RUNNING TIME: 3 Hours
Hosted by Don Tony
SYNOPSIS: Episode 19 (05/08 - 05/14)
- Verne Gagne retires from pro wrestling as AWA Heavyweight Champion.
- Bruno Sammartino vs Giant Baba: WWWF Title is defended in Japan for the first time ever.
- Eddie Gilbert seriously injured in auto accident.
- WWF tapes its first ever 'Saturday Night's Main Event'.
- Music Video premiere of Cyndi Lauper: 'The Goonies R Good Enough' featuring lots of WWF stars.
- Audio: Jerry Lawler def Curt Hennig in Career vs Title Match for AWA Heavyweight Title.
- Roddy Piper returns to WWF after two year retirement.
- Arn Anderson and Bobby Eaton wrestle for ECW.
- Looking back at AAA: Triplemania 2.
- Randy Savage vs Steve Austin wrestle for the first and only time ever in a singles match.
- WWF holds its first 'In Your House' PPV.
- "A Night To Remember": WWF holds it's last card at the Boston Garden.
- Audio: Bob Backlund revises history and announces a run for President of the United States.
- Bill Alfonso debuts for ECW.
- WCW announces change for Nitro from 2 to 3 hours.
- Audio: Infamous Farooq promo accusing WWF of racism towards black wrestlers.
- Audio: Rob Van Dam WWF Raw debut against Jeff Hardy.
- Audio: Excellent WWF segment on Dustin Runnels and Goldust.
- Audio: Eric Bischoff challenges Vince McMahon to a fight on an upcoming WCW PPV.
- Ric Flair: One of People Magazine's 'Most Beautiful People In The World' for 1998?
- Audio: Rain hampers WCW / MTV special from Chelsea Pier in NYC.
- Audio: Steve Austin on TSN 'Off The Record' with Michael Landsberg.
- Taz introduces the FTW (F*** The World) Heavyweight Title.
- Highest rated episode of Raw (8.1) airs.
- WWF lands the cover and major article in US News And World Report.
- WCW/ECW valet Chastity gets surprising amount of press for her appearance in a XXX Video.
- Miss Elizabeth wrestles her only two matches in her career.
- Lance Storm wrestles last match for ECW.
- Former wrestling hotline host turned convicted pedophile Jim Thompson (aka M.L. Curly) sentenced for sexual abuse involving minors.
- Vince McMahon and Dick Ebersol announce the closing of XFL.
- Audio: Batista makes his debut as Deacon Batista for Reverend D'von.
- Undertaker hog ties and drags Hulk Hogan from motorcycle.
- Official announcement for launch of NWA: Total Nonstop Action.
- Audio: Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) make a surprise but sad, short lived return to WWE.
- John Tenta announcement retirement due to battling bladder cancer.
- TNA announces the change from weekly PPVs to Fox Sports Net.
- Amazing Red and CM Punk have WWF tryout matches.
- Tickets for ECW One Night Stand sell out in hours.
- Batista and Booker T fight during taping of Summerslam Commercial.
- Audio: Edge cashes in MITB Briefcase vs Undertaker.
- NWA ends their relationship with TNA Wrestling.
- Audio: Roxxi Laveaux shaved bald during TNA PPV.
- Nick Bollea sentenced for felony reckless driving leading to auto accident.
- Dixie Carter's desperate plea to fans who DVR Impact.
- Memorable segment involving Jerry Lawler attacking Michael Cole.
- Brock Lesnar pulled from UFC 131 due to second battle with diverticulitis.
- New Japan Pro Wrestling invades the East Coast, and seriously injures an indy promotion in the process.
- WWE announces NXT to run full time in Florida.
- Hulk Hogan's ridiculous idea to add more 'realism' to TNA product.
- Gail Kim and Robert Irvine get married.
- Austin Aries 'sexually intimidates' Christy Hemme following an announcing botch.
- Dolph Ziggler suffers serious concussion and retrograde amnesia on an episode of Smackdown.
- Buck Zumhofe sentenced to 25 years prison for sexual misconduct with a minor.
- Audio: TNA tries to be edgy by having several wrestlers use the "F" and "N" word during a live episode of Impact.
- Audio: Daniel Bryan relinquishes IC Title due to career threatening injury.
- Adam Rose arrested for domestic battery.
- Scott Hall suffers serious health scare while performing for Knight (Paige) Family promotion.
- Billy Corgan becomes the owner of NWA.
- And so much more!
NOTABLE PRO WRESTLING DEBUTS: Perro Aguayo (1970), Tatsumi Fujinami (1971), Jake Roberts (1975), Ultimo Dragon (1987), Steve Austin (1989), Kelly Kelly (2006), Deonna Purrazzo (2014)
NOTABLE DEATHS: Jesse James 83, Judy Grable 82, Fred Ward and Leo Garibaldi 78, Fred Atkins 77, Guy Brunetti 75, Gorgeous George Jr and George Gordienko 74, Penny Banner 73, Frank Tunny 70, John Bilbo (Jules Strongbow) 69, Ilio DiPaolo 68, Danny Little Bear 65, Big Bully Busick 63, Princess Jasmine 60, Little Boy Blue 57, Johnny 'Ram Man' Evans 50, Jumbo Tsuruta 49, Wayne Van Dyke 29, Eric Kulas 22
NOTABLE BIRTHDAYS: Danny Hodge, Killer Karl Krupp, Scott Irwin, Steve Williams, Tommy Rogers, Mike Shaw (RIP), Butcher Vachon 80, Robert Fuller 67, Tito Santana 65, Vader 63, Paul Diamond, Akira Taue, and Dennis Rodman 57, Glacier 54, Humberto Garza Jr 52, William Regal and Kevin Kelly (Announcer) and Hugh Mungus 51, Mantaur 50, Akebono 49, Doug Basham 47, Billy Kidman 44, Truth Martini and Little Jeanne 43, Shawn Osborne and Ricky Ortiz 42, Bobby Roode 41, Nick Berk 39, Nicky Benz 38, Nobuhiko Takada and Jimmy Yang 37, Puck 36, Shinya Aoki and Daizee Haze 35, Tommaso Ciampa and Zack Ryder 33, Lince Dorado 31, Bestia 666 29, Io Shirai 28, Scarlett Bordeaux 27
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