This Day In Wrestling History – April 17th‏

Apr 17, 2012 - by Jamie Cruickshank


1992 – The AJPW Champion’s Carnival is held. Mitsuharu Misawa wins group A and Stan Hansen wins group B, with Hansen winning the final


In 1994, the first WCW Spring Stampede was in Chicago, Illinois

– 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

In 2011, TNA Lockdown was held in Cincinnati, Ohio. As usual with Lockdown events, all matches were held inside a cage

– Max Buck wins an 8-Man Xscape Match
– Mickie James defeats Madison Rayne in a Title vs Hair Match to win the TNA Knockouts Title
– Jeff Jarrett defeats Kurt Angle in an ‘Ultra Male Rules’ 2-out-of 3 Falls Match (Angle won the submissions-only first fall, with Jarrett winning the following pinfalls-only and escape the cage falls)
– Sting defeats Rob Van Dam & Mr Anderson in a 3-Way Match to retain the TNA World Title
– Fortune (James Storm, Robert Roode, Kazarian & Christopher Daniels) defeat Immortal (Ric Flair, Abyss, Bully Ray & Matt Hardy) in a Lethal Lockdown Match

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 wrestler Kevin ‘Nailz’ Wacholz (54) and WWE Hall of Famer ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper (58)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1989, the wrestling world lost Mexican star Villaño II aged just 39. Despite his father, famed luchador Ray Mendoza, attempting to push him away from the business, Villaño made his debut in 1969, alongside his older brother, competing as ‘Los Bestias Negras’. After a spell in the EMLL, the brothers, now joined by a further younger brother, jumped to their father’s UWA promotion. However, soon after making the switch, Villaño II began to cut down on his in-ring work, and had basically retired full-stop by the early 80’s. In the years leading up to his death, he was instrumental in the training of his sons, who would go on to compete as Villaños IV and V. The original official statement showed 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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