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On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (July 19, 1997) – Heatwave 1997


On this day in Pro Wrestling history on July 19, 1997, ECW hosted “Heatwave 1997” in the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The show was main evented by 2 Steel Cage matches, the first one was a Co-Main Event for the ECW World Tag Team Championship, while the last match of the evening featured WWF Superstar Jerry “The King” Lawler in a 6 man Cage match.

This ECW event isn’t remembered by many as it never made it to a VHS or DVD release, but 2 important things still happened that night: The Gangstas captured Tag Team Gold, while Rick Rude turned on his two team partners Tommy Dreamer & The Sandman.

Here’s the card including the results:

– Handicap match

Mikey Whipwreck & Spike Dudley defeated PG-13 & Jason Knight

– Axl Rotten defeated Tracy Smothers

– John Kronus defeated Pablo Marquez

– Bam Bam Bigelow & Chris Candido defeated Balls Mahoney & Chris Chetti

– ECW World Television Championship

Taz (c) defeated Lance Storm

– ECW World Heavyweight Championship

Terry Funk (c) defeated Shane Douglas via DQ

– Steel Cage match – ECW World Tag Team Championship

The Gangstas defeated The Dudley Boyz (c)

– Steel Cage match

Jerry Lawler & Rob Van Dam & Sabu vs. Rick Rude & The Sandman & Tommy Dreamer ended in a no contest

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