This Day In Wrestling History – July 17th‏

Jul 17, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


In 1994, WCW Bash at the Beach, held in Orlando, Florida, saw the WCW in-ring debut of Hulk Hogan

– Lord Steven Regal defeats Johnny B Badd to retain the WCW Television Title
– Steve Austin defeats Ricky Steamboat to retain the WCW United States Title
– Pretty Wonderful (Paul Roma & Paul Orndorff) All Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Osaka, Japan

– Steve Williams, Mike Rotunda & Yuto Aijima defeat Arashi, Nobutaka Araya & Nobukazu Hirai
– Kendo Kashin defeats Gran Hamada to retain the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title
– Mil Mascaras & Dos Caras defeat Abdullah The Butcher & Yoji Anjoh
– KroniK (Brian Adams & Bryan Clark) defeat Keiji Mutoh & Taiyo Kea to win the AJPW Tag Team Titles
– Genichiro Tenryu defeats Satoshi Kojima to retain the AJPW Triple Crown Title

In 2011, the second WWE Money In The Bank was held in Rosemont, Illinois. CM Punk’s contract was set to expire tonight, setting up a storyline where he left the company with the title

– Daniel Bryan defeats Sheamus, Kane, Sin Cara, Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater to win Smackdown’s Money In The Bank Match
– Kelly Kelly defeats Brie Bella to retain the WWE Divas Title
– Alberto Del Rio defeats Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston, Alex Riley, R-Truth, The Miz, Evan Bourne & Jack Swagger to win Raw’s Money In The Bank Match
– Christian defeats Randy Orton by DQ to win the World Heavyweight Title
– CM Punk defeats John Cena to win the WWE Title and cause Cena to be fired, though the decision to fire Cena would be reversed the next night on Raw

Title Changes

1990 – Terry Gordy defeats Stan Hansen to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title

1993 – Brian Lee defeats Tracy Smothers to win the SMW Heavyweight Title

2004 – Doug Williams defeats Alex Shelley in the final of a tournament to become the first ROH Pure Champion

2006 – Hiroshi Tanahashi defeats Giant Bernard in the final of a tournament to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title

2007 – on Smackdown, The Great Khali wins a 20-man Battle Royal to win the vacant World Heavyweight Title


Happy birthday to current TNA wrestler Knux (35), one-time WCW Cruiserweight Champion Daffney (38), one-time TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion Lacey von Erich (27), All Japan regular Sushi (35) and Dragon Gate star Masato Yoshino (33)

Also, today would have been the birthday of one-time NWA World Champion Edouard Carpentier (87) and former NWA and WCW referee Randy Anderson (54)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1988, NWA star Bruiser Brody lost his life aged 42. Brody began his career in the early 70’s, freelancing for several NWA-affiliated promotions all over North America. He became a regular in the Texas territory, eventually winning a total of 12 singles titles (including one Texas Heavyweight Title) and 6 tag team titles in the area. In the early 80’s he became a star in Japan, competing regularly for AJPW and winning their heavyweight title on three occasions. He also won two World’s Strongest Tag Leagues, one with Stan Hansen, the other with Jimmy Snuka. However, Brody also gained a reputation as being exceptionally difficult to work with; he would often no-sell during matches and on one notable occasion, stopped working altogether during a cage match with Lex Luger, later stating that ‘the match just wasn’t working’. Late in his career, he began to work frequently in Puerto Rico, a decision which would lead to his death. Brody got into a fight with fellow wrestler José Gonzalez, known as Invader 1, who stabbed Brody in the shower. The entire locker room heard the commotion; Tony Atlas saw Gonzalez standing over Brody holding the knife and indeed it was he who had to carry Brody to the ambulance when the paramedics couldn’t lift the near-300lb Brody. The scandal intensified a year later when Gonzalez was inexplicably found not guilty, on account of self-defence. Several American wrestlers who had been in the locker room at the time, including Tony Atlas and Dutch Mantel, were not called to testify at the trial. The incident led many wrestlers to boycott Puerto Rico, nearly crippling the wrestling business on the island

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