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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: SPRING STAMPEDE, RAW NARROWLY DEFEATS NITRO, FUNKS WIN TAG TITLES IN PUERTO RICO AND MORE

By Buck Woodward & Ryan Martinez on 2011-04-06 08:00:00

April 6th

On this day in history in ....

1942 - Lobo Negro defeats Bobby Manales in a tournament final to win the Mexican National Welterweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico. Bobby Arreola had vacated the title in November due to injury.

1945 - Dean Detton defeats Vincent Lopez for the San Francisco Pacific Coast Heavyweight Title in San Francisco, California. This began Detton's sixth reign and ended Lopez's second.

1966 - Chief Little Eagle defeats Eduardo Perez to win the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title, beginning Eagle's third reign and ending Perez's second.

1970 - Al Greene and Frank Martinez defeat Johnny Walker and Tojo Yamamoto in a tournament final in Memphis, Tennessee to win the vacant Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Title.

1971 - Ciclón Veloz, Jr. defeats Umbero Garza for the Mexican National Middleweight Title in Monterrey, Mexico.

1974 - Paula Niet and Jackie West defeat Mariko Akagi and Junko Sasaki to win the WWWA World Tag Team Title in Toyama, Japan. This began and ended each teams' second reigns.

1974 - Ken Lucas defeats The Wrestling Pro for the NWA Alabama Heavyweight Title in New Brocton, Alabama, ending the Pro's third reign and beginning Lucas' fourth.

1976 - Flash Flanagan is born in Detroit, Michigan.

1979 - Abdullah the Butcher defeats Jumbo Tsuruta to win the annual AJPW Champion's Carnival tournament.

1979 - Dory Funk, Jr. and Terry Funk defeat The Invaders (I and II) for the WWC World Tag Team Title in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1979 - Jake Roberts defeats Big Daddy Ritter (Junkyard Dog) for the Stampede North American Heavyweight Title in Calgary, Alberta. At the same show, Leo Burke and Bruce Hart win the Stampede International Tag Team Title from Mr. Hito and Mr. Sakurada, and begin their second reign.

1979 - The Black Pair (Yumi Ikeshita and Mami Kumano) defeat The Queen Angels (Tomi Aoyama and Lucy Kayama) to win the WWWA World Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan.

1980 - The Junkyard Dog and Buck Robley defeat The Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy and Michael Hayes) for the Mid-South Tag Team Title in Monroe, Louisiana.

1981 - Bill Dundee and The Dream Machine win their third AWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee, defeating Masa Fuchi and Mr. (Atsushi) Onita.

1982 - Jim Breaks wins his seventh British Lightweight Title in Wolverhampton, England, ending Steve Grey's second reign.

1984 - In Waukesha, Winsconsin, Ken Patera and Mr. Saito throw a 30-pound boulder through the window of a McDonald's restaurant after they were refused service after hours.

1985 - Mexican Angel and Fidel Sierra defeat Al Perez and Joe Savoldi for the WWC World Tag Team Title in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This was a rematch from their March 23 meeting, also in San Juan, with Perez and Savoldi defending in that match.

1986 - El Solitario (real name Roberto González Cruz) dies of a heart attack at age 39. During his career he held both the NWA World Light Heavyweight and Middleweight Championships in EMLL, as well as several titles in the UWA.

1986 - Luis Mariscal defeats Valente Fernández to win the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Title.

1987 - Rocky Johnson and Soul Train Jones (Virgil/Vincent) defeat Big Bubba (Typhoon/Tugboat) and Goliath in Memphis, Tennessee for the AWA Southern Tag Team Title.

1988 - Atlantis and Angel Azteca defeat Masakre and MS-1 for the Mexican National Tag Team Title.

1991 - Dave Taylor defeats Dave Finlay for the British Heavyweight Title in King's Lynn, England.

1991 - The British Bulldogs (The Dynamite Kid and Johnny Smith) defeat Kenta Kobashi and Tsuyoshi Kikuchi (subbing for the injured Johnny Ace) to win the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Title in Osaka, Japan.

1993 - Los Brazos (El Brazo, Brazo de Oro and Brazo de Plata) defeat The New Infernales (MS-1, Pirata Morgan and Satanico) to win the CMLL World Trios Title in Mexico City, Mexico, ending their second reign.

1996 - The Canadian Glamour Boys (Sean Morley and Shane Sewell) defeat Huracán Castillo, Jr. and Ray Gonzalez for the WWC World Tag Team Title, to begin their second reign.

1997 - WCW held the second Spring Stampede pay-per-view at the Tupelo Coliseum in Tupelo, Mississippi. The event got a 0.58 buyrate. The results were:
- Rey Misterio, Jr. pinned Ultimo Dragon with a Hurricanrana.
- WCW Women's Champion Akira Hokuto pinned Madusa, after Luna Vachon tripped Madusa when she attempted a powerbomb, to retain the title.
- WCW World Television Champion Prince Iaukea pinned William Regal with a Hurricanrana to retain the title.
- The Public Enemy (Johnny Grunge and Rocco Rock) defeated Jeff Jarrett and Steve McMichael (with Debra), when Rock pinned Jarrett.
- WCW World Tag Team Champion Kevin Nash (with Ted DiBiase and WCW Cruiserweight Champion Syxx) defeated Rick Steiner to retain the title. The match was originally scheduled to be The Outsiders defending against The Steiner Brothers, but Scott Hall no-showed and Scott Steiner got "arrested" earlier in the show.
- Lex Luger defeated The Giant, Booker T and Stevie Ray in a Four Corners match, by making Steveie Ray submit with the Torture Rack, to become #1 contender to the WCW World Heavyweight Title.
- Diamond Dallas Page (with Kimberly) pinned Randy Savage in a no disqualification match after a Diamond Cutter.

1998 - The Monday Night War continued, with WWF RAW is WAR edging WCW Monday Nitro, 4.7 to 4.6 in the ratings.

WCW Monday Nitro aired live from the Miami Arena in Miami, Florida. The results were:
- El Dandy, La Parka and Psychosis defeated Tokyo Magnum, Nobunaga and Judo Suwa.
- WCW World Television Champion Booker T defeated Disco Inferno to retain the title.
- Kidman defeated Lenny Lane.
- Konnan defeated Norman Smiley.
- Buff Bagwell defeated WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Diamond Dallas Page by countout. Page retained the title.
- Goldberg defeated Hammer.
- Ultimo Dragon defeated Chavo Guerrero, Jr. (with Eddie Guerrero).
- Lex Luger defeated Barry Darsow.
- Brian Adams and Curt Hennig (with Rick Rude) defeated The British Bulldog and Jim Neidhart.
- WCW Cruiserweight Champion Chris Jericho defeated Juventud Guerrera to retain the title.
- Scott Steiner (with Vincent) defeated Sick Boy.
- WCW World Heavyweight Champion Sting defeated Kevin Nash (with Konnan) by disqualification to retain the title.

WWF RAW is WAR was taped on March 31 at the War Memorial at OnCenter in Syracuse, New York. Along with RAW, the April 11 edition of Shotgun Saturday Night was taped. The results:
Dark matches:
- Adam Copeland defeated Shawn Stasiak.
- Sean Morley defeated Tom Brandi.
Shotgun Saturday Night:
- The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust pinned José Estrada after the Curtain Call.
- NWA World Tag Team Champions The New Midnight Express (Bodacious Bob and Bombastic Bart) defeated The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton), when Holly pinned Gibson after a bulldog, to retain the title.
- WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Taka Michinoku defeated Scott Taylor to retain the title. After the match, Michinoku was attacked by Kaientai.
- Jeff Jarrett defeated Raymond Clark.
- L.O.D. 2000 (Animal and Hawk (with Sunny)) defeated Roy Raymond and Frank Stalletto.
RAW is WAR:
- NWA World Heavyweight Champion Dan Severn (with Jim Cornette) defeated Flash Funk by submission.
- Steve Blackman defeated Brian Christopher by disqualification. After the match, while being distracted by Tennessee Lee, Jeff Jarrett busted a guitar over Blackman's head.
- Owen Hart defeated WWF Intercontinental Champion The Rock by disqualification when Chyna interfered and hit Owen with a baseball bat as he had Rock in the Sharpshooter. The Rock retained the title.
- Luna (with The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust) pinned Matt Knowles (H.C. Loc) after Goldust attacked Knowles before the match.
- Ken Shamrock defeated Marc Mero by disqualification when The Nation of Domination interfered.
- D-Generation X (WWF Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg) and WWF European Champion Triple H (with Chyna and X-Pac)) defeated The Disciples of Apocalypse (8-Ball, Chainz and Skull). After the match, DX attacked DOA with chairs until L.O.D. 2000 made the save.
- In a dark match after the show, WWF Champion Steve Austin, Ken Shamrock and The Undertaker defeated The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust, WWF Intercontinental Champion The Rock and Kane.

1999 - Blade Boudreaux defeats Brickhouse Brown for the NWA Mississippi World Television Title in Cleveland, Mississippi.

2002 - The WWF Hardcore Title changes hands several times at a house show in Salt Lake City, Utah. WWF European Champion William Regal pinned WWF Hardcore Champion Bubba Ray Dudley to win the title after hitting him with brass knuckles. Goldust then pinned Regal to win his second title. Raven pinned Goldust to win the title for the 13th time, with Bubba Ray winning it back from Raven, beginning his second reign.

2002 - Eddie Colón wins his sixth WWC World Junior Heavyweight Title from Rey Misterio, Jr. in Caguas, Puerto Rico. At the same event, Rico Suave defeats Ricky Santana for the WWC World Television Title.

2002 - El Lobo defeats Super Crazy in Carolina, Puerto Rico to win the IWA Intercontinental Heavyweight Title.

2002 - Two East Coast Wrestling Association titles change hands in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr. Ooh La La wins his second ECWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title from Mozart Fontaine, and Low Ki and Xavier win the ECWA Tag Team Title in a somewhat complicated fashion. Christopher Daniels and Xavier were challenging American Dragon and Low Ki, with the wrestler getting the winning fall could choose a new partner, because of problems between the champions. Dragon pinned Daniels, but Low Ki was the legal man in the match, so Low Ki officially won the fall. He chose Xavier to be his new partner.

2002 - The East Coast Connection (Sick Dog and J.T. Wolfen) defeat Bruiser and Tiki for the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Title in Kaneohe, Hawaii, beginning their second reign.

2002 - Rocky Reynolds defeats Jason Rumble for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title in Parkersburg, West Virginia, beginning Reynolds' third reign and ended Rumble's second.

2003 - Beau Douglas and Todd Hanson defeat The Seven (Apocalypse and Vertebreaker) for the NWA New England Tag Team Title in Riverside, Rhode Island.

2005 - Chris Hero defeats Mike Quackenbush in Dunbar, West Virginia to become the first IWA East Coast Heavyweight Champion.

2006 - The Ultimate Fighting Championship held Ultimate Fight Night 4 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show aired live on Spike TV and got a 1.63 rating, and it aired prior to the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 3. The results were:
Preliminary bouts:
- Chael Sonnen defeated Trevor Prangley by unanimous decision after three rounds in a middleweight bout.
- Josh Koscheck defeated Ansar Chalangov by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:29 of round one in a welterweight bout.
- Dan Christison defeated Brad Imes by submission (armbar) at 3:37 of round three in a heavyweight bout.
- Jon Fitch defeated Josh Burkman by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:57 of round two in a welterweight bout.
- Luke Cummo defeated Jason Von Flue by unanimous decision after three rounds in a welterweight bout.
Main card bouts:
- Chris Leben defeated Luigi Fioravanti by unanimous decision after three rounds in a middleweight bout.
- Josh Neer defeated Joe Stevenson by unanimous decision after three rounds in a welterweight bout.
- Rashad Evans defeated Sam Hoger by split decision after three rounds in a light heavyweight bout.
- Stephan Bonnar defeated Keith Jardine by unanimous decision after three rounds in a light heavyweight bout.

2007 - Francisco Ciatso defeats Glacier for the Pro Wrestling WORLD-1 Southern Heavyweight Title in Tifton, Georgia.

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