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Much of the information in This Week In Wrestling is researched from Wrestling Title Histories. The 2000 edition is available now. It is the most complete record of over 2,000 professional wrestling titles and titleholders ever published. If you want a complete guide of who the title holders were in your favorite territories, you must own this ultimate reference book. Contains information on titles from the WWF, WCW, ECW, NWA, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, all the old territories -- Florida, Mid-Atlantic, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit, Toronto, Dallas, Portland, Kansas City, St. Louis, Atlanta, Calgary, Memphis, Knoxville, Montreal, Puerto Rico, Mid-South, San Antonio and more -- as well as hundreds of independent promotions from across the U.S. (including now-defunct favorites like Smoky Mountain, the UWF, and the USWA). The new edition includes major title changes (WWF, WCW, ECW) right up to the end of 1999. 
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Feb. 15 - Feb. 22

 

NWA World
Heavyweight Championship
Dory Funk Jr. vs 
Mr. Wrestling (Tim Woods)

Georgia Tag Team Title
Eddie & Mike Graham vs 
Sputnick & Rocket Monroe


Atlanta 
Feb. 16, 1973

Southeastern Tag Team Title
No Disqualifications

Robert Fuller & Jimmy Golden vs New Zealand Sheepherders (Luke Williams & 
Jonathan Boyd)

Lumberjack Match
Jacques Rougeau vs Jos Leduc

Mobile
Feb. 16, 1982

WWE World Heavyweight Title
Steel Cage Match
Bob Backlund vs 
Greg Valentine

WWE Tag Team Championship
Mr. Saito & Mr. Fuji vs
Rick Martel & Tony Garea

WWE Intercontinental Title
Pedro Morales vs Killer Khan 

Philadelphia
Feb. 16, 1982

No Time Limit - No DQs
Luke Graham vs 
Tommy Gilbert

Southern Heavyweight Title
Robert Fuller vs 
Tojo Yamamoto

Lou Thesz vs 
Lorenzo Parante

Louisville
Feb. 17, 1975

 

Mask Pole Match
Al Madril vs El Gran Marcus

Mad Dog Vachon vs 
Jose Lothario

Blackjack Lanza vs 
Red Bastien

Ft Worth
Feb. 17, 1975

NWA World 
Heavyweight Title
Terry Funk vs Eddie Sullivan

Randy Savage &
Lanny Poffo vs Bulldogs


Mobile
Feb. 17, 1976

 

Main Event
Blackjack Lanza vs 
Jose Lothario

Mad Dog Vachon vs 
Red Bastien

Dallas
Feb. 18, 1975


Main Event
Harley Race vs 
Dusty Rhodes

Tag Team Match
Andre the Giant & 
Tommy Rich
vs
Baron Von Raschke & Superfly

Bruiser Brody & Jerry Brown vs Giant Baba & 
Jumbo Tsuruta


Kansas City 
Feb. 18, 1982

Lights Out Match
Gary Hart vs Broncho Lubich

Tag Team Match
Missouri Mauler & 
Brute Bernard
 vs
Billy "Red" Lyons & 
Ricky Hunter

Ft Worth
Feb. 19, 1973

Double Main Event
Bruno Sammartino vs Johnny Valiant

Pedro Morales vs 
Jimmy Valiant


Baltimore
Feb. 19, 1975 


 

Battle of the Texas Outlaws
Dusty Rhodes vs 
Dick Murdoch

Handicap Tag Team Match
Bill Watts & Chris Taylor & Dick Slater vs 
Mongolian Stomper & 
Bob Roop & Gary Hart & 
Jim Dillon


Miami 
Feb. 19, 1975

Lumberjack Match
Mr. Wrestling II's 
Mask on Line
Mr. Wrestling II vs Superstar

Stan Hansen vs Tony Atlas

Ole & Gene Anderson vs Wahoo McDaniel & 
Tommy Rich

Augusta 
Feb. 19, 1979

Main Event
Fritz Von Erich vs 
Brute Bernard


Tag Team Match
Jose Lothario & Ivan Putski
 vs
Missouri Mauler & 
Cisco Grimaldo 


Dallas 
Feb. 20, 1973

Main Event
Fritz Von Erich vs 
Killer Karl Krupp

Dick Murdoch vs 
David Von Erich

Al Madril vs Killer Brooks


Dallas 
Feb. 21, 1978

AWA World Tag Team Title
Ray Stevens & Pat Patterson vs Greg Gagne & 
Jim Brunzell

Winnpeg 
Feb. 22, 1979

Feb. 15, 1969 - The Medics (Jim Starr & Billy Garrett) beat Bobby and Lee Field for the Florida state tag belts in Tampa.

Feb. 17, 1972 - Greg "The Hammer" Valentine and "The Taylor Made Man" Terry Taylor win the WCW U.S. tag straps from Ron Simmons and Big Josh (Matt Borne with a lumberjack gimmick) in Rock Hill, S.C.

Feb. 17, 1997 - Prince Iaukea (Mike Haynor) bested Steven Regal (Darren Matthews) in Tampa, Fla. to capture the WCW TV belt. Haynor, a native of Hawaii, was originally trained by the Malenko family and was given the Iaukea name by then-WCW head booker Kevin Sullivan as a tribute to his mentor Curtis Iaukea (who actually started out as "Prince Iaukea" himself before ascending to the throne and becoming "King"). Regal later left WCW after a series of strange incidents (including a situation where he "accidentally" urinated on a flight attendant) and is now under contract to the WWE.

Feb. 17, 1997- Sycho Sid (Eudy) beat Bret "The Hitman" Hart to win the WWE title in Nashville, Tenn.  Hart, of course, would depart for WCW later that same year, following the infamous breach of contract and subsequent double-cross by Titan Sports chairman Vincent K. McMahon.

Feb. 18, 1967 - The Devil's Duo (Angelo Poffo & Chris Markoff) toppled Dick the Bruiser (Dick Afflis) and the Crusher (Reggie Lisowski) to capture the WWA tag belts in Indianapolis.

Dick the Bruiser and the Crusher are featured in the WrestlingClassics.com Pay Per View, Beauties, Babes, & Brawn on iN DEMAND.

Feb. 18, 1973 - Karl Von Schotz and Kurt Von Hess captured the Detroit version of the NWA World tag-team title, downing Dean Ho (Dean Higuchi) and Johnny Kostas.

Feb. 18, 1984 - Brad Armstrong (Robert James Jr.) beat Ted DiBiase in a battle of second-generation superstars in Atlanta's Omni to win the NWA National title as recognized by Georgia Championship Wrestling. DiBiase had been scheduled to wrestle the "mysterious Mr. R." (Tommy Rich under a mask after being beaten in a loser-leave-town match) and had vowed to unmask him and drive him from the territory.  As it turned out, an unmasked Rich came to ringside during the match and distracted DiBiase long enough for the masked man (who in this case was Armstrong) to score the pin.

Ted DiBiase challenges for the North American title and the Mid South tag team title in Mid South Tape 1.

Feb. 18, 1987 - Kevin Sullivan defeated Bad News Allen (Coage) to garner the NWA Southern title in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Coage, a former Olympic judo star who later worked as "Bad News Brown" in the WWE, today appears occasionally on indie shows in western Canada. Sullivan, who now works behind-the-scenes at WCW, once performed under a rubber mask as Merlin the Magician, playing the sidekick to Kevin Nash as "Oz." Thanks to the marketing genius of former WCW boss Jim Herd, they were accompanied to the ring by Dorothy and Toto.

You can see Kevin Sullivan’s sunshine state reign of terror when he brawls with Blackjack Mulligan in Florida Tape 1.

Feb. 18, 1988 - David "D.J." Peterson beat the Cuban Assassin to win the NWA Central States title in Kansas City. Peterson was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1993.

 

Feb. 18, 1991 - Rick and Scott Steiner (Rob & Scott Rechsteiner) beat the Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin) to win the WCW World tag title in Montgomery, Ala. It should be pointed out that the Freebirds actually lost the title before they won them, dropping the straps in this pre-taped match (which was set to air a month later) before the PPV bout where they won them from Doom (Ron Simmons & Bruce Reed) even took place.

The Freebirds are in all their glory in Mid South Tape 1.

Feb. 18, 1996 - Johnny B. Badd (Marc Mero) downed Lex Luger to capture the WCW television belt in Norfolk, VA. Some time later, Mero leaves WCW after a dispute with boss Eric Bischoff over the direction the company was taking his character.  Mero cites his religious beliefs and family values as determining factors in jumping from WCW to the WWE.  In an unrelated side note, his wife Sable (Rena Mero), has appeared nude multiple times in Playboy.

Feb. 19, 1966 - Cowboy Bill Watts beat Kenji Shibuya to win the San Francisco version of the NWA U.S. title for promoter Roy Shire. Watts would later go on to run his own promotion, the famed Mid-South Sports, which produced what was probably the single most exciting year of televised wrestling in the history of the industry in 1986. He later had stints working for both WCW and the WWE, neither of which exactly went very smoothly. 

Cowboy Bill Watts battles Buddy Colt for the North American heavyweight championship  in Legend of Buddy Colt.

Feb. 20, 1978 - Bob Backlund stunned the world, pinning Superstar Billy Graham (Wayne Coleman) in New York's Madison Square Garden to win the WWE heavyweight championship as recognized by Vincent J. McMahon's Capitol Wrestling Corporation (a member of the NWA). Today, Graham, who both Hulk Hogan and Jesse Ventura patterned their careers after, is today a vocal critic against steroid abuse, which he admittedly (and regretfully) helped to popularize in the 1970s.  Backlund unsuccessfully ran for a congressional seat in his home state of Connecticut as a Republican.

Superstar Billy Graham is in action in Florida Tape 1.

Feb. 20, 1989 - Mike (Lawrence) Rotundo beat Rick Steiner in Chicago, Ill. to win the NWA television title as recognized by WCW. Rotundo was trained by the legendary Original, Intelligent, Sensational Destroyer (Dick Beyer).

Mike Rotonda gets a rematch for the Southern title he lost to Ron Bass in Florida Tape 2.

Feb. 20, 1989 - Lex Luger pinned former partner Barry Windham in Chicago to win his second NWA United States title as recognized by WCW. Luger is a former football player with the CFL and USFL and spent some time with the NFL's Green Bay Packers. Windham on the other hand excelled on the gridiron at West Texas State University. Both men are former members of wrestling's Four Horsemen.

Feb. 20, 1989 - In yet another chapter of a feud that began in 1977, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat (Richard Blood) upended Nature Boy Ric Flair (Richard Fliehr) in Chicago to take the NWA World heavyweight championship. Looking at the complete title history between the two, you'll find that Steamboat beat Flair for one World title, two U.S. titles, one TV title, and two Mid-Atlantic tag titles (with Paul Jones as his partner). Flair beat Steamboat for one World title, one U.S. title, and one Mid-Atlantic tag title (with Big John Studd as his partner).

Both Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat are featured throughout the Mid-Atlantic Collection, currently on sale with free domestic shipping.

2/21/82 Greensboro (N.C) Coliseum - In the main event, Ric Flair (Richard Fliehr) defended the NWA World heavyweight championship against Ricky Steamboat (Richard Blood), before 8,000 fans.  This was a No DQ rematch stemming from their bout on the February 7th show in the same building, in which Flair had been disqualified.

       Before the match, Sgt. Slaughter (Bob Remus), the reigning NWA United States champion, came to ringside with his "Privates" (Jim Nelson & Don Kernodle).  He challenged the winner of the match, and nearly got into a fight with Steamboat.   

       As was the case with most Steamboat versus Flair matches, this was a classic, with both men pulling out all stops. The finish came when Steamboat rolled Flair into a cradle coming off the ropes.  Flair kicked out, sending Steamboat's head crashing into the turnbuckle.  Flair then schoolboyed him for the pin in 15:47.

       Afterward, as Flair left the ring with the NWA World title still in hand, Slaughter and his "Privates" entered the ring.  Remembering the altercation with Steamboat before the bout, they attacked him and began stomping him mercilessly.

       As the crowd grew hotter and hotter, Flair watched from ringside.  Finally, after thirty seconds or so, the Nature Boy came back into the ring to help Steamboat, the man he had just defeated. Unfortunately, no good deed goes unpunished as the Marines overpowered Flair and beat him down as well. Finally, Ray Stevens and Jake "The Snake" Roberts (Aurelian Smith Jr.) came out to make the save, but not before Flair had been knocked completely out.

       In a stirring moment, Steamboat hoisted Flair upon his shoulders and carried him back to the dressing room as the fans stood to cheer both men.

       In other bouts, Dusty Rhodes (Virgil Runnels) beat Sgt. Slaughter in 11:14, but didn't win the U.S. title, as Slaughter was disqualified for throwing the American Dream over the top rope.

       Ole Anderson (Alan Rogowski) and Stan Hansen topped Ray Stevens and Bad, Bad Leroy Brown (Leroy Rochester) in 8:45, after Hansen nailed Brown with the lariat. Anderson and Hansen had won the Greensboro leg of a multi-city tournament to crown new NWA World tag champs on February 7, beating Stevens and Pat Patterson (Pierre Clermont) in the finals. The other teams in that tourney were Adrian Adonis (Keith Franke) & Jesse Ventura (Jim Janos), Terry Taylor & Tim Horner, Mr. Fuji (Harry Fujiwara) & Mr. Saito, Jimmy Valiant (Jim Valen) & Johnny Weaver (John Meyers) and Jay Youngblood (Steve Romero) & Jake Roberts.

       In what was perhaps the most heated feud in the entire country at the time, Rowdy Roddy Piper (Roddy Toombs) and Bob Armstrong (Bob James Sr.) battled to a double count-out in 6:22.

       Jake "The Snake" Roberts pinned Pvt. Jim Nelson (Jim Darrell) in 9:22 after executing his famous kneelift, which he used to win matches before he mastered the DDT.  After the match, Slaughter ordered Nelson to do push-ups and run laps.

       Mike George pinned Bill White in 7:24 after a shoulderbreaker. Pork Chop Cash pinned Chris Markoff in 4:17 following a headbutt. Pvt. Don Kernodle pinned Mike Davis in 8:31 after a powerslam. David Patterson (David Cannell) downed Tony Anthony (later Dirty White Boy) in 7:41 following a backbreaker.

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2/21/82 Hara Arena (Columbus, Ohio)  - Former NWA World heavyweight champion Wildfire Tommy Rich (Tom Richardson) beat the Great Kabuki, managed by Playboy Gary Hart, on a disqualification.  Kabuki was one of the most colorful and feared heels of the time while Rich was the original golden boy of cable TV.

      "The Eighth Wonder of the World" Andre the Giant (Andre Rousimoff) fought to a double count-out with former NWA World titleholder Harley Race.

      The Masked Superstar (Bill Eadie) and Super Destroyer (Scott Irwin) downed Mr. Wrestling II (Johnny Walker) and Brad Armstrong (Bob James Jr.)

      Terry Taylor beat Rick Harris (who would go on to become Black Bart) and Tom Prichard pinned the Angel (Frank Morrell).
Richard O'Sullivan has been following professional wrestling for nearly 27 years and saw many of today's 'legends' like Ric Flair and Randy Savage compete in small high school gyms and recreation centers when they were just starting out. His first foray into serious wrestling journalism pre-dated publications like The Wrestling Observer Newsletter and he has done play-by-play wrestling announcing on the radio. After a brief stint as an independent promoter, Sullivan has settled into a role as a well-paid wrestling historian, who openly laughs in the face of anyone who hasn't heard of Spaceman Frank Hickey. Richard Sullivan is also the creator of Lost Colony Entertainment. 

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