This Day In Wrestling History – February 16th

Feb 16, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


In 1997, WWF In Your House 13: Final Four was held in Chattanooga, Tennessee

– Rocky Maivia defeats Hunter Hearst Helmsley to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Doug Furnas & Phil LaFon defeat Owen Hart & The British Bulldog by DQ (Hart & Bulldog retain the WWF Tag Team Titles)
– Bret Hart defeats Steve Austin, The Undertaker & Vader in an Elimination Match to win the vacant WWF Title

In 2002, New Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Tokyo, Japan

– Yuji Nagata defeats Rick Steiner
– Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kenzo Suzuki defeat Shiro Koshinaka & Tatsumi Fujinami
– Minoru Tanaka defeats Masahito Kakihara to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Manabu Nakanishi defeats Kensuke Sasaki
– Tadao Yasuda defeats Yuji Nagata to win the vacant IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 2005, AJPW Realize was held in Tokyo, Japan

– Taiyo Kea & Jamal defeat Masanobu Fuchi, Nobutaka Araya & Nobukazu Hirai in a Handicap Match
– Taru, Johnny Stamboli & Chuck Palumbo defeat TAKA Michinoku, Bull Buchanan & Rico
– Kensuke Sasaki defeats Kohei Suwama
– Keiji Muto defeats Hiroshi Tanahashi
– Satoshi Kojima defeats Toshiaki Kawada to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title

Title Changes

1964 – Don McClairty & Argentina Apollo defeats John & Chris Tolos to win the WWWF United States Tag Team Titles

1979 – Mr Wrestling II defeats Ernie Ladd to win the TSW North American Title. Had Mr Wrestling lost, he had promised to unmask

1984 – Ashura Hara & Takashi Ishikawa defeat Thomas Ivey & Jerry Morrow to win the vacant AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles

1998 – on Nitro, Rick Martel defeats Booker T to win the WCW Television Title

2000 – Hacksaw Jim Duggan claims the WCW Television Title after finding it in a dumpster

2002 – Jason Rumble defeats Rocky Reynolds to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

2004 – on Raw, Booker T & Rob Van Dam defeat Evolution (Batista & Ric Flair) to win the World Tag Team Titles

2010 – on the final ECW on Syfy, Ezekiel Jackson defeats Christian to win the ECW Title. The belt is retired immediately after the show


Happy birthday to former WWF/E wrestler Gangrel (44) and retired Japanese star Seiji Sakaguchi (71)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2006, the wrestling world lost former ECW and WCW Tag Team Champion Johnny Grunge aged just 39. Grunge was a tag team wrestler for nearly all his career, competing alongside Rocco Rock as The Public Enemy from 1993 until Rock’s death in 2002. The pair formed in the UWF, but it was in ECW where they found most success; in an 18-month stint with the company, they became 4-time Tag Team Champions. In 1996, they jumped to WCW, but were unable to recreate their ECW success, winning the WCW Tag Titles just once and only holding the belts for just over a week. After a stuttering 3-year spell, they jumped once again, this time to the WWF, but were not well received and left just two months later. One further WCW appearance was followed by them becoming full-time indy competitors, wrestling for 3PW and iGW amongst others. Upon Rock’s premature death, Grunge introduced his ‘brother’ Joey, and began competing as ‘The New Public Enemy’. However, the partnership didn’t last long, as Grunge left the wrestling business in 2004, making only sporadic appearances afterwards, most notably at Hardcore Homecoming. By 2006, Grunge was preparing for a comeback; his cousin, Jason Ray, had secured him a booking with Big Japan Pro Wrestling, scheduled for Spring of that year, however, Grunge would not live to compete on the tour. He died of complications from sleep apnea at his home in Peachtree City, Georgia.

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