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This Day In Wrestling History– August 19th



Trivia

1996 – The Monday Night War continued: WCW Monday Nitro defeated WWF Monday Night Raw: 3.5 to 2.6 in the ratings

2002 – After WWE Monday Night Raw, the 24/7 rule on the WWE Hardcore Title is deactivated

2010 – Jim Kettner, the longtime promoter & creative mind behind the Delaware-based East Coast Wrestling Association announced his retirement from the promotion he founded

Events

In 2001, WWF Summerslam was the 1st PPV which saw both WWF & WCW titles defended. It was held in San Jose, California. With an attendance of 15,293:

Sunday Night Heat:
– Team WWF (Lita, Molly Holly, & Jacqueline) defeated Team WCW (Torrie Wilson, Ivory, & Stacy Keibler)
Summerslam:
– Edge defeated Lance Storm to win the WWF Intercontinental Title
– The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) & Test (WCW & ECW) defeated The APA (Faarooq & Bradshaw) & Spike Dudley (with Molly Holly) (WWF)
– X-Pac (WWF) defeated Tajiri (WWF)to unify the WCW Cruiserweight & WWF Light Heavyweight Titles
– Chris Jericho (WWF) defeated Rhyno (with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) (ECW)
– Rob Van Dam (ECW) defeated Jeff Hardy (WWF) in a Ladder Match to win the WWF Hardcore Title
– The Brothers Of Destruction (Kane & The Undertaker) (with Sara) (WWF) defeated Diamond Dallas Page & Chris Kanyon (WCW) in a Cage Match to win the WWF & WCW Tag Team Titles
– Kurt Angle (WWF) defeated Steve Austin (WCW) via DQ (Austin retained the WWF Title)
– The Rock (WWF)  defeated Booker T (with Shane McMahon) (WCW) to win the WCW Title

In 2012, WWE Summerslam was held in Los Angeles, California. With an attendance of 17,482:

Pre-show:
– Antonio Cesaro (with Aksana) defeated Santino Marella to win the WWE United States Title
Summerslam:
– Chris Jericho defeated Dolph Ziggler (Vickie Guerrero)
– Daniel Bryan defeated Kane
– The Miz defeated Rey Mysterio to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Sheamus defeated Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez) to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– Kofi Kingston & R-Truth defeated The Primetime Players (Titus O’Neil & Darren Young) to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– CM Punk defeated The Big Show & John Cena in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WWE Title
– Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) defeated Triple H

Title Changes

1990 – Riki Choshu defeated Big Van Vader to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title. Also, Pegasus Kid defeated Jushin Liger to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title

1991 – Bill Dundee defeated Danny Davis to win the USWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1999 – on Thunder, Lenny Lane defeated Rey Misterio Jr to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title in Lubbock, Texas

2002 – the WWE Hardcore Title is passed from Tommy Dreamer to Bradshaw, to Crash Holly, & back to Dreamer

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WWE developmental talents Chet Jablonski (34), & Percy Watson (33) as well as WWE ring announcer Lilian Garcia (48)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost three personalities on this date:

Firstly, in 1975, 2-time World Heavyweight Champion ‘The Golden Greek’ Jim Londos died at the age of 78. Londos ran away from home aged 13 and found his way onto one of the immigration ships bound for the USA. With no qualifications, Londos worked several odd jobs (including working as a cabin boy and a nude model for life drawing classes) before joining the circus, where he was first exposed to professional wrestling. He began his professional career as ‘The Wrestling Plasterer’ Christopher Theophelus, before abandoning the gimmick in favour of the no-nonsense ‘Jim Londos’. Unusually for his time, he was not an accomplished ‘catch wrestler’, instead relying on his good looks and charisma to achieve popularity. Towards the end of his career, he wrestled a series of matches back in his homeland, one of which drew a crowd of close to 100,000 people. He retired in 1946 & devoted the remainder of his life to charitable pursuits, focusing primarily on Greek World War 2 orphans. He was honoured by both US President Richard Nixon & King Paul of Greece for his charity work. Londos eventually died of a heart attack

Secondly, in 2010, famed manager Skandor Akbar lost his battle with cancer at the age of 75. Akbar began his professional career as an active wrestler in 1963, competing under the name ‘Jimmy Wehba’. Three years later, at the behest of Fritz Von Erich, he changed his ringname to ‘Skandor Akbar’ in order to sound more Arabic. He eventually retired from active ring duties in 1977 and founded ‘Devastation Inc.’, a villainous stable based in the Texas territory. He became known for his over-the-top heelish antics at ringside, intentionally harassing fans, blowing cigar smoke in their faces & occasionally throwing fireballs at his opponents. He quietly retired from wrestling in the mid-to-late 90′s but remained a prominent figure in the business, repeatedly attending conventions, & giving interviews for DVD releases. His final wrestling appearance was at an independent event in Texas in 2009

Finally, also in 2010, Georgia legend ‘Nightmare’ Ted Allen died aged 54. At the age of 14, he talked his way into becoming the ring announcer for his local independent promotion in Cartersville, Georgia. In 1975, he made his wrestling debut, competing as ‘Ted Atlas’ but quickly signed for Nick Gulas’ promotion, where he became ‘Ted Allen’. He grew to become 1 of the most respected names in the southern states, both as Ted Allen & many of his masked personas. In his later career, he became a renowned trainer, counting Arn Anderson, The Big Bossman, Scotty Riggs and Ranger Ross among his students. After his retirement, he remained a prominent figure in the business, accepting a position in the Cauliflower Alley Club, as well as making regular appearances at conventions. He succumbed to an apparent heart attack

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