Today In Pro Wrestling History (8/17) ECW Hardcore Heaven ’97, WWE Summerslam ’08 & More!


Former TNA wrestler Magno turns 30 today.

One-time USWA Heavyweight Champion Buddy Landel turns 53 today.

1986: Nikita Koloff defeated Magnum TA to win the vacant NWA United States Title.

1987: Nikita Koloff defeated Tully Blanchard to win the NWA Television Title.

1997: ECW Hardcore Heaven was held at the War Memorial Auditorium, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 2,000 fans were in attendance to see the following:

– Taz defeated Chris Candido (with Rick Rude) to retain the ECW Television Titles 

– Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Spike Dudley

– Rob Van Dam (with Bill Alfonso) defeated Al Snow

– The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray & D-Von) (with Jenna Jameson, Joel Gertner, Sign Guy Dudley, & Big Dick Dudley) defeated The Gangstas (New Jack & Mustafa Saed) via forfeit to win the ECW Tag Team Titles
– The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray & D-Von) defeated PG-13 (JC Ice & Wolfie D) to retain the ECW Tag Team Titles

– Tommy Dreamer (with Beulah McGillicutty) defeated Jerry Lawler 

– Shane Douglas (with Francine) defeated Sabu (with Bill Alfonso) & Terry Funk in a 3-Way Dance to win the ECW World Title

1998: WCW Monday Nitro defeated WWF Monday Night Raw: 4.9 to 4.2 in the ratings.

2008: WWE Summerslam was held at Conseco Fieldhouse, in Indianapolis, Indiana. 12,480 fans were in attendance to see the following:

– MVP defeated Jeff Hardy

– Glamarella (Santino Marella & Beth Phoenix) defeated Kofi Kingston & Mickie James to win the WWE Intercontinental Title for Marella & the WWE Women’s Title for Phoenix 

– Matt Hardy defeated Mark Henry (with Tony Atlas) via DQ (Henry retained the ECW Title) 

– CM Punk defeated JBL to retain the World Heavyweight Title

– Triple H defeated The Great Khali (with Ranjin Singh) to retain the WWE Title

– Batista defeated John Cena
– The Undertaker defeated Edge in a Hell In A Cell Match

2010: WWE Smackdown was taped at Rabobank Arena, here in Bakersfield, California. 

– Kofi Kingston defeated Dolph Ziggler via DQ (Ziggler retained the IC Title) 

– Serena & Luke Gallows defeated The Big Show & Kelly Kelly 

– Christian defeated Drew McIntyre

– Alberto Del Rio defeated Rey Mysterio Jr.

2013: reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) defeated The American Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) to win the ROH World Tag Team Titles.

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