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Tito Santana

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Title History

  • NWA (Amarillo) Western States Tag Team titles w/Ted DiBiase defeating Mr. Pogo & Mr. Sato (1979);
  • WWF Tag Team titles w/Ivan Putski defeating Jerry & 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 & 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;

Career Highlights

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 & 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 Georgia territory..

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 & 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 & 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 & Jake Roberts & Hacksaw Jim Duggan & Ken Patera & Scott Casey..
  • ~~~The Heenan Family = Andre The Giant & Dino Bravo & Rick Rude & Mr. Perfect & 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 & Tito Santana & The Red Rooster & Brutus Beefcake..
  • ~~~The Enforcers = The Big Bossman & Rick Martel & Bad News Brown & 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 & Tito Santana & The Bushwhackers (Luke & Butch)..
  • ~~~The Mercenaries = Sgt. Slaughter & Boris Zhukov & The Orient Express (Kato & 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 buts 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 & Sgt. Slaughter & El Matador & Kerry von Erich..
  • ~~~Hercules’ Team = Hercules & Col. Mustafa (Iron Sheik) & The Berzerker & Skinner..
  • December 3, 1991 – Tuesday Night In Texas: Ted DiBiase & Repo Man defeated Tito Santana & 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 & 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 & WCW Wrestlers..
  • 1996: Tito Santana won the AWF World title, lost it to Bob Orton, but won it back in the rematch..

Retirement:

  • 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 & Spanish Teacher..

Independent Wrestling:

  • 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 & Jim Duggan beat Greg Valentine & 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 & 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.