This Date in Pro Wrestling History (May 5): 75 years worth of memorable moments


A lot happened on this date throughout the history of professional wrestling over the past 75 years. Today, we give you a complete rundown of all the things worth remembering, complete with images and videos of course! Come check it out...

¡ Es hora de Cinco de Mayo, Cagesiders, para hablar sobre lo que ocurrió en esta fecha en la historia de lucha Pro! Today we are going to do something a little bit different in your This Date in Pro Wrestling History post since it's a holiday, but mostly just because a lot of noteworthy things have happened on this date in the world of wrestling.

With that in mind, here are the top stories worth remembering from May 5th over the past 75 years --

May 5, 1939

Cowboy Bill Watts is born William F. Watts, Jr. in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

He grows up to become an NWA, Mid-South & WWWF legend, as well as a WWE Hall of Famer and the former owner/promoter of Mid-South Wrestling and the UWF. Watts was also the proud father of former WCW & TNA star, Erik Watts.

Titles held by Cowboy Bill Watts:

  • AWA (Boston) United States Heavyweight Champion
  • MSW North American Heavyweight Champion
  • Additional Heavyweight Championships in: NWA Florida, Southern (Florida), Gulf Coast, Georgia, Texas, North American (Tri-State), Brass Knuckles (Tri-State)
  • WWWF United States Tag Team Champion
  • MSW Tag Team Champion
  • Additional Tag Team Championships in: NWA International (Japan), Louisiana, & Tri-State South

May 5, 1961

Hiroshi Hase is born in Oyabe, Toyama, Japan

He grows up to become one of the top technical puroresu stars of all time. Of significance: The match below is credited with the creation of the "Muta Scale". WARNING: If you should opt to view this match, you will not fail to understand why that is.

If you are unfamiliar with what this Muta Scale is all about, here is the best description I have seen yet from the IWC:

"It describes the amount of blood shed by a wrestler during a match on a numerical scale. It's called the Muta scale because it refers to a match between the Great Muta vs. Hiroshi Hase, where the Great Muta accidentally bladed himself so deeply as to cause blood -- that blood was heavily pouring out of his head during the match.

Thus, whenever wrestlers bleed, they're ranked to see how much it compares to Muta's bladejob. For an example, Eddie Guerrero vs. JBL at 'Judgement Day 2004' and Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker from 'No Mercy 2002' were both given the highest rating possible on the Muta Scale."

Titles held by Hiroshi Hase include:

  • NJPW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
  • NJPW IWGP Tag Team Champion
  • Stampede International Tag Team Champion
  • WCW International World Heavyweight Champion

May 5, 1970:

British wrestling star Frankie Sloan is born in Liverpool, England



Titles held by Frankie Sloan:

  • FSE British Heavyweight Champion

May 5, 1982:

Mini Histeria is born Rolando Fuentes Romero in Veracruz, Mexico

As the son of luchador Rocco Marvin and the brother of luchador Ricky Marvin, he grows up to become a second generation AAA Mini-Estrella.



Titles held by Mini Histeria/Romero:

  • AAA Mexican National Mini-Estrella Champion

May 5, 1985:

The NWA WCCW Parade of Champions II took place...

Highlights from this event included:

  • NWA World Heavyweight Champion Nature Boy Ric Flair & Kevin Von Erich fighting to a double countout.
  • Kevin, Kerry & Mike Von Erich and The Fabulous Freebirds defeating Chris Adams
  • Gino Hernandez, Rip Oliver, One Man Gang, Kamala & "Dr. Death" Steve Williams participating in a 12 man, two ring tag team match -- yes, two rings.
  • Kerry Von Erich defeating One Man Gang in a Hair vs Hair match. (Per the match stipulations: One Man Gang's Manager, Gary Hart, had his head shaved. Had Kerry lost, his father Fritz would have had his head shaved instead.)
  • The Fantastics defeating The Midnight Express to win the vacant NWA American Tag Team Championship

Also, there was this little gem of an incident that occurred:

May 5, 2001:

Raymond Kessler, birth date unknown, passed away in Brooklyn New York

Kessler had achieved a great amount of notoriety, fame and respect for having been a Former Little Person star (allowing himself to be billed as a "Midget"), as well as having found success and fame as a Little Person wrestling star, aka The Haiti Kid, during his prime years.

May 5, 2001:

The WWF Insurrextion '01 event took place

Highlights from this event included:

  • Chris Benoit defeating Kurt Angle in a 2 out of 3 Falls match
  • Chris Jericho defeating William Regal to win the "Queen's Cup"
  • The Undertaker defeating WWF Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin & HHH. (Austin retained the WWF Championship since The Undertaker pinned HHH)
  • Eddie Guerrero defeating Grand Master Sexay
  • Perry Saturn & Dean Malenko defeating Hardcore & Crash Holly
  • Bradshaw defeating The Big Show
  • Edge & Christian defeating X-Factor, The Hardy Boyz & The Dudley Boyz in a Fatal 4 Way Elimination match

May 5, 2002:

Randy "Pee Wee" Anderson, born on July 17, 1959 in Rome, Georgia passes away from testicular cancer at age 42.

He was considered to be a legendary NWA & WCW referee, and was a close childhood friend of WWE Hall of Famer, "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson, and trained to become a wrestler alongside Double A, under "The Nightmare" Ted Allen.

What say you Cagesiders? Do any of you remember any of these events from our history, or recall your Dads or Grandads talking about any of these moments over the years? Did we leave anything out? Let us know in the comments below.

~ Today's source for all of these fantastic factoids was Brian Nixon - via TDiPWH/fb


And now, from the desk of our CSS Senior Editor; for your viewing pleasure we bring to you, additional posts dusted off from the --

5 - MAY


5 May 2012
5 May 2011
5 May 2010

In This Article

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Cageside Seats

You must be a member of Cageside Seats to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cageside Seats. You should read them.

Join Cageside Seats

You must be a member of Cageside Seats to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cageside Seats. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.