The focus point of this edition of ‘This day..’ takes us nearly 70 years back to the nascent stages of the National Wrestling Alliance and the man who gave prestige to the organisation.
A three-time NWA Champion, with a combined reign of over 10 years, Lou Thesz is indeed one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. The originator of numerous wrestling holds including the German Suplex, the Powerbomb, the STF and the Lou Thesz Press, the legend had a 58-year career, eventually retiring in 1990.
One year after the retirement of Thesz, The Undertaker would capture his first ever WWE title on the same date as Thesz won his first NWA title. Fourteen years later, he would appear at the main event of Survivor Series which included a match rated as the worst ever of that year.
#1 The Undertaker wins his first WWE Championship – 27th November 1991
Survivor Series 1991 was the first to feature a singles match in addition to the traditional elimination matches. The match saw Hulk Hogan put his WWE Championship on the line against The Undertaker. The match was third to last on the card and surprisingly the relative newcomer beat Hogan to capture the title.
He would be assisted by Ric Flair’s interference but would lose the title back to Hogan on 3rd December after yet another controversial finish.
Undertaker would capture the title once again from Hogan some 11 years later after the latter rejoined the WWE following the demise of WCW.