Today In Wrestling History– August 4th

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Trivia

1989 – WCCW & CWA merge to form the USWA

1997 – The Monday Night War continued: WCW Monday Nitro defeated WWF Monday Night Raw: 4.4 to 2.6 in the ratings

2011 – The Amazing Red announced he had left TNA, citing that creative had nothing for him on his Twitter

Events

In 1996, WCW Kollision in Korea (Collision in Korea on the VHS release) aired on PPV. The event was taped over 2 days (the 28th &  29th April 1995) at May Day Stadium, in Pyongyang, North Korea. It was a joint promotion between WCW & NJPW and was the 1st major appearance of an American wrestling promotion in the country. It also set the as yet unbeaten record for the largest attendance at a wrestling event, with 340,000 people attending over the 2 days:

– Wild Pegaus (Chris Benoit) defeated 2 Cold Scorpio
– Yuji Nagata defeated Tokimitsu Ishizawa
– Masahiro Chono & Hiro Saito defeated El Samurai & Tadao Yasuda
– Bull Nakano & Akira Hokuto defeated Manami Toyota & Mariko Yoshida
– Shinya Hashimoto fought Scott Norton to a time-limit draw to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– Road Warrior Hawk defeated Tadao Yasuda
– The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) defeated Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki
– Antonio Inoki defeated Ric Flair

In 2005, ROH Time To Man Up was held at the Sports Plus Entertainment Center, in Long Island, New York. With an attendance of 700:

–Bryan Danielson defeated Jack Evans
– Matt Sydal & Christopher Daniels (with Allison Danger) defeated Irish Airborne (Dave & Jake Crist)
– Colt Cabana defeated Claudio Castagnoli
– Austin Aries & Roderick Strong defeated The Embassy (Jimmy Rave & Sal Rinauro) (with Prince Nana), The Rottweilers (Ricky Reyes & Homicide) (with Julius Smokes), & BJ Whitmer & Adam Pearce in an Ultimate Endurance Match to retain the ROH World Tag Team Titles
– Nigel McGuinness defeated Delirious to retain the ROH Pure Title
– The Briscoe Brothers (Mark & Jay) defeated Davey Richards & KENTA
– Samoa Joe defeated AJ Styles

Title Changes

1966 – Fritz von Erich defeated Johnny Valentine to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1969 – Fritz von Erich defeated Johnny Valentine to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1977 – Dick Murdoch defeated Bill Watts to win the TSW North American Title

1984 – Mike von Erich defeated Gino Hernandez to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1989 – Scott Braddock & Cactus Jack defeated Jeff Jarrett & Matt Borne to win the WCCW World Tag Team Titles

1990 – Lance Idol & Rick Valentine defeated Super Medics I & III to win the WWC World Tag Team Title in Caguas, Puerto Rico

1994 – The Heavenly Bodies (Jimmy Del Ray & Tom Prichard) defeated The Thugs (Tony Anthony & Tracy Smothers) to win the SMW Tag Team Titles. They would be the final champions before the promotion closed in November

1997 – on Nitro: Lex Luger defeated Hollywood Hulk Hogan to win the WCW World Heavyweight Title in Auburn Hills, Michigan

2000 – Los Guerreros del Infierno (Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero) defeated Mr. Niebla & Villano IV in the final of a tournament to win the vacant CMLL Tag Team Titles

2002 – Bradshaw defeated Tommy Dreamer to win the WWE Hardcore Title, but would lose it back to Dreamer before the end of the night

2008 – on Raw, Batista & John Cena defeated The Legacy (Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase Jr) to win the World Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to current TNA Tag Team Champion Kazarian (37), 4-time WCW Cruiserweight Champion Dean Malenko (54), & 5-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kensuke Sasaki (48)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former southern star Tiger Conway Sr. (82)