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TWIWH S2 E14 (04/02 – 04/08) This Week In Wrestling History

RUNNING TIME: 3 Hours 8 Minutes
Hosted by Don Tony

SYNOPSIS: S2 E14 (04/02 – 04/08)

  • Audio: Jerry Lawler piledrives and sends Andy Kaufman to the hospital. And the entertainment world buys it hook, line, and sinker.
  • Ken Patera and Masa Saito arrested after brawl with WI Police over McDonalds Hamburgers.
  • Looking back at WrestleMania 2 (1986), V (1989), VIII (1992), IX (1993), XI (1995), 2000 (2000), 21 (2005), 22 (2006), XXV (2009), XXVII (2011), XXIX (2013), XXX (2014), 32 (2016), 33 (2017), 34 (2018).
  • Looking back at NWA Clash Of The Champions 6: Ragin’ Cagin (1989).
  • Looking back at AWA SuperClash IV (1990).
  • Shawn Michaels debuts new Raw talk segment: The Heartbreak Hotel.
  • Memorable Raw Womens Match that rarely gets any mention: Alundra Blayze vs Bull Nakano for WWF Womens Championship.
  • Bertha Faye makes WWF Raw debut.
  • Audio: Ultimate Warrior makes Raw debut and has a memorable exchange with Goldust.
  • Following beatdown by Vader, Yokozuna is carried to the locker room by forklift.
  • Looking back at WCW Spring Stampede (1997).
  • Audio: “Hulk Hogan, we coming for you n*****!
  • Audio: Droz makes ECW debut and is greeted by New Jack, a keyboard, crutch, guitar, and vacuum cleaner.
  • Audio: Rob vs Dam def Bam Bam Bigelow and begins 700 day run as ECW TV Champion.
  • Looking back at WCW Pay-Per-Listen: Malice At The Palace (1998).
  • Looking back at ECW Cyberslam ’99 (1999).
  • WCW prepares their hard reboot of product and Nitro (2000).
  • Shawn Michaels comes out of retirement and wins Texas Wrestling Alliance (TWA) Championship.
  • HHG Corporation (ECW) files for bankruptcy.
  • Audio: TNN Censors speak Japan: Tajiri ‘breaks up’ with Torrie Wilson and get censored.
  • Audio: The Rock’s last ever Non-PPV TV match (vs Jeff Hardy, 2003).
  • Audio: The Rock ‘challenges’ Goldberg.
  • Umaga makes WWF Raw debut and lays out Ric Flair.
  • Kevin Nash returns to WWF TV after nine month absence due to Quad Tear.
  • Roddy Piper returns to WWF TV after seven year absence and has first ‘Pipers Pit’ in fourteen years.
  • Audio: Vince McMahon and The Product Of His Semen vs Shawn Michaels and God announced for Backlash PPV.
  • All five members of The Spirit Squad are recognized as WWE Tag Team Champions.
  • Mickie James complete with blonde hair cosplays Trish Stratus.
  • Audio: Jack Swagger cashes in MITB Briefcase and wins World Heavyweight Championship.
  • CM Punk attempts to have Darren Young join the Straight Edge Society.
  • Things do happen in 3’s. TNA Impact episode holds the goofy TNA Knockouts Lockout Challenge, unprotected chairshots to the head, and Orlando Jordan simulating an ejaculation to his chest. (2010).
  • Wrestlicious fails miserably and closes its doors.
  • WWE signs Dean Ambrose and Becky Lynch.
  • The Rock vs John Cena announced a year before WrestleMania XXVIII.
  • Sin Cara (original) makes WWE Raw debut.
  • Kurt Angle pleas guilty to reckless driving after 03/25/11 DWI incident in North Dakota.
  • Audio: Following a very boring John Cena promo on Raw, Brock Lesnar returns to WWE after eight year absence and F-5’s Cena.
  • Daniel Bryan ‘breaks up’ with AJ Lee.
  • Scott Steiner goes on Twitter Storm against TNA and Hulk Hogan.
  • Looking back at Ring Of Honor: Supercard Of Honor VII (2013) VIII (2014).
  • Looking back at NJPW: Invasion Attack (2013, 2014, 2015).
  • Audio: One of the loudest crowd ‘pops’ in Raw history: Dolph Ziggler cashes in MITB Briefcase and def Alberto Del Rio for WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
  • Audio: Memorable Raw match: Randy Orton vs Sheamus and the bored crowd entertains themselves with creative chants and doing the wave.
  • Ezekiel Jackson leaves WWE following contract expiration.
  • Audio: Paige makes WWE Raw debut and def AJ Lee for the Divas Championship.
  • Eat. Sleep. Conquer The Streak.
  • Cesaro becomes a Paul Heyman Guy.
  • Rusev makes WWE Raw debut.
  • Audio: Coming Soon: Adam Rose, Bo Dallas.
  • Audio: Memorable Daniel Bryan Raw promo and crowd reaction after winning WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania.
  • Audio: Ultimate Warrior memorable Raw Promo a day before his untimely death.
  • AJ Lee retires and leaves WWE.
  • King Barrett makes final WWE TV appearance and is kicked out of League Of Nationals.
  • Kurt Angle becomes new Raw General Manager.
  • Finn Balor makes WWE in ring return after 7+ month absence with shoulder injury.
  • Drew McIntyre makes WWE return and debuts for NXT.
  • Audio: After def Undertaker at WrestleMania, Roman Reigns proclaims WWE is now his yard and the fans go ape sh**.
  • And so much more!

NOTABLE BIRTHDAYS: John Tolos, Hard Boiled Haggerty, Peter Maivia, Cyclone Negro, El Mongol, Matt Anoa’i, Bobby Nelson, DC Dillinger, Floyd Marshall, Frank Brown, Duncan McTavish, Ron Starr, Billy Wicks, Len Macaluso, Pat McGill, Frank Marconi, Bobby Becker (RIP), Pampero Firpo 89, Jim Dalton 76, Takeshi Oiso and El Sicodélico 75, Sika 71, Karl Von Shotz and Steve Strong 70, Russ Francis 66, Diamond Dallas Page 63, Jeanie Clark 60, Lord Humongous 57, John Zandig 55, Villano IV 54, Flash Flanagan, Ulf Herman 53, Lance Storm, Droz, Antoine Roy, Kyoko Inoue and Príncipe Negro 50, Ryuji Yamakawa 49, American Gigolo and Skulu 46, Ryuji Ito 43, Teppei Ishizaka and Hiromi Kato 42, Yumi Oka 40, David Otunga, Rahim Ali and Jody Fleisch 39, Tigre Uno 38, Jack Evans, Sonjay Dutt and Súper Jack 37, BUSHI and Scorpio Sky 36, Pauly Thomaselli 35, Prince Akkanatan 34, Charlotte, Matt Vaughn, Mini Electroshock and Ryan Mitchell 33, Alex Reigns 32, TJ Marconi and Toby Blunt 31, Arisa Nakajima 30, T-K-O and Sawyer Fulton 29, Laurel Van Ness 28, Brandon Kirk 26, Chelsea 25

NOTABLE PRO WRESTLING DEBUTS: Halloween (1987), Chris Kanyon (1992), Steve Corino (1994), Shannon Moore (1995), Paul London (2000), Killian Dain and Akira Tozawa (2005), Vladimir Kozlov (2006), Adam Cole (2008)

NOTABLE DEATHS: Ken Hollis 86, Steve Rickard 85, Bobby Managoff 84, Chief Jay Strongbow 83, Joe Adelman 81, Johnny Balbo 77, Hector Del Mar and Sarah Lee 76, Blackjack Mulligan 73, Johnny Valiant and Al Smith 71, Bobby Whitlock 68, Fishman 66, Karl Dauberger and Jack Bence 62, Bearcat Brown 60, Ultimate Warrior 54, Víctor Quiñones 46, Chris Kanyon 40, El Solitario 39, Baby Haystacks 34

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