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This Day In Wrestling History- May 13th



Trivia

1966 – Giant Baba defeated Wilbur Snyder to win the eighth-annual JWA World League Tournament

1975 – Jake Roberts makes his pro wrestling debut

2004 – NWA-TNA announced they would debut on Fox Sports Net with their first ever series, TNA Impact

Events

In 1988, the NWA held a 7-man tournament to fill the NWA United States Heavyweight Title vacancy left by Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes had been stripped of the title one month earlier after attacking Jim Crockett. The tournament was held in Houston, Texas:

Quarterfinals:
- Barry Windham defeated The Midnight Rider (who was unmasked to reveal The Italian Stallion)
– Lex Luger & Al Perez were both disqualified, putting Barry Windham through to the final match
– Nikita Koloff defeated Ivan Koloff
Semifinals:
- Nikita Koloff defeated Tully Blanchard
Finals:
– Barry Windham defeated Nikita Koloff to win the vacant NWA United States Heavyweight Title

In 1995,  ECW held “Enter Sandman” at the ECW Arena, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

– Hack Myers defeated Tony Stetson
– 911 & The Tazmaniac defeated Tsubo Genjin & Hiroyoshi Iekuda
– Axl Rotten defeated Ian Rotten in a barbed wire bat match that saw a barbed wire chair also brought into the equation
– Raven & Stevie Richards defeated Tommy Dreamer & Mikey Whipwreck by DQ.  This match features the introduction of referee Bill Alfonso with the storyline being that Shane Douglas petitioned the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission for rules to be enforced within ECW.  Alfonso DQ’d Dreamer for using a closed fist.  This would kick off an entire summer of fans literally wanting to kill Alfonso for “ruining the ECW party”.  Alfonso would go to work for ECW until it went out of business in January 2001
– ECW World Television Champion Eddie Guerrero fought Dean Malenko to a 30-minute draw to retain the title
– ECW World Heavyweight Champion The Sandman defeated Cactus Jack to retain the title
– ECW World Television Champion Eddie Guerrero defeated Marty Jannetty to retain the title
– ECW World Heavyweight Champion The Sandman defeated Shane Douglas to retain the title after Mick Foley interfered
– ECW World Tag Team Champions The Public Enemy (Johnny Grunge and Rocco Rock) defeated The Pitbulls (#1 and #2) in a double dog collar match to retain the titles

In 2007, TNA Sacrifice was held at the Impact Zone, in Orlando, Florida. The NWA severed ties with TNA earlier this day, meaning that the NWA belts were used, but were not referred to as such. For the same reason, Kurt Angle’s win is not recognized by the NWA. With an attendance of 900:

– Chris Sabin defeated Jay Lethal & Sonjay Dutt in a 3-Way Match to retain the TNA X-Division Title
– Robert Roode (with Ms. Brooks) defeated Jeff Jarrett
– Christopher Daniels defeated Rhino
– Damaja & Basham (with Christy Hemme) defeated Kip James in a Handicap Match (was suppose to be a tag team match, but B.G. James was attacked before the match)
– Chris Harris defeated James Storm in a Texas Death Match
– Jerry Lynn defeated Tiger Mask IV, Alex Shelley, & Senshi in a 4-corners Match
– Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) defeated Scott Steiner & Tomko & The LAX (Homicide & Hernandez) in a 3-Way Match to retain the ‘World Tag Team Titles’
– Kurt Angle defeated Sting, & Christian Cage to win the ‘World Heavyweight Title’. Angle later claimed that he was the 1st TNA World Champion, but the title was vacated on Impact by Jim Cornette

In 2012, TNA Sacrifice was held at the Impact Zone, in Orlando, Florida. With an attendance of 1,100:

– Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels & Kazarian) defeated Samoa Joe & Magnus to win the TNA Tag Team Titles
– Gail Kim defeated Brooke Tessmacher to retain the TNA Knockout’s Title
– Devon defeated Robbie E & Robbie T in a 3-Way Match to retain the TNA Television Title
– Mr. Anderson defeated Jeff Hardy
– Crimson defeated Eric Yong (with ODB)
– Austin Aries defeated Bully Ray
– Kurt Angle defeated AJ Styles
– Bobby Roode defeated Rob Van Dam in a Ladder Match to retain the TNA World Title

Title Changes

1938 – Vic Christy defeated Don McIntyre to win the Montreal & Toronto World Heavyweight Titles in Buffalo, New York

1960 – George & Sandy Scott defeated Emil & Ernie Dusek to win the Central States NWA World Tag Team Title in St. Joseph, Missouri

1962 – Pepe Mendieta defeated Henry Pilusso in a tournament final to win the vacant Mexican National Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico

1973 – Hiro Tojo & Waldo Von Erich defeated Ron Miller & Larry O’Day to win the NWA Austra-Asian Tag Team Title in Sydney, Australia

1975 – Dominic DeNucci & Victor Rivera defeated Jimmy & Johnny Valiant to win the WWWF Tag Team Titles

1979 – Wahoo McDaniel defeated The Spoiler to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1984 – Rick Martel defeated Jumbo Tsuruta to win the AWA World Title

1984 – Magnum TA defeated Mr. Wrestling II to win the MSW North American Title

1985 – Randy Savage defeated Jerry Oske to win the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1991 – Robert Fuller & Jeff Jarrett defeated The Texas Hangmen (Killer & Psycho) to win the USWA Tag Team Title. At the same event, Bill Dundee defeats Eric Embry to win the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1994- At an ECW TV Taping, Mikey Whipwreck defeated The Pitbull (Gary Wolfe) to win the ECW Television Title in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1995 – Doug Gilbert defeated Brian Lee to win the USWA Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1996 – Pimpinela Escarlata defeated La Parka to win the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Title in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

2002 – on Raw, Trish Stratus defeated Jazz to win the WWE Women’s Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WWE, WCW & TNA wrestler Jimmy Yang (33), & 8-time NWA Junior Heavyweight Champion Danny Hodge (82)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former NWA southern states star Killer Karl Krupp (80)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2000, the wrestling world lost the first AJPW Triple Crown Champion Jumbo Tsuruta aged 49. He was an accomplished amateur wrestler in Japan, winning competitions in both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling at the super heavyweight level. This success took him to the 1972 Munich Olympics, though he found considerably less success there, losing both of his preliminary matches to European opponents. All Japan promoter Giant Baba approached Tsuruta, later sending him to Texas to train under Dory Funk Jr. and it was here that he debuted in 1973. It is said that he was the first Japanese wrestler to compete as a crowd-favourite in America, as fans cheered him for his wrestling ability and superior work ethic. Following this training period, he quickly rose through the ranks of All Japan, becoming the first AJPW Unified Tag Team Champion with Yoshiaki Yatsu in 1988, before unifying the NWA International, PWF Heavyweight and NWA United National Titles into the AJPW Triple Crown Title the following year. He would go on to hold those titles a total of 10 times through his career. Notably, he was also instrumental in the rise of Mitsuharu Misawa, giving the young wrestler his first main event win in 1990. Tsuruta’s career declined in 1992 after being diagnosed with Hepatitis B. He took an office job with the promotion while recovering, eventually making a minor return in a comedic role before retiring for good in early 1999. Barely two weeks later, he was forced out of his office position by Motoko Baba (the widow of Giant Baba) who had assumed control of her deceased husband’s promotion. He briefly moved to Portland, Oregon before returning to Japan after being diagnosed with kidney cancer, from which he would not recover. Tsuruta died of complications from an attempted kidney transplant, though it was found that his cancer had spread to his liver as well. Tsuruta was revered by the wrestling press; he competed in well over 3000 matches in his career, and has been described as ‘the best pure wrestler in the world in the 1980s’ and ‘the strongest wrestler in the history of Japanese wrestling’.

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