This Day In Wrestling History – August 30th

Aug 30, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


In 1993, WWF Summerslam was held in Auburn Hills, Michigan and saw the last appearance of Ted DiBiase as an active WWF wrestler

– The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) defeat The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard & Jimmy Del Ray) to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Shawn Michaels defeats Mr Perfect by countout to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title
– The Undertaker defeats Giant Gonzalez in a Rest In Peace Match
– Lex Luger defeats Yokozuna by countout (Yoko retains the WWF Title)

In 1998, WWF Summerslam, held in New York City, was the first PPV to be preceded by Sunday Night Heat. It also saw the PPV debut of Edge

– D’Lo Brown defeats Val Venis by DQ to retain the WWF European Title
– X-Pac defeats Jeff Jarrett in a Hair vs Hair Match
– Ken Shamrock defeats Owen Hart in a Lion’s Den Match
– The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg & Billy Gunn) defeat Mankind in a No-DQ Handicap Match to win the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Triple H defeats The Rock in a Ladder Match to win the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Steve Austin defeats The Undertaker to retain the WWF Title

In 2002, All Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Tokyo, Japan

– Abdullah The Butcher & Kendo Kashin defeat Masa Fuchi & Mr Problem
– Kaz Hayashi defeats Jimmy Yang
– Genichiro Tenryu defeats Hiroshi Hase
– Bill Goldberg defeats Satoshi Kojima
– KroniK (Brian Adams & Bryan Clark) defeat Mike Barton & Jim Steele to retain the AJPW Tag Team Titles
– Keiji Mutoh defeats Taiyo Kea

In 2009, AJPW Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 8 was held in Tokyo, Japan

– Kaz Hayashi defeats Shuji Kondo to retain the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title
– F4 (Hiroshi Yamato, KAI & Satoshi Kojima) defeat Akihiko Ito, Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi
– Yoshihiro Takayama defeats Suwama to retain the AJPW Triple Crown Title
– Keiji Muto & Masakatsu Funaki defeat Masahiro Chono & Minoru Suzuki

Title Changes

1988 – Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu defeat Ashura Hara & Genichiro Tenryu to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

1993 – Dustin Rhodes defeats Rick Rude to win the vacant WCW United States Title

1995 – Masayoshi Motegi defeats El Hijo Del Santo in the final of a tournament to win the revived NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1996 – Sid Vicious defeats Jerry Lawler to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1999 – on Raw, The Rock n Sock Connection (The Rock & Mankind) defeat The Unholy Alliance (The Big Show & The Undertaker) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

2000 – Tony Kozina is awarded the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title after the controversial finish of his title match against Rockford 2000 4 days previously

2009 – Alex Koslov loses a ‘Loser Leaves AAA’ Cage Match, forcing him to vacate the AAA Cruiserweight Title


As far as I’m aware, there are no significant birthdays on this date

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date.

Firstly, in 2008, WWE Hall of Famer Killer Kowalski died aged 81. Kowalski was born in Windsor, Canada to Polish immigrant parents. It isn’t definitively known how Kowalski became a professional wrestler, though the generally accepted story is that he took up the sport to supplement the low income that he was receiving from working at Ford. His first recorded match came in May 1948 (though it is likely that he debuted the previous year) and by November of that year, he was already competing against Orville Brown for the NWA World Title. Through the 1950’s, Kowalski became one of the most famed and hated heels in America, and was soon competing for the WWWF, challenging it’s champion Bruno Sammartino. He would gain two tag team title reigns with the company before retiring in 1977 to set up a wrestling school. He continued to make very rare in-ring appearances right up to 1993, by which time he was a full-time trainer. Kowalski’s students included Triple H, Chyna, Perry Saturn, Albert, Frankie Kazarian and Kenny Dykstra. Kowalski suffered a heart attack on August 8th which saw him put on life support. He was taken off support ten days later, but failed to recover fully.

Secondly, in 2010, indy hardcore star JC Bailey died aged just 27. Bailey made his wrestling debut in 2001 and won his first major championship, the IWA:MS Light Heavyweight Title, just two years later. Later that year, he began competing regularly for CZW, where he would become a two-time Ultraviolent Champion and one-time Tag Team Champion. He also had stints in Japan, working several hardcore tournaments, but without success. Bailey’s final major appearance came at CZW’s Tournament of Death 9 where he lost in the final to Scotty Vortekz. In the weeks prior to his death, Bailey had been complaining of headaches and numbness before dying in his sleep of a brain aneurysm. It was later discovered that his brain had been severely damaged due to repeated concussions and head traumas. His brain is expected to be donated to Boston University for medical research

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