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This Day In Wrestling History- April 29th



Trivia

1999 – The WWF Smackdown pilot airs on UPN

2008 – TNA X-Division Champion Petey Williams suffered a broken orbital bone at an Impact taping & is expected to need surgery, following a 6 way bout

2011 – Combat Zone Wrestling star Nicholas “Nick Gage” Wilson was sentenced  to 5 years in prison in the State Superior Court of Camden, New Jersey after having plead guilty to one second-degree count of bank robbery. Gage will not eligible for parole until serving 85% of that sentence, according to the Camden Prosecutor’s Office.  Gage was also ruled to be responsible for paying restitution of $3,095 to the PNC Bank branch in Collingswood, NJ that he robbed as well as $150 in lost wages to the bank teller, who later left her position with the branch after the robbery

2011 – WWE announces it is launching the “Be A Starr” anti-bullying campaign

2012 – Naomichi Marufuji & Mohammed Yone win the AJPW Global Tag League, defeating Takeshi Morishima & Katsuhiko Nakajima in the final

Events

In 1998, The 1st annual Brian Pillman Memorial event, featuring talent from all major pro wrestling companies helping to raise money for Pillman’s family following his death in October 1997 was held in Norwood, Ohio at the Norwood Middle School.  Promoted by Les Thatcher’s HWA, the event was hosted by WWF’s Steve Austin & Sunny, as well as signings & auctions designed to raise money.  The show raised $23,500:

– Nick Dinsmore defeated Trailer Park Trash
– Reno Riggins & Steve Dunn defeated Brian Taylor & The Bounty Hunter
– Flash Flanagan defeated Bull Pain
– Chip Fairway & Shark Boy defeated Sean Casey & Terik The Great
– In a match sent by ECW, Al Snow defeated Chris Candido
– In a match sent by WCW, Chris Benoit defeated Chris Jericho

The Memorial would become an annual event, running through 2001

In 2001, WWF Backlash was held at the Allstate Arena, in Rosemont, Illinois. With an attendance of 15,592:

Sunday Night Heat:
–  Jerry Lynn defeated Crash Holly to win the WWF Light Heavyweight Title
– Lita defeated Molly Holly
PPV:
– X-Factor (Justin Credible, X-Pac, & Albert) defeated The Dudley Boyz (Spike, Bubba Ray, & D-Von Dudley) in a 6-man tag team match
– Rhyno defeated Raven to retain the WWF Hardcore Title
– William Regal defeated Chris Jericho in a Duchess of Queensbury Rules Match
– Chris Benoit defeated Kurt Angle in an Ultimate Submission Match
– Shane McMahon defeated The Big Show in a Last Man Standing Match
– Matt Hardy defeated Christian & Eddie Guerrero in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WWF European Title
– “The 2 Man Power Trip” Steve Austin & Triple H (with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) defeated The Brothers Of Destruction (Kane & The Undertaker) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles & retain the WWF Title (Austin) & WWF Intercontinental Title (HHH)

In 2006, World Wrestling Legends held their 1st &  last PPV, the “6:05 Reunion” which was taped at Hard Rock Live, in Orlando, FL. The event was taped on March 5th, & broadcast on PPV on this date. Dave Penzer handled ring announcing, Dave, Earl, & Brian Hebner were the referees for the night. Jim Cornette, Lance Russell, Ron Neimi, & Corey Maclin (he also handled backstage interviews) were on commentary:

*The show began with the former Nitro Girls coming to the ring & dancing inside the ring

– Jim Duggan defeated Nikolai Volkoff (with The Iron Sheik)
– Rick Steiner defeated Virgil
– Koko B. Ware defeated Disco Inferno
– Jimmy Snuka defeated Greg Valentine (with Jimmy Hart) via DQ
– Vampiro defeated Eddie Colon (WWE’s Primo) (with his father Carlos Colon)
– Jake Roberts defeated Kamala via DQ
– Dory Funk Jr. & Mike Graham (with Bruno Sammartino) defeated David Flair & Tully Blanchard (with JJ Dillion)
– Diamond Dallas Page defeated Kanyon. After the match DDP talks about being friends with Kanyon for over 10 years, & the rumors that Kanyon is gay, & asks if it’s just a character of if the person behind the character is gay? Kanyon then announces that he is in fact gay
– Scott, Bob, & Brad Armstrong (with Bobby Heenan) defeated The Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey, Bobby Eaton, & Stan Lane) (with Jim Cornette) in a 6-man tag team match
– Scott Steiner defeated Buff Bagwell
– Marc Mero & Russ Rollins defeated The Blue Meanie & Norman Smiley

In 2007, WWE Backlash was the 1st regular PPV to feature all 3 brands since 2002. It was held at the Philips Arena, in Atlanta, Georgia. With an attendance of 14,500:

Dark Match:
Carlito defeated Johnny Nitro
PPV:
– The Hardys (Matt & Jeff) defeated Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch to retain the World Tag Team Titles
– Melina defeated Mickie James to retain the WWE Women’s Title
– Chris Benoit defeated MVP to retain the WWE United States Title
– Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon & Umaga defeated Bobby Lashley in a Handicap Match. Vince wins the ECW Title by pinning Lashley
– The Undertaker fought Batista to a no-contest in a Last Man Standing Match when neither could answer the 10-count (Taker retains the World Heavyweight Title)
– John Cena defeated Edge, Randy Orton & Shawn Michaels in a Fatal Four Way Match to retain the WWE Title

In 2012, WWE Extreme Rules was held at the Allstate Arena, in Rosemont, Illinois. With an attendance of 14,817:

Pre-Show:
– Santino Marella defeated The Miz to retain the WWE United States Title
PPV: 
– Randy Orton defeated Kane
– Brodus Clay (with Cameron, Hornswoggle, & Naomi) defeated Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero, & Jack Swagger)
– Cody Rhodes defeated The Big Show in a Tables Match to win the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Sheamus defeated Daniel Bryan in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– Ryback defeated Aaron Relic & Jay Hatton in a 2 on 1 Handicap Match
– CM Punk defeated Chris Jericho in a Chicago Street Fight to retain the WWE Title
– Layla defeated Nikki Bella (though actually pins her twin sister Brie) to win the WWE Divas Title
– John Cena defeated Brock Lesnar in an Extreme Rules Match

Title Changes

1963 – Buddy Rogers is awarded the 1st WWWF Championship reign

1981 – Sweet Ebony Diamond won a tournament to win the vacant NWA Television Title

1996 – The Great Sasuke wins an 8-Man tournament to become the first holder of the J-Crown

1996 – Shinya Hashimoto defeated Nobuhiko Takada to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title

2000 – Sabu defeated The Messiah to win the vacant XPW Heavyweight Title in California. Chris Candido vacated the title to go work for WCW

2002 – on Raw, Steven Richards defeated Bubba Ray Dudley to win the WWF Hardcore Title

2008 – Suwama defeated Kensuke Sasaki to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title. Also, Ryuji Hijikata defeats Silver King to win the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title

2010 – Taru & Big Daddy Voodoo defeated Akebono & Ryota Hama to win the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WWE developmental talent Seth Skyfire(35), current WWE Diva Aksana (32), one-time AJPW All Asia Tag Team Champion Masahito Kakihara (42), one-time AWA World Champion Don Leo Jonathan (83), 2-time GHC Openweight Champion Kishin Kiwibata (49), & 3-time WCW Tag Team Champion Paul Roma (54)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2009, former AWA World Tag Team champion, as well as WWF & Portland Wrestling star Playboy Buddy Rose (Paul Perschmann) passed away.  Rose, had been dealing with diabetic issues in recent years. Rose originally broke into the business in the old Verne Gagne AWA, having been trained by Gagne & famed shooter Billy Robinson. He went on to become a true star heel for Don Owens’ Portland Wrestling. Rose worked for the WWF at different points in his career. He was pushed as a top heel at one point in the late 1970s, including a series of matches against then-WWF champion Bob Backlund.   Rose also wrestled on the 1st Wrestlemania event as the masked Executioner, losing to Tito Santana in the opening contest, becoming the answer to an immediate trivia question. Rose’s final run with WWF was as an undercard comedy heel who was out of shape, setting the stage for the infamous “Blowaway Diet” vignettes. During that run, he mostly worked comedic opening matches on house show, playing off his weight by doing jumping jacks & other exercises while on offense. The vignettes were so silly they ended up becoming memorable among fans. Rose, who was considered a good talker and great bumper, also held the AWA World Tag Team championships with Doug Somers in 1986, defeating Scott Hall and the late Curt Hennig. They later dropped the belts to the then-Midnight Rockers, Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty. What is believed to be Rose’s last match took place at the 1st WrestleReunion convention event in Tampa, Florida in January 2005. Rose, long-time close friend Col. DeBeers (Ed Wiskoski), & Bob Orton lost to Jimmy Valiant, Roddy Piper and Jimmy Snuka in what was billed as Valiant’s retirement match.

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