This Day In Wrestling History – August 24th

Aug 24, 2012 - by Jamie Cruickshank


In 2003, WWE Summerslam was held in Phoenix, Arizona

– on Heat, Rey Mysterio defeats Shannon Moore to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Title
– La Resistance (Rene Dupree & Sylvain Grenier) defeat The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) to retain the World Tag Team Titles
– Shawn Michaels defeats Eric Bischoff in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
– Eddie Guerrero defeats Chris Benoit, Rhyno & Tajiri in a Fatal Four Way Match to retain the WWE United States Title
– Kurt Angle defeats Brock Lesnar to retain the WWE Title
– Kane defeats Rob Van Dam in a No Holds Barred Match
– Triple H defeats Goldberg, Chris Jericho, Randy Orton, Kevin Nash & Shawn Michaels in an Elimination Chamber Match to retain the World Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1960 – The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello & Roy Heffernan) defeat Red & Lou Bastien to win the NWA Northeast United States Tag Team Titles

1985 – The Dream Team (Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine) defeat The US Express (Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

1990 – The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) defeat The Midnight Express to win the NWA United States Tag Team Titles

1992 – Miss Texas defeats Lauren Davenport to win the USWA Womens Title

1999 – on Smackdown, The Big Boss Man defeats Al Snow to win the WWF Hardcore Title


Happy birthday to WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson (68), one-time WWE Cruiserweight Champion Sho Funaki (44) and WWE chairman Vince McMahon (67)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2003, the wrestling world lost famed British announcer Kent Walton to natural causes aged 86. Walton attended stage school in his early life before serving in the RAF during World War Two. At war’s end, he returned to acting before finding his niche in sports commentary, specializing initially in football and tennis before ITV’s lead wrestling commentator in the mid-50’s. At the peak of it’s powers, ITV’s wrestling coverage attracted up to 12 million viewers (a very high figure for UK television) with fans including several members of the Royal Family, The Queen included, and then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. After ITV dropped wrestling from it’s programming in 1988, Walton became a radio presenter and film producer.

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