Sunday, January 27, 2008

In Pro Wrestling History (Credit: Wrestling Legends)

1914 - Walter Miller defeats Eugene Tremblay to win the World Lightweight Title in Fort William, Ontario, ending Tremblay's second reign.

1940 - Pantaleon Manlapig defeats Sandor Szabo in Salinas, California for the San Francisco Pacific Coast Heavyweight Title, ending Szabo's sixth reign.

1949 - Lee Henning wins his fourth San Francisco Pacific Coast Heavyweight Title, ending the 10th reign for Sandor Szabo in San Francisco, California.

1950 - Yvon Robért defeats Whipper Billy Watson to win the Toronto British Empire Heavyweight Title in Montreal, Quebec. This began Robért's third reign and ended Watson's ninth.

1951 - Tarzan Kowalski defeats Bill Longson in Kansas City, Kansas for the Heart of America (later known as Central States) Heavyweight Title.

1952 - Ivan Kalmikoff and Duke Keomuka defeat Miguel Gúzman and Rito Romero to win the vacant Texas Tag Team Title in Houston, Texas.

1954 - Wilbur Snyder and Sandor Szabo defeat Lord James Blears and John Tolos to become the first International Television Tag Team Champions in Hollywood, California.

1961 - Sam Steamboat defeats Dick Hutton for the Hawaii Heavyweight Title in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1963 - Buddy Rogers makes his first defense of the WWWF World Heavyweight Title, defeating Buddy Rogers in New Haven, Connecticut.

1964 - Dominic DeNucci defeats Ray Stevens for the San Francisco NWA United States Heavyweight Title in San Francisco, California, ending Stevens' fourth reign.

1965 - The WWWF held an event at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The results:
- The Golden Terror defeated Steve Stanlee.
- Don McClarity defeated Smasher Sloan.
- Sweet Daddy Siki defeated Luke Graham.
- Wahoo McDaniel defeated Boris Malenko.
- Dr. Jerry and Eddie Graham defeated Haystacks Calhoun and Miguel Pérez.
- Bobo Brazil and Gorilla Monsoon fought to a 20-minute time-limit draw.
- WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino and Bill Watts defeated
Gene Kiniski and Waldo Von Erich by disqualification.

1965 - The Mad Russian and El Shareef defeat Luther Lindsay and Pepper Martin to win the Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title, ending Lindsay and Martin's second reign.

1969 - Stan Pulaski and Chris Tolos defeat Butcher and Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, Nebraska for the Midwest Tag Team Title.

1969 - Assassin #2 (Tom Renesto) and The Professional (Doug Gilbert) defeat Alberto and Ramon Torres to win the Georgia Tag Team Title, ending the Torres' fourth reign.

1972 - Dean Ho and Fritz Von Erich defeat Thunderbolt Patterson and Johnny Valentine for the American Tag Team Title in Dallas, Texas.

1972 - El Mongol wins his eighth A Georgia Heavyweight Title, defeating Buddy Colt in Macon, Georgia, ending Colt's third reign. At the same event, Flash and Rocket Monroe defeat Bob Armstrong and Bill Dromo for the Macon Tag Team Title.

1974 - The Wrestling Pro defeats Dick Dunn to win the Alabama Heavyweight Title in Dothan, Alabama, beginning the Pro's third reign and ended Dunn's third.

1975 - Bobo Brazil defeats The Sheik in Detroit, Michigan for his seventh United States Heavyweight Title, ending Sheik's seventh reign.

1978 - Championship Wrestling from Florida hosted the "Superbowl of Wrestling" at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, with 12,000 fans attending. The show was given its name because it took place just over a week after Super Bowl XII. It was headlined by a world title unification match between WWWF Champion Superstar Billy Graham and NWA Champion Harley Race. The results were:
- Keith Franks (Adrian Adonis, subbing for Black Angus) pinned John Ruffin
after a neckbreaker.
- Bobby Duncum pinned Don Serrano after a shoulderbreaker.
- Americas Tag Team Champion Chavo Guerrero pinned Tank Patton after a
- Joyce Grable won a ladies' battle royal. Also in the match were: Suzette
Ferriera, Leilani Kai, Pepper LaBianca, Wenona Little Heart, Tandy Rich,
Terry Shane, and Vicki Williams.
- Ivan Putski defeated Ox Baker by TKO with a full nelson.
- Rocky Johnson defeated Killer Karl Kox by reverse decision. Kox had won
the match by pinning Johnson after hitting him with a foreign object, but
Jack and Jerry Brisco came to the ring and informed the referee as to what
- Jack and Jerry Brisco defeated Florida Tag Team Champions Ivan
Koloff and Mr. Saito, when Jack pinned Koloff with a cradle, to win the
title. This ended Koloff and Saito's third reign and began the Briscos'
- Southern Heavyweight Champion Pedro Morales pinned Lars
Anderson with a cradle.
- Mike Graham and Steve Keirn defeated United States Tag Team
Champions Jimmy and Johnny Valiant, when Keirn made Johnny submit with a
sleeper hold, to win the title.
- NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Champion Dusty Rhodes defeated Ken Patera by
- WWWF World Champion Superstar Billy Graham and NWA World Champion Harley
Race fought to a 60-minute time-limit draw in a two-out-of-three falls
title unification match. Gorilla Monsoon and Don Curtis were the
alternating special referees for the match. Graham defeated Race by
submission with a bearhug in the first fall, and Race pinned Graham with
suplex from the apron into the ring in the second fall. The time limit
expired during the third fall, just as the count was beginning for Race
having Graham covered after knocking him out with a sleeper hold.

1978 - The Dynamite Kid wins the British Welterweight Title in Preston, England, defeating Jim Breaks, ending his fourth reign.

1978 - The Black Avenger and Don Wayt defeat Gama Singh and Igor Volkoff in Vancouver, British Columbia to win the Canadian Tag Team Title.

1979 - The Angel and The Assassin defeat Dusty Rhodes and The Spoiler, after Spoiler turned on Rhodes, for the Tri-State United States Tag Team Title.

1982 - Roger Kirby and Jerry Valiant (Guy Mitchell) defeat Eddie Gilbert and Ricky Romero for the Central States Tag Team Title in Wichita, Kansas.

1983 - The Fabulous Kangaroos (Johnny Heffernan and Don Kent) defeat Ron Bass and Barry Windham to win the Global Tag Team Title in Miami, Florida.

1983 - Kwick-Kick Lee (Akira Maeda) defeats Wayne Bridges for the European Heavyweight Title in London, England.

1984 - Angelo Mosca, Jr. defeats Iwan Koloff to win the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title in Shelby, North Carolina.

1986 - Jerry Lawler defeats Lars Anderson in Singapore for the Polynesian Wrestling Polynesian Pacific Heavyweight Title, ending Anderson's fourth reign.

1988 - The WWF held an event at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The results were:
- Scott Casey pinned José Estrada after a shoulderbreaker. This match
aired on the February 11 edition of Prime Time Wrestling.
- Sam Houston pinned Danny Davis with a small package. This match aired on
the March 14 edition of Prime Time Wrestling.
- Butch Reed (with Slick) pinned The Junkyard Dog with a roll-up and a
handful of tights, after JYD chased Slick into the ring.
- Omar Atlas pinned Dusty Wolfe with a roll-up. This match aired on the
February 11 edition of Prime Time Wrestling.
- The One Man Gang (with Slick) pinned Don Muraco (with Billy Graham),
after Butch Reed interfered and hit Muraco with Slick's cane while the
refere was distracted.
- Bam Bam Bigelow (with Oliver Humperdink) and WWF Champion Hulk Hogan
defeated Ted DiBiase and Virgil (with André the Giant), when Bigelow
pinned Virgil with a splash after Hogan hit the legdrop.
- The Young Stallions (Jim Powers and Paul Roma) defeated Barry Horowitz
and Steve Lombardi, when Powers pinned Lombardi after a powerslam.
- Jim Duggan pinned King Harley Race (with Bobby Heenan), by reversing a
crossbody off the top rope.
- Ron Bass pinned Hillbilly Jim with a double-underhook facebuster. This
match aired on the February 19 edition of Prime Time Wrestling.
- The Islanders (Haku and Tama) defeated The British Bulldogs (The
Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith) by disqualification, when the Bulldogs
used a leash on their opponents that was originally brought to the ring by
Bobby Heenan.

1989 - Mighty Inoue defeats Joe Malenko to win the AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Title in Osaka, Japan.

1979 - Seiji Sakaguchi defeats Johnny Powers in Okayama, Japan to win the NWF North American Heavyweight Title, ending Powers sixth, and final, reign with the belt.

1980 - Mr. Fuji defeated Invader I in Bayamon, Puerto Rico to win the WWC North American Heavyweight Title, ending Invader's second reign.

1985 - WWF ran three separate house shows in one night, which wasn't unusual for this period in the business. What was unusual was that WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan didn't headline, or even appear, on any of the show. One event in Vancouver, British Columbia was headlined by Andre The Giant & Blackjack Mulligan vs. Big John Studd & Ken Patera, a second event in Cincinnati, Ohio was headlined by Junkyard Dog & Ivan Putski defeating Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff, and a third event in Canton, Ohio was headlined by Tito Santana defeating Intercontinental Champion Greg Valentine by countout.

1987 - At a WWF television taping in Tampa, Florida at the Sundome, The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart) defeat The British Bulldogs (Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith) to win the WWF World Tag Team Championship. Manager Jimmy Hart knocked out Dynamite (who was injured and couldn't wrestle) with his megaphone before the match, and heel referee Danny Davis paid no attention to the Hart Foundation illegally double teaming Smith before counting the pin following a Hart Attack. This ended the Bulldogs' only WWF World Tag Team Title run, and was Bret Hart's first WWF championship of any kind.

During the same taping, three editions of Piper's Pit were taped. In the first, Andre The Giant turned heel, revealing Bobby Heenan to be his new manager, and challenged Hulk Hogan to a title match, tearing off Hogan's shirt and crucifix. In the second edition, Hogan accepted Andre's challenge, setting up the main event to Wrestlemania III. In the third edition, Roddy Piper revealed that he would retire following his match with Adrian Adonis at Wrestlemania


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