Today In Wrestling History- August 30th

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Trivia

1999 – The Monday Night War continued: WWF Monday Night Raw defeated WCW Monday Nitro: 4.2 to 4.0 in the ratings

2007 – Based on independent information received from investigators from the Albany County, NY D.A.’s office, WWE, under the penalty provisions of its wellness policy, issued suspension notices to 10 of its performers for violation suspended 10 performers.

Following WWE’s announcement that it had suspended 10 stars for Wellness Policy violations, the New York Daily News ran an article online listing the names of WWE stars that were identified as clients of Signature Pharmacy in Orlando, the site raided by law enforcement agencies in February for distributing drugs (including steroids) to clients that had not been examined by doctors.

This list also included 3 deceased wrestlers (Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, & Brian “Crush” Adams), & Sylvain Grenier who was no longer with the company

The 10 suspended were: Chavo Guerrero Jr., Hurricane Helms, John Morrison, Randy Orton, Funaki, Charlie Haas, Umaga, William Regal, Mr. Kennedy, & Edge

2007 – WWE signed former WCW star Johnny Stamboli for the 2nd time

2010 – World Wrestling Entertainment broadcast it’s 900th episode of Monday Night Raw broadcast

2010 – TNA signed Mickie James

Events

In 1993, WWF Summerslam was held at The Palace of Auburn Hills, in Auburn Hills, Michigan. With an attendance of 23,945. It saw the last appearance of Ted DiBiase as an active WWF wrestler:

Dark Match:
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Owen Hart defeated Barry Horowitz
SummerSlam:
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Razor Ramon defeated Ted Dibiase
 The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) defeated The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard & Jimmy Del Ray) (with Jim Cornette) to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Shawn Michaels (with Diesel) defeated Mr. Perfect via countout to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Irwin R. S defeated The 1-2-3 Kid
– Bret Hart defeated Doink The Clown (with Jerry Lawler) via DQ
– Ludvig Borga defeated Marty Jannetty
– The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Giant Gonzalez (with Harvey Wippleman) in a Rest In Peace Match
– Tatanka & The Smoking Gunns (Billy & Bart Gunn) defeated Bam Bam Bigelow & The Headshrinkers (Fatu & Samu) (with Luna Vachon & Afa)
– Lex Luger defeated Yokozuna (with Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette) via countout (Yoko retains the WWF Title)

In 1998, WWF Summerslam, held at Madison Square Garden, in New York City. With an attendance of 21,588. This was the 1st PPV to be preceded by Sunday Night Heat. It also saw the PPV debut of Edge:

Sunday Night Heat:
– Too Cool (Scotty 2 Hotty & Grand Master Sexay) defeated L.O.D. 2000 (Hawk & Animal)
– Gangrel defeated Dustin Runnels
– The Disciples of The Apocalypse (Skull & 8-Ball) (with Paul Ellering) defeated Vader & Bradshaw
SummerSlam:
– D’Lo Brown defeated Val Venis via DQ to retain the WWF European Title
– The Oddities (Golga, Giant Silva, & Kurrgan) (with Luna Vachon & The Insane Clown Posse) defeated Kaientai (Funaki, Dick Togo, Mens Teioh, & Taka Michinoku) (with Yamaguchi-san)
– X-Pac defeated Jeff Jarrett in a Hair vs Hair Match
– Edge & Sable defeated Marc Mero & Jacqueline
– Ken Shamrock defeated Owen Hart (with Dan Severn) in a Lion’s Den Match
– The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg & Billy Gunn) defeated Mankind in a No-DQ Handicap Match to win the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Triple H (with Chyna) defeated The Rock (with Mark Henry) in a Ladder Match to win the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Steve Austin defeated The Undertaker to retain the WWF Title

In 2002, All Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Tokyo, Japan:

– Abdullah The Butcher & Kendo Kashin defeated Masa Fuchi & Mr. Problem
– Kaz Hayashi defeated Jimmy Yang
– Genichiro Tenryu defeated Hiroshi Hase
– Bill Goldberg defeated Satoshi Kojima
– KroniK (Brian Adams & Bryan Clark) defeated Mike Barton & Jim Steele to retain the AJPW Tag Team Titles
– Keiji Mutoh defeated Taiyo Kea

In 2009, AJPW Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 8 was held in Tokyo, Japan:

– Kaz Hayashi defeated Shuji Kondo to retain the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title
– F4 (Hiroshi Yamato, KAI, & Satoshi Kojima) defeated Akihiko Ito, Kenta Kobashi, & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi
– Yoshihiro Takayama defeated Suwama to retain the AJPW Triple Crown Title
– Keiji Muto & Masakatsu Funaki defeated Masahiro Chono & Minoru Suzuki

Title Changes

1969 – Mad Dog & Butcher Vachon defeat Crusher & Dick the Bruiser for the AWA World Tag Team Title in Chicago, Illinois

1988 – Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu defeated Ashura Hara & Genichiro Tenryu to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

1993 – Dustin Rhodes defeated Rick Rude to win the vacant WCW United States Title in Atlanta, Georgia

1995 – Masayoshi Motegi defeated El Hijo Del Santo in the final of a tournament to win the revived NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1996 – Sid Vicious defeated Jerry Lawler to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1999 – on Raw, The Rock n Sock Connection (The Rock & Mankind) defeated The Unholy Alliance (The Big Show & The Undertaker) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

2000 – Tony Kozina was awarded the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title after the controversial finish of his title match against Rockford 2000 4 days previously

2009 – Alex Koslov loses a ‘Loser Leaves AAA’ Cage Match, forcing him to vacate the AAA Cruiserweight Title

Birthdays

As far as I’m aware, there are no significant birthdays on this date

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date:

Firstly, in 2008, WWE Hall of Famer Killer Kowalski died aged 81. Kowalski was born in Windsor, Canada to Polish immigrant parents. It isn’t definitively known how Kowalski became a professional wrestler, though the generally accepted story is that he took up the sport to supplement the low income that he was receiving from working at Ford. His first recorded match came in May 1948 (though it is likely that he debuted the previous year) and by November of that year, he was already competing against Orville Brown for the NWA World Title. Through the 1950′s, Kowalski became one of the most famed and hated heels in America, and was soon competing for the WWWF, challenging it’s champion Bruno Sammartino. He would gain two tag team title reigns with the company before retiring in 1977 to set up a wrestling school. He continued to make very rare in-ring appearances right up to 1993, by which time he was a full-time trainer. Kowalski’s students included Triple H, Chyna, Perry Saturn, Albert, Frankie Kazarian, & Kenny Dykstra. Kowalski suffered a heart attack on August 8th which saw him put on life support. He was taken off support ten days later, but failed to recover fully.

Secondly, in 2010, indy hardcore star JC Bailey died aged just 27. Bailey made his wrestling debut in 2001 and won his first major championship, the IWA:MS Light Heavyweight Title, just two years later. Later that year, he began competing regularly for CZW, where he would become a two-time Ultraviolent Champion and one-time Tag Team Champion. He also had stints in Japan, working several hardcore tournaments, but without success. Bailey’s final major appearance came at CZW’s Tournament of Death 9 where he lost in the final to Scotty Vortekz. In the weeks prior to his death, Bailey had been complaining of headaches and numbness before dying in his sleep of a brain aneurysm. It was later discovered that his brain had been severely damaged due to repeated concussions and head traumas. His brain is expected to be donated to Boston University for medical research

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