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TWIWH S2 E27 (07/02 – 07/08) This Week In Wrestling History

RUNNING TIME: 3 Hours 28 Minutes
Hosted by Don Tony

SYNOPSIS: S2 E27 (07/02 – 07/08)

  • NWA Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair battles WWF Champion Bob Backlund to determine who was the true World Champion (1982).
  • Audio: Gordon Solie interviews Ric Flair and Bob Backlund (1982).
  • Looking back at WCCW Independence Day Star Wars (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986).
  • Magnificent Muraco becomes the first ever WWF King Of The Ring.
  • Looking back at Great American Bash (1985, 1987, 1990).
  • NWA features the first ever WarGames Match.
  • The curse of July 4th: Deaths of Adrian Adonis, Joey Marella, Pat Kelly and Dave McKigney, Brutus Beefcake parasailing and Vince McMahon motorcycle accidents.
  • Vader makes his WCW debut.
  • Who remembers the ‘Dudes With Attitudes’?
  • Audio: 20 year old Rob Van Dam battles 26 year old Sabu in USWA (1991).
  • Audio: Lex Luger bodyslams Yokozuna aboard the USS Intrepid and the Lex Express begins (1993).
  • Audio: The Gangsters (New Jack and Sheik Mustapha) makes their SMW debut (1994).
  • Audio: The challenge before the memorable heel turn: Bob Backlund challenges Bret Hart for WWF Championship (1994).
  • Vader begins his infamous ‘Roadkill Tour’.
  • Audio: Ultimate Warrior battles Owen Hart in his last ever match with WWF/WWE (1996).
  • Looking back at the odd way WWF handled the Ultimate Warrior’s suspension on Monday Night Raw.
  • Looking back at WCW Bash At The Beach PPV (1996).
  • Audio: Hulk Hogan betrays WCW, and the New World Order is born (1996).
  • Looking back at WWF In Your House 16 ‘Canadian Stampede’ (1997).
  • Audio: Bill Goldberg battles Hollywood Hulk Hogan for the WCW Heavyweight Championship in the Georgia Dome on Monday Nitro (1998).
  • Audio: D-X mocks The Nation Of Domination (1998).
  • WWF Footbrawl: Looking back at the loaded WWF House Show at Foxboro Stadium that never took place (1998).
  • Jerry Lawler announces his candidacy for Mayor of Memphis, TN.
  • Steve Austin takes batting practice with the Phillies and throws out the first pitch for the Mets.
  • WWF awarded $3.5 Million in a lawsuit against the Parents Television Council.
  • More on TNN dropping ECW programming after one year of a three year TV deal.
  • Audio: Johnny The Bull tears up his anus during a WCW Hardcore Match against Terry Funk on Monday Nitro (2000).
  • Discovery Channel airs memorable wrestling special featuring the very beginning of John Cena’s wrestling career.
  • WWF completes the deal with NCAA Champion Brock Lesnar (2000).
  • Bam Bam Bigelow suffers burns over 40% of his body after rescuing children from a home fire.
  • Looking back at the disaster that changed the WCW Invasion angle and future in WWF: Buff Bagwell vs Booker T for WCW Heavyweight Title on Monday Night Raw.
  • XPW Deathmatch between Kaos and Supreme goes horribly wrong (2001).
  • ‘The Jackie Gayda Match’.
  • Kevin Nash tears his quad during a main event on Monday Night Raw (2002).
  • Audio: Billy and Chuck defend the WWE Tag Team Titles against Edge and Hulk Hogan (2002).
  • Ric Flair’s autobiography ‘To Be The Man’ debuts at #5 on NY Times Best Seller list.
  • Audio: Chavo Guerrero denounces his Hispanic heritage and the Guerrero name to become, ‘Kirwan White’ (2005).
  • Audio: Shawn Michaels turns on Hulk Hogan (2005).
  • A wrong is made right, as The Blue Meanie battles JBL on Smackdown.
  • Looking back at the WWE PR nightmare after Daivari (w/ Muhammad Hassan) faces The Undertaker on Smackdown (2005).
  • WWE releases Billy Kidman, Spike Dudley, Mark Jindrak, Maven, Shannon Moore, Akio, Gangrel, Mordecai, Kenzo Suzuki and Hiroko, Jackie Gayda, Matt Morgan, Dawn Marie, Joy Giovanni, Jim Cornette, Trevor Murdoch, and Armando Alejandro Estrada.
  • WWE and ECW Champion (at the time) Rob Van Dam and Sabu arrested for narcotics possession after a traffic stop.
  • Audio: Actual sound of Police Officer pulling over RVD & Sabu which led to their arrest (2006).
  • Audio: Rob Van Dam defends the WWE Championship against Edge and John Cena (2006).
  • Audio: Rob Van Dam defends the ECW Championship against The Big Show (2006).
  • Mickie Knuckles suffers a broken leg during IWA Mid-South match against Sara Del Ray.
  • Ric Flair Finances files for bankruptcy less than one year after launching.
  • Edge suffers torn Achilles Tendon (2009).
  • GLAAD puts the heat on WWE after cell phone video showed CM Punk using homophobic references on a fan during WWE House Show.
  • Looking back at TNA Destination X PPV (2012).
  • Audio: Bray Wyatt and The Wyatt Family making their WWE Raw debut (2013).
  • WWE suspends Ricardo Rodriguez after violating WWE Wellness Policy (first offense).
  • TNA releases Joey Ryan, Taeler Hendrix, Christian York and Crimson.
  • District Attorney agrees to re-examine the Nancy Argentina 1982 death after discrepancies are found in Jimmy Snuka’s recently written autobiography.
  • Looking back at TNA One Night Only: Hardcore Justice 2 event (2013).
  • WWE fires, then rehires Emma after alleged shoplifting incident at a CT Walmart.
  • Looking back at TNA One Night Only: Global Impact Japan (2014).
  • Looking back at NJPW Dominion 7.5 event (2015).
  • TNA airs The Final Deletion (2016).
  • Audio: Infamous Rap Battle between The Usos and The New Day on Smackdown (2017).
  • Looking back at Global Force Wrestling Slammiversary XV event (2017).
  • And so much more!

NOTABLE BIRTHDAYS: Vince McMahon Sr, Rufus R. Jones, Ray Mendoza, Moose Morowski, Hercules Cortez, Smasher Sloan, Gene Murphy, Guy Mitchell, El Supremo, Tony Lanza, Mike Thomas, Whipper Watson Jr, Roland Kirchmeyer, Sailor Moran, Pierrot, Little Tokyo, Ivan Gómez, Charley Petersen, Ben Sherman, Angelo Cistoldi, Lionel Baillargeon, Bob Sweetan, Benito Gardini, Shin’ya Hashimoto, Doc Dean (RIP), El Conde Negro 96, Tomás Marín 85, Wayne Bridges 83, Thunderbolt Patterson 79, Luis Mariscal 71, Hillbilly Jim and Mando Guerrero 67, Bret Hart 62, El Torero 60, Sid Vicious and Barry Windham 59, El Mohicano 58, Brakkus and Reyes Veloz 57, Jerry Sags, Hisakatsu Oya, Charles Robinson and Rick Taras 55, Sombrita and Romeo Valentino 51, The Great Sasuke 50, Don Fujii, Keiko Iwami, Amy Weber and Yoshihisa Yamamoto 49, JC Ice and Antifaz del Norte 48, Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Ken’ichiro Arai 47, Scotty 2 Hotty, Joe Gómez, Desire and Mark Mest 46, HARASHIMA and Keisuke Yamada 45, Kankuro Hoshino, Johnny Swinger and Mr. Atlantis 44, Yuu Yamagata and Kory Chavis 43, Abraham Washington, Chihiro Nakano, Takashi Echigo, El Mohicano #2, Tigre Cota, Kei Sato and Shu Sato 42, Chuck E. Smooth and Mark Sloan 41, Acertijo, Josh Prohibition, Rey Muerte, Brandon Blaze and Millennium 40, Aaron Idol, Momoe Nakanishi and Hikaru Sato 39, Luke Hawx, Dingo, Billy Kim and Espíritu Negro 38, Razz Mansour, Bryan Idol, Tsunami, Koko Mansour, Takashi Yoshida and Shanna 37, Dimitri Soliotopoulos 36, Deranged and Corvis Fear 35, Maki Narumiya, Quentin Hyde-Styles, Jessie Belle and Yukihiro Abe 34, Terry Frazier, Rionne Fujiwara and Psicotico 33, Richie Steamboat 32, Lars Sullivan, Oleg the Usurper, Vértigo, Tony Johnson and Addy Starr 31, Joey Janela, Adam Cole and Katey Harvey 30, MUSASHI, Puma King, Alpha Kevin and Marcel Barthel 29, Trent Gibson 28, LEONA 26, Yuka 21

NOTABLE PRO WRESTLING DEBUTS: Buddy Rogers 1939, Larry Sharpe 1974, Woman 1984, Joey Ryan 2000, Crazzy Steve 2003, Ted Dibiase Jr 2006

NOTABLE DEATHS: George McLeod, Steve Stanlee and Tiger Joe Robinson 90, Jacques Rougeau Sr. 89, Tito Kopa and Fred Bruno 80, Frankie Costello and Ray Eckert 79, Karl von Brauner and Hermann Iffland 78, Mr. Moto, Waldo Von Erich and Armin Stojke 75, Frankie Hart 74, Al Mercier 73, Smith Hart 68, Paco Alonso 67, Jack Pesek 66, The Medic 64, Pancho The Bull 62, Nate The Rat and Angelo Martinelli 59, Canadian Wildman and Bill Canny 56, Chief Little Eagle and Diane von Hoffman 55, Piratita Morgan 49, Mike DiBiase 45, Junkyard Dog 44, I.K.-staatenlos 43, Victorio Ochoa 41, Victor Arko 40, Moondog Nathan 37, Adrian Adonis 34, Joey Marella 31

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