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This Day In Wrestling History – April 27th‏



Events

In 2003, WWE Backlash was held in Worcester, Massachusetts

– Team Angle (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) defeat Los Guerreros (Eddie & Chavo) to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– Rob Van Dam & Kane defeat The Dudley Boyz with Chief Morley as special guest referee to retain the World Tag Team Titles
– Jazz defeats Trish Stratus to win the WWE Womens Title
– Brock Lesnar defeats John Cena to retain the WWE Title
– Goldberg defeats The Rock

In 2008, WWE Backlash was held in Baltimore, Maryland

– Matt Hardy defeats MVP to win the WWE United States Title
– Kane defeats Chavo Guerrero to retain the ECW Title
– Shawn Michaels defeats Batista with Chris Jericho as special guest referee
– The Undertaker defeats Edge to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– Triple H defeats Randy Orton, John Cena & JBL in a 4-Way Elimination Match to win the WWE Title

Also in 2008, New Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Osaka, Japan

– Masato Tanaka & Shinjiro Otani defeat Koji Kanemoto & Ryusuke Taguchi
– Riki Choshu, Masahiro Chono & Jushin Liger defeat Manabu Nakanishi, Tiger Mask IV & Tetsuya Naito
– Wataru Inoue defeats Christopher Daniels to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Togi Makabe & Toru Yano defeat Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Takashi Iizuka to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– Keiji Mutoh defeats Shinsuke Nakamura to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1978 – Assassin #1 wins a tournament to win the vacant TSW Louisiana Title

1981 – Tommy Rich defeats Harley Race to win the NWA World Title

1981 – Junkyard Dog & Dick Murdoch defeat The Grappler & The Super Destroyer in a Cage Match to win the MSW Tag Team Titles

1990 – Keiji Mutoh & Masahiro Chono defeat Masa Saito & Shinya Hashimoto to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles

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

1992 – Barry Windham defeats Steve Austin to win the WCW Television Title

1997 – Jerry Lawler defeats King Reginald to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

2008 – La Familia de Tijuana (Halloween & Extreme Tiger) defeat Mexican Powers (Joe Lider & Crazy Boy) to win the AAA Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to one-time WWE Tag Team Champion Vladimir Kozlov (34), one-time TNA X-Division Champion Johnny Devine (39) and semi-retired indy regular Lacey (30)

Also, today would have been the birthday of one-time World Heavyweight Champion Frank Gotch (135)


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