Today In Pro Wrestling History (8/5) ECW Wrestlepalooza ’96, Several WWE Releases & Much More


One-time AWA Tag Team Champion Pat Tanaka turns 53 today.

Current WWE wrestler Hunico turns 37 today.

1988: King Parsons defeated Kerry von Erich to win the WCCW Texas Heavyweight Title.

1994: SMW Night of Legends was held at the James White Civic Coliseum, in Knoxville, Tennessee. 5,000 fans were in attendance to see the following:

* Chris Walker defeated Richard Slinger

* Doug Furnas defeated Killer Kyle 

* Dick Slater & Bob Orton Jr. defeated Ronnie Garvin & The Mountain Stomper 

* The Rock n Roll Express (Robert Gibson & Ricky Morton) defeated Brian Lee & Chris Candido to win the SMW Tag Team Titles 

* The Thrillseekers (Chris Jericho & Lance Storm) defeated The Heavenly Bodies (Dr. Tom Pritchard & Jimmy Del Ray) in a Street Fight 

* Dirty White Boy defeated Terry Gordy via DQ to retain the SMW Heavyweight Title 

* Road Warrior Hawk, Bob Armstrong, & Tracy Smothers defeated Dory Funk Jr., Bruiser Bedlam, & Terry Funk (with Jim Cornette) in a Coward Waves The Flag Match

1996: ECW Wrestlepalooza was held at the ECW Arena, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1,150 fans were in attendance to see the following:

* JT Smith defeated Hack Myers

* Val Puccio defeated Tony Stetson via DQ 

* Dudley Dudley, Raven, Big Dick Dudley, & Stevie Richards defeated The Pitbulls (#1 & #2), Cactus Jack, & Tommy Dreamer 

* Dean Malenko, Cactus Jack, & 2 Cold Scorpio defeated Eddie Guerrero, The Steiner Brothers (Scott & Rick) 

* Mikey Whipwreck defeated The Sandman in a Singapore Cane Match 

* The Gangstas (Mustafa Saed & New Jack) defeated Public Enemy (Rocco Rock & Johnny Grunge) in a Stretcher Match

1996: WCW Monday Nitro defeated WWF Monday Night Raw: 3.0 to 2.8 in the ratings.

2006: ROH Fight of the Century was held at the Inman Sports Center, in Edison, New Jersey.

* Colt Cabana defeated Sal Rinauro (with The Embassy)

* Shane Hagadorn defeated Bobby Dempsey to retain the ROH Top of the Class Trophy 

* Nigel McGuinness defeated Christopher Daniels, Jay Lethal, & Claudio Castagnoli in a 4 Corner Survival Match 

* Roderick Strong & Austin Aries defeated Irish Airborne (Jake & Dave Crist), The Briscoe Brothers (Mark & Jay), and Jack Evans & Matt Sydal in an Ultimate Endurance Match to retain the ROH World Tag Team Titles 

* BJ Whitmer & Homicide defeated Steve Corino & Adam Pearce via DQ 

* KENTA defeated Davey Richards 

* Bryan Danielson fought Samoa Joe to a 60-minute time limit draw to retain the ROH World Heavyweight Title.

2010: Taylor Wilde & Hamada defeated The Beautiful People to win the TNA Knockout’s Tag Team Titles on Impact.

2011: WWE released the following talent: Melina, Vladimir Kozlov, Chris Masters, Harry Smith and Gail Kim.

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