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TWIWH S2 E19 (05/07 – 05/13) This Week In Wrestling History

RUNNING TIME: 3 Hours 7 Minutes
Hosted by Don Tony

SYNOPSIS: S2 E19 (05/07 – 05/13)

  • Bruno Sammartino vs Giant Baba: First time ever WWWF Championship is defended in Japan.
  • Verne Gagne retires as AWA Heavyweight Champion.
  • Eddie Gilbert seriously injured in fiery auto accident following WWF PA event.
  • Nancy Argentino, girlfriend of Jimmy Snuka, dies after head injury suffered at PA hotel. This occurs a few months after Snuka is arrested in NY and originally charged with second and third degree assault of Argentino and a Police Officer.
  • Looking back at the first ever episode of Saturday Night’s Main Event (1985).
  • Career vs Title: Jerry Lawler def Curt Hennig to win AWA Heavyweight Championship.
  • Bonus Audio: Curt Hennig attacks owner of Toyota Dealership and destroys the CWA Studio.
  • Looking back at 5th Von Erich Memorial Parade Of Champions (1988).
  • Looking back at NWA WrestleWar 1989.
  • Audio: Memorable attack by Terry Funk on Ric Flair following his NWA Heavyweight Championship win against Ricky Steamboat.
  • Roddy Piper returns to WWF after two year retirement.
  • Audio: Macho Man Randy Savage vs Steve Austin battle for the one and only time they faced off in the ring.
  • Audio: Steve Austin comments on Macho Man Randy Savage.
  • Bill Alfonso makes memorable debut in ECW.
  • WCW announces Nitro expanding to two hours.
  • Standards and Practices: WWF forced to edit Raw segment showing Goldust licking Undertaker up his leg and thigh.
  • Looking back at AAA TripleMania IV (1996).
  • Looking back at WWF IYH 15: A Cold Day In Hell (1997).
  • Memorable Raw moment: HBK superkicks Bret Hart back into his wheelchair.
  • Audio: Farooq accuses WWF of racism and lack of Black Heavyweight Champions.
  • Audio: Rob Van Dam makes Monday Night Raw debut against Jeff Hardy (1997).
  • Audio: Dustin Runnels tears up during Raw segment while speaking about Dusty Rhodes and Goldust character.
  • Audio: Eric Bischoff challenges Vince McMahon to a fight at WCW Slamboree 1998.
  • Online voting gone wrong: Ric Flair voted People Magazine’s #2 Most Beautiful People In The World for 1998. Who was #1?
  • MTV airs special WCW ‘Ultimate Music Video Feud’ and begins the crossover highlighted by Raven / DDP feud.
  • Steve Austin makes memorable appearance on TSN’s Off The Record.
  • Looking back at Sable’s leaving WWF and filing $110 Million Lawsuit claiming sexual harassment and unsafe working conditions.
  • Audio: Debra vs Sable Evening Gown Match for WWF Women’s Championship.
  • Audio: Sean Waltman speaks on putting a cup of feces inside Sable’s luggage.
  • DT looks back at highest rated Raw episode (8.1) in history and how WCW never fully recovered from one preemption due to NBA Playoffs.
  • US News And World Report publishes seven page story of WWF and explosion in popularity for pro wrestling.
  • Looking back at WCW Slamboree PPV (1999, 2000).
  • Miss Elizabeth wrestles her first two matches ever (vs Daffney, vs Rhonda Singh).
  • Audio: APA destroy Big Boss Man and Bull Buchanan in a bar fight.
  • Four days after Linda McMahon tells AP that WWF and NBC were working on second season for XFL and not being killed off – NBC and WWF discontinues XFL.
  • Perry Saturn sent home by WWF after ‘shooting’ on Mike Bell during a match on WWF Jakked.
  • WWF releases Scott Hall 48 hours after the infamous ‘Plane Ride From Hell’.
  • Batista makes his WWF main roster debut.
  • Audio: Edge-A-Mania is running wild!
  • Infamous Raw segment: Undertaker attacks, hogties, and drags Hulk Hogan while riding a motorcycle throughout the Air Canada Center.
  • Launch of NWA – Total Nonstop Action (TNA) officially announced.
  • Audio: Memorable Raw segment featuring Steve Austin, Christian, RVD/Kane and the surprise return (and final WWE appearance ever) of The Road Warriors (2003).  
  • Audio: Freddie Blassie tells D-Von to ‘Get The Tables!’.
  • John Tenta announces retirement after developing bladder cancer.
  • After two years of PPV only shows, TNA and Fox Sports announce creation of non PPV weekly series, ‘Impact!’ (2004).
  • Almost a year to the day TNA inks a deal with Fox Sports Net and debuts Impact!, FSN drops TNA programming.
  • Booker T and Batista fight during filming of Summerslam 2006 commercial.
  • Audio: Beth Phoenix makes her WWE main roster debut.
  • Audio: Dr. Vince McMahon gives the Commencement Speech at Sacred Heart University (CT).
  • Audio: After Undertaker battles Batista in a bloody Cage Match and endures a post match beatdown by Mark Henry, Edge cashes in MITB Briefcase to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
  • NWA officially ends their relationship with TNA.
  • Looking back at TNA Sacrifice PPV (2007, 2008, 2012).
  • Audio: Jim Cornette strips Kurt Angle of TNA Heavyweight Championship.
  • Fresh off the disaster of moving Impact to Monday nights and dismal ratings, Dixie Carter issues an odd and desperate plea to wrestling fans.
  • Infamous Raw moment: Jerry Lawler uses Michael Cole’s tie to attack Cole within the Cole Mine.
  • Brock Lesnar pulled from UFC event due to diverticulitis.
  • New Japan Pro Wrestling holds their first ever show in the US with help from JAPW.
  • Hulk Hogan’s solution to increase fan interaction with TNA? Follow and film TNA Wrestlers anytime they are seen in public.
  • Happy Wedding Anniversary to Gail Kim and Chef Robert Irvine.
  • Baron Corbin makes his WWE NXT TV debut.
  • After Christy Hemme botches the ring introduction of Austin Aries and Bobby Roode, Aries climbs ring rope and puts his crotch in Hemme’s face. And TNA waits almost a week to denounce the behavior.
  • Buck Zumhofe sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexually abusing his 15 year old daughter.
  • Audio: Attitude or Ineptitude? TNA tries to get edgy by having MVP use the ‘N’ word during politically charged promo on Impact.
  • Ray ‘Adam Rose’ Leppan arrested for alleged domestic battery and is immediately suspended by WWE.
  • Looking back at ROH / NJPW Global Wars 2016.
  • Billy Corgan finalizes the deal to purchase the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA).
  • And so much more!

NOTABLE BIRTHDAYS: George Gordienko, Owen Hart, Hercules Hernández, Killer Karl Krupp, Boris Volkoff, Mike Shaw, Shawn Osborne, Kodo Fuyuki, Little Boy Blue, James Dudley, Joe Louis, Gus Edd, Rocky Tomayo (RIP), Danny Hodge 87, Jerry Brown 82, Tito Santana 66, El Espanto Jr and Sunny War Cloud 63, Paul Diamond and Dennis Rodman 58, Glacier 55, Akitoshi Saito 54, Humberto Garza Jr 53, Kevin Kelly and Hugh Mungus 52, William Regal 51, Akebono 50, Jason Helton 49, Doug Basham 48, Billy Kidman, Chip Stetson and El Cholo 45, Truth Martini, Francisco Ciatso, Ricky Ortiz and Antonio Garza 44, Robert Roode, Little Jeannie 42, Kevin O’Neil and Makoto Hashi 42, Yuiga 40, Nicky Benz 39, Jimmy Wang Yang and Arda Ocal 38, Niles Young, Star Boy and Puck 37, Robert KUSHIDA, Kaiser, Daizee Haze, Tormento, Chiaki Nishi, Shinya Aoki and Tanga Roa 36, Kevin Owens and Natsuki Taiyo 35, Tommaso Ciampa, Rhia O’Reilly and Phily the Kid 34, Chris King 33, Lince Dorado, Lars Manderson, Chihiro Oikawa, John Atlas, Matt Carlos and Angélico 32, Yoshihisa Uto 31, Nitro and Totoro Satsuki 30, Io Shirai and Mitsuru Konno 29, Scarlett Bordeaux, Viper and Koju Takeda 28, Omega 27, Will Ospreay and Nemesis 26, Halcón Suriano Jr 25, Yako Fujigasaki 22, Yua Hayashi 21

NOTABLE PRO WRESTLING DEBUTS: Perro Aguayo 1970, Tatsumi Fujinami 1971, Jake The Snake Roberts 1975, Kerry Von Erich 1978, Bull Nakano 1983, Ultimo Dragon 1987, Steve Austin 1989, Danny Doring 1997, Kevin Owens 2000, Kelly Kelly and Cody Rhodes 2006, Takaaki Watanabe 2011, Deonna Purrazzo 2014, Nia Jax 2015

NOTABLE DEATHS: Mack Morton 90, Carl Cooper 86, Walter Sirois 85, Sonny Myers 83, Judy Grable and Jesse James 82, Buck Davidson 81, Dale Haddock 80, Leo Garibaldi and Fred Ward 78, Tiger Joe Marsh 77, Adrien Baillergeon 76, Guy Brunetti and Jack O’Brien 75, Penny Banner 73, Casey Columbo 71, Frank Tunney and Del Skinner 70, Kato Kung Lee and John Bilbo 69, Ilio DiPaolo 68, Super Swedish Angel 67, Lenny Montana 66, Johnny Eagles 64, Big Bully Busick 63, René Guajardo 59, Gran Apache 58, Tarahumara and Paul Bunyan 56, Danny Little Bear 53, Silver King 51, Ram Man Johnny Evans 50, Jumbo Tsuruta 49, Tadayoshi Fujitayama 45, Big Daddy Lipscomb 31, Wayne Van Dyke 29

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