Today In Pro Wrestling History (7/17) Punk Makes History, Khali Is Champion, Edge Vacates Title & More!


– Current TNA wrestler Knux turns 35 today.

– One-time TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion Lacey von Erich turns 27 today.

– Dragon Gate star Masato Yoshino turns 33 today.

1994: WCW Bash at the Beach, held at Orlando Arena, in Orlando, Florida. 14,000 fans were in attendance to see Hulk Hogan in-ring WCW debut. 

* Lord Steven Regal defeated Johnny B. Badd to retain the WCW Television Title  

* Vader (with Harley Race) defeated The Guardian Angel via DQ 

* Terry Funk & Bunkhouse Buck defeated Dustin Rhodes & Arn Anderson

* Steve Austin defeated Ricky Steamboat to retain the WCW United States Title 

*Pretty Wonderful (Paul Roma & Paul Orndorff) defeated Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan to win the WCW World Tag Team Titles 

* Hulk Hogan defeated Ric Flair to win the WCW World Title

2005: TNA No Surrender was held at the Impact Zone, in Orlando, Florida.

* America’s Most Wanted (Chris Harris & James Storm) defeated Matt Bentley & Alex Shelley 

* Sonjay Dutt defeated Elix Skipper, Shark Boy, & Mikey Batts in a 4-way Match to qualify for the 2005 TNA Super X Cup Tournament 

* Apolo & Sonny Siaki defeated David Young & Simon Diamond
* Samoa Joe defeated Chris Sabin 

* Team Canada (A-1, Eric Young, & Robert Roode) defeated Lance Hoyt & The Naturals (Andy Douglas & Chase Stevens) (with Jimmy Hart) 

* Kip James & Monty Brown defeated 3Live Kru (Ron Killings & Konnan) 

* AJ Styles defeated Sean Waltman (with Jerry Lynn as the special guest referee)

* Christopher Daniels defeated Petey Williams to retain the TNA X-Division Title 

* Raven defeated Abyss (with Father James Mitchell) in a Dog Collar Match to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Title

2007: World Heavyweight Champion Edge vacated the title on Smackdown due to him tearing his pectoral muscle. 

2007: The Great Khali won a 20-man Battle Royal to win the vacant World Heavyweight Title on Smackdown. 

2011: WWE Money In The Bank was held at the Allstate Arena, in Rosemont, Illinois. 14,815 were in attendance to witness CM Punk leaving WWE with the WWE Title (Storyline)

* Daniel Bryan defeated Sheamus, Kane, Sin Cara, Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Justin Gabriel, & Heath Slater to win Smackdown’s Money In The Bank Match 

* Kelly Kelly (with Eve Torres) defeated Brie Bella (with Nikki Bella) to retain the WWE Divas Title

* Mark Henry defeated The Big Show 

* Alberto Del Rio defeated Rey Mysterio Jr., Kofi Kingston, Alex Riley, R-Truth, The Miz, Evan Bourne, & Jack Swagger to win Raw’s Money In The Bank Match

* Christian defeated Randy Orton via DQ to win the World Heavyweight Title  

* CM Punk defeated John Cena to win the WWE Title, & cause Cena to be fired, though the decision to fire Cena would be reversed the next night on Raw.

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