On This Day in Wrestling…20th March

WrestleMania X - Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon
Credit: WWE

1983 – Bob Backland retained the WWF Championship against Don Muraco in a “Texas Death Match” in the main event of a WWF house show at Madison Square Garden.  Also on a feature match on the card the team of Andre The Giant, Jimmy Snuka & Rocky Johnson defeated Afa, Big John Studd and Captain Lou Albano in a 3 out of 5 falls six-man tag team match.

1994 – WWE Wrestlemania X took place in Madison Square Garden, and was marketed as an event that was “Ten Years in the Making”.  The main focus of the event was on the WWE Championship being defended twice. This was the first edition of Wrestlemania which did not feature Hulk Hogan, and this event also marked Randy Savage’s last televised match for the WWE.  This event would also indirectly become the start of The New Generation Era in the company where the emphasis was on spotlighting younger and more athletic stars such as Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon and Diesel portrayed by Kevin Nash.

On the card:

  • The Heavenly Bodies Tom Pritchard and Jimmy Del Ray defeated The Bushwackers in a non-televised tag team match.
  • Owen Hart defeated Bret “The Hitman” Hart in what many pure wrestling fans consider to be the best opening match in Wrestlemania history.  This match would also act as the foundation of the worked feud between the two which lasted for a number of years until Bret turned heel in 1997.
  • Bam Bam Bigelow and Luna Vachon defeated Doink The Clown portrayed by Ray Apollo and his midget sidekick Dink in a mixed-tag team match which brought the feud between Bigelow and Doink to a close.
  • Macho Man Randy Savage defeated Crush in a “Falls Counts Anywhere” match which was the blow off match in their six month feud.
  • Alundra Blaze who went to become Medusa in WCW retained the WWE Women’s Championship against Leilani Kai.
  • Men On A Mission defeated the WWE Tag Team Champions The Quebecers by countout.
  • In the first WWE Championship match Yokozuna retained title over Lex Luger by a disqualification decision by the Special Guest Referee Mr Perfect. It has neither been confirmed or denied that Luger was booked to defeated Yokozuna for the championship in this contest after allegations that Luger informed a journalist of the outcome of the creative for this match prior to the event.
  • Earthquake defeated Adam Bomb.  The original scheduled opponent for Earthquake was Ludvig Borga who left the company prior to the event.  Borga was booked strongly on WWE TV since his debut with only one pinfall lost on TV which occurred at the Survivor Series from the previous year.
  • Razor Ramon claimed the undisputed WWE Intercontinental Championship against Shawn Michaels in the first televised Ladder Match.  This match has been considered by long term wrestling fans as one of the greatest matches of all time, and also picked up a rare 5-Star rating for a match in the United States from wrestling critic Dave Meltzer.
  • The scheduled 10-man tag team match between IRS, Jeff Jarrett, Rick Martel, The Headshrinkers and Tatanka, 1-2-3 Kid, Bob Holly and The Smoking Gunns was cancelled in storyline, but in reality was dropped due to timing restraints of the overrunning of the previous Ladder Match between Ramon and Michaels, of which Randy Savage was critical off as revealed by Bruce Pritchard on an edition of the Something To Wrestle With podcast.
  • Bret Hart defeated Yokozuna in the second WWE Championship to win title for the second time his with Rowdy Roddy Piper as the Special Guest Referee who had not been on WWE TV since his defeat to Hart for the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania VIII.

1995 – John Milton who was better known as Big John Studd passed away aged 47 in Burke, Virgina from a combination of liver cancer and Hodgkinson disease.  During his wrestling career he won several wrestling titles including the NWA American Heavyweight Championship, NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship, and was the winner of the second Royal Rumble in 1989.  Studd also competed in the very first Wrestlemania in a match against Andre The Giant in a $15,000 Body Slam Challenge. Studd was also an actor and made a number of film and TV appearances throughout the 1980s and 1990s on The A-Team, Beauty and The Best, and Caged in Paradiso. Studd was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004 on the night before Wrestlemania XX by his son John Minton Junior.

2000 – In front of an electric crowd in Chicago on WWF Raw is War Triple H retained the WWF Title against his originally scheduled Wrestlemania main event Triple Threat opponents The Big Show and The Rock.  The match was made by the returning Vince McMahon who proclaimed and teased the segment as “the match would rock the WWF to it very foundation”.   

2006 – Bobby Lashley won a ‘Last Chance Battle Royale’ for a place in the Money In The Bank Ladder match at Wrestlemania XXII at the Smackdown taping from Memphis.  And in the main event Mark Henry picked up a win over World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle.  

2009 – At the ROH Steel City Clash in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania El Generico & Kenta defeated Davey Richards & Nigel McGuinness in the main event.  Also on the card Austin Aires picked up a win over Roderick Strong, and Bryan Danielson defeated Mike Quackenbush.

2013 – Kenny Omega was defeated by Shigehiro Irie for the KO-D Openweight Title in the main event of DDT Judgement in Tokyo, Japan.

2017 – Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman wrestled to a no contest on the main event of WWE Monday Night Raw from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Notable Birthdays

Matt Taven (1985)

Homicide (1977)

Scott Vick (1973)

Sting (1959)