This Day In Wrestling History – August 22nd
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THIS DAY IN WRESTLING HISTORY – AUGUST 22nd
BY BILL FENBERS (on Twitter @billbeingbill)
1958 – Pepper Gomez and El Medico defeat Bill Longson and Ike Eakins, to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship (Texas Version). As a result of the win, Gomez and El Medico vacate the NWA Texas Tag Team Championship.
1961 – Tex Riley and Len Rossi defeat Mephisto and Dante, to win the NWA Mid-Southern Tag Team Championship.
1973 – The Mighty Yankees (Eddie Sullivan / Frank Morrell) defeat Jerry Lawler and Jim White, to win the NWA Mid-Southern Tag Team Championship.
1975 – Chavo Guerrero, Sr. and Raul Mata defeat Black Gordman and Goliath, to win the NWA Americas Tag Team Championship.
1977 – Bill Dundee defeats Jerry Lawler, to win the NWA Mid-Southern Heavyweight Championship. Also, The Hollywood Blonds (Jerry Brown / Buddy Roberts) defeat Norvell Austin and Pat Barrett, to win the NWA Mid-Southern Tag Team Championship.
1982 – Wahoo McDaniel defeats Sgt. Slaughter, to win the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship.
1983 – Koko Ware defeats Buddy Landel, to win the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship.
1992 – Mitsuharu Misawa defeats Stan Hansen, to win the AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship.
1997 – Maunakea Mossman defeats Yoshinari Ogawa, to win the AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
1999 – WWF holds SummerSlam from Minneapolis.
-D’Lo Brown puts both his European and Intercontinental Championships on the line in a match against Jeff Jarrett. Thanks to a distraction from Debra, and Mark Henry hitting D’Lo over the head with Jarrett’s guitar, Jeff Jarrett gets the pinfall to become the new Euro-Continental Champion.
-In a Tag Turmoil Match to determine the #1 contender for the WWE Tag Team Championship, The Acolytes (Farooq / Bradshaw) are victorious by eliminating Hardcore and Crash Holly. Other tag team participants were The New Brood (Matt and Jeff Hardy), Edge and Christian, Mideon and Viscera, and Droz and Prince Albert.
-Al Snow defeats Big Boss Man, to become the new WWE Hardcore Champion.
-Ivory defeats Tori, to retain the Women’s Championship.
-Ken Shamrock defeats Steve Blackman, in a Lion’s Den Weapons Match.
-Test defeats Shane McMahon, in a Love Her or Leave Her Greenwich Street Fight. Had Test lost, he would have to break up with Stephanie McMahon.
-The Unholy Alliance (Big Show and The Undertaker) defeats Kane and X-Pac, to win the WWE Tag Team Championship.
-The Rock defeats Billy Gunn in a Kiss My Ass match.
-With Jesse Ventura as the special guest referee, Mankind becomes the new WWE Champion; defeating Triple H and previous champion Stone Cold Steve Austin in a triple-threat match. After the match, an already angry Triple H uses a steel chair to do further damage to Austin’s already injured knee.
2000 – “Professor” Toru Tanaka, a three-time WWWF Tag Team Champion, dies of heart failure at age 70.
2003 – In the Empire Wrestling Federation, Jason King wins the EWF American Heavyweight Championship. King defeated five other competitors; Rudy Luna, Jason Sanders, Ragin’ Dog, Kayam, and Enigma de Oro. The title had been vacant due to it being stripped from Krazy K.C.; for not showing up to a title defense.
2005 – In a “You’re Fired” match, John Cena defeats Chris Jericho, to retain the WWE Championship. As a result, Jericho is fired. He would not return to WWE until November 2007.
2008 – In the Empire Wrestling Federation, Brandon Gatson defeats Sonny Samson, Joey Ryan, and Mikey Nicholls, to win the vacant EWF Heavyweight Championship. This was a four-way elimination match. The title had been vacated earlier in the day by Scorpio Sky; due to injury.
2010 – Koji Kanemoto and Tiger Mask IV defeat Taiji Ishimori and Ricky Marvin, to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
2011 – On WWE RAW, the tag team of Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne (AirBoom) defeat The New Nexus (David Otunga / Michael McGillicutty), to win the WWE Tag Team Championship. Bourne and Kingston would hold the championship until mid-January of 2012; despite Bourne being suspended in November 2011, for thirty days, for his first violation of WWE’s Wellness Policy.
2011 – Rey Mysterio suffers a torn ACL and is forced to miss at least six months.
2013 – TNA airs the second half of it’s annual “Hardcore Justice.” As with the previous week’s show, this episode aired on Spike, rather than on pay-per-view.
-In a tag team match, Kazarian and Bobby Roode defeat Gunner and James Storm.
-Manik defeats Sonjay Dutt in a singles match.
-In a Street Fight, with 20 points in the Bound For Glory standings at stake, Joseph Parks defeats Hernandez, Jay Bradley, and Christopher Daniels.
-Gail Kim defeats ODB in a Knockouts singles match.
-In a five-on-five tag team elimination match, AJ Styles (substituting for Kurt Angle) and The Main Event Mafia (Sting, Samoa Joe, Magnus Jackson, and Rampage), defeat Aces & Eights (Knux, Wes Brisco, Mr. Anderson, Devon, and Garrett Bischoff). Per pre-match stipulation, the loser of the fall must leave TNA. Since Devon is pinned, he is out of Aces & Eights AND must leave TNA.
2015 – NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn is held at the Barclays Center; with an announced attendance of 15,589.
-Jushin Thunder Liger defeats Tyler Breeze in a singles match.
-The Vaudevillains (Simon Gotch / Aiden English) defeat Blake and Murphy, to win the NXT Tag Team Championship.
-Apollo Crews defeats Tye Dillinger in a singles match.
-Samoa Joe defeats Baron Corbin via submission.
-Bayley defeats Sasha Banks, to become the new NXT Women’s Champion.
-In a Ladder Match, Finn Balor defeats Kevin Owens, to retain the NXT Championship.
2015 – In the Carolina Wrestling Federation (Mid-Atlantic), Marcellus King cashes in his Golden Ticket, and defeats Brad Attitude, to win the CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship.
-Sam Muchnick, former NWA President (born 1905, died in December 1998)
-Paul Ellering, WWE Hall of Famer (born 1953)
-Stevie Ray, 10-time WCW Tag Team Champion (born 1958)
-Jimmy and Jey Uso (born 1985)
-Ben Satterly, aka “Neville” on WWE RAW (born 1986)
SOURCES: Google, Wikipedia, SLAM! Sports, CageSide Seats, gerweck.net, The People’s Wrestling Website