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Former world heavyweight champion Jack Brisco passed away on 2010/02/01 at the age of 68.
In Japan, he is most rememberd as the world champion whom Giant Baba defeated to become the first Asian to hold the prestigeous title.
Found out that John Swenski defeated Bob Kenaston on 39/03/27 in Tulsa, OK for the NWA (Association) World Junior Heavyweight Title.
The 39/04/02 issue of The Oklahoman says that Swenski defeated Kenaston "in Tulsa last Monday."
Hugh Nichols has two potential dates listed for him winning the championship. It loooks like April 28, 1937 might be the real one as he was referred to as champion in Lima, Ohio, on May 11, 1937. The belt was not on the line, though, when he beat Tiger Moore.
Takashi Matsunaga, the founder and former chairman of All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling, passed away on 2009/07/11 due to pneumonia at the age of 73.
He is one of those who should be included in any "hall of fame" of pro-wrestling.
Just the day after Mitsuharu Misawa died, Tetsuo "Ted" Tanabe passed out after an Osaka Pro card. He remained to be unconscious at hospital and passed away at 12:23pm on 2009/06/15.
Tanabe (no relation to me, by the way) debuted as a referee in 1987 with the old Japan Women's Pro Wrestling. When Gran Hamada and he Shinmas started the Universal Pro-Wrestling, the first "lucharesu" organization, in 1990, Tanabe joined them. Between 1992 and 2006, ...
Mitsuharu Misawa, who many believe is one of the greatest wrestlers in the history, passed away due to an injury caused during a match in Hiroshima on 2009/06/13.
He was teaming with Go Shiozaki to challenge the GHC Tag Team champions Akitoshi Saito & Bison Smith. Akitoshi hit a high-angled back suplex. The ref asked Misawa whether he could move, and Misawa responded by saying no.
The ref stopped the match at 27:03. There was ...
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