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TWIWH S2 E21 (05/21 – 05/27) This Week In Wrestling History

RUNNING TIME: 2 Hours 59 Minutes
Hosted by Don Tony

SYNOPSIS: S2 E21 (05/21 – 05/27)

  • Jerry Lawler sues WWF over use of ‘The King’ (Harley Race) at Tennessee events.
  • ‘Bitter rivals’ Iron Sheik and Hacksaw Jim Duggan arrested in NJ for Drug and Alcohol possession. And what Iron Sheik clams at the Courthouse is hilarious.
  • Audio: Hacksaw Jim Duggan speaks on arrest with Iron Sheik.
  • Lex Luger def Michael PS Hayes to being a 523 day reign as NWA United States Champion.
  • Scott Hall makes WCW TV debut.
  • Brian Lee becomes first ever Smoky Mountain Wrestling Heavyweight Champion.
  • Looking back at WCW Slamboree: A Legends Reunion PPV (1993, 1994, 1995).
  • Audio: 16 year old Jeff Hardy makes WWF debut (against 1-2-3 Kid).
  • Fake Undertaker (Brian Lee) makes WWF TV debut.
  • Audio: The closest you will ever get of Gordon Solie and Bobby Heenan commentating an ECW match: Terry Funk vs Tully Blanchard.
  • Hunter Hearst Helmsley makes his Monday Night Raw debut.
  • Savio Vega makes his WWF in ring debut.
  • Audio: Five minutes that changed the Monday Night Wars: Scott Hall arrives in WCW and declares war.
  • Audio: “I’m Not A Shark…..I’m A Man!”
  • Looking back at WWF In Your House 8: Beware Of Dog and Beware Of Dog II (1996).
  • Looking back at WWF Over The Edge PPV (1999).
  • Audio: Steve Blackman, Ahmed Johnson, Val Venis, Harley Race, and Bret Hart share some of their favorite Owen Hart rib stories.
  • WWF Owen Hart Raw tribute show (Raw Is Owen) scores 3rd highest rating (7.2) in Raw history.
  • Kevin Nash (c) vs Bret Hart for WCW Heavyweight Title on Jay Leno Show canceled due to death of Owen Hart.
  • Audio: Daffney def Crowbar to win WCW Cruiserweight Title.
  • Audio: 12 year old Reid Flair (RIP) tries to place ‘peacemaker’ between David and Ric Flair on WCW Nitro.
  • Looking back at WWF Judgment Day PPV (2000, 2005, 2006).
  • Audio: Undertaker returns to WWF TV after eight month absence and debuts the American Bad Ass character.
  • CompuServe debuts ‘Ask Rena’ (Mero) weekly Q&A column.
  • Triple H blows out quad muscle on Raw during Tag Team Title match (w/ Steve Austin) and lose the titles to Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit.
  • Days after Triple H tears quad, Chris Benoit suffers neck injury during tag team title defense (w/ Chris Jericho).
  • Audio: Joanie ‘Chyna’ Laurer vs Joey Buttafuoco (Celebrity Boxing 2002).
  • WWE premieres two new shows: WWE Confidential and Velocity.
  • NWATNA hires Mike Tenay as lead announcer for Impact.
  • Looking back at WWA ‘The Reckoning’ PPV (2003).
  • Audio: Bret Hart heartfelt promo at WWA ‘The Reckoning’ only months after suffering a stroke.
  • WWE receives huge backlash from fans after attempting a heart attack angle with Eddie Guerrero on Smackdown.
  • TNA releases Diamond Dallas Page.
  • TNA cancels all future Impact tapings until TV deal is finalized with Spike TV (Fall 2005).
  • The Dudleys launch Team 3D Academy Pro Wrestling School.
  • Audio: In an attempt to boost low TV ratings, Vince McMahon announces ‘McMahon’s Million Dollar Mania’.
  • Looking back at XPW reunion show ‘Cold Day In Hell’ (2008).
  • Looking back at TNA Sacrifice PPV (2009).
  • Audio: Kurt Angle vs Sting vs Mick Foley vs Jeff Jarrett: Ultimate Sacrifice Match.
  • Looking back at WWE ‘Over The Limit’ PPV (2010, 2011).
  • Audio: Batista quits WWE live on Raw.
  • Audio: WWE announces Bret Hart as intern Raw General Manager.
  • Sinclair Broadcasting Group purchases Ring Of Honor.
  • Comparing Sinclair Broadcasting and WWE stock in 2011 and today.
  • Looking back at Ring Of Honor ‘Supercard Of Honor VI’ (2011).
  • Chris Jericho suspended by WWE after kicking Brazilian Flag during live WWE event.
  • Audio: Chris Jericho speaks on the Brazilian Flag incident.
  • Sami Zayn makes his NXT debut.
  • Looking back at NJPW ‘Back To The Yokohama Arena’ PPV (2014).
  • Looking back at WWE Extreme Rules PPV (2016).
  • Looking back at WWE Backlash PPV (2017).
  • And so much more!

NOTABLE BIRTHDAYS: Warren Bockwinkel, Don Curtis, Brian Pillman, Otto Luger, El Solitario, Ivan Kalmikoff, Chris Benoit, Mitsu Arakawa, Donna Christianello, Karl Zbyszko, Johnny Kace, Ricky Romero, Frank Speer, Sandy Scott, Tamba, Mark Benson (RIP), Moe Smith 89, Yussef Turko 88, Mr T 67, Tatsutoshi Goto, Solar #1 and Súper Parka 63, El Enfermero Jr. and Dark Journey 62, Eric Bischoff 61, Sean Mooney 60, Kelly Kiniski 59, Hiro Saito 58, Hirofumi Miura 55, Scott Putski, Bambi, Misterioso, Polvo de Estrellas and Tinieblas Jr. 53, Simon Diamond and Mitsuteru Tokuda 51, Halloween 48, Shigeo Okumura and Dr. Cerebro 47, Rich Myers 46, Sheik Ali Azzad 45, MAZADA, Super Dragon, Traci Brooks, Ricky Banderas and Michael York 44, Buddy Austin and Yumi Fukawa 43, Alberto El Patrón, Takeshi Yamazaki and Micah Taylor 42, The Flatliner and Dan Rodman 41, Tadanobu Fujisawa and Batten Tamagawa 40, Daniel Bryan, Mike Hart, RJ Singh, El Fantasma Jr, Jota, and Takashi Okita 38, Nattie, SUGI, YOSHI-HASHI, Ken’ichi Sakai, Yuko Miyamoto, Eddie Diamond and Kota Ibushi 37, Alex Shelley, Chuey Martínez and Leva Bates 36, CJ O’Doyle and Andy Simmonz 35, Roman Reigns, James Beaver, Super Oprah Mustafa and Jody Kristofferson 34, Bray Wyatt and Shota Nakagawa 32, Santana Garrett, Babatunde Aiyegbusi and Delilah Doom 31, Bo Dallas, Brian Rich and Kazuki Hashimoto 29, Dylan James and Suguru Miyatake 28, Crazy King 24

NOTABLE PRO WRESTLING DEBUTS: Al Snow 1982, Sheamus 2002, Alex Koslov 2003, Tetsua Naito 2006

NOTABLE DEATHS: James Dudley 94, Hans Schmidt 87, Rene Goulet 86, Chief Red Cloud 83, George Temple 77, George Zaharias 76, Tex Hager 74, Frankie Laine and Bill Coleman 73, Chief White Owl 72, Vince McMahon Sr 69, Bull Ramos and Rusher Kimura 68, Rudy Kay 65, Jack Washburn and Billy Hines 58, Johnny Rougeau 53, Tex Riley and Mammoth Suzuki 50, Grigori Verichev 49, Tex Riley 47, Nick Campofreda 45, Héctor Garza 43, Ray Candy 42, Owen Hart 34, DJ Peterson 33, Jack Donovan 30

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