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TWIWH S2 E31 (07/30 – 08/05) This Week In Wrestling History

RUNNING TIME: 3 Hours 46 Minutes
Hosted by Don Tony

SYNOPSIS: S2 E31 (07/30 – 08/05)

  • Bruno Sammartino ‘refuses’ the NWA World Heavyweight Title after def champion Buddy Rogers who suffered an ‘injury’ during the match. A common finish back in the golden era of wrestling. 
  • Memorable bloodbath between Bruno Sammartino and Superstar Billy Graham (Special Referee: Gorilla Monsoon) takes place at Madison Square Garden.
  • Roddy Piper and Tony Atlas make their WWWF TV debuts.
  • Audio: Roddy Piper trolls fans in WWWF TV debut (1979).
  • Audio: Roddy Piper 2nd WWWF TV match vs Jose Estrada (1979).
  • Roddy Piper stabbed in the chest following NWA Mid Atlantic Title match against Jack Brisco.
  • Bonus Audio: Roddy Piper ‘$10,000’ promo and match against Jack Brisco for NWA Mid Atlantic Title (1982).
  • Bob Backlund’s original WWF run ends (1984).
  • Miss Elizabeth makes her WWF debut.
  • Audio: Eddie Gilbert vs Shane Douglas (original opponent: Sting) for UWF TV Title (1987).
  • Looking back at WWF Wrestlefest ’88 event (1988).
  • United States Wrestling Association (USWA) is created.
  • Looking back at the one and only WCW appearance of ‘The Pearl’.
  • Audio: Nikita Koloff vs Rick Rude + Sting ‘injury’ by Jake ‘The Snake Roberts (making WCW debut) leads to Ron Simmons vs Vader for WCW Heavyweight Championship (1992).
  • Audio: Ron Simmons def Vader to become the first ever Black WCW Heavyweight Champion (1992).
  • Hulk Hogan wrestles final WWF match before exiting in 1993.
  • Looking back at SMW ‘Night Of Legends’ event (1994) and the match that had Chris Jericho break the ‘Muta scale’.
  • WCW Collision In Korea airs on PPV.
  • Looking back at ECW ‘Wrestlepalooza’ 1995.
  • Audio: Memorable ECW match between The Steiners and Eddie Guerrero vs Cactus Jack, 2 Cold Scorpio, and Dean Malenko (1995).
  • Becky Two Belts? Chump Change: Great Sasuke def Ultimo Dragon to win J-Crown Tournament and becomes ‘Sasuke Eight Belts’!
  • Looking back at ECW ‘The Doctor Is In’ event and the final ECW appearance by Chris Jericho (1996).
  • Looking back at WWF ‘Summerslam’ PPV (1997).
  • Audio: Lex Luger def Hollywood Hulk Hogan to win WCW World Heavyweight Championship (1997).
  • Looking back at ECW ‘Heatwave ’98’ PPV (1998).
  • Audio: Sunday Night Heat makes it’s debut on USA Network.
  • Audio: ‘Choppy Choppy, Val Venis’ Pee Pee!’
  • Looking back at the Brian Hildebrand Benefit Show ‘Curtis Comes Home’ (1999).
  • Becky Two belts? Chump Change: Lance Storm wins WCW Cruiserweight Title and becomes ‘Lance Three Belts’.
  • Looking back at i-Generation Superstars Of Wrestling ‘Rodman Down Under’ event (2000).
  • Pro Wrestling NOAH holds its inaugural show.
  • Audio: First promo confrontation between The Rock and Booker T post WCW closing its doors (2001).
  • WWE Niagara Falls opens in Canada.
  • Official autopsy report is released on the death of Miss Elizabeth.
  • Playstation 2 Magazine (UK) launches 4 commemorative covers featuring WWE Divas. Or did they?
  • Audio: Shawn Michaels’ infamous Hulk Hogan impersonation on ‘Larry King Live’ (2005).
  • ROH ‘Fight Of The Century’: Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan) and Samoa Joe battle to a 60 minute time limit draw.
  • Audio: CM Punk makes his WWE/ECW debut (2006).
  • Audio: NY WWE fans tell viewers to ‘change the channel’ during Batista / Big Show match (2006).
  • Did the arrest of vandals spray painting DX throughout New Hampshire town spark the idea of DX ‘spraypainted’ on WWE Headquarters building?
  • Vince McMahon loves c***.
  • Vince McMahon makes regular return to WWE programming after Chris Benoit tragedy – and is ‘served’ with a paternity lawsuit.
  • Matt Morgan signs with TNA Wrestling.
  • Audio: John Morrison vs Joey Ryan: 15 Minutes Of Fame match from WWE/ECW TV (2007).
  • Last WWE Saturday Night’s Main Event airs on NBC (2008).
  • With Summerfest right around the corner, looking back when Celebrity Guest Host Dr Ken Jeong (w/ Jeremy Piven) was dropped on his head on Raw (2009).
  • TNA suspends Samoa Joe after backstage tirade over TNA (creative) handling of match against Jeff Hardy.
  • WWE releases Melina, Chris Masters, Vladimir Kozlov, Davey Boy Smith Jr, and several developmental wrestlers.
  • Audio: Memorable confrontation between Triple H and newly crowned WWE Champion, CM Punk (2011).
  • Gail Kim announces her departure from WWE.
  • Billy Corgan announces the creation of Resistance Pro Wrestling promotion.
  • Booker T becomes the new General Manager of Smackdown (2012).
  • Audio: Abraham Washington makes a dopey Kobe Bryant rape joke on WWE Raw which ultimately leads to his WWE release (2012).
  • Looking back at NJPW first ever iPPV event (2012).
  • Audio: ‘And the crowd goes mild!’ Remembering the less than stellar TNA ‘August 1st Warning’ storyline and revelation (2013).
  • Following Ronda Rousey’s heartfelt tribute to Roddy Piper at UFC 190, Dana White calls WWE ‘fake sh**’.
  • Audio: The Broken Hardys become ‘Woken’ (2017).
  • Joey Ryan counters Mr Socko with the D*** Flip.
  • WWE releases Eva Marie.
  • And so much more!

NOTABLE BIRTHDAYS: George Hackenschmidt, Karl Gotch, Mildred Burke, Tiger Conway, Goldie Rogers, Charro Aztec, Jim Mitchell, Haystacks Calhoun, Steve Gobrukovich, El Brazo, Bull Ramos, John Cretoria, Roy McClarty, La Bestia Nazi, George Harben, Nick Carter, Ann Gunkel, Chandler Biggins, Johnny Carlin, Everett Rattan, Don Carver, Cyclone Anaya, Sammy Baldwin, Eric the Animal, Biff Wellington, Tarahumara, Rusty Westcoatt, Demitros Tzitzikas, Ángel Blanco, Maximum Capacity, Moondog Splash, El Picudo, Bobby Ford, J.C. Dykes, Kenny Yates, Roy Dunn, Jay York (RIP), Roland Bock 75, Jimmy Golden 69, Stan Lane 66, Dean Malenko 59, Paul Atlas 58, Ricky Boy and Kevin Greene 57, El Hijo del Santo and Pat Tanaka 56, Prince Iaukea, Katsunori Yoshida and Wellington Wilkins Jr 55, John Laurinaitis and Shinji Sasazaki 54, Kensuke Sasaki, Takashi Iizuka and Mike Chioda 53, Brody Steele and Durango Kid 52, Kendo KaShin 51, Kid Kash and Johnny Webb 50, Hideki Hosaka and Hiromi Yagi 48, D-Von Dudley and Ikuto Hidaka 47, Rob Black and Kenji Nagai 46, Yun Gang Chul 45, Espíritu Maligno, Turbina, Damian Dragon, RJ Carrington and The Green Phantom 43, Frankie Kazarian, Sin Cara (Hunico) and Yoshitatsu 42, Sachie Nishibori 41, John Walters 40, Yuko Kosugi and Perro Mocho Jr 39, Paranoiko, Trent Seven, Héctor Canales and Sean Phoenix 38, Damien Sandow, Naoki Ueda, Black Star, The Saint and Jack Korpela 37, Tsukasa Fujimoto, Delirio, Danny Demanto, Stevie Lynn, Tim Rockwell and Simon Sezz 36, El Niño de Acero and El Texano Jr 35, Harry Smith, Payton Graham, Viking Villeneuve, Sören Reuter, Soldado de la Muerte, Haruna Akagi, Drake Carter and Eric Watts 34, Sean Guinness 33, Scott Justice, HAYATA, Takumi Soya and CB Gibson 32, Satoshi Kajiwara, Soma Takao, Shazza McKenzie and Eddie Dark 31, Violet O’Hara, Kikyo Nakamura, Yuna Mizumori  and Masayuki Mitomi 30, Alex Plexis and Aero Boy 29, El Hombre Bala Jr 28, Jocker and Toa Henare 27, El Forastero and Manami Kanda 25, Julian Pace and Yuhi 24, Lucy Gibbs 23, Seigo Tachibana 22


NOTABLE DEATHS: Don Owen 90, Harry Madison 86, Leo Newman 84, Jim LaRock 81, Ramon Zavalza 80, Dutch Savage 78, Gorila Ramos, Whitey Wahlberg and Alexander Tomko 77, Harley Race 76, Donald Lortie 75, Jean Antone 73, Richard Grupe 72, Vern Taft 70, John Spellman and Arpad Weber 67, Alfonso Dantes and Juanita Coffman 65, Tony Martinelli 64, Roddy Piper and Polo Cordova 61, Ken Timbs 53, Azumafuji and El Picudo 51, Ray Gunkel 48, Red River Jack 47, Argentina Apollo 46, Corey Maclin 43, JT Lightning 41, Mitch Snow 34, Bronco Valdez 33

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