This Day In Wrestling History – February 23rd‏

Feb 23, 2012 - by Jamie Cruickshank


2010 – WWE NXT season one starts airing on Syfy


In 2003, WWE No Way Out was held in Montreal, Canada

– William Regal & Lance Storm defeat Kane & Rob Van Dam to retain the World Tag Team Titles
– Matt Hardy defeats Bill Kidman to win the WWE Cruiserweight Title
– Triple H defeats Scott Steiner to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– Steve Austin defeats Eric Bischoff
– The Rock defeats Hulk Hogan

Title Changes

1971 – Toru Tanaka defeats Fritz von Erich to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1983 – Ashura Hara & Mighty Inoue defeat The Great Kojika & Motoshi Okuma to win the vacant AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles

1986 – Dick Slater defeats Jake Roberts to win the MSW North American Title

1998 – The Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher) defeat The Rock n Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) to win the NWA Tag Team Titles

2003 – Shinya Hashimoto defeats The Great Muta to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title

2004 – on Raw, Victoria defeats Jazz, Lita & Molly Holly in a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match to win the WWE Womens Title


Happy birthday to 3-time GHC Tag Team Champion Mohammed Yone (36)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1999, the wrestling world lost one-time WCW Television Champion Rick ‘The Renegade’ Williams aged just 33. Williams trained under the great Killer Kowalski and made his indy debut in 1992, competing as Rio, Lord of the Jungle. A short tour with WAR was followed by his signing for WCW as The Renegade, a gimmick that was an intentional rip-off of The Ultimate Warrior. In March 1995, he made his television debut, appearing alongside Hulk Hogan at Uncensored. That summer, he defeated Arn Anderson to win the Television Title, and would retain it twice in the following two months against Paul Orndorff. Around this time, the real Ultimate Warrior appeared in several wrestling magazines, dispelling any rumors that Williams was the real deal. As a result, Williams’ push was halted; he dropped the title to DDP, then lost in quick time to Orndorff and Kevin Sullivan before being unceremoniously dumped by manager Jimmy Hart. After a six-month TV absence, Williams re-appeared as The Renegade (though this time bearing no resemblance to Warrior) but was used solely as a jobber on WCW’s B-shows. When the real Ultimate Warrior appeared in WCW, Williams was used as his stunt double, but this didn’t last long and he was released in late 1998, retiring from wrestling almost immediately. Following his release, Williams fell into a depression from which he would not recover. He committed suicide by gunshot.

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