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This Day In Wrestling History- July 4th



Trivia

1974 – Gary Michael Capetta made his official debut as a ring announcer at a WWWF event in Wildwood, NJ

1982 – In a rare WWF vs. NWA World title match, which saw WWF champion Bob Backlund go to a double countout against NWA World champion Ric Flair at the Omni, in Atlanta, Georgia

1990 – Brutus Beefcake suffered serious facial injuries during a parasailing accident in Lutz, FL. His nose was crushed, his jaw was wired shut, & 8 steel plates, 40 screws, & more than 100 staples were surgically inserted. B. Brian Blair was with Beefcake when the accident happened, &  was credited with saving his life by insuring Beefcake was able to breath after the accident.  Beefcake made a full recovery but would not return to the ring until 1993

1993– Lex Luger arrived via helicopter on the deck of the U.S.S Intrepid in New York City to bodyslam WWF champion Yokozuna.  Yokozuna had offered an open challenge for any athlete to try and slam him as a way to mock the United States.  Among those attempting, but failing, before Luger arrived including Randy Savage, Crush, Scott Steiner, Tatanka, Bob Backlund, Rick Steiner, former NFL star Russ Francis, Lee Rouson, Peter Taglinati, Scott Burrell, Bill Fralic, & more

2010 – During a post-fight press conference, Brock Lesnar announced Paul Heyman was working with him on a book project.  That book, Lesnar’s autobiography “Death Clutch” was released in 2011

Events

In 2006, WWE broadcast ECW live from the Wells Fargo Center, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

Dark Matches:
– Roadkill defeated Tony Mamaluke
– CM Punk defeated CW Anderson
– Sabu defeated Stevie Richards
– Tommy Dreamer defeated Justin Credible
– Mike Knox defeated Little Guido
ECW:
– Test defeated Al Snow
– The Big Show defeated Rob Van Dam in an Extreme Rules Match to win the ECW World Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1966 – Don Leo Jonathan & Haystacks Calhoun defeated John Tolos & Tony Borne to win the NWA Canadian Tag Team Title

1974 – Ric Flair & Rip Hawk defeated Paul Jones & Bob Bruggers to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Title in Greensboro, North Carolina

1981 – Paul Orndorff defeated Jake Roberts to win the MSW North American Title

1983 – David von Erich defeated Jimmy Garvin to win the vacant Texas Heavyweight Title. Also, The Von Erichs (David, Kerry & Kevin) defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy, Michael Hayes & Buddy Roberts) to win the WCCW World 6-Man Tag Team Titles

1984 – King Parsons defeated Bill Irwin to win the WCCW American Tag Team Titles, and chose Buck Zumhofe as his partner. Also, The Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy, Michael Hayes & Buddy Roberts) defeat The Von Erichs (Kerry, Kevin & Mike) to win the vacant WCCW World 6-Man Tag Team Titles

1986 – Chris Adams defeated Rick Rude to win the WCCW World Heavyweight Title. Also, Buzz Sawyer defeats Brian Adias to win the WCCW Texas Heavyweight Title. Also, Abdullah The Butcher defeats The Great Kabuki to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1988 – Kevin von Erich was awarded the vacant WCCW Texas Heavyweight Title

1997 – Michael Modest defeated Donovan Morgan in a tournament final to win the APW Universal Heavyweight Title

2000 – on Smackdown, Val Venis defeated Rikishi to win the WWF Intercontinental Title

2010 – Taiyo Kea & Akebono defeated Suwama & Ryota Hama to win the vacant AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WWF & WCW World Champion Sid & WWE Hall of Famer Barry Windham (both 54)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1988, the wrestling world lost one-time WWF & AWA Tag Team Champion ‘Adorable’ Adrian Adonis aged just 33. Adonis debuted in 1974 under his real name ‘Keith Franke’. Towards the end of the decade, he adopted the Adrian Adonis moniker, initially a stereotypical biker, and formed The East-West Connection with Jesse Ventura. The pair were awarded the AWA Tag Team Titles in 1980 when Verne Gagne was unable to compete and would go on to hold the belts for the best part of a year. In late 1981, Adonis & Ventura began competing for the WWF, with Adonis regularly challenging for the WWF World and Intercontinental Titles. After Ventura’s retirement, he formed a new tag team with Dick Murdoch, calling themselves The North-South Connection. This led to a WWF Tag Team Title run in 1984-85, following which the team separated. Soon after this, Adonis began to alter his gimmick, ditching the biker look in favour of bleached-blonde hair, pink ring gear and copious amounts of makeup, later nicknaming himself ‘Adorable’. His weight also ballooned to over 300lbs at this stage of his career, though he was still a surprisingly agile wrestler. The following year, Adonis engaged in a feud with Roddy Piper, having replaced Piper’s Pit with his ‘The Flower Shop’ segment. This culminated in a hair vs hair match at WrestleMania 3, won by Piper. Adonis left the WWF shortly after the event and returned to the AWA, where he remained a high-level competitor, but failed to win gold. Adonis was killed in a single-car accident; the driver (fellow wrestler William Arko, known as Mike Kelly) swerved to avoid a moose and, blinded by the low sun, careered into a lake. Mike Kelly was the only survivor; Adonis, Victor ‘Pat Kelly’ Arko, & Dave ‘Wildman’ McKigney all perished

In 1994, longtime WWF referee Joey Marella, the adopted son of Gorilla Monsoon, passed away due to an auto accident in New Jersey while traveling from a WWF TV taping. Harvey Wippleman was also in the vehicle, it’s still debated whether Wippleman or Marella was driving

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