Today In Wrestling History- August 18th

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Trivia

1997 – The Monday Night War continued: WCW Monday Nitro defeated WWF Monday Night Raw: 4.0 to 3.18 in the ratings

2010 – TNA signed Becky Bayless, who appeared as Cookie for the promotion

Events

In 1993, WCW Clash of the Champions XXIV was held in Daytona Beach, Florida. The event featured the infamous debut of The Shockmaster:

– Arn Anderson & Paul Roma defeated Steve Austin & Lord Steven Regal (with Brian Pillman & Sir William) (Regal was replacing the injured Brian Pillman) to win the NWA & WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Too Cold Scorpio defeated Bobby Eaton
– Johnny B. Badd defeated Maxx Payne in a Mask vs Guitar Match (Badd won Payne’s guitar)
– Ricky Steamboat defeated Paul Orndorff to win the WCW Television Title
– Sting & Ric Flair defeated The Colossal Kongs (King Kong & Awesome Kong) (with Harley Race)
– Road Warrior Hawk & Dustin Rhodes (with Road Warrior Animal) defeated Rick Rude & The Equalizer (Dave Sullivan)
– Big Van Vader (with Harley Race) defeated Davey Boy Smith to retain the WCW World Title

In 1996, WWF Summerslam was held at the Gund Arena, in Cleveland, Ohio. With an attendance of 17,000:

Free For All:
– Steve Austin defeated Yokozuna (the top rope broke in this match when Yoko attempted a Banzai Drop)
Summerslam:
– Owen Hart defeated Savio Vega
– The Smoking Gunns (Billy & Bart) (with Sunny) defeated The Bodydonnas (Skip & Zip), The New Rockers (Marty Jannetty & Leif Cassidy), & The Godwinns (Henry & Phineas) (with Hillbilly Jim) in a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Sycho Sid defeated The British Bulldog
– Goldust (with Marlena) defeated Marc Mero (with Sable)
– Jerry Lawler defeated Jake Roberts
– Mankind defeated The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) in a Boiler Room Brawl, when Paul Bearer turned on Undertaker to side with Mankind
– Shawn Michaels (with Jose Lothario) defeated Vader (with Jim Cornette) to retain the WWF Title

In 2013, WWE Summerslam was held at The Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California. With an attendance of 17,739:

Pre-Show Match:
– Rob Van Dam (with Big Show & Mark Henry) defeated Dean Ambrose (Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns) via DQ (Ambrose retained the US Title)
Summerslam:
– Bray Wyatt (with Luke Harper & Erick Rowan) defeated Kane in a Ring of Fire Match
– Cody Rhodes defeated Damien Sandow
– Alberto Del Rio defeated Christian to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– Natalya (with Cameron & Naomi) defeated Brie Bella (with Eva Marie & Nikki Bella)
– Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) defeated CM Punk in a No DQ Match
– Dolph Ziggler & Kaitlyn defeated Big  E. Langston & AJ Lee
– Daniel Bryan defeated John Cena to win the WWE Title, with Triple H as the special guest referee
– Randy Orton defeated Daniel Bryan to win the WWE Title (this was Orton’s Money In The Bank cash-in), with Triple H as the guest referee

Title Changes

1944 – Lou Thesz defeated Ernie Dusek to win the Texas Heavyweight Champion in Houston, Texas

1949 – Dave Levin defeated George Bollas to win the Jack Pfeffer-promoted World Heavyweight Title in Toledo, Ohio

1951 – Frenchy Roy defeated Dale Haddock to win the Pacific Coast Junior Heavyweight Title in Oregon

1960 – Ilio DiPaolo & Whipper Billy Watson defeated Doc & Mike Gallagher to win the NWA Canadian Open Tag Team Title in Toronto, Ontario

1978 – Mil Mascaras defeated The Destroyer to win the AJPW PWF United States Heavyweight Title in Kagoshima, Japan

1978 – The Mongolian Stomper defeated Robert Fuller to win the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title in Knoxville, Tennessee

1982 – Mike Sharpe defeated Killer Khan to win the MSW Louisiana Title in Shreveport, Louisiana

1989 – Eric Embry defeated P.Y. Chu-Hi to win his third USWA Texas Heavyweight Title in Dallas, Texas

1991 – Cien Caras defeated Konnan el Barbaro to win the CMLL World Heavyweight Title

2000 – Lady Apache was stripped of the CMLL World Women’s Title after jumping to AAA

2002 – the WWE Hardcore Title is passed from Tommy Dreamer to Shawn Stasiak, to Steven Richards, & back to Dreamer

2006 – Eden Black defeated Jetta & Sweet Saraya in a Triple Threat match at “Summer Brawl” to win the vacant Real Quality Wrestling Women’s Title in Waterlooville, England

Birthdays

Happy birthday to one-time WWF Tag Team Champion Tom Prichard (55)

In Memoriam

In 1998,  Maryland Championship Wrestling wrestler Shane Shamrock was shot & killed during an altercation with police officers. As a result of his death, the MCW Light Heavyweight Title, which he held at the time, was retired. Each year, MCW holds the Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup tournament in his honor

Also in 1998, 1998 – Terry Garvin dies at age 61

On this day in 2005, the wrestling world lost one-time CZW Tag Champion Chri$ Ca$h aged just 23. Ca$h came through the CZW Academy under Jon Dahmer and would go on to wrestle his entire career with the promotion, as well as a few indy appearances in various promotions. He briefly challenged for the CZW Junior Heavyweight Title in 2003, but would have to wait another year before winning his one & only professional wrestling championship, as he teamed with Sexxxy Eddy, Nate Webb, & JC Bailey to defeat The BLK OUT to win the CZW Tag Team Titles. Ca$h was scheduled to compete for the Ultraviolent Underground Title, but injuries suffered in a car accident forced him out of the match, & he wouldn’t return before he died in a motorcycle accident. He was a passenger on his cousin’s bike when a car turned in front of them. The bike hit the passenger side of the car square on, both riders were thrown from the bike & both died at the scene of their injuries. The driver of the car also later died on his way to hospital. CZW has held the Chri$ Ca$h Memorial Show every year since

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