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This Day in Wrestling History (July 30): And Here... She Comes

31 years ago today, Elizabeth Hueltte makes her WWF debut during a TV taping in Pougkeepsie, New York.

Known later as simply Miss Elizabeth, she was an announcer for International Championship Wrestling, a promotion founded by Macho Man Randy Savage's father Angelo Poffo, and at the time of her debut, was already married to Savage. Elizabeth was not mentioned by name at the time of her debut, but would be identified later.

16 years ago today, i-Generation Superstars of Wrestling taped its only PPV event, Rodman Down Under (link is for the German home video version of the event).

About 10,000 were in attendance at the Superdome in Sydney, Australia. They were "treated" to one of the worst wrestling shows ever. It's probably just a step above Heroes of Wrestling in that, as far as we're aware, no one was knowingly inebriated. The show would not air in the States until December, by which point, the promotion disbanded. The event was eventually released on home video, but not until 2006.

  • The Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk) defeated Public Enemy (Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge) in an elimination tables match to win the i-Generation Tag Team Championship. For the second time. The belt had changed hands between the teams twice in two days before this show. Public Enemy would win the belts back four days later, but the Road Warriors would win them one more time in December.
  • The Barbarian defeated Brute Force (Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake) in a hardcore match.
  • Sweet Destiny defeated Brandi Wine.
  • One Man Gang defeated Tatanka to win the i-Generation Australiasian Championship. Tatanka won the title two days earlier, and would win it again four days later. One Man Gang would win the belt back in December.
  • Curt Hennig defeated Dennis Rodman by disqualification in an Australian Outback match to retain the i-Generation World Heavyweight Championship. Hennig would lose the title to the Barbarian three days later, but would hold the title for just one day before Hennig won it back.

15 years ago today on RAW from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (WWE Network link), X-Pac defeated Billy Kidman to unify the WWF Light Heavyweight and WCW Cruiserweight Championships. The WWE would use the Cruiserweight Championship going forward until the title's deactivation in 2007.

In the show's main event, Booker T defeated Kurt Angle in a no disqualification match to regain the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

6 years ago today at Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's Seven in Resada, California, Scorpio Sky defeated Scott Lost.

It was billed as the final match for Lost, real name Scott Epperston. Epperston was one of six co-founders of PWG in 2003, which has grown to one of the world's premier independent wrestling organizations. Epperston, who is now a comic book artist, wrestled just once since his retirement, a win in a tag team match with Joey Ryan over Brian Cage-Taylor and Ryan Taylor at All-Star Weekend 8 in May 2011.

4 years ago today, the 1001st episode of Monday Night RAW (WWE Network link) began with a major hitch as part of the RAW set catches fire just as fans were filing into the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. No injuries were reported and the damage appeared to be minor, but fans were still filing into the arena as the show began.

The show featured the return of Randy Orton following his 60-day suspension of his second violation of the Wellness Policy and, until November 30, 2014, Tyson Kidd's last televised singles win on RAW, a quick win over Tensai.

It's a happy 69th birthday for actor/bodybuilder/politician/general famous person Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger.

A seven-time Mr. Olympia and the youngest ever winner of Mr. Universe (he won it at age 20), Arnold is quite the expert on bodybuilding as he's penned many articles and books on the sport, though he had admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs while they were legal. He transitioned to movies in the early 1980s, breaking through with starring roles Conan the Barbarian and The Terminator. As an actor, he's appeared in over 30 movies, including four of the five Terminator movies, CommandoThe Running ManPredatorKindergarten Cop, and True Lies.

In late 2003, Schwarzenegger won a recall election to replace Gray Davis as the 38th Governor of California. He would serve the remainder of that term, plus win a full term in 2006. Shortly after leaving office, Schwarzenegger separated, then eventually divorced his wife of 25 years, Maria Shriver. After leaving office, Arnold returned to acting, most notably appearing in The Expendables 2 and 3 (he was also in the original), The Last Stand, and in a yet-to-be-released remake of Conan the Barbarian, entitled Conan the Conquerer.

Wrestling connection: Arnold appeared on Smackdown in 1999 and was given an honorary WWF Championship belt and was inducted last year into the WWE Hall of Fame. Last fall, Schwazenegger was made a playable character in WWE 2K16.

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