This Day In Wrestling History – May 20th‏

May 20, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


In 2001, WWF Judgment Day was held in Sacramento, California

– Rhyno defeats Test & The Big Show in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WWF Hardcore Title
– Chyna defeats Lita to retain the WWF Womens Title
– Kane defeats Triple H in a Chain Match to win the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Chris Benoit & Chris Jericho won a 7-Team Tag Team Turmoil Match
– Steve Austin defeats The Undertaker in a No Holds Barred Match to retain the WWF Title

In 2007, WWE Judgment Day was held in St Louis, Missouri

– Bobby Lashley defeats Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon & Umaga in a Handicap Match (Lashley believed he had won the ECW Title, but champion Vince McMahon declared that as he had not been pinned, he retained the title)
– Randy Orton defeats Shawn Michaels by knockout
– The Hardys (Matt & Jeff) defeat Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch to retain the World Tag Team Titles
– Edge defeats Batista to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– MVP defeats Chris Benoit in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match to win the WWE United States Title
– John Cena defeats The Great Khali to retain the WWE Title

In 2012, WWE Over The Limit was held in Raleigh, North Carolina

– Kofi Kingston & R-Truth defeat Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– Layla defeats Beth Phoenix to retain the WWE Divas Title
– Sheamus defeats Alberto Del Rio, Randy Orton & Chris Jericho in a Fatal 4-Way Match to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– Christian defeats Cody Rhodes to win the WWE Intercontinental Title
– John Laurinaitis defeats John Cena

Title Changes

1971 – Roger Kirby defeats Danny Hodge to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1985 – Hiro Saito defeats The Cobra to win the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title

1993 – The Holy Demon Army (Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue) defeat The Miracle Violence Connection (Steve Williams & Terry Gordy) to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

2012 – Joe Doering & Seiya Sanada defeat Manabu Soya & Takao Omori to win the AJPW Unified Tag Team Titles


Happy birthday to former WWF and NWA Tag Team Champion BG James also known as Road Dogg (44), 2-time All Japan Junior Heavyweight Champion KAI (30) and former WCW wrestler Dale Veasey who competed as Lt James Earl Wright (55)

In Memoriam

One year ago today, the wrestling world lost former WWF, WCW, AWA and USWA Champion ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage at the age of 58. Savage actually started his sporting career in baseball, playing minor league in the St Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox farm systems. He began wrestling in the 1973 off-season, initially wrestling as ‘The Spider’ before adopting the ‘Randy Savage’ persona at the suggestion of promoter Ole Anderson. By 1974, he had abandoned his baseball career to wrestle full-time and soon began wrestling for his father’s ICW promotion, where he and brother Lanny became two of the top stars. After the demise of ICW, Savage moved to Jerry Lawler’s CWA promotion, quickly becoming a major star there as well. In 1985, the WWF came calling and he debuted as ‘the top free agent in pro wrestling’. Less than a year later, he had won his first and only WWF Intercontinental Title while also holding two countout victories over WWF Champion Hulk Hogan. From 1987 to 1989, Hogan and Savage teamed together as ‘The Mega Powers’, during which time he won his first WWF Title, holding it for a little over a year before losing it to Hogan (who he had recently turned on) at WrestleMania V. After two years of competing as ‘The Macho King’, Savage was defeated by The Ultimate Warrior in a Retirement Match at WrestleMania VII, following which he became an announcer. After his memorable in-ring wedding to Miss Elizabeth, Savage was goaded into a return by Jake Roberts who he defeated in a feud lasting through to February 1992. At that year’s WrestleMania, he won his second and final WWF Title by defeating Ric Flair, losing the title back to Flair in September. Savage began to wrestle less often, becoming a colour commentator when Monday Night Raw began in January 1993, eventually leaving the promotion for WCW in 1994. On debut in WCW, Savage resumed his feud with Flair, trading the WCW World Title with him through to 1996. After initially fighting against the nWo, Savage joined the group in 1997, winning his third WCW Title, before joining Kevin Nash’s nWo Wolfpac. In 1998, Savage took time off, returning to lead his ‘Team Madness’ group to a fourth and final WCW Title before leaving the promotion in 2000. Savage took a break from wrestling, appearing in ‘Spider-Man’ and releasing a rap album before an ill-fated spell with TNA in 2004-5. Savage retired from wrestling in 2005 after several appearances for Harley Race’s WLW. Savage died after suffering a heart attack at the wheel of his Jeep. It was later discovered that he had advanced coronary artery disease.

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