MARCH 22 — THIS DAY IN WRESTLING HISTORY — THROUGH THE YEARS

Posted March 22nd, 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.
MARCH 22

WWF @ Phoenix, AZ – Veterans Memorial Coliseum – March 22, 1986
George Steele vs. Adrian Adonis
Scott McGhee vs. Rene Goulet
Danny Spivey vs. King Kong Bundy
Hillbilly Jim vs. Tiger Chung Lee
WWF IC Champion Randy Savage vs. Tito Santana
B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell vs. Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart
Andre the Giant vs. Big John Studd

WWF @ St. Louis, MO – Kiel Auditorium – March 22, 1986 (6,700)
Included Mr. T as a guest of the Body Shop
King Tonga defeated Iron Mike Sharpe
The Iron Sheik defeated Lanny Poffo
Nikolai Volkoff defeated George Wells
WWF Tag Team Champion Brutus Beefcake pinned Davey Boy Smith
The Dynamite Kid pinned WWF Tag Team Champion Greg Valentine
Ricky Steamboat pinned Don Muraco
WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan & the Junkyard Dog defeated Terry & Dory Funk Jr. when Hogan pinned Terry

WWF @ Phoenix, AZ – Veterans Memorial Coliseum – March 22, 1987 (10,900)
Wrestling Challenge taping:
Included more untelevised tapings of Missy Hyatt’s “Missy’s Manor” talk show with guests Bobby Heenan & King Harley Race, and also the Honkytonk Man & Jimmy Hart, which were simply retakes of the previous night’s segments
Tito Santana vs. Butch Reed
Ricky Steamboat & Billy Jack Haynes vs. WWF IC Champion Randy Savage & Hercules
WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan defeated King Harley Race (sub. for King Kong Bundy) in a non-title match; the match was advertised to feature Blackjack Mulligan in Hogan’s corner and Andre the Giant in Bundy’s corner; unsure if that happened
4/12/87 – included Ron Bass as a guest of the Snake Pit:
Tito Santana, Davey Boy Smith, & the Dynamite Kid defeated the Gladiator, Jimmy Jack Funk, & Barry O when Santana pinned the Gladiator with the flying forearm at 3:58
Butch Reed pinned Sivi Afi with the press slam
The Killer Bees defeated Rick Renslow & Dave Wagner following a dropkick by Jim Brunzell
King Harley Race pinned Jim Young with a cradle suplex
Demolition defeated Lanny Poffo & Billy Anderson when Ax pinned Anderson
4/19/87:
Koko B. Ware pinned Bill Howard with the Ghostbuster
Greg Valentine & Dino Bravo defeated Jim Powers & Paul Roma when Powers submitted to Valentine’s figure-4
Jim Duggan pinned Terry Gibbs with the running clothesline
The Honkytonk Man pinned Jerry Allen with the Shake, Rattle, & Roll neckbreaker
Jake Roberts pinned Dusty Wolfe with the DDT
Hercules defeated Tommy Sharpe via submission with the full nelson
4/26/87 – included Jim Duggan as a guest of the Snake Pit:
Tom Zenk & Rick Martel defeated Steve Lombardi & Iron Mike Sharpe when Martel pinned Lombardi following a slingshot splash at 3:11
Billy Jack Haynes defeated Tiger Chung Lee via submission with the full nelson at 1:56
WWF Tag Team Champions Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart defeated Nick Kiniski & Joe Mirto following the Hart Attack
The Islanders fought Jacques & Raymond Rougeau to a double count-out
Kamala & Sika defeated Alex Knight & SD Jones when Kamala pinned Knight with a splash
George Steele defeated Jesse Cortez via submission with the flying hammerlock

JCP @ Sumter, SC – Exhibition Center – March 22, 1988
John Savage vs. Rick Snyder
Ricky Santana vs. the Terminatior
Ron Simmons & Kendall Windham vs. the Sheepherders
Kevin Sullivan vs. the Italian Stallion
Brad Armstrong, Tim Horner, & Shane Douglas vs. NWA Six-Man Tag Team Champions Ivan Koloff & the Powers of Pain
Dusty Rhodes vs. NWA TV Champion Mike Rotunda
Sting vs. NWA World Champion Ric Flair

WCW @ Bluefield, WV – March 22, 1991
Ricky Morton defeated Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker
The Junkyard Dog defeated Lt. James Earl Wright
Tommy Rich defeated Dr. X
Dustin Rhodes defeated Dutch Mantell
Big Josh defeated Black Bart
Owen Hart pinned Bobby Eaton
Tracey Smothers & Steve Armstrong defeated Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin
Big Josh won a battle royal
WCW US Champion Lex Luger pinned Sid Vicious

SMW @ Haysi, VA – High School – March 22, 1993 (700)
The Tazmaniac defeated Robbie Eagle
4/3/93 – included Bob Caudle & Dutch Mantell on commentary, with Mantell pulling the name of Jimmy Golden to face SMW Beat the Champ TV Champion Bobby Eaton later in the show; featured Caudle conducting an interview with SMW Heavyweight Champion the Dirty White Boy & Ron Wright in which Wright claimed he was getting treatment from doctors in New York, talked about his success in Tennessee chain matches, and said the DWB would continue his chain match legacy; DWB discussed beating New York gangs with his chain and said he would destroy Tracy Smothers if Smothers ever wanted to face him in a chain match; included an in-ring segment of ‘Down & Dirty with Dutch’ with guest Tracy Smothers about facing DWB in his own kind of match; featured Caudle conducting an interview with Tim Horner about the interference of Jim Cornette the previous week in his match against Eaton, with Horner then saying he would get his $5,000 back from Eaton; included Caudle conducting an interview with Eaton, SMW Tag Team Champions Stan Lane & Tom Prichard about the challenge of Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson and Robert Fuller & Jimmy Golden; Cornette then said he filed an injunction that said Eaton’s challengers would now be picked a week in advance and Eaton could beat anyone; Caudle then pulled the name of Prichard to face Eaton the next week, with Cornette objecting and offering to tear up the injunction; Prichard said he wouldn’t mind having the match, leading to a shoving contest between he and Eaton; featured a look at Kevin Sullivan in thearapy, with Sullivan laying on a couch and being fed grapes by a woman off screen; Sullivan said he would take out his frustrations on Brian Lee:
Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson defeated the Avenger (Chris Candido) & Mike Sampson at 5:26 when both men pinned Avenger after the double dropkick; after the match, Bob Caudle conducted an interview with Morton & Gibson on facing Robert Fuller & Jimmy Golden and SMW Tag Team Champions Stan Lane & Tom Prichard
SMW Beat the Champ TV Champion Bobby Eaton (w/ Jim Cornette) pinned Jimmy Golden at 8:14 after Cornette hit the challenger over the back with his tennis raquet as the referee was distracted by Robert Fuller on the ring apron; Fuller appeared ringside late in the bout to counter Cornette’s interference; after the match, Dutch Mantell left the commentary area to aid Fuller & Golden against Eaton, SMW Tag Team Champions Stan Lane & Tom Prichard; moments later, Bob Caudle conducted an interview with Mantell, Fuller & Golden about facing Lane & Prichard and Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson
Brian Lee & Tim Horner defeated Kevin Sullivan & the Nightstalker at 7:20 when Horner pinned Nightstalker after another disciple of Sullivan’s (the Tazmaniac) came off the top behind the referee’s back and accidentally hit the Nightstalker instead of Horner; following the commercial break, Bob Caudle conducted an interview with Sullivan, with his two men, in which he told Nightstalker no more mistakes; Sullivan then blamed the third man for the mistake, with Sullivan reminding him who the master was and who the follower was (Wrestling Gold: Before They Were Famous)
4/10/93:
SMW Beat the Champ TV Champion Bobby Eaton fought Tom Prichard to a no contest
4/17/93 – featured a ‘Down & Dirty with Dutch’ segment with guest the Nightstalker:
SMW Beat the Champ TV Champion Bobby Eaton pinned Robbie Eagle at 3:03
Roger Anderson defeated Kevin Sullivan at 1:28 via disqualification
The Dirty White Boy defeated Mike Sampson at 2:31
Stan Lane & Tom Prichard foguht Robert Fuller & Jimmy Golden to a double disqualification at 3:11
Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson defeated Stan Lane & Tom Prichard
Tracy Smothers defeated SMW Heavyweight Champion the Dirty White Boy

WWF @ New York City, NY – Madison Square Garden – March 22, 1998 (18,199; 15,297 paid)
WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Taka Michinoku pinned Brian Christopher
Henry & Phinneas Godwinn defeated Skull & 8-Ball in a country whipping match
Marc Mero pinned TAFKA Goldust
Cactus Jack pinned WWF Tag Team Champion Billy Gunn in a falls count anywhere match
Ken Shamrock defeated WWF IC Champion the Rock via disqualification
NWA Tag Team Champions the Headbangers defeated the Quebecers
Bradshaw pinned Barry Windham
Steve Austin pinned WWF European Champion Triple H in a non-title match

WCW @ Panama City, FL – Club LeVela – March 22, 1999
Monday Nitro:
Van Hammer pinned Bull Payne
La Parka, Damien, Lizmark Jr., & Super Calo defeated Silver King, El Dandy, Psychosis, & La Cucharacha (Disco Inferno)
Rick Steiner pinned Fit Finlay
Juventud Guerrera pinned El Vampiro
Bill Goldberg pinned Hak
Vincent pinned Horace Hogan
WCW Tag Team Champions Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko defeated Raven & Perry Saturn via disqualification when Raven hit Malenko with one of the title belts as Saturn had Benoit caught in the Rings of Saturn
WCW US Championship Tournament Quarter-Finals: Scott Steiner defeated Chris Jericho via submission with the Steiner Recliner
WCW Cruiserweight Champion Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated WCW World Champion Ric Flair (w/ Arn Anderson) via disqualification at 7:37 when Anderson pulled referee Charles Robinson out of the ring as Mysterio had Flair covered following a hurricanrana off the top; after the bout, Robinson raised Flair’s hand in victory because Flair was the WCW President; moments later, Mysterio kicked Flair from the floor into the pool surrounding the ring

WWF @ Champaign, IL – March 22, 2000
The Godfather defeated Mideon
Tazz defeated Eddie Guerrero via submission with the Tazzmission
Perry Saturn & Dean Malenko defeated Too Cool when Saturn pinned Scotty 2 Hotty
WWF Hardcore Champion Crash Holly pinned Gangrel after hitting him with a steel chair
WWF Women’s Champion Jackie pinned Lita with a roll up
The Acolytes defeated Test & Albert when Bradshaw pinned Albert
Rikishi (w/ Too Cool) defeated Viscera
WWF Intercontinental & European Champion Kurt Angle defeated Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho by pinning Jericho after hitting him with one of the title belts as Jericho had Benoit caught in the Walls of Jericho
WWF Tag Team Champions the Dudley Boyz defeated Edge & Christian and Matt & Jeff Hardy in an elimination match; Edge & Christian were eliminated; Matt was pinned after sustaining the 3D
WWF World Champion Triple H defeated Kane

WWE (Smackdown!) @ West Plains, MO – March 22, 2009
The Great Khali pinned Chavo Guerrero Jr. with the tree slam
Matt Hardy pinned Jimmy Wang Yang
Maria & Gail Kim defeated WWE Divas Champion Maryse & Michelle McCool
WWE US Champion MVP pinned Shelton Benjamin with the Drive By
Vladimir Kozlov pinned R Truth
Jeff Hardy defeated the Big Show
WWE World Champion Triple H & the Undertaker defeated Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, & Ted Dibiase Jr. in a handicap match

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