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JULY 26

 

WWWF @ West Hempstead, NY ? July 26, 1963

WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Hans Mortier

 

WWWF @ Philadelphia, PA ? July 26, 1967

Television taping:

WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Lou Albano

 

Pittsburgh, PA - July 26, 1968

Television taping:

WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino & Eduard Carpentier defeated Lou Albano & Tony Altimore

 

WWWF @ Atlantic City, NJ - July 26, 1971

Bill White fought Vincenti Pommetti to a draw

Beautiful Bobby defeated Mike Pappas

Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Juan Caruso

Jimmy Valiant fought the Black Demon to a no contest

Luke Graham defeated Manuel Soto

WWWF World Champion Pedro Morales defeated Tarzan Tyler via count-out

 

WWWF @ Philadelphia, PA - Arena - July 26, 1971

Television taping - included Jimmy Valiant turning heel on Chief Jay Strongbow

WWWF World Champion Pedro Morales vs. Luke Graham

 

WWWF @ Philadelphia, PA - Spectrum - July 26, 1975

Pat Barrett defeated Mike Paidusous

Gorilla Monsoond defeated Butcher Vachon in 51 seconds

Bugsy McGraw defeated Dean Ho

George Steele defeated Tony Garea

Andre the Giant & Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Spiros Arion & Baron Mikel Scicluna

WWWF Tag Team Champions Victor Rivera & Dominic DeNucci defeated Blackjack Mulligan & Blackjack Lanza via disqualification

WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Waldo Von Erich

 

WWWF @ Philadelphia, PA - July 26, 1976 (matinee)

WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Waldo Von Erich

 

WWF @ Landover, MD - Capital Centre - July 26, 1976

16-man, $10,000 battle royal; participants included Bobo Brazil and Stan Hansen (the winner earns a world title shot in the main event)

WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino vs. ?

Included 8 other bouts

 

WWF @ Philadelphia, PA - Spectrum - July 26, 1980

Televised on the PRISM Network:

Tor Kamata fought Angel Maravilla to a draw

Sika defeated Rene Goulet

Larry Zbyszko defeated Ivan Putski via disqualification

WWF World Champion Bob Backlund defeated WWF IC Champion Ken Patera via disqualification; Gorilla Monsoon was the guest referee

Andre the Giant defeated Hulk Hogan via disqualification

Pedro Morales defeated Afa

 

WWF @ Dayton, OH - July 26, 1984

Included Roddy Piper

 

WWF @ Pittsburg, MA - Civic Center - July 26, 1984

Included Greg Valentine and Salvatore Bellomo

 

WWF @ Detroit, MI - July 26, 1985

Bret Hart defeated Tony Garea

Jim Neidhart defeated Salvatore Bellomo

The Missing Link defeated SD Jones

Ricky Steamboat defeated Don Muraco via disqualification

Terry Funk defeated George Wells

WWF Tag Team Champions Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo defeated the Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff

 

WWF @ St. Louis, MO - July 26, 1985

Ivan Putski defeated Steve Lombardi

Randy Savage defeated Jose Luis Rivera

Uncle Elmer defeated Moondog Spot

B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell defeated Rene Goulet & the Spoiler

WWF IC Champion Tito Santana defeated Brutus Beefcake via disqualification

Lanny Poffo defeated Barry O

WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan & Paul Orndorff defeated Bob Orton Jr. & Roddy Piper

 

WWF @ Philadelphia, PA - Spectrum - July 26, 1986

Televised on the PRISM Network:

Hercules defeated Lanny Poffo

Tito Santana fought Bob Orton Jr. to a time-limit draw

Harley Race defeated Cousin Luke

The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff defeated Jimmy Jack & Dory Funk Jr.

The Junkyard Dog pinned Don Muraco in a dog collar match

Dan Spivey & Mike Rotundo defeated the Moondogs

WWF IC Champion Randy Savage defeated George Steele via disqualification

WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Adrian Adonis

 

WWF @ St. Mary's, PA - July 26, 1986 (500)

Scott McGhee defeated Les Thornton

Jose Luis Rivera defeated Terry Gibbs

Brickhouse Brown defeated Tiger Chung Lee

The Haiti Kid defeated Butch Cassidy

B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell defeated Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine

 

WWF @ Long Island, NY - Nassau Coliseum - July 26, 1986

Sivi Afi defeated Rene Goulet

Jeanne Kirkland defeated Judy Martin

King Tonga defeated Iron Mike Sharpe

Billy Jack Haynes defeated Mr. X

Jacques & Raymond Rougeau defeated Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart

WWF Tag Team Champions Davey Boy Smith & the Dynamite Kid defeated Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy

Ricky Steamboat won a battle royal

 

WWF @ Wichita, KS - Kansas Coliseum - July 26, 1987 (7,932)

WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Randy Savage

 

WWF @ New Haven, CT ? Coliseum ? July 26, 1987 (2,859)

Featured an appearance by Mr. T

Outback Jack defeated Jose Estrada

Ron Bass defeated Jerry Allen

Rick Rude defeated Omar Atlas

WWF Women?s Tag Team Champions Judy Martin & Leilani Kai defeated the Jumping Bomb Angels

George Steele defeated Danny Davis

Demolition defeated Davey Boy Smith & the Dynamite Kid

Ken Patera defeated Paul Orndorff

 

WWF @ Los Angeles, CA ? Sports Arena ? July 26, 1987 (5,000)

Brady Boone pinned Barry Horowitz

Butch Reed pinned Steve Gatorwolf in 30-seconds

Tito Santana pinned Butch Reed

Jim Brunzell & Hillbilly Jim (sub. for B. Brian Blair) defeated WWF Tag Team Champions Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart via disqualification

Scott Casey pinned Iron Mike Sharpe

Jim Powers & Paul Roma defeated the Shadows

Ricky Steamboat defeated WWF IC Champion the Honkytonk Man via disqualification

 

WWF @ Lubbock, TX - July 26, 1988 (350)

DJ Peterson pinned Omar Atlas

Koko B. Ware pinned Frenchy Martin

Jim Powers & Paul Roma defeated Barry Horowitz & Sivi Afi

WWF Women's Champion Sensational Sherri defeated Rockin Robin

Tito Santana pinned Ron Bass

 

WWF @ Las Vegas, NV - Thomas & Mack Center - July 26, 1991

Ricky Steamboat defeated Haku

Jim Duggan defeated Col. Mustafa via count-out

The Bushwhackers defeated Paul Roma & Hercules

The Ultimate Warrior defeated the Undertaker via disqualification

The Berzerker defeated Jimmy Snuka

Marty Jannetty & Jim Powers (sub. for Shawn Michaels) defeated the Orient Express

Greg Valentine pinned Earthquake after Andre the Giant interfered

 

WWF @ San Francisco, CA - Cow Palace - July 26, 1991

IRS defeated Koko B. Ware

Davey Boy Smith defeated Typhoon (sub. for Mr. Perfect) via count-out

The Barbarian defeated Shane Douglas

WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Sgt. Slaughter in a Desert Storm Match

Kerry Von Erich defeated Demolition Smash

Virgil (sub. for Roddy Piper) defeated Ted Dibiase

The Legion of Doom & the Big Bossman defeated the Mountie & WWF Tag Team Champions the Nasty Boys when Road Warrior Hawk pinned Knobbs

 

WWF @ Orlando, FL - Arena - July 26, 1992

Virgil defeated the Mountie

WWF Tag Team Champions the Natural Disasters defeated Ted Dibiase & IRS via disqualification

WWF World Champion Randy Savage defeated Ric Flair

 

WWF @ Utica, NY - War Memorial - July 26, 1993

Glen Ruth defeated TNT

Virgil defeated Van Hammer; Van Hammer worked the match as a heel

Razor Ramon defeated Damien Demento

WWF Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner defeated the Heavenly Bodies via disqualification

WWF IC Champion Shawn Michaels defeated Mr. Perfect

Randy Savage defeated Mr. Hughes

Bret Hart defeated WWF World Champion Yokozuna via disqualification

WWF Superstars taping:

8/14/93 - included the announcement that the Steiner Brothers would defend against the Heavenly Bodies at Summer Slam and that Ludvig Borga would face Marty Jannetty:

Razor Ramon pinned Duane Gill with the Razor's Edge

Ludvig Borga pinned Mike Khoury with a clothesline off the top

WWF Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner defeated Glen Ruth & Mike Bell following the bulldog double team

WWF IC Champion Shawn Michaels (w/ Diesel) pinned Darren Trujillo with a superkick

Tatanka pinned Fred Williams with the Samoan drop

The Heavenly Bodies (w/ Jim Cornette) defeated Bert Centeno & Rich Meyers when Jimmy Del Ray scored the pin with the moonsault

8/21/93:

Marty Jannetty defeated Barry Horowitz

The Quebecars defeated Dan Dubiel & Scott Despres

Adam Bomb defeated Mike Moraldo

Mr. Hughes defeated Mike Bucci

Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Bobby Who

Men on a Mission defeated Iron Mike Sharpe & Jeff Libolt

8/28/93:

The 1-2-3 Kid defeated the Brooklyn Brawler

The Heavenly Bodies defeated Tony Roy & Jason Headings

Ludvig Borga defeated Virgil

Mr. Perfect defeated Duane Gill

The Smoking Gunns defeated Reno Riggins & Barry Hardy

 

WWF @ St. Louis, MO - Kiel Center - July 26, 1995 (10,500)

WWF Wrestling Challenge taping (the final taping):

Lex Luger & Davey Boy Smith defeated WWF Tag Team Champions Owen Hart & Yokozuna via disqualification when Yoko made the save and dropped a leg on Smith when his partner was about to be pinned

Fantasmio pinned Rad Radford with a school boy roll up

Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Bill Pain

The Smoking Gunns defeated Bert Lewis & Scott Turner

Tatanka defeated David Haskins

Aldo Montoya pinned Tony Williams with a bulldog off the top

Adam Bomb defeated Tony Devito

Bob Holly defeated Reginald Walker

King Kong Bundy pinned Buck Quartermaine with a splash

The 1-2-3 Kid pinned Nick Barberry with a spin wheel kick

Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Tatanka in a strap match by touching all four corners

Waylon Mercy defeated Troy Hayes with a sleeper

Henry Godwinn defeated Brickhouse Brown

Jean Pierre Laffiette defeated Jerry Faith

Lex Luger & the British Bulldog defeated Bob Cook & AC Conner (D-Lo Brown)

Fatu pinned Mike Bell with a superkick

Hunter Hearst Helmsley pinned Scott Taylor with the Pedigree

The Undertaker defeated Kama in a casket match

WWF IC Champion Shawn Michaels & Bret Hart defeated Jerry Lawler & Hakushi when Hakushi submitted to Hart's Sharpshooter

WWF World Champion Diesel defeated WWF Tag Team Champion Yokozuna (sub. for Psycho Sid) in a steel cage match by escaping over the top; at one point, Yoko tried climbing the cage

Action Zone - 7/30/95: The Smoking Gunns defeated Bert Lewis & Scott Turner

 

WWF @ Fresno, CA - Selland Arena - July 26, 1996 (5,032)

Justin Bradshaw defeated Bob Holly

Skip & Zip defeated Marty Jannetty & Leif Cassidy, Henry & Phinneas Godwinn, and WWF Tag Team Champions the Smoking Gunns in a non-title match

Owen Hart defeated Aldo Montoya

Psycho Sid defeated Davey Boy Smith

Steve Austin defeated Savio Vega in a No DQ match

The Undertaker defeated Mankind

Yokozuna defeated Goldust

Marc Mero defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley

WWF World Champion Shawn Michaels defeated Vader

 

WWF @ Cleveland, OH - Gund Arena - July 26, 1997 (6,476)

Savio Vega & Miguel Perez defeated the Headbangers

Rockabilly defeated Flash Funk

Brian Pillman defeated Jesse Jammes

Henry & Phinneas Godwinn defeated the New Blackjacks

Ken Shamrock defeated WWF European Champion Davey Boy Smith via disqualification

Vader defeated Goldust

WWF IC Champion Owen Hart defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Mankind when Hart pinned Mankind

Steve Austin defeated Bret Hart

WWF World Champion the Undertaker & Legion of Doom defeated Farooq, Kama, & D-Lo Brown

 

Fully Loaded 98 - Fresno, CA - Selland Arena - July 26, 1998 (9,855)

Val Venis pinned Jeff Jarrett (w/ Tennessee Lee) with a roll up at 7:47 after ramming Jarrett into Lee on the apron

WWF European Champion D-Lo Brown (w/ the Godfather) pinned X-Pac (w/ Chyna) at 8:24 with the Sky High in a non-title match after X-Pac knocked the Godfather off the apron

Scorpio & Farooq defeated Terry Funk & Bradshaw at 6:50 when Scorpio pinned Funk with the 450 splash; Bradshaw attacked both his partner and opponents after the match

Mark Henry pinned Vader with a splash at 5:03

DOA (w/ Paul Elloring) defeated the Legion of Doom at 8:48 when DOA made the illegal switch and hit a DDT on Road Warrior Animal after Animal knocked Elloring off the apron

Owen Hart defeated Ken Shamrock in the Dungeon match at 4:53 with a crossface after using a hand weight as a weapon; Dan Severn was the special referee and the bout took place in the Stu Hart Dungeon in Calgary, Alberta

Triple H (w/ Chyna) fought WWF IC Champion the Rock to a draw in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match when the 30-minute time limit expired; the Rock pinned the challenger at 20:17 with the Rock Bottom after the challenger knocked an interfering D-Lo Brown out of the ring with the European title; Triple H pinned the Rock at 26:29 after Chyna interfered and hit a DDT onto a steel chair; the challenger had the Rock covered after the Pedigree when the bell ended the third contest on a draw

Sable defeated Jackie (w/ Marc Mero) in a bikini contest

WWF World Champion Steve Austin & The Undertaker defeated WWF Tag Team Champions Kane & Mankind (w/ Paul Bearer) to win the titles at 17:27 when Undertaker pinned Kane with a chokeslam and a tombstone

 

WWF @ Cleveland, OH - Gund Arena - July 26, 1999 (sold out)

Kurt Angle defeated Erin O'Grady

Raw is War:

WWF Tag Team Champions the Acolytes defeated Edge & Christian when Edge was pinned following the powerbomb double team, moments after Gangrel led Christian away from ringside; after the bout, guest ring announcer Hardcore Holly announced himself as winner until he was attacked by the champions; moments later, Kane came ringside, attacked the remaining wrestlers, and swore revenge on the Undertaker & Big Show for what they did to X-Pac earlier in the evening

Val Venis & the Godfather defeated Albert & Droz in a streetfight when Venis pinned Albert following a Ho Train / Money Shot combo; during the bout, a fan attacked the Godfather

Kane defeated the Undertaker & the Big Show via disqualification in a handicap match when Undertaker hit Kane with a chair; after the bout, the Road Dogg attempted to make the save but was also beaten down

Triple H defeated Ken Shamrock via referee's decision when Shamrock began bleeding from the mouth, the result of being hit by a car earlier in the evening by Steve Blackman

The Rock fought Billy Gunn and Chyna to a no contest in a handicap match after Steve Austin attacked guest commentator, Triple H, in response to him attacking Jim Ross; the show went off the air moments after the Rock hit the Rock Bottom on Gunn

 

WWE (Raw) @ Houston, TX - Compaq Center - July 26, 2002

Steven Richards pinned Tommy Dreamer with the superkick as Dreamer came off the top

Raven pinned Matt Hardy with a roll up and using the ropes for leverage after Hardy missed the legdrop off the top

Trish Stratus & Linda Miles defeated WWE Women's Champion Molly Holly & Jackie Gayda

Justin Credible pinned Shelton Benjamin with a roll up and using the tights for leverage

Chris Benoit & Eddie Guerrero defeated Bubba Ray & Spike Dudley in a table match when Benoit blocked Spike's Dudley Dog, throwing Spike through a table set up outside the ring

Goldust defeated Christopher Nowinski

Raven pinned WWE Hardcore Champion Bradshaw to win the title after he and Justin Credible interfered during Bradshaw's title defense against Shawn Stasiak

Justin Credible pinned WWE Hardcore Champion Raven to win the title with the superkick

Shawn Stasiak pinned WWE Hardcore Champion Justin Credible to win the title with a roll up

Bradshaw pinned WWE Hardcore Champion Shawn Stasiak to win the title with the Clothesline from Hell

WWE IC Champion Rob Van Dam pinned William Regal with the Five Star Frog Splash

The Undertaker & Booker T defeated Brock Lesnar & the Big Show when Booker pinned Show with the scissors kick after Taker hit Show with a chair

 

WWE @ Pittsburgh, PA - Mellon Arena - July 26, 2004

Rodney Mack pinned Shawn Daivari with a powerslam

Sunday Night Heat:

Tyson Tomko (w/ WWE Women's Champion Trish Stratus) pinned Val Venis with a boot to the face after Trish hit Val from behind

Rosey (w/ the Hurricane) pinned WWE Raw Tag Team Champion Rob Conway (w/ WWE Raw Tag Team Champion Sylvian Grenier) with a splash

Rhyno & Tajiri defeated Rory & Corby McCalister when Rhyno scored the pin with the Gore after hitting a stun gun and Tajiri following up with the kick to the head

Jazz & Molly Holly defeated Victoria & Nidia when Victoria was pinned after Steven Richards distracted her from ringside

Raw - included a segment with the Raw Diva contestants in which they had 20 seconds to verbally seduce Kamala; featured a bikini segment with the Diva hopefuls:

Randy Orton won a battle royal; due to pre-match stipulations, he earned a world title shot for Summer Slam

WWE Raw World Champion Chris Benoit defeated Triple H in a 60-minute Ironman match, 4 falls to 3; fall #1: Benoit pinned Triple H with a crucifix at 10:14; fall #2: Triple H pinned Benoit with the Pedigree at 28:52; fall #3: Benoit was counted-out after being injured on the floor at 31:10; fall #4: Triple H pinned Benoit at 38:00; fall #5: Benoit forced Triple H to submit to the Sharpshooter at 44:11; fall #6: Benoit forced Triple H to submit to the Crippler Crossface at 47:50; fall #7: Benoit pinned Triple H at 59:54 after Eugene came out of the crowd and fought off an interfering Ric Flair and Batista, both of whom came ringside minutes earlier and were helping to triple team Benoit, with Eugene eventually hitting a Rock Bottom on Triple H before pushing the referee back inside the ring to make the 3 count; after the bout, Eugene stood on the commentary table to applaud Benoit's win; as the show came to a close, Eugene and Triple H locked eyes as Triple H was still in the ring

 

WWE (Smackdown!) @ Huntington, WV - Big Sandy Superstore Arena - July 26, 2004

Johnny Stamboli pinned Mark Jindrak; Jindrak's foot was on the rope during the cover until Nunzio, who was at ringside with Stamboli, pushed it off

Kenzo Suzuki pinned Billy Gunn after using a foreign object

Rene Dupree pinned Hardcore Holly by using the ropes for leverage

John Heidenreich (w/ Paul Heyman) pinned Scotty 2 Hotty

WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Spike Dudley in an elimination match; Chavo pinned Spike; Rey pinned Chavo following the 619

Rob Van Dam pinned Booker T with the Five Star Frog Splash; prior to the bout, Booker came out with the US title belt but said that it was a non-title match

WWE Smackdown! Tag Team Champions Paul London & Billy Kidman defeated the Dudley Boyz when D-Von was pinned with a roll up after accidentally hitting Bubba Ray

WWE World Champion John Bradshaw Layfield pinned John Cena in a No DQ match with the Clothesline from Hell after Luther Reigns interfered; after the bout, Rey Mysterio, Scotty 2 Hotty, the Dudley Boyz, RVD, and Booker T involved themselves in an in-ring brawl, with the faces emerging with the win

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WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Waldo Von Erich

I haven't seen any Waldo Von Erich matches, but if he wrestles in the same evil brawling style as Fritz, this is probably a really good match. There is a Bruno/Waldo match I'm going to be seeking out soon actually, so I'll report back on it.

 

WWF @ Philadelphia, PA - Spectrum - July 26, 1980

WWF World Champion Bob Backlund defeated WWF IC Champion Ken Patera via disqualification; Gorilla Monsoon was the guest referee

This is probably an excellent match, as I did enjoy their Texas Death Match, and Patera was really in his prime at this point. I'm definitely seeking this out in the future.

 

WWF @ Detroit, MI - July 26, 1985

Ricky Steamboat defeated Don Muraco via disqualification

Tons of Steamboat/Muraco matches out there. I haven't seen them have any blowaway great matches, but I haven't seen any bad matches between them either. They're a bit more methodical than they would have been had they had a match just three or four years earlier when Muraco was still very much in his prime instead of on the way down, which he was by this time.

 

WWF @ St. Louis, MO - July 26, 1985

WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan & Paul Orndorff defeated Bob Orton Jr. & Roddy Piper

This is a convenient time to ask this. What was the connection between the St Louis Wrestling At The Chase show and the WWF? I noticed you have results from a lot of Wrestling At The Chase tapings on your site, so I didn't know if it was just a shared talent thing or if the WWF eventually absorbed the territory. I know Crockett picked up Geigel's Central States territory around '86 or '87, but they mostly ran shows in Kansas City.

 

WWF @ Philadelphia, PA - Spectrum - July 26, 1986

WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Adrian Adonis

Adonis wasn't as consistent by this time, but I'd still be interested in seeing this, based on the Savage/Adonis v Sammartino/Santana cage match from around this time period. I'm glad it was televised on PRISM, as that means someone should have it.

 

WWF @ St. Mary's, PA - July 26, 1986 (500)

Was it St Mary's that stopped running WWF shows in 1998 when they changed their image or was that another place? I remember a big deal being made of that at the time.

 

WWF @ Wichita, KS - Kansas Coliseum - July 26, 1987 (7,932)

WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Randy Savage

I was thinking Savage already turned babyface by this time, but I guess that was a couple of months later.

 

WWF @ New Haven, CT ? Coliseum ? July 26, 1987 (2,859)

WWF Women?s Tag Team Champions Judy Martin & Leilani Kai defeated the Jumping Bomb Angels

Kai was really underrated. This was probably an excellent match, just like most of the rest of the JBAs/Glamour Girls matches were.

 

WWF @ Las Vegas, NV - Thomas & Mack Center - July 26, 1991

Ricky Steamboat defeated Haku

I remember Steamboat saying in an interview that he requested to go long against Haku at the time because he knew they could have good matches if they had more time. I wonder how that turned out.

 

WWF @ San Francisco, CA - Cow Palace - July 26, 1991

WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Sgt. Slaughter in a Desert Storm Match

I didn't realize they ran this gimmick around the loop. The MSG match featured fire and blood, so that's crazy if they stuck to the same format for the road.

 

WWF @ Utica, NY - War Memorial - July 26, 1993

WWF IC Champion Shawn Michaels defeated Mr. Perfect

Bret Hart defeated WWF World Champion Yokozuna via disqualification

Matches that had the potential to go either way. I haven't seen Michaels/Perfect have that great match that I know they're capable of, but Bret has almost always been able to get something really strong out of Yoko. WM IX and X are actually their *worst* matches against each other.

 

WWF @ Cleveland, OH - Gund Arena - July 26, 1997 (6,476)

Steve Austin defeated Bret Hart

If he pinned him, that's historic.

 

Fully Loaded 98 - Fresno, CA - Selland Arena - July 26, 1998 (9,855)

Triple H (w/ Chyna) fought WWF IC Champion the Rock to a draw in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match when the 30-minute time limit expired; the Rock pinned the challenger at 20:17 with the Rock Bottom after the challenger knocked an interfering D-Lo Brown out of the ring with the European title; Triple H pinned the Rock at 26:29 after Chyna interfered and hit a DDT onto a steel chair; the challenger had the Rock covered after the Pedigree when the bell ended the third contest on a draw

I used to think this was the most underrated match of the time period. Rewatching a few months back, I realize how foolish that was. The booking/interference wasn't so much a problem, because they needed all the help they could get, and I still don't hate the match - it has a really nice, epic feel. I wish they would have given matches 30 minutes on the undercard in 2000 when they had so much fresh talent.

 

 

WWF @ Cleveland, OH - Gund Arena - July 26, 1999 (sold out)

Kurt Angle defeated Erin O'Grady

Raw is War:

Triple H defeated Ken Shamrock via referee's decision when Shamrock began bleeding from the mouth, the result of being hit by a car earlier in the evening by Steve Blackman

Ahh, Ken Shamrock and his food coloring-filled condoms.

 

WWE @ Pittsburgh, PA - Mellon Arena - July 26, 2004

Raw - included a segment with the Raw Diva contestants in which they had 20 seconds to verbally seduce Kamala; featured a bikini segment with the Diva hopefuls:

Randy Orton won a battle royal; due to pre-match stipulations, he earned a world title shot for Summer Slam

WWE Raw World Champion Chris Benoit defeated Triple H in a 60-minute Ironman match, 4 falls to 3; fall #1: Benoit pinned Triple H with a crucifix at 10:14; fall #2: Triple H pinned Benoit with the Pedigree at 28:52; fall #3: Benoit was counted-out after being injured on the floor at 31:10; fall #4: Triple H pinned Benoit at 38:00; fall #5: Benoit forced Triple H to submit to the Sharpshooter at 44:11; fall #6: Benoit forced Triple H to submit to the Crippler Crossface at 47:50; fall #7: Benoit pinned Triple H at 59:54 after Eugene came out of the crowd and fought off an interfering Ric Flair and Batista, both of whom came ringside minutes earlier and were helping to triple team Benoit, with Eugene eventually hitting a Rock Bottom on Triple H before pushing the referee back inside the ring to make the 3 count; after the bout, Eugene stood on the commentary table to applaud Benoit's win; as the show came to a close, Eugene and Triple H locked eyes as Triple H was still in the ring

The Ironman match was a perfectly fine match - not really all that great, but not offensive at all. It was a little too methodical at times, but I thought HHH gave a better than usual performance and Benoit had one of his better showings of 2004. The battle royal earlier in the evening is really choice as well, with the Orton/Jericho battle on the apron at the end being really suspenseful.

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WWF @ Philadelphia, PA - Spectrum - July 26, 1980

WWF World Champion Bob Backlund defeated WWF IC Champion Ken Patera via disqualification; Gorilla Monsoon was the guest referee

This is probably an excellent match, as I did enjoy their Texas Death Match, and Patera was really in his prime at this point. I'm definitely seeking this out in the future.

Sadly, this was probably a throw-away being that Monsoon played the role of the biased referee. I would like to see their MSG Texas Death Match from May. I believe it was voted WON Match of the Year.

 

WWF @ St. Louis, MO - July 26, 1985

WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan & Paul Orndorff defeated Bob Orton Jr. & Roddy Piper

This is a convenient time to ask this. What was the connection between the St Louis Wrestling At The Chase show and the WWF? I noticed you have results from a lot of Wrestling At The Chase tapings on your site, so I didn't know if it was just a shared talent thing or if the WWF eventually absorbed the territory. I know Crockett picked up Geigel's Central States territory around '86 or '87, but they mostly ran shows in Kansas City.

I'm not too sure what the deal was. Vince started running there, to the best of my knowledge, a few days before 1984 began. The initial taping had Hogan, Piper, etc all making their debuts.

 

McMahon ran some pretty good shows in St. Louis in 84. Studd / Hogan had a program which culminated in a steel cage match (found on the first Hulkamania tape) and Snuka / Piper had a strap match officiated by Lou Thesz of all people.

 

WWF @ St. Mary's, PA - July 26, 1986 (500)

Was it St Mary's that stopped running WWF shows in 1998 when they changed their image or was that another place? I remember a big deal being made of that at the time.

You're thinking of the Catholic Youth Center in Scranton, PA. The W/WWF had run shows out of there since probably the Capital Wrestling days.

 

WWF @ Wichita, KS - Kansas Coliseum - July 26, 1987 (7,932)

WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Randy Savage

I was thinking Savage already turned babyface by this time, but I guess that was a couple of months later.

He was a tweener at that point. In July / August he had matches against both Hogan and Honkytonk.

 

WWF @ San Francisco, CA - Cow Palace - July 26, 1991

WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Sgt. Slaughter in a Desert Storm Match

I didn't realize they ran this gimmick around the loop. The MSG match featured fire and blood, so that's crazy if they stuck to the same format for the road.

Their match from a Fresno TV taping is on one of the Hulkamania tapes if I'm not mistaken. Don't recall if it had blood or not. I imagine they went all out for MSG and held back to a degree in other cities. I can't see Hogan and Slaughter juicing night after night.

 

WWF @ Utica, NY - War Memorial - July 26, 1993

WWF IC Champion Shawn Michaels defeated Mr. Perfect

Bret Hart defeated WWF World Champion Yokozuna via disqualification

Matches that had the potential to go either way. I haven't seen Michaels/Perfect have that great match that I know they're capable of, but Bret has almost always been able to get something really strong out of Yoko. WM IX and X are actually their *worst* matches against each other.

I actually went to my second house show about 10 days before and both those matches were on the card. The first show I attended saw HBK and Perfect go to a 20-minute time-limit draw; the best match I can remember seeing live for a span of 10+ years. The rematch in July saw HBK go over with the superkick after Diesel tripped Perfect. Obviously the first battle was better.

 

WWF @ Cleveland, OH - Gund Arena - July 26, 1997 (6,476)

Steve Austin defeated Bret Hart

If he pinned him, that's historic.

Agreed. I can't seem to figure out if it was via pin or not. I wouldn't be surprised if it was; the WWF has a way of jobbing guys out right before they win a title.

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I remember Steamboat saying in an interview that he requested to go long against Haku at the time because he knew they could have good matches if they had more time. I wonder how that turned out.

Didn't he actually do long matches with Haku *against* management's wishes? I seem to remember reading that in a shoot of his.
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