This Day In Wrestling History – August 3rd‏

Aug 3, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


1997 – Kensuke Sasaki wins the NJPW G1 Climax Tournament, defeating Hiroyoshi Tenzan in the final

2008 – KAI wins the AJPW Junior League, defeating Silver King in the final


In 1997, WWF Summerslam was held in East Rutherford, New Jersey and saw the final appearance of Todd Pettengill and the first of his replacement, Michael Cole. It also featured the match in which Steve Austin’s neck was broken, an injury which eventually led to his in-ring retirement

– Mankind defeats Hunter Hearst Helmsley in a Cage Match
– Goldust defeats Brian Pillman, forcing Pillman to wear Marlena’s dress until he next won a match
– The British Bulldog defeats Ken Shamrock by DQ to retain the WWF European Title
– Steve Austin defeats Owen Hart to win the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Bret Hart defeats The Undertaker with Shawn Michaels as special guest referee to win the WWF Title

In 2002, New Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Osaka, Japan

– Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeats Yutaka Yoshie
– Osamu Nishimura fought Manabu Nakanishi to a time-limit draw
– Yuji Nagata defeats Masa Chono
– Kensuke Sasaki defeats Yoshihiro Takayama

Title Changes

1987 – Shane Douglas defeats Eddie Gilbert to win the UWF Television Title

1996 – The Gangstas (New Jack & Mustafa Saed) defeat The Eliminators (Kronus & Saturn) to win the ECW Tag Team Titles

2002 – Bradshaw defeats Tommy Dreamer to win the WWE Hardcore Title, but would lose it back to Dreamer later in the night

2012 – Atlantis & Diamante Azul defeat Los Guerreros de la Atlantida (Dragon Rojo Jr & Ultimo Guerrero) to win the CMLL Tag Team Titles


Happy birthday to Money In The Bank holder Damien Sandow (32) and Brawl For All competitor Eric ‘Butterbean’ Esch (47)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former WWWF Tag Team Champions Haystacks Calhoun (78) and Karl Gotch (89)

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