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This Day In Wrestling History- May 26th



Trivia

1996 – WWF attempts to air In Your House 8: Beware Of Dog, but a power outage during the 3rd match of the night cuts the feed. The event would be re-aired in full 2 days later, & will be covered in the events section on that day

1987 - Hacksaw Jim Duggan & The Iron Sheik were arrested together on charges of drug possession after they were pulled over by police on the New Jersey Turnpike en route to a WWF card in Asbury Park, NJ.  The 2 wrestlers, who were feuding at the time, were pulled over when a trooper saw Duggan drinking a can of beer while driving. Duggan was charged with possession of marijuana &  drinking alcohol while driving. The Iron Sheik was charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana. Duggan would receive a conditional discharge, while Sheik was put on probation for a year.

The pair eventually made it to the WWF event and worked it without telling WWE management about the arrest.  When the arrests broke in the media, with the media paying closer attention to the idea that 2 wrestlers feuding with each other were riding in the same car, WWF fired them both.  Duggan would return a few months later, while Sheik would be not return for several years.

The Iron Sheik gave an interview months later where, in an attempt to maintain kayfabe, claimed that he didn’t have a driver’s license in the U.S. and the WWF forced him to travel with Duggan to the show.  In his 2012 autobiography, Duggan claimed that Sheik was stuck at the airport and asked for a ride.   It was the 1st & only time they ever traveled together

Events

In 2001, AAA TripleMania IX was held in Mexico City:

– Los Vipers (Psicosis II, Histeria, Maniaco, & Mosco de la Merced) defeated Los Vatos Locos (El Picudo, Silver Cat, Espiritu, & Nygma) to retain the Mexican National Atomicos Title
– Latin Lover defeated Hector Garza, Perro Aguayo Jr., & Heavy Metal in a Four Corners Elimination Match
– Mascara Sagrada, El Alebrije, Octagon, & La Parka Jr. defeated Mascara Maligna, Electroshock, Abismo Negro, & Cibernetico
– Pirata Morgan lost a 3-Way Hair vs Hair Dog Collar Match to El Cobarde & Sangre Chicana

Title Changes

1950 – Gorgeous George defeated Don Eagle to win the AWA (Boston) World Heavyweight Title in Chicago, Illinois

1966 – Joe Carrolo & Killer Karl Kox defeated Giant Baba & Michiaki Yoshimura to win the vacant JWA All Asia Tag Team Titles

1967 – Antonio Inoki & Michiaki Yoshimura defeated Ike Eakins & Waldo von Erich to win the JWA All Asia Tag Team Titles

1967 – Al Costello & Karl Von Brauner defeated Bill Miller & Bobo Brazil to win the Detroit version of the NWA World Tag Team Title in Dayton, Ohio

1968 – Tiger Jeet Singh & Bull Curry defeated Whipper Billy Watson & Bulldog Brower to win the Toronto version of the NWA International Tag Team Title in Toronto, Ontario

1973 – Dory Funk, Jr. & Terry Funk defeated Killer Karl Krupp & Karl Von Steiger to win the NWA International Tag Team Title in Amarillo, Texas

1973 – Black Gordman & Goliath defeated Ivan Putski & Jose Lothario to win the NWA Texas Tag Team Title in Dallas, Texas

1982 – Tiger Mask defeated Black Tiger to win the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title

1983 – Chavo Guerrero Sr. defeated Ultra Seven in a tournament final to win the vacant NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title in Tenryu, Japan

1989 – Eric Embry defeated Super Zodiac to win the WCCW Texas Heavyweight Title

1995 – Mitsuharu Misawa defeated Stan Hansen to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title

2001 – The Messiah defeated New Jack to win the XPW Heavyweight Title

2002 – the WWE Hardcore Title is passed from Steven Richards to Tommy Dreamer, to Raven and back to Richards

2002 – Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated KENTA in the final of a tournament to win the vacant GHC Junior Heavyweight Title

2009 – Ephesto defeated Rey Bucanero to win the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Title

2011- on TNA Impact, Eric Young defeated Gunner to win the TNA Television Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former NWA Tag Team Champion Simon Diamond (46), & 2005 Diva Search winner Ashley Massaro (35)

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