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This Day In Wrestling History – May 24th‏



Trivia

1999 – WWE presents ‘Raw is Owen’ (a play on the then-named Raw is War TV show) a tribute show for Owen Hart. Notable moments include an emotional poem written and read by Mark Henry and Steve Austin leaving one beer in the ring ‘for Owen’

Events

In 2009, TNA Sacrifice was held in Orlando, Florida

– Taylor Wilde defeats Daffney in a Monsters Ball Match
– Suicide fought Daniels to a draw. Daniels originally won the match through interference from Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin, but refused to accept the title by those means and asked for a 5-minute rematch. The restarted match went to a time-limit draw
– Angelina Love defeats Awesome Kong to retain the TNA Knockouts Title
– AJ Styles defeats Booker T in an I Quit Match to retain the TNA Legends Title
– Sting defeats Mick Foley, Kurt Angle & Jeff Jarrett in a Four Way Ultimate Sacrifice Match. Each man wagered an important aspect of their career on the match; Angle’s leadership of the Main Event Mafia, Sting’s career, Jarrett’s stake in TNA and Foley’s TNA World Title. Sting pinned Angle to gain control of the Main Event Mafia, and as a result, Foley retains the TNA World Title

Title Changes

1973 – Harley Race defeats Dory Funk to win the NWA World Title

1978 – Dale Valentine defeats Al Madril to win the Texas Heavyweight Title

1984 – Ric Flair defeats Kerry Von Erich to win the NWA World Title

1996 – Akira Taue defeats Mitsuharu Misawa to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title

2010 – on Raw, R-Truth defeats The Miz to win the vacant WWE United States Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to TNA wrestler Elijah ‘D’Angelo Dinero’ Burke (34)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1984, the wrestling world lost WWWF (now WWE) founder Vince McMahon Sr at the age of 69. McMahon took over his father’s CWC promotion in 1954 and under his leadership, it became the dominant NWA territory of the 50′s and 60′s, reputedly controlling up to 70% of NWA bookings at the time. McMahon was also one of the first to promote regularly televised wrestling shows, beginning in 1955. In 1963, in protest against ‘their man’ Buddy Roberts losing the NWA World Title, McMahon and business partner Toots Mondt seceded from the NWA, renaming their promotion the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF). After several years of success within his territory and with his health failing, McMahon sold the renamed WWF to his son Vince Jr and the rest, as they say, is history. McMahon Sr would not live to see the national expansion of his former company, as he died of pancreatic cancer mere months after Hulk Hogan’s victory over The Iron Sheik, which would usher in the 80′s wrestling boom period. Interestingly, The Fabulous Moolah claimed that McMahon was one of the first promoters to split their gate proceeds with the wrestlers.

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4 Responses

  1. Jamie says:

    Just noticed a typo in the ‘In Memoriam’ section – Buddy Roberts should of course read Buddy Rogers

  2. CMBurnham says:

    Dale Valentine’s Texas title win was actually MARCH 24, not MAY 24. =)

  3. MulkeyMania says:

    Harley Race defeated Dory Funk, Jr on March 24, 1973 not May 24.

  4. Jamie says:

    It would seem that I can’t tell the difference between 5 and 3 as far as months go…..

    Thanks to you both for pointing them out, I’ll have a check through the rest of the histories soon to try to eke out any more mistakes

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