Today In Wrestling History- July 14th

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Trivia

1995 – Ken Shamrock defeated Dan Severn in under 2 minutes via submission to win the UFC SuperFight Title at the 6th Ultimate Fighting Championship event

1997 – The Monday Night War continued: WCW Monday Nitro defeated WWF Monday Night Raw: 3.5 to 2.6 in the ratings

2009 – Superstar Graham, upset with his release from a consultant’s position by WWE, auctioned off his WWE Hall of Fame ring on Ebay

2009 – TNA signed Ayako Hamada, who has a run as one half of the TNA Knockouts Tag Team champions before opting not to renew her deal

Events

In 1986, WWF King of the Ring was held in Foxborough, Massachusetts:

1st Round Matches:
–  Don Muraco fought Roddy Piper to a 20-minute time limit draw
– Harley Race defeated George Steele via DQ
– Billy Jack Haynes defeated The Iron Sheik
 Nikolai Volkoff defeated Danny Spivey
– The Junkyard Dog defeated Paul Orndorff via DQ
– Pedro Morales defeated Rudy Diamond (Diamond was subbing for Bob Orton Jr.)
Quarter-Final Round Matches:
– Billy Jack Haynes defeated Mr. X (subbing for Hercules)
– Nikolai Volkoff defeated The Junkyard Dog
– Pedro Morales defeated Mike Rotunda
Semi– Final Round Matches:
Harley Race defeated Billy Jack Haynes via countout
– Pedro Morales defeated Nikolai Volkoff
– Bruno Sammartino defeated The Designated Hitman (replacing Eddie Andelmann)
King of The Ring Tournament Finals:
– Harley Race defeated Pedro Morales to win the King Of The Ring in the Tournament
– The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith & The Dynamite Kid) defeated The Dream Team (Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake) in a Cage Match to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles

In 1991, WCW’s The Great American Bash was held at the Baltimore Arena, in Baltimore, Maryland. With an attendance of 7,000. This was the 1st Bash produced solely by WCW with no NWA involvement. The main event of the PPV was supposed to feature Ric Flair, but Flair was fired over a contract dispute days before the event, taking his WCW Title belt with him. WCW were forced to use a makeshift belt (a former Championship Wrestling from Florida belt) with a temporary plate on the front:

Dark Match:
– The Junkyard Dog defeated Black Bart
PPV:
– PN News & Bobby Eaton defeated Steve Austin & Terrance Taylor (with Lady Blossom) in a Capture The Flag Scaffold Match
– The Diamond Studd (Scott Hall) (with Diamond Dallas Page) defeated Tom Zenk
– Ron Simmons defeated Oz (Kevin Nash) (with Merlin The Wizard (Kevin Sullivan)
– Richard Morton (with Alexandra York (Terri Runnels) defeated Robert Gibson
– Dustin Rhodes, & The Southern Boys (Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong) defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin, Michael Hayes, & Badstreet) (with Big Daddy Dink (Sir Oliver Humperdink) in a 6-man Tag Team Elimination Match
– The Yellow Dog (Brian Pillman) defeated Johnny B. Badd (with Teddy Long) via DQ
– Big Josh defeated Black Blood (with Kevin Sullivan) in a Lumberjack Match
– El Gigante (with a bunch of midgets) defeated One Man Gang (with Kevin Sullivan)
– Nikita Koloff defeated Sting in a Russian Chain Match
– Lex Luger defeated Barry Windham in a Cage Match to win the vacant WCW World Title
– Rick Steiner & Missy Hyatt defeated Arn Anderson & Paul E. Dangerously in a Cage Match

In 1992, Tod Gordon’s Eastern Championship Wrestling held a show at The Original Sports Bar, in Philadelphia, PA. With an attendance of 275:

– Mr. Perez defeated Jimmy Jannetty
– Scott Summers & King Kaluha defeated JT Smith & Hurricane Curry.
– The Samoan Warrior defeated Jack Hammer via DQ
– Salvatore Bellomo fought Tony Stetson to a double DQ
– ECW Tag Team Champions The Super Destroyers defeated Max Thrasher & Glenn Osbourne
– Tony Cairo defeated Damien Stone
– Vladimir Markoff & the Super Ninja defeated Chris Michaels & Nikolai Volkoff
– Mr. Sandman defeated Larry Winters
– Jimmy Snuka defeated  Johnny Hot Body to win the title, crowned as 1st champion

Title Changes

1958 – Stu Gibson defeated Bull Curry to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1966 – The Viking & Jack Donovan defeated Bob Ellis & The Stomper to win the NWA North American Tag Team Title in Kansas City, Kansas

1972 – The Flying Redheads (Red Bastien & Billy Red Lyons) defeated The Alaskans (Frank Monte & Mike York) to win the vacant Texas Tag Team Titles. Also, Stan Stasiak defeated Jose Lothario to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1978 – Dick The Bruiser defeated Dick Murdoch to win back the NWA Missouri Heavyweight Title in St. Louis, Missouri

1984 – Ted DiBiase defeated The Spoiler to win the NWA National Heavyweight Title in Macon, Georgia

1992 – Jimmy Snuka defeated Johnny Hotbody to win the NWA-ECW Title

1997 – on Raw, Steve Austin & Dude Love defeated The British Bulldog & Owen Hart to win the vacant WWF Tag Team Titles

1998 – on Raw, D’Lo Brown defeated Triple H to win the WWF European Title in Binghamton, New York

1998 – on Nitro, Stevie Ray was awarded the WCW Television Title by a ‘power of attorney’ which he claimed was from his injured brother Booker T

2001 – Yoji Ano & Genichiro Tenryu defeated Taiyo Kea & Johnny Smith to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

2006 – on Smackdown, Finlay defeated Bobby Lashley to win the WWE United States Title

2006 – Rey Bucanero ended Ultimo Guerrero’s 3+ year reign as CMLL World Light Heavyweight Champion

2011 – on Impact, Sting defeated Mr. Anderson to win the TNA World Heavyweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former TNA World Champion Bully Ray (43), former NWA & WCW World Champion Jeff Jarrett (48), & former ECW & WWE announcer Joey Styles (43)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1992, the wrestling world lost 10-time NWA Light Heavyweight Champion Danny McShain at the age of 79. McShain began his career in Arkansas in 1930, but his early career was interrupted by a spell in the US Navy, so it was the mid-30′s before his career began to take off. He won his first championship (the NWA Light Heavyweight Title) in 1937 and would go on to win it a further 9 times over the following 10 years. He moved to Texas in the 40′s, finding success in the regional heavyweight division, whilst also engaging in a cross-territorial feud with Verne Gagne. By the late-50′s, McShain was winding down his career. His final major run came in Ohio, before he hung up the boots to become a referee, continuing in that position well into his 60s. McShain passed peacefully at his home, having battled (according to reports) Alzheimer’s in the latter stages of his life