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This Day In Wrestling History – February 18th‏



Events

In 1996, WWF In Your House 6: Rage In The Cage was held in Louisville, Kentucky

– Razor Ramon defeats The 123 Kid in a Crybaby Match
– Yokozuna defeats The British Bulldog by DQ
– Shawn Michaels defeats Owen Hart
– Bret Hart defeats Diesel in a Cage Match to retain the WWF Title
– In a post-show dark match, The Undertaker defeats Goldust by countout (Goldust retains the WWF Intercontinental Title)

In 2001, WCW SuperBrawl Revenge was held in Nashville, Tennessee. This was the final SuperBrawl event and WCW’s penultimate PPV

– Sean O’Haire & Chuck Palumbo defeat Mark Jindrak & Shawn Stasiak to retain the WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Chavo Guerrero Jr defeats Rey Misterio Jr to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Title
– Rick Steiner defeats Dustin Rhodes to retain the WCW United States Title
– The Cat defeats Lance Storm to become WCW Commissioner
– Scott Steiner defeats Kevin Nash in a Falls Count Anywhere 2-out-of-3 Falls Retirement Match to retain the WCW World Title and force Nash to retire from professional wrestling

In 2007, WWE No Way Out was held in Los Angeles, California. This event was the final brand-exclusive event, though despite it being a Smackdown PPV, wrestlers from all 3 brands appeared on the show

– Chavo Guerrero defeats Scotty 2 Hotty, Daivari, Gregory Helms, Jamie Noble, Funaki, Shannon Moore & Jimmy Wang Yang in a Cruiserweight Open to win the WWE Cruiserweight Title
– Finlay & Little Bastard defeat The Boogeyman & Little Boogeyman
– Paul London & Brian Kendrick defeat Deuce ‘n Domino to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– Mr Kennedy defeats Bobby Lashley by DQ (Lashley retains the ECW Title)
– John Cena & Shawn Michaels defeat Batista & The Undertaker

Title Changes

1971 – Pepper Gomez defeats Johnny Valentine to win the Texas Heavyweight Title

1985 – Leilani Kai defeats Wendi Richter to win the WWF Womens Title

1996 – Johnny B Badd defeats Lex Luger to win the WCW Television Title

2001 – The 24/7 Rule on the WWF Hardcore Title sees Steve Blackman defeat Raven for the title, but quickly lose it back again. Each counts as a separate reign

2010 – Ricky Marvin & Taiji Ishimori defeat Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Genba Hirayanagi in the final of a tournament to win the vacant GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WWF wrestler and announcer Raymond Rougeau (57)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost three personalities on this date:

Firstly, in 1989, one-time NWA Womens Champion Mildred Burke died aged 73. Burke’s entry into the wrestling business is an interesting story; she approached local promoter Billy Wolfe and asked to be trained. Wolfe didn’t want to train her, so instructed one of his male wrestlers to bodyslam Burke, hoping to discourage her, however, Burke instead bodyslammed the man. Impressed, Wolfe agreed to train her. Two years later, she had won the Womens World Title, defeating Clara Mortensen. However, her career soon started to decline. She had married her trainer Billy Wolfe, but upon their divorce, he managed to freeze her out of most NWA sanctioned events, thus halting her career. With the help of Jack Pfefer, the couple briefly reconciled, allowing Burke to form her own promoting company, but it was short-lived. Wolfe eventually moved into competition with Burke and his superior financial backing forced her company into bankruptcy. In a final twist of fate, Wolfe was appointed administrator of Burke’s company. After this, Burke found herself more and more marginalised within wrestling and eventually retired in 1956. She later ran a training school in California, with Rhonda ‘Bertha Faye’ Sing as her most famous graduate. Burke died after suffering a stroke at her home in Northridge, California

Secondly, in 1993, one-time NWA World and WWF Intercontinental Champion Kerry von Erich died aged just 33. As part of the famous Von Erich wrestling family, Kerry found most of his success throughout his career in his father’s Texas territory, amassing (if I’ve counted right!) 36 championship reigns throughout his tenure in the territory. Most notably, he won the NWA World Title from Ric Flair in 1984, a reign that was supposed to go to his brother David, who died before he was able to compete. As a result, Kerry’s reign was a short one, and he dropped the title back to Flair shortly afterwards. He left World Class for good in 1989, having already moved to Missouri for a brief time in 1983, though would continue to compete sporadically for the USWA (which had acquired World Class) for the next year. In mid-1990, Kerry signed with the WWF, competing as The Texas Tornado. At SummerSlam 1990, he replaced the injured Brutus Beefcake, and defeated Mr Perfect to win his first and only Intercontinental Title, which he would hold for around three months. His WWF career declined from then on, and he was no more than a jobber by the time he left in 1992. Kerry committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest while driving his car off a steep cliff. Kerry was suffering from depression at the time of his death, as his wrestling career was seemingly stuck in a rut and he had recently been indicted on a drug charge. Several emotional tributes were paid to him following his passing, most notably by Chris Adams and Marc Lowrance. Kerry, along with the rest of the Von Erich family, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.

Lastly, in 1995, one-time ECW Tag Team Champion Eddie Gilbert died, also at the age of 33. His first exposure came in the Tennessee based CWA promotion, where he won the AWA Southern Tag Titles. He then moved to the UWF, where his ‘Hot Stuff’ persona was born. Here, he split his time between wrestling and managing, forming the Hot Stuff International stable, with such wrestlers as Sting, Rick Steiner, Iceman Parsons & Dick Murdoch. It was here that he also made his name as a booker, a role which he would keep until the promotion was bought by Jim Crockett. A short spell in the CWF followed before he began working for JCP, which was renamed WCW during his tenure, though he was never happy with his position in the company and left in 1989. Gilbert then wrestled in and booked several independent promotions, including a notable angle in Jerry Lawler’s Memphis Wrestling where he and brother Doug ran over Jerry Lawler with their car. The backlash was such that Lawler had to appear on television earlier than planned, to avoid the Gilberts being legitimately arrested for vehicular assault. His final notable run came in 1993, when he booked the Eastern Championship Wrestling promotion, also winning their Tag Team Titles, before giving the book to Paul Heyman. The rest, as they say, is history. Gilbert then had brief spells with USWA, SMW and WWC before succumbing to a heart attack. Chest injuries suffered in a 1983 car accident, as well as painkiller use have been cited as contributing factors

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3 Responses

  1. frythedeliveryguy says:

    I was the In Your House. Was the one where ‘Taker popped out of the ring and pulled Diesel, allowing Bret to win. Jake the Snake won a pre dark match and at some point HHH wrestled Duke the Dumpster. The event was really good.

  2. theprincedann says:

    The Mildred Burke story is quite sad :(

  3. Jamie says:

    @dann – It really is, kinda puts today’s supposed backstage politics into perspective

    @fry – indeed you are right, Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeated Duke Droese on the second match of the main card, and Jake Roberts beat Tatanka on the ‘Free For All’ show

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