On This Day In Wrestling History…November 7th

On this day in wrestling history, AJ Styles became the first man to ever win the WWE Championship away from North American soil.

AJ Styles

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1979 – Harley Race defeated Giant Baba to win back the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in Amagasaki, Japan. He had lost it to Baba a week earlier.

1985 – WWE presented ‘The Wrestling Classic’ from the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois. This was the first event in WWE history that was available exclusively on PPV. The draw of the event was a star-studded 16 man single elimination tournament. The tournament was won by ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage who defeated Ivan Putski, Ricky Steamboat and The Dynamite Kid on the way to a tournament final win over The Junkyard Dog.

1994 – On Monday Night Raw, Vince McMahon himself announced that ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage had left the WWE after a 20 year stint. He would debut for WCW weeks later. Savage never appeared for WWE again before his death in 2011. He was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2015.

1999 – ECW ‘November To Remember’ took place at the Burt Flickinger Center in Buffalo, New York. No title changes took place on the card but Rob Van Dam retained the World Television Championship against Taz. This was Taz’s last PPV match for ECW before his WWE departure. Mike Awesome also retained the ECW Championship against Masato Tanaka. The main event of the night saw Rhino and The Impact Players (Lance Storm and Justin Credible) defeat Raven, Tommy Dreamer and The Sandman.

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2004 – TNA held their first ever 3 hour monthly PPV when they presented Victory Road from the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida. The sole title change of the evening saw 3 Live Kru (Konnan and BG James) defeat Team Canada (Bobby Roode and Eric Young) to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship. In the main event, Jeff Jarrett defeated Jeff Hardy in a ladder match to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. After the main event, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage made his TNA debut exactly 10 years to the day since his WWE departure was announced.

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2010 – TNA’s Turning Point PPV took place from The Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida. The opening match saw Robbie E win the X-Division championship against Jay Lethal and the show closed with Jeff Hardy successfully defending his World Heavyweight Championship against Matt Morgan. The other highlight of the night saw Fourtune (AJ Styles, Douglas Williams, James Storm, Kazarian and Robert Roode) beat a gang mainly made up of ECW alumni going under the name EV 2.0. The team consisted of Brian Kendrick, Raven, Rhino, Sabu and Stevie Richards.

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2015 – At NJPW Power Struggle in Osaka, Japan, Ricochet and Matt Sydal defeated Roppongi Vice (Beretta and Rocky Romero) to win the 2015 Super Junior Tag Tournament.

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2017 – At a SmackDown taping in Manchester, England, AJ Styles defeated Jinder Mahal to win the WWE Championship. The title change was the first time any version of the WWE title had changed hands outside of North America.

Notable Wrestling Personalities Born On This Day:

  • King Kong Bundy (1957)
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