1992 – Bret “Hitman” Hart defeats Ric Flair for the WWF World Heavyweight Title in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Flair submitted clean to the Sharpshooter, beginning Hart’s first run with the World Title and ending Flair’s second reign with the WWF belt. For a complete look at this historic match, go to Page 2!
1992 – Butch Reed defeats Junkyard Dog for the USWA Unified Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee.
1998 – Ken Shamrock defeats X-Pac in a tournament final for the WWF Intercontinental Title at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island. The belt had been vacated when current champion Triple H suffered a knee injury. Here are full results from the tournament:
– Ken Shamrock defeated Steve Blackman.
– Val Venis defeated Marc Mero.
– X-Pac defeated Jeff Jarrett.
– Mankind defeated Mark Henry (This match saw the debut of the “Mr. Socko Mandible Claw”).
– Ken Shamrock defeated Val Venis.
– X-Pac defeated Mankind.
– Ken Shamrock defeated X-Pac.
1999 – Mankind & the Rock defeat The New Age Outlaws for the WWF World Tag Team Title in Birmingham, Alabama, starting their third tag title reign, and ending the fourth reign for Billy Gunn & Road Dogg. On the same show, Big Bossman won the WWF Hardcore Title by defeating champion Al Snow and The Big Show in a three way match. This began the fourth and final Hardcore title reign for the Bossman.
2006 – WWE announces that Francine and Gunner Scott were being released. Francine had been hired prior to the ECW relaunch, but rarely appeared on WWE television. Scott had been brought up from OVW for a brief run on Smackdown
, then sent back to OVW before being released. At the same time, WWE announced that Pat Patterson, who had gone into semi-retirement and was dealing with some health issues, was returning to the company full-time as a producer (agent) for the company.