Today In Pro Wrestling History (7/16) Great American Bash ’85, Victory Road ’06, Three Deaths, Three Birthdays & More!


Former ECW Wrestler Chris Chetti turns 39 today.

2-time WWE-ECW & Current TNA Champion Bobby Lashley turns 37 today.

one-time NWA World Champion Blue Demon Jr turns turns 47 today.

1985: The very first NWA Great American Bash was held at American Legion Memorial Stadium, in Charlotte, North Carolina in front of 27,000 fans. 

* Jimmy Valiant defeated Paul Jones in a Dog Collar Match 

* Sam Houston, Buzz Tyler, & Manny Fernandez defeated Billy Graham, Abdullah The Butcher, & Konga The Barbarian (with Paul Jones) 

* Ole & Arn Anderson defeated Buzz Sawyer & Dick Slater to retain the NWA National Tag Team Titles

* NWA World Tag Team Champions Krusher Khruschev & Ivan Koloff fought AWA World Tag Team Champions The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) (with Paul Ellering) to a double-DQ 

* Magnum TA defeated Kamala (with Skandor Akbar) via DQ to retain the NWA United States Title 

* Ric Flair defeated Nikita Koloff (with Ivan Koloff) with David Crockett as special guest referee to retain the NWA World Title 

* Dusty Rhodes defeated Tully Blanchard (with Baby Doll) in a Cage Match to win the NWA Television Title

1994: Sid Vicious defeated Jerry Lawler via forfeit to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title.

1995: WCW Bash At The Beach was held on the beach, in Huntington Beach, California in front of 9,500 fans. 

* Sting defeated Meng to retain the WCW United States Title 

* The Renegade defeated Paul Orndorff to retain the WCW Television Title 

* Kamala defeated Jim Duggan
* Diamond Dallas Page (with The Diamond Doll & Max Muscle) defeated Dave Sullivan 

* Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) defeated The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags), & The Blue Bloods (Lord Steven Regal & Earl Robert Eaton) in a Triangle Match to retain the WCW World Tag Team Titles 

* Randy Savage defeated Ric Flair in a Lifeguard Lumberjack Match (The Lifeguard Lumberjacks were: Max Muscle, Mark Starr, The Nasty Boys, Bunkhouse Buck, Dave Sullivan, Dick Slater, Johnny B. Badd, Diamond Dallas Page, Chris Kanyon, Jim Duggan, Booker T, Arn Anderson, & Stevie Ray) 

* Hulk Hogan (with Dennis Rodman) defeated Vader in a Cage Match to retain the WCW World Title

2000: ECW Heat Wave was held at the Grand Olympic Auditorium, in Los Angeles, California in front of 5,700 fans. 

* Sal E. Graziano (with Tony Mamaluke) defeated Balls Mahoney

* Kid Kash, Danny Doring, & Amish Roadkill defeated Johnny Swinger, Simon Diamond, & C.W. Anderson 

*Jerry Lynn defeated Steve Corino (with Jack Victory)

* Super Nova & Chris Chetti defeated Da Baldies (Angel & Tony Devito) 

* Yoshihiro Tajiri defeated Mikey Whipwreck, Little Guido, & Psicosis in a 4-Way Dance

* Rhino defeated The Sandman to retain the ECW Television Title 

* Rob Van Dam defeated Scotty Anton 

* Justin Credible defeated Tommy Dreamer in a Stairway to Hell Match to retain the ECW World Title.

2001: Former NWA & WCW Tag Team Champion Terry Gordy died aged just 40 due to a heart attack. 

2005: 1st WWC Heavyweight Champion Miguel Perez died at the age of 68.

2006: Former NWA and AWA star Bob Orton Sr. died aged 76.

2006: TNA Victory Road was held at the Impact Zone, in Orlando, Florida in front of 900 fans. 

* The Naturals (Andy Douglas & Chase Stevens) defeated The Diamonds In The Rough  

* Monty Brown fought Rhino to a no contest 

* The Latin American Xchange (Hernandez & Homicide) (with Konnan) defeated Ron Killings & Sonjay Dutt 

* Senshi defeated Kazarian to retain the TNA X-Division Title

* Raven defeated Larry Zbyszko in a Hair vs Hair Match 

* Chris Sabin & Jay Lethal defeated The Paparazzi (Kevin Nash & Alex Shelley) (with Johnny Devine) 

* The James Gang (BG James & Kip James), & Abyss (with Father James Mitchell) defeated Team 3D (Brother Ray, Brother Devon, & Brother Runt) 

* Sirelda, AJ Styles, & Christopher Daniels defeated Gail Kim, & America’s Most Wanted (Chris Harris & James Storm) to retain the NWA World Tag Team Titles for Styles & Daniels 

* Sting defeated Scott Steiner, Samoa Joe, & Christian Cage in a Road To Victory Match to become the #1 contender for the NWA World Heavyweight Title

2009: Homicide defeated Suicide to win the TNA X–Division Title on Impact. 

2012: Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors debuted on MTV2

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