This Day In Wrestling History – April 20th

Apr 20, 2012 - by Jamie Cruickshank


1996 – Akira Taue wins the AJPW Champion’s Carnival, defeating Steve Williams in the final after both men tied on 17 points

2004 – Keiji Mutoh wins the AJPW Champion’s Carnival, defeating Kensuke Sasaki in the final

2005 – Kensuke Sasaki wins the AJPW Champion’s Carnival, defeating Jamal in the final

2006 – Taiyo Kea wins the AJPW Champion’s Carnival, defeating Kohei Suwama in the final

2009 – Jody Hamilton, owner of Deep South Wrestling, sues WWE for breach of contract relating to DSW’s time as a development territory. The case was settled out of court in January 2010


In 1997, WWF In Your House 14: Revenge of the Taker was held in Rochester, New York

– The Legion Of Doom (Hawk & Animal) defeat Owen Hart & The British Bulldog by DQ (Hart & Bulldog retain the WWF Tag Team Titles)
– Savio Vega defeats Rocky Maivia by countout (Maivia retains the WWF Intercontinental Title)
– The Undertaker defeats Mankind to retain the WWF Title
– Steve Austin defeats Bret Hart by DQ

Title Changes

1936 – Albion Britt defeats Ted Christy in the final of a tournament to become the first World Junior Heavyweight Champion

1980 – Toru Tanaka defeats Kevin von Erich to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1989 – Mitsuo Momota defeats Shinichi Nakano to win the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title

1991 – Doug Furnas & Dan Kroffat defeat The British Bruisers (The Dynamite Kid & Johnny Smith) to win the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles

1992 – Dirty White Girl defeats Lauren Davenport to win the USWA Womens Title

1996 – Jeff Jarrett defeats Jerry Lawler to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1998 – on Nitro, Hulk Hogan defeats Randy Savage in a No-DQ Match to win the WCW World Title. Also, Goldberg defeats Raven to win the WCW United States Title

2002 – the WWF Hardcore Title’s 24/7 Rule sees the belt pass from Bubba Ray Dudley to Goldust, to Raven and back to Bubba Ray

2004 – on Smackdown, Charlie Haas & Rico defeat Scotty 2 Hotty & Rikishi to win the WWE Tag Team Titles


Happy birthday to 2-time WCW Tag Team Champion Johnny ‘The Bull’ Stamboli (35), current TNA wrestler Garett Bischoff (28) and former WWE Tag Team Champion Curt Hawkins (27)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1999, the wrestling world lost a former champion in the AWA, WCW, WWF and NWA, Rick Rude, aged only 40. Rude attended high school alongside several other future wrestlers, most notably Curt Hennig, Nikita Koloff and Joe ‘Animal’ Laurinaitis. He began competing as ‘Ricky Rood’ in 1982, quickly finding regular work all over North America, before adopting the ‘Ravishing Rick Rude’ persona in Memphis in 1984. Rude began to find success in several NWA promotions before abruptly jumping to the WWF in 1987, where the highlight of this initial run was an Intercontinental Title reign. He jumped to WCW in 1991, becoming part of Paul E Dangerously’s ‘Dangerous Alliance’ stable. He won the WCW United States Title, as well as the NWA World Heavyweight Title (which ‘became the WCW International World Title during his first reign). Rude suffered a serious back injury against Sting in 1994 and would remain out of the wrestling business for two years. He reappeared in ECW in 1996, working primarily as a colour commentator before returning to the WWF as part of the original DX. He left the WWF in anger following the Montreal Screwjob, returning once more to WCW and in doing so, became the first man to appear on Raw and Nitro at the same time (only Nitro was live at the time). Rude was rumoured to be in training for a full comeback when he died of heart failure, later discovered to have been caused by an overdose of ‘mixed medications’

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