This Day In Wrestling History – April 17th‏

Apr 17, 2011 - by Jamie Cruickshank


In 1994, WCW held it’s first Spring Stampede PPV in Chicago, Illinois

– In a dark match, Danny Bonaduce defeats Chris Knight
– Lord Steven Regal fought Brian Pillman to a time-limit draw to retain the WCW Television Title
– The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) defeat Cactus Jack & Maxx Payne in a Chicago Street Fight to retain the WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Steve Austin defeats The Great Muta by DQ to retain the WCW United States Title
– Sting defeats Rick Rude to win the WCW International World Title
– Ric Flair fought Ricky Steamboat to a no-contest due to a double pinfall. The WCW World Title was originally handed back to Flair, but was later vacated

Title Changes

1984 – Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch defeat Tony Atlas & Rocky Johnson to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

1999 – D-Von Dudley defeats Rob Van Dam to win the ECW Tag Team Titles for The Dudley Boyz (himself & Buh Buh Ray Dudley)

2000 – on Raw, Scotty 2 Hotty defeats Dean Malenko to win the WWF Light Heavyweight Title

2001 – on Smackdown, The Brothers of Destruction (Kane & The Undertaker) defeat Edge & Christian to win the WWF Tag Team Titles. Also, Rhyno defeats Kane to win the WWF Hardcore Title

2007 – on Smackdown, Deuce n Domino defeat Paul London & Brian Kendrick to win the WWE Tag Team Titles


Happy birthday to former WWF and AWA star Kevin Wacholz who is perhaps best known as Nailz (53) and WWE Hall of Famer ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper (57)

In Memoriam

Today in 1989, the wrestling world lost Mexican star Villaño II at the age of just 39. The original official statement was that he died of injuries sustained in the ring, but it was later revealed that he had committed suicide. He had been battling depression for quite some time prior to his death.

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