We’re now on the countdown to Christmas 2015, and to take the sight off the doom and gloom in the buildup to this time of the year we shall be counting down the 14 Days till Christmas by bringing you a random wrestling fact on each day, with something related to the specific number of days left till Christmas. Yesterday, amongst other things we bought you TLC 2013, Title Unification, and now here we go with Number 14…
Random Fact Number 14: March 14. 2004
On this day, the twentieth anniversary of WrestleMania aired from Madison Square Garden with an all-star lineup of superstars of the past and present. There were several memorable moments on the card, including the first world championship win for Chris Benoit, the departures of Goldberg and Brock Lesnar after being booed out of the building, Eddie Guerrero versus Kurt Angle in a wrestling classic for the WWE Championship plus the returns of The Undertaker and Paul Bearer to take on the demonic Kane. The tagline for the event was “Where It All Begins…Again”. This marked the third time WrestleMania had being held in Madison Square Garden, and to date the last to be held in the venue. The main event on the show featured a triple threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship, with defending champion Triple H facing off against Shawn Michaels and Chris Benoit in a truly great main event.
Other Number 14 Random Facts
- October 14. 1947: on this day, a child called Josip Peruzović was born in Croatia. He would later become known to millions of fans as Nikolai Volkoff, who rose to fame upon arrival in the WWWF in the 1970s but became more prominent in the 1980s when he teamed with The Iron Sheik and notably sang the Russian National Anthem.
- May 14. 1960: on this day, a child called Steven Williams was born in Lakewood, Colarado. He would later become known to millions of fans as “Dr Death” Steve Williams, who rose to prominence in the WWE Brawl for All in 1998 and later competed in WCW. He sadly died in 2009 after a long battle with throat cancer.
- April 14. 1967: on this day, a child called Jeffrey Jarrett was born in Hendersonville, Tennessee. He would later become known to millions of fans as Jeff Jarrett, former WCW Champion but more notable co-founder of both TNA and Global Force Wrestling (GFW).
- July 14. 1991: on this day, Lex Luger captured his first WCW Championship when he defeated Barry Windham at The Great American Bash. The title at the time was vacant, as WCW Executive has recently fired the champion Ric Flair in a dispute who eventually went onto appear on WWE television with the belt, as The Real World Champion.
- May 14. 1995: on this day, the inaugural In Your House event was held in Syracuse, New York with the main event seeing WWE Champion Diesel face off against Sycho Sid plus much more. This event marked a shift the the PPV direction, with one per month being shown thereafter.
- February 14. 1999: on this day, WWE held their annual In Your House event called St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Memphis, Tennessee. The main event featured Vince McMahon versus Stone Cold inside the Steel Cage, which saw the debut of Paul Wight, aka The Big Show to assist McMahon, but inadvertently cost him the match.
- September 14. 1999: on this day, WWE pre-recorded their weekly episode of SmackDown! for airing two days later, but this taping would see Vince McMahon capture the WWE Championship from Triple H following interference by Stone Cold Steve Austin and became the, to date, oldest champion in history, aged 54.
- October 14. 2009: on his day, WWE Hall of Fame superstar and legendary manager Lou Albano died at the age of 76 following a heart attack. Starting off as a wrestler in the 1950s and 60s, he later found tremendous success as a manager throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s to some degree. He retired in 1995.
- March 14. 2013: after over 10 years of holding Impact: Wrestling in the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida, this date marked the day when TNA Impact officially went on the road for its weekly shows with its first on the road location being the Sear Center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
- Bragging Rights: this pay-per-view concept was based around the inter-promotional war between the RAW and SmackDown! brands which culminated in a 14-man tag team elimination match for the bragging rights trophy. In total, there were 2 Bragging Rights events – one in 2009 and the other in 2010.
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