This Day In Wrestling History – November 2nd

Nov 2, 2016 - by Bill Fenbers

Happy birthday, Darren Young!

Happy birthday, Darren Young!

1969 – Tarzan Baxter and Karl Karlson defeat The Medics, to win the NWA (Tri-State) United States Tag Team Championship.

1977 – Al Madril defeats Ox Baker, to win the NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship.

1986 – Americo Rocca defeats El Dandy, to win the NWA World Welterweight Championship.

1987 – Manny Fernandez defeats Bill Dundee, to win the CWA International Heavyweight Championship.

1992 – In the United States Wrestling Association, Jerry Lawler defeats Todd Champion, to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship for the 13th time.  Also, Lauren Davenport defeats Miss Texas, to win the USWA Women’s Championship for the 3rd time.

1998 – In the Monday Night Wars, WWF Raw Is War (4.8 TV rating) beats WCW Monday Nitro (4.1 rating).  Raw would beat out Nitro in the ratings each week from this point until WCW’s demise in 2001.  It was on this night that Vince McMahon made Mankind the inaugural WWF Hardcore Champion.

2000 – In a Fatal 4-Way Match on this evening’s WWF SmackDown, Ivory becomes the WWF Women’s Champion for the 3rd time;  she defeats Jacqueline, Trish Stratus, and Lita (the champion heading into the match).

2001 – Negro Casas and El Hijo del Santo defeat Los Guerreros del Infierno (Rey Bucanero and Ultimo Guerrero), to win the CMLL World Tag Team Championship.

2006 – It is announced on this evening’s TNA Impact!, that Kurt Angle’s first match in TNA Wrestling will occur two weeks later, on November 16th.

2007 – The Fabulous Moolah passes away at the age of 84.  Moolah was the inaugural WWF Women’s Champion in 1956, and also the oldest to win the title in 1999 (at age 76).  Moolah was an 8-time WWF Women’s Champion, 5-time NWA World Women’s Champion, & 1995 Inductee into the WWF Hall of Fame.

2007 – Los Guerreros de la Atlántida (Atlantis and Ultimo Guerrero) defeat Negro Casas and Mistico, to win the CMLL World Tag Team Championship.

2009 – On tonight’s WWE RAW, The Miz defeats Evan Bourne, to retain the Intercontinental Championship.  Also, Alicia Fox wins a Divas Battle Royal, to become #1 contender for the WWE Divas Championship.

2010 – Los Guerreros de la Atlántida (Ultimo Guerrero and Dragon Rojo, Jr.) defeat Los Invasores (Mr. Aguila and Hector Garza), to win the CMLL World Tag Team Championship.

2012 – It is announced on this evening’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown, that Jerry Lawler will return to the announcer’s table, on the November 12th edition of RAW.  Lawler had been off TV since suffering a legitimate on-air heart attack on the September 10th RAW.

2015 – On WWE RAW, Paige defeats Brie Bella, Sasha Banks, and Becky Lynch, in a Fatal 4-Way Match, to become #1 contender for Charlotte’s Divas Championship.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO:  Famous boxing & pro wrestling ring announcer Michael Buffer (72 years old);  3-time AJPW Junior Heavyweight Champion, 1-time AJPW All Asia Tag Team & World Tag Team Champion Yoshinari Ogawa (50 years old);  former WCW / WWE/ TNA valet Queen Sharmell (46 years old);  former WWE Tag Team Champion Cliff “Deuce” Compton (37 years old);  and former WWE Tag Team Champion (as part of The Prime Time Players), original NEXUS member, & current WWE RAW star Darren Young (33 years old).

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