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This Day in Wrestling History (July 5): Vince McMahon on Trial

100 years ago today in Omaha, Nebraska, Joe Stetcher defeated Charlie Cutler to win the World Heavyweight Championship.

29 years ago today, Wrestlemania II aired in its entirety on cable network Showtime. It's believed to be the last time a Wrestlemania aired in full on a pay cable network.

23 years ago today in Atlanta, Georgia, The Miracle Violence Connection (Terry Gordy & Steve Williams) defeated The Steiner Brothers to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship. At the same event, Brad Armstrong defeated Scotty Flamingo to win the WCW Light Heavyweight Championship.

21 years ago today in Long Island, New York, Vince McMahon's criminal trial on steroid distribution charges began. The proceedings make national headlines and lasts about two and a half weeks.

16 years ago today, WCW presented Nitro from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. 25,338 were in attendance, but only about 19,500 actually paid. In the show's main event, WCW World Heavyweight Champion Kevin Nash defeated Sid Vicious via disqualification. On the same show, Scott Steiner is stripped of the WCW United States Championship and is awarded to David Flair. This would be the last wrestling event at the Georgia Dome until Wrestlemania XXVII. The show also featured a performance by Megadeth and the return of Bill Goldberg, who was last seen jamming his forearm into a limo window. The show's finish inspired the Botchamania meme "Send for the man!".

Triple H vs. The Rock RAW 07.05... by swantom-bomb

For the record, Nitro is stomped out in the ratings by a taped RAW is WAR from Fayetteville, North Carolina which featured The Rock defeating Triple H in a steel cage match and the Hardy Boyz winning the WWF tag titles for the first time.

15 years ago today, AAA presented Triplemania VIII from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. This was only the second time Triplemania took place outside Mexico since Triplemania III-A in Chicago in 1996, and the first to take place outside North America.

  • Octagóncito pinned Mini Abismo Negro.
  • Gran Apache defeated Oscar Sevilla.
  • El Oriental and Esther Moreno went to a double count out with Pentagón and Xóchitl Hamada.
  • Perro Aguayo, Jr., El Alebrije, and Pathfinder defeated Los Vatos Locos (El Picudo, Charly Manson and Espíritu), Team Japan (Naomichi Marufuji, Minoru Tanaka and Genki Horiguchi) and Los Vipers (Histeria, Psicosis II and Maniaco) in a four corners trios elimination match.
  • Heavy Metal and Tiger Mask IV defeated Kick Boxer and Yoshinobu Kanemaru.
  • Octagón, Jushin Liger, Latin Lover, and El Alebrije defeated Cibernético, Shiima Nobunaga, Abismo Negro, and Electroshock.

13 years ago today, AAA presented TripleMania X from Centro de Convenciones de Madero in Madero, Mexico.

  • Dos Caras, Jr., Esther Moreno, Pimpinela Escarlata and Mascarita Sagrada defeated Mini Abismo Negro, Shoot Fighting, Sexy Piscis and Tiffany.
  • Máscara Sagrada defeated Pentagón, Máscara Maligna and Octagón in a tag team mask versus mask match. As Mascara Maligna was pinned, he was forced to unmask.
  • Latin Lover, La Parka, El Alebrije, and Gronda defeated Leatherface, Cibernético, Abismo Negro, and the Monsther.
  • Los Diabólicos (Mr. Cóndor, Ángel Mortal and El Gallego) and Gran Apache defeated Los Vipers (Maniaco, Histeria, Psicosis II, and Mosco de la Merced II) in a luchas de apuestas match. As Maniaco lost, he was forced to have his head shaved.
  • Heavy Metal defeated Sangre Chicana, El Oriental, Electroshock, May Flowers and El Brazo in a referee hair vs. hair match. As Sangre Chicana was defeated, his referee El Tirantes' head was shaved.

6 years ago today in Tokyo, Japan, Apollo 55 (Ryusuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt) defeated The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.

3 years ago today, Kenny King headlines a group of wrestlers making their TNA debut in an attempt to rebuild the X Division. King at the time was one half of the ROH world tag team champions with Rhett Titus. His appearance on Impact gets him in trouble with, and ultimately fired by, ROH.

Happy 26th birthday to Austin Jenkins. Wrestling fans know him as Adam Cole. Cole is a former ROH world heavyweight and world television champion and holds the record for the longest reigning Pro Wrestling Guerilla world championship reign in company history at 538 days. He's the winner of Combat Zone Wrestling's Best of the Best X tournament in 2011, Maryland Championship Wrestling's Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup in 2012 and the 2014 Survival of the Fittest and was Wrestling Observer Newsletter's Rookie of the Year in 2010.

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