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This Day In Wrestling History – August 8th‏



Trivia

2010 – Jimmy Yang wins the AJPW Junior League, defeating KAI in the final

Events

In 1998, WCW Road Wild was held at the motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota

– Saturn defeats Raven & Chris Kanyon in a Triangle Raven’s Rules Match
– Juventud Guerrera defeats Chris Jericho with Dean Malenko as special guest referee to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title
– Goldberg wins a Battle Royal also featuring nWo Hollywood (The Giant, Scott Hall, Curt Hennig & Scott Norton) & nWo Wolfpac (Konnan, Lex Luger, Kevin Nash & Sting) to retain the WCW World Title
– Diamond Dallas Page & Jay Leno defeat Hollywood Hogan & Eric Bischoff

In 2010, TNA Hardcore Justice was a one-off ECW reunion event held in Orlando, Florida. Tommy Dreamer was the man behind the idea, having just signed with the company. Jerry Lynn was supposed to face RVD in the main event, but was forced to pull out due to injury

– The FBI (Guido Maritato, Tracey Smothers & Tony Luke) defeat Kid Kash, Simon Diamond & Johnny Swinger
– Too Cold Scorpio defeats CW Anderson
– Stevie Richards defeats PJ Polaco
– Rhino defeats Brother Runt & Al Snow in a 3-Way Dance Elimination Match
– Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) defeat Axl Rotten & Kahoneys in a South Philadelphia Street Fight
– Raven defeats Tommy Dreamer in a Final Showdown Match with Mick Foley as special guest referee
– Rob Van Dam defeats Sabu in a Hardcore Rules Match

Title Changes

1960 – Red & Lou Bastien defeat The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello & Roy Heffernan) to win the NWA Northeast United States Tag Team Titles

1961 – Verne Gagne defeats Gene Kiniski to win the AWA World Title

1963 – Verne Gagne defeats Fritz von Erich to win the AWA World Title

1966 – Waldo von Erich defeats Tony Borne to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1969 – The Medics (1 & 2) defeat Ramon & Alberto Torres to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1981 – Wahoo McDaniel defeats Roddy Piper to win the NWA United States Title

1992 – The Dirty White Boy defeats Brian Lee to win the SMW Heavyweight Title. Also, The Fantastics (Bobby & Jackie Fulton) defeat The Heavenly Bodies (Stan Lane & Tom Prichard) with Bob Armstrong as special guest referee to win the SMW Tag Team Titles

1993 – Tito Santana defeats Don Muraco to win the NWA-ECW Title. Also, The Dark Patriot & Eddie Gilbert win a tournament to win the vacant ECW Tag Team Titles

1994 – Lance Storm defeats Chris Candido to win the SMW Television Title. Also, The Rock n Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) defeat Chris Candido & Brian Lee to win the SMW Tag Team Titles.

1997 – Dutch Mantel defeats Jerry Lawler to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title. This would be the final reign before the promotion closed in November

1998 – Masahiro Chono defeats Tatsumi Fujinami to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title. Also, Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa defeat Dr Wagner Jr & Koji Kanemoto in the final of a tournament to become the first IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WWE wrestler Eric Angle (46), former TNA personality Scott D’Amore (39), CMLL regular Angel de Oro (25) and one-time WWF Womens Champion Sable (46)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former WWF manager and announcer Lord Alfred Hayes (85)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1966, the wrestling world lost 4-time World Heavyweight Champion Ed ‘Strangler’ Lewis at the age of 75. Lewis began wrestling at the age of 14, adopting the ‘Strangler’ moniker as a tribute to late-19th century star Evan Lewis. Lewis soon became a member of the famous ‘Gold Dust Trio’ who revolutionized wrestling by promoting undercards and creating storylines, safe in the knowledge that should anyone deviate from the script, Lewis would be able to legitimately defeat them. Lewis won his first World Heavyweight Championship in 1920, defeating the man who would go on to become his greatest rival, Joe Stecher. Stecher began promoting his own shows, creating what is credited to be the first cross-promotional rivalry within wrestling, a rivalry that came to a head in April 1925. Famed grappler Stanislaus Zbyszko was asked by the Trio to lose to football star Wayne Munn in an attempt to give the popular-but-unskilled Munn credibility as a wrestler. Zbyszko hated the idea and secretly defected to Stecher’s camp, later going on to defeat and humiliate Munn with his superior wrestling ability. Despite this, Lewis’ career continued to flourish both in and out of the ring. In 1934, his match against Jim Londos set a wrestling gate record that would stand for nearly 20 years. Even as his career wound down, he still managed to make a major contribution to the business, training the art of submission holds (hooking) to a youngster named Lou Thesz. Lewis had originally retired in 1935, but returned 7 years later despite suffering from trachoma, which caused him to be legally blind. He retired for good in 1948, but lost his sight completely soon after and became entirely reliant on carers for the rest of his life. He died of natural causes in New York.


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