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This Day In Wrestling History – February 26th‏



Events

In 2011, ROH 9th Anniversary Show was held in Chicago, Illinois

– Roderick Strong defeats Homicide in a No Holds Barred Match to retain the ROH World Title
– The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli) defeat The All Night Express (Kenny King & Rhett Titus) to retain the ROH Tag Team Titles
– Christopher Daniels fought Eddie Edwards to a time limit draw in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match (Daniels retains the ROH Television Title)
– Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) defeat The Briscoe Brothers (Mark & Jay)

Title Changes

1967 – Verne Gagne defeats Mad Dog Vachon to win the AWA World Title

1988 – Terry Taylor defeats Matt Borne to win the WCCW Texas Heavyweight Title

1990 – Jimmy Valiant defeats Jerry Lawler to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1997 – on Raw, The British Bulldog defeats Owen Hart in the final of a tournament to become the first WWF European Champion

2000 – Tommy Dreamer & Masato Tanaka defeat The Impact Players (Lance Storm & Justin Credible) to win the ECW Tag Team Titles

2002 – on Smackdown, Goldust defeats Maven to win the WWF Hardcore Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to AWA founder Verne Gagne (86), current Lucha Libre USA talent Reid Flair (24) and famed manager ‘Father’ James Mitchell (47)


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4 Responses

  1. CMBurnham says:

    Today is also the birthday of “Maniac” Mark Lewin, who was a huge star in the 50s and 60s and continued to compete into the mid-80s.

    Also, my resources show that May 10 is the birthday for Verne Gagne.

  2. Jamie says:

    Thanks, I’ll add Lewin

    As for Gagne, OWW has him born on May 10th, but the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame has him on February 26th. I can’t find confirmation one way or the other

  3. chris says:

    IMDB has Gagne listed as being born may 10th as well.

  4. Jamie says:

    Ah, I hadn’t thought to check IMDB. Looks like May must be right then, I’ll get that changed

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