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2/3 THIS DAY IN HISTORY: THE MEGA-POWERS SPLIT LIVE ON NBC

By Mike Johnson on 2013-02-03 08:00:00

February 3rd

On this day in ....

1940 - Bobby Arreola wins a tournament for the vacant Mexican National Welterweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico.

1947 - Gray Mask defeats Billy Goelz to win the Pacific Coast Light Heavyweight Title in Eugene, Oregon.

1960 - Kerry Von Erich is born in Niagara Falls, New York.

1960 - Mario Galento defeats Yvon Robért in Mobile, Alabama to win the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title. This began Galento's third reign and ended Robért's second.

1962 - Luther Lindsay and Ricky Waldo defeat Rikidozan and Toyonobori in Tokyo, Japan for the JWA All Asia Tag Team Title.

1965 - Bobby and Lee Fields defeat Terry Garvin and Chin Lee to win the Gulf Coast NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Mobile, Alabama, ending and beginning both teams' second reigns.

1967 - Enrique and Ramón Torres win their second Georgia NWA World Tag Team Title from Butcher and Mad Dog Vachon in Atlanta, Georgia.

1967 - Danny Little Bear defeats Jack Dalton for the NWA Gulf Coast Louisiana Heavyweight Title in Lafayette, Louisiana, ending Dalton's second reign.

1968 - Giant Baba and Antonio Inoki defeat Crusher Lisowski and Dr. Bill Miller in Tokyo, Japan to win their second NWA International Tag Team Title.

1969 - Antonio Inoki and Kintaro Ohki defeat Tom Jones and Buster Royd to win the vacant JWA All Asia Tag Team Title in Sapporo, Japan. This began their second reign.

1969 - Ken Lucas and Johnny Walker end the third NWA Mid-America Southern Tag Team Title reign of The Mighty Yankees (Frank Morrell and Eddie Sullivan) in Memphis, Tennessee.

1973 - All Japan Pro Wrestling becomes a member of the National Wrestling Alliance.

1973 - Johnny Powers defeats Karl Von Krupp to win his fifth NWF North American Heavyweight Title.

1976 - The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene and Ole Anderson) defeat Rufus R. Jones and Wahoo McDaniel in Raleigh, North Carolina to win their third NWA World Tag Team Title.

1976 - Eddie Sullivan defeats Bob Sweetan in Mobile, Alabama to win the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title.

1978 - Killer Karl Krupp ends Fritz Von Erich's fourth NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Title reign in Houston, Texas.

1980 - A 10-team tournament for the vacant NWA Central States Tag Team Title is held in Kansas City, Kansas. The results:
Quarterfinals:
- The Texas Outlaws (Dick Murdoch and Dusty Rhodes) defeated Dory Funk, Jr. and Terry Funk.
- Bruiser Brody and Ernie Ladd defeated Bob Brown and Dick the Bruiser.
- Jerry and Ted Oates defeated Bob Sweetan and Takachiho (The Great Kabuki).
- The Assassin and Rock Hunter defeated The Avenger and Ed Wiskowski.
- Jack and Jerry Brisco and Eddie and Tommy Gilbert fought to a no-contest.
Semifinals:
- Bruiser Brody and Ernie Ladd defeated The Texas Outlaws.
- Jerry and Ted Oates defeated The Assassin and Rock Hunter.
Finals:
- Bruiser Brody and Ernie Ladd defeat Jerry and Ted Oates to win the vacant NWA Central States Tag Team Title.

1983 - Scorpio and Mr. Tempest defeat The Mercenaries for the WWC North American Tag Team Title in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1984 - David Von Erich defeats Michael Hayes in Dallas, Texas to win the NWA United National Heavyweight Title.

1985 - Jim Crockett Promotions held an event at the Civic Center in Savannah, Georgia. The results:
- American Starship Coyote (Scott Hall) defeated Frank Lang.
- NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion Denny Brown defeated Sam Houston to retain the title.
- NWA World Television Champion Tully Blanchard (with Baby Doll) fought Magnum T.A. to a draw to retain the title.
- NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair defeated Wahoo McDaniel to retain the title.

1987 - Jeff Jarrett and Pat Tanaka defeat The Rock 'n' Roll RPM's (Mike Davis and Tommy Lane) in Memphis, Tennessee for the AWA Southern Tag Team Title. This ended the RPM's second reign.

1989 - The WWF's second edition of "The Main Event" airs live on NBC from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The show got an 11.6 rating. The results were:
- The Mega Powers (Hulk Hogan and WWF Champion Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth)) defeated The Twin Towers (Akeem and The Big Boss Man (with Slick)), when Hogan pinned Akeem after a legdrop. During the match, Savage was thrown out of the ring by Akeem onto Elizabeth. Hogan carried Elizabeth backstage for medical attention. She came to and told Hogan to return to the ring. Hogan came back to the ring and called for a tag, and was then slapped in the face by Savage, who then left the ring. Hogan won the match, then went to the back as well. Savage accused Hogan of trying to steal Miss Elizabeth away, Hogan then begged Elizabeth to talk some sense into his partner, then Savage hit Hogan with the WWF Title belt and attacked him. Brutus Beefcake and several officials broke up the fight. The Mega Powers' five-month partnership was over, and the stage was set for Savage's title defense against Hogan two months later at WrestleMania V.
- Ted DiBiase (with Virgil) pinned Hercules with a roll-up after Virgil distracted Hercules while he had DiBiase in the backbreaker.

1989 - Brickhouse Brown defeats Iceman Parsons to win the WCWA Texas Heavyweight Title in Dallas, Texas.

1990 - Curtis Thompson defeats Scotty the Body (Raven) for the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title in Portland, Oregon, ending Scotty's second reign.

1990 - The Southern Rockers (Steve Doll and Rex King) defeat Robert Fuller and Brian Lee to win the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1991 - The WWF held an event at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. The results:
- The Barbarian defeated Koko B. Ware.
- The Big Boss Man pinned Haku.
- The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags) defeated The Bushwhackers, when Knobbs pinned Butch.
- The Undertaker defeated Tugboat.
- The Rockers (Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels) defeated Demolition (Smash and Crush), when Michaels pinned Crush.
- Roddy Piper defeated WWF Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect (with Bobby Heenan) by countout. Perfect retained the title.
- Jim Duggan pinned Gen. Adnan (subbing for Sgt. Slaughter). Duggan was originally scheduled to face Slaughter before Slaughter won the WWF Title from The Ultimate Warrior at the Royal Rumble.
- WWF Champion Sgt. Slaughter (subbing for Randy Savage) defeated The Ultimate Warrior in a Steel Cage match to retain the title. This match was originally scheduled to be Warrior defending the title against Savage, but this was before Slaughter won the title.

1991 - Kevin Von Erich defeats The Angel of Death in Dallas, Texas for the Texas Wrestling Federation Texas Heavyweight Title.

1991 - El Bronco and Invader I defeat The Texas Hangmen (Killer and Psycho) to win the WWC World Tag Team Title in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.

1991 - Ciclón Ramirez defeats Canelo Casas to win his second Mexican National Welterweight Title in Acapulco, Mexico.

1995 - Hiroshi Ono defeats The Crypt Keeper in Tokyo, Japan to win the vacant W*ING World Heavyweight Title.

1996 - The Eliminators (Kronus and Saturn) defeat Cactus Jack and Mikey Whipwreck for the ECW World Tag Team Title at "Big Apple Blizzard Blast" in Queens, New York, to end Jack and Whipwreck's second reign.  Complete results from the show saw:


Taz (w/ Bill Alfonso) defeated the Shark Attack Kid via submission with the Tazmission at 3:34.  After the bout, Taz grabbed a mic and responded to several chants he heard during the match for 911 and then challenged 911 to come out and face him.  ECW Commissioner Tod Gordon then came out and said 911 didn't want to wrestle Taz and had left the building.  Alfonso then challenged Gordon to a fight, with Gordon getting the advantage until Taz attacked him.  Bam Bam Bigelow cleared the ring in his surprise debut with the company.
The Headhunters (w/ Damien Kane & Lady Alexandra) defeated Axl Rotten & El Puerto Ricano at 6:45 when Ricano was pinned following a moonsault.
The Eliminators, Perry Saturn & John Kronus defeated ECW Tag Team Champions Cactus Jack & Mikey Whipwreck to win the titles at 12:11 when Saturn pinned Whipwreck with Total Elimination after Whipwreck collided with Cactus on the ring apron; prior to the bout, the champions were escorted to the ring by ECW World Champion Raven, who repeatedly shoved Whipwreck around before going backstage; late in the match, Cactus attempted to use a broken bottle on Saturn but was dropkicked by Whipwreck; Cactus wore a "WW F'n F" t-shirt for the match; after the contest, Raven came back out and shoved Whipwreck down before Cactus joined in to double team his own partner, finishing him with a double arm DDT onto a steel chair; moments later, Joey Styles attempted to interview the new champions in the ring until they were interrupted by Francine, wearing a neckbrace, who distracted the Eliminators long enough for the Pitbulls to attack them from behind; Kronus then sustained the Super Bomb and Francine cut Saturn's hair as he was choked with a chain.
Tommy Dreamer (w/ Beulah McGillicutty) & Shane Douglas defeated ECW World Champion Raven (w/ Kimona Wanalaya) & Stevie Richards (w/ the Blue Meanie) when Dreamer pinned Richards at 19:35 with an enzuiguri after Beulah tied a frying pan to Dreamer's boot.
AAA Welterweight Champion Rey Mysterio Jr. pinned the debuting Juventud Guerrera at 9:27 by reversing a Splash Mountain off the top into a hurricanrana; ring announcer Joel Gertner did half the announcing in Spanish
The Pitbulls defeated the Headhunters
Chris Jericho defeated Rob Van Dam at 10:58
Buh Buh Ray Dudley (w/ Sign Guy, Dances with, and Big Dick Dudley) pinned JT Smith at the 39-second mark with a powerbomb and splash; prior to the bout, Smith offered Buh Buh $100 to call off the match since JT was recovering from the beating Hack Myers gave him earlier in the show but then attacked Buh Buh
Sabu pinned Mr. Hughes at 12:24 with a springboard kick using a steel chair
The Sandman & ECW TV Champion 2 Cold Scorpio defeated The Gangstas at 7:43 when Scorpio pinned Mustafa after spraying him in the face with hairspray

1996 - The Lost Boys (Wolf and Yar) defeat Bad Attitude and The Greek Connection in a three-way match in Cherry Hill, New Jersey to become the first NWA United States Tag Team Champions in Dennis Coralluzzo's NWA Championship Wrestling America/New Jersey promotion.

1997 - WCW won this week of the Monday Night War, 3.0 to 2.6 in the ratings over the WWF.

WCW's 73rd episode of "Monday Nitro" was live from the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee. 8,173 fans attended. The results were:
- Ultimo Dragon defeated Rey Mendoza, Jr.
- Glacier defeated Billy Kidman.
- Ice Train defeated La Parka.
- Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) and The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) fought to a no-contest.
- Dean Malenko defeated Mike Enos.
- Diamond Dallas Page defeated The Renegade.
- Alex Wright defeated Super Calo.
- Konnan defeated Chris Benoit by disqualification.
- Jeff Jarrett defeated Steve McMichael by countout.

The WWF's 195th edition of "RAW is WAR" was taped on the previous Friday night, January 31, at the SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario, with 25,628 fans attending. The results:
- In a dark match, Rocky Maivia defeated The Sultan.
- Vader (with Paul Bearer) defeated Steve Austin by disqualification after Austin kicked the referee.
- Savio Vega (with D'Lo Brown and Clarence Mason) pinned Flash Funk after Funk missed a moonsault.
- Doug Furnas and Philip LaFon defeated WWF Tag Team Champions The British Bulldog and Owen Hart by countout, after Bulldog accidentally backdropped Owen over the top rope, with Owen seemingly getting injured. Bulldog and Hart retained the title.
- Crush (with D'Lo Brown, Clarence Mason and Savio Vega) pinned Goldust (with Marlena) after a heart punch.
- WWF Intercontinental Champion Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeated Marc Mero after using a foreign object to retain the title.
- Ahmed Johnson and The Undertaker defeated Faarooq (with D'Lo Brown, Crush, Clarence Mason and Savio Vega) and Mankind (with Paul Bearer) in a No Holds Barred match.
- In a dark match after the taping, WWF Champion Shawn Michaels defeated Bret Hart and Sycho Sid in a Triple Threat match to retain the title, when he pinned Hart after hitting him with a crossbody from the top rope while Hart was trying to put the Sharpshooter on Sid.

1998 - Yoshihiro Tajiri defeats Gedo in the finals of a eight-man one-night tournament in Tokyo, Japan to become the first BJW Junior Heavyweight Champion.

1999 - Chip Fairway defeats The Suicide Kid in Charlestown, Indiana, in a rematch from the previous night, to win his second IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Title.

2000 - The Great Kendo, Shoji Nakamaki and Ichiro Yaguchi defeat Mitsunobu Kikuzawa, Atsushi Onita and Shigeo Okumura for the Onita Pro Barbed-Wire Street Fight Six-Man Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan.

2001 - The Badstreet Boys (Joey Matthews and Christian York) defeat Bad Attitude (Rick Michaels and David Young) for the NWA World Tag Team Title in Nashville, Tennessee.

2001 - Kent and Keith Kohl defeat The Boogaloo Crew (J.C. Dazz and Scotty Wrenn) in Cornelia, Georgia to end their second NWA Wildside Tag Team Title reign.

2001 - Rick Blade defeats Nick Berk and Reckless Youth in a three-way match at "The New Beginning" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to win the vacant JAPW Light Heavyweight Title.

2001 - Lady Victoria defeats Poison Ivy for the vacant Mid American Wrestling Women's Title in West Allis, Wisconsin.

2002 - Bruiser and Tiki defeat The Men of Steele in Honolulu, Hawaii to win the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Title. At the same show, Kerry Royal defeats The Final Solution for the NWA Hawaii Hardcore Title.

2004 - WWE taped the 234th episode of "SmackDown!" and the 89th edition of "Velocity" at Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. "SmackDown!" got a 3.4 rating on UPN on February 5.
- In a dark match, Shannon Moore defeated Mike Bucci.
Velocity:
- Nunzio defeated Paul London.
- The World's Greatest Tag Team (Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas) defeated Funaki and Ultimo Dragon.
- A-Train and Rhyno defeated John Murray and Bobby Roode.
- Bradshaw pinned Johnny Stamboli after the Clothesline from Hell.
SmackDown!:
- Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty defeated WWE Tag Team Champions The Basham Brothers (Danny and Doug (with Shaniqua)), when Rikishi pinned Doug after a Samoan drop, to win the title
- In an untelevised match, Ernest Miller pinned Tajiri.
- WWE United States Champion The Big Show pinned Billy Gunn after a sidewalk slam to retain the title.
- Billy Kidman pinned Jamie Noble with the BK Bomb.
- WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rey Mysterio defeated Chavo Guerrero, Sr. (with Chavo Guerrero) after the 619.
- Kurt Angle defeated Hardcore Holly by submission with the ankle lock.

2006 - Psycho defeats Tommy Penmanship for the Chaotic Wrestling New England Title in Lowell, Massachusetts.

2006 - Damon Leigh defeats Alex Shane to win the Garage Pro Wrestling British Heavyweight Title in Wigan, England.

2007 - The UFC held "UFC 67: All or Nothing" at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. 10,227 fans attended with nearly a $2.8 million gate. UFC 67 featured the successful Octagon debuts of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović. The results were:
Preliminary card:
- In a lightweight bout, Dustin Hazelett defeated Diego Saraiva by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
- In a light heavyweight bout, Lyoto Machida defeated Sam Hoger by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
- In a lightweight bout, Frank Edgar defeated Tyson Griffin by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).
- In a middleweight bout, Terry Martin defeated Jorge Rivera by knockout (strikes) at 0:14 of round one.
Main card:
- In a middleweight bout, Patrick Côté defeated Scott Smith by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
- In a light heavyweight bout, Quinton Jackson defeated Marvin Eastman by knockout (strikes) at 3:49 of round two.
- In a lightweight bout, Roger Huerta defeated John Halverson by knockout (strikes) at 0:19 of round one.
- In a heavyweight bout, Mirko Filipović defeated Eddie Sanchez by TKO (strikes) 4:33 of round one.
- UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva defeated Travis Lutter by submission (triangle choke) at 2:11 of round two in a non-title bout. This was originally a bout for the title, as a result of Lutter's "The Ultimate Fighter 4" victory, however Lutter failed to make the 185-pound weight limit.

2007 - Mason Raige defeats Vinnie Viagra at Ohio Championship Wrestling's "Collision Course" in Ashland, Kentucky to win the OCW Heavyweight Title.

2007 - Steve Douglas defeats Chris Colen in a No Holds Barred match at "Battlefield" Neuwied, Germany to win the German Stampede Wrestling Breakthrough Title.

2007 - Alex Montalvo defeats Fireblaze to win his second WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title in Caguas, Puerto Rico, ending Fireblaze's second reign. Also at that show, Superstar Romeo defeats Barrabas, Jr. for the vacant WWC Television Title.

2007 - Totally Awesome (The Kamikaze Kid and El Sucio) defeat Danger International (Chris Dramin and Mike Vaughn), Fusion GX and Team FSU (6D6 and Horrorshow) in an elimination match in Saluda, Virginia for the vacant NWA Virginia Tag Team Title.

2007 - Billy Roc defeats D-Von Fury at Insanity Pro Wrestling's "Sacrifice" in Indianapolis, Indiana for the IPW Mid-American Title.

2007 - Devil Bhudakahn defeats Scottie Gash in a Best-of-Three Falls match for the vacant NWA East Three Rivers Title in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. At the same show, Scott Venom defeats Brandon K in a tournament final for the AWC Heavyweight Title.

2007 - Ricky Knight and Zak Zodiac defeat The UK Pitbulls (Big Dave and Bulk) at Real Deal Wrestling's "King of the Castle" in Skegness, England to win the RDW Tag Team Title. Also, Sam Slam won the King of the Castle tournament, defeating Luc Harrison in the final.

2007 - The Tenacious Guns (Johnny Lions and Tommy Turner) defeat The Fite Club (Jimmie James and Kid Fite) at the World Wide Wrestling League's "Remedy" in Kirkcaldy, Scotland to win the W3L Tag Team Title.

2007 - The Rogue (Jason Gory and Justin Idol) defeat Luis Diamante and Chris Maverick for the Black Diamond Wrestling Tag Team Title in Martins Ferry, Ohio.

2007 - Jay West defeats Jimmy Jacobs to win the Extreme Wrestling Federation New Era Title in Marion, Indiana.

2008 - Kota Ibushi ends Tanomusaku Toba's third reign as DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Champion in Tokyo, Japan, beginning his own second reign. Ibushi's Independent Junior Heavyweight Title was also on the line.

2011 - Former ECW Producer Steve Karel began seeking talent for what would become The Urban Wrestling Federation.