This Day In Wrestling History– July 3rd

Jul 3, 2014 - by staff


2006 – Kaz Hayashi defeated Katsuhiko Nakajima in the final of the 1st AJPW Junior League

2008 –  WWE announced that Trevor Murdoch had been released from his contract


In 2012, WWE held it’s Super Smackdown Live: Great American Bash live on Syfy Channel, from American Bank Center, in Corpus Christi, Texas:

– The Great Khali & Layla defeated Antonio Cesaro & Aksana
– Cody Rhodes defeated Christian in a  World Heavyweight Title Money In The Bank Match Qualifying Match
– Dolph Ziggler defeated Alex Riley in a  World Heavyweight Title Money In The Bank Match Qualifying Match
– “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Santino Marella, & Sgt. Slaughter defeated Camacho, Hunico, & Drew McIntyre
– Ryback defeated Curt Hawkins (with Tyler Reks)
– Zack Ryder last Eliminated Kane to win the Great American Bash 20-man Battle Royal to earn the right to be the guest GM for the following week’s Smackdown. (The Battle Royal also included: Brodus Clay, Alberto Del Rio, The Big Show, Justin Gabriel, Tensai, The Great Khali, Ezekiel Jackson, Damien Sandow, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston, Cody Rhodes, CM Punk, Heath Slater, John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, & Christian)

Title Changes

1975 – Johnny Valentine defeated Harley Race to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Title

1986 – Velvet McIntyre defeated The Fabulous Moolah to win the WWF Women’s Title in Brisbane, Australia

1989 – PY Chu-Hi defeated Eric Embry to win the WCCW Texas Heavyweight Title

1992 – El Dandy defeated Negro Casas to win the vacant CMLL World Middleweight Title

1995 – The Rock n Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) defeated PG-13 (JC Ice & Wolfie D) to win the vacant NWA Tag Team Titles

2001 – on Smackdown, Billy Kidman defeated Shane Helms to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title

2002 – AJ Styles & Jerry Lynn defeated the Rainbow Express in the finals of a tournament for the NWA World Tag Team Title in Nashville, Tennessee

2006 – on Raw, Edge defeated John Cena & Rob Van Dam in a Triple Threat Match to win the WWE Title

2006 – Taiyo Kea defeated Satoshi Kojima to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title

2014 – on Impact, Gail Kim defeated Angelina Love to win the TNA Knockout’s Title


Happy birthday to one-time NWA Tag Team Champion Johnny Swinger (39)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former IWGP Heavyweight and AJPW Triple Crown Champion Shinya Hashimoto (49), & former NWA regular Arman Hussein (67)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1933, William Muldoon, who was once the Greco-Roman wrestling champion, and later became the New York State Athletic Commissioner, died at the age of 88

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