MARCH 17TH — THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING — THROUGH THE YEARS

Posted March 17th, 2015 by Bill Apter

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A brief look at various wrestling events held on this date.
MARCH 17

WWWF @ Syracuse, NY – War Memorial Auditorium – March 17, 1976
Johnny Rivera vs. the Executioner
WWWF Tag Team Champions Tony Parisi & Louis Cerdan vs. Frank Monte & Davey O’Hannon
Bobo Brazil vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna
Dominic DeNucci vs. Ernie Ladd

WWWF @ Bangor, ME – Auditorium – March 17, 1976
Louis Cyr defeated Pat McGuinness at 14:08
Pete Sanchez pinned Tony Altimore (sub. for Superstar Billy Graham) at 13:04
Ivan Putski & Pat Barrett defeated Ivan Koloff & Lou Albano in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match, 2-1; fall #1: Koloff pinned Barrett; fall #2: Koloff & Albano were disqualified at 2:08; fall #3: Albano was counted-out at 3:40
Crusher Blackwell defeated Kevin Sullivan via count-out at 11:10
Louis Cyr defeated Man Mountain Mike via count-out at 6:30

JCP @ Asheville, NC – Civic Center – March 17, 1985 (matinee)
Rock ‘n’ Roll RPMs vs. Denny Brown & Sam Houston
Johnny Weaver vs. the Barbarian
Jimmy Valiant vs. Superstar Billy Graham
Tully Blanchard vs. NWA TV Champion Dusty Rhodes
Magnum TA vs. NWA US Champion Wahoo McDaniel (lumberjack match)

WWF @ Oklahoma City, OK – Myriad – March 17, 1988
WWF Women’s Tag Team Champions the Jumping Bomb Angels vs. Judy Martin & Leilani Kai
George Steele vs. Hercules
Davey Boy Smith & the Dynamite Kid vs. the Islanders
Jake Roberts vs. Ted Dibiase
Randy Savage, WWF Tag Team Champions Tito Santana & Rick Martel vs. WWF IC Champion the Honkytonk Man, Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart (steel cage match)

WWF @ Richfield, OH – Coliseum – March 17, 1989 (10,000)
Tim Horner defeated Iron Mike Sharpe at 11:01
The Red Rooster pinned the Brooklyn Brawler at 7:52
Hercules fought Bad News Brown to a double count-out at 5:44
Jim Duggan & the Bushwhackers defeated Dino Bravo, Jacques, & Raymond Rougeau at 13:04
King Haku pinned Rick Martel at 14:58
Hillbilly Jim pinned Boris Zhukov at 8:26
Hulk Hogan defeated the Big Bossman in a steel cage match at 8:59 by escaping the cage

WWF @ Calgary, Alberta – Saddledome – March 17, 1989
Barry Horowitz defeated Scott Casey
The Blue Blazer defeated Ron Bass
Nikolai Volkoff defeated Sam Houston
Ted Dibiase defeated Tito Santana
Bret Hart fought the Honkytonk Man to a double count-out
Big John Studd defeated Akeem
Andre the Giant defeated Jake Roberts

WWF @ Chicago, IL – Rosemont Horizon – March 17, 1989 (9,100)
Mr. Perfect pinned Ron Garvin
Brutus Beefcake pinned Rick Rude
Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty defeated Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard
WWF Women’s Champion Rockin Robin pinned Judy Martin in a non-title match
WWF World Champion Randy Savage defeated WWF IC Champion the Ultimate Warrior via count-out in a non-title match
Greg Valentine defeated Jim Neidhart
WWF Tag Team Champions Demolition defeated the Powers of Pain via disqualification in a non-title match

NWA @ Daytona Beach, FL – Ocean Center – March 17, 1990
Jason Hervey was in attendance
Eddie Gilbert defeated the Cuban Assassin
Mike Rotunda defeated Cactus Jack
Norman defeated Kevin Sullivan
Tommy Rich & Johnny Ace defeated the New Samoans
NWA Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner defeated NWA TV Champion Arn Anderson & Ole Anderson
NWA World Champion Ric Flair defeated NWA US Champion Lex Luger

WCW @ Dublin, Ireland – The Point – March 17, 1993 (3,000)
Johnny B. Badd pinned Scotty Flamingo
Van Hammer pinned Maxx Payne
WCW US Champion Dustin Rhodes fought NWA World Champion Barry Windham to a no contest when both men brawled backstage
Davey Boy Smith pinned Vinnie Vegas with the running powerslam
WCW TV Champion Paul Orndorff pinned Michael Hayes with the piledriver
Rick Rude pinned Cactus Jack after avoiding a top rope move
Big Van Vader pinned WCW World Champion Sting to win the title with the powerbomb at the 17-minute mark after Sting hit his head on the steel ringpost while attempting a Stinger Splash

WrestleMania X-8 – Toronto, Ontario – Skydome – March 17, 2002 (68,237; sell out; new attendance record)
Sunday Night Heat: Rikishi, Albert, & Scotty 2 Hotty defeated Test, Lance Storm, & Mr. Perfect at 3:06 when Rikishi pinned Perfect
Pay-per-view bouts – included Saliva performing “Superstar” to open the show; featured Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler on commentary; included Drowning Pool performing “Tear Away” during a video package detailing the feud between Triple H and Chris Jericho; featured the Big Show at The World:
Rob Van Dam pinned WWF IC Champion William Regal to win the title with the Five Star Frog Splash at 6:20 following a spin kick as the champion attempted to use a pair of brass knuckles
WWF European Champion Diamond Dallas Page pinned Christian at 6:10 with the Diamond Cutter; after the bout, the champion grabbed a mic and said he was proud of Christian for losing in front of 67,000 and millions others around the world and not throwing a temper tantrum, prompting Christian to throw a tantrum in the middle of the ring; the champion then left through the crowd
Spike Dudley pinned WWF Hardcore Champion Maven to win the title at 3:17 by interferring in Maven’s title defense with Goldust after Maven and Goldust knocked each other out with trash can lid shots to the head; immediately after the pin, Spike was chased into the crowd by Crash Holly, Goldust, and Maven; later in the show, the Hurricane pinned Spike backstage after Spike avoided attacks from Al Snow and Crash Holly; later segments in the show saw Hurricane hide in the Godfather’s dressing room until he was chased out, Molly Holly pin the Hurricane to win the title after hitting him with a frying pan, Christian pin Molly for the title after slamming a door in her face, and Maven pin Christian with a roll up to win the title as Christian attempted to leave in a taxi
Kurt Angle pinned Kane at 10:43 by reversing a chokeslam attempt into a roll up and putting his feet on the ropes for leverage (The Twisted, Disturbed Life of Kane)
The Undertaker pinned Ric Flair in a No DQ match at 18:47 with the tombstone after fighting off an interfering Arn Anderson; after the bout, Taker hit a clothesline on referee Charles Robinson (The Undertaker: 15-0)
Edge pinned Booker T with a kick to the midsection and the DDT at 6:33
Steve Austin pinned Scott Hall (w/ Kevin Nash) at 9:53 with two Stunners after Hall hit an unprotected turnbuckle; Nash was ejected by several referees during the final moments of the match after interfering
WWF Tag Team Champions Billy Gunn & Chuck Palumbo defeated Matt & Jeff Hardy, the Dudley Boyz (w/ Stacy Keibler), and the Acolytes in an elimination match at 13:51; D-Von pinned Bradshaw following the 3D at 3:25 after Bradshaw hit the Clothesline from Hell on Gunn; Matt pinned Bubba Ray following the Twist of Fate / Swanton combo at 11:49 after Bubba became distracted by Gunn shoving D-Von off the top and through a table set up on the floor; Palumbo pinned Jeff after Gunn hit the Fameasser behind the referee’s back and followed moments later by hitting Jeff in the face with one of the title belts; prior to the bout, Saliva performed the Dudleyz’ new theme live as they made their way out
The Rock pinned Hulk Hogan at 16:23 with two Rock Bottoms and the People’s Elbow after avoiding the legdrop; after the bout, Hogan extended his hand to Rock, with Rock accepting; after Rock left the ring, Scott Hall & Kevin Nash came out, confronted Hogan, and double teamed him until Rock returned to help make the save; moments later, Hogan and Rock posed before leaving the ring together; voted Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Match of the Year (Hulk Hogan: The Ultimate AnthologyThe Rock: The Most Electrifying Man in Sports EntertainmentThe Greatest Superstars of WrestleManiaThe True Story of WrestleManiaHistory of WWE)
WWF Women’s Champion Jazz defeated Trish Stratus and Lita at 6:16 by pinning Lita with a fisherman buster off the top after knocking Trish off the apron to the floor
Triple H pinned WWF World Champion Chris Jericho (w/ Stephanie McMahon) to win the title at 18:40 with a kick to the midsection and the Pedigree as the champion came off the middle turnbuckle; late in the bout, Stephanie attempted to interfere with a steel chair but sustained the Pedigree from the challenger; prior to the bout, Drowning Pool performed Triple H’s theme song live (The Greatest Superstars of WrestleMania)

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