This Day In Wrestling History – July 23rd‏

Jul 23, 2012 - by Jamie Cruickshank


In 1989, NWA’s The Great American Bash was held in Baltimore, Maryland. The event was promoted by WCW under the NWA banner

– Jim Cornette defeats Paul E Dangerously in a Tuxedo Match
– Sting defeats The Great Muta to retain the NWA Television Title, but due to controversy in the match, the title is later vacated
– Lex Luger defeats Ricky Steamboat by DQ to retain the NWA United States Title
– The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal), The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) & Steve Williams defeat The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin, Michael Hayes & Terry Gordy) & The Samoan Swat Team (Samu & Fatu) in a War Games Match
– Ric Flair defeats Terry Funk to retain the NWA World Title

In 1995, WWF In Your House 2: The Lumberjacks. Immediately following this PPV, both Jeff Jarrett and The Roadie quit the WWF

– Shawn Michaels defeats Jeff Jarrett to win the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Owen Hart & Yokozuna defeat The Allied Powers (Lex Luger & The British Bulldog) to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Diesel defeats Sycho Sid in a Lumberjack Match to retain the WWF Title

In 2000, the third and final WWF Fully Loaded was held in Dallas, Texas

– on Heat, Steve Blackman defeats Funaki to retain the WWF Hardcore Title and Dean Malenko defeats Crash Holly to retain the WWF Light Heavyweight Title
– Perry Saturn defeats Eddie Guerrero to win the WWF European Title
– The APA (Bradshaw & Faarooq) defeat Edge & Christian by DQ (E&C retain the WWF Tag Team Titles)
– Val Venis defeats Rikishi in a Cage Match to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Triple H defeats Chris Jericho in a Last Man Standing Match
– The Rock defeats Chris Benoit to retain the WWF Title. Benoit had won the title on a DQ earlier in the match, but it was restarted by Commissioner Foley

In 2006, WWE’s The Great American Bash was held in Indianapolis, Indiana and was a Smackdown-exclusive event

– Paul London & Brian Kendrick defeat The Pitbulls (Kid Kash & Jamie Noble) to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– Finlay defeats William Regal to retain the WWE United States Title
– The Undertaker defeats The Big Show in a Punjabi Prison Match
– Mr Kennedy defeats Batista by DQ
– King Booker defeats Rey Mysterio to win the World Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1979 – Kerry von Erich & Bruiser Brody defeat Mark Lewin & Tim Brooks to win the vacant Texas Tag Team Titles

1984 – Wendi Richter defeats The Fabulous Moolah to win the WWF Womens Title. This was Moolah’s first universally-recognised loss after a reign of 28 years

1999 – NO FEAR (Takao Omori & Yoshihiro Takayama) defeat Johnny Ace & Bart Gunn to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

2001 – on Raw, Lance Storm defeats Albert to win the WWF Intercontinental Title

2005 – BJ Whitmer & Jimmy Jacobs defeat The Carnage Crew (HC Loc & Tony Devito) to win the ROH Tag Team Titles


Happy birthday to one-time USWA Heavyweight Champion Mike ‘Mantaur’ Hallick (49), former TNA X-Division Champion Sonny Siaki (38) and the 2012 AAA Rey de Reyes Perry Aguayo Jr (33)

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