On this date in WWF history: Triple H wins his first world championship on Raw

It was on this date in WWF history that Triple H won his first world title by defeating Mick Foley on "Monday Night Raw."

At SummerSlam 1999, Mick Foley won the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) championship from Stone Cold Steve Austin in a triple threat match that also included Triple H. Jesse Ventura was the special guest referee. You should remember this, seeing as we covered it here yesterday.

There are differing accounts regarding the planned finish. Most reports state Triple H was supposed to go over but Austin didn't want to drop the title to him. Still others push the idea that Ventura didn't want to raise the heel's hand at the end, so Vince McMahon backed off and allowed Foley to win.

We can safely assume one of the two to be true -- or possibly even both -- thanks to what happened on this date in history (Aug. 23, 1999) on Monday Night Raw, the very next night.

Triple H had turned heel not long before, joining forces with The Corporation, and in keeping with that, Shane McMahon forced Foley to defend the WWF championship against him that night. He also booked himself as special guest referee to ensure victory for his side. The Rock, who had feuded with all of the above in one way or another throughout the past year or so, came down to provide commentary every wrestler today should listen to so they can get an idea of how it's supposed to be done.

As with most matches during that time, it was overbooked but entertaining as hell with Triple H hitting the Pedigree to get the pin after 12 minutes or so to win his first WWF championship.

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