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Former WWF Tag Team Champion Passes Away

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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (July 16, 1994) – Heatwave 1994

On this day in Pro Wrestling history on July 16, 1994, ECW hosted “Heatwave 1994: The Battle for The Future” in the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The debut edition and first ever annual Extreme Championship Wrestling Heatwave event saw 2 main events including a Heavyweight Title defense and a Barbed Wire Tag Team match.

Shane Douglas had to defend his ECW Heavyweight Championship (not yet considered a “World Title”!) against #1 contender “The Homicidal, Suicidal, Genocidal, Death–Defying Maniac” Sabu, while Old School NWA Legends & former NWA World Heavyeight Champions Terry Funk & Dory Funk Jr. wrestled Public Enemy in a brutal Barbed Wire match.

Here are the complete results from that night:

Axl Rotten & Ian Rotten def. Hack Meyers & Rockin’ Rebel

ECW Television Championship
Mikey Whipwreck def. Chad Austin via DQ

Tommy Dreamer def. Stevie Richards

Mr. Hughes def. Tommy Dreamer

Sabu & Tazmaniac def. The Pitbulls

Dueling canes match
The Sandman def. Tommy Cairo

ECW Heavyweight Championship
Shane Douglas def. Sabu via Countout

Barbed Wire match
Public Enemy def. Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk

• Former WWF Tag Team Champion Passes Away

Old School WWF/NWA/AWA Legend “Mr. Saito” Masa Saito (Real name: Saito Masanori) passed away 2 days ago on July 14th 2018 at the age of 76 due to complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Saito won the World Wrestling Federation Tag Team titles on 2 occasions with his Tag Partner, the late great Mr. Fuji.

He had successful runs in a lot of different promotions over the years, but his biggest claim to fame is probably the infamous McDonalds incident, where he and Ken Patera got arrested in 1984.

As a former 2 time World Tag Team Champion, one would assume that WWE would pay some sort of tribute (at least a graphic?) for him, but knowing the new modern day PG era WWE and how they treat their legends & veterans, that most likely ain’t gonna happen.


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