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1991 – In Montgomery, Alabama, Rick and Scott Steiner defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin) to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship belts. Due to WCW’s filming schedule the match had been taped on February 18th but wasn’t shown until that day, which caused a very unique set of circumstances. The Freebirds didn’t actually win the titles until the Wrestlewar PPV on 24th February which meant they were officially recognised as having a MINUS six day championship reign.
1996 – ECW Big Ass Extreme Bash is held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The show was the last appearance of Cactus Jack (Mick Foley) in ECW before leaving to become Mankind in the WWF. Foley defeated Mikey Whipwreck with a piledriver on a chair and after the match was given a standing ovation from the crowd, before dancing out of the arena with Stevie Richards and The Blue Meanie.
2001 – Two days before it was due to take place, ECW cancelled the Living Dangerously PPV. It came as no surprise as they had no venue booked, no television to promote it, and no tickets on sale. Also, ECW owner Paul Heyman was appearing on Raw as a commentator.
2008 – TNA Destination X is held in Norfolk, Virginia. On the show:
- The Latin American Xchange (Homicide and Hernandez) defeated The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley) and The Rock ‘n Rave Infection (Lance Hoyt and Jimmy Rave) in a Three-Way Dance Tag Team match.
- Jay Lethal pinned Petey Williams to retain the TNA X Division Championship.
- Eric Young and Kaz defeated Black Reign and Rellik.
- Awesome Kong defeated both Gail Kim and ODB in a Three-Way Dance match to retain the TNA Knockouts Championship.
- Curry Man and Shark Boy defeated Brother Ray and Brother Devon in a Fish Market Street Fight.
- Robert Roode defeated Booker T in a “Stand By Your Man” strap match.
- Rhino defeated James Storm in an Elevation X match.
- The Unlikely Alliance (Samoa Joe, Kevin Nash, and Christian Cage) defeated The Angle Alliance (Kurt Angle, A.J. Styles, and Tomko) when Samoa Joe forced Tomko to submit to the Coquina Clutch.
2009 – On Monday Night Raw, John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield defeated CM Punk to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship, making him the tenth Grand Slam champion in WWE history. He would lose the belt the following month at WrestleMania 25 and then retire from being an active wrestler.
2014 – TNA Lockdown PPV is held in Coral Gables, Florida. Every match on the card is held inside a cage with the main event seeing Team MVP (MVP, Eddie Edwards, Davey Richards, and Willow) defeat Team Dixie (Bobby Roode, Robbie E, Jessie Godderz, and Austin Aries) in a Lethal Lockdown match. The win meant that MVP got 100% control of TNA.
2015 – WWE announce that Connor ‘The Crusher’ Michalek would posthumously receive the Warrior Award at WrestleMania 31.
Connor Michalek, a Pittsburgh native and passionate WWE fan who passed away last year from cancer, will be the first-ever recipient of the Warrior Award, which will be presented each year at the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
The Warrior Award will be given to someone who has exhibited unwavering strength and perseverance, and who lives life with the courage and compassion that embodies the indomitable spirit of WWE Hall of Famer, The Ultimate Warrior. This year, the award will be presented by The Ultimate Warrior’s widow, Dana Warrior, and WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan to Steve Michalek, Connor’s father.
2018 – ROH 16th Anniversary Show was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two title changes happened on the show – the first saw SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, and Scorpio Sky) take the ROH Six Man Tag Team Championship belts from The Hung Bucks (Hangman Page, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson). Later in the show, Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe beat The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) to become the new ROH World Tag Team Champions.
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