This Day In Wrestling History – March 2nd‏

Mar 2, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


In 2012, CMLL Homenaje a Dos Leyendas was held in Mexico City and paid tribute to Salvador Lutteroth and Bobby Bonales

– Averno, Mr Aguila & Olimpico defeat Angel de Oro, Brazo de Plata & El Valiente
– Marco Corleone, Diamante Azul & La Mascara defeat Rey Bucanero, Ultimo Guerrero & Volador Jr
– Atlantis & Mr Niebla defeat El Terrible & Rush to win the 2012 Parejas Incredibles Tournament
– Negro Casas fought Blue Panther to a double-pinfall draw in a Hair vs Hair Match, so neither were forced to shave their head

Title Changes

1936 – Dick Shikat defeats Danno O’Mahoney to win the World Heavyweight Title

1976 – Danny Hodge defeats Hiro Matsuda to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1990 – Doug Furnas & Dan Kroffat defeat Footloose (Samson Fuyuki & Toshiaki Kawada) to win the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles

1992 – Miss Texas defeats Dirty White Girl in the final of a tournament to become the first USWA Womens Champion

1993 – Paul Orndorff defeats Erik Watts in the final of a tournament to win the vacant WCW Television Title. Also, The Hollywood Blonds (Steve Austin & Brian Pillman) defeat Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas to win the NWA & WCW Tag Team Titles

1994 – Atlantis defeats Dr Wagner Jr to win the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Title

2008 – Takeshi Morishima defeats Mitsuharu Misawa to win the GHC Heavyweight Title


Happy birthday to former WWF Womens Champion Debra (53) and joshi legend Manami Toyota (42)

Also, today would have been the birthday of 3-time World Tag Team Champion Lance Cade (32) and WWE Hall of Famer Mike Von Erich (49)

In Memoriam

One year ago today, the wrestling world lost 5-time AJPW All Asia Tag Team Champion Doug Furnas aged 52. Furnas began his sporting life in American football, even making the Denver Broncos training camp, but was cut before the season began. He moved into powerlifting, where he made a name for himself, becoming the first man to total 2,400 pounds at two separate meets. At last check, he still held several national collegiate records for his weight class. He made his pro wrestling debut in 1986, appearing as a guest at a CWC show, protecting promoter Bob Polk from an attack by Kevin Sullivan. He remained an active member of the CWC roster until it folded in 1989, after which he made regular appearances for WCW and All Japan. In Japan, he began teaming with Phil LaFon (then wrestling as Dan Kroffat) as The Can-Am Express. The duo went on to win the All Asia Tag Team Titles 5 times before 1993 and would also go on to win the UWA Tag Team Titles and the ECW Tag Team Titles before the decade was out. They also had a short stint with WWF, but failed to make an impact with the promotion. Furnas retired in 2000, going on to open a child shelter as well as working the family farm. In his later years, Furnas battled Parkinson’s Disease, which would eventually cause his death by heart failure.

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