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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: HEYMAN (OFFICIALLY) DEBUTS IN THE WWF, HARDYS WIN GOLD, CAGED SIX-MAN IN BOSTON AND MORE

By Ryan Martinez on 2010-03-05 08:00:00
March 5th

On this day in history in ....

1925 - Tommy Record defeats Jack Reynolds in Indianapolis, Indiana to win the World Welterweight Title.

1934 - Leroy McGuirk defeats Hugh Nichols for the World Light Heavyweight Title in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

1934 - Hugh Winn defeats Fred Lassiter in Atlanta, Georgia to become the first Atlanta City Heavyweight Champion.

1942 - Tom Zaharias defeats Orville Brown for the Midwest Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title in Kansas City, Kansas, ending Brown's second reign.

1942 - Jules Larance wins his fourth Midwest Wrestling Association World Junior Heavyweight Title in Columbus, Ohio, defeating Ali Pasha.

1949 - Buddy Rogers defeats Shei Lawrence to win the Jack Pfeffer-promoted version of the World Heavyweight Title in Pomona, California, beginning his third reign.

1949 - Ben Sherman defeats Jack O'Reilly for the Pacific Coast Light Heavyweight Title in Eugene, Oregon.

1953 - Antonino Rocca defeats Buddy Rogers to win the American Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title in Cleveland, Ohio. This title was the Ohio branch of Boston's AWA title.

1953 - Allen Sherry defeats Alf Greer in Leichhardt, Australia for the Australian Light Heavyweight Title.

1959 - The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello and Roy Heffernan) defeat Mike DiBiase and Danny Plechas to win the Amarillo NWA International Tag Team Title in Amarillo, Texas.

1959 - Chico Garcia and Chet Wallick defeated George and Sandy Scott for the Stampede International Tag Team Title, ending the Scotts' second reign.

1962 - Mr. Kleen and Whipper Billy Watson defeat Gene Kiniski and Killer Kowalski for the Vancouver NWA Pacific Coast Tag Team Title in Vancouver, British Columbia.

1963 - Bob Brown and Bill Kochen defeat Frenchy Champagne and George Eakin to win the Madison Wrestling Club Tag Team Title in Winnipeg, Manitoba, ending Champagne and Eakin's second reign.

1964 - Johnny Valentine wins the Toronto NWA United States Heavyweight Title for the fourth time, by defeating The Beast in Toronto, Ontario.

1965 - Johnny Barend and Magnificent Maurice defeat Chris and John Tolos to win the Detroit NWA World Tag Team Title.

1969 - Chris Markoff defeats George Cannon for the NWA Beat the Champ Television Title in Los Angeles, California.

1970 - Randy and Rip Tyler win their second NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team Title in Panama City, Florida, defeating Dick Dunn and Ken Lucas.

1971 - Wahoo McDaniel ends Toru Tanaka's second NWA American Heavyweight Title reign in Houston, Texas.

1977 - Billy Robinson defeats Jumbo Tsuruta for the NWA United National Heavyweight Title in Akita, Japan.

1977 - Dick the Bruiser defeats The Masked Stranger (Guy Mitchell) to win the World Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title, beginning his sixth reign.

1978 - Johnny Weaver defeats Baron Von Raschke for the NWA Television Title in Charlotte, North Carolina.

1980 - Jumbo Tsuruta defeats Dick Murdoch to win the NWA United National Heavyweight Title in Kuroiso, Japan, to begin his third reign.

1980 - Hans Schroder defeats Peter Maivia for the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title.

1980 - Rocky Brewer and Pat Rose defeat The Blond Bombers (Wayne Farris (Honky Tonk Man) and Larry Latham) to win the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Title in Nashville, Tennessee, ending the Bombers' second reign.

1983 - Buddy Landel defeats Pierre Martel to win the WWC North American Heavyweight Title in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, ending Martel's third reign.

1984 - Rip Rogers defeats Larry Hamilton for the NWA Southeastern United States Junior Heavyweight Title in Birmingham, Alabama, to begin his second reign.

1985 - Jay and Mark Youngblood defeat The PYT Express (Norvell Austin and Koko Ware) for the Florida NWA United States Tag Team Title in Tampa, Florida, to begin their fifth reign.

1986 - Kendall Windham wins the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title for the second time, defeating The Cuban Assassin in Tampa, Florida.

1986 - Chicky and Ron Starr defeat Invaders I and III in a double-title match in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Starrs won the Invaders' WWC North American Tag Team Title, and by scoring the pin on Invader III, Chicky Starr won the WWC World Junior Heavyweight Title, ending Invader III's third reign.

1987 - Marty Jones wins the World Mid-Heavyweight Title for the seventh time, defeating Owen Hart for the vacant title in Bradford, England.

1988 - The WWF held an event at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The results were:
- Steve Lombardi pinned Special Delivery Jones with a small package. This match aired on the March 21 edition of Prime Time Wrestling.
- Danny Davis pinned Sam Houston after a suplex into the ring from the apron.
- Demolition (Ax and Smash) defeated The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers (Jacques and Raymond), when Smash pinned Jacques after a double-clothesline.
- The Ultimate Warrior pinned Harley Race with a roll-up after blocking a suplex into the ring from the apron. This match aired on the March 21 edition of Prime Time Wrestling.
- Dino Bravo pinned David Sammartino after a side suplex. This match aired on the April 11 edition of Prime Time Wrestling.
- Jake Roberts defeated Ron Bass by countout. This match aired on the July 4 edition of Prime Time Wrestling.
- WWF Women's Tag Team Champions The Jumping Bomb Angels (Noriyo Tateno and Itsuki Yamazaki) defeated The Glamour Girls (Leilani Kai and Judy Martin), when Kai was pinned with a backslide.
- Randy Savage and WWF Tag Team Champions Strike Force (Rick Martel and Tito Santana) defeated The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart and WWF Intercontinental Champion The Honky Tonk Man in a Steel Cage match.

1988 - The Southern Boys (Steve Armstrong and Tracy Smothers) defeat Robert Fuller and Jimmy Golden for the NWA Southeast Continental Tag Team Title in Dothan, Alabama, ending Fuller and Golden's ninth reign.

1989 - Phil Apollo and Eric Sbraccia defeat Joe Savoldi and Vic Steamboat for the International Championship Wrestling Tag Team Title in Augusta, Maine.

1993 - Denny Kass defeats The Canadian Patriot for the Border City Wrestling Can-Am Heavyweight Title in Warren, Ontario.

1994 - ECW held an event at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The results:
- 911 pinned both Paul Lauria and Mikey Whipwreck in a handicap match in 18 seconds.
- J.T. Smith and Pat Tanaka defeated Pitbull #1 and Rockin' Rebel.
- Tommy Dreamer pinned Jimmy Snuka.
- The Bruise Brothers (Ron and Don Harris) defeated The Public Enemy (Johnny Grunge and Rocco Rock) in a Falls Count Anwyhere match.
- Road Warrior Hawk pinned Mr. Hughes.
- ECW Television Champion Sabu pinned Mike Awesome.
- Kevin Sullivan and The Tazmaniac defeated The Bruise Brothers (Ron and Don Harris) to win the held-up ECW Tag Team Title.
- The Sandman pinned Chad Austin.
- ECW Heavyweight Champion Terry Funk defeated Shane Douglas by knockout in a Taped Fists match.

1994 - The Billionaire Boys' Club (Mike Roselli and Randy Tyler) defeat The New Canadians (Johnny Canuck and Mike Starr) to win the West Coast Championship Wrestling International Tag Team Title in Cloverdale, British Columbia, beginning their second reign.

1996 - The WWF issues a statement that Diesel (Kevin Nash) will be leaving the company for WCW, with his last day with the WWF scheduled to be June 6.

1997 - Tarek the Great defeats The American Kickboxer for the IWA Mid-South Lightweight Title in Campbellsville, Kentucky, ending the Kickboxer's fourth reign and beginning Tarek's fifth.

1998 - The ninth edition of Thunder airs live on TBS from Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The show got a 4.3 rating, which was its highest to date. The results:
- Goldberg defeated Vincent.
- Eddie Guerrero defeated Prince Iaukea.
- Juventud Guerrera defeated El Dandy.
- Curt Hennig defeated Jim Neidhart.
- Chris Jericho defeated Ciclope.
- Scott Norton defeated The Renegade by disqualification.
- WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Diamond Dallas Page defeated Raven by disqualification to retain the title, after The Flock interfered.
- Brian Adams vs. Randy Savage ended in a no-contest.

1999 - The Ultimate Fighting Championship held UFC 19: Young Guns at Casino Magic in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The results:
- Sione Latu defeated Joey Roberts by TKO (cut) at 10:01.
- Pete Williams defeated Jason Godsey by submission (kneebar) at 1:53.
- Evan Tanner defeated Valeri Ignatov by TKO (strikes) at 2:57.
- Kevin Randleman defeated Maurice Smith by unanimous decision after 15:00. Randleman earned the right to face Bas Rutten for the vacant UFC Heavyweight Title at UFC 20 with the win.
- Jeremy Horn defeated Chuck Liddell by technical submission (katagatami) at 12:00.
- Gary Goodridge defeated Andre Roberts by submission (broken nose) at 0:42.
- Tito Ortiz defeated Guy Mezger by TKO (strikes) at 9:55.

1999 - Logan Caine defeats Viper in a tournament final in Parkersburg, West Virginia for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title. Caine was the first champion since Shinjiro Otani vacated the title in November 1997.

2000 - Fantasy and The Star Boy defeat Yasushi Kanda and Susumu Mochizuki to win the IWRG Intercontinental Tag Team Title in Naucalpan, Mexico.

2001 - The Monday Night War continued, with WWF RAW is WAR's 4.5 rating beating WCW Monday Nitro's 2.1 rating.

The 283rd WCW Monday Nitro was live from the BI-LO Center in Greenville, South Carolina. The results were:
- Kid Romeo and Elix Skipper defeated Air Raid (Air Paris and Air (A.J.) Styles) in a WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Title Tournament first round match.
- Sean O'Haire defeated Lex Luger.
- Dusty Rhodes defeated Jeff Jarrett.
- WCW Cruiserweight Champion Chavo Guerrero, Jr. defeated Shane Helms.
- Hugh Morrus defeated Mike Awesome.
- Booker T and Diamond Dallas Page defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott).

The 406th WWF RAW is WAR was live at the MCI Center in Washington, DC. The show featured the debut of ECW owner Paul Heyman in the color commentary spot along with Jim Ross after Jerry Lawler had quit the WWF a week earlier, after the company released his wife Stacy "The Kat" Carter. Heyman's WWF debut all but literally told of ECW's demise. It had been nearly two months since ECW's last event, and the company officially declared bankruptcy, nearly $7.5 million in the red, on April 11. The results were:
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- X-Factor (Justin Credible and X-Pac) defeated Kaientai (Funaki and Taka Michinoku).
- Raven defeated Crash Holly.
- Billy Gunn defeated JR Ryder.
- Essa Rios defeated Gregory Martin.
RAW is WAR:
- WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho defeated Eddie Guerrero.
- WWF Women's Champion Ivory defeated Lita.
- Kane and The Undertaker defeated Haku and Rikishi.
- The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff) defeated WWF Tag Team Champions The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von) to win the title, ending the Dudleys' second reign and beginning the Hardys' fourth.
- WWF Hardcore Champion Big Show defeated Al Snow.
- Steve Austin and WWF Champion The Rock defeated Kurt Angle and Triple H.

2003 - TNA held its 34th weekly pay-per-view event live at the TNA Asylum in Nashville, Tennesee. The results:
Matches taped for the March 8 Xplosion:
- Ron and Don Harris defeated Brad Hunter and B.A.D., when Don pinned Hunter.
- NWA World Tag Team Champion Elix Skipper pinned J.C. Ice.
- A.J. Styles pinned David Young.
Live matches:
- Jerry Lynn pinned Super Crazy.
- The New Church (Brian Lee and Slash) defeated The Hotshots (Chase Stevens and Cassidy O'Reilly), when Slash pinned O'Reilly.
- TNA X Division Champion Kid Kash pinned The Amazing Red to retain the title.
- Glenn Gilberti and Mike Sanders defeated America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris and James Storm), when Gilberti pinned Harris.
- Raven defeated The Sandman in a Clockwork Orange House of Fun match.

2003 - The Disciples of Synn (Seven (Kevin Thorn) and Travis Bane (Travis Tomko)) defeat Lance Cade and René Duprée for the OVW Southern Tag Team Title in Louisville, Kentucky. The title was vacated when both members of then-champions The Dogg Pound (Shelton Benjamin and Redd Dogg (Rodney Mack)) were called up to WWE.

2004 - Jason Blackmon defeats Rick Michaels to win the NWA Wildside United States Heavyweight Title in Cornelia, Georgia.

2004 - Crazy Sexy Mike defeats X-Dream for the German Stampede Wrestling Breakthrough Title in Lennestadt, Germany.

2005 - Ring of Honor held Trios Tournament 2005 at the National Guard Armory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The results were:
- Generation Next (ROH Heavyweight Champion Austin Aries, Jack Evans and Roderick Strong) defeated The ROH Students (Davey Andrews, Anthony Franco and Shane Hagadorn) in a Trios Tournament first round match.
- Steve Corino and The Second City Saints (CM Punk and Colt Cabana) defeated The Embassy (Jimmy Rave, Oman Tortuga and The Weapon of Mask Destruction #3) in a Trios Tournament first round match.
- The Rottwielers (Homicide, Ricky Reyes and Rocky Romero) defeated El Generico and The Ring Crew Express (Dunn and Marcos) in a Trios Tournament first round match.
- Bryan Danielson, Samoa Joe and Vordell Walker defeated James Gibson, Nigel McGuinness and Spanky in a Trios Tournament first round match.
- Generation Next defeated Steve Corino and Steve Corino and The Second City Saints in a Trios Tournament semifinal match.
- Rebel's Army (Greg Matthews and Rockin' Rebel) defeated Blueblood and Drew Moore.
- The Rottweilers defeated Bryan Danielson, Samoa Joe and Vordell Walker in a Trios Tournament semifinal match.
- Azrieal defeated B-Boy, Deranged, Dixie, Izzy and Kevin Steen in a Six-Man Mayhem match.
- Jay Lethal defeated ROH Pure Champion John Walters to win the title.
- The Rottwielers defeated Generation Next to win the Trios Tournament.

2005 - Takeshi Rikio defeats Kenta Kobashi to win the NOAH GHC Heavyweight Title in Tokyo, Japan.

2005 - Pomp and Circumstance (Ace Rockwell and Shaun Tempers) defeat Iceberg and Tank for the NWA Wildside Tag Team Title in Cornelia, Georgia. At the same event, Jeremy V. wins his third NWA Wildside Television Title, defeating Todd Sexton. Jeremy V. was the final TV champ, as NWA Wildside closed in April.

2005 - Stan Sweetan defeats Brother Love for the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Title in Magee, Mississippi.

2005 - Steve Anthony defeats Bitty Little to win the NWA New South Cruiserweight Title in Greenville, Mississippi.

2005 - Super Destroyer defeats Latin Tornado for the National Wrestling League/House of Pain Wrestling Federation Television Title in Hagerstown, Maryland.

2006 - Ryouji Sai and Wataru Sakata defeat Genichiro Tenryu and Tadao Yasuda in Yokohama, Japan for the HUSTLE Super Tag Team Title.

2006 - Nikki Roxx defeats champion Violet Flame and Mercedes Martinez in a three-way elimination match in Somerville, Massachusetts to win the New England Championship Wrestling Women's Title.