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This Day in Wrestling History (April 20)

29 years ago today, AWA presented Wrestlerock '86 from the Hubert H. Humprhrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. About 22,000 fans were in attendance. It would turn out to be the final stadium show for AWA.

  • Brad Rheingans pinned Boris Zukhov.
  • Little Mr. T and Cowboy Lang defeated Lord Littlebrook and Little Tokyo.
  • Colonel DeBeers defeated Wahoo McDaniel by disqualification.
  • Buddy Rose and Doug Somers defeated the Midnight Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty).
  • Tiger Mask defeated Buck Zumhofe.
  • Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo defeated the Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn & Stan Lane).
  • Harley Race and Rick Martel fought to a double countout.
  • Sherri Martel defeated Luna Vachon, Joyce Grable, Kat LeRoux, Rose Divine, Taylor Thomas, Despina Montagas, Misty Blue Simmes, Debbie Combs, and Candi Divine in a 10 woman battle royal.
  • Sgt. Slaughter defeated Kamala by disqualification to retain the AWA America's Championship.
  • Scott Hall and Curt Hennig defeated The Long Riders (Bill & Scott Irwin) to retain the AWA World Tag Team Championship.
  • Scott LeDoux defeated Larry Zbyszko by disqualification in a boxing match. Larry Hennig was the special referee.
  • Nick Bockwinkel defeated Stan Hansen by disqualification in a AWA World Heavyweight Championship match.
  • Greg Gagne and Superfly Snuka defeated Bruiser Brody and John Nord in a steel cage match.
  • Verne Gagne defeated Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie in a steel cage match.
  • In a post show dark match, The Road Warriors defeated Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin in a steel cage match.

19 years ago today, ECW presented Hostile City Showdown from the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The show is remembered for one of the most famous—and infamous angles--in pro wrestling history. Prior to the Raven-Shane Douglas match for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship, Shane said that Beulah McGuillicutty was cheating on Tommy Dreamer while she was cheating on Raven. Tommy Dreamer wasn't gonna stand for these wild accusations  obviously, so out comes Tommy and Tommy threatens Douglas. Douglas told Tommy that if he can't handle the truth, then he's not hardcore. Shane also told Tommy that Beulah was never pregnant. Tommy wanted to know who was the one that was she was cheating on him and Raven with. It turned out it wasn't a he... but a she: Kimona Wanalaya took the mic and revealed it was her. Out came Beulah and she and Kimona made out and Dreamer pulled them apart by the hair. Douglas asked what were Tommy's thoughts on this. Dreamer's reaction would live on in wrestling lore: "I'll take them both, I'm hardcore!" Dreamer left with both ladies and Raven was left to look on.

  • El Puerto Ricano and Super Nova fought to a no contest when The Eliminators attacked both men.
  • Mikey Whipwreck defeated Billy Black.
  • The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray Dudley & D-Von Dudley)and The Pitbulls (Pitbull 1 & Pitbull 2) was declared a no contest when D-Von hit the referee with a chair and the Pitbulls superbombed him right after.
  • Taz defeated Devon Storm by countout.
  • Axl Rotten defeated Little Guido.
  • The Sandman & Too Cold Scorpio defeated The Bruise Brothers (Don Harris & Ron Harris).
  • Brian Lee defeated Tommy Dreamer.
  • Sabu defeated Rob Van Dam.
  • Raven defeated Shane Douglas to retain the ECW World Heavyweight Championship.

18 years ago today, WWF presented In Your House 14: Revenge of the Taker (WWE Network link) from the War Memorial Auditorium in Rochester, New York. 6,477 were in attendance, with 176,000 homes watching on PPV.

  • In a preshow Free For All match, The Sultan defeated Flash Funk.
  • The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) defeated Owen Hart and The British Bulldog by disqualification in a WWF Tag Team Championship match.
  • Savio Vega defeated Rocky Maivia by countout in a WWF Intercontinental Championship match.
  • Jesse James defeated Rockabilly.
  • The Undertaker defeated Mankind to retain the WWF Championship.
  • Steve Austin defeated Bret Hart by disqualification.

Hulk Hogan VS Randy Savage - Monday Nitro 1998... by Middl

17 years ago today on WCW Monday Nitro from Colorado Springs, Colorado, Hollywood Hulk Hogan defeated Macho Man Randy Savage to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. This comes just one night after Savage defeated Sting to win the title at Spring Stampede. On the same show, Goldberg defeated Raven to win the WCW United States Championship.

Mr. McMahon vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin - WWF... by Armbar1004

17 years and a week ago today, WWF RAW is WAR, headlined by a Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon WWF Championship match that never takes place, outrates WCW Monday Nitro for the first time since June 1996. RAW itself would go on a run of their own, but it would not begin until late in the year. From November 2, 1998 until the final Nitro in 2001, RAW would outrate Nitro every week, a span of 125 consecutive weeks. You can see the full episode courtesy of WWE Network here.

9 years ago today, Brian Mailhot, aka Palmer Cannon, abruptly flew himself home from WWE's European tour, citing harassment from Chris Benoit and John "Bradshaw" Layfield, specifically comments about Mailhot's deceased brother. A week later, he was granted his release from WWE. His release kills a potential Palmer Cannon/Miz feud, and with it, Miz's pro wrestling debut is delayed. Miz would finally make his in-ring debut in September.

4 years ago today, TNA releases Jamar Shipman, aka Jay Lethal, just four days after competing on their Lockdown PPV. Lethal, a six-time X Division Champion, tag team champion, and part of the World X Cup winning team in 2006, would land in ROH a few months later, where he's remained ever since.

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