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Andy Moseley




Wow, didn't you just read last week's History? (Ummm....I haven't put it up yet. Sorry! - CRZ)


1999 - In a title change you could probably care less about, Shito Koshinaka & Kensuke Sasaki won the IWGP International tag belts from Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan in Amagaseki, Japan. If I spelled all of those names right, I deserve a large cash payment from someone.

1997 - Jerry Lawler won the USWA heavyweight belt from Tank. Tank? Abbott?

1981 - Paul Jones & Masked Superstar became the first two-time NWA World tag team champions by winning the belts back from Ray "The Streak" Stevens & Ivan Koloff in Greensboro, NC.


1997 - WrestleMania XIII was in Chicago and was a pretty dull event, with the exception of the Bret Hart-Steve Austin submission match. The two went almost 23 minutes and ended when Austin passed out from the pain of a "sharpshooter." The Undertaker also won the WWF Title by beating Sycho Sid, which was nothing short of DULL. I-C champ Rocky Maivia pinned The Sultan... who would have thought these two would be two of the biggest stars? Also on the card... The Headbangers d. Furnas & Lafon, the Godwinns, and the New Blackjacks ... HHH d. Goldust ... World tag champs Owen Hart & British Bulldog went to a double-countout vs Mankind & Vader ... Ahmed Johnson, his gut, and LOD d. Faarooq, Crush, and Savio Vega in a Chicago streetfight.

1985 - Magnum T.A. won the NWA U.S. belt from Chief Wahoo McDaniel.

1984 - Remember in last week's History when I said that Harley Race won the NWA World title from Ric Flair in New Zealand on March 21st? Well, today he lost it back to Flair in Singapore.


1994 - Man, I missed having a Jerry Lawler USWA heavyweight title change last week! This week, he won the belt from the late Eddie Gilbert in Sanatobia, MS.

1991 - It's another WrestleMania, this one being VII in Los Angeles, a few months within the Desert Storm time, and had our American hero Hulk Hogan winning the WWF Title from that Iraq scum Sgt. Slaughter. The better match was a retirement match between Randy Savage and the Ullllllllllltimate Warrior, ultimately won by the Warrior. Wait... did I just say "ultimately won by the Warrior?" Anyway, Macho and Elizabeth, who just happened to be in the crowd, reunited. Undertaker made his WrestleMania debut, beating Jimmy Snuka in 4:20 (light one up for the Godfather). Everyone's favorite tag team, the Nasty Boys, won the tag belts from the Hart Foundation, too. Also on the card... The Rockers d. Barbarian & Haku ... Kerry Von Erich d. Dno Bravo ... British Bulldog d. Warlord ... Jake Roberts d. Rick Martel in a blindfold match ... Koji Kitao & Genichiro Tenryu d. Demolition ... Big Boss Man d. I-C champ Mr. Perfect by DQ ... Earthquake d. Greg Valentine ... LOD d. Power & Glory ... Virgil d. Ted DiBiase ... The Mountie d. Tito Santana... how did they fit fourteen matches into three hours?

Birthdays - It's Barry Horowitz's birthday. Barry is cool. I wonder if he and Hakushi still talk. As if Barry isn't enough, it's The Undertaker's birthday as well.


1997 - On Raw tapings to be broadcast the next week, Bret Hart turned rulebreaker as he spoke all kinds of hatred towards America. He also reunited with Owen and the Bulldog to bring the Hart Foundation back.

1989 - Pat Tanaka & Paul Diamond won the AWA World tag team titles from Marty Jannetty & Shawn Michaels, then known (I think) as the Midnight Rockers... because they stayed out waaay past midnight partying hard.


1994 - In an eight-man tag match, Shane Douglas pinned Terry "Dead Man Walking" Funk to win the ECW heavyweight title. A stipulation said that the title could change hands in this fashion... so it did. And I am sick of that new "Titus", and it hasn't even come on yet. That commercial is so annoying.


1988 - Donald Trump Plaza was home to WrestleMania IV, which featured a tournament to determine a WWF Champ. The first round saw Ted DiBiase pinning Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Don Muraco beating Dino Bravo by DQ, Greg Valentine pinning Rick Steamboat, Randy Savage pinning Butch Reed, One Man Gang beating Bam Bam Bigelow, and Rick Rude and Jake Roverts going to a time limit draw. In the second round, Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant went to a double DQ (they were given byes), DiBiase pinned Muraco, and Savage pinned Valentine (OMG received a bye). Then comes the semifinals, with Savage beating OMG by DQ (DiBiase received a bye). The finals had Savage winning the belt by pinning DiBiase. Demolition won the tag belts by beating Strike Force, and Bad News Brown won a 20-man battle royal after he threw out Bret Hart (who thought he and Brown were going to be co-winners). The other three matches had Ultimate Warrior d. Hercules, Brutus Beefcake d. I-C champ Honky Tonk Man by DQ, and The Islanders & Bobby Heenan d. Koko B. Ware & The British Bulldogs. I think this one came in at four hours, because I remember it was on two video tapes.

On that same day, but in a new paragraph because the other was long already, the NWA's first Clash of the Champions was live from Greensboro, NC. The big match was Ric Flair and Sting going to a time-limit draw. We also had Lex Luger & Barry Windham (or the Total Package & The Stalker) winning the NWA World tag belts from Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard. In a match that would get that "boring" chant now, Mike Rotunda beat Jimmy Garvin in a college rules match. Also we had... The Midnight Express d. The Fantastics by DQ ... The Road Warriors & Dusty Rhodes d. Ivan Koloff & The Powers of Pain in a barbed-wire match.


1999 - The WWF's WrestleMania XV was live from Philly. The highlight was Pete Rose's second appearance, taking over the Chicken's role and being tombstoned by Kane. Oh yeah... there were matches, too. Stone Cold did his annual "go to WrestleMania, win the title" thing as he beat The Rock in a cool anything goes match. The other title change was Hardcore Holly beating Al Snow and Hardcore champ Billy Gunn to win the belt. We also had that wonderful Brawl For All featuring Butterbean KOing Bart Gunn's career and the awesome "Hell in a Cell" between the 'Taker and the Boss Man (I will admit it, the Brood flying down was very cool). Also on the card... Tag champs Owen Hart & Jeff Jarrett d. Test & D'Lo Brown ... Mankind d. The Big Show by DQ ... I-C champ Road Dogg d. Goldust, Val Venis, and Ken Shamrock ... HHH d. Kane by DQ ... Women's champ Sable (WHO?) d. Tori ... European champ Shane McMahon d. X-Pac.

1995 - The WWF held a public workout in Times Square, mainly to promote Lawrence Taylor's appearance at WrestleMania XI against Bam Bam Bigelow.

1985 - Your hero and mine, Hulk Hogan, got himself in trouble when he made an appearance on the cable TV show "Hot Properties." Hulk was demonstrating a front facelock on host Richard Belzer and dropped him on the floor, injuring him. Belzer received nine stiches in his head and also ended up getting an undisclosed sum of moolah (no, not THAT Moolah) following a lawsuit.

Birthdays - Yee haw, it's cowboy Curt Hennig's birthday. You know, he never did streak naked. And what happened to WCW giving away that million dollars? And who drove the hummer? And just to show fairness to the WWF, who raised the briefcase?

Next week in This Week in Wrestling (3.29 to 4.04)... it'll be in a day or two early! Next Wednesday, I'll be in Orlando at a Braves spring training game against the Dodgers (ugh... but not an "ugh" on the Mets or Yankees level), so I won't be around to send this in. I'll probably ship it to CRZ Monday night. Anywho, next week... eight WrestleManias, the formation of the WWF's first big new venture (key name: Lex Luger), and more! See you then!

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