This Day In Wrestling History – February 23rd

Feb 23, 2015 - by staff


2007 – TNA released A-1 & Norman Smiley

2009 – WWE Released 2nd generation star Manu, the son of Afa had a brief main roster run as a member of Legacy

2010 – WWE NXT season one starts airing on Syfy

2015 – WWE announced on Monday Night Raw that The Bushwhackers would be inducted into the 2015 class of the WWE Hall of Fame


In 1987, WWF ran at Madison Square Garden in New York City:

– Paul Roma defeated Salvatore Bellomo
– Demolition defeated The Islanders
– Koko B. Ware defeated Sika
– Tito Santana vs. Butch Reed ended in a double DQ
– WWF World Tag Team Champions The Hart Foundation defeated The Killer Bees
– Outback Jack defeated Barry O.
– Jake Roberts defeated King Kong Bundy via countout
– Honky Tonk Man defeated Pedro Morales
– Roddy Piper, Junkyard Dog, & Ricky Steamboat defeated Randy Savage, Adrian Adonis, & Harley Race in an elimination match. This was Piper’s final MSG match before his Wrestlemania III retirement

In 1990, WWF The Main Event III was held at The Joe Louis Arena, in Detroit, Michigan. Mike Tyson was scheduled for the show, but was replaced by Buster Douglas following Douglas’ knockout defeat of Tyson shortly before the event:

Dark Matches:
Earthquake defeated Ronnie Garvin
– Dusty Rhodes (with Sapphire) defeated Mr. Perfect
– Ted Dibiase (with Virgil) defeated Jake Roberts
– The Colossal Connection (Andre The Giant & Haku) defeated Demolition (Ax & Smash) to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Bad News Brown defeated Tito Santana
– Rick Martel defeated Brutus Beefcake
– Roddy Piper fought Rick Rude to a double DQ
Main Event Matches:
– Hulk Hogan defeated Randy Savage (with Queen Sherri) with Buster Douglas as special guest referee to retain the WWF Title
– The Ultimate Warrior defeated Dino Bravo (Earthquake & Jimmy Hart) to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title

In 2003, WWE No Way Out was held at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Canada:

Sunday Night Heat:
Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Jamie Noble
– Chris Jericho defeated Jeff Hardy
– William Regal & Lance Storm defeated Kane & Rob Van Dam to retain the World Tag Team Titles
– Matt Hardy defeated Billy Kidman to win the WWE Cruiserweight Title
– The Undertaker defeated The Big Show (with Paul Heyman)
– Brock Lesnar & Chris Benoit defeated Team Angle (Kurt Angle, Charlie Haas, & Shelton Benjamin) (with Paul Heyman) in a 2 on 3 handicap match
– Triple H (with Ric Flair) defeated Scott Steiner to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– Steve Austin defeated Eric Bischoff
– The Rock defeated Hulk Hogan

Also in 2003, All Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Tokyo, Japan:

– Tomoaki Honma, Kazushi Miyamoto, Sanshiro Takagi, & Tomoaki Hashimoto defeated Shigeo Okummura, Hideki Hosaka, Yuto Aijima, & Ryuji Hijikata in an Elimination Match
– The Gladiator defeated Nobukazu Hirai
– Genichiro Tenryu, Yoji Anjoh & Kaz Hayashi defeated John Tenta, Gigantes & Jimmy Yang
– Satoshi Kojima, Arashi, Nobutaka Araya, & Kendo Kashin defeated Shinjiro Ohtani, Masato Tanaka, Kazuhiko Ogasawara, & Ryouji Sai
– Shinya Hashimoto defeated The Great Muta to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title

In 2014, WWE held their “Elimination Chamber PPV” at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN:

– Cody Rhodes & Goldust defeated Curtis Axel (with Larry Hennig) & Ryback
– WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston defeated Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter) to retain the title
– WWE World Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws defeated The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) to retain the titles
– Titus O’Neil defeated Darren Young
– The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, & Erick Rowan) defeated The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, & Seth Rollins)
– Cameron defeated WWE Diva’s Champion AJ Lee (with Tamina Snuka) via DQ. AJ Lee retained the title
– Batista defeated Alberto Del Rio
– WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton defeated Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Christian, Sheamus, & Cesaro (with Zeb Colter) in an Elimination Chamber Match to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

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

1983 – Ashura Hara & Mighty Inoue defeated The Great Kojika & Motoshi Okuma to win the vacant AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles

1986 – Dick Slater defeated Jake Roberts to win the MSW North American Title

1998 – The Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher) defeated The Rock n Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) to win the NWA Tag Team Titles

2004 – on Raw, Victoria defeated Jazz, Lita & Molly Holly in a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match to win the WWE Women’s Title


Happy birthday to 3-time GHC Tag Team Champion Mohammed Yone (39), & disgraced former UK regular James Wallace (28)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1999, the wrestling world lost one-time WCW Television Champion Rick ‘The Renegade’ Williams aged just 33. Williams trained under the great Killer Kowalski and made his indy debut in 1992, competing as ‘Rio, Lord of the Jungle’. A short tour with WAR was followed by his signing for WCW as ‘The Renegade’, a gimmick that was an intentional rip-off of The Ultimate Warrior. In March 1995, he made his television debut, appearing alongside Hulk Hogan at Uncensored. That summer, he defeated Arn Anderson to win the Television Title, and would retain it twice in the following two months against Paul Orndorff. Around this time, the real Ultimate Warrior appeared in several wrestling magazines, dispelling any rumors that Williams was the real deal. As a result, Williams’ push was halted; he dropped the title to DDP, then lost in quick time to Orndorff and Kevin Sullivan before being unceremoniously dumped by manager Jimmy Hart. After a 6-month TV absence, Williams re-appeared as The Renegade (though this time bearing no resemblance to Warrior) but was used solely as a jobber on WCW’s B-shows. When the real Ultimate Warrior appeared in WCW, Williams was used as his stunt double, but this didn’t last long and he was released in late 1998, retiring from wrestling almost immediately. Following his release, Williams fell into a depression from which he would not recover. He committed suicide by gunshot.

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