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Daily Pro Wrestling History (03/14): WWE WrestleMania XX

WrestleMania returned to New York City's Madison Square Garden on this day in 2004.
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1887

Chicago, Illinois:

- Evan "Strangler" Lewis defeated Joe Acton to win the World Catch-as-Catch-Can Heavyweight Title

1944

Baltimore, Maryland:

- Babe Sharkey defeated Ed "Strangler" Lewis to win the Maryland World Heavyweight Title

1947

St. Joseph, Missouri:

- Vic Christy defeated Orville Brown to win the Midwest Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title in 2 out of 3 falls
- Roy Graham beat Jack Kennedy in 2 out of 3 falls
- Marvin Jones and Dan O’Connor wrestled to a draw

1952

Oakland, California:

- Hombre Montana and Leo Nomellini defeated Ben and Mike Sharpe for the San Francisco NWA World Tag Team Titles

1958

St. Joseph, Missouri:

- United States Heavyweight Champion Verne Gagne beat Don Curtis in 2 out of 3 falls
- Dick the Bruiser beat Joe Dusek
- Larry Hamilton and Sonny Myers beat Bob Geigel and Bull Montana
- Joe Hamilton and Danny O’Shocker drew

1960

Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

- Ivan and Karol Kalmikoff defeated Ilio DaPaolo and "Whipper" Billy Watson to win the NWA Canadian Open Tag Team Titles

1963

Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

- NWA World Champion Lou Thesz defeated Bruno Sammartino
- International tag team champions Bulldog Brower and Johnny Valentine beat John Paul Henning and Mike Valentino
- Gene Kiniski beat Stan Stasiak
- The Beast beat Red Lyons on a countout
- Jim Hady went to a 15:00 draw against Hans Schmidt
- Ilio DiPaolo went to a 15:00 draw against Taro Sakura

1968

Chattanooga, Tennessee:

- The Mighty Yankees (Frank Morrell and Eddie Sullivan) defeated Len Rossi and Tamaya Soto to win the Mid-America NWA World Tag Team Titles

Amarillo, Texas:

- Larry Hennig defeated Kurt Von Brauner for the Amarillo NWA Brass Knuckles Title

1970

Tampa, Florida:

- Dale Lewis and The Missouri Mauler defeated Bronko Lubich and Chris Markoff for the NWA Florida Tag Team Titles

1971

Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

- The Shiek beat Tiger Jeet Singh in a deathmatch
- Tex McKenzie beat Hans Schmidt
- "Whipper" Billy Watson and Haystacks Calhoun beat The Skull Brothers
- The Love Brothers beat Lou Klein and Sweet Daddy Siki
- Tex McKenzie defeated Man Mountain Cannon
- The Mighty Ursus beat Mike Loren
- Ivan Kalmikoff drew Fred Atkins
- Dewey Robertson drew Killer Christie

1973

Nashville, Tennessee:

- Tommy Gilbert and Eddie Marlin defeated Bobby Hart and Lorenzo Parente to win the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Titles

1974

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada:

- Nick Bockwinkel beat the Crusher
- Larry Heiniemi & Buddy Wolff beat Ken Patera & Wahoo McDaniel
- Ray Stevens beat Red Bastien
- Baron Von Raschke beat Geoff Portz
- Horst Hoffman beat Jim Brunzell
- Moose Morowski drew Rene Goulet

1975

Rockford, Illinois:

- Greg Gagne and Jim Brunzell defeated AWA World Tag Team Champions Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens by DQ
- Andre The Giant beat Boris Breznikoff
- Billy Robinson and Baron Von Raschke went to a draw
- Buddy Wolff beat Khosrow Vaziri

1976

Green Bay, Wisconsin:

- Andre the Giant and Greg Gagne defeated Nick Bockwinkel and Bobby Duncum in a 2 out of 3 falls match
- Larry Hennig and Baron Von Raschke went to a double DQ
- Jimmy Valiant beat Jos Leduc by dq
- Khosrow Vaziri (sub Bob Backlund) beat Johnny Valiant
- Chris Taylor and Mad Dog Vachon went to a draw

1977

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada:

- Guy Mitchell won the Vancouver NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Title

Memphis, Tennessee:

- Dennis Condrey and Phil Hickerson defeated Ricky and Robert Gibson in the finals to win the vacant NWA Southern Tag Team Titles

1978

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

- Dino Bravo and Dominic DeNucci defeated Mr. Fuji an Prof. Tanaka in a match for the WWWF World Tag Team Titles

Macon, Georgia:

- AWA World Champion Nick Bockwinkel defeated Mr. Wrestling II
- Tommy Rich defeated Stan Hansen to win the Macon title in a one night tournament

1980

Houston, Texas:

- Tiger Conway, Jr. and Jose Lothario defeated Mr. Hito and Mr. Sakurada for the World Class American Tag Team Titles

Shreveport, Louisiana:

- Junkyard Dog defeated Ernie Ladd to win the Mid-South Louisiana Heavyweight Title

Los Angeles, California:

- Chavo Guerrero defeated The Hood (Johnny Mantell) for the NWA Americas Heavyweight Title

Houston, Texas:

- Bruiser Brody defeated Mark Lewin to win the NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1981

Bayamón, Puerto Rico:

- Killer Karl Krupp defeated Pierre Martel for the WWC North American Heavyweight Title

Chicago, Illinois:

- AWA World Champion Verne Gagne defeated Jerry Blackwell by DQ
- AWA World Tag Team Champions Adrian Adonis and Jesse Ventura defeated Dick The Bruiser and Da Crusher by countout
- Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell & Spike Huber beat Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens & Bobby Heenan

1982

Madison Square Garden:

- André the Giant and Rick McGraw defeated WWF Tag Team Champions Mr. Fuji and Mr. Saito in a 2 of three falls match
- WWF Intercontinental Champion Pedro Morales pinned Adrian Adonis
- WWF Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund pinned Jesse Ventura

St. Paul, Minnesota:

- AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Tito Santana
- AWA Tag Team Champions Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Jerry Blackwell & Sheik Adnan dq
- Bobby Duncum beat Baron Von Raschke
- Ken Patera drew Brad Rheingans
- Buck Zumhofe beat Sgt. Goulet

Louisville, Kentucky:

- Bobby Eaton and Sweet Brown Sugar defeated Ricky and Robert Gibson in a tournament final in to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Titles

1984

Miami, Florida:

- Mike Rotundo and Barry Windham defeated Black Bart and Ron Bass for the Florida NWA United States Tag Team Titles

1985

Baltimore, Maryland:

- Ole Anderson & Dusty Rhodes & Sgt. Slaughter beat Ivan Koloff & Nikita Koloff & Krusher Khrushchev by dq
- AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Mr. Saito
- Bob Backlund beat Barbarian by dq
- Tommy Rich and Tully Blanchard went to a draw
- The Freebirds beat The Rock 'n Roll RPMs
- Manny Fernandez and Superstar Billy Graham went to a draw
- Tom Zenk beat Alaskan I

1986

Mobile, Alabama:

- Brad Armstrong defeated Robert Fuller to win the NWA Southeast Continental Heavyweight Title

1987

Atlanta, Georgia:

- Ivan Koloff and Dick Murdoch defeated Ron Garvin and Barry Windham for the NWA United States Tag Team Titles

WWF Saturday Night's Main Event: Detroit, Michigan:

- WWF Intercontinental Champion Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated George Steele by countout
- Hercules won a 20-man battle royal
- WWF Tag Team Champions The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart (with Danny Davis and Jimmy Hart)) defeated Tito Santana and Dan Spivey
- King Kong Bundy (with Bobby Heenan) defeated Jake Roberts by disqualification,
- Ricky Steamboat pinned The Iron Sheik (with Slick)

1991

St. Joseph, Missouri:

- Larry Zbyzsko pinned Brad Armstrong
- Dustin Rhodes defeated Dr. X (Moondog Rex)
- Terrence Taylor fought Tom Zenk to a draw
- Brian Pillman, Owen Hart, & Junkyard Dog defeated Dan Spivey, Michael Hayes, & Jimmy Garvin
- Barry Windham pinned WCW Tag Team Champion Rick Steiner
- WCW US Champion Lex Luger defeated Stan Hansen via countout
- Ron Simmons pinned Butch Reed
- Sting defeated WCW World Champion Ric Flair via disqualification

1994

Memphis, Tennessee:

- King Cobra beat Leon Downs
- Skull Von Crush beat Jeff Gaylord
- JC Ice pinned Wolfie D in a loser leaves town match
- Billy Joe Travis pinned JC Ice in a loser leaves town match
- USWA Tag Champs Moondogs Spot & Rex beat Spellbinder & Billy Joe Travis
- Robert Gibson beat Koko B. Ware via DQ
- Jerry Lawler beat Tommy Rich via DQ
- USWA Unified World Champ Eddie Gilbert beat Brian Christopher to win the USWA Title
- Jerry Lawler, Brian Christopher, & Dream Machine beat Tommy Rich, Eddie & Doug Gilbert in a "rage in a cage" match

1999

WCW Uncensored | Louisville, Kentucky:

- Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko defeated WCW World Tag Team Champions The West Texas Rednecks (Curt Hennig and Barry Windham) in a lumberjack match
- Booker T pinned WCW World Television Champion Scott Steiner to win the title
- Ric Flair defeated WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan in a barbed wire cage match to win the title
- Saturn pinned Chris Jericho (with Ralphus) in a dog collar match

Yokohama, Japan:

- Naoya Ogawa defeated Dan Severn to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship

2001

UPW When Worlds Collide | Santa Ana, California:

- The Blue Meanie defeated UPW Internet Champion Navajo Warrior to win the title
- Samoa Joe defeated UPW Heavyweight Champion Christopher Daniels in a Loser Leaves UPW match to win the title

2003

Penn Hills, Pennsylvania:

- A.J. Styles defeated Super Hentai for the International Wrestling Cartel Super Indie Title

2004

WWE WrestleMania XX | New York City

- Chris Benoit defeated Triple H and Shawn Michaels in a three-way match for the World Heavyweight Title
- John Cena defeated Big Show to win the U.S. Title
- Booker T and Rob Van Dam defeated Garrison Cade and Mark Jindrak, The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) and La Résistance (René Duprée and Rob Conway) to retain the World Tag Team Championships
- Christian (with Trish Stratus) defeated Chris Jericho
- Evolution (Randy Orton, Batista and Ric Flair) defeated The Rock 'n' Sock Connection (The Rock and Mick Foley)in a handicap match
- Chavo Guerrero defeated Último Dragón, Shannon Moore, Jamie Noble, Funaki, Nunzio, Billy Kidman, Rey Mysterio, Tajiri and Akio in a Cruiserweight Open to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
- Goldberg defeated Brock Lesnar
- Too Cool (Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty) defeated The World's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin), The Basham Brothers (Doug Basham and Danny Basham) and The APA (Bradshaw and Faarooq) in a Fatal 4-Way tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
- Victoria defeated Molly Holly in a hair vs. title match for the WWE Women's Championship
- WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero defeated Kurt Angle
- The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Kane

2007

Louisville, Kentucky:

- Idol Stevens defeated OVW Heavyweight Champion Paul Birchill to win the title

2010

NWA New Beginnings | Charlotte, North Carolina:

- NWA Champion Adam Pearce defeated Blue Demon Jr. and Phil Shatter in a three-way match

2015

Chicago, Illinois:

- ROH TV champion Jay Lethal defeated Cliff Compton in a Chicago street fight
- ROH champion Jay Briscoe defeated Silas Young
- Roppongi Vice defeated ROH Tag Team champions ReDragon in a non-title match
- Samoa Joe defeated Michael Elgin