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Today In Pro Wrestling History (7/18) ECW Heat Wave, CM Punk Attends Baseball, Destination X & More!
1980: Verne Gagne defeated Nick Bockwinkel to win the AWA World Title in Chicago, Illinois.
1993: WCW Beach Blast was held at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, in Biloxi, Mississippi. 8,600 were in attendance to see the following take place:
* Paul Orndorff defeated Ron Simmons via DQ to retain the WCW Television Title
* Too Cold Scorpio & Marcus Bagwell defeated Tex Slazenger & Shanghai Pierce
* Lord Steven Regal (with Sir William) defeated Erik Watts
* Johnny B. Badd defeated Maxx Payne
* The Hollywood Blonds (Brian Pillman & Steve Austin) defeated Paul Roma & Arn Anderson to retain the WCW World Tag Team Titles
* Dustin Rhodes fought Rick Rude to a draw in an Iron Man Challenge.
* Ric Flair defeated Barry Windham to win the NWA World Title
* Sting & Davey Boy Smith defeated Big Van Vader & Sid Vicious
1999: ECW Heat Wave was held at Hara Arena, in Dayton, Ohio. 3,700 were in attendance to see the following take place:
* Nova & Chris Chetti defeated Amish Roadkill & Danny Doring
* Jazz defeated Jason Knight
* Super Crazy defeated Little Guido
* Balls Mahoney & Spike Dudley defeated The Dudley Boyz to win the ECW Tag Team Titles
* Taz defeated Yoshihiro Tajiri to retain the ECW World Title
* Rob Van Dam & Jerry Lynn (with Bill Alfonso) defeated The Impact Players
2000: Lance Storm defeated Mike Awesome in the final of a tournament to win the vacant WCW United States Title on Nitro.
2007: 4-time ECW Tag Team Champion George “John Kronus” Caiazo died on this day at the age of 38.
2009: Former WCW World champion Ron Simmons was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
2010: WWE Money In The Bank was held at the Sprint Center, in Kansas City, Missouri. 8,000 were in attendance to see the following take place:
* Alicia Fox defeated Eve Torres to retain the WWE Divas Title
* The Hart Dynasty defeated The Usos to retain the WWE Unified Tag Team Titles
* Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Jack Swagger to retain the World Heavyweight Title
* Kane cashed in his Money In The Bank and defeats Rey Mysterio Jr. to win the World Heavyweight Title
* Layla defeated Kelly Kelly (with Tiffany) to retain the WWE Women’s Title
2011: Less than 24 hours after WWE Money in the Bank, CM Punk attended a Chicago Cubs game while WWE was filming Raw at the same time when he was still WWE Champion.
2013: TNA Destination X was held live on Spike TV at the Broadbent Arena, in Louisville, Kentucky. 3,200 were in attendance to see the following take place:
* Austin Aries defeated Bobby Roode in a Bound For Glory Series Match
* Sonjay Dutt defeated Homicide & Petey Williams in a TNA X–Division Tournament Match
* Manik defeated Kenny King & Chavo Guerrero Jr. in a TNA X–Division Tournament Match
* Greg Marasciolu defeated Rubix & Rockstar Spud in a TNA X–Division Tournament Match
* Chris Sabin defeated Bully Ray to win the TNA World Heavyweight Title
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