For today’s TTR Daily Wrestling Star, it’s the War Machine aiding Team Dixie in TNA, Rhino!
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2002: The Rock vs The Undertaker (c) vs Kurt Angle for the WWE Undisputed Championship, WWE Vengeance on July 21st, 2002.
With Wrestlemania X8 out the way, and having helped Hulk Hogan deal with the nWo, The Rock took a short break from the WWE in 2002. That break didn’t last long, and by June, he returned to TV. Originally just a guest appearance at the commentary table, the Rock got more than he bargained for at WWE King of the Ring….
The Undertaker was defending the WWE Undisputed Championship against Triple H, when the action spilled to the outside, where the Undertaker would strike the Rock. Not one to just sit back and take that, Rock got involved, and dropped the Undertaker with a Rock Bottom. Despite this, Undertaker still managed to pick up the win, and wanted revenge. Mr. McMahon would grant that, making the Rock the #1 contender, and should Undertaker retain the title for the next month, he’d get his hands on the People’s Champion.
However, during the July 4th 2002 episode of Smackdown, the Undisputed Title match between Undertaker and Kurt Angle would end in controversy. Angle would counter a Last Ride attempt, and lock in a Triangle Choke on the Undertaker. As Angle pulled back on the hold, his shoulders were on the mat, so the ref began to count…but as he hit for 3, Undertaker tapped out. With the match ruled a draw, Angle would be added to the Rock/Taker match at Vengeance. In the run up to the event, Undertaker would interfere in a promo with Rock & Angle, leaving both laying. When Angle faced Rock on Smackdown, Undertaker tried to repeat that act, only for Angle to lay Taker out with a chair, before damaging the Rock’s ankle with the Ankle Lock.
All that built up to WWE Vengeance on July 21st, 2002 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Here’s the video as The Undertaker defends the WWE Undisputed Championship against The Rock and Kurt Angle!
Today’s TTR Daily Wrestling Star, is the recently returned superstar & lead singer of Fozzy, Chris Jericho!
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2008: Michelle McCool vs Natalya for the WWE Divas Championship, WWE Great American Bash on July 20th, 2008.
When the first WWE Draft took place, it was decided that both the Women’s Championship would be defended across both brands. Over time though, the ruling would change, with the Women’s Title becoming a Raw exclusive title. So, for years the Smackdown divas would have no title to challenge for, until the middle of 2008 when Vickie Guerrero came up with an idea….
Fed up of having no title for the Smackdown divas to fight for, Vickie decided to create a new title, a title that would be known as the WWE Divas Championship. Instead of having a tournament to crown the 1st Divas Champion, it was decided that all the divas on the blue branded show would take part in 2 matches, and the winners of those matches would go into a singles match at the Great American Bash with the winner becoming Divas Champion.
Up first would be a “Golden Dreams Match”. Cherry, Natalya, Michelle McCool, Layla, Kelly Kelly, Maryse and Victoria would face off in a match where the winner would be the first person to retrieve the gold star from a pole. Victoria looked to have it won, until her “BFF”, Natalya dropped Victoria from the top rope, and climb the pole to get the star. Victoria, Cherry, Michelle, Kelly Kelly and Maryse would all take part in the second “Golden Dreams Match” a few weeks later, where this time Michelle would be the one winning the scramble to grab the star.
On July 20th, 2008 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, WWE Great American Bash would see history being made. Here’s the video of Michelle McCool vs Natalya to crown the first ever WWE Divas Champion!
Today’s TTR Daily Wrestling Star is the “Physical Specimen” who is back the UK after a stint at NXT, Joel Redman!
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1993: Marty Jannetty vs Shawn Michaels (c) for the WWE Intercontinental Championship, WWF Raw on July 19th, 1993.
During the late 1980s and the first 2 years of the 1990s, Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty formed the energetic duo known as the Rockers. When a few cracks began to appear in their friendship during late 1991, Michaels decided it was time to break free, and ended up putting Jannetty through a glass window. While they both went their seperate ways, they’d end up crossing paths during 1993, with the Intercontinental Championship on the line….
Gloating over how he had accomplished all he said he would with defending the Intercontinental Title, Michaels said he would defend the title anywhere, anytime, and against anyone. This was the cue for Jannetty to return, leaping the barrier and removing his hood and sunglasses to challenge Michaels. Michaels tried to back out, but Vince McMahon goaded him into it, before announcing the match for later that night. Thanks to a little assist from Mr. Perfect, Jannetty rolled Michaels up, and became the new Intercontinental Champion.
Jannetty’s reign would only last 20 days, as Michaels would regain the belt during a WWF House Show held in Albany, New York, with a little help from Diesel, who had been hired in by Michaels as a bodyguard. Standing at just under 7ft tall, Diesel was quite an imposing figure, and was certainly the type you didn’t want to mess with. Jannetty would have to wait for his rematch, as Michaels was booked to face the Hawaiian star, Crush, but once Michaels had retained, Jannetty was back in the hunt.
Which leads to the July 19th, 1993 episode of WWF Raw from Manhattan Center in New York City, New York. Here’s the video of Marty Jannetty challenging Shawn Michaels for the WWF Intercontinental Championship, with Jannetty hoping he could repeat the feat from just 2 months earlier!
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2010: Rey Mysterio (c) vs Jack Swagger for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, WWE Money in the Bank on July 18th, 2010.
When Rey Mysterio won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in 2006, it truly was a shock to see. And just over 4 years later, the man dubbed “the Biggest Little Man” managed to shock the WWE Universe again, after being given a 2nd chance.
WWE ran qualifying matches to find 2 additions to the Fatal Four Way match with World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger, and Big Show. CM Punk would defeat Kane, while Undertaker would beat Mysterio. But when Undertaker was found in a “vegetated state”, Smackdown would hold a battle royal to find his replacement. It would come down to Kane and Mysterio, before Mysterio sent Kane over the top to the floor with a huricanrana, and take his place in the match.
Kane would get involved in the Fatal Four Way, going after Punk, and this distraction allowed Mysterio the chance to hit Swagger with a 619 to pick up the win. Instantly, Swagger notified the world he’d be invoking his rematch clause at the next PPV, and decided to wear Mysterio down in the build up to the match. During a tag match, Swagger got himself disqualified by refusing to let go of the Ankle Lock, and he’d follow this up the next week, by applying the Ankle Lock to Mysterio in the training room, and dragging the masked star through backstage. This would damage the ankle ligament, but Mysterio vowed to still defend the title, and successfully defend it too…
Which led to July 18th, 2010 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Here’s the video as Rey Mysterio defends the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Jack Swagger at WWE Money in the Bank, as well as the aftermath that saw another superstar get involved thanks to a newly-acquired briefcase….