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This Day in Wrestling History for 4/5

Reported by Adam Martin of WrestleView.com
On Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 5:43 AM EST


Graham Cawthon sent this in:

These are the known WWE, WCW, and ECW-related events which took place or aired on this date. For more information, visit http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com.

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- Graham Cawthon


Chicago, IL – Coliseum - April 5, 1963
El Gaucho defeated Joe Matte
Black Orchid defeated Ray Zillis
Buddy Austin defeated Art Thomas
Jackie Fargo defeated Paul Christy
Skull Murphy & Brute Bernard defeated Rudi Jacobs & Harry Wenzl
Bobo Brazil fought Moose Cholak to a draw
WWWF World Champion Buddy Rogers defeated WWWA World Champion Dory Dixon; the title change was not recognized; the WWWF title was not on the line


WWWF @ Hagerstown, MD - Armory - April 5, 1966
Antonio Pugliese, Johnny Valentine, & Argentina Apollo vs. Baron Mikel Scicluna, Prince Iaukea, & Smasher Sloan
Included 3 other matches


WWWF @ Philadelphia, PA - Arena - April 5, 1969
Carlos Colon defeated Angelo Savoldi
Pete Sanchez defeated Chuck Richards
Bulldog Brower defeated Lenny Solomon
Baron Mikel Scicluna fought John L Sullivan to a draw
Victor Rivera defeated Duke Savage
Killer Kowalski defeated Haystacks Calhoun
Prof. Toru Tanaka defated WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino via count-out


WWWF @ Allentown, PA - Palestra - April 5, 1971
Akim Manuka fought Jack Evans to a draw
Manuel Soto defeated Joe Turco
Beautiful Bobby defeated Jose Luis Rivera
WWWF World Champion Pedro Morales, Chief Jay Strongbow, & Gorilla Monsoon defeated Bull Pometti, the Wolfman, & Blackjack Mulligan


St. Louis, MO - April 5, 1974
WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Lord Alfred Hayes via disqualification


WWWF @ Philadelphia, PA - Arena - April 5, 1975
Johnny Rodz vs. Tony Altimore
Bill White vs. Mike Paidousis
Joe Nova vs. Manuel Soto
Ann Casey vs. Dottie Downs
Waldo Von Erich vs. El Olympico
The Wolfman vs. Pete Sanchez
WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino & Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Sprios Arion & Bobby Duncum in a Texas Death Match; Gorilla Monsoon was the guest referee for the bout


WWWF @ Danbury, CT - April 5, 1977
Tom Bronsky defeated Sylvano Sousa via disqualification
Rocky Tomayo fought Don Serano to a draw
Pete Sanchez defeated Jan Nelson
Tony Garea & Larry Zbyzsko defeated the Executioners
Ivan Putski fought Baron Von Raschke to a double disqualification


WWWF @ Scranton, PA - April 5, 1977
The Haiti Kid & Hillbilly Kid defeated Little Johnny & Billy the Kid
Johnny Rodz defeated Lee Morgan
Doug Gilbert fought SD Jones to a draw
Carlos Rocha defeated Frank Monroe
Billy Whitewolf defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna
Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Tor Kamata
WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Stan Stasiak


WWF @ New Brunswick, NJ - Rutgers University - April 5, 1979
WWF World Champion Bob Backlund vs. Peter Miavia


WWWF @ Worcester, MA - April 5, 1979
Steve Travis defeated Mike Hall
Allan Coage defeated SD Jones
Jose Estrada fought Dave Darrow to a draw
Bulldog Brower defeated Ivan Putski when the bout was stopped due to blood
Jerry & Johnny Valiant defeated Tony Garea & Larry Zbyszko


WWF @ Baltimore, MD - Civic Center - April 5, 1980
Johnny Rodz defeated Angelo Gomez
Davey O'Hannon defeated Paul Figuero
Tor Kamata fought Steve King to a no contest
Larry Sharpe defeated Mike Masters
Gorilla Monsoon fought Joe Mascaro (sub. for Bulldog Brower) to a no contest
Andre the Giant fought Hulk Hogan to a draw
Ken Patera defeated WWF World Champion Bob Backlund


WWF @ Boston, MA - Boston Garden - April 5, 1980
Mike Duggan defeated Fred Marzino
Pete Doherty defeated Joe Crugnale
Rene Goulet defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna
Bobby Duncum defeated Dominic DeNucci
WWF Tag Team Champions Ivan Putski & Tito Santana defeated the Wild Samoans via disqualification when the challengers attacked guest referee Pat Patterson
Larry Zbyszko defeated Bruno Sammartino via disqualification


Jacksonville, FL - April 5, 1981
Assassin #3 defeated Scott McGhee
Nikolai Volkoff & ? defeated Gordon Nelson & El Gran Apollo
Reggie Parks defeated Super Fly #1
El Gran Apollo won a six-man battle royal
Southern Heavyweight Champion Sweet Brown Sugar defeated Sgt. Jacques Goulet via disqualification
WWWF World Champion Bob Backlund defeated Hiro Matsuda
Mike Graham defeated Assassin #1; due to prematch stipulations, Graham was awarded the North American Tag Team Titles
Bugsy McGraw defeated RT Tyler in a steel cage match


WWF @ Fall River, MA - April 5, 1982
Laurent Soucie pinned Pete Doherty
Bob Orton pinned Fred Marzino
Jesse Ventura defeated Tony Garea via count-out
Steve Travis pinned Baron Mikel Scicluna
Tony Atlas & SD Jones defeated WWF Tag Team Champions Mr. Fuji & Mr. Saito in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match via disqualification


WWF @ New Haven, CT - April 5, 1982
Laurent Soucie defeated Johnny Rodz via disqualification
SD Jones defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna
Tony Garea defeated Charlie Fulton
Bob Orton Jr. defeated Frank Williams
WWF IC Champion Pedro Morales defeated Jesse Ventura via count-out
Tony Atlas defeated Davey O'Hannon
Andre the Giant, Steve Travis, & Rick McGraw defeated Greg Valentine, Mr. Fuji, & Mr. Saito


WWF @ Lancaster, PA - April 5, 1984
Charlie Fulton defeated Jose Luis Rivera
Jose Gonzalez defeated Rene Goulet
Rocky Johnson & Tony Atlas defeated Roddy Piper & David Schultz via disqualification
WWF IC Champion Tito Santana fought Paul Orndorff to a no contest
SD Jones defeated Israel Matia


WWF Wrestling Challenge
Taped 3/11/87; Columbus, OH; Ohio Center
4/5/87 - included Blackjack Mulligan as a guest of the Snake Pit:
The Islanders defeated Al Navarro & Iron Mike Sharpe when Tama pinned Navarro with a splash off the top
The Honkytonk Man (w/ Jimmy Hart) pinned Sivi Afi with the Shake, Rattle, & Roll
Billy Jack Haynes defeated the Gladiator via submission with the full nelson
Kamala (w/ Mr. Fuji & Kimchee) pinned Sam Cody with a splash off the top; after the bout, Cody was taken out on a stretcher (Fuji's first match managing Kamala after being given his contract by the Grand Wizard)
Ron Bass pinned Joe Mirto with an elbow
Greg Valentine (w/ Johnny V & Dino Bravo) defeated Jerry Allen via submission with the figure-4


WWF @ Syracuse, NY - War Memorial - April 5, 1989
Wrestling Challenge taping:
Jimmy Snuka pinned George South at 3:45 with the splash off the top
Brutus Beefcake vs. Mr. Perfect
Big John Studd vs. Andre the Giant
Randy Savage vs. the Ultimate Warrior
WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan vs. the Big Bossman (steel cage match)
Prime Time Wrestling - 4/10/89: The Barbarian (w/ Mr. Fuji) pinned Chuck Williams at 2:26 with a clothesline off the top
Prime Time Wrestling - 4/17/89: Hillbilly Jim pinned Boris Zhukov at 5:01 with a boot to the face; prior to the bout, Jim danced with ring announcer Mike McGuirk at ringside
4/23/89 - included Gene Okerlund conducting an interview with Andre the Giant:
The Ultimate Warrior defeated an unknown
The Brooklyn Brawler defeated Tommy Durante
Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty defeated Chris Duffy & Gary Royal
Ted Dibiase defeated Cougar Jay
Jim Neidhart defeated Paul Fine
The Bushwhackers defeated Max McGiver & John Wise
The Honkytonk Man defeated an unknown
4/30/89 - included Gene Okerlund conducting an interview with Hillbilly Jim:
WWF IC Champion Rick Rude (w/ Bobby Heenan) defeated Hercules via disqualification at 3:24 in a non-title match when Hercules shoved the referee and brought his chain into the ring after chasing Heenan around ringside
The Red Rooster defeated Mike Williams via submission with the chicken wing at 1:31
The Warlord defeated Mark Ming
Jake Roberts pinned Chris Duffy with the DDT at 2:40
Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard defeated Brick Bronsky & Terry Daniels
Rick Martel (w/ Slick) defeated Brian Owens
Bret Hart defeated Mitch Casey
5/7/89 - included Gene Okerlund conducting an interview with Jim Duggan in which Duggan vowed to take the King's Crown away held by King Haku:
The Big Bossman & Akeem (w/ Slick) defeated Joe Cruz & Mark Brown at 1:59 when Akeem pinned Cruz with a splash; after the bout, Brown was handcuffed to the top rope by Bossman and beaten with the nightstick
The Blue Blazer pinned Gary Royal at 2:13 with a crossbody off the top
Bad News Brown pinned Tony Roy at 1:21 with the Ghetto Blaster; after the bout, Brown further attacked his opponent and threw him out of the ring
Big John Studd defeated King Haku (w/ Bobby Heenan) via disqualification at 2:19 when Andre the Giant interfered; after the bout, Jim Duggan made the save with his 2x4
Jacques & Raymond Rougeau (w/ Jimmy Hart) defeated George Skaaland & Paul Smith at 1:51 when Raymond pinned Skaaland with a superkick
Mr. Perfect defeated Bill Spectre


NWA @ Miami, FL - Knight Center - April 5, 1989
Tyree Pride defeated David Heath
Ranger Ross defeated Rip Morgan
Michael Hayes defeated the Junkyard Dog
Butch Reed fought Dick Murdoch to a draw
Kevin Sullivan defeated Eddie Gilbert
The Great Muta defeated Steve Casey
Rick Steiner defeated Dan Spivey
The Road Warriors defeated NWA Tag Team Champions Steve Williams & Mike Rotunda via count-out
NWA TV Champion Sting defeated Ric Flair
NWA US Champion Lex Luger defeated the Iron Sheik


NWA @ Charlottesville, VA - April 5, 1990
Mike Rotunda defeated Samu
Mark Callous defeated Johnny Ace
Norman defeated Kevin Sullivan
NWA US Tag Team Champions Brian Pillman & Tom Zenk defeated Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane
NWA Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner defeated NWA TV Champion Arn Anderson & Ole Anderson
NWA US Champion Lex Luger defeated NWA World Champion Ric Flair via disqualification when Ole Anderson attacked the challenger as Flair was caught in the Torture Rack


WWF / Arena Wrestling Alliance @ Wellington, New Zealand - Magewick Stadium - April 5, 1991
Sivi Afi vs. Mad Dog (Baghdad)
Don Muraco vs. Royal Viking
Jim Powers vs. the Genius
Koko B. Ware vs. the Brooklyn Brawler
The Bushwhackers vs. WWF Tag Team Champions the Nasty Boys


WCW @ Jacksonville, FL - Coliseum - April 5, 1992 (4,100; 3,300 paid)
WCW US Tag Team Champions Greg Valentine & Terry Taylor defeated Tom Zenk & Marcus Alexander Bagwell
Johnny B. Badd pinned Tracy Smothers
Cactus Jack pinned the Junkyard Dog
Nikita Koloff pinned Diamond Dallas Page
Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes defeated WCW TV Champion Steve Austin & Larry Zbyszko
WCW US Champion Rick Rude defeated Ricky Steamboat via disqualification
WCW Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton fought Rick & Scott Steiner to a double count-out
WCW World Champion Sting pinned Big Van Vader


WWF Wrestling Challenge
Taped 3/10/92; Biloxi, MS; Coast Coliseum
4/5/92:
Bret Hart defeated Doug Sommers
The Nasty Boys defeated John Price & Larry Seigal
The Undertaker defeated the Brooklyn Brawler
Papa Shango defeated Ian Weston


WrestleMania VIII - Indianapolis, IN - Hoosier Dome - April 5, 1992 (matinee) (62,167; 15,000+ freebies)
The Bushwhackers defeated the Beverly Brothers at the 10-minute mark
Pay-per-view bouts - featured Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan on commentary; included Reba McEntire performing the National Anthem to begin the show; featured Gene Okerlund conducting an interview with the Legion of Doom & Paul Ellering in the arena (LOD's return after being gone 2 months, Ellering's WWF debut); included a brief pre-taped interview segment with the newest edition of the World Bodybuilding Federation, Lex Luger (Luger's 1st appearance on WWF TV); the scheduled match between Davey Boy Smith and the Berzerker was cancelled due to time constraints:
Shawn Michaels (w/ Sensational Sherri) pinned Tito Santana at 10:37 when Michaels grabbed hold of the top rope as Santana attempted a slam into the ring, with Michaels falling on top for the win
The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) pinned Jake Roberts at 6:41 following a tombstone on the floor as Roberts attempted to steal the urn away; late in the bout, Taker twice sustained Roberts' DDT (Robert's last appearance for nearly 4 years) (The Undertaker: 15-0)
Bret Hart pinned WWF IC Champion Roddy Piper to win the title at 13:50 by kicking off the top turnbuckle while caught in a sleeper, moments after the champion decided against using the time keeper's bell as a weapon; after the bout, Piper helped Hart to his feet and put the championship belt on him (Piper's last match for over 2 years) (Born to Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story)
Jim Duggan, the Big Bossman, Virgil, & Sgt. Slaughter defeated Repo Man, the Mountie, & the Nasty Boys (w/ Jimmy Hart) at 6:31 when Virgil pinned Brian Knobs after Jerry Sags accidentally hit Knobs with Virgil's face protector; prior to the bout, Ray Combs of Family Feud introduced the members of the heel team, insulting them with his fabricated survey results before being chased out of the ring
Randy Savage pinned WWF World Champion Ric Flair (w/ Mr. Perfect) to win the title at 18:01 with a roll up and using the tights for leverage after blocking a punch and hitting the champion; late in the bout, Miss Elizabeth came ringside to support Savage, despite a number of officials - including Shane McMahon - asking her to return backstage; after the bout, a furious Flair kissed Elizabeth before he was slapped by her and attacked by Savage until officials could pull the injured Savage away (WrestleMania's Greatest Matches Vol. 2, Macho Madness: The Ultimate Randy Savage Collection)
Tatanka pinned Rick Martel at 4:31 with a crossbody; prior to the bout, several Lumbee Indians danced in the ring but then left ringside when the match began
The Natural Disasters defeated WWF Tag Team Champions Ted Dibiase & IRS (w/ Jimmy Hart) via count-out at 8:36 when Dibiase and Hart pulled IRS out of the ring, as he was about to sustain Earthquake's sit-down splash, and all three left ringside
Owen Hart pinned Skinner with a roll up at 1:10 after skinning the cat inside the ring as Skinner's back was turned; seconds prior to the bout beginning, Skinner spat his chewing tobacco in Hart's face as Owen entered the ring with a moonsault off the top
Hulk Hogan defeated Sid Justice (w/ Harvey Wippleman) via disqualification at 12:26 when Wippleman came in the ring moments after Justice kicked out of the legdrop; after the bout, Papa Shango came to the ring and helped Justice in double teaming Hogan until the Ultimate Warrior's music played and he ran to the ring to make the save, eventually helping Hogan clear both men out of the ring; the show ended with Hogan and Warrior posing in the ring, with pyro going off behind them (Hogan's last match for nearly a year; Warrior's surprise return after being gone 7 months)


WCW Main Event
4/5/92:
Ricky Steamboat vs. WCW Tag Team Champion Bobby Eaton; during the bout, Steamboat broke his nose


ECW Hardcore TV
Taped 3/12/93; Radnor, PA; Cabrini College
4/5/93 - debut show - featured an opening segment in which Tod Gordon came out, introduced Terry Funk as the third commentator for the show - alongside Jay Sulli and Stevie Wonderful - and introduced the ECW TV Title Tournament:
ECW Tag Team Champions he Super Destroyers (w/ Hunter Q Robbins III) defeated the HD Rider & EZ Rider at 3:00 when EZ was pinned following a powerbomb / senton combo
ECW TV Championship Quarter-Finals: Tommy Cairo defeated Salvatore Bellomo via count-out at 4:28 after Johnny Hot Body's interference backfired
The Rockin Rebel pinned Tony Stetson at 3:28 with his feet on the ropes for leverage
ECW TV Championship Quarter-Finals: Jimmy Snuka (w/ Eddie Gilbert) pinned Larry Winters at 4:28 with the splash off the top; prior to the bout, Snuka introduced Gilbert as his new manager
Salvatore Bellomo pinned an unknown with a bodyslam at the 15-second mark


WWF Monday Night Raw
Taped 3/22/93; New York City, NY; Manhattan Center
4/5/93 - hosted by Vince McMahon and Randy Savage, with Rob Bartlett announced as still being stuck in Las Vegas following WrestleMania IX; featured footage in the backstage area following WrestleMania IX of Gene Okerlund interviewing Yokozuna & Mr. Fuji, with Fuji saying they have protested to WWF President Jack Tunney claiming because there was no written contract between Yoko and Hulk Hogan then Hogan's title win shouldn't be allowed; included the announcement WWF Tag Team Champions Ted Dibiase & IRS would face the Bushwhackers the following week but the match ended up not taking place:
Bam Bam Bigelow pinned Virgil with the diving headbutt at 6:59
Bob Backlund pinned Kimchee at 3:58 with a bridge
Damien Demento pinned Jim Brunzell at 5:07 with the jumping knee; during the bout, Rob Bartlett called in to Vince McMahon and Randy Savage on the phone, calling out of Las Vegas, wondering why no one was at Raw the previous week; Bartlett then said he had no money and was stuck in Vegas; McMahon hung up on him, claiming there was a bad connection, when Bartlett asked for help getting back
Rick & Scott Steiner defeated the Beverly Brothers at around 11:30 when Scott pinned Blake with the Frankensteiner (Monday Night Raw Prime Cuts UK)
Jerry Lawler pinned Jim Powers at 6:16 with the piledriver and using the tights for leverage; the bout was to have taken place earlier in the night on two seperate occasions but Lawler walked out each time after a chant of 'Burger King' began; after the bout, Vince McMahon conducted a ringside interview with Lawler in which Lawler made several comments directed at Randy Savage; Savage responded by standing up out of his commentary seat but the show ended before anything else occured (Lawler's free-TV in-ring debut)


WWF @ Phoenix, AZ - America West Arena - April 5, 1993 (7,000; 4,500 paid)
Wrestling Challenge taping:
The Smoking Gunns defeated two unknowns (the Gunns' debut)
Ron & Don Harris defeated two unknowns
Butch Beardon defeated an unknown
Louie Spicolli defeated the Lightning Kid (Sean Waltman)
The Brooklyn Brawler defeated Tex Deaton
The Undertaker defeated Giant Gonzalez (sub. for Yokozuna) via disqualification
Rick & Scott Steiner defeated WWF Tag Team Champions Ted Dibiase & IRS via disqualification at 11:06 when Dibiase, who was helped backstage minutes earlier after sustaining an injury, returned ringside and hit referee Dave Hebner with IRS' briefcase as Scott had IRS covered following the bulldog off the top double team; early in the bout, it was announced that if Dibiase & IRS didn't return the briefcase backstage then they would lose the match and the titles (German Fan Favorites )
Mr. Perfect pinned WWF IC Champion Shawn Michaels to win the title with the Perfect Plex; later in the taping it was announced that Perfect officially won the match via disqualification, for Michaels striking original referee Bill Alphonso, and that the decision of second referee Dave Hebner was overruled by WWF President Jack Tunney
Bret Hart pinned Lex Luger
4/25/93 - included a 'Special Report' segment focusing on the feud between Sensational Sherri and Luna Vachon; featured the first vignette promoting the debut of the Smoking Gunns; included Jim Ross reading a statement by WWF President Jack Tunney announcing Tunney had begun an investigation into Lex Luger's forearm and x-rays revealed Luger had a steel plate surgically implanted in it which was why he had knocked out all his opponents; because it was part of his body, Tunney was unable to do anything about it; featured Ray Rougeau conducting a podium interview with Luger, where he discussed Bret Hart with Luger claiming he was the reason Hart lost the WWF World Title at WrestleMania IX; included closing comments by Luger and Bob Backlund about their King of the Ring qualifying match the following week:
Yokozuna (w/ Mr. Fuji) pinned Rudy Gonzalez at 2:16 with the Bonzai
Mr. Perfect pinned Blake Beverly at 5:31 with the Perfect Plex; during the bout, Beau Beverly appeared ringside and attempted to interfere unsuccessfully before he was sent backstage by the referee
The Headshrinkers (w/ Afa) defeated Sean Dakota & Jim Armstrong at 2:15 when Fatu pinned Armstrong with a splash off the top
Kamala (w/ Slick) pinned the White Shadow at 1:41 with a splash to the back; during the bout, an insert promo by Kamala and Slick was shown where Slick got Kamala to say the word "Amen"
Typhoon pinned Barry Horowitz at 2:05 with a splash; after the bout in an untelevised segment, the Mad Monk (Friar Ferguson) attacked Typhoon with a wooden staph
Razor Ramon pinned Allen Reid at 2:30 with the Razor's Edge
5/2/93 - included a 'Special Report' segment focusing on the Tatanka / Bam Bam Bigelow incident in the previous week's WWF Superstars; featured a vignette promoting the debut of the Smoking Gunns; included the initial King of the Ring Report where it was announced WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan would defend against Yokozuna at the show, followed by footage of Gene Okerlund interviewing Hogan, Brutus Beefcake, and Jimmy Hart on the set of "Thunder in Paradise," in Clearwater, FL; during the segment, it was also announced Bret Hart had received a first round bye into the King of the Ring tournament and was named the #1 seed; featured closing comments by Jim Duggan and Papa Shango regarding their KOTR qualifying match the following week:
Jim Duggan pinned Al Burke at 2:47 with the running clothesline
Mr. Hughes pinned Mark Ming with the sidewalk slam at 1:48; during the bout, Slick cut an insert promo saying Hughes should let him be his manager so he could change his ways
WWF IC Champion Shawn Michaels pinned Brian West at 3:15 with the superkick after deciding not to use the side suplex
KOTR Qualifying Match: Lex Luger defeated Bob Backlund via count-out at 4:15 after Backlund sustained Luger's running forearm and fell to the floor
Crush defeated Reno Riggins via submission with the head vice at 2:25
WWF Tag Team Champions Ted Dibiase & IRS defeated Jesse Storm & Raven Clark at 3:04 when IRS pinned Clark with the Write Off lariat
5/9/93 - included Raymond Rougeau conducting an interview with Luna Vachon in which she claimed Sensational Sherri was jealous of her and then said she would destroy her when she gets her in the ring; featured a 'Special Report' segment focusing on the previous week's interview with the Undertaker on WWF Superstars; included a vignette promoting the debut of the Smoking Gunns; featured a King of the Ring Report with comments by Bret Hart and Jim Duggan regarding the tournament and footage of WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan being interviewed on the set of "Thunder in Paradise" about his upcoming title defense against Yokozuna; included closing comments by Mr. Perfect and Doink the Clown regarding their King of the Ring qualifying match the following week:
KOTR Qualifying Match: Jim Duggan pinned Papa Shango with the running clothesline at 4:39
Virgil pinned Tim Patterson with the Russian legsweep at 2:21
Damien Demento pinned Billy Jones following three kneedrops at 2:07
Rick & Scott Steiner defeated Louie Spicolli & Bobby Young at 3:26 when Scott pinned Young following the bulldog off the top double team
Bam Bam Bigelow pinned Terry Zeller with the diving headbutt at 2:54
5/16/93 - featured the debut of Jim Duggan's "USA" video on the WrestleMania album; included a King of the Ring Report where the quarter-final matches of Bret Hart vs. Razor Ramon and Jim Duggan vs. Bam Bam Bigelow were announced for the tournament; the segment also featured an interview with WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan on the set of "Thunder in Paradise" about his upcoming title defense against Yokozuna; featured a vignette promoting the debut of the Smoking Gunns:
Razor Ramon pinned Sean Dakota with the Razor's Edge at 2:15
The Nasty Boys defeated Steve Vega & Barry Horowitz when Saggs pinned Vega after sustaining the running powerslam / elbowsmash combo at 3:02 (the Nasty Boys' last appearance)
Mr. Hughes pinned Dan Farren with the sidewalk slam at 2:19; during the bout, Mr. Fuji cut an insert promo saying he was interested in managing Hughes
KOTR Qualifying Match: Mr. Perfect fought Doink the Clown to a time-limit draw at 7:03; after the bell rang, both men continued brawling, with Perfect hitting the Perfect Plex; after the bout, Perfect grabbed the mic and asked for 5 more minutes but then ended up chasing Doink backstage
Tito Santana pinned Reno Riggins with the flying forearm at 3:07


WCW @ Columbus, GA - April 5, 1994
Television taping:
Ricky Steamboat & Arn Anderson vs. Bobby Eaton & Steve Keirn
WCW World Champion Ric Flair & Sting defeated WCW Tag Team Champions the Nasty Boys via disqualification


WCW @ Atlanta, GA - Center Stage Theatre - April 5, 1995 (875; all freebies)
WCW Saturday Night taping:
Marcus Alexander Bagwell & the Patriot defeated George South & Jim Rogers
Brian Pillman defeted Lt. James Earl Wright
The Nasty Boys defeated Chris Nelson & Steve Strong
Vader defeated Ian Weston
Perry Saturn & John Kronus defeated Kenny Kendall & Barry Houston
Jim Duggan defeated Sonny Trout
WCW TV Champion Arn Anderson & Vader defeated Marcus Alexander Bagwell & the Patriot
Sting defeated the Terrorist
Alex Wright defeated Bob Starr
Sgt. Craig Pittman defeated Johnny Taylor
Meng defeated Barry Hardy
Lord Steven Regal & Bobby Eaton defeated Scott Armstrong & Eddie Jackie
Paul Orndorff defeated Barry Houston
Brian Pillman defeated Rick Teasley
Big Bubba defeated Larry Santo


WWF @ Lowell, MA - Memorial Auditorium - April 5, 1995 (2,500; sell out)
Wrestling Challenge taping:
Mark Harlow defeated Fantasiao
Action Zone - 4/9/95: Razor Ramon fought Tatanka (w/ Ted Dibiase) to a double count-out when King Kong Bundy and the 1-2-3 Kid came ringside and all four men began brawling
Action Zone - 4/16/95 - featured Gorilla Monsoon, subbing for Jim Ross, alongside Todd Pettingill on commentary: Lex Luger & Davey Boy Smith defeated the Heavenly Bodies at around the 13-minute mark when Smith pinned Jimmy Del Ray with the running powerslam; during the bout, Gorilla Monsoon & Todd Pettingill discussed a backstage altercation between WWF World Champion Diesel and Bam Bam Bigelow and Bigelow, without the backing of the Million $ Corporation, challenged Diesel to a match
Action Zone - 4/23/95: Dink & Pink the Clown defeated Cheezy & Sleazy at 6:07 when Dink pinned Cheezy with a crossbody off the top; after the bout, Doink came out to celebrate
Action Zone - 4/23/95: Jacob & Eli Blu (w/ Uncle Zebakiah) fought the New Headshrinkers (w/ Capt. Lou Albano) to a double disqualification at 7:34 when the Smoking Gunns made the save for the Headshrinkers against the Blu Twins after Fatu was double teamed on the floor by WWF Tag Team Champions Owen Hart & Yokozuna, who appeared ringside late in the match; after the bout, the Headshrinkers cleared Owen & Yoko out of the ring before posing with the tag title belts and celebrating with the Gunns
Bret Hart & Razor Ramon defeated WWF IC Champion Jeff Jarrett (w/ the Roadie) & Hakushi (w/ Shinja) at 12:09 when Bret reversed a small package by Jarrett, putting Razor on top for the pin (Super Slams)
The Undertaker defeated Psycho Sid via count-out when Sid left ringside
WWF World Champion Diesel pinned Bam Bam Bigelow
4/9/95:
Hakushi defeated Tony Roy
Doink the Clown (w/ Dink) defeated Duane Gill
Henry Godwinn defeated Steve King
The Smoking Gunns defeated Tony Devito & Mike Bell
King Kong Bundy (w/ Ted Dibiase) defeated Leroy Howard
Eli Blu (w/ Uncle Zebakiah) defeated Fatu (w/ Afa) via disqualification when Sionne interfered on behalf of his partner after the Blu Twins switched places in the match without the referee noticing
4/16/95 - featured a vignette of Bob Backlund, with his suit and bow tie, on the beach in Florida during Spring Break; included a segment in which 4th grader Jasmine McNeil in Bushwick, NY read an essay she wrote about drug abuse, with an appearance by the Undertaker; featured the first vignette promoting the debut of Hunter Hearst Helmsley in which he made fun of the Bushwhackers, the New Headshrinkers, and the Smoking Gunns for not having his level of class:
WWF IC Champion Jeff Jarrett (w/ the Roadie) defeated Scott Taylor at 3:35 via submission with the figure-4 after avoiding a crossbody off the top
Aldo Montoya pinned Mark Starr
Men on a Mission defeated Charlie Hunter & John Sinouski at 2:37 when Mabel pinned Hunter with a belly to belly suplex; after the bout, Ray Rougeau interviewed MOM outside the ring regarding the Smoking Gunns but MOM ignored the question and walked off
The 1-2-3 Kid pinned Barry Horowitz at 2:48 with a spin kick; in footage shown on the 4/16/95 Action Zone, Ray Rougeau interviewed the Kid outside the ring immediately after the match about his altercation the previous week on the Action Zone against King Kong Bundy
Kama (w/ Ted Dibiase) pinned John Crystal at 2:12 with a modified belly to belly suplex; after the bout, Dibiase grabbed the mic and introduced the members of his restructured Million $ Corporation - Tatanka, King Kong Bundy, IRS, Bam Bam Bigelow, and the newest member and the "crowning jewel" of the group - Psycho Sid; moments later, Kama and Bundy lifted Sid up on their shoulders; during the segment, Bigelow was noticably snubbed by Dibiase and the other group members
Duke Drose pinned Mike Khoury
4/23/95 - featured the announcement Bret Hart would face Hakushi and Razor Ramon & the 1-2-3 Kid would face WWF IC Champion Jeff Jarrett & the Roadie at In Your House; included a second vignette of Bob Backlund in Florida during Spring Break in which he interrupted a wet t-shirt contest and told a crowd of several hundred they needed stronger morals:
Hakushi defeated Bert Centenno
Bob Holly defeated Nick Barberry
Mantaur defeated Buck Quartermaine
Adam Bomb pinned the Brooklyn Brawler at 3:08 with a clothesline off the top
Jean Pierre Lafitte pinned Ben Jordan with the Cannonball at 3:07
WWF Tag Team Champions Owen Hart & Yokozuna (w/ Jim Cornette & Mr. Fuji) defeated Tim McNeany & Bill Payne at 2:58 when McNeany submitted to Hart's Sharpshooter following a legdrop by Yoko


ECW @ Queens, NY - Lost Battalion Hall - April 5, 1997 (800)
Little Guido pinned Chris Chetti
Brian Lee pinned Stevie Richards at the 10-second mark
Balls Mahoney pinned Axl Rotten
Taz defeated Spike Dudley via submission
ECW - 4/10/97: Rob Van Dam fought Pitbull #2 to a no contest
ECW - 4/10/97: ECW Tag Team Champions Buh Buh Ray & D-Von Dudley defeated Perry Saturn & John Kronus and New Jack & Mustafa in an elimination match
Sabu defeated Louie Spicolli
Terry Funk & Tommy Dreamer defeated ECW World Champion Raven & ECW TV Champion Shane Douglas


WWF @ Obenhausen, Germany - Arena - April 5, 1998
Jeff Jarrett defeated Brakkus via submission with the figure-4
Ken Shamrock & Owen Hart defeated WWF IC Champion the Rock & D-Lo Brown when D-Lo submitted to Shamrock's ankle lock
Marc Mero pinned Bradshaw with a low blow and the TKO after both men collided with Sable on the apron
Kane pinned Cactus Jack with the tombstone
The Legion of Doom defeated Henry & Phinneas Godwinn following Road Warrior Hawk's flying clothesline
The Undertaker pinned TAFKA Goldust with the tombstone
WWF Tag Team Champions Billy Gunn & the Road Dogg defeated Skull & 8-Ball after Chyna interfered
WWF World Champion Steve Austin pinned WWF European Champion Triple H after hitting both Chyna and the challenger with the Stunner


WWF Raw is War
Taped 3/30/99; Long Island, NY; Nassau Coliseum
4/5/99:
Kane & X-Pac defeated WWF Tag Team Champions Jeff Jarrett & Owen Hart (w/ Debra) to win the titles at 5:58 when X-Pac pinned Jarrett after Kane dropped Jarrett with the chokeslam and then threw his partner on top for the cover (The Twisted, Disturbed Life of Kane)
Al Snow pinned WWF Hardcore Champion Hardcore Holly in a non-title match with the Snow Plow; after the bout, Steve Williams attacked both men
Billy Gunn & the Road Dogg defeated Edge & Gangrel when Gunn pinned an interfering Christian after he was thrown in the ring by Road Dogg
Ken Shamrock fought Viscera to a no contest after the Ministry attacked Shamrock, threw him into a waiting car, and drove off
Mankind defeated Val Venis via submission with the Mandible Claw
The Godfather fought WWF IC Champino Goldust (w/ the Blue Meanie) to a double count-out
The Big Show defeated the Rock & Triple H (w/ Chyna) via disqualification in a handicap match after Chyna hit a low blow on Show; after the bout, Steve Austin made the save and he and the Big Show tore down the Titan Tron


WCW @ Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena - April 5, 1999
Monday Nitro:
Hak pinned Kendall Windham in a kendo stick match
Konnan defeated Lizmark Jr.
WCW US Championship Tournament Semi-Finals: Scott Steiner pinned Meng
Jim Duggan pinned Lenny Lane
Stevie Ray won a battle royal; other participants included: Vincent, Horace Hogan, and Brian Adams
WCW Tag Team Champions Billy Kidman & WCW Cruiserweight Champion Billy Kidman defeated Raven & Perry Saturn in a No DQ match
WCW US Championship Tournament Semi-Finals: WCW TV Champion Booker T defeated Chris Jericho (sub. for Curt Hennig) via disqualification when Scott Steiner interfered
Buff Bagwell pinned Bam Bam Bigelow
WCW World Champion Ric Flair, Bill Goldberg, Diamond Dallas Page, and Hulk Hogan fought to a no contest


WWF Smackdown!
Taped 4/3/01; Oklahoma City, OK; Myriad Convention Center
4/5/01 - featured Jim Ross being assaulted and bloodied by WWF World Champion Steve Austin during an in-ring interview:
The Undertaker & WWF Hardcore Champion Kane defeated Steven Richards, Bull Buchanon, & the Goodfather when Taker pinned Richards with the Last Ride
Rhyno pinned K-Kwick with the Gore; after he match Crash Holly attacked Rhyno on the ramp and brought him into the ring but Rhyno quickly took care of him with the Gore
Kurt Angle & William Regal defeated Chris Benoit in a handicap match when Benoit submitted to a Regal Stretch / ankle lock combo; after the match, Chris Jericho made the save
Jeff Hardy (w/ Lita & Matt Hardy) pinned the Big Show at 3:07 with a fast count by the referee after the Swanton and Matt and Lita hitting legdrops off the top in plain view of the referee; earlier in the match, Show shoved the referee to the mat (Lita: It Just Feels Right)
X-Pac, Justin Credible, & Albert defeated Billy Gunn, Steve Blackman, & Grandmaster Sexay when Credible pinned Gunn after the X-Factor by X-Pac
Triple H (w/ Stephanie McMahon) pinned WWF IC Champion Chris Jericho with the Pedigree to win the title at 7:30 after hitting Jericho over the head with a steel chair as the champion had Stephanie in the Walls of Jericho; moments prior to the finish, William Regal ran into the ring with the chair, as the Walls were applied on the challenger, but Jericho dropped him before he could use the weapon (Action!)


WWE (Smackdown!) @ Dallas, TX - American Airlines Arena - April 5, 2004 (4,200)
WWE Smackdown! Tag Team Champions Rikishi & Scotty 2 Hotty defeated Akio & Sakoda when Rikishi scored the pin with a belly to belly suplex; after the bout, Teddy Long offered his services to the Dudleyz
Rico pinned Jamie Noble with a facebuster
Mark Jindrak pinned Orlando Jordan; after the bout, Teddy Long offered his services to Jindrak
Rob Van Dam pinned Charlie Haas with the Five Star Frog Splash
Nunzio pinned Hardcore Holly with a roll up and using the tights for leverage after guest referee Dawn Marie refused to count Holly's cover
The Undertaker pinned Booker T with the tombstone in under a minute
WWE Cruiserweight Champion Chavo Guerrero Jr. pinned Rey Mysterio Jr. after avoiding the 619 and holding onto the tights for leverage
WWE US Champion John Cena pinned Rene Dupree with the FU
The Dudley Boyz defeated Doug & Danny Basham following the 3D
WWE World Champion Eddie Guerrero defeated John Bradshaw Layfield in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match; fall #1 - Guerrero pinned Bradshaw with the Frog Splash; after the bout, Kurt Angle came out and announced the bout would now be a Best 2 out of 3 falls match; fall #2 - Bradshaw pinned Guerrero with a Clothesline; fall #3 - Guerrero pinned Bradshaw with the Frog Splash after blocking a superplex


WWE @ Houston, TX - Toyota Center - April 5, 2004 (12,000)
Chuck Palumbo defeated Albert
Sunday Night Heat:
Steven Richards defeated the Hurricane
Garrison Cade defeated Val Venis
Rosey defeated Slam Shady
Raw - featured the return of William Regal as he was made the manager of Eugene Dinsmore (Nick Dinsmore) by Eric Bischoff; included a backstage promo by Mick Foley in which he unvieled a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, which he intended to use on Randy Orton at Backlash; featured a closing segment in which Eric Bischoff brought out Chris Benoit, Mick Foley, and Shawn Michaels and announced that they along with Shelton Benjamin would face Evolution the following week before Evolution blindsided the three men and brutally laid them out as the show came to a close:
WWE Raw World Champion Chris Benoit defeated Rob Conway (w/ Sylvian Grenier) in a non-title match via submission with the Crippler Crossface at 3:53, despite interference by Grenier; prior to the bout, Johnny Nitro announced that Eric Bischoff had made him the guest referee for the bout and if Benoit touched him he would be stripped of the title; a Benoit suplex on Conway sent Nitro to the floor and another referee came to the ring to make the decision
Chris Jericho defeated Matt Hardy via submission with the Walls of Jericho at 3:01; before the bout, Christian and Trish Stratus came out and watched at the top of the stage and, after the bout, Christian kissed Trish to further anger Jericho
Shelton Benjamin defeated Triple H via count-out at 5:36 after hitting a slingshot on the floor into the ringpost; prematch stipulations stated that only officials could be at ringside for the bout so, through Eric Bischoff, Ric Flair became the guest ring announcer, Batista became the guest timekeeper, and Randy Orton became the guest trainer; after the bout, Benjamin was attacked by all of Evolution, busting him open, until Chris Benoit, Shawn Michaels, and Mick Foley made the save
Lita won an 8-woman battle royal at around the 7-minute mark by last eliminating Trish Stratus with a dropkick, once Trish became distracted by Chris Jericho after Jericho tripped her; due to prematch stipulations, Lita earned a WWE Women's Title match for Backlash; order of elimination: Stacy Keibler by Molly Holly with a kick that sent Stacy through the ropes, Molly by Jazz with a punch as Molly was on the top rope, Gail Kim by Lita, Nidia by Trish with a punch as Nidia stood on the apron, Jazz by Lita with a kick as both women stood on the apron at around 2:50; eliminations could occur by falling through the ropes to the floor; the bout began durin the commercial break and most of the eliminations had already occured by the time the show returned
Christian pinned Tajiri with the Unprettier at 2:23 after Jonathan Coachman, who did guest commentary for the bout, grabbed Tajiri's leg to distract him
Kane pinned Rhyno with the chokeslam at 1:40; in a post-match brawl, Edge avoided serious injury and knocked Kane out with the cast on his broken hand


WWE @ San Diego, CA - Sports Arena - April 5, 2005
Velocity:
Booker T defeated Spike Dudley
Akio defeated Sho Funaki
John Heidenreich defeated Sean Evans
Hardcore Holly & Charlie Haas defeated Doug & Danny Basham via disqualification
Smackdown! – included an in-ring promo by John Bradshaw Layfield regarding his title loss to John Cena at WrestleMania, with JBL stating he wanted the world title back; moments later, Eddie Guerrero came out, followed soon after by Booker T, the Big Show, Rey Mysterio Jr., and Kurt Angle, with each man stating he was deserving of the title as well; Smackdown! GM Teddy Long then came out to the ring and informed JBL that there was no rematch clause in the contract he signed to face Cena at the pay-per-view and then stated that the 5 would compete to see which would be the #1 contender; several members of the San Diego Chargers were in attendance; featured a backstage confrontation between the Big Show and Luther Reigns after Show caught Reigns making fun of his sumo match loss to Akebono at WrestleMania; included an in-ring promo by the new WWE World Champion John Cena in which he thanked the fans for their support, went into the crowd, and said he would defend the championship against anyone:
WWE Cruiserweight Champion Paul London pinned Billy Kidman at 6:12 by rolling through on a fireman’s carry; Chavo Guerrero Jr. did guest commentary for the bout; during the contest, London began bleeding profusely out of the head; after the match, Kidman attacked the champion as London was distracted by Guerrero on the floor, with Chavo later helping double team London
The Big Show pinned Luther Reigns with the chokeslam at 2:15
Kurt Angle defeated Jose Gonzalez in the Kurt Angle 5-minute Invitational at the 36-second mark via submission with the ankle lock; prior to the contest, Angle cut a promo in the ring regarding his win over Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania, wanting John Cena’s title, and facing Eddie Guerrero the following week; after the contest, Angle kicked his opponent and replied the ankle lock as a warning to Eddie Guerrero
Torrie Wilson won a bikini contest also involving Jackie Gayda, Dawn Marie, Joy Giovanni, Michelle McCool, and Lauren Jones; the original line up was just Wilson, Dawn Marie, & Gayda but the other three came out before the decision was made; Michael Cole was the host for the contest
#1 Contender Tournament Opening Round: John Bradshaw Layfield (w/ WWE US Champion Orlando Jordan) defeated WWE Smackdown! Tag Team Champion Rey Mysterio Jr. via disqualification at 17:16 when Eddie Guerrero interfered, pulling Mysterio off of JBL as he had him down in a cover, and assaulting Bradshaw moments after Bradshaw kicked him in the back of the head; Mysterio’s family was shown sitting at ringside during the contest; moments prior to the finish, Guerrero came ringside to counter the illegal interference of Jordan; after the bout, Guerrero and Mysterio were attacked by JBL, Orlando, and the Bashams until John Cena made the save and cleared the ring


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