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This Day in Wrestling History (July 31): Wrestlefest!

Today's TDIPWH will be presented in two parts. The second part will focus on the career and life of Roddy Piper, who passed away one year ago today.

37 years ago today, Roddy Piper and Tony Atlas both made their WWF television debuts during a TV taping for Championship Wrestling TV from Agricultural Hall in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

32 years ago today in Tokyo, Japan, Giant Baba defeated Stan Hansen to win the PWF World Heavyweight Championship.

30 years ago today in Tokyo, Japan, Stan Hansen defeated Jumbo Tsuruta to win the NWA International Heavyweight Championship. On the same show, Hiro Saito defeated Brad Armstrong in a tournament final to become the first PWF World Junior Heavyweight Champion.

28 years ago today, WWF presented Wrestlefest from the Milwaukee County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 25,866 fans were in attendance for the event, which would eventually be released on Coliseum Home Video.

16 years ago today on Nitro from Cincinnati, Ohio (WWE Network link), Lance Storm defeated Chavo Guerrero via submission to win the WCW Cruiserweight Championship. The win made Storm a triple champion, as he also held the United States and hardcore titles.

6 years ago today, Adam Pearce defeated Chance Prophet, Jimmy Rave, and Shaun Tempers in a four-way match to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. It was Pearce's fourth time as champion.

5 years ago today, reported that Smashing Pumpkins lead singer Billy Corgan would launch his own promotion in the fall. The promotion would be Resistance Pro Wrestling, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Corgan left the company in November 2014, and would join TNA last May. Recently, Corgan purchased a minority stake in TNA; the purchase essentially saved TNA from going under just before Slammiversary.

It's a happy 47th birthday for David Cash, best known to wrestling fans as Kid Kash.

Gaining national prominence in 1999 partly for his uncanny resemblance to Kid Rock, he competed most notably for ECW until its shutdown in 2001. He was briefly ECW World Television Champion. Following ECW's shutdown, he joined WCW...right before the WWF bought it. He emerged in TNA in August 2002 and stuck around there for nearly three years, winning the NWA World Tag Team Championship twice.

After a 15-month run in WWE (which included a six-week run as cruiserweight champion), Cash spent most of the remainder of the 2000s on the independent circuit before rejoining TNA in 2010. Kash, released from the company a second time in January 2013, spent the remainder of his career on the independent circuit until his retirement in December 2015.

It's a happy 54th birthday for John Hodger Laurinaitis.

Best known from his wrestling days as Johnny Ace, he's the younger brother of Joe Laurinaitis, aka Road Warrior Animal, and the uncle of New Orleans Saints linebacker James Laurinaitis.

Long before his days as a "glad-handing, nonsensical, douchebag yes man", Lauranitis had a bit of success in the ring, though the majority of it was in Japan: he was a four-time All Japan Pro Wrestling world tag team champion, a two-time All-Asia tag team champion, and was part of Wrestling Observer Newsletter's Match of the Year in 1996.

Laurainitis left All Japan in 2000 in the mass exodus that led to the creation of Pro Wrestling Noah and retired from the ring. He returned to the states and rejoined WCW, where he was one half of the Dynamic Dudes in the late 1980s. He replaced Vince Russo as head booker and most notably booked the one-night tournament for the vacated WCW United States Championship.

He was brought over to WWE following the sale of WCW, and eventually took over Jim Ross' spot as head of talent relations. Laurainitis would have a brief, yet memorable run on-screen following the infamous "pipebomb" promo by CM Punk, eventually becoming WWE's general manager. Following his on-screen firing, Laurainitis returned to his role as a producer and road agent.

Laurainitis is credited with innovating the cutter maneuver, a ¾-facelock front face bulldog that would be popularized by Diamond Dallas Page and would be the basis of the Stone Cold Stunner.

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