This day in Puroresu History

2017/02/17 Fri

Deaths

2007 Mike Awesome (42)

Title Changes

2007 Toshiaki Kawada & Taiyo Kea defeat Suwama & RO'Z to win the vacant World Tag Team Title (All Japan) in Tokyo.

2008 Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Kurt Angle to unify the third version of the IWGP Heavyweight Title belt in Tokyo.

2008 Jushin Thunder Liger & AKIRA defeat Minoru & Prince Devitt to win the IWGP Junior Tag Team Title in Tokyo.

Events

1952 Rikidozan wins his first match in the U.S., pinning Cheif Little Wolf in 8:40 at Honolulu Civic Auditorium.

1954 The Sharpe Brothers (Ben & Iron Mike), the world tag team champions, come to Japan.

1964 Bruno Sammartino defends WWWF World Heavyweight Title against Giant Baba in New York City.

1967 All Japan judo champion Seiji Sakaguchi joins JWA.

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