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This Day In Wrestling History– July 21st



Trivia

1997 – The Monday Night War continued: WWF Monday Night Raw defeated WCW Monday Nitro: 4.05 to 3.75

Events

In 1996, WWF In Your House 9: International Incident was held at General Motors Place, in Vancouver, Canada. With an attendance of 14,804:

Free For All:
Justin Bradshaw defeated Savio Vega
PPV:
– The Bodydonnas (Skip & Zip) defeated The Smoking Gunns (Bart & Billy Gunn)
– Mankind defeated Henry O. Godwinn
– Steve Austin defeated Marc Mero (with Sable)
– The Undertaker defeated Goldust via DQ
– Camp Cornette (Vader, Owen Hart, & The British Bulldog) (with Jim Cornette) defeated The People’s Posse (Shawn Michaels, Sycho Sid, & Ahmed Johnson) (with Jose Lothario) in a 6-Man Tag Team Match

In 2002, WWE Vengeance was held at Joe Louis Arena, in Detroit, Michigan. With an attendance of 12,000:

Sunday Night Heat:
– Goldust defeated Stevie Richrds
PPV:
– The Dudley Boyz (Spike & Bubba Ray Dudley) defeated Chris Benoit & Eddie Guerrero in a Elimination Tables Tag Team Match
– Jamie Noble (with Nidia) defeated Billy Kidman to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Title
– Jeff Hardy defeated William Regal to retain the WWE European Title
– John Cena defeated Chris Jericho
– Rob Van Dam defeated Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) via DQ to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Booker T defeated The Big Show in a No Disqualification Match
– The Un-Americans (Lance Storm & Christian) defeated Hulk Hogan & Edge to win the WWE Tag Team Titles
– The Rock defeated Kurt Angle & The Undertaker in a Triple Threat Match to win the WWE Undisputed Title

In 2003, New Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Sapporo, Japan:

– Minoru Suzuki defeated Koji Kanemoto via TKO
– Tiger Mask IV defeated Wataru Inoue to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Heat defeated Jushin Liger
– Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Katsuyori Shibata to retain the U-30 Heavyweight Title
– Josh Barnett defeated Scott Norton in a no-pinfalls match
– Yoshihiro Takayama defeats Masa Chono by TKO to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1960 – The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello & Roy Heffernan) defeated Red & Lou Bastien to win the NWA Northeast United States Tag Team Titles

1979 – Bill Watts & Buck Robley defeated The Assassin & The Angel 1st to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1981 – Tony Garea & Rick Martel defeated The Moondogs (Rex & Spot) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles. Garea became the 1st 5-time WWF Tag Team Champion

1982 – Abdullah The Butcher was named the 1st World Wrestling Council World Heavyweight Champion in Puerto Rico.  The title would later become the WWC Universal Heavyweight Title

1985 – Tully Blanchard defeated Magnum TA to win the NWA United States Title

1995 – Dean Malenko defeated Eddie Guerrero to win the ECW World Television Title in Tampa, Florida

2002 – Cody Hawk defeated Lance Cade to win the Heartland Wrestling Association Heavyweight Title in Jeffersonville, Indiana

2008 – Minoru & Prince Devitt defeated Akira & Jushin Liger to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles

2009 – The British Invasion (Brutus Magnus & Doug Williams) defeated Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles. NJPW did not acknowledge the title change until August 10th

2009 – Hijo del Fantasma defeated Averno to win the CMLL World Middleweight Title

2012 – Adam Pearce defeated Colt Cabana to win the NWA World Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WWF and NJPW performer Giant Silva (51), 3-time WCW Tag Team Champion Shawn Stasiak (44), one-time NWA Television Champion Mark Youngblood (51), & former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag and Singles Champion Shinjiro Otani (42)

Also, today would have been the birthday of 2-time AWA Midwest Champion Bob Orton Sr. (85)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2005, the wrestling world lost former WWF announcer ‘Lord’ Alfred Hayes at the age of 76. Hayes began competing in his native UK in the 1950′s, wrestling as Judo Al Hayes, a gimmick based on his legitimate black belt in judo. Hayes left Britain for America in the late 1970′s, competing in several southern NWA territories, finding most success in Western States, where he was a two-time Heavyweight Champion. He briefly returned to the UK at the turn of the 80′s, but was soon back in America with the WWF. Hayes 1st appeared as Vince McMahon’s ‘sidekick’ on Tuesday Night Titans before becoming an announcer & backstage interviewer. He remained in these positions until leaving the company in 1995 after being involved in a car accident which would eventually cause him to lose a leg to gangrene. He lived out a quiet retirement at his home in Dallas, before succumbing to a series of strokes. The WWF paid tribute to him on the following episode of Raw, airing a video package alongside a ten-bell salute. He was also featured as a ‘voiceover’ on the November 2010 ‘Old School Raw’

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