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The OP is correct. "Tapping out" was first introduced in the WWF on an October 1997 episode of RAW when Ken Shamrock applied the ankle lock on Bret Hart when the ref was knocked out. Bret tapped out, but, the referee didn't see it. Prior to that, submissions were generally only acknowledged when someone verbally told the referee they'd had enough.
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