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This Day In Wrestling History – July 28th‏



Trivia

2008 – WWE officially becomes PG

Title Changes

1979 – Nelson Royal defeats Al Madril by forfeit to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1985 – Hiro Saito defeats The Cobra to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title, though The Cobra later defeats Saito to win both the NWA and WWF Junior Heavyweight Titles

1994 – Steve Williams defeats Mitsuharu Misawa to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title

1994 – Silver King defeats Brazo de Plata to win the CMLL World Heavyweight Title

1997 – on Nitro, Alex Wright defeats Chris Jericho to win the WCW Cruiserweight 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

2003 – on Raw, Molly Holly defeats Gail Kim to win the WWE Womens Title

2004 – in an Ultimate X Match also featuring AJ Styles, Michael Shane & Kazarian retrieve the belt at the same time and are pronounced co-holders of the TNA X-Division Title

2010 – on Smackdown, Dolph Ziggler defeats Kofi Kingston to win the WWE Intercontinental Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to one half of the current Chikara Campeonatos de Parejas Nick Jackson (23) and joshi legend Lioness Asuka (49)

Also, today would have been the birthday of NWA star ‘Mr Wrestling’ Tim Woods (78)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2007, the wrestling world lost 2-time NJPW Real World Champion Karl Gotch at the age of 82. Born in Antwerp, Belgium, Gotch was schooled in Greco-Roman wrestling from an early age, eventually competing for Belgium in the 1948 Olympics. Gotch began training to be a professional wrestler at Billy Riley’s ‘Snake Pit’ gym in Wigan, England and debuted in 1955. By the close of the decade, he was regarded as one of the best in Europe and ventured to North America to further test his skills. It was here that he adopted the ‘Karl Gotch’ name, having competed as ‘Karl Krauser’ in Europe. He won his first major championship in 1961, capturing the Ohio version of the AWA World Title. He fell out of favour with many American wrestlers after getting into an altercation with then-NWA World Champion Buddy Rogers, in which he broke Rogers’ hand. The fight broke out after Rogers refused to grant Gotch a shot at the championship, fearing that Gotch (a superior ‘shoot wrestler’) would steal his championship. After a brief run with the WWWF, Gotch moved to Japan where he became one of the stars of the upstart New Japan Pro Wrestling promotion. His style was adopted by Antonio Inoki and, through Gotch’s later work as a trainer, Tatsumi Fujinami, Osamu Kido and Hiro Matsuda amonst others. Gotch quietly left the wrestling business in the 1990’s and lived out his retirement in Florida, passing of natural causes.

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