Today In Wrestling History – February 7th


1988 – Shiro Koshinaka wins the 1st NJPW Top of the Super Juniors tournament, defeating Hiroshi Hase in the final

2000 – The Monday Night War continued: WWF Monday Night Raw defeated WCW Monday Nitro: 6.5 to 2.7 in the ratings

2008 – WWE severs ties with it’s development territory OVW


In 1987, Bill Watts’ UWF held an 8-team tournament in Fort Worth, Texas to fill the UWF World Tag Team Title vacancy left by Jim Duggan &  Terry Taylor. Duggan lost a Loser Leaves Town match to One Man Gang on January 23, which was actually Duggan’s out from the UWF to move on to the WWF:

– Rick Steiner & Sting defeated Chavo Guerrero & The Missing Link
– Sam Houston and Terry Taylor defeated The Angel of Death & Terry Gordy
– Ted DiBiase & Steve Williams defeated Eli the Eliminator & Bill Irwin
– Chris Adams & Iceman Parsons defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Buddy Roberts)
– Rick Steiner and Sting defeated Sam Houston and Terry Taylor
– Chris Adams & Iceman Parsons defeated Ted DiBiase & Steve Williams. After the match, Adams & Parsons split up & a coin toss was held to determine who would go to the final match with a new partner. Adams won the toss & chose Terry Taylor as his partner
– Chris Adams & Terry Taylor defeated Rick Steiner & Sting to win the vacant UWF World Tag Team Title

In 2000, WCW Monday Nitro was live from Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Convention Center:

– Norman Smiley defeated Evan Karagias (with Shane Helms & Shannon Moore)
– The Wall defeated Booker T (with Midnight)
– Tank Abbott defeated The Barbarian in a Shootfight Rules match
– David Flair (with Crowbar and Daffney) defeated Terry Funk in an I Quit match
– Stevie Ray (with Big T & J. Biggs) defeated Disco Inferno (with Big Vito & Johnny The Bull)
– Bam Bam Bigelow defeated WCW Hardcore Champion Brian Knobbs to win the title
– Billy Kidman (with Torrie Wilson) defeated The Demon
– WCW World Heavyweight Champion Sid Vicious defeated Scott Hall to retain the title

In 2007, IWA East Coast held its second-annual “A Need to Bleed” at the Community Center in South Charleston, West Virginia:

– Zac Vincent defeated Scotty Vortekz
– Danshoku Dino defeated Aaron Draven
– The Hane Brothers (Koke & Sam) defeated Six Feet Under (Freak Show & Insane Lane) in a Hardcore match
– KUDO defeated Chris Hero
– The Midnight Rider (Ian Rotten) defeated The Juggulator in a Bullrope match
– IWA East Coast Heavyweight Champion Jerry Lynn defeated Mike Quackenbush to retain the title
– Drake Younger defeated Fighting Ultimate Crazy Kings Champion Mad Man Pondo in a Lighttube match to win the title
– The Hane Brothers, The Juggulator & Warpig defeated Baka Gaijin (2 Tuff Tony & Mad Man Pondo), Gypsy Joe & Mickie Knuckles in a Barbed Wire Steel Cage Handcuffs match

Title Changes

1950 – Leroy McGuirk is forced to vacate the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title after being blinded in a car accident

1982 – Dutch Mantel defeated Jerry Lawler for the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1983 – The Sheepherders (Jonathan Boyd & Luke Williams) defeated The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn & Stan Lane) to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Title in Louisville, Kentucky

1983 – Tola Yatsu defeated The Great Kabuki to win the WCCW Television Title

1984 – Wayne Ferris (Honky Tonk Man) wins a tournament final to win the vacant NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title in Mobile, Alabama

1984 – Dynamite Kid defeated The Cobra in a Triangular Series (having also beaten Davey Boy Smith) to win the vacant WWF Junior Heavyweight Title

1987 – Terry Taylor & Chris Adams defeated Rick Steiner & Sting in the final of a tournament to win the vacant UWF Tag Team Titles

1989 – Larry Zbyszko wins a Battle Royal, last eliminating Tom Zenk, to win the vacant AWA World Title

1992 – Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase & Irwin R Schyster) defeated The Legion of Doom (Hawk & Animal) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles. As a result, the Million Dollar Championship is abandoned

1994 – Jerry Lawler defeated Eddie Gilbert to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1998 – Jushin Liger defeated Shinjiro Otani to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title


Happy birthday to former WWF jobber Rusty Brooks (55), & 2-time AJPW Tag Team Champion Kim Duk (66)

In Memoriam

Today, in 1992, the wrestling world lost former WCW, NWA & WWF competitor ‘Mad Dog’ Buzz Sawyer aged just 32. Sawyer started his career wrestling for Georgia Championship Wrestling and Jim Crockett Promotions in the late 70′s. In these territories, Sawyer had a long and memorable feud with Tommy Rich, culminating in (what is credited to be) the first ever ‘enclosed cage’ match, or in other words, the equivalent of WWE’s Hell In A Cell match. He had a short WWF run in 1984, competing under Captain Lou Albano, but his ‘Bulldog’ gimmick failed to get over, and he left shortly afterwards. By 1986 he had passed through the Mid-Atlantic territory, winning their TV title, and had surfaced in WCCW, where he would have his most successful run. In 1989, he was released from the promotion after failing a drug test, though he had managed to win their Tag Team, Television and Heavyweight titles. His last major run was as part of Gary Hart’s J-Tex Corporation in WCW, where he feuded with Arn Anderson. However, he fractured his wrist at WrestleWar ’90 and would not return to WCW. Sawyer died of an overdose-related heart attack whilst still active on the indies. Interestingly, a young ‘wannabe’ wrestler named Mark Calaway approached Sawyer, asking Sawyer to train him to become a professional wrestler. After Calaway had paid Saywer, he taught the young man how to start a match, then skipped town the next day. Calaway would go on to appear in the WWF/E as The Undertaker