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Wrestler: Tito Santana
Real Name: Merced Solis
Birthday:
Hometown: Tocula, Mexico
Marital Status: Married
Height & Weight: 6'2" - 234 lbs
Trained by:
Debut:
Previous Gimmicks: Richard Blood (Debut)
El Matador (WWF)
Finishing Move: Flying Forearm
Favorite Moves: Figure Four
Notable Feuds: Greg Valentine
Don Muraco
Danny Davis
Bob Orton (AWF)


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  • NWA (Amarillo) Western States Tag Team titles w/Ted DiBiase;
  • WWF (World Wrestling Federation) Tag Team titles w/Ivan Putski defeating Johnny & Jimmy Valiant (March 6, 1979);
  • Pro-Wrestling Illustrated Achievement Awards Tag Team of the Year w/Ivan Putski (1979);
  • WWF (World Wrestling Federation) Intercontinental Heavyweight title defeating Don Muraco (February 11, 1984);
  • WWF (World Wrestling Federation) Intercontinental Heavyweight title defeating Greg Valentina (July 6, 1985);
  • WWF (World Wrestling Federation) Tag Team titles w/Rick Martel defeating The Hart Foundation ();
  • WWF (World Wrestling Federation) King of the Ring 1989;
  • NWA (Eastern Championship Wrestling) Heavyweight title;
  • UWS (New York) Tag Team title;
  • ICW (New England) Heavyweight title;
  • UWF (Herb Abrams) Americas Heavyweight title;
  • AWF (American Wrestling Federation) World title defeating Bob Orton;
  • Renegade Wrestling Alliance title;
  • (New Jersey) USA Heavyweight title ();
  • NSWA (Michigan) Heavyweight title ();
  • USA Pro Wrestling 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 & Ted DiBiase beat Akio Sato & 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 & Ivan Putski defeated Jimmy & Jerry Valiant for the WWWF Tag Team titles..
  • April 12, 1980: The Wild Samoans dethrone Tito Santana & 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 signs a WWF contract with Vince McMahon Jr. as the WWF were preparing to go national..
  • January 21, 1984: WWF Champion the Iron Sheik and Tito Santana wrestle to a Double DQ..
  • 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 defeats 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 beats Tito Santana for the 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 damages the IC 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 defeats Terry Funk (1st), defeats Jim Brunzel (2nd), but loses to Iron Sheik in 3rd round..
  • October 31, 1985 - Saturday Night Main Event: "Macho Man" Randy Savage defeated Tito Santana by count out..
  • November 7, 1985 - Wrestling Classic: Tito Santana defeats "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 & Hoss (Dory) Funk defeated Junk Yard Dog & Tito Santana in a tag team match..
  • February 21, 1987 - Saturday Night Main Event: Hart Foundation (Tag Champs) defeated Tito Santana & Dan Spivey to retain..
  • WrestleMania III: The Hart Foundation & "Dangerous" Danny Davis defeated The British Bulldogs & Tito Santana..
  • August 28, 1987 - Paul Boesch Retirement Show: Tito Santana & Mil Mascaras defeated Demolition..
  • September 4, 1997 - King of the Ring: Danny Davis defeats Tito Santana in the first round of the KOTR Tournament..
  • 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 beat the Hart Foundation for the WWF Tag Team titles!
  • Survivor Series 1987: Strike Force/Bulldogs/Bees/Stallions/Rougeaus defeat Harts/Demolition/Islanders/Dream Team/Bolsheviks..
  • December 7, 1987 - Saturday Night Main Event: Strike Force defeated the Bolsheviks to retain the WWF Tag Team titles..
  • Royal Rumble 1988: Tito Santana draws number 1 in the Royal Rumble..
  • February 5, 1990 - The Main Event: Strike Force defeat the Hart Foundation to retain the WWF Tag Team titles..
  • WrestleMania IV: Demolition defeated Strike Force for the WWF Tag Team titles..
  • Tito Santana resumes his solo career after Rick Martel is injured after an attack from Demolition..
  • Survivor Series 1988: Tito Santana/J.Roberts/J.Duggan/K.Patera/S.Casey are defeated by Andre/D.Bravo/R.Rude/C.Hennig/H.Race..
  • December 7, 1988 - Saturday Night Main Event: Tito Santana defeats the Red Rooster..
  • Royal Rumble 1989: Tito Santana enter the Royal Rumble at #12..
  • WrestleMania V: Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson defeated Strike Force (reunion) when Rick Martel walked out on Tito Santana!
  • Rick Martel becomes known as "the Model" and takes Slick on as his manager and begins feuding with Tito Santana..
  • SummerSlam 1989: Rick Martel & the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers defeated Tito Santana & the Rockers in a six man tag..
  • October 14, 1989 - King of the Ring: Tito Santana wins the KotR Tourny defeating Rick Martel, Bad New Brown, Warlord & Akeem..
  • Survivor Series 1989: The Dream Team (Rhodes/Beefcake/Santana/Rooster) defeated The Enforcers (Bossman/Martel/Brown/Honky)..
  • Royal Rumble 1990: Tito Santana enters the Royal Rumble at #23..
  • WrestleMania VI: The Barbarian defeated Tito Santana..
  • April 23, 1990 - Superstars of Wrestling: Mr. Perfect defeated Tito Santana in the tournament final to win the IC title..
  • July 16, 1990 - Saturday Night Main Event: Mr. Perfect defeats Tito Santana to retain..
  • SummerSlam 1990: The Warlord defeated Tito Santana..
  • October 30, 1990 - The Main Event: Rick Martel defeats Tito Santana..
  • Survivor Series 1990: The Alliance (Volkoff/Santana/Bushwhackers) defeated The Mercenaries (Slaughter/Zukov/Orient Express)..
  • ~~~Tito Santana was the sole survivor and advances to the final survivors match..
  • ~~~Tito Santana/Ultimate Warrior/Hulk Hogan defeated DiBiase/Martel/Warlord/Roma/Hercules..
  • ~~~Tito Santana eliminated the Warlord within 28 seconds of the match..
  • Royal Rumble 1991: Tito Santana enters the Royal Rumble at #11..
  • WrestleMania VII: The Mountie defeated Tito Santana..
  • April 15, 1991 - Saturday Night Main Event: The Mountie defeated Tito Santana..
  • October 3, 1991 - WWF at Royal Albert Hall: Ric Flair defeated Tito Santana (Tito competed in a Battle Royal later)..

    World Wrestling Federation - El Matador:
  • October 21, 1991 - Superstars of Wrestling: Tito Santana adopted the gimmick "El Matador", but mexican bull fighter..
  • Survivor Series 1991: Jim Duggan/Slaughter/El Matador/Kerry von Erich defeated Adnan/Berzerker/Hercules/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..

    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 opens the American Wrestling Federation and signs many former WWF & WCW Wrestlers..
  • 1996: Tito Santana wins the AWF World title, loses it to Bob Orton, but wins 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..
  • 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)..
  • March 13, 2004 - WWE: Tito Santana is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during a ceremony in New York City!
  • March 14, 2004 - Wrestlemania XX: Tito Santana is honored with all the other Hall of Fame inductees during the Pay Per View..
  • 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..
  • January 13, 2006--ECWA: Tito Santana defeated Arch Kincaid.....
  • February 25, 2006--IWF: Tito Santana & Fred Sampson & Dan McGuire defeated Kevin Knight & Shawn Donovan & Travis Blake..
  • April 22, 2006--New York Wrestling Connection: Spyder & Tito Santana defeated Stockade & 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 & Tito Santana defeated Corvis Fear & Jo-Jo...
  • September 10, 2006--Maryland Championship Wrestling: The Slackers & Tito Santana beat Phat Blues Security & 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 Countout..
  • 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 & Jay Santana defeated The Baghdad Bullies (TNT & Saddam Insane) ..
  • December 8, 2006--Great Lakes Championship Wrestling: Tito Santana & El Vato beat Angel Armani & Scorpion
  • December 9, 2006--Great Lakes Championship Wrestling: Tito Santana & El Vato beat Matt Longtime & Mason Quinn