Today In Wrestling History- August 27th

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Trivia

1990 – The Snowman was stripped of the USWA Unified Heavyweight Title after no-showing a title defense

1994 – ECW officially withdrew from the NWA

Events

In 1990, WWF Summerslam was held at The Spectrum, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With an attendance of 19,304:

Dark Match:
– Shane Douglas defeated Buddy Rose
SummerSlam:
– Power & Glory (Paul Roma & Hercules) (with Slick) defeated The Rockers (Marty Jannetty & Shawn Michaels)
– The Texas Tornado defeated Mr. Perfect (with Bobby Heenan) to win the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Sensation Queen Sherri defeated Sapphire via Forfeit
– The Warlord (with Slick) defeated Tito Santana
– The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart) defeated Demolition (Ax & Smash) in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match to win the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Jake Roberts defeated Bad News Brown via DQ. With Big Boss Man as the special guest referee
– Nikolai Volkoff & Jim Duggan defeated The Orient Express (Sato & Pat Tanaka) (with Mr. Fuji)
– Randy Savage (with Queen Sherri) defeated Dusty Rhodes
– Hulk Hogan (with Big Boss Man)  defeated Earthquake (with Jimmy Hart & Dino Bravo) via countout
– The Ultimate Warrior defeated Rick Rude (with Bobby Heenan) in a Steel Cage Match to retain the WWF Title

In 1995, WWF Summerslam was held at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With an attendance of 18,062:

– Hakushi defeated The 1-2-3 Kid
– Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeated Bob Holly
– The Smoking Gunns (Billy & Bart) defeated The Blu Brothers (Jacob & Eli) (with Uncle Zebekiah (Zeb Colter)
– Barry Horowitz defeated Skip (with Sunny) (Horowitz wins! Horowitz wins!)
– Bertha Faye (with Harvey Wippleman) defeated Alundra Blayze to win the WWF Women’s Title
– The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Kama in a Casket Match
– Bret Hart defeated Isaac Yankem DDS via DQ
– Shawn Michaels defeated Razor Ramon in a Ladder Match to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Diesel defeated King Mabel (with Sir Mo) to retain the WWF Title

In 2000, WWF SummerSlam was held at the Raleigh Entertainment & Sports Arena, in Raleigh, North Carolina. With an attendance of 18,124:

– Right To Censor (The Goodfather, Bull Buchanan, & Steven Richards) defeated Too Cool (Rikishi, Scotty 2 Hotty, & Grand Master Sexay)
– X-Pac defeated Road Dogg
– Chyna & Eddie Guerrero defeated Val Venis & Trish Stratus. Chyna pinned Stratus to win the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Jerry Lawler defeated Tazz
– Steve Blackman defeated Shane McMahon to win the WWF Hardcore Title
– Chris Benoit defeated Chris Jericho in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match
– Edge & Christian defeated The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff) & The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) in the 1st ever TLC Match to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
– The Kat (with Al Snow) defeated Terri (with Perry Saturn) in a Stinkface match
– The Undertaker fought Kane to a no contest, as Kane left the ring area before the match got underway after being unmasked by Taker
– The Rock defeated Kurt Angle & Triple H (with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WWF Title

In 2011, NJPW/AJPW/NOAH All Together was held in Tokyo, Japan. This was a benefit show of sorts for the victims of the Japanese earthquake & tsunami:

– Kota Ibushi, Taiji Ishimori, Hiroshi Yamato & BUSHI defeated Tiger Mask, Kaz Hayashi, Shuji Kondo & Ricky Marvin
– Tetsuya Naito, Shuhei Taniguchi & Seiya Sanada defeated Mohammed Yone, Yujiro Takahashi & Manabu Soya
– Togi Makabe & Akitoshi Saito defeated Hirooki Goto & Taiyo Kea
– Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi, Kotaro Suzuki, Katsuhiko Nakajima & KAI defeated Koji Kanemoto, KENTA, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Minoru & Genba Hirayanagi
– Masakatsu Funaki, Takuma Sano & Jushin Liger defeated Minoru Suzuki, Atsushi Aoki & Taichi
– Kentaro Shiga won a 27-man Battle Royal to win the Destroyer Cup
– Takeshi Morishima, Akebono, Yutaka Yoshie & Ryota Hama defeated Yuji Nagata, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Osamu Nishimura & Wataru Inoue
– Kensuke Sasaki & Jun Akiyama defeated Yoshihiro Takayama & Takao Omori
– Kenta Kobashi & Keiji Muto defeated Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka
– Hiroshi Tanahashi, Go Shiozaki & Suwama defeated Shinsuke Nakamura, Takashi Sugiura & KENSO

Title Changes

1958 – Rikidozan defeated Lou Thesz to win the NWA International Heavyweight Title

1982 – Killer Khan defeated Mr. Olympia to win the MSW Mississippi Title

1994 – Reigning NWA World Champion Shane Douglas threw down the NWA Title in favor of the ECW World Title. Also, Cactus Jack & Mikey Whipwreck defeated The Public Enemy (Rocco Rock & Johnny Grunge) to win the ECW Tag Team Titles

2001 – on Raw, The Hurricane defeated Matt Hardy to win the WWF European Title in Grand Rapids, Michigan

2005 – Nigel McGuinness defeated Samoa Joe to win the ROH Pure Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to one-time World Heavyweight Champion The Great Khali (42), WWE Hall of Famer Sgt Slaughter (66), NWA-era tag team legend George Scott (85), 2-time WWF/E Women’s Champion Jazz (41), & retired Japanese star Milano Collection AT (38)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date:

Firstly, in 1994, one-time AWA Tag Team Champion Boris Malenko died aged 61. Malenko made his professional debut in 1957 and just 4 years later, made his first attempt at the NWA World Title, coming up short against Buddy Rogers. Through the 60′s and early 70′s, Malenko established himself as one of the top stars in the Florida territory, eventually winning 13 titles in the area. He also competed in Texas during this time, winning 3 championships there. By the late 70′s, he was winding down his career, though still found occasional success in the southern states. He went on to open a training facility, becoming one of the most prolific trainers of his age. Aside his own sons, Dean & Joe, Malenko also had a hand in the training of Sean Waltman, Perry Saturn, Buddy Landel, Gangrel, Bill Eadie and more. He passed after a short battle with cancer

On this day in 2010, the wrestling world lost former WWF personality Luna Vachon aged just 48. As a child, Vachon only had eyes for a wrestling career, despite her family encouraging her away from the business. She began training under The Fabulous Moolah at around age 16 and made her debut in Moolah’s all-female promotion in the mid-80′s. In 1985, she gained her first major exposure, appearing in Florida Championship Wrestling as a reporter. During the segment, she was ‘knocked unconscious’ by Kevin Sullivan, leading to a mental breakdown angle. In the following years, she competed in Japan, Canada and Puerto Rico while making appearances for the POWW promotion. In 1993, she was signed by the WWF (despite the company having to hire a private investigator to actually find her!) but only lasted a year before the lack of direction for the WWF’s women’s division saw her leave the promotion. She had stints in ECW, WCW and several independent promotions before returning to the WWF in 1997. She primarily served as a manager, but did step into the ring on occasion, usually alongside her clients. She left the promotion again in 2000, once again dissatisfied with the direction of the women’s division and would compete on the indies until her in-ring retirement in 2007. She was honoured at the 2009 Cauliflower Alley Club reunion and also served as an unofficial mentor to several Canadian wrestlers, most notably Nattie ‘Natalya’ Neidhart. She was found dead at her Florida home after an apparent accidental overdose. She was buried on a ranch formerly owned by her godfather, André The Giant