61 years ago today in Atlanta, Georgia, June Byers defeated Mildred Burke to win the NWA World Womens Championship. The best two-out-of-three falls match with a one hour time limit ended while the second fall was in progress. With Byers up a fall when the time expired, she was awarded the championship.
52 years ago today in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Crusher and Dick the Bruser defeated the Kalmikoffs (Ivan and Karol) to win the AWA World Tag Team Championship. Crusher and Dick the Bruiser would go on to win the AWA tag titles five times together.
20 years ago today in Kawasaki, Japan, Cactus Jack defeated Terry Funk in a no ropes, exploding barbed wire, and exploding ring timebomb match to win the International Wrestling Association Japan King of the Death Match Tournament. WARNING: THE ABOVE VIDEO IS NOT SUITABLE FOR ALL VIEWERS.
19 years ago today in Dalton, Georgia at a WCW Saturday Night taping, Lord Steven Regal defeated Lex Luger to win the WCW World Television Championship for the third time.
14 years ago today on RAW is WAR from Sacramento, California, Sara defeated Diamond Dallas Page. This is the only ever match for the then-wife of the Undertaker.
Oh, and the show was main evented by Austin Appreciation Night. And milk. Lots and lots of milk. Full episode's right here courtesy of WWE Network.
12 years ago today at an NWA-TNA weekly PPV taping in Nashville, Tennessee, Michael Shane defeated Chris Sabin and Frankie Kazarian in an Ultimate X match to win the TNA X Division Championship.
9 years ago today, WWE presented Summerslam (WWE Network link) from the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. 16,168 were in attendance, with 541,000 homes watching on PPV. That's down over 100,000 from the 2005 edition. It featured the final WWE match of Hulk Hogan.
- In a preshow dark match, Carlito defeated Rob Conway.
- Chavo Guerrero defeated Rey Mysterio.
- The Big Show defeated Sabu to retain the ECW Championship.
- Hulk Hogan defeated Randy Orton.
- Ric Flair defeated Mick Foley in an I Quit match.
- Batista defeated King Booker via disqualification in a World Heavyweight Championship match.
- D-Generation X (Shawn Michaels & Triple H defeated Shane McMahon & Vince McMahon.
- Edge defeated John Cena to retain the WWE Championship. Edge could have lost the championship if he were counted out or got himself intentionally disqualified.
8 years ago today, WWE announces that Ashley Massaro would participate in the fall 2007 edition of Survivor (Survivor: China). She didn't get far, lasting just two episodes before she was eliminated.
7 years ago today, citing financial reasons, Gail Kim leaves TNA after three years with the company. Kim's first run with the company was most noted for being the first ever TNA Knockouts Champion. Her final match with the company (at the time) aired the next night. She would return to TNA in 2011 after a disappointing two-year return in WWE.
5 years ago today, Alberto Del Rio makes his television debut on Smackdown from Bakersfield, California. In his first act, he interrupted a Rey Mysterio promo at the beginning of the show. In the show's main event, Del Rio's ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez made his television debut too, and Alberto submitted Mysterio in the main event. Both Del Rio and Rodriguez would be released from WWE less than a month apart last summer under very different circumstances.
5 years ago today, Jimmy Saied Wehba, best known to wrestling fans as Skandar Akbar, dies of prostate cancer in Garland, Texas. He was 75.
Born September 29, 1934 in Vernon, Texas to a Lebanese father and Syrian (but naturalized) mother, Jimmy, the youngest of three children in a Catholic family, began his career wrestling under his real name in 1963. At the suggestion of Fritz Von Erich, Wehba changed his named to Skandor Akbar, which was Arabic for Alexander the Great. He would wrestle for more than a decade, most notably for Mid-South Sports, NWA Tri-State, the WWWF, and Australian World Championship Wrestling.
Akbar retired from in-ring competition in 1977 and turned to managing, mainly in the Texas territory. He managed many versions of Devastation, Inc. for World Class Championship Wrestling, Mid-South Wrestling (later the Universal Wrestling Federation), and World Wrestling Council. His most notable traits were his lit cigars, harassing fans, and the occasional fireball. Akbar also briefly managed Kevin Von Erich for the Global Wrestling before Von Erich's retirement in 1995. Akbar at one point also managed Abdullah the Butcher, Cactus Jack, Dustin Runnels, Steve Austin, Ted DiBiase, and The Punisher (who would go on to have somewhat moderate success as The Undertaker).
Akbar still made frequent appearances on the independent circuit in his final years and appeared in two video releases chronicling the history of World Class Championship Wrestling in the mid-2000s.
Wehba, who lived in the same home in Garland for forty years, died at Baylor Medical Center in Garland following complications from a fall earlier that summer. At the time of his death, he was survived by a sister, a son, a stepdaughter, and a grandchild.
4 years ago today, Matt Hardy was arrested and subsequently released from TNA. Hardy was arrested following a single-car accident where he hit a tree. Matt, who was alone in the car at the time, was showing "obvious signs of impairment" according to the North Carolina state trooper that arrested him. Though he walked away uninjured, he was charged with driving while intoxicated. TMZ first reported Hardy's release from TNA through an unnamed spokesperson. Hardy was on indefinite suspension from the company following a video he posted where the Hardys used a taser on Matt's then girlfriend (now wife) Reby Sky. There were plans for the Hardys to reunite at Bound for Glory that October.
Today's the 51st birthday of Terri Poch, best known as the WWF's Tori. Born in Portland, Oregon, she began her pro wrestling career for Pacific Northwest Wrestling in 1988 as a valet for Scotty the Body under the name Taylor Made. She joined the Ladies Professional Wrestling Association in 1990 as Terri Power and won the LPWA Championship in 1992. She would be the promotion's last champion as the promotion disbanded shortly thereafter. She briefly competed for All-Japan Women's Pro Wrestling in 1992 and 1993 before semi-retiring.
She would remain out of the wrestling spotlight until joining the WWF in late 1998 as Tori, an obsessed fan of WWF Womens Champion Sable. Tori tried to get Sable's respect, but Sable kept degrading her, leading to a feud that would culminate atWrestlemania XV, where she unsuccessfully challenged Sable for the title. She would feud with Jacqueline and Ivory through the spring and summer, highlighted by Ivory versus Tori in the first ever WWF women's hardcore match in September.
She would return in November and become the on-screen girlfriend of Kane, who was embroiled in a feud with X-Pac at the time. In January, Tori would turn heel on Kane and join D-Generation X, and in March helped Stephanie McMahon defeat Jacqueline for the WWF Womens Championship. Her feud with Kane ended at Wrestlemania 2000 when Kane pinned X-Pac and Rikishi gave her a stinkface. She would be a part of a feud with the Dudley Boyz, which ended with her going through a table at King of the Ring in June.
After a brief run as The Black Ninja, an assistant for Raven in his hardcore title defenses in early 2001, she became a trainer for Tough Enough before being released. After a one-off comeback in May 2011, she ran her own yoga studio in Portland.