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This Day In Wrestling History – February 19th‏



Events

In 1995, WCW SuperBrawl V was held in Baltimore, Maryland. Paul Roma was fired from WCW following this event, for no-selling all of opponent Alex Wright’s moves and for attempting to kick out of the planned finish

– On WCW Main Event, Arn Anderson defeats Johnny B Badd in a Lumberjack Match to retain the WCW Television Title
– Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) defeat The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) by DQ to retain the WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Sting & Randy Savage defeat Avalanche & Big Bubba Rogers
– Hulk Hogan defeats Vader by DQ to retain the WCW World Title

In 2006, WWE No Way Out was a Smackdown-exclusive PPV, also held in Baltimore, Maryland

– Gregory Helms defeated Brian Kendrick, Funaki, Kid Kash, Nunzio, Paul London, Psicosis, Scotty 2 Hotty & Super Crazy in a 9-Way Match to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Title
– Chris Benoit defeats Booker T to win the WWE United States Title
– Randy Orton defeats Rey Mysterio
– Kurt Angle defeats The Undertaker to retain the WWE Title

Also in 2006, New Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Tokyo, Japan

– El Samurai & Ryusuke Taguchi defeat Hirooki Goto & Minoru to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– Tiger Mask IV defeats Black Tiger to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Brock Lesnar & Shinsuke Nakamura defeat Riki Choshu & Akebono
– Masa Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeat Manabu Nakanishi & Giant Bernard to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles

In 2011, NJPW/AJPW/NOAH All Together was held in Sendai, Japan. This event was a benefit show of sorts for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami

– The Great Sasuke, Tiger Mask, Ryusuke Taguchi & Taiji Ishimori defeat Gedo, Jado, Kenou & Taro Nohashi
– Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Kentaro Shiga defeat Captain New Japan (Hideo Saito), Captain All Japan (Ryota Hama) & Captain NOAH (Mohammed Yone)
– Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Kaz Hayashi, Shuji Kondo & Katsuhiko Nakajima defeat Jushin Liger, Kotaro Suzuki, Minoru Tanaka & KAI
– Takashi Sugiura & Yujiro Takahashi defeat Togi Makabe & Manabu Soya
– Kensuke Sasaki, Yuji Nagata, Akebono & Naomichi Marufuji defeat Minoru Suzuki, Yoshihiro Takayama, Taichi & Masayuki Kono
– Hirooki Goto, Akitoshi Saito & Jinsei Shinzaki defeat Shinsuke Nakamura, Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka
– Keiji Muto & Kenta Kobashi defeat Jun Akiyama & Takao Omori
– Hiroshi Tanahashi, Suwama & Takeshi Morishima defeat Tetsuya Naito, Seiya Sanada & Go Shiozaki

In 2012, WWE Elimination Chamber was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

– CM Punk defeats Chris Jericho, The Miz, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston & Dolph Ziggler in an Elimination Chamber Match to retain the WWE Title
– Beth Phoenix defeats Tamina Snuka to retain the WWE Divas Title
– Daniel Bryan defeats The Big Show, The Great Khali, Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes & Santino Marella to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– Jack Swagger defeats Justin Gabriel to retain the WWE United States Title
– John Cena defeats Kane in an Ambulance Match

Title Changes

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

1995 – Koji Kanemoto defeats Norio Honaga to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title

2002 – on Smackdown, Billy & Chuck defeat Spike Dudley & Tazz to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

2005 – The Prophecy (BJ Whitmer & Dan Maff) defeat The Rottweilers (Ricky Reyes & Rocky Romero) to win the ROH Tag Team Titles

2007 – on Raw, Melina defeats Mickie James to win the WWE Womens Title and Umaga defeats Jeff Hardy to win the WWE Intercontinental Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former ECW wrestler Tommy Cairo (55), one-time ECW Tag Team Champion Danny Doring (39), former WWE wrestler Shawn/Gavin Spears (32) and ‘The Queen of Extreme’ Francine (41)

Also, today would have been the birthday of WWE Hall of Famer Big John Studd (65)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1968, the wrestling world lost the first recognised World Heavyweight Champion Georg Hackenschmidt at the ripe old age of 90. Born in Estonia, Hackenschmidt excelled in athletic activities from an early age. In school, it is said that he took to the gym whenever possible, building his strength to such an extent that he was able to lift 276lbs over his head with one hand. After graduating from school, he took an active interest in wrestling, moving to St Petersburg for proper training, though a stint in the army (as was compulsory in Estonia) saw his professional debut pushed back. By 1903, he had won championships and tournaments in Russia, Austria and France and had begun a tour of England, where the catch-as-catch-can style was developing. Hackenschmidt became a darling of society. His wrestling ability, good looks and intellect won him many fans and he became a celebrity of sorts in the country. In 1904, the American Champion Tom Jenkins came to England to face Hackenschmidt, and whilst the contest was closer than most of Georg’s bouts, he still won in two straight falls. Soon afterwards, Hackenschmidt left England to tour Australia and then America, where he won a rematch with Jenkins, giving him a legitimate claim to be the World Heavyweight Champion. A year later, he returned to England, but would be back in America by 1908 to take on a new challenger, Frank Gotch. Hackenschmidt was not a fan of American wrestling, and so did not put in his usual training hours. As a result, Gotch was able to quickly wear down Hackenschmidt, who conceded the fall at the two-hour mark and refused to return to the ring for the second, surrendering his World Title to Gotch. Following the match, Hackenschmidt gave conflicting statements. He first praised Gotch for being a great wrestler and more prepared than he was, but later claimed that he was fouled and criticized the American wrestling industry. A rematch was scheduled in Chicago in 1911, however, Hackenschmidt was injured in the build-up to the fight and though he opted to compete, lost two straight falls in under 20 minutes. This time Hackenschmidt was full of praise for Gotch, claiming that had the roles been reversed, he too would have taken advantage of the injury. Hackenschmidt had planned to continue his career, but re-injured his knee and chose to retire. From then on, Hackenschmidt led a relatively quiet life, dying peacefully at a hospital in the London suburb of Dulwich. His legacy includes the invention of the Bearhug hold and the Hack Squat weightlifting technique, aswell as the popularisation of the Bench Press. He also penned several books on a variety of health-based subjects.

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One Response

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

    I have actually purchased some of Hackenschmidt’s books from Amazon.

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