This Day In Wrestling History – April 18th‏

Apr 18, 2012 - by Jamie Cruickshank


1998 – Mitsuharu Misawa wins the AJPW Champion’s Carnival, defeating Jun Akiyama in the final after both men tied on 19 points

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


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
– 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

1988 – Jumbo Tsuruta defeats Bruiser Brody to win the NWA International Heavyweight Title. This would be the final reign before the belt became part of the AJPW Triple Crown Title

1989 – Jumbo Tsuruta defeats Stan Hansen to unify the NWA International Title, the PWF Heavyweight Title and the NWA United National Title to create the AJPW Triple Crown Title

1991 – Stan Hansen & Danny Spivey defeat The Miracle Violence Connection (Steve Williams & Terry Gordy) to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

1997 – Sean Morley defeats Rayo de Jalisco Jr to win the CMLL World Heavyweight Title

2003 – Mr Niebla ends Universo 2000’s 3-year reign as CMLL World Heavyweight Champion

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


Happy birthday to legendary jobber and current WWE road agent Steve ‘The Brooklyn Brawler’ Lombardi (51) and 3-time CMLL Heavyweight Champion Universo 2000 (49)

Also, today would have been the birthday of one-time Stampede Tag Team Champion Biff Wellington (47)

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 at the age of 69. Guerrero joined a gym with the intention of training to become a boxer, but was roped into learning lucha libre instead. He began his professional career in 1937, wrestling as ‘Joe Morgan’ before gaining a reputation for bloody, hardcore matches and adopted the ‘Gory Guerrero’ name as a reference to them. Guerrero was named EMLL’s rookie of the year in 1943, having joined the promotion early that year, and two years later, won his first major singles title, the NWA National Welterweight Title. He also became good friends with the legendary El Santo and would appear in some of his lucha-based films. In 1966, he broke away from the EMLL after refusing to drop the NWA World Light Heavyweight Title to Ray Mendoza and took the opportunity to get more involved behind the scenes in smaller promotions. He booked for Dory Funk Sr and WCCW, aswell as being involved in the running of the WWA in the 70s and 80s. Guerrero officially retired from active duties in 1990, though had been as good as retired for several years previously. In retirement, he worked as a car insurance salesman. In his later years, he was suffering from hepatitis, which eventually led to fatal liver failure. Guerrero remains well-respected in the world of professional wrestling, and is credited with inventing the Camel Clutch and ‘Gory Special’ maneuvers

Secondly, in 2002, hugely decorated NWA star and WCW Hall of Famer Wahoo McDaniel died at the age of 63. In the mid-60’s, McDaniel was a crowd-favourite football player in the AFL. However, his career came to an abrupt end after an incident where he knocked out two police officers. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers following the incident, but never played a game for them and began wrestling full time (he had previously wrestled during off-seasons) in 1969. McDaniel frequently wrestled in Hawaii, but it was in Houston where he found most of his early success, regularly competing for Dory Funk Jr’s NWA World Title. By the mid-70’s, McDaniel was regularly competing for JCP and engaged in legendary feuds with Johnny Valentine and Ric Flair. In the 80’s, he started touring the USA, competing in various territories and finding success in most. He retired from the ring in 1989, following a main event run in the AWA, but would return less than a year later, competing across the southern states. His final retirement match came in 1996, as his health had started to fail. 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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