This Day In Wrestling History – July 2nd
Jul 2, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank
1962 – Don Kent defeats Red McKim to win the TSW Oklahoma and Oklahoma Junior Heavyweight Titles. Also, Jack & Jim Dalton defeat Alberto & Ramon Torres to win the TSW Southwestern Tag Team Titles
2000 – Crash Holly defeats Steve Blackman to win the WWF Hardcore Title but would lose it back to Blackman before the end of the night
2002 – on Smackdown, Edge & Hulk Hogan defeat Billy & Chuck to win the WWF Tag Team Titles
2007 – on Raw, Umaga defeats Santino Marella to win the WWE Intercontinental Title
Happy birthday to former WWF Tag and Light Heavyweight Champion Scotty 2 Hotty (43), former WCW wrestler Joe Gomez (40), current WWE referee Charles Robinson (49), WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart (56) and former WWE Diva Amy Weber (43)
On this day in 1969, the wrestling world lost one-time NWA Junior Heavyweight Champion Iron Mike DiBiase at the age of 45. DiBiase was an accomplished amateur wrestler, representing the US Navy and the University of Nebraska in UNL divisions. After turning professional in 1950, DiBiase began to win championships all over America, though primarily competed in the south. He was most successful in the AWA’s Midwest territory and the NWA’s Amarillo territory, winning the main heavyweight title 3 times in each. He also held championships in Oregon, Chicago, Los Angeles aswell as in the Central States and Tri-State territories. DiBiase actually died in the ring, suffering a fatal heart attack in a match with Man Mountain Mike. Harley Race, who was ringside, realized what was happening and attempted CPR, but DiBiase was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Some may not know that he is not the biological father of ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase, rather, he married Ted’s mother and later adopted him.