This Day In Wrestling History – April 20th‏

Apr 20, 2013 - 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

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


In 1986, AWA WrestleRock was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota

– Sgt Slaughter defeats Kamala by DQ to retain the AWA Americas Title
– Curt Hennig & Scott Hall defeat Bill & Scott Irwin to retain the AWA
Tag Team Titles
– Stan Hansen defeats Nick Bockwinkel by DQ to retain the AWA World
– The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) defeat The Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin
& Michael Hayes) in a Cage Match
– Jimmy Snuka & Greg Gagne defeat Nord The Barbarian & Bruiser Brody
in a Cage Match
– Verne Gagne defeats Adnan Al-Kassie in a Cage Match

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

In 2004, All Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Tokyo,
Japan. The event doubled as the final of this year’s Champion’s Carnival

– Keiji Mutoh defeats Takao Omori in the Champion’s Carnival semi-final
– Kensuke Sasaki defeats Satoshi Kojima in the Champion’s Carnival
– Genichiro Tenryu & Koichiro Kimura defeat Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi
– TAKA Michinoku, Taiyo Kea & Jamal defeat Masa Fuchi, Arashi & Kaz
– Keiji Mutoh defeats Kensuke Sasaki to win the Champion’s Carnival

Title Changes

1936 – Albion Britt defeats Ted Christy in the final of a tournament to
become the first recognised 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

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 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 former WWE, WCW and TNA wrestler Johnny ‘The Bull’
(36), current TNA wrestler Garett Bischoff (29) and
former WWE Tag Team Champion Curt Hawkins (28)

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, aswell 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

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