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This Date in Pro-Wrestling History

Happy anniversary to a high point of my adult wrestling fandom

It’s been nine years since CM Punk left Allstate Arena with the WWE title after beating John Cena at Money in the Bank 2011. The wrestling boom it seemed to portend didn’t happen, but that doesn’t make the moment any less special.

Remembering Sexton Hardcastle, for today is his day

The man, the myth, the legend that never was.

That time Vince’s limo blew up on Raw (and President Trump thought something really happened to him)

It was a wacky night on this day in pro wrestling history.

Sid Vicious’ famous leg break happened on this day 17 years ago

One of the most grotesque on-air injuries in pro wrestling happened on this date in history.

It’s been 3 years since Roman Reigns’ sufferin’ succotash promo

Hey, at least he’s not saying things like this anymore!

Armageddon 2000 anniversary means we can remember this classic Rock promo

"The Great One" at his finest.

The Montreal Screwjob happened 20 years ago today

One of the most infamous events in in the history of WWE happened on this date.

On this date in history: Sting declares himself a free agent on WCW Monday Nitro

This was the last we would see of the colorful Sting before he donned the black and white face paint.

On this date in history: War Games at Fall Brawl 1996 -- WCW vs. nWo

One of the first big battles in the WCW vs. nWo war was fought in Winston Salem on this day. It was also the day Sting decided it was time for a change.

Bart Gunn knocked out JBL to win the Brawl for All on this day 19 years ago

The vicious end to a really dumb idea.

Ron Killings Wins the NWA World Title

You know him by a different name.

Vince McMahon Returns from the Dead

The WWE boss returns from getting blown up... only to find out he has an illegitimate son. Plus the end of an era in the WWF.

Sasuke Eight Belts

The Great Sasuke won eight titles at once 21 years ago today. No, really.

Lex Luger Wins the WCW World Title

Lex Luger delivers a huge blow to the nWo by winning the WCW world title on a milestone Nitro 20 years ago today. Plus the end of World Class Championship Wrestling.

Hart, Soul, and a Broken Neck

Bret Hart makes history at Summerslam 20 years ago today, but it’s overshadowed by a career-altering injury.

Ron Simmons Wins the WCW World Title

A racial barrier comes crumbling down with a thunderous powerslam 25 years ago today.

#August1Warning

Former UFC champion Tito Ortiz returns to TNA... to mostly indifference.

On This Day in History: Roddy Piper Passes Away

Two years ago today, the wrestling world loses a second legend in as many months with the passing of Rowdy Roddy Piper.

Wrestlefest ‘88

Hogan and Andre in a steel cage!

Miss Elizabeth’s WWF Debut

One of the greatest managers in history debuted in the WWF on this day.

The nWo Takes Over Disneyworld

Remember when Kevin Nash said the nWo wasn’t here to play? After this Nitro 21 years ago today, everybody took them seriously.

The PG Era Begins

WWE officially makes the transition to (almost) family-friendly programming nine years ago today.

Dusty Rhodes Wins the NWA World Title

"The American Dream" wins the last of his three NWA world titles 31 years ago today.

Sunday Night Heat is Born

Intended as just a six-episode series, a Sunday night staple was born 19 years ago today.

The Return of CM Punk

Just as WWE crowns a new champion six years ago today, the old one comes back. Plus, a very eventful first RAW of the second brand extension era.

On This Day in History: WWE Fires Hulk Hogan

Wrestling fans woke up to a scandal of huge proportions two years ago today after WWE gives Hulk Hogan the pink slip.

Kurt Angle Wins the WCW Championship

A WWF superstar wins WCW’s top prize in a WWF ring. Nope, nothing weird about that at all.

RAW 1000

WWE’s signature show celebrates a milestone and enters a new era. Plus a women’s bout brings in a record audience for MTV and WWE’s first-ever ladder match.

Happy Birthday, Shawn Michaels!

"The Heartbreak Kid" turns 52 today. Here’s a look at his life and career.

The Invasion is On!

WWF, WCW, and ECW finally get together on PPV. Plus Vince McMahon beats the feds in court.

The Rock’s Record-Breaking Title Win

"The Great One" is in a class all his own with his record-breaking seventh WWE title 15 years ago today.

Shine Wrestling is Born

The all-women’s indie Shine Wrestling presented its first show five years ago today. Plus Bret Hart’s first singles title in WCW.

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