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This Day in Pro Wrestling History (June 22)

Don't you wish after watching a wrestling show you could get your money back? For one lucky audience in Green Bay, Wisconsin, they got that wish.


12 years ago today, the WWE Hardcore Championship changes hands four times: Bradshaw loses to the title to Raven, who loses it to Spike Dudley, who loses it to Shawn Stasiak, who loses it back to Bradshaw.

7 years ago today, Nancy Benoit (nee Toffoloni, also Daus and Sullivan), best known as Woman on WCW and ECW programming, was killed by her husband Chris Benoit at age 43. The actual date of death is officially unknown, as when her body was found three days later, it had already begun the decomposition process. Benoit had managed Kevin Sullivan, Butch Reed, Ron Simmons, and The Four Horsemen in the 1980s and early 1990s. In her time in ECW, she managed The Sandman, Tazmaniac, and 2 Cold Scorpio. She returned to WCW in 1996 to manage a rebooted version of the Horsemen, mainly Chris Benoit, whose on-screen relationship blossomed into a a real-life affair, and eventually, marriage in 1997, shortly after divorcing Kevin Sullivan. (Side nugget: It was Sullivan who booked the romance angle, leading some to believe that Kevin Sullivan actually booked his own divorce). Nancy disappeared from WCW in May 1997 and would retire from the wrestling business.


5 years ago today was the first (and only) edition of Trump RAW from Green Bay, Wisconsin's Resch Center. It was the first commercial-free RAW in its seventeen-year history. Prior to the show, Donald Trump announced via press release that all attendees at the show would receive a full refund following the event, some $235,000 in ticket sales.

  • Jeff Hardy, Rey Mysterio, & The Great Khali defeated Chris Jericho, Edge, & Dolph Ziggler.
  • Cody Rhodes (w/ Ted DiBiase defeated Primo Colon (w/ Carlito Colon).
  • Randy Orton (c) vs. Triple H in a last man standing match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship ends in a double knockout.
  • Mickie James & The Bella Twins (Brie Bella & Nikki Bella) defeated Maryse, Beth Phoenix, & Rosa Mendes.
  • The Big Show defeated John Cena.

Happy 38th birthday to independent wrestler Amber O' Neal. Amber recently married former WWE and TNA (and current New Japan) star Luke Gallows. Here's a match from WSU Mutiny for the NWA Womens Championship, featuring O'Neal and Santana Garrett (TNA's Brittany) challenging Barbi Hayden for the title. (video via WSU Wrestling's official Youtube)


A quick note: If you must discuss the events of June 22-25, 2007, please, for the sake of the community and its fellow members, do so in a mature matter. Thanks.

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