[ Tito Santana: Tales from The Ring]
[ OWW Interviews Tito Santana] Title History
NWA (Amarillo) Western States Tag Team titles w/Ted DiBiase defeating Mr. Pogo and Mr. Sato (1979);
WWF Tag Team titles w/Ivan Putski defeating Jerry and Johnny Valiant (October 22, 1979);
PWI (Pro-Wrestling Illustrated) Achievement Awards Tag Team of the Year w/Ivan Putski (1979);
WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight title defeating Don Muraco (February 11, 1984);
WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight title defeating Greg Valentine (July 6, 1985);
WWF World Tag Team titles w/Rick Martel defeating Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart (October 27, 1987);
WWF (World Wrestling Federation) King of the Ring 1989;
ECW (Eastern Championship Wrestling) Heavyweight title defeating Don Muraco (August 8, 1993);
IWCCW (New England) Heavyweight title defeating Greg Valentine (February 9, 1994);
AWF (American Wrestling Federation) Heavyweight title defeating Bob Orton Jr. [Tournament] (November 29, 1994);
AWF (American Wrestling Federation) Heavyweight title defeating Bob Orton Jr. (October 5, 1996);
USAP (USA Pro) Heavyweight title defeating Bob Orton Jr. to become 1st champion (December 7, 1996);
EWA (Empire Wrestling Alliance) Heavyweight title (June 2, 2000);
IWA Heavyweight title defeating Greg “The Hammer” Valentine (August 27, 2005);
IAW Television title defeating Andy Chene (July 8, 2006);
Renegade Wrestling Alliance title;
NSWA (Michigan) Heavyweight title;
In The Beginning:
Tito Santana is a former pro football player with the Kansas City Chiefs (NFL) and BC Lions (CFL).
Tito Santana began his wrestling career in Texas.
Tito Santana once wrestled as “Richard Blood”, which is Ricky Steamboat’s REAL name.
Tito Santana moved to the AWA after a few years and received several AWA World title shots against Nick Bockwinkel.
February 15, 1979 – NWA: Tito Santana and Ted DiBiase beat Akio Sato and Mr. Pogo for the NWA Western States Tag Team titles.
World Wide Wrestling Federation:
Tito Santana jumped to
Vince McMahon Sr‘s northeast World Wide Wrestling Federation promotion. October 22, 1979 – MSG: Tito Santana and Ivan Putski defeated Jimmy and Jerry Valiant for the WWWF Tag Team titles.
January 1, 1980 WWF Wrestling: Hulk Hogan defeated Tito Santana.
April 12, 1980: The Wild Samoans dethrone Tito Santana and Ivan Putski for the Tag Team titles.
AWA and Georgia:
Tito Santana returned to the AWA to re-persue his quest to win the
AWA World title. Tito Santana also had a brief run in the
World Wrestling Federation:
Late 1983: Tito Santana signed a WWF contract with
Vince McMahon Jr. as the WWF were preparing to go national. January 21, 1984: WWF Champion The Iron Sheik vs. Tito Santana ended in a Double Disqualification.
February 11, 1984: Tito Santana defeated “Magnificent” Don Muraco to win the Intercontinental title!
July 23, 1984 MSG – The Brawl to End it All: Tito Santana defeated “Cowboy” Bob Orton to retain.
Tito Santana and Greg Valentine become involved in an historic feud over the Intercontinental title.
September 24, 1984: Greg Valentine defeated Tito Santana to win the WWF Intercontinental title.
WrestleMania I: Tito Santana defeated the Executioner (Buddy Rose) in the first match of Wrestlemania history!
July 7 1985: Tito Santana defeated Greg Valentine in a classic Steel Cage match to recapture the IC title!
~~~After the match, Greg Valentine damaged the Intercontinental belt by smashing it against the cage.
~~~This was to allow the WWF to create a new IC championship belt which was around for 13 years!
July 8, 1985 – King of the Ring: Tito Santana defeated Terry Funk in the 1st Round of the Tournament.
~~~Tito Santana defeated Jim Brunzel (2nd Round) | The Iron Sheik defeated Tito Santana in the Finals.
October 31, 1985 – Saturday Night Main Event: “Macho Man” Randy Savage defeated Tito Santana by Countout.
November 7, 1985 – Wrestling Classic: Tito Santana defeated “Magnificent” Don Muraco.
February 8, 1986 – Boston Garden: Randy Savage defeated Tito Santana to win the IC title by using brass knux!
WrestleMania II: Terry and Hoss (Dory) Funk defeated Junk Yard Dog and Tito Santana in a tag team match.
February 21, 1987 – Saturday Night Main Event: The Hart Foundation defeated Tito Santana and Dan Spivey to retain.
WrestleMania III: The Hart Foundation and “Dangerous” Danny Davis defeated The British Bulldogs and Tito Santana.
August 28, 1987 – Paul Boesch Retirement Show: Tito Santana and Mil Mascaras defeated Demolition.
September 4, 1987 – King of the Ring: Danny Davis defeated Tito Santana in the 1st Round of the Tournament.
World Wrestling Federation – Strike Force:
Tito Santana joined forced with Rick Martel (abandoned by Tom Zenk) to form the team known as
Strike Force. October 27, 1987 – Superstars of Wrestling: Strike Force defeated The Hart Foundation to win the WWF Tag Team titles!
Survivor Series 1987: Strike Force led a 10-man team to defeat a team captained by the Hart Foundation.
~~~Team Strike Force: Strike Force, the Bulldogs, the Killer Bees, the Young Stallions, and the Rougeaus Bros.
~~~Team Hart Foundation: The Hart Foundation, Demolition, the Islanders, the Dream Team, and the Bolsheviks.
~~~The Killer Bees and The Young Stallions were the survivors of the elimination match.
December 7, 1987 – Saturday Night Main Event: Strike Force defeated the Bolsheviks to retain the WWF Tag Team titles.
Royal Rumble 1988: Tito Santana drew number 2 in the first ever Royal Rumble (Bret Hart drew number 1).
February 5, 1988 – The Main Event: Strike Force defeated the Hart Foundation to retain the WWF Tag Team titles.
WrestleMania IV: Demolition (Ax and Smash) defeated Strike Force to win the WWF Tag Team titles.
World Wrestling Federation – Tito Santana:
Tito Santana resumed his solo career after Rick Martel was injured after an attack from Demolition.
Survivor Series 1988: The Heenan Family w/Bobby Heenan defeated a team if babyface wrestlers.
~~~The Good Guys = Tito Santana and Jake Roberts and Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Ken Patera and Scott Casey.
~~~The Heenan Family = Andre The Giant and Dino Bravo and Rick Rude and Mr. Perfect and Harley Race.
December 7, 1988 – Saturday Night Main Event: Tito Santana defeated the Red Rooster (Terry Taylor).
Royal Rumble 1989: Tito Santana entered the Royal Rumble at #12.
WrestleMania V: Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson defeated Strike Force (reunion) when Rick Martel walked out on Tito Santana!
World Wrestling Federation – Tito Santana vs. Rick Martel:
Rick Martel became known as “the Model” and took
Slick on as his manager and began feuding with Tito Santana. SummerSlam 1989: Rick Martel and The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers defeated Tito Santana and The Rockers in a six man tag.
October 14, 1989 – King of the Ring: Tito Santana defeated Bad New Brown in the 1st Round of the Tournament.
~~~Tito defeated Warlord (2nd Round) | Tito defeated Akeem (3rd Round) | Tito defeated Rick Martel in the Finals!.
Survivor Series 1989: The Dream Team defeated The Enforcers in an Elimination Match.
~~~The Dream Team = Dusty Rhodes and Tito Santana and The Red Rooster and Brutus Beefcake.
~~~The Enforcers = The Big Bossman and Rick Martel and Bad News Brown and The Honky Tonk Man.
Royal Rumble 1990: Tito Santana entered the Royal Rumble at #23.
WrestleMania VI: The Barbarian defeated Tito Santana.
April 23, 1990 – Superstars of Wrestling: Mr. Perfect defeated Tito Santana in a tournament final to win the Intercontinental title.
July 16, 1990 – Saturday Night Main Event: Mr. Perfect defeated Tito Santana to retain the WWF Intercontinental title.
SummerSlam 1990: The Warlord defeated Tito Santana.
October 30, 1990 – The Main Event: Rick Martel defeated Tito Santana.
Survivor Series 1990: The Alliance defeated The Mercenaries in an Elimination match.
~~~The Alliance = Nikolai Volkoff and Tito Santana and The Bushwhackers (Luke and Butch).
~~~The Mercenaries = Sgt. Slaughter and Boris Zhukov and The Orient Express (Kato and Tanaka).
~~~Tito Santana was the sole survivor and advanced to the final survivors match.
~~~Tito Santana/Ultimate Warrior/Hulk Hogan defeated DiBiase/Martel/Warlord/Roma/Hercules.
~~~Tito Santana eliminated Warlord within 28 seconds but was later eliminated himself.
Royal Rumble 1991: Tito Santana entered the Royal Rumble at #11.
WrestleMania VII: The Mountie (Jacques Rougeau) defeated Tito Santana.
April 15, 1991 – Saturday Night Main Event: The Mountie defeated Tito Santana.
World Wrestling Federation – El Matador:
1991: Tito Santana adopted the gimmick “El Matador,” a mexican bull fighter through a series of vignettes.
September 30, 1991 – WWF Superstars Taping: “El Matador” Tito Santana (“El Matador” debut) defeated Bob Bradley.
October 1, 1991 – WWF Superstars: “El Matador” Tito Santana defeated Pat Tanaka of the Orient Express.
October 3, 1991 – WWF at Royal Albert Hall: Ric Flair defeated Tito Santana (Tito competed in a Battle Royal later).
October 5, 1991 WWF Superstars: “El Matador” Tito Santana defeated The Undertaker w/Paul Bearer.
October 21, 1991 WWF Superstars: “El Matador” Tito Santana defeated The Barbarian.
October 28, 1991 WWF Superstars: “El Matador” Tito Santana defeated Hercules.
November 11, 1991 WWF Superstars: Ted DiBiase w/Sensational Serri defeated Virgil to win the Million Dollar Title.
~~~After the match; The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase attacked Virgil until “El Matador” Tito Santana made the save.
Survivor Series 1991: Jim Duggan’s Team defeated Hercules’ Team in a clean sweap.
~~~Jim Duggan’s Team = Jim Duggan and Sgt. Slaughter and El Matador and Kerry von Erich.
~~~Hercules’ Team = Hercules and Col. Mustafa (Iron Sheik) and The Berzerker and Skinner.
December 3, 1991 – Tuesday Night In Texas: Ted DiBiase and Repo Man defeated Tito Santana and Virgil.
Royal Rumble 1992: “El Matador” Tito Santana entered the Royal Rumble at #7.
WrestleMania VIII: Shawn Michaels defeated Tito Santana in the opening match.
March 28, 1992 – Superstars: Tito Santana defeated Doug Somers.
May 9, 1992 – Superstars: Tito Santana defeated Bob Bradley.
Eastern Championship Wrestling and The WWF:
ECW August 8, 1992: Tito Santana defeated Don Muraco for the ECW Heavyweight title.
SummerSlam 1992: Papa Shango defeated Tito Santana in a non-televised dark match.
ECW September 9, 1992: Shane Douglas wins the ECW title by forfeit when Tito Santana fails to defend.
Royal Rumble 1993: Tito Santana entered the Royal Rumble at #25.
WrestleMania IX: Tito Santana defeated Papa Shango in a non-televised dark match.
April 25, 1993 – European Rampage: Doink defeated Tito Santana.
Tito Santana’s WWF wrestling career comes to an end.
The Indies, and Starting the American Wrestling Federation:
Tito Santana appeared on the independent circuit with such promotions as:
~~~Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling, the Renegade Wrestling Alliance and the United States Wrestling Federation.
1996: Tito Santana opened the
American Wrestling Federation and signed many former WWF and WCW Wrestlers. 1996: Tito Santana won the AWF World title, lost it to Bob Orton, but won it back in the rematch.
1997: Tito Santana returned to the WWF and joined the Spanish Announcing Team.
January 10, 2000 – WCW Monday Nitro: Tito Santana makes a one-time appearance in WCW defeating Jeff Jarrett in a Dungeon Match!
Tito Santana now owns a hair salon in Roxbury, New Jersey and is also a Physical Education and Spanish Teacher.
November 8, 2003 – Virginia Championship Wrestling: Tito Santana (at the age of 50) defeated Wallace Stillhammer.
~~~Tito Santana was then honored in a special ceremony which included Nickolai Volkoff, Ivan Koloff and Larry Zbyszko.
March 12, 2004 – East Coast Pro Wrestling: Tito Santana defeated The Executioner (not Buddy Rose).
WWE Hall of Fame:
2005: Independent Wrestling (National Wrestling Superstars):
April 23, 2005 – National Wrestling Superstars: Tito Santana defeated Sal Sincere.
May 14, 2005 – National Wrestling Superstars: Tito Santana defeated Kevin Knight in Bloomfield, New Jersey.
July 16, 2005 – National Wrestling Superstars: Tito Santana defeated Kevin Knight in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
August 27, 2005 – WrestleReunion: Tito Santana defeated Greg Valentine to win the IWA title.. September 10, 2005 – Wrestle Reunion: Greg Valentine beat Tito Santana to win the IWA title when Jimmy Hart threw in Brass Knux.
November 11, 2005 – Ted DiBiase’s Power Wrestling Alliance: Tito Santana and Jim Duggan beat Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake.
2006: Independent Wrestling (National Wrestling Superstars):
January 13, 2006 – ECWA: Tito Santana defeated Arch Kincaid…
February 25, 2006 – IWF: Tito Santana, Fred Sampson and Dan McGuire defeated Kevin Knight, Shawn Donovan and Travis Blake.
April 22, 2006 – New York Wrestling Connection: Spyder and Tito Santana defeated Stockade and King Kong Bundy.
April 29, 2006 – Connecticut Championship Wrestling: Tito Santana defeated Romeo Roselli w/Talia Doll.
May 13, 2006 – National Wrestling Superstars: Tito Santana defeated Hasheem Ali.
May 20, 2006 – National Wrestling Superstars: Tito Santana defeated Simon Diamond.
June 10, 2006 – Southern Championship Wrestling: Tito Santana beat Greg “The Hammer” Valentine.
July 8, 2006 – IAW Clash at the Cove 8: Tito Santana defeated Andy Chene to win the IAW Television title.
July 27, 2006 – Legends of Wrestling: Tito Santana defeated Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake w/Jim Chadwick.
August 9, 2006 – National Wrestling Superstars: Jay Santana and Tito Santana defeated Corvis Fear and Jo-Jo.
September 10, 2006 – Maryland Championship Wrestling: The Slackers and Tito Santana beat Phat Blues Security and Buck.
September 24, 2006 – Pro Wrestling Xtreme: Tito Santana defeated Jessy Jones by Submission.
September 29, 2006 – Top Rope Promotions: Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka vs Tito Santana ended in a No Contest.
September 30, 2006 – National Wrestling Superstars: Tito Santana defeated King Kaluha.
October 7, 2006 – WCWA: Tito Santana w/Tammy Sytch vs Greg “The Hammer” Valentine ended in a double count-out.
October 13, 2006 – NWS: Tito Santana defeated “Mr. Motion” Shane Taylor w/King Boy Du I Stinq.
October 14, 2006 – National Wrestling Superstars: Tito Santana defeated Johnny Candido.
November 4, 2006 – NCW: Tito Santana defeated Sal Sincere (Tom Brandi) in York, Pennsylvania.
November 11, 2006 – All Out Mayhem Wrestling: Tito Santana defeated Palmer Canon in Machias, Maine.
December 1, 2006 – NWS: Tito Santana and Jay Santana defeated The Baghdad Bullies (TNT and Saddam Insane).
December 8, 2006 – Great Lakes Championship Wrestling: Tito Santana and El Vato beat Angel Armani and Scorpion.
December 9, 2006 – Great Lakes Championship Wrestling: Tito Santana and El Vato beat Matt Longtime and Mason Quinn.
2007: Independent Wrestling (National Wrestling Superstars):
March 24, 2007 – Int’l Wrestling Cartel: Tito Santana w/Ivan Putski defeated Greg “Hammer” Valentine w/Larry Sweeney.
April 14, 2007 – National Wrestling Superstars: Tito Santana defeated Kevin Matthews. May 27, 2007 – Bad News Allen Tribute Show: Tito Santana vs. Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart ended in a double count-out.
July 14, 2007 – The League (debut show): Tito Santana defeated Greg “The Hammer” Valentine in London, Ontario.
August 18, 2007 – National Wrestling Superstars: Tito Santana defeated Danny Demanto (w/King Ran-sid Akhbar Idu Stinq).
August 18, 2007 – IWF: Tito Santana. Tony Torres and Kevin Knight defeated Franciz, Travis Blake and Aaron Stride.
August 19, 2007 – IWF: Tito Santana, Biggie Biggs and Antonio Rivera beat Justin Corino, Frank Scoleri and Bryan Harley. September 30, 2007 – East Coast Pro Wrestling: Tito Santana defeated Robert Roode in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
2008: Independent Wrestling (National Wrestling Superstars):
March 14, 2008 – Top Rope Promotions: Johnny Angel and Tito Santana defeated The Stroke (Gregory Edwards and Ryan Waters).
August 1, 2008 – National Wrestling Superstars: Tito Santana defeated Danny Demanto. August 3, 2008 – XICW: Tito Santana defeated Eddie Venom by disqualification in Detroit, Michigan.
November 7, 2008 – USWF: Tito Santana defeated Danny Davis in Malden Massachusetts.
November 8, 2008 – BTW: Tito Santana and Doink defeated The Brain Surgeons in Webster, Massachusetts.
November 14, 2008 – BTW: Tito Santana vs Rasche “Skullkrusher” Brown in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
January 24, 2009 – ECPW: Tito Santana defeated Kodiak Bear in Brooklyn, New York.
March 7, 2009 – FCW: Tito Santana and The Young Bucks defeated King Haku, Dustin Cutler and Brandon Cutler.
March 27, 2009 – BTW: Tito Santana and Dave McIsaac defeated Greg Valentine and The Honky Tonk Man.
June 27, 2009 – PPW: Tito Santana defeated Abdul Bashir.
July 10, 2009 – WCPW: Austin Roberts defeated Tito Santana.
November 14, 2009 National Wrestling Superstars: “El Matador” Tito Santana w/guest manager The Bernardsville Hardware Hunk defeated “Dastardly” Danny Doring w/King Ran-sid Akhbar Idu Stinq and bodyguard Kevin Matthews by submission.
December 12, 2009 – National Wrestling Superstars: “El Matador” Tito Santana defeated Kevin Matthews. February 19, 2010 – IWF: Tito Santana and Kevin Knight defeated Chris Steeler and Damian Adams.
February 20, 2010 – IWF: Tito Santana, Fady Manani and Frankie Amantea defeated Aaron Stride, Frank Scoleri and Kraig Stagg.
February 27, 2010 – NWS: Tito Santana and Corey Havok defeated Kevin Matthews and Nicky Oceans.
March 5, 2010 – NWS: Tito Santana defeated Kevin Matthews.
April 24, 2010 – NWS: Tito Santana defeated Danny Demanto.
April 30, 2010 – NWS: Tito Santana defeated Danny Demanto.
May 2, 2010 – NWS: Tito Santana defeated Johnny Maxx.
May 22, 2010 – NWS: Tito Santana defeated Corey Havoc.
September 11, 2010 – ECPW: Tito Santana, Jay Santana and The Merengue Warrior defeated Bubba, The Butcher and Justin Blackwell.
September 25, 2010 – International Wrestling Cartel: Tito Santana defeated Bubba the Bulldog.
December 11, 2010 – In Your Face Wrestling: Tito Santana and Vigo defeated Pierre Vachon and Maxx Burton in Sarasota Springs, New York.
December 28, 2010 – IWF: Tito Santana, Justin Corino and Chachi defeated Aaron Stride, Franciz and Travis Blake.
January 29, 2011 – Pro Wrestling Guerrilla: Tito Santana participated in a Legends Wrestle-Royale won by Rowdy Roddy Piper in Los Angeles, California.
March 5, 2011 – NWS: Tito Santana and Ali defeated Danny Inferno and The Equalizer.
March 12, 2011 – NWS: Tito Santana defeated Danny Demanto.
March 18, 2011 – NWS: Tito Santana and Ali defeated Danny Demanto and Danny Doring.
July 29, 2011 – TRP: Tito Santana and Loco Vida defeated Gregory Edwards and Isys Ephex.
August 7, 2011 – PWO: Tito Santana defeated Nickie Valentino.
August 12, 2011 – JCW: Greg Valentine defeated Tito Santana in a steel cage match.
August 20, 2011 – CCW: Tito Santana and Adam Jacobs defeated Killer Coulter and Mr. Atlantis.
February 24, 2012 – PWF: PWF champion Axel Dieter Jr. vs Tito Santana ended in a no contest.
February 25, 2012 – Wrestling Legends Tour: The Barbarian defeated Tito Santana.
February 26, 2012 – DPW: Tito Santana vs Kool Krede ended in a time limit draw.
March 9, 2012 – ECPW: Tito Santana and Johnny Thunder defeated Jim Neidhart and Red Hot Russ.
March 31, 2012 – PWS: Tito Santana defeated The Honky Tonk Man.
April 14, 2012 – PWS: Tito Santana defeated Shawn Spears.
April 28, 2012 – IWF: Tito Santana defeated Shane O’Brien in a bull rope match.
July 12, 2012 – CWE: Tito Santana defeated Anderson Tyson Moore.
July 13, 2012 – CWE: Matt Fairlane defeated Tito Santana by disqualification.
July 14, 2012 – CWE: Tito Santana and Kevin Cannon defeated AJ Sanchez and Vance Nevada. Tito Santana defeated AJ Sanchez by disqualification.
July 15, 2012 – CWE: Tito Santana and Tommy Lee Curtis defeated AJ Sanchez and Bobby Sharp. Tito Santana defeated Robby Royce by disqualification.
July 28, 2012 – TRP: Tito Santana defeated Bob Evans.
September 14, 2012 – Chikara: Ultra Mantis Black, Frightmare and Hallowicked defeated Tito Santana, The Mysterious and Handsome Stranger and Kazuaki Mihara.
November 9, 2012 – CWE: CWE champion Matt Fairlane defeated Tito Santana to retain the title.
December 7, 2012 – PWS: Tito Santana defeated Mantaur.
April 13, 2013 – IWF: Tito Santana and Biggie Biggs defeated Shane O’Brien and Dr. Hurtz.
July 5, 2013 – TRP: Tito Santana defeated Bob Evans.
August 23, 2013 – CWE: Bobby Jay and El Bano defeated Dick Blood and Kevin Cannon.
August 24, 2013 – CWE: Bobby Jay and JJ Sanchez defeated Dick Blood and Kevin Cannon.
September 27, 2013 – TRP: Tito Santana and Craig Costa defeated Jimmy Preston and The Guy.
September 28, 2013 – NECW: Tito Santana and Antonio Thomas defeated Beau Douglas and Mike McCarthy.
October 12, 2013 – BTW: Tito Santana defeated Damien Darling.