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This Day In Wrestling History – July 21st‏



Events

In 1996, WWF In Your House 9: International Incident was held in Vancouver, Canada

– Steve Austin defeats Marc Mero
– The Undertaker defeats Goldust by DQ
– Camp Cornette (Vader, Owen Hart & The British Bulldog) defeat The People’s Posse (Shawn Michaels, Sycho Sid & Ahmed Johnson) in a 6-Man Tag Team Match

In 2002, WWE Vengeance was held in Detroit, Michigan

– The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) defeat Eddie Guerrero & Chris Benoit in an Elimination Tables Match
– Jamie Noble defeats Billy Kidman to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Title
– Jeff Hardy defeats William Regal to retain the WWE European Title
– John Cena defeats Chris Jericho
– Rob Van Dam defeats Brock Lesnar by DQ to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– The Un-Americans (Lance Storm & Christian) defeat Hulk Hogan & Edge to win the WWE Tag Team Titles
– The Rock defeats Kurt Angle & The Undertaker in a Triple Threat Match to win the WWE Undisputed Title

Title Changes

1960 – The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello & Roy Heffernan) defeat Red & Lou Bastien to win the NWA Northeast United States Tag Team Titles

1979 – Bill Watts & Buck Robley defeat The Assassin & The Angel 1st to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1981 – Tony Garea & Rick Martel defeat The Moondogs (Rex & Spot) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles. Garea becomes the first 5-time WWF Tag Team Champion

1985 – Tully Blanchard defeats Magnum TA to win the NWA United States Title

2008 – Minoru & Prince Devitt defeat Akira & Jushin Liger to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles

2009 – The British Invasion (Brutus Magnus & Doug Williams) defeat Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles. NJPW did not acknowledge the title change until August 10th

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WWF and NJPW performer Giant Silva (48), 3-time WCW Tag Team Champion Shawn Stasiak (41), one-time NWA Television Champion Mark Youngblood (48) and Japanese star Shinjiro Otani (39)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2005, the wrestling world lost former WWF announcer ‘Lord’ Alfred Hayes at the age of 76. Hayes was a wrestler early in his career, but found limited success. He began appearing on WWF’s Tuesday Night Titans show in 1984, usually as comic relief. After moving to an announcer’s role, he steadily developed the heelish character that I, for one, best remember him for. He retired from the WWF in 1995, having been in an automobile accident which eventually caused him to lose a leg to gangrene. He suffered a series of strokes in 2005, eventually succumbing on this date. As a tribute, the following WWF Raw featured a video montage and a 10-bell salute


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