This Day In Wrestling History – July 4th‏

Jul 4, 2011 - by Jamie Cruickshank

Firstly, Happy Independence Day (if that’s the right expression, apologies if not, I’m a clueless Scot) to all you American readers

Title Changes

1981 – Paul Orndorff defeats Jake Roberts to win the MSW North American Title

1983 – David von Erich defeats Jimmy Garvin to win the vacant Texas Heavyweight Title. Also, The Von Erichs (David, Kerry & Kevin) defeat The Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy, Michael Hayes & Buddy Roberts) to win the WCCW World 6-Man Tag Team Titles

1984 – King Parsons defeats Bill Irwin to win the WCCW American Tag Team Titles, and chose Buck Zumhofe as his partner. Also, The Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy, Michael Hayes & Buddy Roberts) defeat The Von Erichs (Kerry, Kevin & Mike) to win the vacant WCCW World 6-Man Tag Team Titles

1986 – Chris Adams defeats Rick Rude to win the WCCW World Heavyweight Title. Also, Buzz Sawyer defeats Brian Adias to win the WCCW Texas Heavyweight Title. Also, Abdullah The Butcher defeats The Great Kabuki to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1988 – Kevin von Erich is awarded the vacant WCCW Texas Heavyweight Title

2000 – on Smackdown, Val Venis defeats Rikishi to win the WWF Intercontinental Title

2006 – The Big Show defeats Rob Van Dam in an Extreme Rules Match to win the ECW World Title

2010 – Taiyo Kea & Akebono defeat Suwama & Ryota Hama to win the vacant AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles


Happy birthday to former WWF and WCW World Champion Sid Vicious (51) and former NWA World Champion Barry Windham (also 51)

Gerweck note:
Happy birthdays today to Wanderlei Silva and Karlos Vemola.

In Memoriam

On this day in 1988, the wrestling world lost former WWF and AWA Tag Champion ‘Adorable’ Adrian Adonis. He was just 33 years old. Adonis perished in a minivan accident, when driver (and fellow wrestler) Mike Kelly allegedly swerved to avoid a moose and crashed into a lake. Mike survived the crash, but his twin brother Pat and Dave ‘The Wildman’ McKigney also died in the incident.

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