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This Day in Pro Wrestling History (July 28)

27 years ago today, Wendi Richter defeated Monster Ripper to win the WWC Womens Championship in Trinidad. Richter would hold the title until she left the company in 1990.

19 years ago today, Eddie Guerrero defeats Dean Malenko in Middletown, New York to regain the ECW World Television Championship. Guerrero lost the title a week earlier to Malenko.

17 years ago today on an episode of Nitro, Alex Wright defeated Chris Jericho to win the WCW Cruiserweight Championship in Charleston, West Virginia. Jericho would regain the title less than three weeks later.

11 years ago today on an episode of RAW from Colorado Springs, Colorado, Molly Holly defeats Gail Kim to win the WWE Womens Championship. She would hold the title for seven months, the longest since Chyna's 214-day run ended when she retired from WWE in November 2001.

10 years ago today, Michael Shane and Frankie Kazarian defeat AJ Styles in an Ultimate X match to win the TNA X Division Championship. Both men retrieved the championship at the same time and were declared co-winners.

7 years ago today, TNA signed Adam "Pacman" Jones. The then-Tennessee Titans cornerback was suspended for the 2007 season without pay for multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy, most notably a shooting at a strip club in Las Vegas.

7 years ago today, Karl Itsaz, aka Karl Gotch passes away from natural causes in Tampa, Florida. He was 82. Gotch was known as the "God of Wrestling" in Japan as he is credited in influencing the Japanese strong style, and was said to have created the German suplex (even though Gotch himself denied it; he credits Lou Thesz for teaching him to use it). Gotch was twice New Japan Pro Wrestling's Real World Champion and a WWWF Tag Team Champion with Rene Goulet in late 1971. He defeated Antonio Inoki in the deciding fall of a two out of three falls match on the first ever NJPW show in March 1972. After retiring in 1982, he worked as a trainer and booker for New Japan, training such wrestling legends as Hiro Matasuda, Satoru Sayama (the original Tiger Mask) and Yoshiaki Fujiwara.

6 years ago today, Stephanie McMahon gives for a second time, this time to Murphy Claire Levesque. She was eight pounds, 12 ounces.

6 years ago today, Mike Adamle is named the new General Manager of RAW.

Not done yet. The biggest news from WWE for the day comes via a press release. 6 years ago today, the WWE announces that all programming going forward would carry a PG rating.

4 years ago today, Shawn Michaels launches his official website.

4 years ago today at a Smackdown taping in Laredo, Texas, Dolph Ziggler defeats Kofi Kingston to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship. It's Ziggler's first singles championship in WWE.

Today's the 25th birthday of Nick Massie, aka Nick Jackson. Jackson is one half of famed indy tag team The Young Bucks. In their cup of coffee in TNA, The Young Bucks were known as Generation Me. Check out this highlight reel courtesy of Youtuber KayMezCreations.

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