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This Day in Wrestling History (February 8)

44 years ago today in New York City, Pedro Morales defeated Ivan Koloff to win the WWWF Championship. The win forces Morales to vacate the WWWF United States Championship. He would hold the championship for the nearly three years.

35 years ago today in Tokyo, Japan, Stan Hansen defeated Antonio Inoki to win the National Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Championship.

29 years ago today in Boston, Massachusetts, Randy Savage defeated Tito Santana to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship. The title change doesn't air until February 24's edition of Prime Time Wrestling; in the interim, Santana defends the title on the house show circuit. Savage would hold the title until Wrestlemania III the following March, a span of 414 days, 11 days short of the record for longest reign ever (the record would be broken by Honky Tonk Man in 1988).

WWF Raw is WAR 02/13/1999 (Raw Saturday Night... by NotoriousPimpin

WWF Raw is WAR 02/13/1999 (Raw Saturday Night... by NotoriousPimpin

16 years ago today, WWF tapes RAW Saturday Night from the Skydome in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The show, airing February 13 due to the USA Network's coverage of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in the States, had an attendance of 41,432 fans, the largest for a Monday Night RAW in company history. The record still stands. (Side note: the show aired in its usual day and time in Canada.) In the show's main event, Vince McMahon scores his first career win by pinning Stone Cold Steve Austin in a gauntlet match.

Roddy Piper vs. Bret Hart U.S Title Pt.1 by Stinger1981

Roddy Piper vs. Bret Hart U.S Title Pt.2 by Stinger1981

16 years ago today on Nitro from Buffalo, New York, Roddy Piper defeated Bret Hart to win the WCW United States Championship.

15 years ago today at a Sunday Night Heat/Smackdown taping in Austin, Texas, Essa Rios defeated Gillberg in just 45 seconds to win the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship. That ended Gillberg's mostly inactive title run at just a shade under 15 months. The match saw the WWF debut of Amy Dumas, aka Lita. On the same taping during Smackdown, Kurt Angle defated Val Venis to win the WWF European Championship.

6 years ago today, TNA presented Against All Odds from the Impact Zone at Universal Orlando.

  • Alex Shelley defeated Eric Young to retain the TNA X-Division Championship.
  • Scott Steiner defeated Petey Williams.
  • Brutus Magnus defeated Chris Sabin.
  • Awesome Kong defeated ODB to retain the TNA Knockouts Championship.
  • Booker T defeated Shane Sewell to retain the TNA Legends Championship.
  • Abyss defeated Matt Morgan.
  • Beer Money Inc. (James Storm & Robert Roode) defeated Lethal Consequences (Consequences Creed & Jay Lethal) to retain the TNA World Tag Team Championship.
  • Sting defeated Brother Devon, Brother Ray and Kurt Angle in a four-way match to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

5 years ago today, WWE announces that "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Word leaked that the headlining spot was to go to the Ultimate Warrior, but an agreement could not be reached. Warrior eventually did get into the Hall of Fame in 2014.

5 years ago today on RAW from Lafayette, Louisiana, ShowMiz (The Big Show and The Miz) defeated D-Generation X (Triple H & Shawn Michaels) and the Straight Edge Society (CM Punk and Luke Gallows) in a three-team elimination match to win the WWE Unified Tag Team Championship.

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