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This Day In Wrestling History – May 1st‏



Events

In 2005, WWE Backlash was a Raw-exclusive event. It was held in Manchester, New Hampshire

– Shelton Benjamin defeats Chris Jericho to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– The Hurricane & Rosey win a Tag Team Turmoil Match to win the World Tag Team Titles
– Edge defeats Chris Benoit in a Last Man Standing Match
– Hulk Hogan & Shawn Michaels defeat Muhammad Hassan & Daivari
– Batista defeats Triple H to retain the World Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1981 – Harley Race defeats Tommy Rich to win the NWA World Title

1981 – Super Destroyer defeats Jim Garvin to win the MSW Louisiana Title

1994 – Shinya Hashimoto defeats Tatsumi Fujinami to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title

1994 – Rick Rude defeats Sting to win the WCW International World Title, but suffers a back injury in the match which would prove to be career-ending

1995 – Jerry Lawler defeats Razor Ramon to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1998 – Toshiaki Kawada defeats Mitsuharu Misawa to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title

1998 – Booker T defeats Chris Benoit to win the WCW Television Title

2002 – The 24/7 Rule on the WWF Hardcore Title sees the belt pass from Steven Richards to Tommy Dreamer, to Goldust and back to Richards

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WWE developmental talent Greg Groothuis also known as Jack Bull (41), retired former WSX and ROH wrestler Human Tornado (28), former WWE and WCW star Dave Taylor (54) and semi-retired former CMLL and AAA Womens Champion Xochitl Hamada (41)

In Memoriam

Today, in 2003, the wrestling world lost former WWF and WCW valet Miss Elizabeth at the age of 42. Elizabeth had been in a relationship with Lex Luger since the closure of WCW and it was he who made the 911 call when Elizabeth stopped breathing. She did not respond to resuscitation and was pronounced later that day of what would later be assessed as a drug and alcohol overdose. On a sad note, Elizabeth’s mother banned anyone from the wrestling industry from attending her daughter’s funeral, as she believed that the pro wrestling lifestyle had ‘taken her daughter from her’


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One Response

  1. CMBurnham says:

    I’m not certain if he’s still alive, but today is the birthday of Neff Maiava (aks Prince Maivia).

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