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 17 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 WrestleMania X8, Hollywood Hogan versus The Rock, and now here we go with Number 17…
Random Fact Number 17: WrestleMania X-Seven
This is the pay-per-view held on April 1. 2001, which is seen by many as the final of the Attitude Era and the moving of the WWE into a new generation. The card was action packed, with moment after moment, every match had an expectation and they were exceeded throughout the night. Highlights of the night included Shane McMahon versus Vince McMahon were Linda McMahon rose from her vegetative state to take down her husband, the first WrestleMania encounter between Triple H and The Undertaker but more important than anything else, the shocking heel turn of Stone Cold Steve Austin when he aligned himself with McMahon at the end of the show capturing the WWE Championship from The Rock. Held in front of a record crowd inside the Reliant Astrodome, this was the WrestleMania of the ages, the standard was truly set here…
Other Number 17 Random Facts
- Starrcade 1999: at the 17th annual Starrcade 1999, this marked the moment which would effectively end Bret Hart’s in-ring career as during his match with Goldberg for the WCW Championship. An unfortunate and misguided mule kick left Hart with a severe concussion which ended his in-ring career.
- April 17. 1954: on this day, a child called Roderick George Toombs was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He would later become known to millions as “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, 2005 WWE Hall of Fame entrant and host of the infamous Piper’s Pit segment. He sadly died aged 61 in July 2015.
- May 17. 1963: on this day, WWE 2013 Hall of Fame entrant Bruno Sammartino started his 2,803 day reign as WWE Champion when he defeated Buddy Rogers in 48 seconds. It is claimed that Rogers was exceptionally unwell, having suffered a heart attack the previous week but this claim is disputed.
- Royal Rumble 2004: at the 17th annual Royal Rumble, Chris Benoit entered the Royal Rumble match at Number 1 and lasted the distance to become the winner of the match, and marked the second time the Number 1 Entrant won the Royal Rumble match.
- March 17. 1979: on this day, a child called Nuufolau Joel Seanoa was born in Orange County, California. He would later become known to millions as Samoa Joe, currently signed to the WWE competing in NXT but is probably best known for his time with TNA and Ring of Honor.
- November 17. 1996: on this day, a younger Rocky Maivia debuted in the WWE at Survivor Series 1996 as part of a Traditional Elimination match. He later became known as “The Great One” The Rock, multi-time WWE Champion and later Hollywood movie star.
- SummerSlam 2004: at the 17th annual SummerSlam event, Randy Orton began his first world championship reign, when he defeated Chris Benoit to become the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in history at aged 24.
- October 17. 1999: on this day, the then-77 year old Fabulous Moolah competed against Ivory at No Mercy 1999 for the WWE Women’s Championship. She went onto win the match, and became the oldest champion in WWE history and probably wrestling history.
- March 17. 2006: on this day, Total Non-Stop Wrestling Action (TNA) began running Live House Shows. Up until this point, their product had being predominantly pay-per-view and weekly taping based…this therefore marked a noticeable shift forward for the organisation.
- Survivor Series 2003: at the 17th annual Survivor Series event, this marked the only time WCW Legend Goldberg competed at the event, when he defeated Triple H to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.
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