ON THIS DATE — FEBRUARY 28 — IN WRESTLING HISTORY

Posted February 28th, 2015 by 1Wrestling News Team

Graham Cawthon, @TheHistoryofWWE on Twitter
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A brief look at various wrestling events held on this date.
February 28

WWF @ Brooklyn, NY – St. Mary’s Auditorium – February 28, 1980
Davey O’Hannon defeated Joe Mascara
Jose Estrada defeated Angelo Gomez
Dominic DeNucci defeated Johnny Rodz
Joyce Grable & Vivian St. John defeated Wenonah Littleheart & Cindy Majors
WWF IC Champion Pat Patterson fought Ken Patera to a double disqualification

WWF @ Worcester, MA – Auditorium – February 28, 1980
Pete Doherty defeated Steve King
Mike Masters defeated Fred Marzino
Rene Goulet defeated Frank Williams
Sika pinned WWF Tag Team Champion Tito Santana
WWF World Champion Bob Backlund pinned Afa

JCP @ Greenville, SC – February 28, 1983
Masa Fuchi defeated Vinnie Valentino
Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion Dory Funk Jr. defeated Mike Rotundo
The One Man Gang defeated Johnny Weaver
Gene Anderson & Red Dog Lane defeated Dizzy Hogan & Mike George
NWA US Champion Greg Valentine defeated Jimmy Valiant; Roddy Piper was the guest referee for the match

JCP @ York, SC – High School – February 28, 1984
Jeff Sword vs. Brett Hart
Gary Royal vs. Tim Horner
Tully Blanchard vs. Vinnie Valentino
Ernie Ladd vs. Wahoo McDaniel
NWA US Champion Dick Slater vs. Rufus R. Jones
Jimmy Valiant & Dory Funk Jr. vs. the Assassins

WWF @ Des Moines, IA – Veterans Memorial Auditorium – February 28, 1988 (matinee)
SD Jones vs. the Iron Sheik
Jim Powers & Paul Roma vs. the Conquistadors
Koko B. Ware vs. Dino Bravo
Brutus Beefcake vs. Greg Valentine
Randy Savage, WWF Tag Team Champions Rick Martel & Tito Santana vs. WWF IC Champion the Honkytonk Man, Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart

WWF @ London, Ontario – London Gardens – February 28, 1988 (matinee)
Jake Roberts defeated the One Man Gang
Rick Rude defeated Don Muraco
Jim Duggan defeated Sika
Butch Reed defeated Hillbilly Jim
Jerry Allen pinned Steve Lombardi
The Ultimate Warrior defeated Bad News Brown via disqualification
The Islanders defeated George Steele & the Junkyard Dog
Davey Boy Smith & the Dynamite Kid defeated Nikolai Volkoff & Boris Zhukov

NWA @ Altoona, PA – Jaffa Mosque – February 28, 1990 (4,200)
TV taping:
Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson defeated Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane
NWA US Champion Lex Luger defeated Samu; Luger needed six stitches to close a cut caused by Samu hitting him with the title belt during the match
NWA Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner defeated Jack Victory & Rip Morgan
World Championship Wrestling – 3/10/90:
Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson vs. Joe Cazana & Rick Fargo
Kevin Sullivan & Cactus Jack vs. Larry Santo & David Barker
Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin vs. Paul Drake & William Bell
Doom vs. Brian Johnson & Bill Lively
Mike Rotunda vs. Bob Cook
Rip Morgan & Jack Victory vs. Zan Panzer & GQ Stratus
The Wild Samoans vs. Robbie Idol & Keith Hart
Tommy Rich & Eddie Gilbert vs. Ned Brady & Bubba Rose
NWA US Tag Team Champions Brian Pillman & Tom Zenk defeated Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane (w/ Jim Cornette) via disqualification when Cornette interfered; after the bout, Eaton & Lane injured Pillman’s throat
World Championship Wrestling – 3/17/90 – 90-minute episode – featured opening footage from the previous week of Jim Cornette, Bobby Eaton, & Stan Lane injuring the throat of NWA US Tag Team Champion Brian Pillman; included a promo from Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson regarding Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin attacking them two weeks earlier after their win over the Freebirds; featured a promo by Hayes & Garvin regarding Morton & Gibson in which they said they would beat them up every chance they get; included Jim Ross and Jim Cornette in the arena, with Eaton & Lane in possession of the stolen NWA US Tag Team Titles, introducing footage of Pillman’s injury from the previous week; featured Ross conducting a backstage interview with Pillman & NWA US Tag Team Champion Tom Zenk regarding the injury, during which Ross said the NWA was fining Cornette $1,000 a day until he returned the tag team title belts; included a backstage promo by Cornette in which he said the US tag belts were back where they belonged and that Eaton & Lane would hurt Pillman & Zenk if they tried to take the belts back; featured a video package recapping the feud between NWA Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner and Ole Anderson & NWA TV Champion Arn Anderson, with the Andersons first telling the Steiners not to show up at Wrestle War before Arn hit Scott with the TV belt and dropped Rick with a DDT on the interview platform, followed by the match at Wrestle War and the injury Scott sustained after the match, and then the recent match on The Main Event between Scott and Arn; included a backstage promo by the Steiners regarding their feud with the Andersons; featured a backstage promo by Ole in which he said he and Arn would continue to target Scott’s arm until they won the tag team titles; featured Ross conducting an interview with NWA US Champion Lex Luger, with Ross noting he believes Luger will be the next world champion and Luger saying it was just a matter of days before he either made NWA World Champion Ric Flair submit to the Torture Rack or break his back in the hold to win the title; included a backstage promo by Sting in which he said he was continuing with physical therapy and his goal was getting back to the ring and get revenge on Flair, regardless as if he was world champion or not; featured a promo by Flair & Woman regarding the challenge of Luger; included promos from Kevin Sullivan & Cactus Jack and Mike Rotunda & Norman, respectively, regarding their upcoming main event match:
Eddie Gilbert pinned Jack Victory (w/ Lord Littlebrook) at 6:11 with a roll up after ramming Victory into the corner
Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson defeated Hacksaw Higgins & Ned Brady at 4:58 when both men pinned Higgins following the double dropkick
Doom (w/ Teddy Long, wearing boxing gloves and head gear) defeated Paul Drake & William Bell in a Ghetto streetfight at 1:54 when Simmons pinned Drake following a shoulderblock off the top as Reed held Drake in the air; after the bout, Long repeatedly punched Drake; moments later, Jim Ross conducted an interview with Long & Doom regarding the challenge of the Road Warriors, during which Long’s comments about Paul Ellering were bleeped out; Long then said he had been nominated as the president of the Free James Brown Campaign and wanted to see Brown out of jail
Tommy Rich pinned Rip Morgan (w/ Lord Littlebrook) at 5:29 after hitting Morgan with Littlebrook’s cane behind the referee’s back after Morgan tried to hit Rich with the weapon; during the bout, it was announced NWA World Champion Ric Flair and NWA Tag Team Champions Brian Pillman & Tom Zenk would be on the program the following week and that new contract developments between Flair and NWA US Champion Lex Luger would be discussed Sunday on The Main Event
The Wild Samoans defeated Ranger Ross & Robbie Idol at 2:23 when Fatu pinned Idol with the top rope splash
Kevin Sullivan & Cactus Jack defeated Norman & Mike Rotunda via disqualification at 7:54 when Norman threw Cactus over the top rope

WWF @ Winnipeg, Manitoba – Arena – February 28, 1998 (8,157)
WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Taka Michinoku defeated Brian Christopher
Bradshaw defeated Kama
Henry & Phinneas Godwinn defeated Skull & 8-Ball
The Headbangers defeated the Quebecers
WWF IC Champion the Rock defeated Ken Shamrock
Marc Mero defeated Tom Brandi
WWF European Champion Owen Hart defeated TAFKA Goldust
Kane defeated Chainz
Steve Austin, Cactus Jack, & Terry Funk defeated Triple H, WWF Tag Team Champions the Road Dogg & Billy Gunn

WCW @ Sioux City, IA – February 28, 1998
Ernest Miller defeated Brad Armstrong
Raven defeated Mortis
Fit Finlay defeated Dave Taylor
Chris Benoit defeated Meng
WCW Cruiserweight Champion Chris Jericho defeated Eddie Guerrero
WCW US Champion Diamond Dallas Page defeated Scott Hall
Ric Flair defeated Curt Hennig

TNA @ Orlando, FL – Universal Studios – February 28, 2006
iMPACT taping:
3/4/06:
Jeff Jarrett, Abyss, NWA Tag Team Champions Chris Harris & James Storm defeated Buck Quartermaine, Cassidy Reilly, Norman Smiley, & Shark Boy
Lance Hoyt pinned Kenny King
Bobby Roode, Eric Young, & Petey Williams defeated Chris Sabin, Jay Lethal, & Sonjay Dutt
NWA X Division Champion Samoa Joe & Shannon Moore defeated AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels
3/11/06:
NWA Tag Team Champions Chris Harris & James Storm defeated Andy Douglas & Chase Stevens
Team TNA World X Cup Qualifying Match: Chris Sabin defeated Alex Shelley and Sonjay Dutt at 4:55 by pinning Shelley with the Cradle Shock; stipulations stated the winner would also be part of the international X division match at Destination X the next night (The Best of the X Division Vol. 2)
Rhino, Ron Killings, Brother Ray & Brother Devon defeated David Young, Elix Skipper, Matt Bentley, & Shannon Moore

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