This Day In Wrestling History – July 5th‏

Jul 5, 2011 - by Jamie Cruickshank

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1962 – Buddy Rogers & Johnny Barend defeat Johnny Valentine & Bob Ellis to win the NWA Northeast United States Tag Team Titles

1982 – The Von Erichs (Kevin & Kerry) defeat King Kong Bundy & Bugsy McGraw to win the WCCW American Tag Team Titles

1985 – King Parsons defeats Chris Adams to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1992 – Terry Gordy & Steve Williams defeat The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) to win the WCW Tag Team Titles. Also, Brad Armstrong defeats Scotty Flamingo to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title

1993 – Jerry Lawler defeats Owen Hart to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1999 – on Nitro, David Flair is awarded the vacant WCW United States Title by his father, WCW President Ric Flair

2009 – Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi) defeat The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles


Happy birthday to former ECW, WWF and WCW worker Jamie ‘JC Ice’ Dundee (40), former WWF jobber Barry Hardy (49), former WWF star Hillbilly Jim (59), 3-time WCW Tag Team Champion Jerry Sags (47), Puerto Rican star Rico Suave (41) and Japanese junior-heavyweight star Tatsuhito Takaiwa (39)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2009, the wrestling world lost one-time WWWF United States Tag Champion and NWA star Waldo von Erich aged 75. Waldo was not part of the real-life Von Erich (Adkisson) family, rather, he was billed as the brother of Fritz. After retiring from the ring in 1979, he took charge of an Ontario indy promotion, where he trained such wrestlers as Tyson Dux. Waldo died in hospital of injuries he suffered in a fall at his home earlier in the day

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