This Day In Wrestling History – April 15th

Apr 15, 2015 - by staff


1995 – Mitsuharu Misawa won the AJPW Champion’s Carnival, defeated Akira Taue in the final after both men tied on 17 points

1996 – Brian Pillman was severely injured after falling asleep while driving his Hummer H1 in Kentucky & driving into a tree trunk, flipping the vehicle. He was in a coma for a week & suffered a shattered ankle, forcing doctors to fuse it together in a fixed position.

1996 – The Monday Night War continued: WWF Monday Night Raw defeated WCW Monday Nitro: 3.1 to 2.8 in the ratings

2000 – This year’s AJPW Champion’s Carnival reverted to an elimination tournament format. Kenta Kobashi defeated Takao Omori  in the final

2008 – WWE Hall of Famer (& the greatest in-ring wrestler of all time) Ric Flair was celebrated in a Congressional speech made in the House of Representatives by Rep. Sue Myrick of North Carolina, who spoke of Flair’s career & his importance to Charlotte

2010 – Beverly Mullins, who appeared briefly as ECW interviewer Courtney Taylor, was released from her WWE developmental deal. She had taken time off right after her TV debut & never returned to the main roster as Savannah ended up with her spot


In 1999, WCW held a live Thunder at Orlando Arena, in Orlando, Florida, which got a 3.2 rating on TBS:

– Buff Bagwell defeated Vampiro
– Jerry Flynn & Wrath fought to a double-countout
– Meng defeated Horace
– Raven & Saturn defeated Disorderly Conduct (Mean Mike & Tough Tom)
– WCW World Cruiserweight Champion Rey Misterio, Jr. defeated Juventud Guerrera to retain the title
– WCW World Heavyweight Champion Diamond Dallas Page (with Kimberly) defeated Stevie Ray (with Vincent) to retain the title title

In 2006,  All Pro Wrestling held the 4th ChickFight tournament at Kezar Pavilion, in San Francisco, California:

First round:
– MsChif defeated Candice LaRae
– Lacey defeated Hailey Hatred
– Cheerleader Melissa defeated Rain
– Mercedes Martinez defeated Carla
– MsChif defeated Lacey
– Mercedes Martinez defeated Cheerleader Melissa
– MsChif defeated Mercedes Martinez

In 2007, TNA Lockdown was held at the Family Arena, in Saint Charles, Missouri. It was the 2nd TNA PPV held outside of Orlando, Florida (Bound For Glory 2006). As with all Lockdown events, all matches were held in a cage. This event was the final TNA PPV to use NWA Titles (the belts were used at the following event, but were referred to as TNA Titles. At the next event after that, there were new belts too):

– Chris Sabin defeated Jay Letha (with Kevin Nash)l, Sonjay Dutt, Alex Shelley, & Shark Boy in an Xscape Match to retain the TNA X-Division Title
– Robert Roode (with Ms. Brooks & Eric Young) defeated Petey Williams
– Senshi defeated Austin Starr with Bob Backlund as special guest referee
– Gail Kim defeated Jackie Moore
– James Storm defeated Chris Harris in a Blindfold Match
– Christopher Daniels defeated Jerry Lynn
– Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) defeated The LAX (Homicide & Hernandez) in an Electrified Cage Match to win the NWA Tag Team Titles
– Team Angle (Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, Rhino, Sting, & Jeff Jarrett) defeated Team Cage (Christian Cage, AJ Styles, Scott Steiner, Abyss, & Tomko) (with James Mitchell) in a Lethal Lockdown Match

In 2009, the WWE held is Supplemental Draft on

– Mr. Kennedy was drafted to Raw
– Shad Gaspard was drafted to Smackdown
– Alicia Fox was drafted to Smackdown
– Primo Colon was drafted to Raw
– Mike Knox was drafted to Smackdown
– Ezekiel Jackson was drafted to ECW
– Nikki Bella was drafted to Raw
– Candice Michelle was drafted Smackdown
– Zack Ryder was drafted to ECW
– Chavo Guerrero Jr. was drafted to Raw
– Ricky Ortiz was drafted to Smackdown
– Layla was drafted to Smackdown
– Hornswoggle was drafted to Raw
– D.H. Smith was drafted to ECW
– John Morrison was drafted to Smackdown
– Carlito was drafted to Raw
– Natalya Neidhart was drafted to ECW
– Festus was drafted to Raw
– JTG was drafted to Smackdown
– Dolph Ziggler was drafted to Smackdown
– The Brian Kendrick was drafted to Raw
– Charlie Haas was drafted to Smackdown
– Hurricane Helms was drafted to ECW
– Brie Bella was drafted to Raw

In 2012, TNA Lockdown was held at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, in Nashville, Tennessee. With an attendance of 3,000:

– Team Garett (Garett Bischoff, AJ Styles, Mr. Anderson, Rob Van Dam & Austin Aries) defeat Team Eric (Eric Bischoff, Bully Ray, Christopher Daniels, Kazarian & Gunner) to force Eric out of TNA
– Samoa Joe & Magnus defeat The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) to retain the TNA Tag Team Titles
– Devon defeats Robbie E (with Robbie T) to retain the TNA Television Title
– Gail Kim defeated Velvet Sky to retain the TNA Knockouts Title
– Crimson defeated Matt Morgan
– Jeff Hardy defeated Kurt Angle
– Eric Young & ODB defeated Mexican America (Sarita & Rosita) to retain the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles
– Bobby Roode defeated James Storm to retain the TNA World Title

In 2013, WWE held a live Monday Night Raw at the Bi-Lo Center, in Greenville, South Carolina:

– Randy Orton & Sheamus defeated The Big Show in a handicap match
– Kofi Kingston defeated Antonio Cesaro to win the WWE United States Title
– Dolph Ziggler (with AJ Lee & Big E Langston) & Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez) end in a no contest after Jack Swagger ran in before it got started
– Team Hell No (Kane & Daniel Bryan) defeated The Prime Time Players (Titus O’Neil & Darren Young) to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– R-Truth defeated Wade Barrett
– Team Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow) defeated The Great Khali & Santino Marella (Natalya & Hornswoggle)
– Jack Swagger defeated WWE World Champion Dolph Ziggler in a non title match
– Nikki Bella defeated Kaitlyn

Title Changes

1925 – Stanislaus Zbyszko defeated Wayne Munn to win the World Heavyweight Title

1943 – John Katan defeated Yvon Robert to win the Montreal World Heavyweight Title in Montreal, Quebec

1958 – Fritz von Erich defeated Bull Curry to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1960 – Fred Blassie defeated Dick Gunkel (subbing for Ray Gunkel) to win the Georgia NWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia

1963 – NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz defeated “Jersey” Joe Walcott in the 5th round of a wrestler vs. boxer match

1974 – Jerry Lawler defeated Tommy Gilbert to win the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1975 – Mariko Akagi & Mach Fumiake defeated Lola Garcia & Rena Manani to win the WWWA World Tag Team Title in Fukui, Japan

1977 – Bruiser Brody & Mike York defeated Jose Lothario & Cien Caras to win the Texas Tag Team Titles

1983 – Jerry Blackwell defeated Kerry Von Erich to win the NWA Missouri Heavyweight Title in St. Louis, Missouri

1983 – Adrian Adonis defeated Bob Sweetan to win the Southwest Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Title in Austin, Texas

1985 – Takashi Ishikawa & Akio Sato defeated Animal Hamaguchi & Masanobu Kurisu to win the vacant AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles

1989 – Invader I defeated Abdullah the Butcher to win the WWC North American Heavyweight Title in San Juan, Puerto Rico

1995 – The Sandman defeated Shane Douglas to win the ECW World Title

1995 – Rey Misterio, Jr., Super Muñeco, & Octagon defeated Tony Arce, Rocco Valente, & Vulcano to win the Mexican National Trios Title in Mexico City, Mexico

2001 – Mitsuharu Misawa defeated Yoshihiro Takayama in the final of a tournament to become the first GHC Heavyweight Champion

2002 – on Raw, the WWF Hardcore Title 24/7 Rule sees the belt pass from Bubba Ray Dudley to Raven, to Tommy Dreamer, to Steven Richards, & back to Bubba Ray

2007 – El Diamante defeated Lightning to win the IWA Intercontinental Heavyweight Title in Isabela, Puerto Rico

2008 – on Impact, Eric Young & Kaz defeated AJ Styles & Tomko to win the TNA Tag Team Titles. Also, Petey Williams defeated Jay Lethal to win the TNA X-Division Title


Happy birthday to TNA Triple Crown Champion Austin Aries (37)


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