On this date in NJPW history: A New Jersey native goes to Japan to compete in Russia

Bam Bam Bigelow became Mr. International on this date in NJPW history, as the New Jersey native went to Japan to compete in Russia.

Wait, what?

After he initially made his mark in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), but long before he joined up with World Championship Wrestling (WCW), New Jersey native Scott Charles "Bam Bam" Bigelow was a regular competitor under the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) banner, where he would become best known for winning the tag team titles along with Big Van Vader.

On December 31, 1989, Bigs and a group of NJPW wrestlers took their act on the road. Well, more specifically, they took it to the Lenin Stadium in Moscow, Russia, for "New Japan in the USSR."

The Beatles would have been proud.

After nine-plus minutes of action, Bam Bam pinned part-time attraction Vladimir Berkovich. Full results from that event, which also included Jushin Liger vs. Black Tiger:

Kuniaki Kobayashi def. (pin) Takayuki Iizuka
Jushin Liger def. (pin) Black Tiger I
Masa Chono def. (sub) Chimur Zarasov
Shinya Hashimoto draw Wahka Ekelov
Riki Choshu def. (pin) Victor Zangiev
Bam Bam Bigelow def. (pin) Vladimir Berkovich
Habieli Victachev def. (sub) Hiro Hase
Salman Hashimikov def. (pin) Manny Fernandez

Results courtesy of IWD.

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