Today In Pro Wrestling History (March 14): Blood In, Blood Out

Today in Pro Wrestling History: On March 14th, 1999, at Freedom Hall during WCW Uncensored 1999, Ric Flair defeated Hollywood Hogan in a first-blood, steel cage match to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Despite both competitors bleeding, the match continued under controversial circumstances. Referee Charles Robinson did not stop the match when Flair bled first, citing ‘incidental contact.’

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The main event itself was a barbed wire steel cage first-blood match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, with the added stipulation that if Flair won, he would become WCW President for life, whereas if Hogan won, Flair would have to retire. The match saw interference from Arn Anderson, Flair’s son David, and Torrie Wilson.

Despite both competitors bleeding, referee Charles Robinson did not stop the match when Flair bled first, leading to controversy. Flair had previously gained control of WCW for 90 days on a December 1998 edition of WCW Monday Nitro and had ordered Robinson to use discretion in stopping the match. Ultimately, Flair pinned an unconscious Hogan while in the Figure-Four leglock, with Robinson making a fast three count to secure the win for Flair​

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