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This Day In Wrestling History – February 15th‏



Events

In 1989, NWA Clash of the Champions V: St Valentine’s Massacre was held in Cleveland, Ohio

– Mike Rotunda (replacing Kevin Sullivan) & Steve Williams defeat The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers) to retain the NWA United States Tag Team Titles
– The Road Warriors & Genichiro Tenryu fought Mike Rotunda, Kevin Sullivan & ‘Dr Death’ Steve Williams to a double DQ due to mass outside interference to retain the NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Titles

In 1998, WWF No Way Out Of Texas: In Your House was held in Houston, Texas

– Taka Michinoku defeats Pantera to retain the WWF Light Heavyweight Title
– Justin Bradshaw defeats Jeff Jarrett by DQ (Jarrett retains the NWA North American Title)
– Kane defeats Vader
– Steve Austin, Owen Hart, Cactus Jack & Chainsaw Charlie defeat Triple H, Savio Vega, Billy Gunn & Road Dogg in a Non-Sanctioned Match

In 2004, WWE No Way Out was a Smackdown-exclusive event held in Daly City, California

– Rikishi & Scotty 2 Hotty defeat The Basham Brothers (Doug & Danny) & Shaniqua in a Handicap Match to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– Jamie Noble defeats Nidia in a Blindfold Match
– Chavo Guerrero defeats Rey Mysterio to win the WWE Cruiserweight Title
– Kurt Angle defeats John Cena & The Big Show in a Triple Threat Match
– Eddie Guerrero defeats Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Title

Also in 2004, New Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Tokyo, Japan

– Curry Man, American Dragon & Koji Kanemoto defeat Tiger Mask IV, Masayuki Naruse & Heat
– Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeats Yuji Nagata
– Genichiro Tenryu defeats Hiroshi Tanahashi
– Jushin Liger defeats Mitsuo Momota to retain the GHC Junior Heavyweight Title
– Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeats Genichiro Tenryu to win the vacant IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 2009, the final WWE No Way Out was held in Seattle, Washington, after an 11-year run. Fittingly, it was held on the same day as the first had been

– Triple H defeats Edge, The Undertaker, The Big Show, Jeff Hardy & Vladimir Kozlov in an Elimination Chamber Match to win the WWE Title
– Randy Orton defeats Shane McMahon in a No Holds Barred Match
– Jack Swagger defeats Finlay to retain the ECW Title
– Edge defeats John Cena, Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, Mike Knox & Kane in an Elimination Chamber Match to win the World Heavyweight Title. Kofi Kingston had been scheduled to compete, but Edge attacked him prior to the match and took his spot

Also in 2009, New Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Tokyo, Japan

– Beer Money Inc (James Storm & Robert Roode) defeat Masahiro Chono & Akira
– Tiger Mask IV defeats Jushin Liger to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Mistico defeats Mephisto to retain the CMLL Welterweight Title
– Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) defeat Togi Makabe & Toru Yano in a Hardcore Match to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– Hiroshi Tanahashi defeats Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1962 – Rikidozan & Toyonobori defeat Luther Lindsay & Ricky Waldo to win the JWA All Asia Tag Team Titles

1971 – Bobo Brazil is awarded the vacant WWWF United States Title. This was the final reign, as the belt was abandoned in March 1976, though it had not been defended for quite some time before that

1977 – Rufus R Jones defeats Greg Valentine to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Title. The title becomes the NWA Television Title during this reign

1989 – Ted DiBiase awards himself the Million Dollar Championship

1999 – on Raw, The Rock defeats Mankind in a Ladder Match to win the WWF Title. Also, Shane McMahon & Kane defeat Triple H & X-Pac (McMahon pins X-Pac to win the WWF European Title)

2011 – Edge is stripped of the World Heavyweight Title after using the storyline-banned Spear in a title defense. The vacant title is awarded to Dolph Ziggler by Vickie Guerrero. However, returning General Manager Theodore Long then made a match between Ziggler and Edge, which Edge won to regain the title. Some sources cite Edge’s reign as unbroken

Birthdays

Happy birthday to indy regular LuFisto (33), 2-time ChickFight winner Mariko Yoshida (43) and former WWE announcer Hugo Savinovich (54)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former ROH regular Larry Sweeney (31), occasional ECW performer Gran Naniwa (36) and pioneer-era icon Martin ‘Farmer’ Burns (152)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date.

Firstly, in 1998, former WWF, WCW and ECW wrestler Louie Spicolli at the age of just 27. Spicolli began his career in Los Angeles, and soon began working as a jobber for the WWF. In 1989, he began a three-year stint in Mexico, wrestling as one of ‘Los Mercenarios Americanos’, feuding with the Villano family. It wasn’t until 1995 that he received his first major exposure in the business; he re-signed with the WWF, this time as the grunge character Rad Radford. However, a promising angle with The Bodydonnas was cut short when Spicolli suffered a drug-induced seizure in 1996. Still smarting from the steroid trial, the WWF released him, on the condition that he would not work for WCW. This led to a brief stint in ECW under the Spicolli name, but he once again left under a cloud, having continued to struggle with drug abuse and had been secretly negotiating a move away from the company. Spicolli surfaced in WCW in 1997, appearing both as an announcer (for which he was widely praised) and as a lackey to Scott Hall. He and Hall engaged in a feud with Larry Zbyszko which was supposed to culminate with a match at SuperBrawl VIII, but Spicolli would not live to work it. He had actually stopped taking drugs in 1997, but relapsed upon learning that his mother had been diagnosed with cancer. He died of an overdose of Soma and wine. Several tributes were paid to him by the wrestling world, most notably from WCW and Steven Richards.

Ten years later, one-time NWA Television Champion Johnny Weaver died aged 72. Weaver debuted in 1957, but it wasn’t until the 1960′s that his career began to flourish. He won his first title in 1963, the NWA Mid-Atlantic Southern Tag Team Titles, alongside Bob Ellis, before establishing a regular tag team with George Becker in the middle part of the decade. The duo won the championships five times over the next five years before leaving the territory for Florida. After more success alongside Becker, Weaver went on to singles success, winning the NWA Florida Southern Heavyweight Title from The Missouri Mauler. He spent the 1970′s flitting between the two territories, adding further championship gold to his resumé. By the late 1970′s, Weaver was winding his career down in favour of a backstage role. He assisted with the booking of Mid-Atlantic throughout the 1970′s and into the early 80′s whilst also routinely working as an announcer for the promotion. He returned to the ring in 1987 to aid an angle between Dusty Rhodes, Lex Luger and Hiro Matsuda, but largely kept away from wrestling after leaving the promotion the following year. In retirement, Weaver worked for the Mecklenburg County sheriff’s office, where his knowledge of the ‘back roads’ were put to good use in the transfer of prisoners. Weaver eventually passed of natural causes at his home in Charlotte. He is credited with the popularization of the Sleeper Hold.


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