• The Final WWF Title Reign Began 19 Years Ago Today
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on April 21, 2002, the World Wrestling Federation aired ‘Backlash 2002’ LIVE on PPV from the Kemper Memorial Arena in Kansas City, Missouri.
This was the 4th annual Backlash event held by the WWF/WWE from 1999 till 2009 and again since 2016.
The main event of this pay-per-view saw the top stars of two eras battle it out for the WWF Undisputed Championship, where Triple H defended his Title against Hollywood Hulk Hogan.
Hogan defeated Triple H to become a 6-time WWF Champion, and this was the last “WWF” Title reign as the Title was changed to the “WWE” Undisputed Championship on May 6, 2002 (after the WWF to WWE name change).
This also ended up being Hogan’s final World Title reign.
This was the first PPV after the brand extension, but remained a dual-brand PPV. This PPV also featured the first televised match of Brock Lesnar in the WWF, who ended up destroying Jeff Hardy.
This PPV also saw Tajiri winning the Cruiserweight Title, while Eddie Guerrero won the Intercontinental Title.
This was a great show with a lot of big names on the card. You can check out the results below:
– Tajiri (with Torrie Wilson) def. Billy Kidman (c) to win the WWF Cruiserweight Championship
– Scott Hall (with X-Pac) def. Bradshaw (with Farooq)
– Jazz (c) def. Trish Stratus to retain the WWF Women’s Championship
– Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) def. Jeff Hardy (with Lita) via referee stoppage
– Kurt Angle def. Edge
– Eddie Guerrero def. Rob Van Dam (c) to win the Intercontinental Championship
– The Undertaker def. Stone Cold Steve Austin in a #1 Contenders Match with Ric Flair as the special guest referee
– Billy & Chuck (with Rico) (c) def. Maven & Al Snow to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship
– Hollywood Hulk Hogan def. Triple H (c) to win the WWF Undisputed Championship
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• Old School ECW Veteran Would Have Celebrated His Birthday
Today would have been the 50th birthday of Old School ECW Veteran Axl Rotten (Real name: Brian Knighton).
Rotten wrestled for Paul Heyman’s Extreme Championship Wrestling (fka Eastern Championship Wrestling) promotion from its early beginnings in 1993 till he left in 1999.
While he did not win any championships during his time in ECW, his memorable rivalry against his (kayfabe/storyline) brother Ian Rotten won Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s “PWI Feud of the Year” award in 1995.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY & † REST IN PEACE
April 21, 1971 – February 4, 2016