This Day In Wrestling History – February 29th

Mar 1, 2017 - by Bill Fenbers

Because I’m not waiting until the year 2020 to do a February 29th post……

1964 – Ray Stevens defeats Dominic DeNucci, to win the NWA (San Francisco) United States Championship.

1968 – Kurt Von Brauner defeats Thunderbolt Patterson, to win the NWA (Amarillo) Brass Knuckles Championship.

1972 – Tim Woods (Mr. Wrestling) defeats Bobby Shane, to win the NWA (Florida) Southern Heavyweight Championship.  Elsewhere, Gorgeous George, Jr. defeats The Wrestling Pro, to win the NWA (Mobile) Gulf Coast Heavyweight Championship.

1988 – In the Continental Wrestling Association, The Bruise Brothers (Don & Ron) defeat Max Pain & Gary Young, to win the CWA Tag Team Championship.

1992 – WCW SuperBrawl II is held in Milwaukee in front of 5,000 fans.  This is Jesse Ventura’s first PPV appearance for WCW (he was on commentary).  Brian Pillman wins the WCW World Light Heavyweight Championship, defeating Jushin Thunder LigerRick Rude defeats Ricky Steamboat, to retain the United States Championship.  In the main event, Sting becomes the new WCW World Heavyweight Champion, defeating Lex Luger.  This is Luger’s last match in WCW until 1995.

1992 – Prior to SuperBrawl II, on WCW Saturday Night, Terry Taylor & Greg Valentine defeat Ron Simmons & Big Josh, to win the NWA-WCW United States Tag Team Championship.

2004 – In the World Wrestling Association, Mystico de Juarez defeats Nicho el Millonario, to win the WWA Middleweight Championship.

2016 – It is announced that The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Buddy Roberts, Jimmy Garvin & Terry Gordy) will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, during WrestleMania Weekend.

2016 – A couple highlights from this evening’s WWE Monday Night RAW.  First, The Undertaker confronts Mr. McMahon regarding his Hell in a Cell Match at WrestleMania vs Shane McMahon.

Also, Dean Ambrose challenges Triple H to a match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the beginning of the program.  Ambrose get his wish at the end of the show, but not before an attack from Triple H along with The League of Nations.  Triple H attacks Ambrose a second time after Ambrose, lying in the ring, says “Thanks” to Hunter into the microphone.  During the second attack, commentator Byron Saxton is thrown from the announcer’s table towards the ring.

Today would’ve been the 97th birthday for Steve Stanlee.  Steve wrestled in the WWWF from 1964 – 1966 and had two separate stints in Georgia Championship Wrestling.  He is a former NWA Ohio Heavyweight Champion, having won the title in July 1961.

Today would’ve been the 53rd birthday for mid-1980s WWF wrestler Dana Carpenter.

SOURCES: Ohio Heavyweight Title at, Steve Stanlee on Wikipedia, WrestleView,, Figure Four Online


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