Today In Pro Wrestling History (8/2) Ric Flair Released By WWE Sunday Night Heat Airs, Heat Wave & More


Former WWE Tag Team Champions Harry Smith turns 29 today.

Former WWF Tag Team Champion Jim Neidhart turns 59 today.

1962: Bruno Sammartino defeated Buddy Rogers to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

1992: Ron Simmons defeated Big Van Vader to win the WCW World Title.

1998: WWF Sunday Night Heat aired for the 1st time on the USA Network. The show would run until 2008.

1998: ECW Heat Wave was held at the Hara Arena, in Dayton, Ohio. 4,400 fans were in attendance to see the following take place:

* Justin Credible (with Nicole Bass, Jason, & Chastity) defeated Jerry Lynn 

* Chris Candido (with Tammy Lynn Sytch) defeated Lance Storm

* Masato Tanaka defeated Mike Awesome

* Sabu & Rob Van Dam (with Bill Alfonso) defeated Hayabusa & Jinsei Shinzaki to retain the ECW Tag Team Titles 

* Taz defeated Bam Bam Bigelow in a Falls Count Anywhere Match to retain the ECW FTW Title 

* Tommy Dreamer, Spike Dudley, & The Sandman defeated The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray, D-Von, & Big Dick) (with Jeff Jones, Sign Guy Dudley, & Joel Gertner) in a Street Fight.

1999: WWF Monday Night Raw defeated WCW Monday Nitro: 5.9 to 3.1 in the ratings.

2005: Nunzio defeated Paul London to win the WWE Cruiserweight Title on Velocity.

2007: Jimmy Rave, who was under contract to Ring of Honor, parted ways with the company.

2008: Ric Flair was granted his release from World Wrestling Entertainment. 

2008: Brent Albright defeated Adam Pearce to win the NWA World Title.

2008: ROH Death Before Dishonor VI was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom, in New York City, New York. 

* The Briscoe Brothers (Mark & Jay) defeated The Vulture Squad (Jigsaw & Ruckus) 

* Chris Hero (with Sweet N Sour Inc.) defeated Delirious

* Eddie Edwards (with Sweet N Sour Inc.) defeated Roderick Strong 

* Brent Albright defeated Adam Pearce (with Sweet N Sour Inc.) to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title

* Austin Aries defeated Necro Butcher & Jimmy Jacobs 

* Naomichi Marufuji defeated Go Shiozaki
* El Generico & Kevin Steen defeated The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) 

* Nigel McGuinness defeated Bryan Danielson, Tyler Black, & Claudio Castagnoli in a Fatal 4-way to win the Ring of Honor World Title

2008: WWE Saturday Night Main Event was broadcast from the Verizon Center, in Washington DC. This would be the final SNME show. 

* JBL, Kane, & WWE World Tag Team Champions Legacy (Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase Jr.) defeated Batista, John Cena, & Cryme Tyme (JTG & Shad Gaspard) in a 8–man tag match

* The Great Khali (with Ranjin Singh) defeated Jimmy Wang Yang 

* Edge defeated Jeff Hardy.

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