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The new edition of Pro Wrestling Title Histories is on sale now! 
Much of the information in This Week In Wrestling is researched from Wrestling Title Histories. The 2000 edition is available now. It is the most complete record of over 2,000 professional wrestling titles and titleholders ever published. If you want a complete guide of who the title holders were in your favorite territories, you must own this ultimate reference book. Contains information on titles from the WWF, WCW, ECW, NWA, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, all the old territories -- Florida, Mid-Atlantic, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit, Toronto, Dallas, Portland, Kansas City, St. Louis, Atlanta, Calgary, Memphis, Knoxville, Montreal, Puerto Rico, Mid-South, San Antonio and more -- as well as hundreds of independent promotions from across the U.S. (including now-defunct favorites like Smoky Mountain, the UWF, and the USWA). The new edition includes major title changes (WWF, WCW, ECW) right up to the end of 1999. 
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Celebrate the milestones of professional wrestling!

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July 3 - July 9

Texas heavyweight championship
Bruiser Brody vs. Al Madril
Texas heavyweight championship
Kevin & David Von Erich vs. 
Leroy Brown & Kiler Karl Krupp 
Ft. Worth, Texas
July 3, 197
8

$1000 Challenge Lights Out Match 
David Von Erich vs. John Studd
Ft. Worth, Texas
July 4, 197
7

Double Main Event
Bruiser Brody vs. Killer Karl Krupp

Kevin & David Von Erich vs. Gino Hernandez & Killer Tim Brooks 
Dallas
July 4, 19
78

22-man Two-ring Battle Royal

American heavyweight title
Gino Hernandez vs. Mark Lewin
Houston
July 4, 19
80

Double Main Event
Rocky Johnson vs. Killer Brooks

Moondog Mayne vs. Red Bastien 
Ft. Worth, Texas
July 4, 197
6

Double Main Event
Bruiser Brody vs. Killer Karl Krupp

Kevin & David Von Erich vs. Gino Hernandez & Killer Tim Brooks 

Dallas
July 4, 19
78

22-man Two-ring Battle Royal

American heavyweight title
Gino Hernandez vs. Mark Lewin

Houston
July 4, 19
80

Double Main Event
Rocky Johnson vs. Killer Brooks

Moondog Mayne vs. Red Bastien 

Ft. Worth, Texas
July 5, 197
6

Challenge Match
Jimmy Snuka vs. Big John Studd 
Dallas
July 5, 1977

All-Asian Tag Title
Kevin & David Von Erich vs. 
Chang Chung & Ten Gu 
Dallas
July 5, 19
81

Bounty Match
Dusty Rhodes vs. Big John Studd

Texas Death Match
Dory Funk Jr. vs. David Von Erich
West Palm Beach, Fla.
July 5, 1982

Tag Team Main Event
Moondog Mayne & Killer Brooks vs. Rocky Johnson & Red Bastien 
Dallas
July 6, 19
76

Brass Knucks Championship
Bruiser Brody vs. Mark Lewin 

Special Challenge Match

Mil Mascaras vs. Gino Hernandez
Houston
July 6, 197
9

Six-Man TagTeam Match
Bruiser Brody & Fritz Von Erich &  David Von Erich vs. Kabuki & Chang Chung & Ten Gu 
Ft. Worth, Texas
July 6, 19
81

Arm Wrestling Contest Prior to 
Main Event 
Superstar Billy Graham vs 
Jose Lothario

Ft. Worth, Texas

July 7, 197
5

Dog Collar Chain Match
Killer Brooks vs Professor Toru Tanaka

Ft. Worth, Texas

July 7, 1980

Texas Tag Team Title
Jose Lothario & Al Madril 
vs. Superstar Billy Graham & Ox Baker

Dallas
July 8, 19
75

Russian Chain Match
Bruiser Brody vs. Mark Lewin

Kevin Von Erich & Kerry Von Erich vs Spoiler & Killer Brooks 

Ft. Worth, Texas
July 9, 197
9

For the Dog's Crown
Dog Collar Match

Junkyard Dog vs. Killer Brooks

Southwest Championship
Dick Slater vs Mongolian Stomper

Houston
July 9, 19
82

7/3/40 - Tetsuo Higami beats Billy Venable in Honolulu to capture the Hawaiian junior heavyweight title.

7/3/86 - Velvet McIntyre beats The Fabulous Moolah (Lillian Ellison) in Brisbane, Australia to win the WWF Women's title.

Moolah and more of the greatest women wrestlers of all time are featured in Classic Womens Matches 1.

7/4/60 - Barry Windham is born. The son of the legendary Blackjack Mulligan (Bob Windham), he is a former member of the Four Horsemen and has held such championships as the NWA World title and the "NWA" U.S. title, and World tag honors as recognized by the NWA, WWF, and WCW.

7/4/65 - Sonny Myers beats the Mongolian Stomper (Archie Gouldie) for the "NWA" Central States heavyweight championship.

The Mongolian Stomper was an incredible physical specimen and meets Bob Armstrong for the Southern title in Tennessee Tape 1.

7/4/68 - Professor Boris "The Great" Malenko (Larry Simon) downs the man who broke his false teeth, Eddie Graham (Eddie Gossett), in Jacksonville, Fla. to win the hardcore title of its time, the Brass Knucks championship.

Both men were responsible for developing when of the all-time great territories. Check out the Florida Collection.

7/4/68 - King Curtis Iaukea beats Bearcat Wright in San Francisco to win the "NWA" U.S. heavyweight championship.

You can see a young King Curtis Iaukea in action from Washington, D.C. in Golden Age Tape 1.

7/4/74 - Ric Flair teams with his "uncle" Rip Hawk (Harvey Evers) to win the first championship of his career, the "NWA" Mid-Atlantic tag team title. They beat the team of Bob Bruggers & Paul Jones (Paul Frederick) for the straps at the Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. Flair was basically a replacement partner, as Hawk's longtime partner Swede Hanson was taken out of action due to a nearly life-ending heart attack. Bruggers, of course, was in the plane crash that broke Flair's back in 1975 and which ended the career of Johnny Valentine (John Wisniski Sr.).

WrestlingClassics.com hosts the official Paul Jones' Web site.

7/4/74 - Texas Bob Geigel teams with former NWA World champion Pat O'Connor to down The Interns in Kansas City to take the "NWA" Central States title. Geigel would go on to be a multiple-term president of the National Wrestling Alliance.

Bob Geigel was the promoter of the Central States territory in its heyday. You can see see the stars that came through in the Central States Collection.

7/4/82 - In the fourth and final battle between the champions of the National Wrestling Alliance and the World Wrestling Federation, NWA World champion Nature Boy Ric Flair (Richard Fliehr) and WWF World champion Bob Backlund go to a double disqualification in Atlanta's Omni. There had been three previous inter-league unification matches prior to this with then-NWA kingpin Harley Race squaring off once with WWF titleholder Superstar Billy Graham (Wayne Coleman) and twice with Backlund.

You can see Ric Flair win his second NWA World heavyweight championship when he faces Harley Race in the main event of the first Starrcade in NWA World Heavyweight Championship 1.

7/4/83 - David Von Erich (David Adkisson) beats Gorgeous Jimmy Garvin, with Precious, to win the "NWA" Texas State title. That same night in Ft. Worth, David teams with brothers Kevin & Kerry to dethrone The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy, and Buddy Roberts) as WCCW World six-man champions.

You can see David Von Erich early in his career in Texas Tape 3.

7/4/84 - "The Man with the Hands of Stone" Ron Garvin (Roger Barnes) teams with Jerry Oates to pull off a huge upset in Columbus, GA. They beat the hottest team in the world at the time, The Road Warriors (Mike "Hawk Hegstrand & Joe "Animal" Laurindas), managed by Precious Paul Ellering, to win the "NWA" National tag team championship. Garvin would go on to defeat Ric Flair for the NWA World title three years later.

The Road Warriors meet another great team of the 80s, The Sheepherders (aka The Bushwhackers) in Texas Tape 17.

7/4/84 - One year to the date of their losing the title for the first time, The Fabulous Freebirds return to Ft. Worth to regain the "NWA" World six-man title from the Von Erichs (with Mike replacing late brother David on the team).

The Freebirds are in action in Mid-South Tape 1.

7/4/84 - The team known as "Rock & Soul," Buck "Rock & Roll" Zumhofe & Iceman King Parsons, defeat The Long Riders (Wild Bill & Scott "Hogg" Irwin) in Ft. Worth to capture the "NWA" American tag team title. Zumhofe and Parsons had unmasked the Irwins several weeks earlier when they were wrestling as The Super Destroyers.

7/4/86 - Abdullah the Butcher (Larry Shreeve) downs The Great Kabuki in Dallas to win the Brass Knucks championship.

Abdullah the Butcher has an incredible brawl with Bruiser Brody in Texas Tape 26.

7/4/86 - Gentleman Chris Adams pins Ravishing Rick Rude (Richard Rood), managed by Percival Pringle III (Bill Moody) in Dallas to win the World heavyweight championship as recognized by the World Class Wrestling Association. Pringle is best known to fans these days as former WWF manager Paul Bearer.

Ravishing Rick Rude teams with King Kong Bundy against the unlikely team of Jerry “The King” Lawler and Macho Man Randy Savage in ICW Tape 2.

Gentleman Chris Adams travels to Kansas City to challenge Mike George for the WWA championship in Central States Tape 8.

7/4/88 - Adrian Adonis (Keith Franke), Wildman Dave McKigney, and the Kelly Twins (Pat & Mike) are involved in a van accident in Lewisport, Newfoundland. Mike Kelly, the driver of the vehicle, is the only survivor. A decade later, Adonis is remembered by former tag partner and current Minnesota Governor Jesse "The Body" Ventura (Jim Janos) in his election night acceptance speech.

Adrian Adonis wins a tournament in Houston to claim Southwest Championship Wrestling’s version of the World title. You can see his great match with Bob Orton Jr. in Texas Tape 2.

7/4/90 - Ed Leslie is injured in a freak parasailing accident in Florida, which completely shatters his face. Remarkably, after a painful series of surgery and much rehabilitation, he is able to return to the ring. Leslie has wrestled under a wide variety of names during his career, including Ed Boulder, Eddie Hogan, Dizzy Hogan, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Brother Bruti, The Butcher, The Zodiac, The Booty Man, and The Disciple.

7/4/90 - Hollywood John Tatum beats Superstar Bill Dundee (William Crookshanks) in Dallas to capture the USWA Southern title.

When Superstar Bill Dundee first came to the United States, he teamed with Australian partner George Barnes. You can see them battle Tojo Yammamoto and Jimmy Golden in Tennessee Tape 4.

7/4/94 - Referee Joey Marella, son of the legendary Gorilla Monsoon (Bob Marella) is killed in an automobile accident in New Jersey. The death of Marella, a longtime WWF employee, is never mentioned on television.

7/4/97 - Felino downs El Hijo del Santo in Mexico to garner the WWA World welterweight crown.

7/5/16 - World heavyweight champion Joe Stecher wrestles a defensive Ed (Strangler) Lewis to a five-hour draw in Omaha.

7/5/62 - Nature Boy Buddy Rogers (Herman "Dutch" Rohde) & Handsome Johnny Barend beat Johnny Valentine (John Wisniski Sr.) & Cowboy Bob Ellis in Washington, D.C. to capture the "NWA" U.S. tag title. This is prior to the split between promoters in the northeast and the formation of the WWF.

You can see Nature Boy Buddy Rogers win the NWA World heavyweight championship from Pat O’Connor in what is considered one of the greatest matches ever in NWA World Heavyweight Championship 1.

7/5/63 - Kurt & Karl Von Brauner beat Nick & Jerry Kozak in Houston to win a version of the "NWA" World tag title.

7/5/64 - Jerry Saggs (Jerome Seganovich) is born. Originally noted as a referee in the AWA, Saggs would go on to team with Brian Knobbs (Brian Yandrisovitz) as the hardcore tag team known as The Nasty Boys, holding recognition as World tag team champs from such organizations as the NWA, WWF, WCW, and the North American Wrestling Association. Today, Saggs is retired from the ring due to injuries.

The Nasty Boys get their start in the South Atlantic Collection.

7/5/68 - Alberto & Ramon Torres beat El Mongol & Tarzan Tyler to become the first-ever "NWA" Georgia State tag team champions.

7/5/72 - Hiro Matsuda & Tim "Mr. Wrestling" Woods (George Burrell Woodlin) beat The Zodiac (Bob Orton Sr.) & Taurus (Dennis Hall) in Jacksonville to win the "NWA" Florida tag title.

7/5/74 - Buddy Colt beats Mr. Wrestling II (Johnny Walker) in Atlanta to win the sixth of seven career "NWA" Georgia State titles.

7/5/75 - The Sheik (Ed Farhat Sr.) beats arch rival Bobo Brazil (Houston Harris) in Detroit to win the "NWA" U.S. title for the eighth time of his career.

You can see the buildup for one of their epic encounters, including highlight matches of both men, in Detroit Tape 2.

7/5/85 - Iceman King Parsons beats Gentleman Chris Adams for the "NWA" American title in Dallas.

7/5/86 - 20,000 fans pack Memorial Stadium in Charlotte as the second-annual Great American Bash is headlined by Ric Flair retaining the NWA World title over Ricky Morton inside a steel cage.

You can see the buildup to the Ric Flair-Ricky Morton encounter in Mid-Atlantic Tape 4.

7/5/92 - Two titles change hands in Atlanta's Omni as Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy & Doctor Death Steve Williams down Rick & Scott Steiner (Rob & Scott Rechsteiner) to win the WCW World tag straps.  Brad Armstrong (Robert James Jr.) bests Scotty Flamingo (Scott Levy) for the WCW World light heavyweight crown.

7/5/93 - Jerry "The King" Lawler defeats Owen Hart in Memphis to recapture the Unified World heavyweight championship as recognized by the United States Wrestling Association.

Jerry “The King” Lawler has a classic match with Nick Bockwinkel for the AWA World heavyweight championship in Memphis Main Events.

7/5/94 - The steroid distribution trial of Vincent Kennedy McMahon and Titan Sports, Inc. begins in a courtroom in Uniondale, NY.

7/6/33 - Jack Reynolds downs Earl "Wildcat" McCann in Cincinnati to regain the World welterweight championship.

7/6/37 - Bill Lee beats Gorilla Macias in Dallas to win the Brass Knucks championship.

7/6/59 - Mr. Moto & Duke Keomuka beat George Becker & Billy Two Rivers in Charlotte for the "NWA" Southern tag title.

7/6/71 - Maxie Murata & Jumbo Miyamoto beat Patty O'Hara & Texas Red in Fukuyama, Japan to win the WWWA World tag team championship.

If you are a fan of women’s wrestling, check out the new tapes in the Womens Collection.

7/6/81 - Terry Gordy leaves The Freebirds behind (for the time being) teaming with Superfly Jimmy Snuka (James Reiher) to beat Ted DiBiase & Tommy "Wildfire" Rich (Thomas Richardson) in Augusta for the "NWA" Georgia State tag team championship (not to be confused with the "NWA" National tag title).

You can see what is believe to be Terry Gordy’s first televised match against the Big Cat Ernie Ladd in Before They Were Stars 1.

7/6/83 - Jim Crockett Promotions does its first independently produced TV tapings at the Memorial Auditorium in Greenville, S.C, leaving the safe confines of WPCQ studios in Charlotte behind. Highlights of this night include the JCP debuts of Hercules Hernandez (Ray Fernandez) under a hood as Assassin #2 and Gary Hart's longtime confidant Armand Hussein. Following the two-hour taping session of both Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and World Wide Wrestling, Ric Flair challenges Harley Race for the NWA World title in a match marred by an over-the-top rope DQ reversal.

You can see some of Ric Flair’s early matches in the Carolinas in Mid-Atlantic Tape 3. He teams with Blackjack Mulligan to challenge Paul Jones and Baron Von Raschke for the World tag team championship.

7/6/85 - The first-ever Great American Bash takes place at Charlotte's Memorial Stadium before a crowd of nearly 30,000 fans, highlighted by wrestling matches, fireworks, and a concert by country music legend David Alan Coe. In featured action, Ric Flair retains the NWA World title over Nikita Koloff (Scott Simpson). Dusty Rhodes (Virgil Riley Runnels) wins the "NWA" TV title and the services of Baby Doll (Nickla Roberts) with a cage match victory over Tully Blanchard, and Magnum T.A. (Terry Allen) retains the "NWA" U.S. strap with a victory over Kimala (Jim Harris).

You can see a lot of these great stars in Mid-Atlantic Tape 4.

7/6/85 - Tito Santana (Merced Solis) beats Greg "The Hammer" Valentine (John Wisniski Jr.) in Baltimore to regain the WWF Intercontinental championship. It's worth noting that these two met for the first time some seven years earlier at WRAL television studios in Raleigh, N.C., when Santana, then wrestling under the name Richard Blood, tried unsuccessfully to win a goldfish bowl filled with silver dollars that Valentine had put on the line.

You can see some of Tito Santana’s early matches as Richard Blood in Mid-Atlantic Tape 3.

7/6/95 - The team known as The Thugs, Tracy Smothers & Dirty White Boy (Tony Anthony), down Al Snow (Alan Sarven) & Unabomb (Glen Jacobs) in Jellico, TN to capture the Smoky Mountain tag team championship. After the collapse of SMW, all four men would eventually wind up in the WWF, with Snow and Jacobs (as Kane) continuing to make great strides with that company.

7/6/97 - El Samurai beats Jushin "Thunder" Liger in Sapporo, Japan to capture the J-Crown octuple championship. At that , consisted of the NWA World junior heavyweight title, the NWA World welterweight title, the WWF World light heavyweight title, the British Commonwealth junior heavyweight title, the WAR International junior heavyweight title, the WWA World junior light heavyweight title, the UWA World light heavyweight title, and the junior heavyweight IWGP).

7/6/97 - Lance Storm (Lance Evers) teams with Kouki Kitahara and Nobutaka Araya to defeat Tommy Dreamer and his partners, former sumo star Koji Kitao and Nobukazu Hirai, for the World six-man tag team championship as recognized by the WAR promotion.

7/6/98 - Bill Goldberg captures the WCW World title from Hollywood Hogan (Terry Bollea) at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta during a live broadcast of WCW Monday Nitro.

7/7/50 - Frederick Von Schacht & Tom Rice beat Ben & Mike Sharpe in San Francisco for the "NWA" World tag team championship.

7/7/72 - Shozo "Strong" Kobayashi & The Great Kasatsu beat Dr. Bill Miller & Baron Mikel Scicluna in Chiba, Japan to win the vacant World tag title as recognized by International Wrestling Enterprises.

Dr. Bill Miller is one of the stars featured in Indianapolis Tape 1.

7/7/72 - Maria LaVerne beats the under appreciated Kay Nobel in Amarillo to win the NWA Texas Women's title.

If you are a fan of women’s wrestling, check out the new tapes in the Womens Collection.

7/7/72 - Harley Race beats The Mongolian Stomper in Kansas City to capture the "NWA" Central States title.

Harley Race was the king of the Central States. You can see some of his greatest battles in the Central States Collection.

7/7/73 - Johnny Valentine beats The Sheik at Cobo Hall in Detroit to regain the NWA U.S. championship.

Wrestling Classics did a special tribute on the life and career of the legendary Johnny Valentine. Click here for the tribute.

7/7/75 - "Big Nasty" Angelo Mosca beats Pat Patterson (Pierre Clermont) in San Jose, Calif. to seize the "NWA" U.S. title.

7/7/77 - The High Flyers (Greg Gagne & Jumpin' Jim Brunzell) down Cowboy Bobby Duncum & Blackjack Lanza, managed by Bobby "The Brain" Heenan (Raymond Heenan), in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to capture the AWA World tag team championship.

You can see Bobby Heenan put on the trunks as he teams with Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack Mulligan against Dick the Bruiser, the Crusher and midget star Little Bruiser in Indianapolis Tape 2.

7/7/82 - Rowdy Roddy Piper (Roderick Toombs) beats Jack Brisco to regain the "NWA" Mid-Atlantic heavyweight crown.

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7/7/90 - Sting (Steve Borden) is given the torch to carry as he pins Ric Flair at the Great American Bash pay-per-view in Baltimore to win the NWA World heavyweight championship for the first and only time of his career. Sting would also hold the WCW World title on six occasions and the WCWI World title once, making him an eight-time World champion.

7/7/96 - Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall stun the wrestling world with the formation of the New World Order at the Bash at the Beach pay-per-view in Florida. This is viewed as a turning point in the promotional war between WCW and the WWF.

7/7/96 - Dynamite Kansai & Cutie Suzuki beat Hikari Fukoaka & Kaoru in Tokyo for the JWP tag team straps.

7/8/69 - Jack Brisco downs The Missouri Mauler (Larry Hamilton) in Tampa to win the NWA Southern title. Hamilton, who passed away a few years ago, was the brother of The Assassin (Jody Hamilton) and uncle of WCW referee Nick Patrick (Hamilton). Brisco of course is the older brother of the WWF's Gerald Brisco and is generally regarded as one of the greatest NWA World champions of all time.

7/8/76 - Harley Race bests Bulldog Bob Brown in Kansas City to recapture the "NWA" Central States crown.

7/8/79 - In "The Battle of the Nature Boys," Ric Flair beats Buddy Rogers at the Coliseum in Greensboro, NC. Rogers, as a special guest referee, had previously tried to rob Flair of his U.S. title in a match against Dusty Rhodes. Rogers later formed a stable of wrestlers with Superfly Jimmy Snuka, Ken Patera, and Big John Studd (John Minton) to battle the man who had stolen his persona. Flair and Rogers are the only two wrestlers in history to hold both the NWA and WWF World titles.

7/8/85 - Don "The Rock" Muraco beats The Iron Sheik (Khosrow Vaziri) in Foxboro, MA to win the first-ever WWF King of the Ring. It should be noted that in its early years, the tournament was not televised on pay-per-view.

7/8/88 - Kevin & Kerry Von Erich (Kevin & Kerry Adkisson) team with old rival Michael "P.S." Hayes (Michael Seitz) to beat Buddy "Jack" Roberts (Dale Hay), Iceman King Parsons, and Kimala the Ugandan Giant for the World six-man title as recognized by the World Class Wrestling Association.

7/8/91 - Kenta Kobashi & Johnny Ace (John Laurindas) beat The Can-Am Express (Doug Furnas & Phil Lafon) in Tokyo to garner the All Asia tag-team championship.

7/8/96 - Rey Misterio Jr. beats "The Iceman" Dean Malenko (Dean Simon) at an outdoor Disney broadcast of WCW Monday Nitro in Orlando, FL to capture the WCW World cruiserweight championship for the first time of his career.

7/9 - Two referees celebrate birthdays on this day. Longtime Toronto area official Terry Yorkston (who also worked for the WWF in the 1980s) and arguably the greatest ref in NWA history, Tommy Young.

7/9/51 - Bobby Lane beats Pat O'Hara in Tampa for the “NWA” Southern heavyweight championship.

7/9/59 - Kevin Nash is born. A standout college basketball player before turning to pro wrestling, Nash has wrestled as The Super Shredder, Doctor X, Master Blaster Steele, Oz, "Big Daddy Cool" Diesel, and "Big Sexy" and has held World titles in both the WWF and WCW.

7/9/64 - Marc Mero (Mark Merowitz) is born. A former Gold Gloves boxer, who once knocked out Lennox Lewis, Mero first gain famed as Johnny B. Badd in WCW and went on to be known by WWF fans as Mr. Sable.

7/9/69 - The Crusher (Reggie Lisowski) beats Verne Gagne in Minneapolis to win the AWA World heavyweight championship.

7/9/74 - The Dynamite Girls (Jumbo Hori & Junko Sasaki) beat Betty Niccoli & Sandy Parker in Osaka to capture the WWWA World tag-team championship.

7/9/75 - All-time great NWA World junior heavyweight champ Danny Hodge teams with Jay Clayton to beat Stan Hansen & Frank Goodish in Ft. Smith, Arkansas to capture the “NWA” U.S. tag-team title. Goodish would go on to gain legendary status as hardcore pioneer "King Kong" Bruiser Brody.

7/9/77 - Lou Klein & Ed George (Ed Farhat Jr.) beat The Bounty Hunters in Detroit to win the “NWA” World tag straps.

7/9/79 - "Big Nasty" Angelo Mosca beats Iron Mike Sharpe in Tulsa to capture the Brass Knucks championship.

7/9/85 - The Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Ruben "Robert Gibson" Kane) make their debut for Jim Crockett Promotions, defeating Ivan Koloff (James Parris) and Krusher Khruschev (Barry Darsow) for the “NWA” World tag title at the Recreation Center in Shelby, NC. This bout is televised on the syndicated World Wide Wrestling program.

7/9/86 - The Fabulous Moolah (Lillian Ellison) ends the week-long reign of Velvet McIntyre as WWF Women's World champion, downing the Irish superstar in Sydney, Austalia.

7/9/89 - Steve Keirn beats Kendall Windham in Orlando to capture the Florida State title.

7/9/94 - Dirty White Boy beats Chris Candido for the vacant Smoky Mountain heavyweight title in Johnson City, TN.  

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