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This Day In Wrestling History – June 23rd



Events

In 1994, WCW Clash of the Champions XXVII was held in Charleston, North Carolina

– Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan defeat The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) to retain the WCW World Tag Team Titles – Steven Regal defeats Larry Zbyszko to win the WCW Television Title – Johnny B Badd defeats Steve Austin by DQ (Austin retains the WCW United States Title) – Ric Flair defeats Sting to unify the WCW World Title and the WCW International World Title. The Big Gold Belt is now referred to as the WCW World Title and would remain the major title in the promotion until its end in 2001

In 1996, WWF King of the Ring, held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was the first KoR not to feature the quarter final matches. It was also the event that featured the famed ‘Austin 3:16 speech’, leading to the creation of the Stone Cold Steve Austin character

– The Smoking Gunns (Billy & Bart) defeat The Godwinns (Henry & Phineas) to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles – The Ultimate Warrior defeats Jerry Lawler – Mankind defeats The Undertaker by TKO (Taker passed out while in the Mandible Claw) – Ahmed Johnson defeats Goldust to win the WWF Intercontinental Title – Steve Austin wins the King of the Ring Tournament, defeating Jake Roberts in the final – Shawn Michaels defeats The British Bulldog with Mr Perfect as special guest enforcer to retain the WWF Title

In 2002, WWE King of the Ring was held in Columbus, Ohio

– Jamie Noble defeats The Hurricane to win the WWE Cruiserweight Title – Molly Holly defeats Trish Stratus to win the WWE Womens Title – Kurt Angle defeats Hulk Hogan – Brock Lesnar wins the King of the Ring Tournament, defeating Rob Van Dam in the final – The Undertaker defeats Triple H to retain the WWE Undisputed Title

In 2007, ROH Driven was held in Chicago Ridge, Illinois. This was the promotion’s second PPV event, airing in September

– The Briscoe Brothers (Jay & Mark) defeat Kevin Steen & El Generico to retain the ROH Tag Team Titles – Takeshi Morishima defeats Jimmy Rave to retain the ROH World Title – Bryan Danielson defeats Nigel McGuinness. This match was not held live at the show, but was included in the PPV broadcast

Title Changes

1972 – Billy Red Lyons defeats The Spoiler to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1980 – Mr Hito & Mr Sakurada defeat Jose Lothario & Tiger Conway Jr to win the WCCW American Tag Team Titles

1982 – Ted DiBiase defeats Junkyard Dog to win the MSW North American Title

1984 – Gino Hernandez (replacing Kerry von Erich, who he injured) defeats Ric Flair in the final of a tournament to win the vacant Texas Heavyweight Title

1989 – The Stud Stable (Robert Fuller & Brian Lee) defeat Jeff Jarrett & Mil Mascaras to win the WCCW World Tag Team Titles

1992 – The Super Destroyers (AJ Petrucci & Doug Stahl) win a tournament to become the first ever ECW Tag Team Champions

1995 – Apolo Dantes defeats Silver King to win the CMLL World Heavyweight Title

Birthdays

As far as I’m aware, there are no significant birthdays today

In Memoriam

On this day in 2006, the wrestling world lost one half of the first WWWF Tag Team Champions ‘Crazy’ Luke Graham at the age of 66. His early career saw him compete alongside kayfabe brother Jerry. The pair began wrestling for the WWWF in 1964 and held their United States Tag Titles for a little over 8 months. He left the area around a year later to compete for WWA in Los Angeles before a brief and uneventful run in the AWA. He returned to the WWWF in 1971, appearing as one half of the inaugural WWWF World Tag Team Champions alongside Tarzan Tyler, though who they defeated for the titles (assuming they defeated anyone) is unclear. They lost the titles 6 months later and he dropped out of the company once more. Spells in several NWA territories preceded his retirement in the late 1980’s, after which he left the wrestling business, only to return in 2001, promoting Galaxy Championship Wrestling alongside his son. Graham’s health began to fail going into the mid-2000’s and he had a pacemaker installed shortly before his death of congestive heart failure.


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