• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (July 23, 1984) – 27 Year Long Title Reign Comes To An End
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on July 23, 1984, the WWF aired ‘The Brawl to End It All’ LIVE on MTV from The Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
The event drew a 9.0 rating for MTV, making it at the time the most watched program in the history of the channel. Below are the results from the show:
– Paul Orndorff def. Chief Jay Strongbow
– Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch def. Sgt. Slaughter & Terry Daniels to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship.
– Bob Backlund def. Butcher Vachon via submission.
– Tito Santana vs. Cowboy Bob Orton, Jr. went to a 20-minute draw for the WWF Intercontinental Championship.
– Hulk Hogan def. Greg Valentine to retain the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.
– Antonio Inoki def. Charlie Fulton to retain the WWF World Martial Arts Championship.
– The Iron Sheik def. Tony Garea
– Samoan Sika def. Ron Shaw
– Samoan Afa def. Rene Goulet
– Antonio Inoki won a 20-man battle royal.
– Wendi Richter def. The Fabulous Moolah to win the WWF Women’s Championship.
Wendi Richter ended Moolah’s 27 year title reign as WWF Women’s Champion. This was the longest Title reign ever in Professional Wrestling history. You can watch that moment below:
You can watch the full event below:
• Possible Reason Why Shane McMahon Hasn’t Been On WWE TV As Of Late
Shane McMahon was last seen on WWE programming at the Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia. He participated in the 50 Man Royal Rumble match where he took a big table bump in typical Shane O’Mac style.
In May, Shane O’ Mac underwent a hernia surgery. He hasn’t been seen on TV since then.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer reports that WWE hasn’t done much to bring him back into any kind of powerful position on WWE TV. He’s considered just another performer on the WWE roster.
A possible reason for Shane being off TV could be that WWE wants to get Paige over as the General Manager of SmackDown Live who does things on her own (and so that they can later promote her upcoming movie ‘Fighting With My Family’).
Meltzer noted that WWE might be waiting for a big program to arrive and then include Shane in it (possibly at Survivor Series later this year).