This Day In Wrestling History – April 3rd‏

Apr 4, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


In 2005, WWE Wrestlemania 21 was held in Los Angeles, California

– Edge wins the first ever Money In The Bank Ladder Match
– Trish Stratus defeats Christy Hemme to retain the WWE Womens Title
– Kurt Angle defeats Shawn Michaels in what was to be the Match Of The Year
– Akebono defeats The Big Show in a Sumo Match
– John Cena defeats JBL to win the WWE Title
– Batista defeats Triple H to win the World Heavyweight Title

In 2010, ROH The Big Bang was held in Charlotte, North Carolina

– Necro Butcher defeats Erick Stevens in a Butcher’s Rules Match
– The Kings Of Wrestling (Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli) defeat The Briscoe Brothers (Mark & Jay) to win the ROH Tag Team Titles
– Tyler Black defeats Roderick Strong & Austin Aries in a Triple Threat Elimination Match to retain the ROH World Title
– Blue Demon Jr & Magno defeat Super Parka & Misterioso

In 2011, Wrestlemania XXVII was held in Atlanta, Georgia. This was the first Mania to see both main champions retain their titles

– In a dark match, Sheamus fought Daniel Bryan to a no-contest in a Lumberjack Match to retain the WWE United States Title
– Edge defeats Alberto Del Rio to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– Michael Cole defeats Jerry Lawler by DQ with Steve Austin as special guest referee
– The Undertaker defeats Triple H in a No Holds Barred Match
– Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi, Trish Stratus & John Morrison defeat Dolph Ziggler & LayCool (Layla & Michelle McCool)
– The Miz defeats John Cena to retain the WWE Title. Originally, the match was a draw by double counout, but guest host The Rock ordered that the match be restarted under No-DQ Rules. The Rock took out Cena and Miz scored the pinfall to win

Title Changes

1908 – Frank Gotch defeats Georg Hackenschmidt to win the World Heavyweight Title

1965 – Red McKim defeats Treacherous Phillips to win the vacant TSW Missouri Junior Heavyweight Title

1983 – Dick Slater defeats Roddy Piper to win the NWA Television Title

1983 – Tiger Mask is forced to vacate the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title after suffering an injury

1993 – Don Muraco defeats The Sandman to win the NWA-ECW Title. Also, The Suicide Blondes (Chris Candido, Johnny Hotbody & Chris Michaels) defeat Tony Stetson & Larry Winters to win the ECW Tag Team Titles. They are allowed to defend the titles under the Freebird Rule

1995 – on Raw, Alundra Blayze defeats Bull Nakano to win the WWF Womens Title

1995 – Razor Ramon defeats Bill Dundee to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

2000 – on Raw, Eddie Guerrero defeats Chris Jericho to win the WWF European Title. Also, Crash Holly defeats Hardcore Holly to win the WWF Hardcore Title

2001 – on Smackdown, Triple H defeats Chris Jericho to win the WWF Intercontinental Title

2006 – on Raw, The Spirit Squad (represented by Mikey & Kenny) defeat The Big Show & Kane to win the World Tag Team Titles. The group chose to defend the belts under the Freebird Rule

2009 – Jerry Lynn defeats Nigel McGuinness to win the ROH World Title


Happy birthday to one-time AJPW All Asia Champion Tiger Jeet Singh (65), 3-time WCW United States Champion Lance Storm (44) and former WWE developmental talent Ryan Mitchell (27)

In Memoriam

One year ago today, the wrestling world lost WWE Hall of Famer Chief Jay Strongbow at the age of 83. Strongbow’s career began in the late 1940’s under his real name, Joe Scarpa. The early part of his career was spent in the Georgia and Florida territories, where he would eventually amass 10 championship reigns. By the 1970’s, he had adopted the moniker which made his name and was now working for the WWWF. After an initial strong singles run, Strongbow won the WWWF Tag Team Titles with Sonny King in 1972. He would win a second tag title reign in 1976, this time teaming with Billy White Wolf. In 1977, Strongbow left the promotion to compete for Ed Farhat’s Big Time Wrestling, but it didn’t last and he was back with the WWWF two years later. After a lengthy feud with Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine, Strongbow began teaming with on-screen brother Jules, with the pair winning two WWF Tag Team Championships before the team disbanded in 1983. Strongbow made a brief return to the territories, but decided to retire from active competition in 1985, shortly before his 57th birthday. He accepted a behind-the-scenes role with the WWF, but still made occasional on-screen appearances, most notably alongside Tatanka in 1994, which led to his Hall of Fame induction later that year. Strongbow left his position in the early 2000’s, though had been serving more of an ambassadorial role in his later years. Strongbow died in hospital after suffering a fall at his home.

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