This Day In Wrestling History – April 17th‏

Apr 17, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


1992 – The AJPW Champion’s Carnival is won by Stan Hansen, who defeated
Mitsuharu Misawa in the final


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

– 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 at that time, 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 star Kevin Wacholz who is
perhaps best known as Nailz (55) and WWE Hall of Famer
‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper (59)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1989, the wrestling world lost Mexican regular
Villano II aged just 39. Like his brothers, Villano II was
initially discouraged from a career in wrestling by his father, famed
luchador Ray Mendoza, who preferred them to receive a proper education.
Despite this, all 5 brothers would go on to in-ring careers, with
Villano I & II being the first to debut in 1969, originally competing
as Los Bestia Negras (The Black Beasts). In 1970, the brothers coined
the Villano personae and began their rise to stardom. They won the
Arena Coliseo Tag Titles whilst working for EMLL, but failed to make an
overall impression in the promotion before joining their father’s UWA
in 1975. Villano II failed to find success in the promotion before
inexplicably ceasing to compete by the later part of the decade. I have
no information as to the reason for this sudden apparent retirement.
The only thing I can be sure of is that it was not a happy retirement
for Villano II, who committed suicide following a battle with
depression around a decade after his retirement. Villano II’s death so
rocked the family that it is said to have quickened the retirement of
Villano I and triggered Ray Mendoza’s own health problems.

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