This Day In Wrestling History – May 23rd‏

May 23, 2011 - by Jamie Cruickshank


In 1993, WCW Slamboree: A Legend’s Reunion was held in Atlanta, Georgia and featured the first inductees into the short-lived WCW Hall of Fame. The Class of 93 were Mr Wrestling II, Lou Thesz, Verne Gagne & Eddie Graham

– The Hollywood Blonds (Brian Pillman & Steve Austin) defeat Dos Hombres (Ricky Steamboat & Tom Zenk) in a Cage Match to retain the NWA & WCW Tag Team Titles
– Barry Windham defeats Arn Anderson to retain the NWA World Title
– Davey Boy Smith defeats Big Van Vader by DQ (Vader retains the WCW World Title)

In 1999, WWF Over The Edge was held in Kansas City, Missouri. The event is infamous for the tragic death of Owen Hart, which I’ll cover later in the column. Vince McMahon made the decision to continue the show as ‘it’s what Owen would have wanted’. Jim Ross announced his death to the TV audience later in the show, but the live audience were never informed

– Kane & X-Pac defeat D’Lo Brown & Mark Henry to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Al Snow defeats Hardcore Holly to retain the WWF Hardcore Title
– The Union (Mankind, The Big Show, Test & Ken Shamrock) defeat The Corporate Ministry (Viscera, The Big Boss Man, Faarooq & Bradshaw) in an 8-Man Elimination Tag Team Match
– The Rock defeats Triple H by DQ
– The Undertaker defeats Steve Austin with Vince & Shane McMahon as special guest referees to win the WWF Title

In 2010, the first WWE Over The Limit PPV was held in Detroit, Michigan. It is unusual, as most new events at this time were match-specific

– Kofi Kingston defeats Drew McIntyre to win the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Rey Mysterio defeats CM Punk in an SES Pledge vs Hair Match, forcing Punk to shave his head
– The Hart Dynasty (DH Smith & Tyson Kidd) defeat Chris Jericho & The Miz to retain the WWE Unified Tag Team Titles
– The Big Show defeats Jack Swagger by DQ (Swagger retains the World Heavyweight Title)
– Eve Torres defeats Maryse to retain the WWE Divas Title
– John Cena defeats Batista in an I Quit Match to retain the WWE Title

Title Changes

1983 – The Great Kabuki defeats Jos Le Duc to win the NWA Television Title

1983 – The Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey & Bobby Eaton) defeat The Rock N Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) in a No-DQ Match to win the MSW Tag Team Titles

1992 – Steve Austin defeats Barry Windham to win the WCW Television Title

2000 – on Thunder, Kevin Nash defeats Jeff Jarrett & Scott Steiner in a Triple Threat Match to win the WCW World Title

2008 – Akitoshi Saito & Bison Smith defeat Naomichi Marufuji & Takashi Sugiura to win the GHC Tag Team Titles


Happy birthday to former TNA Tag and X-Division Champion Alex Shelley (28) and PWG founder Super Dragon (36)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1999, the wrestling world lost former WWF Intercontinental, European and Tag Team Champion Owen Hart. As mentioned earlier in the column, Hart died at the Over The Edge PPV. Competing as The Blue Blazer, Hart was scheduled to descend to the ring from the rafters on a harness. Details of the accident are sketchy at best, however, what is known is that the harness failed for some reason, causing Hart to fall nearly 80 feet, landing chest-first on the top rope. He was rushed to hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival of what was later revealed to be internal bleeding from a severed aorta.

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