Today In Wrestling History- April 23rd


1981 – Giant Baba wins the AJPW Champion’s Carnival, defeating Bruiser Brody in the final

1988 – Sting & Lex Luger (with Magnus TA) win the Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Tag Team Tournament, defeating Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard in the final

2009 – Bobby Lashley made his TNA Impact Wrestling debut


In 2003, NWA-TNA held is weekly PPV episode #41 taping at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds Arena, in Nashville, Tennessee:

– AJ Styles &  D’Lo Brown defeated Mike Sanders & Glenn Gilberti
– Elix Skipper & Christopher Daniels defeated America’s Most Wanted (Chris Harris & James Storm)
– Team Extreme (New Jack, The Sandman, & Perry Saturn) defeated The Church (Brian Lee, Slash, & Mike Awesome) in a Ultimate Sin 6-man tag team match
– Trinity defeated Kid Kash
– Justin Credible defeated Slash
– The Amazing Red defeated Jerry Lynn

In 2006, TNA Lockdown was held at the Impact Zone, in Orlando, Florida. As with all Lockdown events of this time, all matches were held inside a cage. With an attendance of 900:

– Team Japan (Black Tiger IV, Minoru Tanaka & Hirooki Goto) defeated Team USA (Sonjay Dutt, Jay Lethal, & Alex Shelley)
– Senshi defeated Christopher Daniels
– Bob Armstrong (with BG James & Kip James) defeated Konnan (with Hernandez & Homicide) in an Arm Wrestling Match
– Chris Sabin defeated Puma, Petey Williams (with Coach D’Amore), Shark Boy, Chase Stevens, & Elix Skipper (with Simon Diamond) in a Xscape Match
– Samoa Joe defeated Sabu to retain the TNA X-Division Title
– Team 3d (Brother Run, Brother Devon, & Brother Ray) defeated Team Canada (Bobby Roode, A-1, & Eric Young) (with Coach D’Amore)
– Christian Cage defeated Abyss (with James Mitchell) to retain the NWA World Title
– Sting’s Warriors (Sting, AJ Styles, Ron Killings & Rhino) defeated Jarrett’s Army (Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, Chris Harris & James
Storm) (with Gail Kim & Jackie Gayda) in a Lethal Lockdown Match

Title Changes

1935 – Wildcat Pete defeated Tetsuo Higami to become the 1st NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Champion in Honolulu, Hawaii

1960 – Red & Lou Bastien defeated Jerry & Eddie Graham to win the NWA Northeast United States Tag Team Titles

1965 – Danny Hodge defeated Hiro Matsuda to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1966 – Ramon Torres defeated Lorenzo Parente to win the TSW Missouri Junior Heavyweight Title

1976 – Bob Backlund defeated Harley Race for the Missouri Title in St. Louis, Missouri

1978 – Paul Jones & Ricky Steamboat defeated Cyclon Negro & Baron Von Raschke, Gene & Ole Anderson, & Masked Superstar & Ken Patera in a tournament to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina

1978 – Ray Candy & Steven Little Bear defeated Ernie Ladd & The Assassin to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1990 – Mr. Perfect defeated Tito Santana in the final of a tournament to win the vacant WWF Intercontinental Title

1991 – Danny Davis defeated El Grande Pistolero to win the USWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1992 – The Heavenly Bodies (Stan Lane & Tom Pritchard) defeated The Fantastics (Bobby & Jackie Fulton) in the final of a tournament to become the 1st SMW Tag Team Champions

1994 – Chris Candido & Brian Lee defeat The Rock n Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) to win the SMW Tag Team Titles

2003 – Tiger Mask IV defeated Koji Kanemoto to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title

2012 – Nikki Bella defeated Beth Phoenix in a Lumberjill Match to win the WWE Divas Title


Happy birthday to current WWE Champion John Cena (37), WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas (70), & TNA wrestler Jessie Godderz

Also, today would have been the birthday of 2-time AJPW Triple Crown Champion Terry Gordy (53)