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This Day In Wrestling History – February 16th



Trivia

2010 – The final episode of ECW on Syfy aired today

Events

In 1997, WWF In Your House 13: Final Four was held in Chattanooga, Tennessee

– The Nation Of Domination (Faarooq, Crush & Savio Vega) defeat Bart Gunn, Goldust & Flash Funk in a 6-Man Tag Team Match
– Rocky Maivia defeats Hunter Hearst Helmsley to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Doug Furnas & Phil LaFon defeat Owen Hart & The British Bulldog by DQ (Hart & Bulldog retain the WWF Tag Team Titles)
– Bret Hart defeats Steve Austin, The Undertaker & Vader in a Four Corners Elimination Match to win the vacant WWF Title

Title Changes

1964 – Don McClairty & Argentina Apollo defeats John & Chris Tolos to win the WWWF United States Tag Team Titles

1979 – Mr Wrestling II defeats Ernie Ladd to win the TSW North American Title. Had Mr Wrestling lost, he had promised to unmask

1984 – Ashura Hara & Takashi Ishikawa defeat Thomas Ivey & Jerry Morrow to win the vacant AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles

1998 – on Nitro, Rick Martel defeats Booker T to win the WCW Television Title

2000 – Hacksaw Jim Duggan claims the WCW Television Title after finding it in a dumpster

2002 – Minoru Tanaka defeats Kendo Kashin to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title. Also, Tadao Yasuda defeats Yuji Nagata in the final of a tournament to win the vacant IWGP Heavyweight Title

2002 – Jason Rumble defeats Rocky Reynolds to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

2004 – on Raw, Booker T & Rob Van Dam defeat Evolution (Batista & Ric Flair) to win the World Tag Team Titles

2005 – Satoshi Kojima defeats Toshiaki Kawada to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title

2010 – on the final ECW on Syfy, Ezekiel Jackson defeats Christian to win the ECW Title. The belt is retired immediately after the show

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WWF wrestler Gangrel (43)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2006, the wrestling world lost former ECW and WCW Tag Team Champion Johnny Grunge aged just 39. Grunge was a tag team wrestler for nearly all his career, competing alongside Rocco Rock as The Public Enemy from 1993 until Rock’s death in 2002. The pair formed in the UWF, but it was in ECW where they found most success; in an 18-month stint with the company, they became 4-time Tag Team Champions. In 1996, they jumped to WCW, but were unable to recreate their ECW success, winning the WCW Tag Titles just once and only holding the belts for just over a week. After a stuttering 3-year spell, they jumped once again, this time to the WWF, but were not well received and left just two months later. One further WCW appearance was followed by them becoming full-time indy competitors, wrestling for 3PW and iGW amongst others. Upon Rock’s premature death, Grunge introduced his ‘brother’ Joey, and began competing as ‘The New Public Enemy’. However, the partnership didn’t last long, as Grunge left the wrestling business in 2004, making on sporadic appearances afterwards, most notably at Hardcore Homecoming. By 2006, Grunge was preparing for a comeback; his cousin, Jason Ray, had secured him a booking with Big Japan Pro Wrestling, scheduled for Spring of that year, however, Grunge would not live to compete on the tour. He died of complications from sleep apnoea at his home in Peachtree City, Georgia.


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One Response

  1. havok says:

    public enemy was one of my favorite tag teams as a child and it breaks my heart knowing that neither one is still alive and they were never able to showcase their talents on a mainstage

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