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This Day in Wrestling History (July 11)

Happy 7-11 Day! If it's after 11am where you are and you haven't gotten your free Slurpee, go do it. Do it. DO IT! This will still be here when you get back. (However, if it's after 7pm, you can sit down. Too late for your free Slurpee.)

27 years ago today, at two separate NWA Great American Bash events, Lex Luger defeated Nikita Koloff to win the NWA United States Championship at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina, while in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, "Dr. Death" Steve Williams defeated Big Bubba Rogers to win the UWF Heavyweight Championship. Williams would be the last UWF Champion, as the promotion was bought out by Jim Crockett Promotions back in April, but would not fold until December 1987. Side nugget: Williams was the only face champion in the brief history of the promotion.

15 years ago today, WCW held Bash at the Beach (WWE Network link) from the National Car Rental Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 13,624 were in attendance, with 175,000 homes purchasing the event on PPV, which was more than 400,000 less than the 1998 edition.

  • Ernest Miller defeated Disco Inferno.
  • Rick Steiner defeated Van Hammer to retain the WCW World Television Championship.
  • David Flair defeated Dean Malenko to retain the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship.
  • The No Limit Soldiers (Konnan, Rey Misterio, Jr., Swoll, and Brad Armstrong) defeated The West Texas Rednecks (Curt Hennig, Bobby Duncum, Jr., Barry Windham; and Kendall Windham) in an Elimination match.
    • Swoll pinned Duncum.
    • Hennig pinned Armstrong with a Henning-Plex.
    • Konnan pinned Kendal after a DDT.
    • Barry and Konnan were counted out.
    • Misterio pinned Hennig after a Swan Dive from on top of Swoll's shoulders.
  • Fit Finlay won a Junkyard Invitational also involving Ciclope, Jerry Flynn, Johnny Grunge, Hardcore Hak, Horace Hogan, Brian Knobbs, Hugh Morrus, La Parka, Steven Regal, Rocco Rock, Silver King, David Taylor, and Mikey Whipwreck. It was one of the more notorious moments in WCW history, as numerous injuries occurred during the match. The match, which was actually filmed in a junkyard, cost over $100,000 to produce. Finlay, the winner, narrowly avoided a leg amputation later in the month when shards of a broken table cut deep into a nerve in his leg.
  • The Jersey Triad (Diamond Dallas Page, Chris Kanyon, and Bam Bam Bigelow) defeated Perry Saturn and Chris Benoit to retain the WCW World Tag Team Championship.
  • Buff Bagwell defeated Roddy Piper in a boxing match by KO 36 seconds into the third round. Famed boxing referee Mills Lane officiated the match.
  • Randy Savage and Sid Vicious defeated WCW World Heavyweight Champion Kevin Nash and Sting. Per a pre-match stipulation, Savage became the new WCW world heavyweight champion.

10 years ago today, WWE held Vengeance (WWE Network link) from the Harford Civic Center in Harford, Connecticut. About 7,000 were in attendance, with 240,000 homes purchasing the event on PPV.

  • Tajiri and Rhyno defeated Garrison Cade and Jonathan Coachman.
  • Batista defeated Chris Jericho.
  • La Résistance (Róbert Conway and Sylvain Grenier) defeated Ric Flair and Eugene by disqualification for the World Tag Team Championship.
  • Matt Hardy defeated Kane in a No Disqualification match.
  • Edge defeated Randy Orton to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
  • Victoria defeated Molly Holly to become the #1 contender for the WWE Womens Championship.
  • Chris Benoit defeated Triple H to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.

9 years ago today, Matt Hardy makes his return to WWE three months after he was released from the company. Hardy, while rehabbing a knee injury, discovered that his girlfriend Amy Dumas (aka Lita) was having an affair with one Adam Copeland (aka Edge) (forget trying to wrap your head around the logic in Hardy being released. You'll only get lost.) He spent a few months on the independent circuit, most notably Ring of Honor, until WWE brought him back with the idea of turning this real-life situation into a storyline. In a cruel bit of irony, Hardy benefited least of all. Edge won the WWE Championship six months after Hardy's return and at the time of his sudden retirement in 2011, had won more combined championships than anyone in WWE history. He would be a member of the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2012. Lita, despite derogatory chants following her for the rest of her in-ring career, has largely been forgiven, and she too became a WWE Hall of Famer this past April. As for Hardy, he was released a second time in October 2010 after expressing disinterest in the product on his Youtube channel. He's done quite well for himself on the independent circuit, most notably Ring of Honor. He also married his girlfriend Reby Sky last October. The lesson kids: turning a shoot into a work works out about as well as turning a work into a shoot. Don't do it.

4 years ago today, TNA presented Victory Road (pay link) from the Impact Zone at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

  • Douglas Williams defeated Brian Kendrick in an Ultimate X & Submission match for the TNA X Division Championship. The match could be won if either wrestler submitted the other or retrieved the belt from the Ultimate X cables. Williams submitted Kendrick to retain the title.
  • Brother Ray defeated Brother Devon & Jesse Neal in a 3-way match
  • Angelina Love defeated Madison Rayne to become the new TNA Knockouts Champion. Had Angelina lost the match, Love would have been forced to retire.
  • A.J. Styles and Kazarian defeated Rob Terry and Samoa Joe.
  • Hernandez defeated Matt Morgan in a Steel Cage match.
  • Jay Lethal defeated Ric Flair.
  • The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) defeated Beer Money, Inc. (James Storm and Robert Roode) to win the vacant TNA World Tag Team Championship.
  • Kurt Angle defeated D'Angelo Dinero.
  • Rob Van Dam defeated Jeff Hardy, Mr. Anderson & Abyss in a four-way match to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

3 years ago today at an Impact taping at the Impact Zone in Orlando, Sting defeated Mr. Anderson to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. This would begin the fourth and final TNA world title for Sting. He was briefly tied for most TNA world titles until Angle defeated Sting for the title less than a month later at Hardcore Justice.

WWE Tyson Kidd Tribute 2012 (via WWEAttitudeWWF)

FACT! Today is Tyson Kidd's birthday. He's 34. Enjoy this tribute video from Youtuber WWEAttitudeWWF.

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