This Day In Wrestling History – June 16th‏

Jun 16, 2012 - by Jamie Cruickshank


In 1992, WCW Clash of the Champions XIX was held in Charleston, South Carolina. This event featured the first round of the NWA World Tag Team Title Tournament, which was completed at The Great American Bash. Select matches are below:

– Ricky Steamboat & Nikita Koloff (representing USA & Lithuania) defeat Dean & Joe Malenko (Belarus)
– Terry Gordy & Steve Williams (Japan) defeat Larry & Jeff O’Day (Australia)
– Jushin Liger & Brian Pillman (Japan/USA) defeat Chris Benoit & Beef Wellington (Canada)
– Akira Nogami & Hiroshi Hase (Japan) defeat The Headhunters (Dominican Republic)

In 1993, WCW Clash of the Champions XXIII was held in Norfolk, Virginia

– Barry Windham defeats Too Cold Scorpio to retain the NWA World Title
– Big Van Vader, Sid Vicious & Rick Rude defeat Dustin Rhodes, Sting & Davey Boy Smith
– Ric Flair & Arn Anderson defeat The Hollywood Blonds (Steve Austin & Brian Pillman) in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match. The Blonds retain the NWA & WCW Tag Team Titles as the 2nd fall was a DQ

In 1996, WCW’s The Great American Bash was held in Baltimore, Maryland

– Konnan defeats El Gato to retain the WCW United States Title
– Dean Malenko defeats Rey Misterio Jr to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Title
– Chris Benoit defeats Kevin Sullivan in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
– Ric Flair & Arn Anderson defeat Kevin Greene & Steve McMichael
– The Giant defeats Lex Luger to retain the WCW World Title

Title Changes

1937 – Bronko Nagurski defeats Dean Detton to win the World Heavyweight Title

1959 – The Zebra Kid defeats The Golden Giant to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1977 – The Great Kojika & Motoshi Okuma defeat Samson Kutsuwada & Akihisa Takachiho to win the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles

1984 – Terry Taylor defeats Krusher Khrushchev to win the MSW Television Title

1986 – Buzz Sawyer defeats Chris Adams to win the WCCW Television Title

1993 – Money Inc (Ted DiBiase & Irwin R Schyster) defeat The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles


Happy birthday to 5-time ECW World Champion The Sandman* (49) and former WWF World and Intercontinental Champion (The Ultimate) Warrior (53)

* There are conflicting sources on The Sandman’s birthday. Some put it today, others on June 19th. Having done some research, I’m confident I have the right date, but if anyone has a definitive source, I’d appreciate it if they could forward it my way

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