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This is a list of various things that took place in 1989.

Significant events

Unknown date

February

  • Atlantic Coast Wrestling, a North Carolina-based promotion owned by former NWA star Nelson Royal which promoted in the former Jim Crockett Promotions territory, holds its first event, a TV taping in Hildebran, North Carolina. In one of the matches from that taping, Royal retains his NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship (although it is not promoted on-air as an NWA title) despite losing by disqualification to Jimmy Garvin
  • 3 - The tipping point of a slowly building storyline involving Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage comes on a live broadcast of WWF The Main Event on NBC when Savage, the WWF Heavyweight Champion, walks out on Hogan during a tag team match against The Twin Towers (Big Bossman and Akeem). During the match, Miss Elizabeth had been knocked unconscious and Hogan took Elizabeth backstage to get medical attention, leaving Savage to take an extended beating from the heels; following the match, an irate Savage accuses Hogan of "lusting" after Elizabeth and not allowing Savage to, per privilege as WWF World Heavyweight Champion, be the top draw in the WWF, before Savage attacks Hogan and leaves the arena. The series of events leads to one of the year's top feuds and, their first match at WrestleMania V, one of the year's top matches. Savage's heel turn marks only the second time that a wrestler will make an allegiance turn while holding a major WWF championship; the last came 9-1/2 years earlier, in December 1979, when Pat Patterson refused to a deal, arranged by The Grand Wizard, to be managed by Captain Lou Albano

May

  • 7 - After defeating Rick Steamboat at the WrestleWar PPV to regain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, Ric Flair is attacked by Terry Funk, one of three judges for the match in the event of a time-limit draw, when Flair, who cites Funk's lengthy absence from the sport to act in Hollywood, turns down the former NWA World Champion's request for a title shot. The attack culminates with Funk piledriving Flair through the judges' table, which sidelines Flair with a injured neck for more than two months and results in Flair turning face
  • 28 - Jake Roberts is put out of action for nearly four months after undergoing surgery to remove a ruptured disc from his neck

June

  • 2 - No Holds Barred, a wrestling movie starring Hulk Hogan, opens nationwide to mixed-to-negative reviews. Hogan's co-star, Tom Lister, Jr. would soon begin making appearances at WWF events in his movie character as Zeus (an unbeatable monster heel), challenging Hogan to a real-life confrontation and alleging that Hogan had undeserved top billing. This led to a series of matches between Hogan and Zeus, always with either Randy Savage or Ted DiBiase as Zeus' tag team partners and Brutus Beefcake (whom was feuding individually with Savage) being involved with Hogan
  • 25 - Greg Wojokowski defeats boxer Leon Spinks in a boxer vs. wrestler bout in Toledo, Ohio

July

August

October

  • 7 – Invader III suffers two broken ribs and punctured lungs (causing him to cough up blood) when Manny Fernandez shoots on III and delivers three stiff top-rope knee drops in their match at the WWC 16th Anniversary show in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Fernandez claimed this incident as payback for the murder of his friend, Bruiser Brody, during a locker room dispute between Brody and III's tag team partner (and Brody's accused killer), Jose Gonzales (who competed in the WWC as Invader I), on July 17, 1988 [1]

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Pay-Per-View events

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Title changes

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September

  • 2 - Scotty the Body wins the vacant NWA Pacific Northwest title in a tournament final over Carl Styles in Portland
  • 3 – The Great Muta wins the vacant NWA World TV title in a rematch over Sting in Atlanta
  • 18 – The AWA World Tag Team title is vacated due to Ken Patera suffering an injury

October

  • The AWA International Television Championship, last held by Greg Gagne, is vacated and abandoned when Gagne retires from active competition
  • 1 – The Destruction Crew (Wayne Bloom and Mike Enos) win the vacant AWA World Tag Team title in a tournament final over Paul Diamond and Greg Gagne in Rochester
  • 2 - Demolition regain the WWF Tag Team title from the Brainbusters in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • 7 - Rex King wins the NWA Pacific Northwest title from Scotty the Body in Portland
  • 14 - Scotty the Body regains the NWA Pacific Northwest title from Rex King in Portland

November

December

  • The Stampede North American title, last held by Larry Cameron, is retired when Stampede Wrestling closes
  • The NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship, last held by Nelson Royal, is vacated and retired following Royal's retirement
  • 13 - The Colossal Connection (André the Giant and Haku) win the WWF Tag Team title from Demolition in Huntsville, Alabama

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