Today In Wrestling History- April 20th

1st let me wish all of our readers a Happy Easter from myself & everyone here at!


1996 – Akira Taue wins the AJPW Champion’s Carnival, defeating Steve Williams in the final after both men tied on 17 points

1998 – The Monday Night War continued: WCW Monday Nitro defeated WWF Monday Night Raw: 5.1 to 4.4 in the ratings

2005 – Kensuke Sasaki wins the AJPW Champion’s Carnival, defeating Jamal in the final

2006 – Taiyo Kea wins the AJPW Champion’s Carnival, defeating Kohei Suwama in the final

2006– Smackdown star Palmer Cannon leaves the WWE European tour & flies himself home. According to numerous sources, a number of WWE stars had been hazing Cannon & when the hazes included comments about his deceased brother, Cannon walked off the tour, quit the company & left the business

2007 – Randy Orton was sent home from a WWE tour of Europe after the blame for a trashed hotel room was placed on his shoulders.  WWE announced at subsequent shows that Orton had taken ill and would not be appearing (interesting note, I was told by Daniel Rodimer himself in person Wrestlemania 25 weekend in Houston, he was the 1 who in fact trashed the hotel room, but Orton being his friend, took the blame, so Rodimer wouldn’t be fired for it)

2009 – Jody Hamilton, owner of Deep South Wrestling, sues WWE for breach of contract relating to DSW’s time as a development territory

2011 – TNA released Jay Lethal


In 1986, AWA WrestleRock was held at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With an attendance of 23,000:

– Brad Rheingans defeated Boris Zukhov
– Little Mr. T & Cowboy Lang defeated Lord Littlebrook & Little Tokyo
– Colonel DeBeers defeated Wahoo McDaniel via DQ
– Buddy Rose & Doug Somers defeated The Midnight Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty)
– Tiger Mask defeated Buck Zumhofe
– Barry Windham & Mike Rotunda defeated the Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn & Stan Lane)
– Rick Martel & Harley Race fought to a double countout
– Sherri Martel defeated Luna Vachon, Joyce Grable, Kat LeRoux, Rose Divine, Taylor Thomas, Despina Montega, Misty Blue Simmes, Debbie Combs, & Candi Divine in a 10-women battle royal
– Sgt Slaughter defeated Kamala via DQ to retain the AWA Americas Title
– Curt Hennig & Scott Hall defeated The Long Riders (Bill & Scott Irwin) to retain the AWA Tag Team Titles
– Scott LeDoux defeated Larry Zbyszko via DQ in a boxing match with Larry Hennig as the guest referee
– Nick Bockwinkel defeated AWA World Champion Stan Hansen by DQ, Hansen retains the title
– Jimmy Snuka & Greg Gagne defeated Nord The Barbarian & King Kong Brody (Bruiser Brody) in a Cage Match
– Verne Gagne defeated Adnan Al-Kaissie in a Cage Match
– The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) defeated The Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin & Michael Hayes) in a Cage Match

In 1997, WWF In Your House 14: Revenge of the Taker was held at the War Memorial Auditorium, in Rochester, New York. With an attendance of 6,477:

Free For All:
The Sultan (Rikishi) (with Bob Backlund & The Iron Sheik) defeated Flash Funk
– The Legion Of Doom (Hawk & Animal) defeated Owen Hart & The British Bulldog via DQ (Hart & Bulldog retain the WWF Tag Team Titles)
– Savio Vega (Crush) defeated Rocky Maivia via countout (Maivia retains the WWF Intercontinental Title)
– Jesse James (Road Dogg) defeated Rockabilly (Billy Gunn) (with The Honky Tonk Man)
– The Undertaker defeated Mankind (with Paul Bearer) to retain the WWF Title
– Steve Austin defeated Bret Hart via DQ
Dark Matches after the PPV:
– Doug Furnas & Phil LaFon defeated The Godwinns
– Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeated Goldust

In 1998, WCW Monday Nitro was live from the World Arena,  in Colorado Springs, Colorado:

WCW Monday Nitro was live from the World Arena, in Colorado Springs, Colorado:

– Konnan (with Vincent) defeated Chris Adams
–  The Barbarian (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Wayne Bloom
– WCW Cruiserweight Champion Chris Jericho defeated Juventud Guerrera to retain the title
– Goldberg defeated WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Raven to win the title. This was Goldberg’s 75th victory without a defeat
– La Parka defeated Ultimo Dragon
– Chris Benoit defeated Curt Hennig (with Rick Rude) via DQ
– Hammer and Saturn fought to a double-countout
– Buff Bagwell & Scott Steiner defeated Public Enemy (Johnny Grunge & Rocco Rock)
– WCW World Television Champion Booker T defeated Psychosis to retain the title
– Lex Luger defeated Brian Adams (with Vincent)
– Hollywood Hulk Hogan defeated WCW World Heavyweight Champion Randy Savage to win the title


In 2004, All Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Tokyo, Japan. The event doubled as the final of this year’s Champion’s Carnival:

– Keiji Mutoh defeated Takao Omori in the Champion’s Carnival semi-final
– Kensuke Sasaki defeated Satoshi Kojima in the Champion’s Carnival semi-final
– Genichiro Tenryu & Koichiro Kimura defeated Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto
– Taka Michinoku, Taiyo Kea & Jamal defeated Masa Fuchi, Arashi & Kaz Hayashi
– Keiji Mutoh defeats Kensuke Sasaki to win the Champion’s Carnival

Title Changes

1895 – Martin “Farmer” Burns defeated Evan “Strangler” Lewis to win the American Heavyweight Title in Chicago, Illinois

1936 – Albion Britt defeated Ted Christy in the final of a tournament to become the 1st recognized World Junior Heavyweight Champion

1945 – Gory Guerrero defeated Jack O’Brien to win the Mexican National Welterweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico

1971 – Jack Brisco defeated Terry Funk to win the NWA Florida Television Title in Tampa, Florida

1980 – Toru Tanaka defeated Kevin von Erich to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1988 – Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard defeated Lex Luger & Barry Windham to win the NWA World Tag Team Title in Jacksonville, Florida after Windham turned on Luger, leaving him for dead.  Windham immediately joined the Four Horsemen, creating the most remembered version of that group

1989 – Mitsuo Momota defeats Shinichi Nakano to win the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title

1991 – Doug Furnas & Dan Kroffat defeated The British Bruisers (The Dynamite Kid & Johnny Smith) to win the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles

1992 – Dirty White Girl defeated Lauren Davenport to win the USWA Women’s Title

1996 – Jeff Jarrett defeated Jerry Lawler to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1998 – on Nitro, Hulk Hogan defeated Randy Savage in a No-DQ Match to win the WCW World Title. Also, Goldberg defeated Raven to win the WCW United States Title

2000 – Tiffany defeated Martha Villalobos to win the Mexican National Women’s Title in San Luis Potosí, Mexico

2002 – the WWF Hardcore Title 24/7 Rule sees the belt pass from Bubba Ray Dudley to Goldust, to Raven, & back to Bubba Ray

2004 – on Smackdown, Charlie Haas & Rico defeated Scotty 2 Hotty & Rikishi to win the WWE Tag Team Titles


Happy birthday to former WWE, WCW and TNA wrestler Johnny ‘The Bull’ Stamboli (37), current TNA wrestler Garett Bischoff (30), & former WWE Tag Team Champion Curt Hawkins (29)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1999, the wrestling world lost a former champion in the AWA, WCW, WWF, & NWA, Rick Rude, aged only 40. Rude attended
high school alongside several other future wrestlers, most notably Curt Hennig, Nikita Koloff, & Joe ‘Animal’ Laurinaitis. He began competing
as ‘Ricky Rood’ in 1982, quickly finding regular work all over North America, before adopting the ‘Ravishing Rick Rude’ persona in Memphis
in 1984. Rude began to find success in several NWA promotions before abruptly jumping to the WWF in 1987, where the highlight of this
initial run was an Intercontinental Title reign. He jumped to WCW in 1991, becoming part of Paul E Dangerously’s ‘Dangerous Alliance’
stable. He won the WCW United States Title, as well as the NWA World Heavyweight Title (which ‘became the WCW International World Title
during his first reign). Rude suffered a serious back injury against Sting in 1994 & would remain out of the wrestling business for 2 years. He reappeared in ECW in 1996, working primarily as a color commentator before returning to the WWF as part of the original DX. He
left the WWF in anger following the Montreal Screwjob, returning once more to WCW & in doing so, became the 1st man to appear on Raw &
Nitro at the same time (only Nitro was live at the time). Rude was rumored to be in training for a full comeback when he died of heart
failure, later discovered to have been caused by an overdose of ‘mixed medications’