Batista, Triple H, & Randy Orton) in a 6-man Tag Team Match
– Bray Wyatt (with Luke Harper, & Erick Rowan) defeated John Cena in a Cage Match
– Paige defeated Tamina to retain the WWE Diva’s Title
– Daniel Bryan defeated Kane in an Extreme Rules Match to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1905 – George Hackenschmidt defeated Tom Jenkins to be recognized as the 1st World Heavyweight Champion

1968 – Danny Hodge & Skandar Akbar defeated Chati Yokouchi & Chuck Karbo in the final of a tournament to win the vacant TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1973 – Blackjack Mulligan defeated Jose Lothario to win the Texas Heavyweight Title

1986 – Kerry von Erich, Lance von Erich & Steve Simpson defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy, Michael Hayes & Buddy Roberts) to win the WCCW World 6-Man Tag Team Titles. Simpson immediately gave up his share of the titles to Kevin von Erich

1987 – The Fantastics defeated The Rock N Roll RPMs (Tommy Lane & Mike Davis) to win the vacant WCCW World Tag Team Titles

1992 – Jerry Lawler defeated Kamala to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1995 – Atsushi Onita defeated Mr. Pogo to win the FMW World Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Title in Nagoya, Japan.  Onita would vacate the title the next day after defeating Hayabusa in his retirement match.  The retirement didn’t last, with Onita coining the nickname “Mr. Liar” for breaking his vows to retire

1996 – Tony Falk defeated Jesse James Armstrong to win the USWA Television Title

1998 – on Nitro, Fit Finlay defeated Booker T to win the WCW Television Title

2001 – Mike Thunder defeated Rocky Reynolds to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

2001 – John Zandig defeated Kintaro Kanemura to win the Big Japan Pro Wrestling Death Match Heavyweight Title in a tournament final in Sapporo, Japan.  The belt had been vacated when Tomokai Honma walked out of the promotion

2004 – on Smackdown, Jacqueline defeated Chavo Guerrero to win the WWE Cruiserweight Title

2010 – The Band (Scott Hall & Kevin Nash) defeated Matt Morgan in a Handicap Match to win the TNA Tag Team Titles. Eric Young is also recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule

Birthdays

Happy birthday to WWE Hall of Famer Mr. Fuji (78), current WWE referee Scott Armstrong (54), 16-time WWC Universal Champion Ray González (41), & former WWF & WCW valet Alicia Webb (34)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former NWA Western States star Dory Funk Sr (94)

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