This Day In Wrestling History‏ – July 16th

Jul 16, 2011 - by Jamie Cruickshank


In 1985, the first ever Great American Bash is promoted by Jim Crockett, under the NWA banner and was held in Charlotte, North Carolina. The concept is credited to Dusty Rhodes. The next 2 Bashes would be tours rather than single events, with the original format returning for 1988

– Ole & Arn Anderson defeat Buzz Sawyer & Dick Slater to retain the NWA National Tag Team Titles
– Krusher Khruschev & Ivan Koloff fought The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) to a double-DQ
– Magnum TA defeats Kamala by DQ to retain the NWA United States Title
– Ric Flair defeats Nikita Koloff with David Crockett as special guest referee to retain the NWA World Title
– Dusty Rhodes defeats Tully Blanchard in a Cage Match to win the NWA Television Title

In 1995, WCW Bash At The Beach was held in Huntington Beach, California

– Sting defeats Meng to retain the WCW United States Title
– The Renegade defeats Paul Orndorff to retain the WCW Television Title
– Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) defeat The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) & The Blue Bloods (Lord Steven Regal & Earl Robert Eaton) in a Triangle Match to retain the WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Randy Savage defeats Ric Flair in a Lifeguard Lumberjack Match
– Hulk Hogan defeats Vader in a Cage Match to retain the WCW World Title

In 2000, ECW Heat Wave was the 7th and final Heat Wave event, held in Los Angeles, California

– Yoshihiro Tajiri defeats Mikey Whipwreck, Little Guido & Psicosis in a 4-Way Dance
– Rhino defeats The Sandman to retain the ECW Television Title
– Rob Van Dam defeats Scotty Anton
– Justin Credible defeats Tommy Dreamer in a Stairway to Hell Match to retain the ECW World Title

In 2006, TNA Victory Road was held in Orlando, Florida

– Senshi defeats Kazarian to retain the TNA X-Division Title
– Raven defeats Larry Zbyszko in a Hair vs Hair Match
– Sirelda, AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels defeat Gail Kim, Chris Harris & James Storm to retain the NWA World Tag Team Titles for Styles & Daniels
– Sting defeats Scott Steiner, Samoa Joe & Christian Cage in a Road To Victory Match

Title Changes

1983 – Butch Reed defeats Junkyard Dog to win the MSW North American Title

1994 – Sid Vicious defeats Jerry Lawler by forfeit to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1996 – Cho-Ten (Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) defeat Kazuo Yamazaki & Takashi Iizuka to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles

2003 – KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji defeat Jushin Liger & Takehiro Murahama in the final of a tournament to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles


Happy birthday to former ECW FTW Champion Chris Chetti (37), 2-time ECW Champion (WWE version) Bobby Lashley (35) and one-time NWA World Champion Blue Demon Jr (45)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost 3 stars on this date. Firstly, in 2001, former NWA and WCW Tag Team Champion Terry Gordy died of a heart attack aged 40. In 2005, the first WWC Heavyweight Champion Miguel Perez died at the age of 68, also of a heart attack, having long since retired from the ring. Finally, in 2006, former NWA and AWA star Bob Orton Sr died aged 76, having suffered a series of heart attacks in a short period before his passing

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