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This Day In Wrestling History- February 18th‏



Events

In 1996, WWF In Your House 6: Rage In The Cage was held in Louisville, Kentucky

– Razor Ramon defeats The 123 Kid in a Crybaby Match
– Yokozuna defeats The British Bulldog by DQ
– Shawn Michaels defeats Owen Hart
– Bret Hart defeats Diesel in a Cage Match to retain the WWF Title

In 2001, WCW SuperBrawl Revenge was held in Nashville, Tennessee. This was the penultimate WCW PPV and, needless to say, the final SuperBrawl event

– Sean O’Haire & Chuck Palumbo defeat Mark Jindrak & Shawn Stasiak to retain the WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Chavo Guerrero Jr defeats Rey Misterio Jr to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Title
– Rick Steiner defeats Dustin Rhodes to retain the WCW United States Title
– Scott Steiner defeats Kevin Nash in a Falls Count Anywhere 2-out-of-3 Falls Retirement Match to retain the WCW World Title and force Nash to retire from professional wrestling

Also in 2001, New Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Tokyo, Japan

– Koji Kanemoto, Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Minoru Tanaka defeat Silver King, Dr Wagner Jr & El Samurai
– Yutaka Yoshie & Shiro Koshinaka defeat Osamu Nishimura & Jushin Liger
– Ten-Koji (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) defeat Riki Choshu & Shinya Makabe
– Don Frye defeats Masa Chono
– Keiji Mutoh defeats Kazunari Murakami
– Kensuke Sasaki defeats Shinjiro Ohtani to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 2007, WWE No Way Out was held in Los Angeles, California . Despite it being a Smackdown PPV, the main event did feature Raw wrestlers

– Chavo Guerrero wins an 8-Man Cruiserweight Open to win the WWE Cruiserweight Title
– Paul London & Brian Kendrick defeat Deuce ‘n Domino to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– Mr Kennedy defeats Bobby Lashley by DQ (Lashley retains the ECW Title)
– John Cena & Shawn Michaels defeat Batista & The Undertaker

Also in 2007, New Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Tokyo, Japan

– Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Taru defeat Masahiro Chono & Milano Collection AT
– Minoru defeats Wataru Inoue to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Kurt Angle & Yuji Nagata defeat Giant Bernard & Travis Tomko
– Hiroshi Tanahashi defeats Koji Kanemoto to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1971 – Pepper Gomez defeats Johnny Valentine to win the Texas Heavyweight Title

1985 – Leilani Kai defeats Wendi Richter to win the WWF Womens Title

1994 – The Rock n Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) defeat The Heavenly Bodies (Jimmy Del Ray & Tom Prichard) to win the SMW Tag Team Titles

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

2001 – The 24/7 Rule on the WWF Hardcore Title sees Steve Blackman defeat Raven for the title, but quickly lose it back again. Each counts as a separate reign

2010 – Ricky Marvin & Taiji Ishimori defeat Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Genba Hirayanagi in the final of a tournament to win the vacant GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WWF wrestler and announcer Raymond Rougeau (58), TNA British Boot Camp contestants The Blossom Twins (25), former indy regular TJ Mack (27) and one-time Mexican Heavyweight Champion Charly Manson (38)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost four personalities on this date:

Firstly, in 1989, one-time NWA Womens Champion Mildred Burke died aged 73. Burke’s entry into the wrestling business is an interesting story; she approached local promoter Billy Wolfe and asked to be trained. Wolfe didn’t want to train her, so instructed one of his male wrestlers to bodyslam Burke, hoping to discourage her, however, Burke instead bodyslammed the man. Impressed, Wolfe agreed to train her. Two years later, she had won the Womens World Title, defeating Clara Mortensen. However, her career soon started to decline. She had married her trainer Billy Wolfe, but upon their divorce, he managed to freeze her out of most NWA sanctioned events, thus halting her career. With the help of Jack Pfefer, the couple briefly reconciled, allowing Burke to form her own promoting company, but it was short-lived. Wolfe eventually moved into competition with Burke and his superior financial backing forced her company into bankruptcy. In a final twist of fate, Wolfe was appointed administrator of Burke’s company. After this, Burke found herself more and more marginalized within wrestling and eventually retired in 1956. She later ran a training school in California, with Rhonda ‘Bertha Faye’ Sing as her most famous graduate. Burke died after suffering a stroke at her home in Northridge, California

Secondly, in 1993, one-time NWA World and WWF Intercontinental Champion Kerry von Erich died aged just 33. As part of the famous Von Erich wrestling family, Kerry found most of his success throughout his career in his father’s Texas territory, amassing (if I’ve counted right!) 36 championship reigns throughout his tenure in the territory. Most notably, he won the NWA World Title from Ric Flair in 1984, a reign that was supposed to go to his brother David, who died before he was able to compete. As a result, Kerry’s reign was a short one, and he dropped the title back to Flair shortly afterwards. He left World Class for good in 1989, having already moved to Missouri for a brief time in 1983, though would continue to compete sporadically for the USWA (which had acquired World Class) for the next year. In mid-1990, Kerry signed with the WWF, competing as The Texas Tornado. At SummerSlam 1990, he replaced the injured Brutus Beefcake, and defeated Mr Perfect to win his first and only Intercontinental Title, which he would hold for around three months. His WWF career declined from then on, and he was no more than a jobber by the time he left in 1992. Kerry committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest while driving his car off a steep cliff. Kerry was suffering from depression at the time of his death, as his wrestling career was seemingly stuck in a rut and he had recently been indicted on a drug charge. Several emotional tributes were paid to him following his passing, most notably by Chris Adams and Marc Lowrance. Kerry, along with the rest of the Von Erich family, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.

Also, in 1995, one-time ECW Tag Team Champion Eddie Gilbert died, also at the age of 33. His first exposure came in the Tennessee based CWA promotion, where he won the AWA Southern Tag Titles. He then moved to the UWF, where his ‘Hot Stuff’ persona was born. Here, he split his time between wrestling and managing, forming the Hot Stuff International stable, with such wrestlers as Sting, Rick Steiner, Iceman Parsons & Dick Murdoch. It was here that he also made his name as a booker, a role which he would keep until the promotion was bought by Jim Crockett. A short spell in the CWF followed before he began working for JCP, which was renamed WCW during his tenure, though he was never happy with his position in the company and left in 1989. Gilbert then wrestled in and booked several independent promotions, including a notable angle in Jerry Lawler’s Memphis Wrestling where he and brother Doug ran over Jerry Lawler with their car. The backlash was such that Lawler had to appear on television earlier than planned, to avoid the Gilberts being legitimately arrested for vehicular assault. His final notable run came in 1993, when he booked the Eastern Championship Wrestling promotion, also winning their Tag Team Titles, before giving the book to Paul Heyman. The rest, as they say, is history. Gilbert then had brief spells with USWA, SMW and WWC before succumbing to a heart attack. Chest injuries suffered in a 1983 car accident, as well as painkiller use have been cited as contributing factors

Finally, in 2003, one-time WWWF United States Tag Team Champion Tony Altomare died aged 74. Altomare spent his early years serving in the US Army before opting for a career in professional wrestling. He debuted in 1960 and would go on to spend almost his entire career in the northeast region, primarily with the WWWF and it’s partner promotions. He soon formed ‘The Sicilians’ tag team alongside Lou Albano, competing under a stereotypical Italian gangster gimmick. The act was so convincing that they were once approached by a pair of legitimate gangsters who ‘politely asked’ the pair to tone down their styles. The duo became headline tag team acts in Chicago, New York and Pittsburgh, but secured few championship reigns. In 1969, Albano quit the team to become the legendary manager that we remember today and Altomare himself began to wind down his active career. He remained under employ with the WWF through until 1982 and was often utilized as an enhancement talent or even as an additional referee. In retirement, he worked as a lifeguard in Stamford before passing of heart failure at the city’s Mediplex.


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2 Responses

  1. Joan B. in S. C. says:

    TJ Mack is listed as a “former” indy regular. Did Team Macktion break up? Have to admit I haven’t seen his or Kirby’s name mentioned in the Georgia-Carolina area lately.

    Eddie Gilbert would have gone on to be so much greater. Yes, his size did stop him from wrestling for world titles outside of Memphis, but he was gold on the mic and brought instant heat to any wrestler he accompanied to ringside. Who wouldn’t hate the guy who got to be married to both Missy Hyatt and Medusa? I do give him a lot of credit though for not allowing himself to be a big fish in a small pond (Memphis) and making his way to each and every major organization out there.

    For anyone who didn’t see him during his brief 33 years, please check him out on YouTube.

    Don’t know what else can be said about Kerry Von Erich. Have we all pretty much agreed now that David was going to defeat Flair for the title? Any thoughts on how long The Yellow Rose of Texas would have had the belt?

  2. Jamie says:

    I’m the same as you Joan, I’ve listed him as former simply because he apparently hasn’t competed for over a year, certainly not on a regular basis

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