This Day In Wrestling History – August 19th‏

Aug 19, 2011 - by Jamie Cruickshank


2002 – After tonight’s Raw, the 24/7 rule on the WWE Hardcore Title is deactivated


In 2001, WWF Summerslam was the first PPV which saw both WWF and WCW titles defended. It was held in San Jose, California

– Edge defeats Lance Storm to win the WWF Intercontinental Title
– X-Pac defeats Tajiri to unify the WCW Cruiserweight Title and WWF Light Heavyweight Title
– Rob Van Dam defeats Jeff Hardy in a Ladder Match to win the WWF Hardcore Title
– The Brothers Of Destruction (Kane & The Undertaker) defeat Diamond Dallas Page & Kanyon in a Cage Match to win the WWF and WCW Tag Team Titles
– Kurt Angle defeats Steve Austin by DQ (Austin retains the WWF Title)
– The Rock defeats Booker T to win the WCW Title

Title Changes

1990 – Riki Choshu defeats Big Van Vader to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title. Also, Pegasus Kid defeats Jushin Liger to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title

1991 – Bill Dundee defeats Danny Davis to win the USWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1999 – on Thunder, Lenny Lane defeats Rey Misterio Jr to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title

2002 – the WWE Hardcore Title is passed from Tommy Dreamer to Bradshaw, to Crash Holly and back to Dreamer


Happy birthday to former WWE development talent Chet Jablonski (31), current WWE development wrestler Percy Watson (30) and former WWE ring announcer Lilian Garcia (45)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date. In 1975, one-time NWA World Champion ‘The Golden Greek’ Jim Londos died of a heart attack at the age of 78. He had retired from the ring in 1946 and spent the rest of his days working for charitable organizations, most notably dealing with Greek war orphans of World War 2. Secondly, in 2010, famed manager Skandor Akbar died at the age of 75 of as yet unnamed causes, though Percy ‘Paul Bearer’ Pringe has speculated that it may be prostate cancer.

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