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This Day In Wrestling History- February 22nd



Trivia

2000 – on WWF Smackdown, Crash Holly introduced the 24/7 Rule on the WWF Hardcore Title shortly after winning it from Test

2010 – WWE announced Wendi Richter would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Roddy Piper.

Events

In 1993, The WWF held a live Monday Night RAW at the Manhattan Center in New York City, New York. The show featured Hulk Hogan’s first WWF appearance since WrestleMania VIII, announcing a new alliance with Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake. The new team was called The Mega-Maniacs, with Jimmy Hart as their manager:

Dark matches:
- Jim Powers defeated Gus Kanterakis
- Damien Demento defeated Chris Kalpowski
- Bob Backlund defeated an enhancement talent
- WWF Tag Team Champions Money, Inc. (Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster) defeated The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) to retain the title
- Papa Shango and Tito Santana fought to a double countout
RAW:
- Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Scott Taylor
- The Nasty Boys & Tatanka defeated The Beverly Brothers (Beau & Blake) & WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels
- Crush defeated Terry Taylor
- The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Skinner

In 1997, The East Coast Wrestling Association held its very 1st Super 8 Tournament in Wilmington, Delaware:

Quarterfinals:
- Billy Kidman defeated Reckless Youth.
- Cheetah Master defeated Devon Storm.
- Ace Darling defeated The Inferno Kid.
- Lance Diamond defeated Ronny Roberts.
Semifinals:
- Cheetah Master defeated Billy Kidman.
- Ace Darling defeated Lance Diamond.
Final:
- Ace Darling defeated Cheetah Master

In 1998, WCW SuperBrawl VIII was held at the Cow Palace, in San Francisco, California. Louie Spicolli was supposed to compete on the show, but died a week earlier:

Dark Match:
Ultimo Dragon defeated Shiryu (with Sonny Onoo)
PPV:
– Booker T defeated Rick Martel to win the WCW Television Title
– Booker T defeated Saturn to retain the WCW Television Title
– Disco Inferno defeated La Parka
– Goldberg defeated Brad Armstrong
– Chris Jericho defeated Juventud Guerrera in a Title vs Mask Match to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Title & forced Juventud to unmask
– The British Bulldog defeated Steve McMichael via Submission
– Diamond Dallas Page defeated Chris Benoit to retain the WCW United States Title
– Lex Luger defeated Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth)
– The Outsiders (Kevin Nash & Scott Hall) (with Dusty Rhodes) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) (with Ted Dibiase) to retain the WCW World Tag Team Titles after Scott turned on Rick to join the nWo
– Sting defeated Hollywood Hogan to win the vacant WCW World Title

In 2004, All Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Tokyo, Japan. Most records refer to the event as ‘February 2004 PPV:’

– Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto defeated Nosawa & Mazada in a Hardcore Match
– Kaz Hayashi defeated Blue-K to win the vacant AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title
– Taiyo Kea defeated Satoshi Kojima
– Keiji Mutoh & Bob Sapp defeated D-Lo Brown & Jamal
– Toshiaki Kawada defeated Shinya Hashimoto by TKO to retain the AJPW Triple Crown Title

Title Changes

1937 – Bill Collins defeated Ben Jordan for the Georgia Southern Light Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia

1949 – Shei Lawrence defeated The Demon (Jack O’Brien) to win the Jack Pfeffer-promoted World Heavyweight Title in San Diego, California

1957 – Pepper Gomez defeated El Medico to win the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title in Houston, Texas

1958 – Boris & Nicoli Volkoff defeated Reggie & Stan Lisowski to win the Chicago NWA World Tag Team Title in Chicago, Illinois

1967 – The Medics defeated Terry Funk & Dan Miller to win the Southwest NWA North American Tag Team Title in Lubbock, Texas

1971 – Fritz von Erich defeated Toru Tanaka to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1974 – Harley Race defeated Archie Gouldie for the Stampede North American Heavyweight Title in Calgary, Alberta

1976 – Tommy Rich defeated Jerry Lawler in a No DQ match to win the Mid-America NWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1978 – The Great Kojika & Motoshi Okuma defeated Animal Hamaguchi & Mighty Inoue to win the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles

1978 – Ray Candy & Steven Little Bear defeated The Brute & Dr X to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1983 – Dick Slater defeated Mike Rotundo to win the NWA Television Title

1983 – The Great Gama defeated The Dynamite Kid to win the Stampede World Mid-Heavyweight Title in Regina, Saskatchewan

1984 – Jumbo Tsuruta defeated Nick Bockwinkel to win the AWA World Title

1987 – Abdullah the Butcher defeated Hercules Ayala to win the International Wrestling International Heavyweight Title in Montreal, Quebec. Abdullah would be the final champion, as International Wrestling closed later that year

1988 – The Midnight Rockers (Marty Jannetty & Shawn Michaels) defeated The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express (Robert Gibson & Ricky Morton) to win the held-up AWA World Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1994 – Javier Llanes defeated El Dandy to win the CMLL World Middleweight Title

2001 – Jeff Justice defeated David Taylor to win the CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

2002 – Robbie Brookside defeated Dave Taylor to win the European Heavyweight Title in Ventnor, England

2010 – on Raw, Maryse defeated Gail Kim in the final of a tournament to win the vacant WWE Divas Title

2011 – Rush defeated Ephesto to win the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WCW wrestler Super Calo (43), & former Mexican Trios Champion Psicosis II (47)

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