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Feb. 22 - Feb. 28

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

Feb. 22, 1979


Six-Man Tag Team War
Don Greene & Al Greene & Sir Samuel Clements  vs 
Len Rossi & Bearcat Brown & Tinker Todd

Jerry Jarrett & 
Tojo Yammamoto  vs 

Feb. 23, 1971

NWA World Title
Dory Funk Jr. vs Sheik

Bobo Brazil & Tony Marino  vs Pampero Firpo & 
Killer Brooks

World Tag Title
Kurt Von Hess & 
Kurt Von Schotz vs 
Fred Curry & Luis Martinez

Feb. 23, 1973

U.S. Heavyweight Title
Ricky Steamboat vs 
Baron Von Raschke

TV Title
Paul Jones vs Tony Atlas

Feb. 2
3, 1979

American Heavyweight Title
Fritz Von Erich vs 
Blackjack Lanza

Blackjack Mulligan vs 
Mad Dog Vachon

Ft Worth
Feb. 24, 1975

Texas Death Match
Robert Fuller & 
Jimmy Golden vs
Dennis Condrey & 
Don Carson

Feb. 24, 1979

Texas Brass Knucks Title
Mad Dog Vachon vs 
Blackjack Lanza

Blackjack Mulligan vs 
Red Bastien

Feb. 25, 1975

Six-Man Tag Team Match
Ivan Putski & Tom Jones & Cisco Grimaldo vs 
Brute Bernard &
Missouri Mauler & 
Cisco Grimaldo

Ft. Worth
Feb. 26, 1973


Main Event
Verne Gagne & 
Mad Dog Vachon vs
Pat Pattersn & Ray Stevens

Feb. 26, 1979

Central States Tag Team Tournament
Ted DiBiase & Dick Murdoch

Bruiser Brody & 
Buck Robley

Rocky Johnson & 
Rufus R Jones

Feb. 26, 1979

Tag Team Match
Missouri Mauler & 
Brute Bernard
Fritz Von Erich & 
Ivan Putski

Feb. 27, 1973

Double Main Event
Ric Flair & Paul Jones vs Ricky Steamboat & 
Tony Atlas

Paul Orndorff vs Ernie Ladd

Feb. 27, 1979 


Tag Team Match
Carlos Colon & Jose Rivera vs Mongolian Stomper &
Abdullah the Butcher

North American Title
Bobby Jaggers vs 
Charlie Cook

Carribean Title
Angelo Mosca vs 
Pierre Martel

Feb. 27, 19825

Texas Heavyweight Title
Al Madril vs Killer Krupp

David Von Erich vs 
Brute Bernard

Feb. 28, 1978


Two Ring Battle Royal

Southern Heavyweight Title
Professor Toru Tanaka vs Bill Dundee

Southern Tag Team Title
Robert Fuller & 
Jimmy Golden vs
Dennis Condrey & 
Don Carson

Feb. 28, 1979

2/23/82 Louisville (Kent.) Gardens - Steve Keirn defeated Norvel Austin via countout in 7:10 when Austin simply went back to the dressing room following a ringside brawl. Austin was one of the founders of the original Midnight Express along with Dennis Condrey and Randy Rose, while Keirn formed the legendary Fabulous Ones with Stan LaneBill Dundee (Bill Crookshanks) and Dutch Mantell (Wayne Keown) beat the other two members of the Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey & Randy Rose) in 15:40 when Mantell pinned Condrey following his finishing move, the Double Ditch Clutch… Roy Rogers (later known as Johnny Rich) teamed with Ricky and Robert Gibson (Ruben Kane) to beat Bobby Eaton, the Dream Machine (Troy Graham), and Sweet Brown Sugar Koko Ware (James Ware) in 13:11. After the Machine put a foreign object in his mask and headbutted Rogers, Ware got the pinfall. However, the referee then found the object and reversed the decision… Stan Lane turned back the assault of the Cuban Assassin in 2:33, foiling yet another attempt at collecting the $5,000 bounty that Jimmy Hart had placed on Lane's head… Roy Rogers pinned Tojo Yamamoto with a sunset flip in 34 seconds… Gypsy Joe wrestled Ric McCord to a 15-minute draw.

2/25/82 - Memorial Hall (Kansas City, Kansas): In a Lumberjack match (wrestlers surrounding the ring to make sure no one runs), Dick the Bruiser (Dick Afflis) defeated the Masked Superfly (Ray Canty)… Wildfire Tommy Rich and Bulldog Bob Brown went to a draw with Gentleman Jerry Valiant and Nature Boy Roger Kirby… Mark Romero (who later became Mark Youngblood) beat Jerry Brown (one of the original Hollywood Blondes) by disqualification… Rufus R. Jones went to a draw with Gene Lewis Dewey Robertson pinned Hercules Hernandez Ricky Romero downed Bill Howard.

2/26/82 - Richmond (Va) Coliseum - Rowdy Roddy Piper beat Ricky Steamboat in a lumberjack match to retain the Mid-Atlantic heavyweight title. Piper had captured that belt from Steamboat the previous November… In a $5,000 cobra clutch challenge, Blackjack Mulligan Jr. (Barry Windham) beat Sgt. Slaughter by disqualification.  When it appeared that Windham would break the Sarge's famous hold, Pvt. Jim Nelson interfered for the DQ…

       In the Richmond leg of the NWA World tag team tournament:

       FIRST ROUND: Ray Stevens and Bad, Bad Leroy Brown beat Austin Idol (Dennis McCord) and Big John Studd (John Minton). Sgt. Slaughter and Pvt. Jim Nelson downed Kelly Kiniski and Ron Ritchie.

       SEMI-FINALS: Jack and Jerry Brisco bested Ole and Gene Anderson (Gene was subbing for Stan Hansen).  Both teams received a first round bye. Sgt. Slaughter and Pvt. Jim Nelson beat Ray Stevens and Leroy Brown.

       FINALS:  Sgt. Slaughter and Pvt. Jim Nelson defeated Jack and Jerry Brisco to win the Richmond tournament.

       Jerry Brisco did however manage to get a measure of revenge for his family and team, as he defeated Pvt. Jim Nelson in singles competition.

2/28/81 - Blackjack Mulligan and Sweet Ebony Diamond (Rocky Johnson) team to defeat Bobby Duncum and the Iron  Sheik at the Recreation Center in Shelby, N.C.

2/28/81 - In a battle of former NFL stars, Jim Duggan of the Atlanta Falcons beats Charlie Cook of the Pittsburgh Steelers during a taping of Georgia Championship Wrestling on TBS. Duggan wins after he spears Cook while wearing his football helmet. Also during this show, TBS airs a pre-recorded match from the Tampa Sportatorium, in which NWA World champion Harley Race turns back the tough challenge of Frank Dusek.

2/28/82 - Bobby "The Brain" Heenan is victorious over Hulk Hogan, as he teams with Ken Patera and Bobby Duncum to defeat the Hulkster and his partners, Baron Von Raschke and Buck Zumhoff at an AWA card in Minneapolis. Heenan, with his awesome bump-taking skills and great presence behind the microphone, is credited by many as one of the prime reasons Hogan became a superstar in the 80s, as he provided the perfect foil for "Hulkamania."

2/28/82 - 13,000 fans look on at the Omni as Ole Anderson and Stan Hansen win the Atlanta leg of the NWA World tag-team tournament, downing Jack and Gerald Brisco in the finals. Others teams in the Atlanta competition include Terry and Dory Funk, Buddy Rose and Rip Oliver, Ron Bass and Kevin Sullivan, Ron Fuller and Leroy Brown, the Masked Superstar (Bill Eadie) and Super Destroyer (Scott Irwin), Jumbo Tsuruta and Genichiro Tenryu, Mongolian Stomper and Rick Harris (later Black Bart) and Tommy Rogers and Brad Armstrong.  Anderson and Hansen, who also won the Greensboro leg of the tourney, eventually prevail with the most competition wins and are awarded the belts.

2/28/86 - The unpredictable Dick Slater upends Jake "The Snake" Roberts in Houston, Texas, to take the Mid-South TV strap. 

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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