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TWIWH S2 E1 (01/01 – 01/07) This Week In Wrestling History

RUNNING TIME: 3 Hours 59 Minutes
Hosted by Don Tony

SYNOPSIS: S2 E1 (01/01 – 01/07)

  • DT researches and corrects decades of misinformation regarding Stan Hansen’s debut match.
  • Top stars and St Louis fans pack The Checkerdome for Sam Muchnick Retirement Show.
  • Prime Time Wrestling debuts on USA Network.
  • Looking back at WCW/NJPW Supershow II (1992) Supershow III (1993).
  • In between WWF and WCW, Hulk Hogan competes in Japan.
  • Macho Man Randy Savage makes WCW in ring debut.
  • Public Enemy leave ECW for WCW.. Sandman vs Konnan.. Shane Douglas returns (and Dean is dead).. Stevie Richards breakout match.. Rey Mysterio plays ‘chicken’.. Audio: Beulah pregnant.. RVD ECW debut match and more: Looking back at ECW House Party ’96.
  • Riki Choshu wrestles five retirement matches in one night.
  • Audio: Thirty minutes of soap opera saga that led up to the infamous WCW ‘Fingerpoke Of Doom’.
  • Audio: Tony Schiovane spoils Mick Foley’s WWF Championship win.
  • Audio: Looking back at the night Mankind def The Rock to win the WWF Championship.
  • Audio: Road Dogg vs Al Snow battle for the Hardcore Title in the snow.
  • In between WCW and WWF, Chris Benoit returns to Japan as Wild Pegasus.
  • Looking back at Wrestling World 2000, 2004, 2005
  • Audio: Stephanie McMahon declares Chris Jericho and Chyna co-IC Champions. A three week title reign WWE does not recognize.
  • D-Generation X mocks Mankind with ‘Have A Bad Day’.
  • ‘The Triple H Show’ in full force. Triple H appears on Raw ten different times in the same night.
  • Looking back at the last ECW televised event: Guilty As Charged ’01.
  • One of the loudest crowd ‘pops’ in WWF/WWE history in MSG: Triple H returns after career-threatening quadriceps injury.
  • Audio: Al Wilson and Dawn Marie get married on Smackdown in their underwear.
  • Audio: Kenzo Suzuki challenges John Cena to a Battle Rap.
  • Looking back at the night Brock Lesnar fought Shinsuke Nakamura in Japan.
  • WWE releases Juventud Guerrera.
  • Looking back at TNA Final Resolution PPV (2007).
  • Looking back at WWE New Year’s Revolution PPV (2007).
  • Audio: Kevin Federline vs John Cena.
  • WWE signs Natalya Neidhart.
  • Looking back at Wrestle Kingdom II (2008), III (2009), IV (2010), V (2011) 
  • January 4, 2010: TNA Impact Live vs WWE Raw.
  • Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, and others make TNA Impact debuts.
  • Jeff Hardy indicted on drug trafficking charges the same day he makes TNA return.
  • Bret Hart returns to WWE Raw (as guest host) after twelve year absence.
  • Audio: Chris Jericho returns to Raw after 16 month absence and trolls the fans.
  • Audio: Warrior slams Nash. Nash challenges Warrior to MMA fight. Warrior responds.
  • John Cena lands the cover of Fruity Pebbles Cereal Boxes.
  • WWE releases Kaitlyn.
  • Audio: WWE special ‘Old School Raw’ episode highlighted by the return of Jake The Snake Roberts.
  • Audio: Interesting look back at 2014 Paul Heyman / Brock Lesnar promo.
  • TNA debuts on Destination America channel.
  • Audio: The Authority ‘fire’ Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, and Ryback during ‘John Cena Appreciation Night’, and the fans could care less.
  • AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, and Shinsuke Nakamura set to leave NJPW for WWE.
  • Wrestle Kingdom 10, 11, 12 each provide memorable top MOTY candidates for each event. (Okada vs Tanahashi: 2016) 11 (Okada vs Omega: 2017) and 12 (Omega vs Jericho: 2018).
  • TNA debuts on Pop TV channel.
  • WWE tapes pilot episode of ‘WWE Kids’, which never makes it to TV or Network.
  • Audio: Royal Rumble contract signing between AJ Styles and John Cena. Plus an interesting tidbit from DT regarding Styles and Cena since this contract signing.
  • And so much more!

NOTABLE BIRTHDAYS: Doug Gilbert, Jim Londos, Roy Shire, Professor Toru Tanaka, Chavo Guerrero Sr, Awesome Kong, Jeep Swenson, Scott LeDoux, Lord Littlebrook, Hideyuki Nagasawa, Alberto Torres, The Mummy, Surugaumi, Pat Kennedy, Motoko Baba, Chris Kanyon, Mark Manson, Cinta de Oro, Mike Lozanski, Mike Lane, Jerry Monti, Joey Kidman, Mighty Wilbur, Ludvig Borga, Manuel Soto 78, Shogun KY Wakamatsu 77, Jimmy Hart 75, Jim Ross 67, Precious 64, Jim Powers 61, Steve Cox 60, Rayo de Jalisco Jr 59, Vic Grimes and New Jack 56, Konnan, Jacqueline and Stuka 55, La Parka Jr 53, Guy Mezger 51, Black Warrior and Kimberly Page 50, Fantastik 49, Josseline 48, Shinobi 47, Cuervo, Simon Sermon and Danny Devine 45, Azumi Hyuga 44, Pamela Paulshock, Osami Shibuya and Ben Hur 43, Daisuke Watanabe and Robby Phoenix 42, Antonio Honda 41, Captain Steve Swallow 39, Wes Draven 37, Ronin and Veda Scott 35, Ayako Sato 33, Willie Mack, Kenji Takeshima and Huracan Jr 32, Jack Gallagher 29, Dynamite Dave 28, Alfa 22

NOTABLE PRO WRESTLING DEBUTS: Ernie Ladd (1963), Stan Hansen (1973),  Rhonda Singh (1979), Konnan (1987), Art Barr (1987), Necro Butcher (1998), Kairi Sane (2012)

NOTABLE DEATHS: Bobby Managoff 83, Bronko Nagurski and Cyclone Anaya 81, Herb Bergeson 79, Mean Gene Okerlund 76, Mighty Igor 70, Leo Savage 66, Cowboy Lang 56, Buddy Knox 55, Trevor Adonis 53, Villano I 52, Randy Barber 50, Kung Fu 49, Big Val Puccio 45, Jack Rush 44, Tim Arson 39, Gary Albright 36

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