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This Day In Wrestling History – May 18th



Events

In 1997, WCW Slamboree was held in Charlotte, North Carolina

 – Steven Regal defeats Ultimo Dragon to win the WCW Television Title

 – Dean Malenko defeats Jeff Jarrett to retain the WCW United States Title

 – Meng defeats Chris Benoit in a Death Match

 – Steve McMichael defeats Reggie White

 – Ric Flair, Roddy Piper & Kevin Greene defeat Kevin Nash, Scott Hall & Syxx

In 2003, WWE Judgment Day was also held in Charlotte, North Carolina

 – Eddie Guerrero & Tajiri defeat Team Angle (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) in a Ladder Match to win the WWE Tag Team Titles

 – Christian wins a Battle Royal to win the vacant WWE Intercontinental Title

 – Mr America defeats Roddy Piper

 – Kevin Nash defeats Triple H by DQ (HHH retains the World Heavyweight Title)

 – Jazz defeats Trish Stratus, Victoria & Jacqueline in a Fatal Four Way Match to retain the WWE Womens Title

 – Brock Lesnar defeats The Big Show in a Stretcher Match to retain the WWE Title

In 2008, WWE Judgment Day was held in Omaha, Nebraska

 – In a dark match, Hardcore Holly & Cody Rhodes defeat Santino Marella & Carlito to retain the World Tag Team Titles

 – John Morrison & The Miz defeat Kane & CM Punk to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles

 – Shawn Michaels defeats Chris Jericho

 – Mickie James defeats Beth Phoenix & Melina in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WWE Womens Title

 – The Undertaker defeats Edge by countout (the World Heavyweight Title remains vacant)

 – Triple H defeats Randy Orton in a Cage Match to retain the WWE Title

Title Changes

1970 – Boris Malenko defeats Mil Mascaras to win the vacant WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1973 – Jose Lothario defeats Blackjack Mulligan to win the Texas Heavyweight Title

1984 – Gino Hernandez defeats Jimmy Garvin to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

2004 – on Smackdown, Chavo Classic defeats Chavo Guerrero & Spike Dudley in a Triple Threat Match to win the WWE Cruiserweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former ECW star The Blue Meanie (38), WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka (68), one-time WWWF Tag Team Champion Gino Brito (70), former WWF Hardcore Champion Cynthia ‘Bobcat’ Lynch (40) and All Japan star Kaz Hayashi (38)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2002, the wrestling world lost 2-time WWF European, Tag Team and Hardcore Champion ‘The British Bulldog’ Davey Boy Smith at the age of 39. Smith had been admitted to rehab at the behest and expense of Vince McMahon two years previously due to an addiction to painkillers, though it is widely believed that they were not the only drugs he was using. He had been training for a return to the ring when he suffered a heart attack whilst on holiday with his girlfriend in Canada. His autopsy revealed that steroid use may have played a part in his death, however, the only clear results were that stress, serious injury and drugs had taken their toll


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