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This Day In Wrestling History- July 1st



Trivia

1991 – NWA & WCW World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair signs a contract with the World Wrestling Federation and is fired by World Championship Wrestling. As a result, the WCW title is stripped from Flair. The NWA title would also be stripped 2 months later, when Flair debuted on WWF television with the NWA title belt

1996 – The Monday Night War continued: WCW Monday Nitro defeated WWF Monday Night Raw, 3.3 to 2.6 in the ratings

2007 – Chris Sabin wins the AJPW Junior League, defeating Shuji Kondo in the final

2007 – Randy Savage is inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame, securing 82% of the votes

2008 – Ricky Ortiz, formerly known as Atlas Da Bone in WWE developmental, made his WWE main roster debut for ECW

2009 – WWE signed Serena Deeb to a developmental deal.  Deeb would go on to work the Smackdown brand as a member of CM Punk’s Straightedge Society

2009 – Former XPW owner Rob Zicari (professionally known as Rob Black) & former XPW performer Janet Romano (who performed as Lizzie Borden) were sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison as well as 2 additional years of supervised probation

Events

In 1995, ECW Hardcore Heaven was held at the ECW Arena, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

– Snot Dudley & Dudley Dudley defeated The Pitbulls (#1 & #2)
– Dino Sendoff & Don E. Allen fought The Broad Street Bully & Chad Austin to a No Contest
– Hack Myers defeated Big Malley
– 2 Cold Scorpio defeated Taz
– Raven & Stevie Richards defeated Tommy Dreamer & Luna Vachon to retain the ECW World Tag Team Titles
– Axl Rotten defeated Ian Rotten in a Taipei Death Match
– The Sandman defeated Cactus Jack to retain the ECW World Heavyweight Title
– The Public Enemy (Johnny Grunge & Rocco Rock) defeated The Gangstas (New Jack & Mustafa Saed)

In 2009 WWE taped ECW & Smackdown at Rabobank Arena, here in Bakersfield, California. I was at these tapings. The company was headed overseas days later, so these were taped to air the following week (July 7th & 10th respectively):

ECW (aired on July 7th, 2009):
– Nikki Bella defeated Katie Lea Burchill
– Shelton Benjamin defeated Yoshi Tatsu
– Ezekiel Jackson defeated Jack Mecidol
– Christian defeated Vladimir Kozlov
Smackdown (aired on July 10th, 2009):
Kane defeated Jeff Hardy
– Dolph Ziggler defeated John Morrison
– Melina & Eve Torres defeated Layla & Michelle McCool
– The Great Khali vs. CM Punk ended in a No Contest
– The Hart Dynasty (Tyson Kidd & D.H. Smith) (With Natalya) defeated Cryme Tyme (Shad Gaspar & JTG)
– Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Chris Jericho to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title

Title Changes

1949 – Cavernario Galindo defeated Tarzan Lopez to win the Mexico National Light Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico

1950 – Leo Wallick defeated Bob Cummings to win the Pacific Coast Wrestling Junior Heavyweight Title

1958 – Fritz Von Erich & Hans Hermann defeated Doc & Mike Gallagher to win the Minneapolis version of the NWA World Tag Team Title in Minneapolis, Minnesota

1962 – Rikidozan & Toyonobori defeated Buddy Austin & Mike Sharpe to win the JWA All Asia Tag Team Titles

1963 – Arthur Riccaldo defeated Norman Walsh, when Walsh was injured during their match, to win the European Heavyweight Title in Beaumont, England

1966 – Mark Lewin & Dominic DeNucci defeated Larry Hennig & Harley Race to win the International Wrestling Alliance World Tag Team Title in Sydney, Australia

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

1968 – Abdullah the Butcher & Armand Hussein defeated Don Leo Jonathan & Haystacks Calhoun to win the Vancouver version of the NWA Canadian Tag Team Title in Vancouver, British Columbia

1971 – Patty O’Hara & Texas Red defeated Jumbo Miyamoto & Aiko Kyo to win the WWWA World Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan. Miyamoto and Kyo had been awarded the title as first champions on the previous day, but they gave the title up, following dissatisfaction with a match against O’Hara & Red

1971 – Bobby Duncum defeated Bob Roop to win the NWA Florida Brass Knuckles Title in Jacksonville, Florida

1972 – Sarah Lee defeated Aiko Kyo to win the WWWA World Singles Title in Tokyo, Japan

1980 – Mr. Hito & Mr. Sakurada defeated The Von Erichs (Kevin & Kerry) to win the vacant WCCW American Tag Team Titles

1984 – Ron Garvin defeated Jake Roberts to win the NWA World Television Title in Atlanta, Georgia

1988 – The Von Erichs (Kevin & Kerry) defeated King Parsons & Terry Taylor to win the WCCW World Tag Team Titles

1989 – Joe Malenko defeated Mitsuo Momota to win the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title

1996 – Jerry Lawler & Bill Dundee defeated Flex Kavana (The Rock) & Bart Sawyer to win the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee

2000 – Team Hardcore (Hardkore Kidd & Justin Sane) defeated The Ballard Brothers (Shane & Shannon Ballard) to win the UPW Tag Team Title in Huntington Beach, California

2003 – on Smackdown, Team Angle (Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas) defeated Eddie Guerrero & Tajiri to win the WWE Tag Team Titles

2012 – Akebono & Ryota Hama defeated Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi to win the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WWE superstar Yoshi Tatsu (37)

Also, today would have been the birthday of AAA Hall of Famer Abismo Negro (43)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1992, the wrestling world lost Stan Frazier, best known for his portrayal of Uncle Elmer in the WWF. He was 54. Frazier began his career in his native Mississippi in the early 1960′s, before being ‘discovered’ by Jerry Jarrett and Jerry Lawler, who brought him to NWA Mid-America. By 1978, he was a 3-time tag team champion in the area, winning one NWA Mid-America Tag Team Title with Dennis Hall, followed by two AWA Southern Tag Team Titles with Terry Sawyer and Jerry Lawler. He also found brief success in Georgia, holding the NWA National Tag Team Titles with Ted DiBiase for 5 days in 1981. In the mid 80′s, he joined the WWF as Uncle Elmer of ‘The Hillbillies’ stable. The highlights of his WWF run were a match at WrestleMania 2 (losing to Adrian Adonis), & a legitimate in-ring wedding to Joyce Staszko on an episode of Saturday Night’s Main Event. He quietly left the WWF in 1986 & returned to Tennessee, where he won a further two AWA Southern Tag Team Titles as well as 2 CWA Super Heavyweight Titles. With his health failing, he retired in 1990 & eventually passed of kidney failure

On this day 1994, George “Crybaby” Cannon died of cancer at the age 62

On this day in 2009, Lucha mini performers La Parkita & El Espectrito Jr. were found dead in a hotel in Mexico City.  Local authorities believe that two prostitutes had returned to the hotel with the wrestlers & drugged their drinks in order to rob them.  The belief is that due to their small size, the drugs ended up killing them.  The 2 minis, who were brothers, were 35.  The deaths were actually picked up on gossip website PerezHilton.com, of all places

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