This Day In Wrestling History – July 10th‏

Jul 10, 2012 - by Jamie Cruickshank


2007 – the word ‘Smackdown’ is added to Webster’s Dictionary


In 1988, NWA’s The Great American Bash, held in Baltimore, Maryland, marked the return to the original format of the Bash after 2 years of tour-based events. It was the first Bash to air on PPV

– Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard fought Sting & Nikita Koloff to a time-limit draw to retain the NWA World Tag Team Titles
– The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) defeat The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers) to win the NWA United States Tag Team Titles
– Steve Williams, Jimmy Garvin, Ron Garvin & The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) defeat Kevin Sullivan, Al Perez, Mike Rotunda, The Russian Assassin and Ivan Koloff in a Tower of Doom Match
– Barry Windham defeats Dusty Rhodes to retain the NWA United States Title
– Ric Flair defeats Lex Luger to retain the NWA World Title

In 2011, TNA Destination X was held in Orlando, Florida. In a hark back to the early days of TNA, the show was X-Division only. Also, the event saw the on-screen rehiring of Austin Aries, who would win the TNA World Title at this event a year later

– Alex Shelley defeats Amazing Red, Robbie E & Shannon Moore in an Ultimate X Match
– Rob Van Dam defeats Jerry Lynn
– Austin Aries defeats Jack Evans, Zema Ion & Low Ki in a 4-Way Match to win a TNA contract
– Brian Kendrick defeats Abyss to win the TNA X-Division Title
– AJ Styles defeats Christopher Daniels

Title Changes

1967 – The Sicilians (Lou Albano & Tony Altimore) defeat Spiros Arion & Arnold Skaaland to win the WWWF United States Tag Team Titles

1985 – Dutch Mantel defeats The Snowman by countout to win the MSW Television Title

2001 – on Smackdown, Jeff Hardy defeats Mike Awesome to win the WWF Hardcore Title

2004 – Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeats Jushin Liger to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Title

2011 – Go Shiozaki defeats Takashi Sugiura to win the GHC Heavyweight Title


Happy birthday to former WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Duane ‘Gillberg’ Gill (53) and one-time World Class Television Champion Billy Jack Haynes (59)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former ECW and WCW Tag Team Champion Johnny Grunge (46) and WWE Hall of Famer Bobo Brazil (88)

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