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This Day In Wrestling History – August 19th‏



Trivia

2002 – After tonight’s Raw, the 24/7 rule on the WWE Hardcore Title is deactivated

Events

In 2001, WWF Summerslam was the first PPV which saw both WWF and WCW titles defended. It was held in San Jose, California

– Edge defeats Lance Storm to win the WWF Intercontinental Title
– X-Pac defeats Tajiri to unify the WCW Cruiserweight and WWF Light Heavyweight Titles
– Rob Van Dam defeats Jeff Hardy in a Ladder Match to win the WWF Hardcore Title
– The Brothers Of Destruction (Kane & The Undertaker) defeat Diamond Dallas Page & Chris Kanyon in a Cage Match to win the WWF and WCW Tag Team Titles
– Kurt Angle defeats Steve Austin by DQ (Austin retains the WWF Title)
– The Rock defeats Booker T to win the WCW Title

Title Changes

1990 – Riki Choshu defeats Big Van Vader to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title. Also, Pegasus Kid defeats Jushin Liger to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title

1991 – Bill Dundee defeats Danny Davis to win the USWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1999 – on Thunder, Lenny Lane defeats Rey Misterio Jr to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title

2002 – the WWE Hardcore Title is passed from Tommy Dreamer to Bradshaw, to Crash Holly and back to Dreamer

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WWE developmental talent Chet Jablonski (32), current WWE wrestler Percy Watson (31) and WWE ring announcer Lilian Garcia (45)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost three personalities on this date:

Firstly, in 1975, 2-time World Heavyweight Champion ‘The Golden Greek’ Jim Londos died at the age of 78. Londos ran away from home aged 13 and found his way onto one of the immigration ships bound for the USA. With no qualifications, Londos worked several odd jobs (including working as a cabin boy and a nude model for life drawing classes) before joining the circus, where he was first exposed to professional wrestling. He began his professional career as ‘The Wrestling Plasterer’ Christopher Theophelus, before abandoning the gimmick in favor of the no-nonsense ‘Jim Londos’. Unusually for his time, he was not an accomplished ‘catch wrestler’, instead relying on his good looks and charisma to achieve popularity. Towards the end of his career, he wrestled a series of matches back in his homeland, one of which drew a crowd of close to 100,000 people. He retired in 1946 and devoted the remainder of his life to charitable pursuits, focusing primarily on Greek World War 2 orphans. He was honored by both US President Richard Nixon and King Paul of Greece for his charity work. Londos eventually died of a heart attack

Secondly, in 2010, famed manager Skandor Akbar lost his battle with cancer at the age of 75. Akbar began his professional career as an active wrestler in 1963, competing under the name ‘Jimmy Wehba’. Three years later, at the behest of Fritz Von Erich, he changed his ring name to ‘Skandor Akbar’ in order to sound more Arabic. He eventually retired from active ring duties in 1977 and founded ‘Devastation Inc.’, a villainous stable based in the Texas territory. He became known for his over-the-top heelish antics at ringside, intentionally harassing fans, blowing cigar smoke in their faces and occasionally throwing fireballs at his opponents. He quietly retired from wrestling in the mid-to-late 90′s but remained a prominent figure in the business, repeatedly attending conventions and giving interviews for DVD releases. His final wrestling appearance was at an independent event in Texas in 2009

Finally, also in 2010, Georgia legend ‘Nightmare’ Ted Allen died aged 54. At the age of 14, he talked his way into becoming the ring announcer for his local independent promotion in Cartersville, Georgia. In 1975, he made his wrestling debut, competing as ‘Ted Atlas’ but quickly signed for Nick Gulas’ promotion, where he became ‘Ted Allen’. He grew to become one of the most respected names in the southern states, both as Ted Allen and many of his masked personas. In his later career, he became a renowned trainer, counting Arn Anderson, The Big Bossman, Scotty Riggs and Ranger Ross among his students. After his retirement, he remained a prominent figure in the business, accepting a position in the Cauliflower Alley Club, as well as making regular appearances at conventions. He succumbed to an apparent heart attack

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One Response

  1. CMBurnham says:

    Today is also the birthday of former UWF Tag Team Champion Tim Horner and 1960s star Treach Phillips.

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