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This Day In Wrestling History – February 15th‏



Events

In 1989, NWA Clash of the Champions V: St Valentines Day Massacre was held in Cleveland, Ohio

– Mike Rotunda & ‘Dr Death’ Steve Williams defeat The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers) to retain the NWA United States Tag Team Titles
– The Road Warriors & Genichiro Tenryu fought Mike Rotunda, Kevin Sullivan & ‘Dr Death’ Steve Williams to a double DQ due to mass outside interference to retain the NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Titles

In 1998, WWF No Way Out Of Texas: In Your House was held in Houston, Texas. This was the first event in the No Way Out chronology

– Taka Michinoku defeats Pantera to retain the WWF Light Heavyweight Title
– Justin Bradshaw defeats Jeff Jarrett by DQ (Jarrett retains the NWA North American Title)
– Ken Shamrock, Ahmed Johnson & The Disciples of Apocalypse (Chainz, Skull & 8-Ball) defeat The Nation of Domination (The Rock, Faarooq, D’Lo Brown, Kama Mustafa & Mark Henry) in a War of Attrition Match
– Kane defeats Vader
– Steve Austin, Owen Hart, Cactus Jack & Chainsaw Charlie defeat Triple H, Savio Vega, Billy Gunn & Road Dogg in a Non-Sanctioned 8-Man Tag Team Match

In 2004, WWE No Way Out was a Smackdown-exclusive event, held in Daly City, California

– Rikishi & Scotty 2 Hotty defeat The Basham Brothers (Doug & Danny) & Shaniqua in a Handicap Match to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– Jamie Noble defeats Nidia in a Blindfold Match
– Chavo Guerrero defeats Rey Mysterio to win the WWE Cruiserweight Title
– Kurt Angle defeats The Big Show & John Cena in a Triple Threat Match
– Eddie Guerrero defeats Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Title

In 2009, the final WWE No Way Out after an 11-year run was held in Seattle, Washington. Fittingly, it was held on the same day as the first had been

– Triple H defeats Edge, The Undertaker, The Big Show, Jeff Hardy & Vladimir Kozlov in an Elimination Chamber Match to win the WWE Title
– Randy Orton defeats Shane McMahon in a No Holds Barred Match
– Jack Swagger defeats Finlay to retain the ECW Title
– Shawn Michaels defeats JBL in an All Or Nothing Match
– Edge defeats John Cena, Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, Mike Knox & Kane in an Elimination Chamber Match to win the World Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1962 – Rikidozan & Toyonobori defeat Luther Lindsay & Ricky Waldo to win the JWA All Asia Tag Team Titles

1971 – Bobo Brazil is awarded the vacant WWWF United States Title. This was the final reign, as the belt was abandoned in March 1976, though it had not been defended for quite some time before that

1977 – Rufus R Jones defeats Greg Valentine to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Title. The title becomes the NWA Television Title during this reign

1989 – Ted DiBiase awards himself the Million Dollar Championship

1999 – on Raw, The Rock defeats Mankind in a Ladder Match to win the WWF Title. Also, Shane McMahon & Kane defeat Triple H & X-Pac (McMahon pins X-Pac to win the WWF European Title)

2004 – Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeats Genichiro Tenryu in the final of a tournament to win the vacant IWGP Heavyweight Title

2011 – Edge is stripped of the World Heavyweight Title after using the storyline-banned Spear in a title defence. The vacant title is awarded to Dolph Ziggler by Vickie Guerrero. However, returning General Manager Theodore Long then came out and made a match between Ziggler and Edge, which Edge won to regain the title. Sometimes, Edge’s reign is counted as unbroken

Birthdays

Happy birthday to female indy star LuFisto (32), ChickFight II and III winner Mariko Yoshida (42) and former WWE announcer Hugo Savinovich (53)

Also, today would have been the birthday of Chikara Young Lions Cup II winner ‘Sweet n Sour’ Larry Sweeney (30) and one-time American Heavyweight Champion Martin ‘Farmer’ Burns (151)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1998, the wrestling world lost former WWF, WCW and ECW wrestler Louie Spicolli at the age of just 27. Spicolli began his career in Los Angeles, and soon began working as a jobber for the WWF. In 1989, he began a three-year stint in Mexico, wrestling as one of ‘Los Mercenarios Americanos’, feuding with the Villano family. It wasn’t until 1995 that he received his first major exposure in the business; he re-signed with the WWF, this time as the grunge character Rad Radford. However, a promising angle with The Bodydonnas was cut short when Spicolli suffered a drug-induced seizure in 1996. Still smarting from the steroid trial, the WWF released him, on the condition that he would not work for WCW. This led to a brief stint in ECW under the Spicolli name, but he once again left under a cloud, having continued to struggle with drug abuse and had been secretly negotiating a move away from the company. Spicolli surfaced in WCW in 1997, appearing both as an announcer (for which he was widely praised) and as a lackey to Scott Hall. He and Hall engaged in a feud with Larry Zbyszko which was supposed to culminate with a match at SuperBrawl VIII, but Spicolli would not live to work it. He had actually stopped taking drugs in 1997, but relapsed upon learning that his mother had been diagnosed with cancer. He died of an overdose of Soma and wine. Several tributes were paid to him by the wrestling world, most notably from WCW and Steven Richards.


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3 Responses

  1. Joan B. in S.C. says:

    Back in 1990/1991, my family and I had the pleasure of not only watching Louie Spiccolli wrestle, but spending time before the matches with him when he was wrestling for South Atlantic Pro Wrestling out of Charlotte, NC, throughout the Carolinas. Louie was a nice guy with a love for the sport who always had time for the fans. I still remember reading about his death and wondering what happened to that fat faced kid that made everyone smile.

  2. MulkeyMania says:

    February 15, 2008. NWA legend Johnny Weaver passes away from natural causes at age 72.

  3. Jamie says:

    @Mulkey, thanks, consider him added

    @Joan, a great story, thanks for sharing

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