This Day In Wrestling History – April 2nd‏

Apr 2, 2011 - by Jamie Cruickshank


There have been no less than 6 major events on this day, so bear with me here!

In 1989, Wrestlemania V was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey

– Demolition (Ax & Smash) defeat The Powers Of Pain (The Warlord & The Barbarian) & Mr Fuji in a Handicap Match to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
– The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard) defeat Strike Force (Rick Martel & Tito Santana)
– Jake Roberts defeats Andre The Giant by DQ with Big John Studd as special guest referee
– Rick Rude defeats The Ultimate Warrior to win the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Hulk Hogan defeats Randy Savage to win the WWF Title

Also in 1989, the NWA Clash of the Champions VI: Ragin’ Cajun TV special went head-to-head with Wrestlemania in an attempt to hurt the PPV rating. It was held in New Orleans, Louisiana

– The Varsity Club (Mike Rotunda & Steve Williams) defeat The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) to win the NWA World Tag Team Titles. Referee Teddy Long quick counted the pinfall on Hawk, so he was (kayfabe) fired
– Eddie Gilbert & Rick Steiner defeat Dan Spivey & Kevin Sullivan to retain the NWA United States Tag Team Titles
– Ricky Steamboat defeats Ric Flair in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match to retain the NWA World Title
– In a post-show dark match, Sting defeats Rip Morgan to retain the NWA Television Title
– In a post-show dark match, Lex Luger defeats Jack Victory to retain the NWA United States Title

In 1995, Wrestlemania XI was held in Hartford, Connecticut

– Razor Ramon defeats Jeff Jarrett by DQ (Jarrett retains the WWF Intercontinental Title)
– The Undertaker defeats King Kong Bundy with Larry Young as special guest referee
– Owen Hart & Yokozuna defeat The Smoking Gunns (Billy & Bart) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Bret Hart defeats Bob Backlund in an I Quit Match with Roddy Piper as special guest referee
– Diesel defeats Shawn Michaels to retain the WWF Title
– Lawrence Taylor defeats Bam Bam Bigelow

In 2000, the aptly named Wrestlemania 2000 was held in Anaheim, California. This is the only Mania in history not to feature a standard one-on-one wrestling match

– Hardcore Holly won a Hardcore Battle Royal to win the WWF Hardcore Title
– Edge & Christian defeat The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) & The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff) in a Triangle Ladder Match to win the WWF Tag Team Titles
– There was a 2-fall Triple Threat Match between Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho & Kurt Angle for the WWF Intercontinental and European Titles. Benoit took the first fall to win the WWF European Title, with Jericho taking the second to win the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Triple H defeats The Rock, Mick Foley & The Big Show in a Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match to retain the WWF Title

In 2005, the WWE Hall Of Fame Ceremony was held in Los Angeles, California. The class of 2005 are:

– Hulk Hogan
– Roddy Piper
– Bob Orton
– Jimmy Hart
– Paul Orndorff
– Nikolai Volkoff
– The Iron Sheik

In 2006, Wrestlemania 22 was held in Rosemont, Illinois

– Kane & The Big Show defeat Carlito & Chris Masters to retain the World Tag Team Titles
– Rob Van Dam wins the Money In The Bank Ladder Match
– JBL defeats Chris Benoit to win the WWE United States Title
– Edge defeats Mick Foley in a Hardcore Match
– Mickie James defeats Trish Stratus to win the WWE Womens Title
– The Undertaker defeats Mark Henry in a Casket Match
– Shawn Michaels defeats Vince McMahon in a No Holds Barred Match
– Rey Mysterio defeats Kurt Angle & Randy Orton in a Triple Threat Match to win the World Heavyweight Title
– John Cena defeats Triple H to retain the WWE Title

Title Changes

1960 – Red & Lou Bastien defeat Jerry & Eddie Graham to win the NWA Northeast United States Tag Team Titles

1968 – The Fabulous Moolah defeats Yukiko Tomoe to win the NWA Womens Title. Current WWE title histories do not recognise this change

1993 – Tony Stetson & Larry Winters defeat The Super Destroyers (Al Petrucci & Doug Stahl) to win the ECW Tag Team Titles

2002 – on Smackdown, Billy Kidman defeats Tajiri to win the WWF Cruiserweight Title

2007 – on Raw, The Hardys (Matt & Jeff) defeat John Cena & Shawn Michaels to win the World Tag Team Titles


Happy birthday to indy standout Jack Evans (29) and UK star Jody Fleisch (31)

In Memoriam

One year ago today, the wrestling world lost former WCW and WWF Tag Team and WCW US Champion, Chris Kanyon at the age of 40. Kanyon had been battling depression and bipolar disorder for some time. It became too much for him, and he committed suicide by overdose, having left a note of apology to his family

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