February 2nd – On This Day In Wrestling History

New Age Outlaws Dumpster Incident
Credit: WWE

1976 – After being struck in the face, Susan Tex Green put the NWA Women’s Champion the Fabulous Moolah in a shoot (real) submission hold and made her give up the match. Green held the woman’s championship for several days before being forced by Vince McMahon Sr. to give it back, re-awarding it to Moolah. Green’s title reign is not recognized by the WWE.

1986 – NWA Superstars on the Superstation was held in Atlanta, Georgia. Billed as a night of dream matches voted for by the fans, the show also had an appearance from country singer Willie Nelson. On the card:

  • The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey) defeated The Rock ‘n Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) to win the NWA World Tag Team belts.
  • The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) defeated Ivan and Nikita Koloff.
  • Dusty Rhodes retained the NWA National Heavyweight Championship in a match against Tully Blanchard as it reached the 20-minute time limit.
  • Ric Flair defeated Ron Garvin to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

1986 – Gino Hernandez died as a result of a drug overdose at the age of just 28.

1998 – Monday Night Raw is in Indiana. The first match of the night sees Cactus Jack take on Chainsaw Charlie (Terry Funk) in a “King of Hardcore” match. The match ends in a No Contest after Cactus Jack backdrops Charlie into a dumpster, climbs up on the TitanTron and launches himself onto Charlie, still inside the bin. Straight away Billy Gunn and the Road Dogg turn up and tie the lid shut before launching the dumpster off of the stage, with Cactus and Charlie still inside.

2004 – WWE Monday Night Raw is in Pennsylvania. Trish Stratus is in the ring ready to take on Molly Holly for the Women’s Championship. However, Eric Bishoff comes to the stage to tell Trish she isn’t the number one contender and so instead will be taking on… Kane. Luckily for her, Chri Jericho runs out for the save but is taken out by Kane for his troubles. With Kane still in the ring Goldberg comes out for what seems to be an official match but is fought to a No Contest after a bolt of lightning hits the ring, the Undertaker appears on the big screen, and Goldberg hits Kane with a Spear as the ring fills with smoke.

2008 – Brock Lesnar made his UFC debut against Frank Mir and would tap out when Mir locked a knee bar submission on him in just 90 seconds.

2010 – Vince McMahon appeared on an episode of ECW on SyFy to announce that in two weeks time, the brand would cease to exist. It would be replaced by a new reality/competition format that would be called NXT.

2014 – TNA One Night Only – Joker’s Wild was taped in Birmingham, England, but wouldn’t be available in America until May. In the Jokers Wild Gauntlet Battle Royal Ethan Carter III outlasted Abyss, Bad Bones, Bully Ray, Davey Richards, Doug Williams, Eddie Edwards, Kazarian, Magnus, Rockstar Spud, Sam Shaw, and Samoa Joe to win the match and the £100,000 prize.

Notable Wrestling Birthdays:

  • Brian Cage (1984)
  • Teddy Hart (1980)
  • Dragon Kid (1976)
  • Takuma Sano (1965)
  • Genchiro Tenryu (1950)