Today In Wrestling History- April 22nd


1996 – The Monday Night War continued: WWF Monday Night Raw defeated WCW Monday Nitro: 3.3 to 2.7 in the ratings

2007 – TNA star Shark Boy settled his lawsuit against Dimension Films & several other entities over the infringement of his copyrighted & trademarked name “Shark Boy” in the Robert Rodriguez film “The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D”

2008 – World Wrestling Entertainment suspended creative team member Michael Hayes for 60 days due to an incident that took place in Florida during the course of Wrestlemania week where Hayes allegedly made an explicitly insulting comment towards Smackdown star Mark Henry, using a racially explicit word

2009 – K.C. On The Mat, a documentary on the Kansas City territory, aired via local cable, directed by former WWE Creative Team member Chris Gough

2010 – WWE released a slew of talents, including Shelton Benjamin, Mickie James, Funaki, Jimmy Wang Yang, Slam Master J (Ray Gordy aka Jesse of Jesse & Festus), Katie Lea Burchill (now Winter in TNA), & Mike Knox


In 1988, The WWF tapes the 16th edition of Saturday Night’s Main Event at the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. The show aired on NBC on April 30:

– Jim Duggan defeated Hercules via DQ when Andre the Giant interfered, with Ultimate Warrior making the save
– Brutus Beefcake defeated Danny Davis
– WWF Champion Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated One Man Gang (with Slick) to retain the title.
– WWF Tag Team Champions Demolition (Ax & Smash) (with Mr. Fuji) defeated The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith & The Dynamite Kid) via DQ
– Ted DiBiase defeated Don Muraco
– Rick Rude defeated Koko B. Ware

In 2000, ECW held it’s CyberSlam PPV at the ECW Arena, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With an attendance of 1,600:

– Masato Tanaka defeated 2 Cold Scorpio
– Lance Storm & Dawn Marie defeated Nova & Jazz in a mixed tag team match
– Little Guido defeated Super Crazy, Kid Kash in a 3 way match
– The New Dangerous Alliance (CW Anderson & Bill Wiles) defeated Danny Doring & Roadkill
– Balls Mahoney & New Jack defeated Da Baldies (DeVito & Angel)
– Steve Corino defeated Dusty Rhodes
– Rhino defeated Yoshihiro Tajiri to win the ECW World Television Title
– Tommy Dreamer defeated Taz to win the ECW World Heavyweight Title
– Justin Credible defeated Tommy Dreamer to win the ECW World Heavyweight Title

In 2007 – ChickFight holds an event at the Liquid Nightclub in Gloucester, England, featuring the 8th ChickFight tournament:

– Wesna defeated Pandora in a tournament quarterfinal match
– Jade defeated Violet via DQ in a tournament quarterfinal match
– Cheerleader Melissa defeated “The Jezebel” Eden Black to become the 1st ChickFight Trans-Atlantic Champion
– MsChif defeated Kelly Adams in a tournament quarterfinal match
– Jetta defeated Skye in a tournament quarterfinal match
– Wesna defeated Jade in a tournament semifinal match
– MsChif defeated Jetta in a tournament semifinal match
–Pandora defeated Bubble
– Wesna defeated MsChif to win the ChickFight tournament
– ChickFight Trans-Atlantic Champion Cheerleader Melissa defeated Wesna to retain the title

In 2013, WWE taped Saturday Morning Slam at the O2 Arena, in London, England:

– Santino Marella defeated Jinder Mahal
– Randy Orton & Sheamus defeated The Prime Time Players (Titus O’Neil & Darren Young)

1935 – Pat Newman defeated Dobie Osborne to win the Georgia Southern Lightweight Title in Augusta, Georgia

1946 – Everett Marshall defeated The Swedish Angel to win the Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Title in Denver, Colorado

1964 – Dick the Bruiser defeated Fred Blassie to win the World Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title in Los Angeles, California,

1968 – The Spoilers (#1 & #2) defeated Fritz von Erich & Billy Red Lyons to win the WCCW American Tag Team Titles

1968 – Johnny Rougeau defeated Ivan Koloff to win the IWA International Heavyweight Title in Montreal, Quebec

1996 – on Nitro taping, The Giant defeated Ric Flair to win the WCW World Title, it would air on the April 29th episode of WCW Monday Nitro

2005 – Eric Canyon defeated Conscience to win the NWA Scottish Heavyweight Title


Happy birthday to the final ECW Champion Ezekiel Jackson (36), Joshi star Kyoko Inoue (45), one-time AAA Heavyweight
Champion Electroshock (44), & Miguel Perez (51)