This Day In Wrestling History – April 16th‏

Apr 16, 2011 - by Jamie Cruickshank


2009 – WWE Superstars debuts on WGN America


In 2000, WCW held it’s final Spring Stampede PPV in Chicago, Illinois

– Mancow defeats Jimmy Hart
– Terry Funk defeats Norman Smiley to win the vacant WCW Hardcore Title
– Chris Candido defeats The Artist, Juventud Guerrera, Shannon Moore, Lash LeRoux & Crowbar in a Suicide Six-Way Match to win the vacant WCW Cruiserweight Title
– Shane Douglas & Buff Bagwell defeat Ric Flair & Lex Luger in the final of a tournament to win the vacant WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Scott Steiner defeats Sting in the final of a tournament to win the vacant WCW United States Title
– Jeff Jarrett defeats Diamond Dallas Page in the final of a tournament to win the vacant WCW World Title

Title Changes

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

1983 – Roddy Piper defeats Greg Valentine to win the NWA United States Title

2001 – on Raw, Triple H defeats Jeff Hardy to win the WWF Intercontinental Title

2007 – on Raw, Santino Marella defeats Umaga in a No Holds Barred Match to win the WWE Intercontinental Title


Happy birthday to former ECW wrestler Damien Kane (51), former WWE Tag and Cruiserweight Champion Paul London (31), WWE Hall of Famer George ‘The Animal’ Steele (74), current AJPW Unified Tag Champion Joe Doering (29) and WWE personality Vickie Guerrero (43)

In Memoriam

Today, in 2003, the wrestling world lost former 6-time NWA World Light Heavyweight Champion Ray Mendoza. He was 73. Mendoza retired from the ring in 1983, becoming a trainer for UWA and later, head of the Mexico City Boxing & Wrestling Commission. Mendoza was admitted to hospital with kidney failure on the 15th and died the following night. Another interesting tidbit: Mendoza is the father of the famous Mexican wrestling brothers, The Villaños

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