This Day In Wrestling History – February 17th‏

Feb 17, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


In 2002, WWF No Way Out was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The event featured the WWE debut of the New World Order

– Tazz & Spike Dudley defeat Booker T & Test to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
– William Regal defeats Edge in a Brass Knuckles on a Pole Match to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title
– The Rock defeats The Undertaker
– Kurt Angle defeats Triple H with Stephanie McMahon as special guest referee
– Chris Jericho defeats Steve Austin to retain the WWF Undisputed Title

In 2007, AJPW Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 2 was held in Tokyo, Japan

– The Great Muta & Yoshihiro Tajiri defeat Gold Dustin & Hakushi
– Katsuhiko Nakajima defeats Shuji Kondo to win the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title
– Taiyo Kea & Toshiaki Kawada defeat Suwama & Ro-Z to win the vacant AJPW Tag Team Titles
– Minoru Suzuki defeats Satoshi Kojima to retain the AJPW Triple Crown Title

In 2008, New Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Tokyo, Japan

– Christopher Daniels defeats Wataru Inoue
– Jushin Liger & Akira defeat Minoru & Prince Devitt to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– Hiroshi Tanahashi defeats AJ Styles
– Togi Makabe & Toru Yano defeat Giant Bernard & Travis Tomko to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Kurt Angle to win the IGF Title and retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 2008, WWE No Way Out was the first event to feature multiple Elimination Chamber Matches. It was held in Las Vegas, Nevada

– Chavo Guerrero defeats CM Punk to retain the ECW Title
– The Undertaker defeats Batista, The Great Khali, Finlay, MVP & Big Daddy V in an Elimination Chamber Match
– Ric Flair defeats Mr Kennedy. Had Flair lost, he would have been forced to retire
– Edge defeats Rey Mysterio to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– John Cena defeats Randy Orton by DQ (Orton retains the WWE Title)
– Triple H defeats Shawn Michaels, JBL, Umaga, Chris Jericho & Jeff Hardy in an Elimination Chamber Match

Title Changes

1989 – The Stud Stable (Robert Fuller & Jimmy Golden) defeat The Von Erichs (Kerry & Kevin) by DQ to win the WCCW World Tag Team Titles

1991 – The Junkyard Dog, Ricky Morton & Tommy Rich defeat Buddy Landel, Dutch Mantel & Dr X to become the first WCW Six-Man Tag Team Champions

1992 – Terry Taylor & Greg Valentine defeat Big Josh & Ron Simmons to win the WCW United States Tag Team Titles

1996 – Lex Luger defeats Johnny B Badd to win the WCW Television Title

1997 – on Nitro, Prince Iaukea defeats Lord Steven Regal to win the WCW Television Title

1997 – on Raw, Sycho Sid defeats Bret Hart to win the WWF Title

2001 – the WWF Hardcore Title’s 24/7 rule sees the belt pass from Raven to Steve Blackman and back to Raven. Each counts as a separate reign

2002 – Wild II (Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio) defeat NO FEAR (Takao Omori & Yoshihiro Takayama) to win the GHC Tag Team Titles

2007 – Takeshi Morishima defeats Homicide to win the ROH World Title

2008 – Jushin Liger & Akira defeat Minoru & Prince Devitt to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles. Also, The Most Violent Players (Togi Makabe & Toru Yano) defeat Giant Bernard & Travis Tomko to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles


Happy birthday to 5-time ROH Tag Team Champion Jimmy Jacobs (28), former WCW bit-parter Yoshi Kwan (52), the first NJPW Young Lion Cup winner Shunji Kosugi (53) and current WWE personality Ricardo Rodriguez (27)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2007, the wrestling world lost 2-time ECW World Champion Mike Awesome at the age of 42. Awesome’s first regular wrestling gig actually came in Japan’s FMW promotion, wrestling as ‘The Gladiator’. He won his first title there in 1994, and by May 1996 had won pretty much all the other available titles! After a short stint with ECW in 1994, he began appearing for them on a regular basis in 1998, though would fail to gain any kind of momentum before a serious knee injury sidelined him for most of 1999. Upon his ECW return, Awesome instantly won the ECW World Title, defeating Taz and Masato Tanaka in a 3-Way Dance. He would briefly drop the title to Tanaka, but held it for most of the year 2000. Unfortunately, ECW was beginning it’s well-documented financial struggle, and Awesome refused to sign a new deal until he was paid overdue wages. This led to him signing with WCW whilst still holding the ECW Title, though he would never be seen carrying the belt on WCW programming. This situation led to a strange series of title changes in ECW; Awesome returned to the promotion and dropped the title to Taz (who himself had just left ECW for WWF), who then dropped it a week later to ECW full-timer Tommy Dreamer. Awesome’s WCW stint was not successful; a series of bad gimmicks (That 70’s Guy, The Fat Chick Thrilla) and one interesting gimmick that failed to get over (The Career Killer) saw him fade into the background, becoming an enforcer for Lance Storm for the remainder of WCW’s existence. Awesome’s contract was taken on by the WWF, and in fact, he was the first member of the Invasion to win WWF gold, pinning Test under the 24/7 Rule to win the Hardcore Title. However, upon losing the title to Jeff Hardy, Awesome’s push was quickly halted, and he served the rest of his WWE days competing on the B-shows before his release in late 2002, an event which Awesome claimed to be ‘so happy’ about, due to the backstage politics. He then spent 4 years competing on the indy circuit, aswell as resuming his feud with Tanaka at WWE’s ECW One Night Stand event, before retiring from the ring in February 2006. Almost exactly one year later, Awesome was found hanged at his home in Tampa in an apparent suicide.

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