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This Day In Wrestling History – August 27th‏



Trivia

1994 – ECW officially withdraws from the NWA

Events

In 1990, WWF Summerslam was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

– The Texas Tornado defeats Mr Perfect to win the WWF Intercontinental Title
– The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart) defeat Demolition (Ax & Smash) in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match to win the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Randy Savage defeats Dusty Rhodes
– Hulk Hogan defeats Earthquake by countout
– The Ultimate Warrior defeats Rick Rude in a Cage Match to retain the WWF Title

In 1995, WWF Summerslam was again held in Pennsylvania, this time in Pittsburgh

– Barry Horowitz defeats Skip (Horowitz wins! Horowitz wins!)
– Bertha Faye defeats Alundra Blayze to win the WWF Womens Title
– The Undertaker defeats Kama in a Casket Match
– Bret Hart defeats Isaac Yankem by DQ
– Shawn Michaels defeats Razor Ramon in a Ladder Match to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Diesel defeats King Mabel to retain the WWF Title

In 2000, WWF Summerslam was held in Raleigh, North Carolina

– Chyna & Eddie Guerrero defeat Val Venis & Trish Stratus. Chyna pins Stratus to win the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Steve Blackman defeats Shane McMahon to win the WWF Hardcore Title
– Chris Benoit defeats Chris Jericho in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match
– Edge & Christian defeat The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff) & The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) in the first ever TLC Match to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
– The Undertaker fought Kane to a no contest, as Kane left the ring area before the match got underway after being unmasked by Taker
– The Rock defeats Kurt Angle & Triple H in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WWF Title

In 2006, AJPW Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku was held in Tokyo, Japan. This event began All Japan’s so-called Pro Wrestling Love era

– Ro-Z defeats Akira Raijin
– D-Lo Brown, Bull Buchanan & TAKA Michinoku defeat Minoru Suzuki, Nosawa Rongai & Mazada
– Shuji Kondo defeats Kaz Hayashi to retain the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title
– The Great Muta defeats Yoshihiro Tajiri
– Taiyo Kea defeats Toshiaki Kawada to retain the AJPW Triple Crown Title
– Hiroshi Hase, Satoshi Kojima & Katsuhiko Nakajima defeat Taru, Suwama & Brother Yasshi

In 2011, NJPW/AJPW/NOAH All Together was held in Tokyo, Japan. This was a benefit show of sorts for the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Usually I don’t report full cards, but I felt it important to acknowledge all who performed on this show

– Kota Ibushi, Taiji Ishimori, Hiroshi Yamato & BUSHI defeat Tiger Mask, Kaz Hayashi, Shuji Kondo & Ricky Marvin
– Tetsuya Naito, Shuhei Taniguchi & Seiya Sanada defeat Mohammed Yone, Yujiro Takahashi & Manabu Soya
– Togi Makabe & Akitoshi Saito defeat Hirooki Goto & Taiyo Kea
– Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi, Kotaro Suzuki, Katsuhiko Nakajima & KAI defeat Koji Kanemoto, KENTA, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Minoru & Genba Hirayanagi
– Masakatsu Funaki, Takuma Sano & Jushin Liger defeat Minoru Suzuki, Atsushi Aoki & Taichi
– Kentaro Shiga won a 27-man Battle Royal to win the Destroyer Cup
– Takeshi Morishima, Akebono, Yutaka Yoshie & Ryota Hama defeat Yuji Nagata, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Osamu Nishimura & Wataru Inoue
– Kensuke Sasaki & Jun Akiyama defeat Yoshihiro Takayama & Takao Omori
– Kenta Kobashi & Keiji Muto defeat Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka
– Hiroshi Tanahashi, Go Shiozaki & Suwama defeat Shinsuke Nakamura, Takashi Sugiura & KENSO

Title Changes

1958 – Rikidozan defeats Lou Thesz to win the NWA International Heavyweight Title

1982 – Killer Khan defeats Mr Olympia to win the MSW Mississippi Title

1994 – Reigning NWA World Champion Shane Douglas throws down the NWA Title in favour of the ECW World Title. Also, Cactus Jack & Mikey Whipwreck defeat The Public Enemy (Rocco Rock & Johnny Grunge) to win the ECW Tag Team Titles

2001 – on Raw, The Hurricane defeats Matt Hardy to win the WWF European Title

2005 – Nigel McGuinness defeats Samoa Joe to win the ROH Pure Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to one-time World Heavyweight Champion The Great Khali (41), WWE Hall of Famer Sgt Slaughter (65), NWA-era tag team legend George Scott (84), 2-time WWF/E Womens Champion Jazz (40) and retired Japanese star Milano Collection AT (37)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date:

Firstly, in 1994, one-time AWA Tag Team Champion Boris Malenko died aged 61. Malenko made his professional debut in 1957 and just 4 years later, made his first attempt at the NWA World Title, coming up short against Buddy Rogers. Through the 60’s and early 70’s, Malenko established himself as one of the top stars in the Florida territory, eventually winning 13 titles in the area. He also competed in Texas during this time, winning 3 championships there. By the late 70’s, he was winding down his career, though still found occasional success in the southern states. He went on to open a training facility, becoming one of the most prolific trainers of his age. Aside his own sons, Dean & Joe, Malenko also had a hand in the training of Sean Waltman, Perry Saturn, Buddy Landel, Gangrel, Bill Eadie and more. He passed after a short battle with cancer.

On this day in 2010, the wrestling world lost former WWF personality Luna Vachon aged just 48. As a child, Vachon only had eyes for a wrestling career, despite her family encouraging her away from the business. She began training under The Fabulous Moolah at around age 16 and made her debut in Moolah’s all-female promotion in the mid-80’s. In 1985, she gained her first major exposure, appearing in Florida Championship Wrestling as a reporter. During the segment, she was ‘knocked unconscious’ by Kevin Sullivan, leading to a mental breakdown angle. In the following years, she competed in Japan, Canada and Puerto Rico while making appearances for the POWW promotion. In 1993, she was signed by the WWF (despite the company having to hire a private investigator to actually find her!) but only lasted a year before the lack of direction for the WWF’s womens division saw her leave the promotion. She had stints in ECW, WCW and several independent promotions before returning to the WWF in 1997. She primarily served as a manager, but did step into the ring on occasion, usually alongside her clients. She left the promotion again in 2000, once again dissatisfied with the direction of the womens division and would compete on the indies until her in-ring retirement in 2007. She was honoured at the 2009 Cauliflower Alley Club reunion and also served as an unofficial mentor to several Canadian wrestlers, most notably Nattie ‘Natalya’ Neidhart. She was found dead at her Florida home after an apparent accidental overdose. She was buried on a ranch formerly owned by her godfather, André The Giant



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