This Day In Wrestling History – April 16th

Trivia

1982 – Giant Baba wins the AJPW Champion’s Carnival. This would be the
last Carnival until 1991

1991 – This year’s AJPW Champion’s Carnival introduced the modern
‘dual-block’ system. Stan Hansen won group A and Jumbo Tsuruta won
group B with Tsuruta winning the final

1994 – Toshiaki Kawada wins the AJPW Champion’s Carnival, defeating
Steve Williams in the final after both men tied on 19 points

1999 – Vader wins the AJPW Champion’s Carnival, defeating Kenta Kobashi
in the final

2009 – WWE Superstars debuts on WGN America

Events

In 2000, the final WCW Spring Stampede was held in Chicago,
Illinois

– Mancow defeats Jimmy Hart
– Terry Funk defeats Norman Smiley to win the vacant WCW Hardcore Title
– Chris Candido defeats The Artist, Juventud Guerrera, Shannon Moore,
Lash LeRoux & Crowbar in a Suicide Six-Way Match to win the vacant WCW
Cruiserweight Title
– Shane Douglas & Buff Bagwell defeat Ric Flair & Lex Luger in the
final of a tournament to win the vacant WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Scott Steiner defeats Sting in the final of a tournament to win the
vacant WCW United States Title
– Jeff Jarrett defeats Diamond Dallas Page in the final of a
tournament to win the vacant WCW World Title

Title Changes

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

1983 – Roddy Piper defeats Greg Valentine to win the NWA United States Title

1983 – Junkyard Dog wins a tournament to win the vacant MSW North American Title

1989 – Shinichi Nakano defeats Masanobu Fuchi to win the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title

2001 – on Raw, Triple H defeats Jeff Hardy to win the WWF
Intercontinental Title

2007 – on Raw, Santino Marella defeats Umaga in a No Holds Barred Match to win the WWE Intercontinental Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former ECW wrestler Damien Kane (53), former
WWE Tag and Cruiserweight Champion Paul London (33), WWE Hall of
Famer George ‘The Animal’ Steele (76), 3-time AJPW Unified Tag
Champion Joe Doering (31), 2-time AAA Mixed Tag Team Champion
Gran Apache (54) and current WWE personality Vickie
Guerrero
 (45)

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About Craig Watford

I graduated form Sheffield Hallam University with 2.1 in Journalism Studies in 2010. I am mainly interested in writing about sports with my favourite sport being football(soccer). I have watched wrestling religiously since I was about 8-9 years old. My favourite match of all time is Austin vs The Rock at Wrestlemania 17.

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