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TWIWH S2 E28 (07/09 – 07/15) This Week In Wrestling History

Hosted by Don Tony

SYNOPSIS: S2 E28 (07/09 – 07/15)

  • ‘Black Saturday’ as TBS replaces Georgia Championship Wrestling with World Wrestling Federation.
  • Audio: Jim Cornette discusses ‘Black Saturday’.
  • Bruno Sammartino wrestles his last ever match at Madison Square Garden.
  • Harley Race wins 1986 WWF King Of The Ring.
  • Precious! Looking back at the time Ric Flair made out with a Mannequin on World Championship Wrestling.
  • Ultimate Warrior (as Dingo Warrior) makes his WWF TV debut.
  • Dr Death Steve Williams captures UWF Heavyweight Championship.
  • Looking back at NWA Great American Bash ’88.
  • We want Flair! We want Flair! Looking back at WCW Great American Bash 1991.
  • Looking back at WCW Great American Bash (1992).
  • Vince McMahon folds the World Bodybuilding Federation (WBF).
  • Ric Flair wrestles in Charlotte for the first time as part of WWF (1992).
  • Hulk Hogan takes the stand in the Vince McMahon steroid distribution trial, and admits to years of steroid use.
  • Looking back at ECW Heatwave (1995, 1996).
  • Wild Pegasus (Chris Benoit) wins Best Of The Super Juniors Tournament.
  • WWF releases Jack Tunney.
  • Audio: Owen Hart & British Bulldog vs Steve Austin & ??? for vacant WWF Tag Team Titles (1997).
  • Nitro Girls debut on WCW Monday Nitro.
  • Looking back at WCW Bash At The Beach (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000).
  • Looking back at WCW LA Melee Pay Per Listen event (1998).
  • Audio: Two Clusterf***s For One: Chavo Guerrero Jr ‘submits’ to Stevie Ray, then shaves his own head in Hair vs Hair Match against Eddie Guerrero.
  • WWF debuts WWF.com internet webcast ‘Code-Red’.
  • WWF announces return of Jesse Ventura (then MN Governor) to referee the main event of Summerslam (1999).
  • Audio: WCW Junkyard Hardcore Invitational Match.
  • Audio: Jeff Jarrett lays down to Hollywood Hulk Hogan and Vince Russo tirade that followed.
  • Booker T becomes second ever Black Heavyweight Champion in WCW history.
  • Looking back at the formation of the WCW / ECW Alliance: 
    Audio #1: Tommy Dreamer makes WWF debut and ECW reforms.
    Audio #2: Vince McMahon and WWF forms an ‘alliance’ with Shane McMahon and WCW to battle ECW on Raw.
    Audio #3: WCW swerves WWF and aligns with ECW, now owned by Stephanie McMahon.
  • Kurt Angle sings ‘Jimmy Crack Corn’.
  • Audio: Eric Bischoff makes his WWE debut as General Manager of Raw.
  • Audio: Kurt Angle and John Cena Battle Rap! (2003).
  • Looking back at WWE Vengeance PPV (2004).
  • UPN forces WWE to remove Muhammad Hassan off Smackdown programming.
  • Audio: Muhammad Hassan Smackdown promo that did not air on UPN.
  • Audio: Matt Hardy calls in to WWE Byte This! and confronts Lita.
  • Brock Lesnar stripped of IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
  • Looking back at WWE Saturday Night’s Main Event (2006).
  • Looking back at ROH Death Before Dishonor IV (2006).
  • Funeral services held for Nancy and Daniel Benoit.
  • Audio: Following the Benoit tragedy, the infamous appearance by Mr Kennedy on Fox News and the denial of never taking steroids.
  • Jim Ross opens JR’s Family BBQ Restaurant.
  • WWE signs Teddy Hart to a developmental deal.
  • Looking back at TNA Victory Road PPV (2007, 2008, 2010).
  • Looking back at AAA TripleMania XV (2007).
  • WWE releases Ashley Massaro.
  • Superstar Billy Graham auctions off his WWE Hall Of Fame ring on Ebay.
  • Bobby Lashley and Kid Kash sign with TNA.
  • TNA announces ECW reunion themed event ‘Hardcore Justice’.
  • ABC cancels ‘Downfall’ game show hosted by Chris Jericho after only 5 episodes.
  • Chasyn Rance arrested for having sexual relations with a 15 y/o.
  • Looking back at TNA Destination X PPV (2011).
  • TNA releases Matt and Nick Jackson (Generation Me), Matt Morgan, and Hernandez.
  • Audio: CM Punk and Vince McMahon ‘contract negotiation’ from Raw (2011).
  • Audio: Bray Wyatt makes his NXT debut (2012).
  • Bonus Audio: Early Bray Wyatt promo from FCW.
  • Looking back at WWE Money In The Bank PPV (2012, 2013).
  • Kharma and CM Punk officially released by WWE.
  • WWE announces partnership with Tout.
  • WWE opens the Performance Center.
  • GFW ‘invasion’ of TNA draws 135 at 5000+ seat stadium.
  • Sasha Banks, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch makes their WWE main roster debut.
  • One week after TNA airs ‘The Final Deletion’ at the Hardy Compound, WWE airs Wyatt Family vs New Day at Wyatt Compound.
  • Audio: Bonus Audio: Wyatt Family challenges New Day.
  • Brock Lesnar def Mark Hunt at UFC 200, just to be suspended a week later for doping violation.
  • WWE’s lame excuse for not suspending Brock Lesnar for UFC doping violation.
  • Looking back at WWE Great Balls Of Fire PPV (2017).
  • Looking back at WWE Extreme Rules PPV (2018).
  • And so much more!

NOTABLE BIRTHDAYS: Bobo Brazil, The Crusher, The Destroyer, Otto Wanz, Roy Heffernan, Steve Druk, Johnny Grunge, Mike Sharpe Sr, Bert Assirati, Bibber McCoy, Kiyotaka Otsubo, Jim White, Ira Dern, Kenny Ackles, Tony Borne, Chri$ Ca$h, John Katan, Bobby Bruns, Les Wolfe, Geto Mongol, Oscar Lago, Charley Strack, Pete Mehringer, Jim Gillespie, Alex Karras, Sonny Boy Hayes, Frank Taylor, Elmer The Great, Chris Morrison (RIP), Rene Goulet 87, Mil Máscaras 77, Hércules Ayala 69, Jesse Ventura 68, Ultramán 67, Billy Jack Haynes 66, Butch Reed 65, Dink the Clown 63, Irma Águilar 62, Kevin Nash, Gillberg, and Rocco Valente 60, Huracán Castillo Jr. and Marc Mero 59, Chris Michaels and Damián 666 58, Mike Enos and Jerry Gray 56, Akira Katayama 55, Tom Brandi 53, Akira Hokuto and Andy Barrow 52, Johnny Flex and Kazushi Sakuraba 50, J.R. Lords 49, Joey Styles, Bubba Ray Dudley and Flesh Gordon 48, Sean Waltman, Keiichiro Yamamiya, Máscara Sagrada and Mamoru Okochi 47, Necro Butcher and Todd Myers 46, Shane Helms and Gallowman 45, Shelton Benjamin, Kara Elizabeth Drew and Tanomusaku Toba 44, Ken’ichi Yamamoto 43, Brock Lesnar, Orquídea Negra, Miss Gaviota and Mototsugu Shimizu 42, Toby Klein and Superstar Steve Fender 41, Terumasa Ishihara, Tyson Kidd and EC Negro 39, Professor Loco 38, Jeff Cobb 37, Heath Slater, Scott Henson and Carnage 36, Sami Zayn, Dylan Roberts, Kaio, Jake Crist and Ayumi Kurihara 35, Cris Cyborg, Louis Lyndon, Foxx Vinyer and Davey Vega 34, Charly Caruso, JC Williams, Danny Casas and Gus Harlacher 33, Daichi Kazato, Jimmy Lyon, Espy and Mini Sharlie 32, Paul Robinson and Bello Rubi 31, Sam Stackhouse 30, Aerial Monroe, Robbie Romance, Scotty Essex, Curt Stallion, Branko Busick, Karl Fredericks and Hudson Envy 29, Diamanté and Jorge Kebrada 28, Andrew Everett, Holly Hilton and Sammy Hall 27, TJ Sky and Remi Nagano 25, Sazanami Takemoto 23

NOTABLE PRO WRESTLING DEBUTS: JJ Dillon 1962, Trent Barreta 2004, Vickie Guerrero 2005, Maryse and Layla 2006

NOTABLE DEATHS: Sam Cordovano 88, Ace Freeman 87, Walter Palmer 86, Ramon Napolitano 85, Dara Singh 83, Emil Dusek 81, Danny McShain 79, Yvon Roberre 77, Masa Saito, Glen Detton and Dapper Dan 76, Cowboy Carlson 73, Buddy Wolff and Leo Jensen 66, Brute Bernard 63, David Valdez 59, Frank Bronowicz 58, Yvon Robert 56, Hilario Ruíz 53, LaVerne Baxter 51, Shin’ya Hashimoto and Tom Shaft 40, George Kotsonaros 38, Loco Zandokan 37, Devil Bhudakhan and Billy McGuire 32, Mickey Sharpe 25

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