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This Day in Wrestling History (Apr. 17): Triple H and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Today's TDIPWH will be presented in two parts. The second part will focus on the late Rowdy Roddy Piper, who would have turned 62 today.

32 years ago today in Allentown, Pennsylvania, The North-South Connection (Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch) defeated Tony Atlas & Rocky Johnson to win the WWF Tag Team Championship.

24 years ago today, Stan Hansen defeated Mitsuhara Misawa to win the All Japan Pro Wrestling Champions Carnival.

22 years ago today, WCW presented Spring Stampede (WWE Network link) from the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. 12,200 were in attendance, with 105,000 homes watching on PPV.

  • In a dark match, Danny Bonaduce defeated Christopher Knight. Yes, THAT Danny Bonaduce and THAT Christopher Knight.
  • In a dark match, The Sullivans (Dave Sullivan & Kevin Sullivan) defeated Haito & Tanaka-san.
  • Johnny B. Badd defeated Diamond Dallas Page.
  • Lord Steven Regal and Flyin' Brian went to a 15-minute time limit draw for the WCW World Television Championship.
  • The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) defeated Cactus Jack & Maxx Payne in a Chicago Street Fight to retain the WCW World Tag Team Championship.
  • Steve Austin defeated The Great Muta by disqualification to retain the WCW United States Championship.
  • Sting defeated Rick Rude to win the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship.
  • Bunkhouse Buck defeated Dustin Rhodes in a bunkhouse match.
  • Vader defeated The Boss.
  • Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat fought to a draw for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. The match ended in a double pin. Due to the controversy, the championship was vacated.

17 years ago today in Buffalo, New York, D-Von Dudley defeated Rob Van Dam to win the ECW World Tag Team Championship for his team, the Dudley Boyz.

16 years ago today on RAW is WAR from State College, Pennsylvania (WWE Network link), Chris Jericho defeated Triple H to win the WWF Championship... only to lose it moments later back to Triple H. Truth is, Triple H never beat Jericho to win it back.

Anyway, here's how it went down: Mike Chioda was ref bumped, then Earl Hebner came down to replace him. Triple H in recent weeks and months had been abusing his power, and that extended to referees. Hebner in response fast-counted Triple H down after Jericho hit his Lionsault finisher.

Fast forward about four minutes and Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and her brother Shane demand they reverse the decision on account of the fast count. After initially refusing, they replayed the ending and Mike Chioda, who was the original official in the match, said it was indeed a fast count. Earl agrees to reverse the decision, but only on the condition that as long as he's a referee nobody abuses him again ever.

Triple H agrees and Chris Jericho through Earl returns the WWF Championship belt to the previous champion. Triple H, of course, fires Earl Hebner moments later, then assaults the ex-referee. The new--€”old--€”champion says the match never happened and nobody saw a thing. Of course video of it exists and everything, so yeah. Go ahead and deny it ever happened.

But wait, there's more: Linda McMahon announces that Stone Cold Steve Austin will make his return to WWF PPV at Backlash as the cornerman for The Rock.

In the show's main event, D-Generation X (Triple H, X-Pac, and Road Dogg) defeat Chris Jericho and the Acolytes in the show's main event, with Triple H pinning Jericho. Now that I think about it, Jericho may have had the worse day.

Somebody did win a title on this show: Scotty 2 Hotty defeated Dean Malenko for the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship.

WWE 2001 - Smackdown! - Kane vs Rhyno by ortone

Kane and Undertaker vs Edge and Christian (w... by Yosihait

15 years ago today at a Smackdown taping in Nashville, Tennessee, Rhyno defeated Kane to win the WWF Hardcore Championship. But it wasn't all bad for Kane: he and Undertaker defeated Edge and Christian in a no disqualification match in the show's main event to win the WWF Tag Team Championship.

9 years ago today at a Smackdown taping in Milan, Italy, Deuce & Domino defeated Paul London & Brian Kendrick to win the WWE Tag Team Championship. The win ends an 11-month reign for London & Kendrick, the longest for this version of the championship.

6 years ago today, TNA presented Lockdown from the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. As with all TNA Lockdown events, all of the shows matches were contested in a steel cage.

  • In a preshow dark match, Brother Devon defeated Anarquia.
  • Max Buck defeated Amazing Red, Brian Kendrick, Chris Sabin, Jay Lethal, Jeremy Buck, Robbie E and Suicide in a Xscape match to become the #1 contender for the TNA X Division Championship. All decisions were rendered by pinfall or decision until two men remained, then the first man to escape the cage won. (1.75/5)
    • Robbie E defeated Suicide.
    • Amazing Red defeated Jay Lethal.
    • Chris Sabin defeated Amazing Red.
    • Max Buck defeated Chris Sabin.
    • Max defeated Jeremy Buck.
    • Brian Kendrick defeated Robbie E.
    • Max Buck defeated Brian Kendrick.
  • Ink Inc. (Jesse Neal & Shannon Moore) defeated Crimson & Scott Steiner and Eric Young & Orlando Jordan and The British Invasion (Douglas Williams & Magnus) in a four corners tag team match. (2)
  • Mickie James defeated Madison Rayne in a hair versus title match in just 34 seconds to win the TNA Knockouts Championship. (0)
  • Samoa Joe defeated D'Angelo Dinero. (2.5)
  • Matt Morgan defeated Hernandez. (1.5)
  • Jeff Jarrett defeated Kurt Angle 2-1 in a best of three falls "Ultra Male" rules match. (4)
    • Kurt Angle defeated Jeff Jarrett in a submission match.
    • Jeff Jarrett defeated Kurt Angle in a pinfalls only match.
    • Jeff Jarrett defeated Kurt Angle by escaping the cage first to win the match.
  • Sting defeated Mr. Anderson and Rob Van Dam in a three-way match to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. (1.5)
  • Fortune (Daniels, James Storm, Kazarian, and Robert Roode) defeated Immortal (Abyss, Bully Ray, Matt Hardy, and Ric Flair) in a Lethal Lockdown match. (4)

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