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This Day In Wrestling History- February 20th



Trivia

1992 – WWF Intercontinental Champion Rowdy Roddy Piper defeated WWF World Champion Ric Flair in a steel cage match in Niagara Falls, New York. It was a non-title bout

2001 – During a taping of Smackdown in Kansas City, Missouri, The Kat wrestled Ivory to a no-contest when the Right To Censor interfered. Jerry Lawler tried to make the save, but was beaten down by Right To Censor. This was Kat’s last WWF match, as she was being released, &  Lawler, who had a real-life relationship with her, quit the company in protest

2008 – An episode of old UWF tapes from the Herb Abrams promotion scored a 0.0 in the ratings for ESPN Classic. Meaning yeah NOBODY watched it

2009 – WWE released Scotty Goldman aka Colt Cabana, who had been working on the Smackdown brand

2011 – Gunner was officially signed to a contract by TNA Wrestling

Events

In 1989, NWA Chi-Town Rumble was held at the UIC Pavilion, in Chicago, Illinois:

– Michael Hayes defeated Russian Assassin #1 (with Paul Jones)
– Sting defeated Butch Reed (with Hiro Matsuda)
– The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton, Stan Lane & Jim Cornette) defeated The Original Midnight Express (Jack Victory, Randy Rose & Paul E Dangerously) in a Loser Leaves NWA Match
– Mike Rotunda defeats Rick Steiner (with Scott Steiner) to win the NWA Television Title
– Lex Luger defeated Barry Windham (with Hiro Matsuda) to win the NWA United States Title
– The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) (with Paul Ellering)  defeated The Varsity Club (Steve Williams & Kevin Sullivan) to retain the NWA World Tag Team Titles
– Ricky Steamboat defeated Ric Flair to win the NWA World Title

In 1994, WCW SuperBrawl IV was held at the Albany Civic Center, in Albany, Georgia (this event along with WCW SuperBrawl Revenge were the only 2 SuperBrawls never released on home video):

– Harlem Heat (Cole & Kane (Booker T & Stevie Ray)) defeated Thunder & Lightning
– Jim Steele defeated The Equalizer (Dave Sullivan)
– Terry Taylor defeated Diamond Dallas Page (with The Diamond Doll)
– Johnny B Badd defeated Jimmy Garvin (with Michaels Hayes), Garvin was subbing for the injured Hayes
– Lord Steven Regal (with Sir William) defeated Arn Anderson to retain the WCW Television Title
– Cactus Jack & Maxx Payne defeated The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) (with Col. Robert Parker) via DQ (The Nasty Boys retain the WCW World Tag Team Titles)
– Sting, Brian Pillman & Dustin Rhodes defeated Steve Austin, Rick Rude & Paul Orndorff in a Thundercage Match
– Ric Flair defeated Big Van Vader (with Harley Race) in a Thundercage Match with The Boss as special guest referee to retain the WCW World Title

In 2000, WCW SuperBrawl 2000 was held at the Cow Palace, in San Francisco, California. This was the tenth and penultimate SuperBrawl event and saw a surprise appearance from James Brown:

– The Artist Formerly Known As Prince Iaukea (with Paisley) defeated Lash LeRoux to win the vacant WCW Cruiserweight Title
– Brian Knobbs (with Fit Finlay) defeated Bam Bam Bigelow to win the WCW Hardcore Title
– 3 Count (Evan Karagias, Shane Helms, & Shannon Moore) defeated Norman Smiley in a handicap match
–The Wall defeated The Demon
– Tank Abbott defeated Big Al in a Leather Jacket On A Pole Match
– Big T (Ahmed Johnson) (with Stevie Ray & J. Biggs (Clarence Mason)) defeated Booker T to win the rights to the Harlem Heat name
– Billy Kidman (with Torrie Wilson) defeated Vampiro
– The Mamalukes (Big Vito & Johnny The Bull) defeated David Flair & Crowbar in a Sicilian Stretcher Match to retain the WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Ric Flair defeated Terry Funk in a Texas Death Match
– Hulk Hogan defeated “The Total Package” Lex Luger (with Miss Elizabeth)
– Sid Vicious defeated Scott Hall & Jeff Jarrett (with The Harris Brothers) in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WCW World Title

In 2005, WWE No Way Out was a Smackdown-exclusive event, held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:

Sunday Night Heat:
– Hardcore Holly & Charlie Haas defeated Renee Dupree & Kenzo Suzuki (with Hiroko)
PPV:
– Eddie Guerrero & Rey Mysterio defeated The Basham Brothers (Doug & Danny) to win the WWE Tag Team Titles
– Booker T defeated Heidenrich via DQ
– Chavo Guerrero Jr. defeated WWE Cruiserweight Champion Funaki, Paul London, Spike Dudley, Shannon Moore & Akio in a Cruiserweight Open Elimination Match to win the WWE Cruiserweight Title
– The Undertaker defeated Luther Reigns (with Mark Jindrak)
– John Cena defeated Kurt Angle
– JBL defeated The Big Show in a Barbed Wire Cage Match to retain the WWE Title

Also in 2005, New Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Tokyo, Japan:

– Minoru Tanaka, Jado, Gedo & James Gibson defeated Koji Kanemoto, Wataru Inoue, Katsushi Takemura & Taiji Ishimori
– Tiger Mask IV defeated Jushin Liger to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Osamu Nishimura defeated Riki Choshu by DQ
– Masahiro Chono, Manabu Nakanishi, Minoru Suzuki & Mitsuya Nagai defeated Yuji Nagata, Kensuke Sasaki, Shinsuke Nakamura & Hiroshi Tanahashi in an Elimination Match
– Satoshi Kojima defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan by KO to retain the AJPW Triple Crown Title and win the IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 2011, WWE Elimination Chamber (still known as No Way Out in Germany) was held at the Oracle Arena, in Oakland, California:

Dark Match:
WWE United States Champion Daniel Bryan defeated Ted Dibiase Jr. (with Maryse)
PPV:
– Alberto Del Rio defeated Kofi Kingston
– Edge defeats Kane, Rey Mysterio, Drew McIntyre, The Big Show & Wade Barrett in an Elimination Chamber Match to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– The Corre (Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel) defeated Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov to win the WWE Tag Team Titles
– WWE Champion The Miz (with Alex Riley) defeated Jerry Lawler to retain the WWE Title
– John Cena defeated CM Punk, John Morrison, King Sheamus, Randy Orton & R-Truth in an Elimination Chamber Match to earn a WWE Title match at Wrestlemania 27

Also in 2011, NJPW The New Beginning was held in Sendai, Japan:

– Tiger Mask defeated Tomohiro Ishii in a Mask vs Mask Match
– Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson defeated Manabu Nakanishi & Strong Man to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– Prince Devitt defeated Taka Michinoku to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– MVP & Taichi defeated Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma
– Hirooki Goto defeated Tetsuya Naito
– Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Satoshi Kojima to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1959 – Ivan the Terrible defeated Angelo Savoldi to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1964 – Toyonobori & Michiaki Yoshimura defeated Prince Curtis Iaukea & Don Manoukian to win the vacant JWA All Asia Tag Team Titles

1973 – The Hollywood Blondes (Jerry Brown & Buddy Roberts) defeated Dennis Stamp & Bull Bullinski to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1978 – Bob Backlund defeated Billy Graham to win the WWWF Title

1984 – Kelly Kiniski defeated King Parsons to win the WCCW Television Title

1986 – Incumbent WCCW American Heavyweight Champion Rick Rude is pronounced the 1st WCCW World Heavyweight Champion as the promotion secedes from the NWA

1996 – The Holy Demon Army (Akira Taue & Toshiaki Kawada) defeated Gary Albright & Stan Hansen to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

2000 – Vader & Steve Williams defeated Jun Akiyama & Kenta Kobashi to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

2005 – Satoshi Kojima defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title

2006 – on Raw, Shelton Benjamin (with Mama Benjamin) defeated Ric Flair to win the WWE Intercontinental Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to current TNA Knockouts Champion Gail Kim (37), New Japan founder Antonio Inoki (71), 2-time AAA Reina de Reinas Champion Esther Moreno (45) and 4-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Champion Gedo (45)

Also, today would have been the birthday of the first WWWF Champion Buddy Rogers (93)

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