Today In Wrestling History- July 2nd


2001 – The long awaited “debut” of the new WCW on Raw from Tacoma, Washington was a flop.  Given the final half hour of the 7/2 Raw, Buff Bagwell & Booker T had what many fans felt was the worst main event in the history of the program. Bagwell, who had his first match in months the day before on a house show, blew up quickly, and was using long restholds in a match that should have been non-stop action to put over the quality of the WCW performers. Booker T tried, but was still shaking off the ring rust himself, & was not in a position to carry Bagwell. The match was embarrassing, & chants of “Boring” & “This Match Sucks” were clearly heard throughout. A WWF source said Vince McMahon “absolutely hated” the whole WCW segment. That same night, Billy Kidman defeated Shane Helms for the WCW Cruiserweight Title.  This was the 1st time a WCW title would change hands on a WWF show

2005 – WWE announcer Marc Lloyd, who hosted WWE Afterburn & Byte This on was released by the company

2006 – Beth Phoenix returns to the ring from her broken jaw, wrestling for WWE developmental OVW in Hodgenville, Kentucky

2008 – Ashley Massaro announced she had requested her release from WWE, citing that her then-seven year old daughter was ill and Massaro needed to be with her.  Massaro has not worked in pro wrestling since being granted that release

2009 – WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper was arrested for DUI after being stopped for a field sobriety test

2012 – Armando Estrada, who had been quietly signed & then used only a few times by WWE, announces that he has been released by the company.  The release came shortly after Estrada had asked a friend to bring up his name to WWE management.  The creative team, as if turned out, had forgotten he was signed


In 2012, WWE Monday Night Raw was held live at Laredo Energy Arena, in Laredo, Texas:

Dark Match:
– Dean Ambrose defeated Michael McGillicutty
R-Truth, Christian, Santino Marella, & Kofi Kingston defeated David Otunga, Tits O’Neil, Darren Young, & Cody Rhodes in an 8-man tag team match
– AJ Lee & Sheamus defeated Vickie Guerrero & Dolph Ziggler
– Heath Slater defeated Doink The Clown (Brooklyn Brawler)
– The Big Show defeated Kane in a No DQ Match
– Tyson Kidd defeated Tensai
– John Cena & CM Punk fought Chris Jericho & Daniel Bryan to a No Contest

Title Changes

1962 – Don Kent defeated Red McKim to win the TSW Oklahoma & Oklahoma Junior Heavyweight Titles. Also, Jack & Jim Dalton defeated Alberto & Ramon Torres to win the TSW Southwestern Tag Team Titles

2000 – Crash Holly defeated Steve Blackman to win the WWF Hardcore Title but would lose it back to Blackman before the end of the night

2002 – on Smackdown, Edge & Hulk Hogan defeated Billy & Chuck to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

2007 – on Raw, Umaga defeated Santino Marella to win the WWE Intercontinental Title


Happy birthday to former WWF Tag and Light Heavyweight Champion Scotty 2 Hotty (44), former WCW wrestler Joe Gomez (41), current WWE referee Charles Robinson (50), WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart (57), & former WWE Diva Amy Weber (44)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1969, the wrestling world lost one-time NWA Junior Heavyweight Champion Iron Mike DiBiase at the age of 45. DiBiase was an accomplished amateur wrestler, representing the US Navy & the University of Nebraska in UNL divisions. After turning professional in 1950, DiBiase began to win championships all over America, though primarily competed in the south. He was most successful in the AWA’s Midwest territory, & the NWA’s Amarillo territory, winning the main heavyweight title 3 times in each. He also held championships in Oregon, Chicago, Los Angeles as well as in the Central States & Tri-State territories. DiBiase actually died in the ring, suffering a fatal heart attack in a match with Man Mountain Mike. Harley Race, who was ringside, realized what was happening, & attempted CPR, but DiBiase was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Some may not know that he is not the biological father of ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase, rather, he married Ted’s mother & later adopted him