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This Day In Wrestling History– July 27th



Trivia

1998 – The Monday Night War continued: WWF Monday Night Raw defeated WCW Monday Nitro: 4.9 to 4.7 in the ratings

Events

In 2002, ROH Crowning A Champion was held at Murphy Recreational Center, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With an attendance of 450. The shows main event featured a 1 hour Iron Man match to become the 1st ROH Champion. The 4 earned the right to compete for the title by winning their respective brackets in the Road To The Title tournament. The rules for the match was that for every pin & submission a wrestler scored, they would gain 2 points, but if they were pinned or submitted, they would lose 1 point:

–Tony Mamaluke defeated Jeremy Lopez
– Joey Matthews & Christian York (with Alexis Laree (Mickie James) defeated Prince Nana & Jacob Ladder
– Michael Shane & Bio-Hazard defeated Don Juan & Paul London
– Da Hit Squad (Monsta Mack & Mafia) defeated Devine Storm (Quiet Storm & Chris Devine)
– James Maritato defeated Jay Briscoe (with Mark Briscoe)
– The Natural Born Sinners (Boogaloo & Homicide) defeated The Carnage Crew (Tony Devito & HC Loc) in a Bunkhouse Brawl
– AJ Styles defeated Adam Jacobs & David Young to retain the NWA–TNA X-Division Title in a 3-way Elimination Match
– The Ring Crew Express (Marcos & Dunn) & Mike Tobin (with Danny Drake) defeated Brian XL, Dixie, & Black Gordman Jr. (with Izzy)
– Scott Andrews defeated Xavier
– Low Ki defeated Spanky, Doug Williams, & Christopher Daniels in a 4-way 1 Hour Iron Man Match to become the 1st ROH World Champion

In 2003, WWE Vengeance was a Smackdown-exclusive event, held at the Pepsi Center, in Denver, Colorado. With an attendance of 9,500:

Sunday Night Heat:
– Ultimo Dragon defeated Kanyon
PPV:
–  Eddie Guerrero defeated Chris Benoit in the final of a tournament to win the vacant WWE United States Title
– Jamie Noble (with Nidia) defeated Billy Gunn (with Torrie Wilson)
– Bradshaw defeated The Easter Bunny (Damien Sandow), Shannon Moore, Spanky, Sean O’Haire, Doug Basham, Danny Basham, Faarooq, Nunzio, Matt Hardy, Brother Love, Doink The Clown, John Hennigan (John Morrison), Chuck Palumbo, Funaki, Los Conquistadores (Rob Conway & Johnny Jeter), Johnny Stamboli, Kanyon, Matt Cappotelli, The Brooklyn Brawler, & Orlando Jordan in the APA Invitational Bar Room Brawl
– The World’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) defeated Rey Mysterio Jr. & Billy Kidman to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– Sable defeated Stephanie McMahon in a No Countouts Match
– The Undertaker defeated John Cena
– Vince McMahon defeated Zach Gowen
– Kurt Angle defeated Brock Lesnar & The Big Show in a No-DQ Triple Threat Match to win the WWE Title

Title Changes

1945 – Buddy Rogers defeated Dave Levin to win the Texas Heavyweight Title in Houston, Texas

1956 – Duke Keomuka & Tony Martin defeated Iron Mike DiBiase & Danny Plechas to win the Texas Tag Team Title in Houston, Texas

1963 – Fritz von Erich defeated Verne Gagne to win the AWA World Title

1988 – Stan Hansen defeated Genichiro Tenryu to win the PWF World Heavyweight & NWA United National Heavyweight Titles, which would later become part of the All Japan Triple Crown in Nagano, Japan

1990 – Stan Hansen defeated Mitsuharu Misawa to win the vacant AJPW Triple Crown Title in Matsudo, Japan

1991 – Steve Simpson & Chris Walker defeated Scott Anthony (Raven) & Rip Rogers in the tournament final to win the Global Wrestling Federation Tag Team Champions in Dallas, Texas

1996 – Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) to win the WCW World Tag Team Titles

1996 – Dr. Wagner Jr. defeated Aquarius (Tajiri) to win the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Title. in Sapporo, Japan. Wagner had lost the title to Aquarius eight days earlier, and neither of these title changes (which took place on Big Japan cards) were authorized by EMLL, who control the title. CMLL does not currently recognize this change

2001 – Jun Akiyama defeated Mitsuharu Misawa to win the GHC Heavyweight Title

2001 – Kayo Noumi defeated Miho Wakizawa to win the All Japan Women’s Singles Title in a tournament final in Tokyo, Japan

2002 – the WWE Hardcore Title’s 24/7 Rule sees the belt pass from Bradshaw to Raven, to Justin Credible, to Shawn Stasiak, & back to Bradshaw

2004 – Booker T defeated John Cena, Rene Dupree, Kenzo Suzuki, Rob Van Dam, Billy Gunn, Charlie Haas, & Luther Reigns in an 8-Way Elimination Match to win the vacant WWE United States Title. Also, Spike Dudley defeated Rey Mysterio Jr. to win the WWE Cruiserweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former NWA regular Manny Fernandez (60), 2-time AWA Tag and Television Champion Greg Gagne (66), one-time WCW Hardcore Champion Shannon Moore (35), 13-time World Champion Triple H (45), WWE Triple Crown Champion Dolph Ziggler (34), & one-time IWGP Tag Champion Wataru Inoue (41)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former WWF, WCW and ECW wrestler Matt ‘Doink The Clown’ Osborne (55)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost three personalities on this date:

Firstly, in 2000, WWE, WCW and NWA Hall of Famer Gordon Solie died at the age of 71. Solie is probably the most recognizable announcer from the ‘classic’ era of wrestling. He used a calm, intelligent style of commentary seldom seen amongst his peers. He was also famed for pronouncing the word ‘suplex’ as ‘su-play’. Modern fans will best remember him from his time calling WCW matches from 1994-95, though he was involved with the promotion for several years prior to that. He left WCW after a falling out over their Hall of Fame. Randy Savage pushed for his father, Angelo Poffo, to be inducted. Solie opposed the decision, stating that wrestlers should not push themselves or their family members into contention. Solie & Poffo were both inducted in 1995, but Solie had already given his notice & left the promotion. His final announcing job was supposed to be the infamous Heroes of Wrestling PPV, but due to failing health, he never made it. He died of throat cancer at his home in Florida

One year later, one-time WWF Women’s Champion Rhonda Singh, also known as Bertha Faye, died aged just 40. Sing gained an interest in wrestling after attending several Stampede Wrestling shows in her native Calgary. She approached the Hart family, but was told that they did not train women at that time (Bret Hart refutes this, saying it was a scheduling issue). She was later given Mildred Burke’s contact information & began training at her facility in Encino, California, starting in 1978. She was soon scouted by AJW in Japan, where she made her professional debut in January 1979, teaming with Mami Kumano to defeat Jackie Sato & Maki Ueda. Singh has stated that she was mistreated by her fellow wrestlers, partly due to her inexperience, but also due to their dislike of losing to foreigners. After her stints in Japan, she began competing for Stampede, becoming their 1st Women’s Champion in 1987. After several years touring the world, she was signed by the WWF to bolster their fledgling women’s division. Fed up with her gimmick and restricted in the ring, she endured a miserable year with the promotion before leaving. She briefly appeared with WCW, but left after being reduced to comedy relief (Nitro Girl Beef) once again. After WCW, she left wrestling altogether, working as a carer for the handicapped before passing of a heart attack

Thirdly, in 2012, Rita Lee, who wrestled as Rita Cortez in the 1950s and 1960s, passed away in Hermitage, TN

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