On this day in pro wrestling history (May 17): Bruno Sammartino era begins, War Games, Michaels vs. Jannetty

By Brian Hoops, WrestlingObserver.com

1963 – Bruno Sammartino defeated WWWF World Champion Buddy Rogers in 47 seconds to win the championship at Madison Square Garden in New York City,

1966 – In Moline, Illinois; The Crusher & Ernie Ladd & Verne Gagne beat Larry Hennig & Harley Race & The Alaskan; Reggie Parks beat Angelo Poffo and Ernie Ladd beat Larry Hennig; At Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri; Dick the Bruiser & Bob Ellis defeated Bob Geigel & Bob Brown and World Heavyweight Champion Gene Kiniski defeated The Mongolian Stomper in three falls.

1973 – In Kansas City, Kansas; Harley Race defeated Black Angus and Bob Geigel & Bobo Brazil defeated Togo the Great & Tokyo Joe

1974 – In Denver, Colorado; The Crusher & Wahoo McDaniel beat Champions Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens on a 3rd fall COR to win the AWA Tag Team title. Also, Superstar Billy Graham beat Geoff Portz.

1978 – In Honolulu, Hawaii; AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Rick Martel in a Loser Leaves Town Match; Tor Kamata beat Billy White Wolf  and Buddy Rose & John Studd beat Bill Francis & Russ Francis

1981 – Tommy Rich won a tournament for the Georgia Heavyweight championship at the Omni in Atlanta, GA. Rich beat Greg Valentine to win the Georgia Heavyweight title.

1986 – Playboy Buddy Rose & Doug Somers defeated Scott Hall & Curt Hennig in Hammond, Indiana, to win the AWA World Tag Team Championship; Dusty Rhodes & the Road Warriors defeated NWA Six Man Tag Team Champions Baron Von Raschke, Ivan & Nikita Koloff to win the titles in Baltimore, Maryland.

1987 -The Lightning Express, (Brad Armstrong & Tim Horner), defeated Rick Steiner & Sting to win the UWF Tag Team Titles.

1992 – At the WCW WrestleWar PPV in Jacksonville, Florida; The Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin) defeated Terry Taylor & Greg Valentine to win the United States Tag Team Championship. Also, Brian Pillman defeated Tom Zenk to retain the WCW World Light Heavyweight Title; WCW World Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner defeated Tatsumi Fujinami & Takayuki Iizuka and Sting, Nikita Koloff, Dustin Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat & Barry Windham defeated Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton, Rick Rude, Steve Austin & Larry Zbyszko in a War Games match.

1993 – During a Monday Night Raw telecast from Manhattan Center in New York City, Marty Jannetty defeated Shawn Michaels to win the Intercontinental Title.

1998 – At the WCW Slamboree PPV in Worchester, Mass., Dean Malenko defeated WCW Cruiserweight Champion Chris Jericho to win the title and Sting & the Giant defeated WCW World Tag Team Champions Scott Hall & Kevin Nash (with Dusty Rhodes) to win the titles.