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This Day In Wrestling History- June 27th



Trivia

2002 – John Cena made his WWE television debut on WWE Smackdown

2002 – It is revealed that Bret Hart suffered a stroke when he fell off a bicycle several days earlier.  Hart would be forced to re-learn how to walk & talk again but amazingly, would return to WWE and do some limited pro wrestling

2009 – TNA announced via Twitter that former WWE star Shawn Daivari had signed with the company. He would debut under the ring name Sheik Abdul Bashir

Events

In 1999, WWF King of the Ring was held in Greensboro, North Carolina:

Dark Match:
– Meat (Shawn Stasiak) defeated Kurt Angle
Sunday Night Heat:
– The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff Hardy) fought The Brood (Edge & Christian) to a no contest in a match to determine the #1 contenders for the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Mideon & Viscera defeated The Big Bossman in a Handicap Match
– Prince Albert (with Droz) defeated Val Venis
– Ken Shamrock defeated Shane McMahon via DQ
PPV:
– X-Pac defeated Hardcore Holly via DQ in a King of the Ring Tournament Quarter-Final Match
– Kane defeated Big Show in a King of the Ring Tournament Quarter-Final Match
– Billy Gunn defeated Ken Shamrock in a King of the Ring Tournament Quarter-Final Match
– Road Dogg defeated Chyna (with Triple H) in a King of the Ring Tournament Quarter-Final Match
– The Hardy Boyz (with Michael Hayes) defeated The Brood (Edge & Christian) (with Gangrel) to become the #1 contenders for the WWF World Tag Team Titles
– Billy Gunn defeated Kane in a King of the Ring Tournament Semi-Final Match
– X-Pac defeated Road Dogg in a King of the Ring Tournament Semi-Final Match
– The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated The Rock to retain the WWF Title
– ‘Mr Ass’ Billy Gunn defeated X-Pac in the Finals to win the King of the Ring Tournament
– Vince & Shane McMahon defeated Steve Austin in a Handicap Ladder Match to regain control of the WWF

In 2004, WWE’s The Great American Bash was a Smackdown-exclusive event held at the Norfolk Scope, in Norfolk, Virginia. With an attendance of 6,500:

Sunday Night Heat:
– Spike Dudley defeated Jamie Noble
PPV:
– John Cena defeated Rene Dupree, Booker, T & Rob Van Dam in a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match to retain the WWE United States Title
– Luther Reigns (with Kurt Angle) defeated Charlie Haas (with Miss Jackie)
– Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Chavo Guerrero to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Title
– Kenzo Suzuki (with Hiroko) defeated Billy Gunn
– Sable defeated Torrie Wilson
– Mordecai (Kevin Thorn) defeated Hardcore Holly
– JBL defeated Eddie Guerrero in a Texas Bullrope Match to win the WWE Title
– The Undertaker defeats The Dudleys (Bubba Ray & D-Von) (with Paul Heyman) in a Concrete Crypt Match. Paul Bearer was buried in concrete after the match

Title Changes

1935 – Danno O’Mahoney defeated Ed ‘Strangler’ Lewis to win the World Heavyweight Title

1966 – Eddie Graham & Killer Karl Kox defeated Hiro Matsuda & Michiaki Yoshimura to win the JWA All Asia Tag Team Titles

1968 – Giant Baba defeated Bobo Brazil to win the NWA International Heavyweight Title

1969 – Wahoo McDaniel & Thunderbolt Patterson win a tournament to win the vacant WCCW American Tag Team Titles

1972 – Mr. Fuji & Professor Tanaka defeated Sonny King & Chief Jay Strongbow to win the WWWF Tag Team Titles

1993 – Brazo de Plata defeated Black Magic to win the CMLL World Heavyweight Title

1998 – Sabu & Rob Van Dam defeated Chris Candido & Lance Storm to win the ECW Tag Team Titles

1999 – The Mad Dogs (Michiyoshi Ohara & Tatsutoshi Goto) defeated Kensuke Sasaki & Shiro Koshinaka to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles

2000 – on Smackdown, Steve Blackman defeated Crash Holly to win the WWF Hardcore Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to the 1997 ECWA Super 8 Winner Ace Darling (39)

Also, today would have been the birthday of one-time AWA World Champion & WCW Hall of Famer Dick The Bruiser (85)

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