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This Day In Wrestling History – February 1st‏



Trivia

1993 – The WWF Hall of Fame is created. Andre The Giant is the first and only inductee at this time

2008 – The Rock is inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame, securing 85% of the reader votes

2009 – Curt Hennig is inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame, securing 92% of the reader votes

2010 – The Fabulous Moolah is inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame, securing 87% of the reader votes

2011 – The Iron Sheik is inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame, securing 76% of the reader votes

2012 – Stan Hansen is inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame, securing 74% of the reader votes

Title Changes

1970 – Luke Brown & Dutch Savage defeat Karl Karlsson & Tarzan Baxter to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1972 – King Curtis Iaukea & Mikel Scicluna defeat Karl Gotch & Rene Goulet to win the WWWF Tag Team Titles

1980 – Ted DiBiase defeats Mike George to win the MSW North American Title

1981 – Ernie Ladd & Leroy Brown defeat Junkyard Dog & Karl Kox to win the MSW Tag Team Titles

2000 – on Smackdown, Jacqueline defeats Hervina to win the WWF Womens Title

2004 – Minoru Suzuki & Yoshihiro Takayama defeat Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Osamu Nishimura to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles

2008 – Averno & Mephisto defeat Los Guerreros de la Atlatida (Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero) to win the CMLL Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former AWA and NWA Tag Team Champion Dennis Condrey (61), 2-time IWGP and WWF Tag Team Champion Masa Saito (71) and one-time NWA Light Heavyweight Champion Dory ‘The Calypso Kid’ Dixon (78)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2010, the wrestling world lost WWE Hall of Famer Jack Brisco at the age of 68. Brisco was so enamored with wrestling that he turned down a football scholarship with the University of Oklahoma to attend Oklahoma State, where he won the NCAA National Championship in 1965, going the whole season without being taken down. He made his professional debut later that year, competing in the NWA Missouri and Tri-State territories. It was moving to Florida in 1968 that saw his career take.off; within 5 years, he had beaten Harley Race for what would turn out to be the first of two NWA World Title reigns, aswell as winning pretty much every title going in the Florida territory. During this time, he and brother Gerry would also engage The Funks (Dory & Terry) in a long-running battle to prove which was the best wrestling family. In the mid-70’s, Brisco toured the country, again winning several regional titles, before returning to Florida (and Georgia) by 1980. After a brief run in Puerto Rico, Brisco began to wind down his singles career, preferring to tag alongside his brother and look after the Georgia territory, which the pair had purchased a stake in. In 1984, the Briscos convinced a majority of shareholders of Georgia Championship Wrestling to sell up to the WWF’s Vince McMahon, leading to the infamous ‘Black Saturday’ event. After a short time under the employ of the WWF, Brisco left the wrestling business in 1985 to concentrate on running his ‘Brisco Brothers Body Shop’. He continued to make sporadic appearances at wrestling events until his death, caused by complications from open heart surgery. A tribute aired soon afterwards on WWE Raw.


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