Today In Wrestling History- April 18th


1985 – Bruiser Brody wrestled Antonio Inoki in his 1st singles match for New Japan Pro Wrestling at Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan

1998 – Mitsuharu Misawa wins the AJPW Champion’s Carnival, defeating Jun Akiyama in the final after both men tied on 19 points

2007 – WWE severs ties with it’s development territory, Deep South Wrestling

2012 – Derrick Bateman is crowned unofficial winner of NXT Redemption (despite  the fact that it stopped being a competition in late 2011). This was due to him being the only non-eliminated competitor left on the show


In 2004, WWE Backlash was a Raw-exclusive event, held at the Rexall Place, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. With an attendance of 13,000:

Sunday Night Heat:
Val Venis defeated Matt Hardy
– Shelton Benjamin defeated Ric Flair
– Jonathan Coachman (with Garrison Cade) defeated Tajiri
– Chris Jericho defeated Christian & Trish Stratus in a Handicap Match
– Victoria defeated Lita to retain the WWE Women’s Title
– Randy Orton defeated Cactus Jack in a Hardcore Match to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Rosey & The Hurricane defeated La Resistance (Rob Conway & Sylvain Grenier)
– Edge defeated Kane
– Chris Benoit defeated Shawn Michaels & Triple H in a Triple Threat Match to retain the World Heavyweight Title

In 2010, TNA Lockdown was held at the Family Arena, in Saint Charles, Missouri. As with all Lockdown events of this time, all matches were held in a cage. With an attendance of 3,023:

– Rob Van Dam defeated James Storm to earn the #s advantage for his team in the Lethal Lockdown match later in the night
– Homicide defeated Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, & Brian Kendrick in an Xcape Match to earn a spot in the X Division Title Match
– The Beautiful People (Madison Rayne & Velvet Sky) (with Lacey Von Erich) defeated Angelina Love & Tara. Rayne scored the pin to retain the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles & win the TNA Knockouts Title
– Kazarian defeated Shannon Moore & Homicide in a 3-Way Match to win the vacant TNA X-Division Title
– Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) defeated The Band (Scott Hall & Kevin Nash) in a St. Lois Street Fight Steel Cage Match
– Kurt Angle defeated Mr. Anderson, the only way to win the match was to escape the cage
– AJ Styles defeated D’Angelo Dinero to retain the TNA World Title
– Team Hogan (Abyss, Jeff Jarrett, Jeff Hardy & Rob Van Dam) defeated Team Flair (Sting, Desmond Wolfe, James Storm & Robert Roode) in a Lethal Lockdown Match. Had Team Hogan lost, Hulk Hogan would have been forced to leave TNA

Title Changes

1939 – Ed Don George defeated Steve Casey to win the Boston AWA World Heavyweight Title in Albany, New York

1958 – Karl Heinkler & Kurt Von Brauner defeated Don Lee & The Mighty Yankee to win the Georgia NWA International Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia

1966 – Buddy Austin & El Mongol defeated Thunderbolt Patterson & Alberto Torres to win the World Wrestling Association World Tag Team Title in Los Angeles, California

1974 – Fritz von Erich defeated  The Texan (Blackjack Mulligan) to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1978 – The Iron Sheik & Bull Ramos defeated Jerry Oates & Jesse Ventura to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title

1979 – Lizmark defeated Americo Rocca to win the Mexican National Welterweight Title in Acapulco, Mexico

1981 – The Grappler & The Super Destroyer defeated Junkyard Dog & Dick Murdoch to win the vacant MSW Tag Team Titles

1982 – The 1st of Hulk Hogan’s 2 unrecognized AWA World Heavyweight Title victories takes place in St. Paul, Minnesota, as Hogan wins the title from Nick Bockwinkel. Both men used foreign objects during the match, with the referee declaring Hogan the winner & new champion. However, AWA President Stanley Blackburn voided the title change & returned the title to Bockwinkel because of said foreign object use

1988 – Jumbo Tsuruta defeated Bruiser Brody to win the NWA International Heavyweight Title. This would be the final reign before the belt became part of the AJPW Triple Crown Title

1989 – Jumbo Tsuruta defeated Stan Hansen to unify the NWA International Title, the PWF Heavyweight Title & the NWA United National Title to create the AJPW Triple Crown Title

1991 – Stan Hansen & Danny Spivey defeated The Miracle Violence Connection (Steve Williams & Terry Gordy) to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

1997 – Steel (Val Venis) defeated Rayo de Jalisco Jr to win the CMLL World Heavyweight Title

1999 – Nick Dinsmore defeated Rod Steele to win his second OVW Heavyweight Title in Jeffersonville, Indiana

1999 – Brandi Alexander defeated Malia Hosaka to win the World League Wrestling Women’s Title in Springfield, Missouri

2003 – Mr. Niebla ends Universo 2000′s 3-year reign as CMLL World Heavyweight Champion

2005 – on Smackdown, MNM (Joey Mercury & Johnny Nitro) defeated Eddie Guerrero & Rey Mysterio to win the WWE Tag Team Titles


Happy birthday to legendary jobber and current WWE road agent Steve ‘The Brooklyn Brawler’ Lombardi (53), 3-time NWA Women’s Champion Debbie Combs (55), & 3-time CMLL Heavyweight Champion Universo 2000 (51)

Also, today would have been the birthday of one-time Stampede Tag Team Champion Biff Wellington (49)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost 2 legends on this day:

Firstly, in 1990, EMLL legend and patriarch of the famed Guerrero family, Gory Guerrero died at the age of 69. Guerrero joined a
gym with the intention of training to become a boxer, but was roped into learning lucha libre instead. He began his professional career in 1937, wrestling as ‘Joe Morgan’ before gaining a reputation for bloody, hardcore matches & adopted the ‘Gory Guerrero’ name as a reference to them. Guerrero was named EMLL’s rookie of the year in 1943, having joined the promotion early that year, & 2 years later, won his 1st major singles title, the NWA National Welterweight Title. He also became good friends with the legendary El Santo & would appear in some of his lucha-based films. In 1966, he broke away from the EMLL after refusing to drop the NWA World  Light  Heavyweight Title to Ray Mendoza and took the opportunity to get more involved behind the scenes in smaller promotions. He booked for Dory Funk Sr &  WCCW, as well as being involved in the running of the WWA in the 70s & 80s. Guerrero officially retired from active duties in 1990, though had been as good as retired for several years previously. In retirement, he worked as a car insurance salesman. In his later years, he was suffering from hepatitis, which eventually led to fatal liver failure. Guerrero remains well-respected in the world of professional wrestling, & is credited with inventing the Camel Clutch and Gory Special maneuvers

Secondly, in 2002, hugely decorated NWA star and WCW Hall of Famer Wahoo McDaniel died at the age of 63. In the mid-60′s, McDaniel was a crowd-favorite football player in the AFL. However, his career came to an abrupt end after an incident where he knocked out two police officers. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers following the incident, but never played a game for them & began wrestling full time (having previously wrestled during off-seasons) in 1969. McDaniel frequently wrestled in Hawaii, but it was in Houston where he found most of his early success, regularly competing for Dory Funk Jr’s NWA World Title. By the mid-70′s, McDaniel was regularly competing for JCP & engaged in legendary feuds with Johnny Valentine and Ric Flair. In the 80′s, he started touring the USA, competing in various territories and finding success in most. He retired from the ring in 1989, following a main event run in the AWA, but would return less than a year later, competing across the southern states. His final retirement match came in 1996, as his health had started to fail. He had lost both kidneys shortly before his passing, & died of complications from renal failure and diabetes whilst waiting for a transplant