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This Day In Wrestling History – April 18th‏



Trivia

2007 – WWE severs ties with it’s development territory, Deep South Wrestling

Events

In 2004, WWE Backlash was a Raw-exclusive event, held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

– Chris Jericho defeats Christian & Trish Stratus in a Handicap Match
– Victoria defeats Lita to retain the WWE Womens Title
– Randy Orton defeats Cactus Jack in a Hardcore Match to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Chris Benoit defeats Shawn Michaels & Triple H in a Triple Threat Match to retain the World Heavyweight Title

In 2010, TNA Lockdown was held in Saint Charles, Missouri. As with all Lockdown events, all matches were held in a cage

– The Beautiful People (Madison Rayne & Velvet Sky) defeat Angelina Love & Tara. Rayne scored the pin to retain the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles and win the TNA Knockouts Title
– Kazarian defeats Shannon Moore & Homicide in a 3-Way Match to win the vacant TNA X-Division Title
– Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) defeat The Band (Kevin Nash & Scott Hall) in a St Louis Street Fight
– Kurt Angle defeats Mr Anderson (the only way to win this match was to escape the cage)
– AJ Styles defeats D’Angelo Dinero to retain the TNA World Title
– Team Hogan (Abyss, Jeff Jarrett, Jeff Hardy & Rob Van Dam) defeat Team Flair (Sting, Desmond Wolfe, James Storm & Robert Roode) in a Lethal Lockdown Match. Had Team Hogan lost, Hulk Hogan would have been forced to leave TNA

Title Changes

1974 – Fritz von Erich defeats The Texan to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1981 – The Grappler & The Super Destroyer defeat Junkyard Dog & Dick Murdoch to win the vacant MSW Tag Team Titles

2005 – on Smackdown, MNM (Joey Mercury & Johnny Nitro) defeat Eddie Guerrero & Rey Mysterio to win the WWE Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to legendary jobber and current WWE road agent Steve ‘The Brooklyn Brawler’ Lombardi (50) and 3-time CMLL Heavyweight Champion Universo 2000 (48)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two legends on this day. Firstly, in 1990, EMLL legend and patriarch of the famed Guerrero wrestling family, Gory Guerrero died of liver failure at the age of 69, having developed cirrhosis 2 weeks previously. Secondly, in 2002, hugely decorated NWA star and WCW Hall of Famer Wahoo McDaniel died at the age of 63. He had lost both kidneys shortly before his passing, and died of complications from renal failure and diabetes whilst waiting for a transplant

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