This Day In Wrestling History – March 27th

Mar 27, 2017 - by Bill Fenbers

 

Happy birthday to SoCal Val!!

1967Fritz Von Erich defeats Brute Bernard, to win the NWA (Texas) United States Championship.

1971Stan Stasiak defeats Dutch Savage, to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship.

1982Invader I defeats Bobby Jaggers, to win the WWC North American Heavyweight Championship.

1983Roddy Piper defeats Dick Slater, to win the NWA Television Championship.

1988 Wrestlemania IV is held at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey in front of 18,165 fans.  The event featured a one-night, 14-man tournament for the vacant WWF Championship.

Bad News Brown wins a 20-Man Battle Royal, by last eliminating Bret Hart.
Ted DiBiase (with Virgil & Andre The Giant) defeats Jim Duggan in a 1st Round Tournament Match.
Don Muraco (with Superstar Billy Graham) defeats Dino Bravo (with Frenchy Martin) via DQ in a 1st Round Tournament Match.
Greg Valentine (with Jimmy Hart) defeats Ricky Steamboat (with Little Dragon, whom was his son dressed like a dragon) in a 1st Round Tournament Match.
Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeats Butch Reed (with Slick) in a 1st Round Tournament Match.
One Man Gang (with Slick) defeats Bam Bam Bigelow (with Oliver Humperdink) via countout, in a 1st Round Tournament Match.
Rick Rude (with Bobby Heenan) & Jake Roberts fought to a time limit draw, in a 1st Round Tournament Match.
The Ultimate Warrior defeats Hercules (with Bobby Heenan).  This was Ultimate Warrior’s pay-per-view debut.
Hulk Hogan fought Andre The Giant (with Ted DiBiase & Virgil) to a Double Disqualification, in a Quarterfinal Tournament match.
Ted DiBiase defeats Don Muraco (with Superstar Billy Graham) in a Quarterfinal Tournament match
Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeats Greg Valentine (with Jimmy Hart) in a Quarterfinal tournament match
Brutus Beefcake defeats The Honky Tonk Man (with Jimmy Hart & Peggy Sue) via disqualification (Honky Tonk Man retains the WWF Intercontinental Championship).
– In a Six-Man Tag Team match, The Islanders (Tama & Haku) and Bobby Heenan defeat Koko B. Ware and The Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith & The Dynamite Kid).
Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeats One Man Gang (with Slick) via disqualification, in the lone tournament semifinal match.  Ted DiBiase received a bye to the final, after the quarterfinal match between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant finished as a double disqualification.
Demolition (Ax & Smash) (with Mr. Fuji) defeat Strike Force (Rick Martel & Tito Santana), to win the WWF Tag Team Championship.  This begins Demolition’s 478-day reign as Tag Team Champions.  This was the longest tag team title reign in WWF/E history, until The New Day went 483 days (August 23, 2015  – December 18, 2016).
Randy Savage (with Hulk Hogan & Miss Elizabeth) defeats Ted DiBiase (with Virgil & Andre The Giant) in the tournament final, to win the vacant WWF Championship.

1988 – The first NWA / Jim Crockett Promotions Clash of the Champions event is held in Greensboro, North Carolina in front of 6,000 fans.  Intentionally going head-to-head with WrestleMania IV,  it draws an impressive 5.8 TV rating on SupersStation TBS.

Mike Rotunda defeats Jimmy Garvin (with Precious) in a College Rules Match, to retain the NWA Television Championship.  Rotunda won with a cradle for the one-count pin, 1:10 into the second round.
The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) (with Jim Cornette) defeat The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers) via disqualification, to retain the NWA United States Tag Team Championship.  The Fantastics are disqualified after Fulton throws referee Randy Anderson over the top rope, before the pinfall is made.
Dusty Rhodes and The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) (with Paul Ellering) defeat Ivan Koloff and The Powers Of Pain (The Warlord & The Barbarian), in a Six-Man Tag Team Barbed Wire Match.
Lex Luger & Barry Windham defeat Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (with JJ Dillon), to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship.
Ric Flair fights Sting to a time limit draw, to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.  JJ Dillon (Flair’s manager) was suspended above the ring in a cage, during the match.

1988 – At Day 2 of All Japan Pro Wrestling’s Champion Carnival 1988, Bruiser Brody defeats Jumbo Tsuruta, to win the NWA International Heavyweight Championship.

1993 – In Smoky Mountain Wrestling, Bobby Eaton defeats Tim Horner, to win the SMW Television Championship.

1999 – At Combat Zone Wrestling’s The Staple Gun event, Nick Gage wins a 20-Man Battle Royal, to become the inaugural CZW World Heavyweight Champion.  Gage would defend the title later that night, defeating Lobo in a Staple Gun Ladder Match.  Also, The Sensational One defeats Quicksilver, to win the CZW World Junior Heavyweight Championship.

2000 – In the Monday Night Wars, WWF RAW IS WAR (6.6 TV rating) easily beats WCW Monday Nitro (2.6 rating).

2004 – After losing the title the previous day, Takeshi Morishima defeats Rick Steiner to reclaim the World League Wrestling (WLW) Heavyweight Championship.

2010 – The annual WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony is held at The Dodge Theater in Phoenix.  Below is the list of the 2010 Inductees and those who inducted them.

– Ted DiBiase (inducted by his sons Ted Jr. and Brett DiBiase)
– Antonio Inoki (inducted by Stan Hansen)
– Wendi Richter (inducted by Roddy Piper)
– Maurice ‘Mad Dog’ Vachon (inducted by Pat Patterson)
– Gorgeous George (inducted posthumously by his ex-wife Betty Wagner)
– Stu Hart (inducted posthumously by his son Bret and the rest of the Hart children)
– Bob Uecker (inducted by Dick Ebersol)

2011 – At SHIMMER Volume 40, Daizee Haze & Tomoka Nakagawa defeat Hiroyo Matsumoto & Misaki Ohata, to win the SHIMMER Tag Team Championship.

2015Kotaro Suzuki defeats Atsushi Aoki, to win the AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Championship.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: 3-time WWE Tag Team Champion & 2-time ROH World Tag Team Champion Charlie Haas (45 years old);  former WWC Puerto Rico & Caribbean Heavyweight Champion Hideo Saito (35 years old);  former TNA valet & current manager in SHINE Wrestling SoCal Val (31 years old);  and 4-time AJPW All Asia Tag Team Champion, 6-time AJPW World Tag Team Champion, 3-time AJPW Triple Crown Champion, 2-time GHC Tag Team Champion, & one-time GHC Heavyweight Champion Kenta Kobashi (50 years old).

SOURCESClash of the Champions on Wikipedia, gerweck.net, wrestlingdata.com, The Internet Wrestling Database

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