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This Day In Wrestling History – August 9th‏



Events

In 1997, WCW Road Wild was held at the motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota

– Konnan defeats Rey Misterio Jr in a Mexican Deathmatch
– Alex Wright defeats Chris Jericho to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Title
– The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) defeat The Outsiders (Kevin Nash & Scott Hall) by DQ (The Outsiders retain the WCW Tag Team Titles)
– Hollywood Hogan defeats Lex Luger to win the WCW World Title

Title Changes

1967 – Buddy Moreno defeats Buddy Austin to win the Texas Heavyweight Title

1969 – Antonio Inoki & Michiaki Yoshimura defeat Crusher Lisowski & Al Mahilik to win the vacant JWA All Asia Tag Team Titles

1980 – Bob Backlund & Pedro Morales defeat The Wild Samoans (Afa & Sika) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

1986 – Ric Flair defeats Dusty Rhodes to win the NWA World Title

1991 – Akira Nogami defeats Jushin Liger to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title

1997 – Sabu defeats Terry Funk in a Barbed Wire Match to win the ECW World Title

1999 – on Raw, Kane & X-Pac defeat The Acolytes (Bradshaw & Faarooq) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

1999 – on Nitro, Chris Benoit defeats David Flair to win the WCW United States Title

2002 – the WWE Hardcore Title is passed from Tommy Dreamer to Shawn Stasiak, to Steven Richards and back to Tommy Dreamer

2010 – Angelina Love defeats Madison Rayne to win the TNA Knockouts Title

2011 – Cody Rhodes defeats Ezekiel Jackson to win the WWE Intercontinental Title

2011 – Mexican America (Anarquia & Hernandez) defeat Beer Money Inc (James Storm & Bobby Roode) to win the TNA Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former TNA wrestler D-Ray 3000 (31) and Japanese hardcore star Kintaro Kanemura (43)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1999, the wrestling world lost Japanese female star Jackie Sato. She was just 41. Having competed in AJW for most of her career, Sato, along with others, broke away from the promotion in the 80’s to form JWP, AJW’s first true competition. Sato retired from the ring in 1988 and took a behind-the-scenes role at JWP. It was her influence that saw the mandatory retirement policy dropped from Japanese female wrestling, allowing wrestlers to retire when they wanted to, rather than when they were told to by their promoter. Sato succumbed to stomach cancer around a decade after her in-ring retirement. She was still active in the wrestling community until shortly before her death



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