Today In Pro Wrestling History (7/27) Several Birthdays, Vengeance ’03, Fritz Von Erich Vs. Vern Gagne & More


Former NWA regular Manny Fernandez turns 60 today.

2-time AWA Tag and Television Champion Greg Gagne turns 66 today.

One-time WCW Hardcore Champion Shannon Moore turns 35 today.

13-time World Champion Triple H turns 45 today.

WWE Triple Crown Champion Dolph Ziggler turns 34 today.

Sadly, former WWF, WCW and ECW wrestler Matt ‘Doink The Clown’ Osborne would have turned if 56 he was still alive. 

1963: Fritz von Erich defeated Verne Gagne to win the AWA World Title.

1996: Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) to win the WCW World Tag Team Titles

2004: Booker T defeated John Cena, Rene Dupree, Kenzo Suzuki, Rob Van Dam, Billy Gunn, Charlie Haas, & Luther Reigns in an 8-Way Elimination Match to win the vacant WWE United States Title  back on this day.

2004: Spike Dudley defeated Rey Mysterio Jr. to win the WWE Cruiserweight Title back on this day.

1998: WWF Monday Night Raw defeated WCW Monday Nitro: 4.9 to 4.7 in the ratings

2003: WWE Vengeance was held at the Pepsi Center, in Denver, Colorado. This was a Smackdown exclusive PPV that had 9,500 people in attendance:

* Eddie Guerrero defeated Chris Benoit in the final of a tournament to win the vacant WWE United States Title
* Jamie Noble (with Nidia) defeated Billy Gunn (with Torrie Wilson) 

* Bradshaw defeated The Easter Bunny (Damien Sandow), Shannon Moore, Spanky, Sean O’Haire, Doug Basham, Danny Basham, Faarooq, Nunzio, Matt Hardy, Brother Love, Doink The Clown, John Hennigan (John Morrison), Chuck Palumbo, Funaki, Los Conquistadores (Rob Conway & Johnny Jeter), Johnny Stamboli, Kanyon, Matt Cappotelli, The Brooklyn Brawler, & Orlando Jordan in the APA Invitational Bar Room Brawl 

* The World’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) defeated Rey Mysterio Jr. & Billy Kidman to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles 

* Sable defeated Stephanie McMahon in a No Count out Match 

* The Undertaker defeated John Cena 

* Vince McMahon defeated Zach Gowen 

* Kurt Angle defeated Brock Lesnar & The Big Show in a No-DQ Triple Threat Match to win the WWE Title

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