This Day In Wrestling History – June 26th‏

Jun 26, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


2007 – FCW promotes it’s first show as WWE’s new development territory


In 2005, WWE Vengeance, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, was a Raw-exclusive event, though it did feature Smackdown superstar Kurt Angle. At this point, Raw had both World Champions on it’s roster. However, 4 days later, Batista was drafted to Smackdown, taking the World Heavyweight Title with him

– Carlito defeats Shelton Benjamin to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Shawn Michaels defeats Kurt Angle
– John Cena defeats Christian & Chris Jericho in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WWE Title
– Batista defeats Triple H in a Hell In A Cell Match to retain the World Heavyweight Title

In 2011, ROH Best In The World was held in New York City

– Homicide defeats Rhino in a No Holds Barred Match
– El Generico defeats Christopher Daniels to win the ROH Television Title
– Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) defeat The Briscoe Brothers (Mark & Jay), The All Night Express (Rhett Titus & Kenny King) and The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli) in a Four-Way Elimination Match to retain the ROH Tag Team Titles
– Davey Richards defeats Eddie Edwards to win the ROH World Title

Title Changes

1987 – Frankie Lancaster & Eric Embry defeat The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers) to win the WCCW World Tag Team Titles

1992 – The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) defeat Big, Bad & Dangerous (Vader & Bam Bam Bigelow) to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles. Also, El Samurai defeats Jushin Liger to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title

2001 – on Smackdown, Albert defeats Kane in a No-DQ Match to win the WWF Intercontinental Title

2011 – Davey Richards defeats Eddie Edwards to win the ROH World Title. Also, El Generico defeats Christopher Daniels to win the ROH Television Title


Happy birthday to WWE Hall of Famer JJ Dillon (71), 2-time WCW Tag Team Champion Mark Jindrak (36), ChickFight VIII winner Wesna Busic (30), former WWF wrestler and famed trainer ‘Pretty Boy’ Larry Sharpe (62), former WWE announcer Matt Striker (39) and 2-time AAA Reina de Reinas Lady Apache (43)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1992, the wrestling world lost the first WWWF World Champion Buddy Rogers at the age of 71. Rogers began wrestling at his local YMCA at age 9 and became a regular champion in several sports in Camden YMCA competitions. He joined the circus as a wrestler aged 17 before joining the promotion owned by Ray & Frank Hanley. His early career took him from his native New Jersey to Houston (where he gained the Buddy Rogers moniker) and from there to Columbus (where he became known as ‘The Nature Boy’). The dawn of the television era saw him competing for Sam Muchnick in St Louis, where he and Lou Thesz were billed as the top two competitors. In 1961, he defeated Pat O’Connor to win the NWA World Title and set a North American wrestling attendance record that would be unbeaten until 1984. However, controversy soon ignited. Rogers was seen to favour northeastern promoters over other territories and despite being the national champion, rarely competed in the south. The situation came to a head in 1963. Rogers was to lose the NWA World Title to Lou Thesz, but the northeastern promoters were not happy about the decision, as Thesz was not a popular wrestler in their territories. Soon after the match, Vince McMahon and Toots Mondt seceded from the NWA to form the WWWF and announced Rogers as their champion. However, Rogers suffered a mild-heart attack shortly after his crowning, and was forced to drop the title to Bruno Sammartino. With his health failing, he made only bit-part appearances until he broke his hip in a WWF match in 1978, forcing his total retirement. He remained an active figure behind the scenes in several promotions until the 1990’s, when his health took a turn for the worse. It was a series of strokes that ultimately claimed his life

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