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This Day In Wrestling History – July 1st



Trivia

2007 – Chris Sabin wins the AJPW Junior League, defeating Shuji Kondo in the final

2007 – Randy Savage is inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame, securing 82% of the votes

Title Changes

1962 – Rikidozan & Toyonobori defeat Buddy Austin & Mike Sharpe to win the JWA All Asia Tag Team Titles

1966 – Giant Baba & Michiaki Yoshimura defeat Eddie Graham & Killer Karl Kox to win the JWA All Asia Tag Team Titles

1980 – Mr Hito & Mr Sakurada defeat The Von Erichs (Kevin & Kerry) to win the vacant WCCW American Tag Team Titles

1988 – The Von Erichs (Kevin & Kerry) defeat King Parsons & Terry Taylor to win the WCCW World Tag Team Titles

1989 – Joe Malenko defeats Mitsuo Momota to win the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title

2003 – on Smackdown, The World’s Greatest Tag Team (Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas) defeat Eddie Guerrero & Tajiri to win the WWE Tag Team Titles

2012 – Akebono & Ryota Hama defeat Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi to win the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to current WWE superstar Yoshi Tatsu (36)

Also, today would have been the birthday of AAA Hall of Famer Abismo Negro (42)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1992, the wrestling world lost Stan Frazier, best known for his portrayal of Uncle Elmer in the WWF. He was 54. Frazier began his career in his native Mississippi in the early 1960’s, before being ‘discovered’ by Jerry Jarrett and Jerry Lawler, who brought him to NWA Mid-America. By 1978, he was a 3-time tag team champion in the area, winning one NWA Mid-America Tag Team Title with Dennis Hall, followed by two AWA Southern Tag Team Titles with Terry Sawyer and Jerry Lawler. He also found brief success in Georgia, holding the NWA National Tag Team Titles with Ted DiBiase for 5 days in 1981. In the mid 80’s, he joined the WWF as Uncle Elmer of ‘The Hillbillies’ stable. The highlights of his WWF run were a match at WrestleMania 2 (losing to Adrian Adonis) and a legitimate in-ring wedding to Joyce Staszko on an episode of Saturday Night’s Main Event. He quietly left the WWF in 1986 and returned to Tennessee, where he won a further two AWA Southern Tag Team Titles aswell as two CWA Super Heavyweight Titles. With his health failing, he retired in 1990 and eventually passed of kidney failure

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