This Day In Wrestling History – March 20th‏

Mar 20, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


2011 – Yuji Nagata wins the New Japan Cup, defeating Shinsuke Nakamura in the tournament final


In 1994, WWF Wrestlemania X was held in New York City

– Alundra Blayze defeats Leilani Kai to retain the WWF Womens Title
– Men On A Mission (Mabel & Mo) defeat The Quebecers (Jacques & Pierre) by countout (The Quebecers retain the WWF Tag Team Titles)
– Yokozuna defeats Lex Luger by DQ with Mr Perfect as special guest referee to retain the WWF Title
– Razor Ramon defeats Shawn Michaels in a Ladder Match to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Bret Hart defeats Yokozuna with Roddy Piper as special guest referee to win the WWF Title

In 1998, CMLL Homenaje a Salvador Lutteroth was held in Mexico City. This years event featured a one-night, 8-man tournament alongside other matches

– Cien Caras, Gran Markus Jr & Mascara Ano 2000 defeat Brazo de Plata, Rayo de Jalisco Jr & Tigre Blanco
– Black Warrior defeats Ultimo Dragon to advance to the final of the Torneo Salvador Lutteroth
– Mr Niebla defeats Atlantis to advance to the final of the Torneo Salvador Lutteroth
– Mr Niebla defeats Black Warrior to win the Torneo Salvador Lutteroth
– Emilio Charles Jr defeats El Satanico in a Hair vs Hair Match

In 2009, CMLL Homenaje a Dos Leyendas was held in Mexico City and paid tribute to Salvador Lutteroth and Cavernario Galindo

– Los Hijos del Averno (Averno, Ephesto & Mephisto) defeat Blue Panther, El Sagrado & Toscano
– Sangre Azteca, Dragon Rojo Jr & Misterioso II defeat El Hijo del Fantasma, Hector Garza & La Mascara
– Dos Caras Jr, Shocker & Volador Jr defeat Atlantis, Mr Niebla & Rey Bucanero
– Negro Casas defeats Mistico to win the CMLL Welterweight Title
– Ultimo Guerrero defeats Villano V in a Mask vs Mask Match

In 2012, AJPW Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 14 was held in Tokyo, Japan

– Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi defeat Takumi Soya & Suwama to retain the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles
– Kenny Omega defeats Shuji Kondo to retain the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title
– Yuji Nagata defeats Masayuki Kono in a Cage Death Match
– Satoshi Kojima defeats Seiya Sanada
– Get Wild (Manabu Soya & Takao Omori) defeat The Dark Carnival (Dark Cuervo & Dark Ozz) to win the AJPW Tag Team Titles
– Jun Akiyama defeats Keiji Mutoh to retain the AJPW Triple Crown Title

Title Changes

1962 – Bull Curry defeats Jack Dalton 1st to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1970 – The Spoiler defeats Danny Hodge to win the TSW North American Title

1972 – Danny Hodge defeats Dr X to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1987 – Keiji Mutoh & Shiro Koshinaka defeat Akira Maeda & Nobuhiko Takada in the final of a tournament to win the vacant IWGP Tag Team Titles

1988 – Steve & Shaun Simpson defeat John Tatum & Jack Victory to win the WCCW Texas Tag Team Titles

1996 – Shinjiro Otani defeats Wild Pegasus in the final of a tournament to win the vacant WCW Cruiserweight Title. The title had been vacant for well over 3 years prior to the match

2008 – Taiji Ishimori & KENTA defeat BxB Hulk & Shingo Takagi to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles


Happy birthday to former WWE wrestler KC James (31), former TNA Tag and X-Division Champion Homicide (36), the first and only TNA Hall of Famer Sting (54) and former WCW and WWF wrestler Scott ‘Sick Boy’ Vick (40)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date

Firstly, in 1995, WWE Hall of Famer Big John Studd died aged 47. Studd was trained by Killer Kowalski, and won the WWWF Tag Team Titles alongside him in 1976, wrestling as The Executioners. Studd left the WWWF in 1978 and went on to compete all across North America, earning several shots at the NWA World Championship in the process. He returned to the now-WWF in 1982, becoming a monster heel, who would bring a stretcher to the ring and beat his opponents so badly, that they would be carried out on it. Studd was elevated to the main event through a feud with Andre The Giant. Studd claimed that no wrestler could bodyslam him, Andre answered the challenge, failing to slam Studd only when Andre was attacked by Studd’s manager Freddie Blassie. Studd took this as a victory, and the pair’s feud raged throughout 1983 and 1984, right the way to WrestleMania, where Studd challenged Andre to a ‘$15,000 Bodyslam Challenge’. If Andre failed to slam Studd within the time limit, he would be forced to retire from wrestling. Despite Studd’s protestations, Andre won the match, though the feud continued, as Studd teamed up with King Kong Bundy to attack him. The feud continued into 1986, by which time Andre was wrestling under a mask as Giant Machine. Studd claimed that Andre The Giant and Giant Machine were one and the same, and devoted himself to unmasking Machine. By the time he left the WWF again in November, he remained unsuccessful. After taking time off from wrestling, Studd returned to the WWF for a brief run in 1989, winning the Royal Rumble in the process. He left the WWF again in June of that year, which would become his last WWF appearance. He suffered from liver cancer and Hodgkin’s Disease later in life, eventually losing his battle. He was posthumously inducted into both the WCW (1995) and WWE (2004) Halls of Fame.

Secondly, in 2010, fellow WWE Hall of Famer ‘Baron’ Mikel Scicluna died at the age of 80. Scicluna began wrestling in the 50’s, primarily in Canada, using the ring name ‘Mike Valentino’. He moved to the WWWF in 1965, adopting the ‘Baron’ persona for which he is best remembered. His entrance saw him come to the ring wearing a robe, supposedly the colours of the Maltese Royal Family. He also became renowned for his regular use of ‘foreign objects’, often using a roll of coins to knock out opponents. During his WWWF run, Scicluna won both the WWWF World and United States Tag Team Titles once each. He also found himself embroiled in a confrontation between Gorilla Monsoon and Muhammad Ali. Scicluna took a countout loss in a match against Monsoon, when Ali stormed the ring from behind. He tried to jab at Monsoon, but was dropped with an Airplane Spin. All of this served as build for the now-infamous boxer vs wrestler match between Ali and Antonio Inoki. Scicluna retired from active competition in 1983, and lived out his retirement in Pittsburgh, working part-time as a driver for the New York Times. Scicluna eventually succumbed to cancer after a long battle

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