This Day In Wrestling History – October 31st

Oct 31, 2017 - by Bill Fenbers

Happy Halloween!!

1967Antonio Inoki & Giant Baba defeat Tarzan Tyler & Bill Watts, to win the NWA International Tag Team Championship.

1969Tarzan Baxter defeats Chuck Karbo, to win the NWA (Tri-State) North American Heavyweight Championship.

1979Giant Baba defeats Harley Race, to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

1983Johnny Mantell defeats Jimmy Garvin, to win the WCCW Television Championship.

1985Mighty Inoue & Takashi Ishikawa defeat Norio Honaga & Isamu Teranishi, to win the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Championship.

1985 – New Japan Pro Wrestling ends its partnership with the World Wrestling Federation.  As a result, the following titles were deactivated:  the WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship, the WWF International Heavyweight Championship, and the WWF International Tag Team Championship.

1994‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage makes his final television appearance in the WWF, on this evening’s Monday Night RAW.

1998Mitsuharu Misawa defeats Kenta Kobashi, to win the AJPW Triple Crown Championship.

2008 – On a Halloween edition of SmackDown, The Undertaker defeats Chavo Guerrero in a Casket Match.

2009 – In the finals of the Junior Heavyweight League, Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeats Jushin Thunder Liger, to win the vacant GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship.

2011 – On a Halloween edition of Monday Night RAW, Eve Torres wins an 11-Diva Halloween Costume Battle Royal, to become the #1 contender for the WWE Divas Championship.

2013Impact Wrestling begins a tournament to crown a new TNA World Heavyweight Champion.  AJ Styles had been stripped of the title by President Dixie Carter, following a contract dispute.  Magnus wins a 7-man Battle Royal, to advance in the tournament.

2014 – On SmackDown, Nikki Bella wins a Halloween Costume Battle Royal, to become #1 contender for the WWE Divas Championship.  Also, Dean Ambrose defeats Cesaro in a Trick or Street Fight.

2016 – On a Halloween edition of Monday Night RAW, Enzo Amore defeats Luke Gallows, in a Trick or Street Fight.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO:  5-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Koji Kanemoto (51 years old);  2-time AJPW All Asia & 2-time AJPW World Tag Team Champion Yuji Okabayashi (35 years old);  former WOW World Champion Erica ‘Jungle Grrrl’ Porter (43 years old);  Mexico indie wrestler Core (29 years old);  former Occidente Light Heavyweight Champion Neutron (41 years old);  former Big Japan Wrestling Tag Team Champion Shinya Ishikawa (35 years old);  and former WWE developmental talent Jillian Beyor (32 years old).

Despite what’s listed on some pro wrestling sites, October 31st is NOT The Boogeyman’s birthday;  he was born July 15th.

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