As 67,678 fans watched WrestleMania VI at the SkyDome, WWF Intercontinental titlist The Ultimate Warrior pinned the immortal Hulk Hogan to capture the WWF Championship 23 years ago Monday on April 1, 1990. Following a dustup at the Royal Rumble roughly two months earlier, a 36-year-old Hogan confronted the 6-foot-3, 280 pound Warrior about clashing in "The Ultimate Challenge."
In a match that garnered mainstream press coverage, legendary NFL linebacker Lawrence Taylor pinned Bam Bam Bigelow at WrestleMania XI at the Hartford Civic Center 18 years ago this Tuesday on April 2, 1995. The feud between the two behemoths began months earlier at the Royal Rumble when a frustrated 6-foot-4, 400 pound Bigelow shoved a 36-year-old Taylor after losing a bout.
With “Iron” Mike Tyson serving as a special enforcer at WrestleMania XIV, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin defeated Shawn Michaels by pinfall to capture the championship 15 years ago this Friday on March 29, 1998. Apparently battling D-Generation X, Michaels and the 5-foot-10, 218 pound Tyson, a 33-year-old Austin faced stiff odds at the FleetCenter in Boston, Massachusetts.
After 19 two-counts and nearly 15 minutes of action, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat defeated "Macho Man" Randy Savage to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship in front of 93,173 spectators at the Pontiac Silverdome 26 years ago this week on March 29, 1987. Recovering from an injured larynx caused by "Macho Man,” a 34-year-old Steamboat was in grave trouble and the 6-foot-2, 237 pound Savage seemed poised to lengthen his 14-month reign as titlist at WrestleMania III.
In front of 20,000 hostile spectators at Madison Square Garden in New York, Goldberg defeated Brock Lesnar via pinfall at WrestleMania XX nine years ago this Thursday on March 14, 2004. Destined to be an intriguing bout, the match was instead an utter fiasco with the crowd aware that both competitors were leaving professional wrestling. Unhappy working for Vince McMahon’s outfit, the then 37-year-old Goldberg, who started 173-0 after debuting in rival promotion WCW in June 1997, was
Legendary wrestler Kerry Von Erich committed suicide at the age of 33 by a single gunshot to the heart at his father’s ranch in Denton County, Texas, 20 years ago this Monday on February 18, 1993. The 6-foot-2, 254 pound Von Erich, born Kerry Gene Adkisson, debuted in the squared circle in June 1979 against Gary Hart. The Modern Day Warrior, who held 40 titles in numerous organizations during his 14 years in the ring, was the fourth of Fritz Von Erich’s six sons.
Nearly a year after their epic clash at WrestleMania III, "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase’s devious scheme allowed André the Giant to end Hulk Hogan’s longstanding title reign with a controversial pinfall victory in front of 33 million outraged viewers watching NBC’s “The Main Event” at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis 25 years ago this past Tuesday on February 5, 1988.
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin eliminated Kane to win a record third Royal Rumble match 12 years ago this month at the New Orleans Arena on January 21, 2001. The then 36-year-old Austin, a six-time champion who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009, was the 27th entrant into the traditional 30-man bout.
As a storyline replacement for two-time titlist Bob Backlund, Hulk Hogan defeated The Iron Sheik to win the first WWF heavyweight championship of his illustrious career at Madison Square Garden 29 years ago this Wednesday on January 23, 1984. Managing to escape the evil Iranian’s feared camel clutch, the 6-foot-7, 300 pound Hogan, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005, gained momentum and cleanly pinned the Sheik.
Smoking wrestling muff Kelly Kelly will turn 26 on Tuesday, January 15. The 5-foot-5, 108 pound athletic stunner, born Barbara "Barbie" Jean Blank, initially gained recognition modeling for Venus Swimwear and Hawaiian Tropic. Kelly Kelly, a blond-haired, blue-eyed arouser ranked number 38 in Maxim's Hot 100 in 2012, debuted in the squared circle in June 2006.
15 years ago this Friday on November 9, 1997 in the main event of the Survivor Series at the Molson Center in the Canadian province of Quebec, World Wrestling Federation owner Vince McMahon backstabbed defending champion Bret “The Hitman” Hart to ensure that "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels would win the belt in a notorious match dubbed “The Montreal Screwjob.” Roughly a week prior to the authentic incident, a then 40-year-old Hart, a five-time WWF titlist who was born and raised
After Jerry Lawler suffered a mild heart attack while working as a color commentator earlier this week on Monday Night Raw, Hulk Hogan’s son, Nick, told TMZ that “The King” should consider retiring. The 62-year-old Lawler, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, who has captured an astounding 168 titles since making his debut in the squared circle in 1970, remains listed in stable condition at a cardiac care unit in Montreal.
19 years ago this Wednesday on July 4, 1993, "The All-American" Lex Luger hoisted former WWF Champion Yokozuna into the air and threw the Japanese superstar onto the deck at a "Bodyslam Competition" aboard the USS Intrepid. Luger, 54, who starred in the squared circle working for the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and World Wrestling Federation (WWF), joined Vince McMahon’s outfit in January 1993.