This Day In Wrestling History – July 27th
In 2003, WWE Vengeance was a Smackdown-exclusive event, held in Denver, Colorado
– Eddie Guerrero defeats Chris Benoit in the final of a tournament to win the vacant WWE United States Title
– Bradshaw wins the APA Invitational Bar Room Brawl
– The World’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) defeat Rey Mysterio & Billy Kidman to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– Sable defeats Stephanie McMahon in a No Countouts Match
– Vince McMahon defeats Zach Gowen
– Kurt Angle defeats Brock Lesnar & The Big Show in a No-DQ Triple Threat Match to win the WWE Title
1963 – Fritz von Erich defeats Verne Gagne to win the AWA World Title
1990 – Stan Hansen defeats Mitsuharu Misawa to win the vacant AJPW Triple Crown Title
1996 – Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) defeat The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) to win the WCW World Tag Team Titles
1996 – Dr Wagner Jr defeats Aquarius to win the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Title. CMLL does not currently recognize this change
2001 – Jun Akiyama defeats Mitsuharu Misawa to win the GHC Heavyweight Title
2002 – the WWE Hardcore Title’s 24/7 Rule sees the belt pass from Bradshaw to Raven, to Justin Credible, to Shawn Stasiak and back to Bradshaw
2002 – Low Ki defeats Spanky, Christopher Daniels & Doug Williams in a Four Way Iron Man Match to become the first ROH World Champion
2004 – Booker T defeats John Cena, Rene Dupree, Kenzo Suzuki, Rob Van Dam, Billy Gunn, Charlie Haas & Luther Reigns in an 8-Way Elimination Match to win the vacant WWE United States Title. Also, Spike Dudley defeats Rey Mysterio to win the WWE Cruiserweight Title
2010 – Hamada & Taylor Wilde defeat The Beautiful People (Lacey von Erich & Velvet Sky) to win the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles
Happy birthday to former NWA regular Manny Fernandez (58), 2-time AWA Tag and Television Champion Greg Gagne (64), former WWF, WCW and ECW wrestler Matt ‘Doink The Clown’ Osborne (55), one-time WCW Hardcore Champion Shannon Moore (33), 13-time World Champion Triple H (43), WWE Triple Crown Champion Dolph Ziggler (32) and one-time IWGP Tag Team Champion Wataru Inoue (39)
The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date.
Firstly, in 2000, WWE, WCW and NWA Hall of Famer Gordon Solie died at the age of 71. Solie is probably the most recognizable announcer from the ‘classic’ era of wrestling. He used a calm, intelligent style of commentary seldom seen amongst his peers. He was also famed for pronouncing the word ‘suplex’ as ‘su-play’. Modern fans will best remember him from his time calling WCW matches from 1994-95, though he was involved with the promotion for several years prior to that. He left WCW after a falling out over their Hall of Fame. Randy Savage pushed for his father, Angelo Poffo, to be inducted. Solie opposed the decision, stating that wrestlers should not push themselves or their family members into contention. Solie and Poffo were both inducted in 1995, but Solie had already given his notice and left the promotion. His final announcing job was supposed to be the infamous Heroes of Wrestling PPV, but due to failing health, he never made it. He died of throat cancer at his home in Florida.
One year later, one-time WWF Womens Champion Rhonda Sing, also known as Bertha Faye, died aged just 40. Sing gained an interest in wrestling after attending several Stampede Wrestling shows in her native Calgary. She approached the Hart family, but was told that they did not train women at that time (Bret Hart refutes this, saying it was a scheduling issue). She was later given Mildred Burke’s contact information and began training at her facility in Encino, California, starting in 1978. She was soon scouted by AJW in Japan, where she made her professional debut in January 1979, teaming with Mami Kumano to defeat Jackie Sato and Maki Ueda. Sing has stated that she was mistreated by her fellow wrestlers, partly due to her inexperience, but also due to their dislike of losing to foreigners. After her stints in Japan, she began competing for Stampede, becoming their first Womens Champion in 1987. After several years touring the world, she was signed by the WWF to bolster their fledgling women’s division. Fed up with her gimmick and restricted in the ring, she endured a miserable year with the promotion before leaving. She briefly appeared with WCW, but left after being reduced to comedy relief (Nitro Girl Beef) once again. After WCW, she left wrestling altogether, working as a carer for the handicapped before passing of a heart attack.