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This Day In Wrestling History- April 26th



Trivia

1992 – At the Boston Garden in Massachusetts, The Ultimate Warrior defeated Sid Justice (Vicious) via DQ in less than 5 minutes.  This would be Sid’s last WWF appearance for well over 2 years. Due to controversy regarding a drug test, Sid walked out of the company, less than a month after headlining Wrestlemania against Hulk Hogan

1999 – The Monday Night War continued: WWF Monday Night Raw defeated WCW Monday Nitro: 6.0 to 3.9 in the ratings

2005 – Steve Austin appeared on MTV’s Punk’d

2010 – The 2nd Monday Night War continued: WWE Monday Night Raw defeated TNA Impact Wrestling: 3.1 to 0.50 in the ratings

2011 – Trish Stratus was named 2010 Businesswoman of the Year by Top Choice Magazine in Canada

2011 – Chris Jericho & Cheryl Burke were officially eliminated from ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”

Events

In 1994, AAA TripleMania II-A was held in Aguascalientes, Mexico. This was the first year to feature the ‘TripleMania Series’ of events, hosting 3 TripleMania events per year rather than 1. This lasted until 1997, when there were 2 events, before reverting to one for 1998:

– Rey Misterio, Rey Misterio Jr., & Winners defeated Los Destructores (Tony Arce, Vulcano, & Rocco Valente)
– Misterioso, Fuerza Guerrera, & Juventud Guerrera defeated Latin Lover, Volador, & El Mexicano
– Tiger Mask III, Konnan, & Mascara Sagrada defeated La Parka, Blue Panther, & Fishman
– Los Payosos (Coco Rojo, Coco Verde, & Coco Amarillo) defeated Los Hermanos Dinamita (Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000, & Universo 2000) to win the Mexican National Trios Title
– El Hijo Del Santo, Octagon, & Perro Aguayo defeated Los Gringos Locos (Love Machine, Black Cat, & Eddy Guerrero) via DQ
– Heavy Metal defeated Jerry Estrada in a Hair vs Hair Match

In 1998, WWF Unforgiven: In Your House was held at the Greensboro Coliseum, in Greensboro, North Carolina. With an attendance of 21,427. This was the 1st PPV to use the new ‘scratch’ logo in it’s promotional material – Wrestlemania XIV had used it on the ring apron, but all graphics featured the classic logo. This event also saw the debut of the Inferno & Evening Gown Matches:

– Ken Shamrock, Farooq, & Steve Blackman defeated The Nation of Domination (The Rock, Mark Henry, & D’Lo Brown) (with Kama Mustafa) in a 6-man tag team match
– Triple H defeated Owen Hart to retain the WWF European Title. Chyna suspended above the ring in a cage
– The New Midnight Express (Bodacious Bart & Bombastic Bob) (with Jim Cornette) defeated The Rock n Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) to retain the NWA Tag Team Titles
– Luna Vachon defeated Sable in an Evening Gown Match
– The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg & Billy Gunn) defeated LOD 2000 (Hawk & Animal) (with Sunny) to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
– The Undertaker defeated Kane (with Paul Bearer) in an Inferno Match
– Dude Love defeated Steve Austin via DQ (Austin retains the WWF Title)

In 2003, Ring of Honor’s Round Robin Challenge II was held at West CCAC Campus, in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. With an attendance of 400:

– Christopher Daniels defeated Amazing Red in a Round Robin Challenge match
– The Second City Saints (Colt Cabana & Ace Steel) defeated Da Hit Squad (Monsta Mack & Dan Maff)
– The SAT (Joel & Jose Maximo) defeated Ring Crew Express (Dunn & Marcus), Special K (Brian XL & Hydro), and EZ Money & “Sterling” James Keenan in a tag team scramble match
– Homicide (with Julious Smokes) defeated CM Punk to win the #1 Contender’s Trophy
– The Carnage Crew (HC Loc, Tony DeVito, & Masada) defeated The Texas Wrestling Academy (Fast Eddie, Hotstuff Hernandez, & Don Juan)
– Paul London defeated Amazing Red in a Round Robin Challenge match
– Persephonie defeated Alexis Laree (Mickie James)
– Matt Stryker defeated BJ Whitmer, Michael Shane, Chad Collyer, & Donovan Morgan
– Christopher Daniels defeated Paul London in a Round Robin Challenge finals match
– Samoa Joe defeated Doug Williams to retain the Ring of Honor Title

In 2009, the 11th & final WWE Backlash was held at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, in Providence, Rhode Island. Fittingly, the event was held in the same (albeit renamed) arena as the 1st one. With an attendance of 8,357:

Dark Match:
Kofi Kingston defeated Dolph Ziggler
PPV:
– Christian defeated Jack Swagger to win the ECW Title
– Chris Jericho defeated Ricky Steamboat
– Kane defeated CM Punk
– Jeff Hardy defeated Matt Hardy in an I Quit Match
– Santina Marella defeated Beth Phoenix (with Rosa Mendes) to retain the title of Miss Wrestlemania
– The Legacy (Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase Jr., & Cody Rhodes) defeated Triple H, Batista, & Shane McMahon. Orton pins Triple H to win the WWE Title in a 6-man tag team match
– Edge defeated John Cena in a Last Man Standing Match to win the World Heavyweight Title

In 2010, WWE held is annual WWE Draft live on Monday Night Raw at the Richmond Coliseum, in Richmond, Virginia. The Supplemental Draft was held the next day on April 27th, on WWE.com:

– Kelly Kelly was drafted to Smackdown
– Big Show was drafted to Smackdown
– John Morrison was drafted to Raw
– R-Truth was drafted to Raw
– Edge was drafted to Raw
– Kofi Kingston was drafted to Smackdown
– Christian was drafted to Smackdown
– Chris Jericho was drafted Raw

In 2011, the WWE held it’s Supplemental Draft on WWE.com, a continuation of the WWE Draft held the night before live on Monday Night Raw:

– Daniel Bryan was drafted to Smackdown
– Jack Swagger was drafted to Raw
– The Great Khali was drafted to Smackdown
– Jimmy Uso to was drafted Smackdown
– Kelly Kelly was drafted to Raw
– JTG was drafted to Raw
– Alicia Fox was drafted to Smackdown
– William Regal was drafted to Smackdown
– Yoshi Tatsu was drafted to Smackdown
– Drew McIntyre was drafted to Raw
– Natalya was drafted to Smackdown
– Curt Hawkins was drafted to Raw
– Chris Masters was drafted to Raw
– Jey Uso was drafted to Smackdown
– Kofi Kingston was drafted to Raw
– Ted Dibiase Jr. was drafted to Smackdown
– Tyson Kidd was drafted to Smackdown
– Tamina was drafted to Smackdown
– Tyler Reks was drafted to Raw
– Alex Riley was drafted to Smackdown
– Beth Phoenix was drafted to Raw
– Sheamus was drafted to Smackdown (as a result the US title became exclusive to Smackdown)

 

Title Changes

1992 – Johnny Hotbody defeated Jimmy Snuka to win the NWA-ECW Title

1994 – on Raw, The Headshrinkers (Samu & Fatu) (with Capt. Lou Albano) defeated The Quebecers (Jacques & Pierre) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles. Also at the taping, Earthquake defeated Yokozuna in a Sumo Match in which the ropes were taken down & the winner was the 1st wrestler to knock the other out of the ring

1995 – Bob Holly defeated Jeff Jarrett to win the WWF Intercontinental Title, but the title is immediately vacated due to the controversial finish of the match. Jarrett defeated Holly in the following rematch to win back the title

1998 – The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers) defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) to win the NWA United States Tag Team Titles

1999 – on Nitro, Sting defeated Diamond Dallas Page to win the WCW World Title, but would lose it back to Page later in the show in a No-DQ Fatal Four Way Match also featuring Kevin Nash & Goldberg. Also, Rey Misterio Jr defeats Psychosis to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title

2004 – Negro Casas defeated Averno to win the CMLL World Middleweight Title

2010 – on Raw, The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith & Tyson Kidd) (with Bret Hart & Natalya) defeated ShoMiz (The Big Show & The Miz) to win the WWE Unified Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WCW & UFC star Tank Abbott (49), former WCW wrestler Ron ‘The Yeti’ Reis (44), 3-time TNA X-Division Champion Amazing Red (32), &  WWE ‘Grand Slam’ Champion Kane (47)

Also, today would have been the birthday of NWA legend ‘Killer’ Karl Kox (83)

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