8. On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (July 16, 1994) – Heatwave 1994
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on July 16, 1994, ECW hosted “Heatwave 1994: The Battle for The Future” in the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The debut edition and first ever annual Extreme Championship Wrestling Heatwave event saw 2 main events including a Heavyweight Title defense and a Barbed Wire Tag Team match.
Shane Douglas had to defend his ECW Heavyweight Championship (not yet considered a “World Title”!) against #1 contender “The Homicidal, Suicidal, Genocidal, Death–Defying Maniac” Sabu, while Old School NWA Legends & former NWA World Heavyeight Champions Terry Funk & Dory Funk Jr. wrestled Public Enemy in a brutal Barbed Wire match.
Here are the complete results from that night:
Axl Rotten & Ian Rotten def. Hack Meyers & Rockin’ Rebel
ECW Television Championship
Mikey Whipwreck def. Chad Austin via DQ
Tommy Dreamer def. Stevie Richards
Mr. Hughes def. Tommy Dreamer
Sabu & Tazmaniac def. The Pitbulls
Dueling canes match
The Sandman def. Tommy Cairo
ECW Heavyweight Championship
Shane Douglas def. Sabu via Countout
Barbed Wire match
Public Enemy def. Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk