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This Day In Wrestling History – March 29th‏



Events

In 1987, Wrestlemania III set the all-time attendance record for an indoor arena in North America with 93,173 fans in attendance. The record was only broken last year. The event was held in Pontiac, Michigan

– Harley Race defeats The Junkyard Dog in a Loser Must Bow Match
– Roddy Piper defeats Adrian Adonis in a Hair vs Hair Match
– Ricky Steamboat defeats Randy Savage to win the WWF Intercontinental Title
– The Honky Tonk Man defeats Jake Roberts
– Hulk Hogan defeats Andre The Giant to retain the WWF Title. This was the match where Hogan famously bodyslammed Andre

In 1998, Wrestlemania XIV. This event is generally cited as the beginning of the Attitude Era

– Taka Michinoku defeats Aguila to retain the WWF Light Heavyweight Title
– Triple H defeats Owen Hart to retain the WWF European Title
– The Rock defeats Ken Shamrock by DQ to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Cactus Jack & Chainsaw Charlie defeat The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn & Road Dogg) in a Dumpster Match to win the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Steve Austin defeats Shawn Michaels with Mike Tyson as special guest enforcer to win the WWF Title

In 2008, the WWE Hall Of Fame Ceremony is held in Orlando, Florida. The class of 2008 are:

– Ric Flair
– Peter Maivia
– Rocky Johnson
– Mae Young
– Jerry & Jack Brisco
– Eddie Graham
– Gordon Solie

Title Changes

1994 – Men on a Mission (Mabel & Mo) defeat The Quebecers (Pierre & Jacques) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

1999 – on Nitro, The Filthy Animals (Rey Misterio Jr & Billy Kidman) defeat Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko to win the WCW Tag Team Titles

1999 – on Raw, Goldust defeats Road Dogg to win the WWF Intercontinental Title

2005 – on Smackdown, Paul London wins a Battle Royal to win the WWE Cruiserweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to multiple-time tag team champion in promotions all over America, Michael Hayes (52)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1974, the wrestling world lost former World Heavyweight Champion Joe Stecher at the age of 81. Stecher won his first World Title in 1915, and won another two before dropping into semi-retirement at the end of the 20’s. He eventually retired for good in 1934, but suffered from severe depression and was institutionalized for most of the rest of his life. He passed away of natural causes around a decade after he was released from the hospital


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  1. Some additional title changes:

    1968 Spoiler # 1 def. Billy Red Lyons for theNWA Texas Heavyweight Title

    1976 Buck Robley & Bob Slaughter def. The Hollywood Blondes (Jerry Brown & Buddy Roberts) for the TSW United States Tag Team Title

    1982 Bugsy McGraw def. Jose Lothario for the NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Title

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