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This Day In Wrestling History- March 30th



Trivia

1998 – The Monday Night War continued: WCW Monday Nitro defeated WWF Raw: 4.2 to 3.8 in the ratings

2001 – La Parka Jr wins the AAA Rey de Reyes Tournament, defeating Latin Lover, Abismo Negro & Heavy Metal

2007 – Keiji Mutoh wins the AJPW Champion’s Carnival, defeating Toshiaki Kawada in the final

2009 - The 1st edition of the WWE Encyclopedia Debuted at #10 on The New York Times Bestseller List

Events

In 1996, the WWF Slammy Awards Show was held at the Anaheim Marriot, in Anaheim,California:

– Sunny wins Best Buns
– Shawn Michaels wins Best Slammin’ Jammin’ Entrance
– Bret Hart’s Sharpshooter wins Best Finisher
– Vader’s attack on Gorilla Monsoon wins Crime of the Century
– Ahmed Johnson wins the ‘New Sensation’ award
– Jerry Lawler wins Biggest Mouth
– Jim Cornette wins for Worse Dresser
– The Undertaker wins for WWF’s Greatest Hit for sucking Diesel into the abyss
– Bret Hart wins for Best Music Video
– Sunny wins Manager of the Year
– Freddie Blassie wins the Lifetime Achievement Award
– Bret Hart wins for Most Likely past or present champion to be Hall of Fame bound
– Shawn Michaels & Razor Ramon’s Ladder Match from Summerslam ’95 wins the US West Match of the Year Award
– Shawn Michaels wins for Leader of The New Generation

In 1998, WCW Monday Nitro was live from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois:

– Mike Enos & Wayne Bloom defeated High Voltage (Kaos & Rage).
– Perry Saturn defeated Fit Finlay
– WCW Cruiserweight Champion Chris Jericho defeated Marty Jannetty to retain the title, after which Jericho delivered his famous “1,004 holds” promo against Dean Malenko
– Prince Iaukea defeated Glacier
– Chavo Guerrero, Jr. defeated Kaz Hayashi
– Buff Bagwell defeated Raven via countout
– Disco Inferno defeated Billy Kidman
– Jim Neidhart defeated Curt Hennig via DQ
– WCW World Television Champion Booker T fought Chris Benoit to a time-limit draw to retain the title
– Psychosis defeated Ultimo Dragon
– Goldberg defeated Ray Traylor
– WCW World Tag Team Champion Kevin Nash & Randy Savage defeated Lex Luger & WCW World Heavyweight Champion Sting
– Roddy Piper defeated Hollywood Hulk Hogan via DQ

In 2001, CMLL Juicio Final: Homenaje a Dos Leyendas was held in Mexico City:

– Atlantis, Brazo de Plata & Negro Casas defeated Dr Wagner Jr, Scorpio Jr & Apolo Dantes
– Olimpico, Safari & Mr Niebla defeated Blue Panther, Fuerza Guerrera & El Signo to win the Mexican National Trios Titles
– El Satanico, Shocker & Black Warrior defeated Los Guerreros del Infierno (Ultimo Guerrero, Rey Bucanero & Tarzan Boy)
– Universo 2000 defeated Perro Aguayo in a Mask vs Hair Match, forcing Aguayo to shave his head

In 2003, WWE Wrestlemania XIX was the 1st Wrestlemania to be held under the WWE banner & was also the 1st to be held after the Brand Extension. It took place at Safeco Field, in Seattle, Washington:

Sunday Night Heat:
–  Lance Storm & Chief Morley (with The Dudley Boyz) defeated Kane & Rob Van Dam to retain the World Tag Team Titles
PPV:
– Matt Hardy (with Shannon Moore) defeated Rey Mysterio to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Title
– The Undertaker defeated The Big Show & A-Train in a Handicap Match (Nathan Jones was suppose to be Undertaker’s tag partner, but was attacked on Sunday Night Heat by Show & A-Train)
– Trish Stratus defeated Victoria (with Stevie Richards), & Jazz in a Triple Threat Match to win the WWE Women’s Title
– Team Angle (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) defeated Chris Benoit & Rhyno, & Los Guerreros (Eddie & Chavo) in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– Shawn Michaels defeated Chris Jericho
– Triple H (with Ric Flair) defeated Booker T to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– Hulk Hogan defeated Vince McMahon in a Street Fight
– The Rock defeated Steve Austin
– Brock Lesnar defeated Kurt Angle to win the WWE Title

In 2007, CMLL Homenaje a Dos Leyendas was held in Mexico City. A further dispute between CMLL & El Hijo del Santo saw the event honour Salvador Lutteroth & Huracan Ramirez. To date, El Santo has not returned to the billing:

– Los Guerreros del Infierno (Atlantis, Olimpico & Sangre Azteca) defeated Los Perros del Mal (Mr Aguila, Damian 666 & Halloween)
– Dos Caras Jr, Lizmark Jr & Rey Bucanero defeated Averno, Ephesto & Mephisto
– Mistico & Ultimo Guerrero defeated Perro Aguayo Jr & Hector Garza
– Marco Corleone defeated Universo 2000 in a Hair vs Hair Match

In 2008, WWE Wrestlemania XXIV was the 1st Mania to be held outdoors since Wrestlemania IX. For those interested, it was also the 1st WWE event to be released on Blu-Ray. It was held at the Citrus Bowl, in Orlando, Florida:

Pre-Show:
Kane won a 24-man Battle Royale to earn an ECW World Title match on the PPV, last eliminating Mark Henry
PPV:
– John “Bradshaw” Layfield defeated Finlay (with Hornswoggle) in a Belfast Brawl
– CM Punk wins the Money In The Bank Ladder Match defeating Shelton Benjamin, MVP, Carlito, Mr. Kennedy, & John Morrison
– Batista (Smackdown) defeated Umaga (Raw) in a Brand Split bragging rights match
– Kane defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr. to win the ECW Title
– Shawn Michaels defeated Ric Flair, forcing Flair to retire
– Beth Phoenix & Melina (with Santino Marella) defeated Maria Kanellis & Ashley Massaro in a Playboy BunnyMania Lumberjill Match. Snoop Dogg served as the Master of Ceremonies for this match
– Randy Orton defeated Triple H & John Cena in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WWE Title
– Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated The Big Show via knockout in a No-DQ Match
– The Undertaker defeated Edge (with Vickie Guerrero, Zack Ryder, & Curt Hawkins) to win the World Heavyweight Title

In 2012, ROH Showdown in the Sun was held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This was day one of the two-day event:

– The Briscoe Brothers (Jay & Mark) defeated TMDK (Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste) in a Proving Ground Match to retain the ROH World Tag Team Titles
– Adam Cole defeated NWA World Champion Adam Pearce
– The All Night Express (Rhett Titus & Kenny King) defeated The Young Bucks (Matt & Jeremy Jackson) in a Tornado Tag Team Match
– Jay Lethal defeated Kyle O’Reilly to retain the ROH Television Title
– Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas) defeated Cedric Alexander & Caprice Coleman
– Mike Bennett (with Maria Kanellis) defeated Lance Storm
– Kevin Steen defeated El Generico in a Last Man Standing Match
– Davey Richards defeated Eddie Edwards & Roderick Strong (with Truth Martini) in a 3-Way Elimination Match to retain the ROH World Title

Title Changes

1870 – James H. McLaughlin defeated Homer Lane to win the American Collar-and-Elbow Champion in New York City, New York

1952 – Lucky Simunovich defeated Al Kashey to win the Hawaii Heavyweight Title in Honolulu, Hawaii

1957 – Miguel Perez & Antonino Rocca defeated Wildman (Jackie) Fargo & Don Stevens (Fargo) to win the Capitol Wrestling NWA World Tag Team Title in New York City, New York

1969 – El Goliath defeated Henry Pirousso to win  the Mexican National Heavyweight Title in Juarez, Mexico

1971 – Dory Funk, Jr. & Terry Funk defeated Jack & Jerry Brisco to win the NWA Florida Tag Team Title in Tampa, Florida

1973 – Ron Miller & Larry O’Day defeated Don Carson & Dick Dunn to win the NWA Austra-Asian Tag Team Title in Sydney, Australia

1973 – Rene Guajardo defeated Anibal to win the NWA World Middleweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico

1981 – Junkyard Dog & Dick Murdoch defeated Ernie Ladd & Leroy Brown to win the MSW Tag Team Titles

1981 – Bob Sweetan defeated Mike George to win the TSW Tri-State Title

1984 – Bad News Allen defeated The Dynamite Kid to win the Stampede North American Heavyweight Title in Calgary, Alberta

1985 – Jimmy Golden defeated Boomer Lynch to win the  NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title in Dothan, Alabama

1986 – The Fantastics (Tommy Rogers & Bobby Fulton) defeated The Sheepherders (Luke Williams & Butch Miller) to win the UWF Tag Team Titles

1991 – TNT (Savio Vega) defeated Action Jackson to win the WWC Television Title in Bayamón, Puerto Rico

1998 – on Raw, The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn & Road Dogg) defeated Cactus Jack & Chainsaw Charlie in a Cage Match to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

1999 – on Heat, Shane McMahon retired the WWF European Title

1999 – on Raw, Kane & X-Pac defeated Jeff Jarrett & Owen Hart to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

1999 – Flash Flanagan & Trailer Park Trash defeated Jebediah Blackhawk & Cousin Otter to win the OVW Southern Tag Team Title in Louisville, Kentucky

2000 – Billy Kidman defeated The Artist (Prince Iaukea) to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title

2003 – Michael Modest defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Title

2007 – The Briscoe Brothers (Mark & Jay) defeated Naruki Doi & Shingo to win the ROH Tag Team Titles

2010 – on Smackdown, Jack Swagger cashed in his Money In The Bank & defeated Chris Jericho to win the World Heavyweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WWE wrestlers Trent Barretta (27) & Zach Gowen (31), 5-time WWF Tag Team Champion Mike ‘IRS’ Rotunda (56), & one-time NWA World Champion Ron Garvin (69)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former WWF and JCP wrestler SD Jones (69)

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