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TWIWH S2 E30 (07/23 – 07/29) This Week In Wrestling History

RUNNING TIME: 3 Hours 21 Minutes
Hosted by Don Tony

SYNOPSIS: S2 E30 (07/23 – 07/29)

  • Epic battle between Bob Backlund and Antonio Inoki (for WWWF Championship) ends in a 60 minute draw. A match that is still talked about today.
  • Looking back at WWF ‘Brawl To End It All’ MTV special event.
  • First ever WWF Championship Title change in a Cage Match as Tito Santana def Greg Valentine for IC Title.
  • Dusty Rhodes’ last reign as NWA Heavyweight Champion begins, defeating Ric Flair in a steel cage (1986).
  • Looking back at the original NWA Great American Bash Tour.
  • Audio: Sherri Martel def 64 y/o Fabulous Moolah for WWF Women’s Championship (1987).
  • Audio: Wendi Richter def Monster Ripper (Bertha Faye) to win WWC Women’s Championship (1987).
  • Looking back at WCW Great American Bash PPV (1989).
  • Audio: Jim Cornette debuts for WWF on Monday Night Raw.
  • Audio: Bob Backlund snaps and turns heel after losing to Bret Hart for WWF Championship (1994).
  • Looking back at WWF In Your House 2: The Lumberjacks (1995).
  • Audio: Dean Douglas makes his WWF TV debut (1995).
  • Scott Steiner makes his ECW debut (1995).
  • Audio: NWO airs its first ever ‘Paid Announcement’.
  • Audio: Infamous NWO attack on Nitro, including Kevin Nash throwing Rey Mysterio into a production truck like a lawn dart. (1996).
  • Audio: Bret Hart’s infamous enema remark towards USA and Pittsburgh, PA (1997).
  • Audio: WWF’s attempt at Light Heavyweight Division to combat Nitro: Devon Storm vs Ace Darling (1997).
  • Audio: Dr Death Steve Williams vs Bart Gunn WWF Brawl For It All Match (1998).
  • Looking back at WWF In Your House 23: Fully Loaded (1998).
  • Edge wins his first ever WWE Championship, winning the IC Title at a house show. His reign would last one day.
  • Looking back at WWF Fully Loaded PPV (1999, 2000).
  • Triple H shows Trish Stratus some ‘wrestling moves’ and Stephanie is none too pleased.
  • US Champion Lance Storm becomes ‘Lance Two Belts’, def Big Vito for WCW Hardcore Title.
  • Kurt Angle and Booker T trade WCW Heavyweight Championship Title wins.
  • Looking back to the future: OVW event featuring John Cena, Randy Orton, Batista, Brock Lesnar and many others (2001).
  • Audio: The Rock vs Ric Flair. The one and only time they faced off in a singles match (2002).
  • Ring Of Honor crowns their first ever ROH Heavyweight Champion.
  • Looking back at WWE Vengeance PPV (2003).
  • Looking back at Pro Wrestling Guerrilla’s first ever event (2003).
  • Audio: AJ Styles (c) vs Frankie Kazarian vs Michael Shane: Ultimate X Match for X Division Title (2004).
  • Audio: Jeff Hardy vs Monty Brown: Memorable #1 contenders match for TNA Heavyweight Title (2004).
  • Looking back at the night WWE Raw (two hour episode) only had two matches (2004).
  • Audio: Teddy Long begins his nine year reign as Smackdown GM (2004).
  • Looking back at WWE Great American Bash PPV (2005, 2006).
  • Audio: Muhammad Hassan wrestles his last ever match in WWE.
  • Audio: WWE Battle Of The Bands: John Cena vs Chris Jericho and Fozzy (2005).
  • WWE signs Ted Dibiase Jr to a developmental deal.
  • TNA signs Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones.
  • Audio: Same night WWE officially becomes PG Programming, Mike Adamle is announced as Raw GM.
  • Diamond Dallas Page settles his lawsuit against Jay-Z over use of Diamond Cutter symbol.
  • Looking back at WWE Night Of Champions PPV (2009).
  • Audio: Chris Jericho is not happy Shaq is hosting Raw (2009).
  • WWE Champion CM Punk returns to WWE and confronts newly crowned WWE Champion John Cena.
  • WWF/WWE Raw reaches 1000th Episode milestone (2012).
  • Stephanie McMahon ‘arrested’ for slapping Brie Bella. Ever wonder why WWE never pushed the angle further with a ‘mugshot’?
  • Seth Rollins inadvertently knees John Cena in the nose causing several fractures and emergency surgery.
  • Audio: attempts damage control after video of his racist tirade surfaces and is fired by WWE. (2015).
  • Layla El announces her WWE retirement.
  • Looking back at WWE Battleground PPV (2016, 2017).
  • Nia Jax and Finn Balor make their WWE main roster debuts (2016).
  • Audio: Braun Strowman vs WWE newcomer, James Ellsworth (2016).
  • And so much more!

NOTABLE BIRTHDAYS: Captain Lou Albano, Baron Mikel Scicluna, Bobby Whitlock, Freddie Sweetan, Mike London, Marvin Mercer, Perro Aguayo Jr, Luke Brown, Herb Calvert, Masked Marvel, Gordon Hessel, Karloff Lagarde, Matt Borne, Pitbull #2, Al Mantell, Pat McGill, Nelson Royal, Enrique Torres, Whipper Billy Watson, Woody Strode, Vincent López, Tony Canales, Rufus Jones, Tony Altimore, Skip Young, Dale Haddock, Nick Condos, Thunder Sugiyama, Jay Clayton (RIP), Betty Boucher and Earl Black 76, El Halcón 72,Greg Gagne 71, Butch Malone 69, Rocky Santana 64, Tommy Rich and Fidel Sierra 63, Joseph Savoldi and El Mexicano 62, Romano García 61, Keith Myatt 60, Al Pérez and Mike Harris 59, Ciclón Ramírez 58, Scott Steiner, Pirata Morgan and Sonny Onoo 57, Bruiser Costa and Lioness Asuka and Karl Malone 56, Ángel o Demonio 55, Jeff Blatnick 54, Buck Quartermain 52, Triple H, Último Vampiro and Mike Segura 50, Pat McGuire, Cinthia Moreno, Infierno and Pez Tigre 49, Bombero Infernal and Jerin Rose 47, Masanori Suda and Yukio Sakaguchi 46, Hide Kubota, Tyler Symz and Chris Stevens 45, Torrie Wilson, Extasis, Zonik Dos Mil and Spartan 44, Zetta 42, Joey Daddiego 41, Shannon Moore 40, Dolph Ziggler 39, Jeremy Vain 38, Icarus and Matt Laurain 37, Roderick Strong, Scotty Vortekz and Sabastan Eros 36, Hajime Ohara 35, Tiffany Roxx, Jack Storm and Kobra 34, Pesadilla, Toni Harting, Kim Ray and Punch Tominaga 33, Zack Sabre Jr and Melanie Gray 32, Marty Scurll, Che Cabrera, Nick Madrid and Melissa Stripes 31, Nick Jackson and JJ Sánchez 30, Angelo Dawkins, Tucker and SAGAT 29, Hangman Page 28, Kat Von Kaige 27, Sammy Guevara, Noam Dar and YOSHIKO 26, Prince Ahura 25, Tessa Blanchard, Malcom Monroe III and Sky Fly 24

NOTABLE PRO WRESTLING DEBUTS: Masato Tanaka 1993, Tyson Kidd 1995, Bobby Dempsey 2005

NOTABLE DEATHS: Joaquín Murrieta 87, Mickey Gold 84, Jack ‘The Ripper’ Daniels 83, Karl Gotch 82, Frank Jares 77, Lou Pitoscia 76, Chuck Conley and Danny Dusek 75, Rita Cortez and King Toby Thomas 73, Arthur Dominguez 72, Gordon Solie 71, Tor Kamata and Nikolai Volkoff 70, Mike Hall 67, Wild Red Berry 66, Ronnie P. Gossett 63, Harold Sakata 62, Kenny Mack 61, Brickhouse Brown 60, Kenny Arden 59, Atsushi Hongo 57, Leo Pinetzki 56, Bull Ortega 55, Jim Wright and Buck Weaver 50, Dennis Coralluzzo 48, Brian Lawler 46, Tim Frankenfield 44, Sam Bass and Herb Abrams 41, Rhonda Singh 40, Frank Hester, Hercules Cortez and Pepe López 39, Freddie Sweetan 36, Scott Peterson 31, Kasavubu 26

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