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This Day in Wrestling History (March 12)

32 years ago today in Greensboro, North Carolina, Ricky Steamboat  & Jay Youngblood defeated Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodle in a steel cage match to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship. On the same show, NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair and NWA United States Champion Greg Valentine fought to a one hour time limit draw with the world title at stake.

22 years ago today in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka defeated Glen Osbourne in a tournament final to win the ECW Television Championship. The title was vacated a month earlier for unknown reasons. The title change highlighted the first ever ECW television taping for Sportschannel Philadelphia.

20 years ago, Brian Adams, aka WWF's Crush, was arrested on drugs and weapons charges after anabolic steroids, unregistered semi-automatic weapons, a stun gun, and marijuana were found in his home in Hawaii. The arrest leads to Adams being fired from the WWF.

15 years ago today, ECW presented Living Dangerously from the O'Neill Center in Danbury, Connecticut. The show's focus was on crowning a new ECW World Television Champion after Rob Van Dam vacated the title due to injury earlier in the month.

  • In a dark match, Mikey Whipwreck defeated Pitbull #1
  • Dusty Rhodes defeated Steve Corino (w/ Jack Victory) in a bullrope match.
  • The New Dangerous Alliance (C.W. Anderson and Bill Wiles) defeated Danny Doring and Amish Roadkill.
  • Mike Awesome defeated Kid Kash to retain the ECW World Heavyweight Championship.
  • Super Nova and Chris Chetti defeated Jado and Gedo.
  • Rhino defeated The Sandman by forfeit in a semifinal match in the ECW World TV Championship tournament.
  • Super Crazy defeated Little Guido in a semifinal match in the ECW World TV Championship tournament.
  • Balls Mahoney defeated Kintaro Kanemura.
  • New Jack and Vic Grimes fought to a no contest.
  • The Impact Players (Lance Storm and Justin Credible) defeated Raven and Mike Awesome and Tommy Dreamer and Masato Tanaka in a three-way dance to win the ECW World Tag Team Championship.
  • Super Crazy defeated Rhino in the tournament final to win the vacant ECW World Television Championship.

13 years ago today at a Smackdown taping in Cleveland, Ohio, Maven defeated Al Snow to win the WWF Hardcore Championship.

12 years ago today at a NWA-TNA weekly PPV taping, Lelani Kai defeated Madison in a dark match to win the NWA Womens Championship.

11 years ago today, Kensuke Sasaki defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. On the same show, Bryan Danielson and Curry Man defeated Gedo & Jado to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.

9 years ago today, TNA presented Destination X from the Impact Zone at Universal Orlando. Of note, Scott Steiner makes his debut with the company.

  • In a preshow match, Shannon Moore defeated Cassidy Riley.
  • In a preshow match, The Diamonds in the Rough (David Young and Elix Skipper) defeated Shark Boy and Norman Smiley.
  • Alex Shelley defeated Jay Lethal.
  • Lance Hoyt defeated Matt Bentley.
  • Team Canada (Bobby Roode and Eric Young) defeated The Naturals (Chase Stevens and Andy Douglas).
  • The James Gang (B.G. James and Kip James) and Bob Armstrong defeated The Latin American Exchange (Konnan, Homicide and Machete).
  • Chris Sabin defeated Petey Williams, Sonjay Dutt and Puma in a four-way match.
  • Jeff Jarrett, Abyss, and America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris and James Storm) (w/ James Mitchell and Gail Kim) defeated Rhino, Ron Killings, and Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon).
  • Christopher Daniels defeated Samoa Joe and A.J. Styles in an Ultimate X match to win the TNA X Division Championship.
  • Christian Cage defeated Monty Brown to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

5 years ago today, Chessman defeated Hernandez and Marco Corleone in a three-way dance to win the AAA Rey de Reyes (King of Kings) Tournament. On the same show, Electroshock defeated El Mesias and Mr. Anderson in a triple threat match to win the AAA World Heavyweight Championship.

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