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This Day In Wrestling History- May 6th



Trivia

1989 - Chigusa Nagayo retires from the ring, as she had reached age 26, the mandatory retirement age for female wrestlers in Japan at the time. Nagayo returned to competition a few years later, after that retirement rule was waived

2002 – The WWE held the Monday Night Raw for the 1st time under the WWE name

2006 – WWE hired the performer soon to become known as Hornswoggle to add him to Finlay’s persona

2010 – New York Giants legend and Wrestlemania 11 headliner Lawrence Taylor was arrested and charged with rape, according to CBS 2 News in New York City. Taylor later plead guilty to several lesser charges, admitting he had sexual relations with an underage runaway prostitute.

Events

In 1966, Georgia Championship Wrestling held an 8-team tournament for the vacant Georgia NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia:

Quarterfinals:
– The Infernos defeated The Scufflin’ Hillbillies
– Alberto & Enrique Torres defeated Swede Karlson & Jack Vansky
– Chief Crazy Horse & Bobby Shane defeated Bad Boy & Billy Hines
– The Mysterious Medics defeated Darrell Cochran & Jack Pesek
Semifinals:
– Alberto & Enrique Torres defeated The Infernos
– The Mysterious Medics defeated Chief Crazy Horse & Bobby Shane
Finals:
– Alberto & Enrique Torres defeated The Mysterious Medics to win the vacant Georgia NWA Southern Tag Team Title

In 1984, WCCW David Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions was held at Texas Stadium, in Irving, Texas. This event drew 50,123 fans, the largest wrestling attendance in the USA at the time:

– Chris Adams & Sunshine defeated Jimmy Garvin & Precious
– Junkyard Dog defeated The Missing Link via DQ
– Kamala (with Skandor Akbar) fought The Great Kabuki (with Gary Hart) to a draw
– Butch Reed defeated Chick Donovan
– Buck Zumhofe & Iceman King Parsons defeated The Super Destroyers (Bill & Scott Irwin) (with Skandor Akbar) to win the NWA American Tag Team Titles
– Kerry Von Erich defeated Ric Flair to win the NWA World Title
– Kevin, Mike & Fritz Von Erich defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts) to win the NWA Six-Man Tag Team Titles

In 2000, WWF Insurrextion was held at Earls Court, in London, England & saw the final PPV appearance of The British Bulldog (Davey Boy Smith). With an attendance of 17,000:

– Too Cool (Scotty 2 Hotty & Grand Master Sexay) defeated Dean Malenko & Perry Saturn
– Kane (with Paul Bearer) defeated Bull Buchanan
– Road Dogg (with Tori) defeated Bradshaw
– The Kat (with Mae Young) defeated Terri Runnels (with Fabulous Moolah) in an Arm Wrestling Match
– The Big Show & Rikishi defeated The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von)
– Kurt Angle defeated Chris Benoit
– The British Bulldog defeated Crash Holly to win the WWF Hardcore Title
– The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff) defeated Edge & Christian via DQ (E&C retain the WWF Tag Team Titles)
– Eddie Guerrero (with Chyna) defeated Chris Jericho to retain the WWF European Title
– The Rock defeated Shane McMahon (with Vince McMahon), & Triple H (with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WWF Title

Title Changes

1921 – Stanislaus Zbyszko defeated Ed ‘Strangler’ Lewis to win the World Heavyweight Title

1938Don McIntyre defeated Vic Christy to win the Montreal World Heavyweight Title in Buffalo, New York

1953Killer Kowalski defeated Verne Gagne to win the Montreal World Heavyweight Title in Montreal, Quebec

1963 – Rikidozan & Toyonobori defeated Fred Atkins & Killer Kowalski to win the vacant JWA All Asia Tag Team Titles

1969 – Ramon & Alberto Torres defeated Karl von Stronheim & Treacherous Phillips to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1974 – Rip Tyler ends Bob Sweetan’s 2-year reign as TSW Brass Knucks Champion

1978 – Carlos Colon defeated Ox Baker to win the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title in Bayamon, Puerto Rico

1982 – Joyce Grable & Wendi Richter defeated Princess Victoria & Sabrina to win the NWA Women’s World Tag Team Title in Kansas City, Missouri

1982 – Black Tiger defeated Gran Hamada to win the vacant WWF Junior Heavyweight Title

1985 – The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers) defeated The Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey & Bobby Eaton) in a No-DQ 2-Ring Match to win the vacant WCCW American Tag Team Titles

1990 – Matt Derringer defeated The Lightning Kid (Sean Waltman) to win the Pro Wrestling America Light Heavyweight Title in Barron, Wisconsin

1988 – Makhan Singh defeated Owen Hart to win the Stampede North American Heavyweight Title in Calgary, Alberta

2000 – Boyce LeGrand & Robert Thompson defeated Frank & Vic Murdoch to win the All Pro Wrestling Tag Team Title in Pacifica, California

2002 – on Raw, William Regal defeated Spike Dudley to win the the WWE European Title. Also, the WWF Hardcore Title is passed from Steven Richards, Bubba Ray Dudley, Raven, Justin Credible, Crash Holly, Trish Stratus, & back to Richards.

2009 – Manabu Nakanishi defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to 2-time NWA World Champion Colt Cabana (34), former WWF, WCW, & AWA Tag Team Champion Brian Knobbs(50), & one-time NWA Tag Team Champion Apolo (39)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2004, the wrestling world lost former NWA star Pepper Gomez at the age of 77. Gomez won the Mr California bodybuilding competition in 1949, but opted for a career in professional wrestling rather than in bodybuilding. He debuted in 1953, but severely injured his knee in his very first match, so did not begin competing regularly until late that year. His first championships came in Vancouver, where he teamed with Johnny Demchuck & Ivan Kameroff to win a total of 3 Northwest Tag Team Titles. Gomez would go on to find his greatest successes in the southern United States, primarily in Texas, where he became a 12-time Heavyweight Champion. He also made regular successful tours of Australia and still holds the record for drawing the largestaudience to San Francisco’s Cow Palace, with 17000 fans turning up to see himself and Ray Stevens culminate their feud. Outside of the ring, Gomez was famed for his immense stomach muscles; a regular feat saw a Volkswagen car run over his stomach to no ill-effect. He finished his in-ring career in the 1980′s and lived out the rest of his working life as a greeter at Scoma’s restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the late 90′s, Gomez required a kidney transplant, but his health never recovered. A series of emergency surgeries only weakened the aging man, & he eventually passed peacefully with his family at his side.

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