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This Day in Wrestling History (September 3): Stuff from Japan

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31 years ago today, World Class Championship Wrestling presented Labor Day Star Wars from the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. In the featured bout, the Von Erichs (Kerry and Kevin) defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy, Michael Hayes, and Buddy Roberts) in a Loser Leaves Town handicap match to win the WCCW Six-Man Tag Team Championship. Mike Von Erich had to sit out the match due to being injured during his bout against Gino Hernandez earlier in the show. Kerry was eliminated first, then Kevin reeled off three eliminations in a row (Hayes, Roberts, and Gordy in that order) to win the match and the titles.

In reality, it was a write-off for the Freebirds; they were heading for the WWF (where they didn't last too long).

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26 years ago today in Atlanta, Georgia, The Great Muta defeated Sting to win the NWA World Television Championship.

22 years ago today in Tokyo, Japan, Ted DiBiase and Stan Hansen defeated the Holy Demon Army (Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue) to win the All Japan Pro Wrestling Unified World Tag Team Championship.

20 years ago today, Manami Toyota defeated Yumiko Hotta to win the AJW Japan Grand Prix Tournament.

9 years ago today in Sapporo, Japan, Minoru Suzuki defeated Taiyo Kea to win the All Japan Pro Wrestling Triple Crown Championship.

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Today would have been the 46th birthday of Marianna Komlos.

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Komlos began taking up bodybuilding after weighing close to 200 pounds. In 1993, she got into the competitive bodybuilding circuit, eventually winning the British Columbia Championships as a middleweight in 1997. Komlos would appear on the cover of many fitness magazines, including in a span of four months in 1997 Muscle & Fitness, Flex, and Women's Physique World.

In 1999, she entered the WWF as Mrs. Cleveage, the storyline incestuous mother of Beaver Cleavage in one of wrestling's most infamous angles. Following the abrupt killing of that angle, Marianna was portrayed as an abused girlfriend of the former Beaver Cleavage, Chaz Warrington. After it was revealed she was faking the abuse, Komlos was written off and subsequently released. She was diagnosed with breast cancer soon after. Less than a week after marrying mixed martial artist and stuntman Paul Lazenby in 2005, Komlos died of breast cancer. She was just 35.

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Today's the 28th birthday for Laura Dennis, best known to wrestling fans as Cherry Bomb. Beginning her path to the wrestling business on her 18th birthday, she was given her ring name by her first trainer Rob Etcheverria. She worked for a few Canadian independents, most notably Montreal-based NCW Femme Fatales and Great Canadian Wrestling before regularly competition in the States.

In the States, she's one half of the tag team champions currently for both Shimmer Women Athletes and Shine Wrestling, both with Kimber Lee, known collectively as the Kimber Bombs. Laura also appeared for Combat Zone Wrestling, Ring of Honor, WWE, and TNA. On May 9, Cherry Bomb ended LuFisto's year-long reign as Women Superstars Uncensored champion. Most recently, she debuted for Global Force Wrestling with a win over Taeler Hendrix.

Dennis is married to Jessie Guilmette, best known on the independent circuit as Pepper Parks.

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