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This Day in Pro Wrestling History (June 29)

Wrestling promotion doing you wrong? Don't get mad; get even. That's what one legend did.


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28 years ago, AWA world champion Stan Hansen walks out of the company, and with it, is stripped of the AWA world championship. It came down to loyalty to All Japan Wrestling over AWA. Hansen was booked to defend the title on a series of shows there in July, but Hansen was told beforehand to drop the title to Nick Bockwinkel. Problem: Giant Baba was advertised have an AWA title defense on that tour. Hansen went to Japan with the belt and "defended" it, only dropping after he won the NWA International Championship (which was an All Japan belt) from Jumbo Tsuruta. Hansen ran over the AWA world title belt with his truck and mailed the remains to Verne Gagne. Bockwinkel, who had a new belt made for him, took the mangled belt and restored it.


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16 years ago, less than a full day after losing the WWF Championship to Kane at King of the Ring, Stone Cold Steve Austin regains the title (audio in Spanish) on RAW is WAR from the Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. This began Austin's second reign and end Kane's only WWF championship reign.

15 years ago, in a match taped for the following week's RAW is WAR from Fayetteville, North Carolina, The Hardy Boyz defeated the Acolytes to win the WWF Tag Team Championship. This would be the first of WWF tag team championships for the brothers.


6 years ago, WWE held Night of Champions (WWE Network link) from the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. 16,151 people were in attendance, with 273,000 homes purchasing the event on PPV, up slightly from 2007's Vengeance: Night of Champions.

  • John Morrison and The Miz defeated Finlay and Hornswoggle to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship.
  • Legacy (Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase) defeated Hardcore Holly to win the World Tag Team Championship. Holly had won the title with Rhodes, but Rhodes turned on him at the event.
  • Kofi Kingston defeated Chris Jericho to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
  • Matt Hardy defeated Chavo Guerrero to retain the WWE United States Championship.
  • Mickie James defeated Katie Lea Burchill to retain the WWE Women's Championship.
  • Mark Henry defeated Kane and The Big Show to win the ECW Championship.
  • Edge defeated Batista to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.
  • Triple H defeated John Cena to retain the WWE Championship.

Happy 28th birthday to former WWE diva Serena Deeb.

Here's her in a match against Mia Yim from earlier this year for Pro Wrestling Syndicate. On Friday at Shine 20, Deeb and former WWE Tough Enough and TNA Gut Check contestant and current Shine Champion Ivellise Velez wrestled to a one-hour time limit draw.

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