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 18 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 Rey Mysterio, winner of the 19th Royal Rumble, and now here we go with Number 18…
Random Fact Number 18: WrestleMania X8
On March 17. 2002, the 18th edition of WrestleMania returned to Canada for only the second time in it’s illustrious history when it took over the SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario featuring the returning of Hollywood Hogan to WrestleMania after a 9 year absence. There were several prominent matches on the card including Triple H versus Chris Jericho for the WWE Undisputed Championship and The Undertaker versus Ric Flair in a No Disqualification match but these were merely in the shadows compared to the big match on the card. A returning Hollywood Hogan entered a one-on-one battle with The Great One, The Rock in a battle for the ages. In a truly iconic moment, the roles were swapped between both men due to the crowd reaction…Hogan entered as a heel but was treated like a home town hero and The Rock, who entered as the baby face was booed out of the building with whatever he did. The Rock eventually won the match, but both men stood tall and took out Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, and we witnessed what was possibly the rebirth or resurgence of Hulkamania. It was definitely one of those true WrestleMania moments…
Other Number 18 Random Facts
- July 18. 1993: on this day, Ric Flair captured his final NWA World Heavyweight Championship from Barry Windham at Beach Blast 1993, and is recognised as the final NWA Champion within WCW as they withdrew shortly afterwards. Flair was thereafter recognised as the WCW International Heavyweight Champion.
- Royal Rumble 2005: at the conclusion of the 18th Royal Rumble match, John Cena and Batista botched the finish eliminating one another simultaneously. This required an impromptu appearance by Vince McMahon to direct towards a finish, but he ultimately tore both quadriceps when he hurriedly entered the ring.
- August 18. 1962: on this day, Bobo Brazil was crowned the NWA World Heavyweight Champion when he defeated Buddy Rogers at a house show in Newark, New Jersey. However, because of an alleged injury to Rogers, the title change was refused and therefore this championship reign is not recognised.
- December 18. 1964: on this day, a child called Steven Anderson was born in Austin, Texas. He would later become known to millions of fans as “The Texas Rattlesnake” Stone Cold Steve Austin, multi-time WWE Champion and 2009 WWE Hall of Fame star not forgetting the host of the Stone Cold Podcast.
- September 18. 1993: on this day, the original ECW then known as Eastern Championship Wrestling became an entity of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). They would later separate ways following controversy with Jim Crockett and WCW leading to the formation of Extreme Championship Wrestling.
- SummerSlam 2005: at the 18th annual event, it marked the first and only time WWE Hall of Fame Superstars Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michaels met one-on-one. Unfortunately, creative differences behind the scenes made the match almost a farce with Michaels overselling everything and bounced round the ring like a buffoon.
- January 18. 1969: on this day, a child called David Bautista Jr was born in Washington, DC. He would later become known to millions of fans as “The Animal” Batista, a member of Evolution, multi-time WWE Champion and recent star of the latest James Bond film, Spectre.
- November 18. 2001: on this day, it marked the end of The Invasion, WCW & ECW versus WWE storyline which culminated in a Traditional Survivor Series Elimination match, where The Rock scored a pin fall on Stone Cold Steve Austin following interference by Kurt Angle.
- August 18. 2013: on this day, Daniel Bryan captured the WWE Championship from John Cena in the main event of SummerSlam 2013, but following a double cross by referee Triple H, he quickly lost he championship after Randy Orton cashed in his Money in the Bank contract.
- Survivor Series 2004: at the 18th annual event, this marked the final Survivor Series which Eddie Guerrero competed at, as he died suddenly the following year shortly before Survivor Series 2005. On the card, Team Guerrero were successful over Team Angle.
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