This Day In Wrestling History – August 31

Aug 31, 2012 - by Jamie Cruickshank


1998 – WCW Nitro achieves it’s highest ever rating with a 6.0

2010 – Kaval wins WWE NXT Season 2

2011 – Booker T is inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame, securing 80% of the vote


In 2002, All Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Tokyo, Japan

– Abdullah The Butcher & Kendo Kashin defeat Yoji Anjoh & Mitsuya Nagai
– KroniK (Brian Adams & Bryan Clark) defeat Tomoaki Honma & Yuto Aijima
– Satoshi Kojima defeats Nobutaka Araya
– Bill Goldberg defeats Taiyo Kea
– Genichiro Tenryu, Steve Williams, Arashi, Koki Kitahara & Masao Orihara defeat Keiji Mutoh, Hiroshi Hase, Jinsei Shinzaki, George Hines & Kaz Hayashi in an Elimination Match with Tenryu & Williams surviving

In 2008, AJPW Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 5 was held in Tokyo, Japan

– Ryuji Hijikata defeats KAI to retain the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title
– Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeat Taru & Togi Makabe
– Keiji Mutoh defeats Hirooki Goto to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– Suwama fought Taiyo Kea to a time-limit draw to retain the AJPW Triple Crown Title

Title Changes

1968 – Verne Gagne defeats Dr X to win the AWA World Title

1983 – Jumbo Tsuruta defeats Bruiser Brody to win the NWA International Heavyweight Title

1986 – Eddie Gilbert & Sting defeat The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers) to win the vacant UWF Tag Team Titles

1987 – Ted Arcidi wins a Battle Royal to win the vacant WCCW Texas Heavyweight Title

1996 – Jamie Dundee defeats Wolfie D to win the USWA Television Title

1997 – Kensuke Sasaki defeats Shinya Hashimoto to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title


Happy birthday to former WWE and TNA World Champion Jeff Hardy (35), former WWE wrestler John ‘Tank’ Toland (32) and former WWE Womens, Divas and TNA Knockouts Champion Mickie James (33)

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