On This Day In Wrestling History… June 14th

On 14th June in wrestling history, Goldberg takes his winning streak to 100-0, and we witness the ‘Greatest Wrestling Match Ever!’

Edge vs Randy Orton

1957 – In Chicago, Illinois, Édouard Carpentier won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship after defeating Lou Thesz 2-1 in a best of three falls match. Carpentier was awarded the title when Thesz couldn’t continue the match due to a back injury. In some territories, Thesz continued to be recognized as NWA World Heavyweight Champion, while in others Carpentier was billed as the champion.

1989 – NWA Clash of the Champions VII: Guts and Glory was held at the Ritz-Epps Fitness Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. On the show:

  • The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes) defeated The Dynamic Dudes (Johnny Ace and Shane Douglas) in a NWA World Tag Team Title Tournament semifinal match, with Garvin getting the pin on Douglas.
  • Ranger Ross defeated The Terrorist in 85 seconds.
  • The Ding Dongs (Fred Deaton and Joel Deaton) defeated Cougar Jay and George South.
  • The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) defeated The Samoan Swat Team (Fatu and Samu) in a NWA World Tag Team Title Tournament semifinal match following interference from The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal.)
  • Steve Williams and Terry Gordy fought to a double countout.
  • In his debut, Norman The Lunatic defeated Mike Justice in 47 seconds.
  • The Varsity Club (Kevin Sullivan and Mike Rotunda) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott Steiner). The match ends when Rotunda suplexes Scott Steiner on to a chair in the ring and gets the pin.
  • Sting defeated Bill Irwin in just over three minutes to retain the NWA World Television Championship.
  • The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes) defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) to win the vacant NWA World Tag Team Championship belts.
  • Ricky Steamboat defeated Terry Funk by disqualification. After the match Lex Luger ran to the ring and attacked Steamboat with a chair.

1993 – At a house show in Columbus, Ohio, The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott Steiner) won the WWF Tag Team titles after beating Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster). They would lose the titles back to Money Inc. two days later but then win them back AGAIN three days after that.

1995 – At the NJPW Budokan Hall Show in Japan, Koji Kanemoto defeated Sabu by pinfall to become the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.

1998 – At the OVW Jeffersonville Show in Indiana, Nick Dinsmore and Rob Conway defeated Flash Flanagan and Jason Lee to win the OVW Southern Tag Team Titles.

1998 – WCW: The Great American Bash PPV was held at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland, in front of 12,810 fans. On the show:

  • Booker T defeated Chris Benoit in the final of their Best-Of-Seven matches, making the score 4-3. The win also earned Booker T a WCW World Television Championship match later in the show.
  • Kanyon pinned Saturn after hitting him with the Flatliner.
  • Chris Jericho defeated Dean Malenko by disqualification to win the vacant WCW Cruiserweight Championship, after Malenko hit Jericho with a chair.
  • Juventud Guerrera defeated Reese following interference from Van Hammer.
  • Chavo Guerrero, Jr. defeated Eddie Guerrero.
  • Booker T defeated Fit Finlay with a Tombstone Piledriver to get the pin and to win the WCW World Television Championship.
  • Goldberg defeated Konnan in under two minutes to retain the WCW United States Championship and to take his winning streak to 100 wins in a row.
  • Hollywood Hogan and Bret Hart defeated Roddy Piper and Randy Savage by submission when Savage tapped out to Hart’s Sharpshooter.
  • Roddy Piper defeated Randy Savage by submission in just 97 seconds after Piper hit Savage with a low blow and locked in the Figure-Four Leglock.
  • In a singles match, Sting defeated The Giant to claim the WCW Tag Team Championships. They had been champions as a team but WCW announced the titles vacated after Sting joined the NWO Wolfpac. With the win, Sting was allowed to choose his own partner to become tag champions with, and the next night on Nitro he chose Kevin Nash.
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On This Day In Wrestling History...28th July

1999 – At a taping of Monday Night RAW in Worcester, Massachusetts, Ivory defeated Debra to win the WWF Women’s Title.

2001 – At the TV tapings of MCW (Memphis) in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Ekmo and Kimo defeated Bradshaw and Faarooq to become the MCW Southern Tag Team Champions.

2002 – OVW Summer Sizzler Series was held in Louisville, Kentucky. The OVW Southern Tag Team Titles changed hands on the show when Nick Dinsmore and Rob Conway defeated Flash and Trailer Park Trash.

2003 – At CZW Truth or Consequences held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Nick Gage defeated both Nate Hatred and The Messiah in a ‘Three-Way Steel Cage’ match to win the BJW Deathmatch Title AND the
CZW Championship.

2008 – APW Gym Wars was in Hayward, California. On the show Derek Sanders defeated Nathan Rulez by pinfall to win the APW Worldwide Internet Title, and then in the main event Oliver John beat Mr. Primetime to become the APW Universal Heavyweight Champion.

2008 – D.J. Hyde won the CZW Ironman Title at CZW Summer School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after beating Brain Damage, Danny Havoc, and Insane Lane in a ‘Four-Way Shattered Dreams’ match.

2009 – On Day Seven of NOAH Southern Navigation in Hakata, Japan, Go Shiozaki beat Takeshi Rikio for the GHC Heavyweight Title.

2010 – Monday Night RAW was in Charlotte, North Carolina. In the opening match The Miz defeated R-Truth, John Morrison, and Zack Ryder in a ‘Fatal Four-Way’ match to win the WWE United States Championship.

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2014 – CZW Tournament of Death was held at the Ultraviolent Underground in Townsend, Delaware. In main event of the night Jun Kasai defeated Masada in a ‘No Ropes Barbed Wire, Light Tube Bundles, & Scaffold Deathmatch’ to be declared the tournament winner.

2015 – At the RevPro Summer Sizzler in London, England, James Castle and Sha Samuels defeated Jake McCluskey and Joel Redman to win the RevPro British Tag Team Titles. In the main event of the show, A.J. Styles become the new RevPro British Heavyweight Champion after beating Marty Scurll.

2015 – WWE Money In The Bank was held at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, in front of 15’277 fans. ON the show:

  • R-Truth defeated King Barrett on the pre-show.
  • In a ‘Money In The Bank Ladder’ match Sheamus defeated Neville, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, Kane, and Dolph Ziggler to take the briefcase and win himself a guaranteed WWE World Heavyweight Championship match within one year.
  • Nikki Bella defeated Paige to retain the WWE Divas Championship. Paige thought she had the match won by pinfall but Nikki Bella had swapped places with her sister, Brie, and it was Brie who was pinned. The match continued and Nikki hit the Rack Attack on Paige then got the win.
  • Big Show defeated Ryback by disqualification in a WWE Intercontinental Championship match after The Miz attacked the Big Show.
  • John Cena defeated Kevin Owens after hitting Owens with three Attitude Adjustments.
  • The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O’Neil) defeated The New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods) to win the WWE Tag Team Championship belts with O’Neil getting the pin on Woods.
  • Seth Rollins defeated Dean Ambrose in a ladder match to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Both men got the title at the same time but when they fell off the ladder it was Rollins who held on to it, giving him the win.

2015 – AAA Verano de Escandalo was held in Monterrey, Mexico. Averno, Chessman, and Cibernetico won the AAA World Trios Titles in a ‘Three-Way Tag Team’ match after beating Monster Clown, Murder Clown, and Psycho Clown, and the team of El Hijo De Pirata Morgan, Electro Shock, and La Parka Negra III.

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On This Day in Wrestling History...24th July

2016 – At a taping of TNA Impact in Orlando, Florida, Mike Bennett defeated Eddie Edwards to win the TNA X Division Championship.

2017 – At an OVW TV Taping in Louisville, Kentucky, Reverend Stuart Miles outlasted Damion, Chace Destiny, and Jade Dawson in a ‘Gauntlet’ match to win the OVW Television Title.

2018 – At an OVW TV Taping in Louisville, Kentucky, Sam Thompson defeated Logan James to become the new OVW Television Champion.

2020 – WWE Backlash took place at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. The majority of the event aired live but the main event dubbed ‘The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever’ between Edge and Randy Orton was pre-recorded on June 7. On the PPV:

  • On the Backlash Kickoff pre-show, Apollo Crews retained the United States Championship against Andrade.
  • Bayley and Sasha Banks retained the WWE Womens Tag Team Championship belts in a ‘Triple-Threat Tag Team’ match against Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross, and Billie Kay and Peyton Royce.
  • Sheamus defeated Jeff Hardy by pinfall after two Brogue Kicks.
  • Asuka retained the WWE Raw Women’s Title against Nia Jax after both women were counted out of the ring.
  • Braun Strowman beat both The Miz and John Morrison in a 2 on 1 Handicap match to retain the Universal Championship. Strowman got the pin on Morrison after a Running Powerslam.
  • Drew McIntyre retained the WWE Championship against Bobby Lashley after McIntyre hit a Claymore Kick on Lashley and got the pin.
  • The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) defended the Raw Tag Team belts against The Viking Raiders (Erik and Ivar) but the match was called off after both teams started brawling in the backstage area then teamed up to fight off a group of Ninja Bikers led by Akira Tozawa, followed by a Seven Foot Tall Ninja.
  • The main event of the PPV was Edge vs. Randy Orton in the ‘Greatest Wrestling Match Ever.’ During the match, Orton and Edge used their own finishing moves on each other (RKO and Spear, respectively) and paid tribute to other WWE Legends by using their finishing moves, such as Kurt Angle’s Angle Slam, Batista’s Batista Bomb, Triple H’s Pedigree, Eddie Guerrero’s Three Amigos, The Rock’s Rock Bottom, and Christian’s Killswitch. The match ended when Orton hit Edge with a low blow followed by a Punt to get the pin after almost 45 minutes.

Notable Wrestling Birthdays:

  • Junta Miyawaki (1997)
  • Dan Tamura (1996)
  • Peter Avalon (1989)
  • Yasufumi Nakanoue (1986)
  • Tigers Mask (1976)

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