This Day In Wrestling History – August 25th‏

Aug 25, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


1977 – Hulk Hogan makes his professional debut as ‘The Super Destroyer’

2012 – WWE debuts ‘Saturday Morning Slam’. This was the first WWE show exclusively aimed at children


In 2002, WWE Summerslam, held in Uniondale, New York, saw the final defense of the WWE Undisputed Title and the first match for Shawn Michaels since Wrestlemania XIV in 1998

– The Un-Americans (Lance Storm & Christian) defeat Booker T & Goldust to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– Rob Van Dam defeats Chris Benoit to win the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Shawn Michaels defeats Triple H in an Unsanctioned Street Fight
– Brock Lesnar defeats The Rock to win the WWE Undisputed Title

Title Changes

1978 – Bruiser Brody defeats Karl Krupp to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1991 – Sting defeats Steve Austin in the final of a tournament to win the vacant NWA United States Title

1999 – Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa defeat NO FEAR (Takao Omori & Yoshihiro Takayama) to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles and the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles. The All Asia titles were vacated soon after the match

2000 – Yoshihiro Tajiri & Mikey Whipwreck win the vacant ECW Tag Team Titles

2005 – Black Tiger defeats Jason Rumble to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

2011 – Mickie James defeats Winter to win the TNA Knockouts Title


Happy birthday to 3-time NWA Tag Team Champion David Young (41) and one-time WWWF Champion Ivan Koloff (71)

Also, today would have been the birthday of 22-time WWF Hardcore Champion Crash Holly (42)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2005, the wrestling world lost one-time WWF Tag Team Champion Ed ‘Moondog King’ White at the age of 56. White began his adult life at work on the Great Lakes boats before being recruited by Ontario promoter, Larry Kasaboski in 1972. He established himself as a tag team wrestler, winning the Canadian International Tag Titles before moving to the WWF to compete as Moondog King, a caveman-type gimmick. Here, he won a further Tag Team Title before being forced to give up his share after he was denied re-entry to the USA. Now competing back in Canada, White won a further four championships before becoming semi-retired to start a political career. He twice ran for office but was unsuccessful on both occasions. By the 2000′s, his health was in decline; he was suffering from Bell’s Palsy and had had two heart attacks. In December 2004, his taxi crashed and his injuries saw him put on life support, from which he would not recover.

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