This Day In Wrestling History – May 1st‏

May 1, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


1980 – Jumbo Tsuruta wins the AJPW Champion’s Carnival, defeating Dick Slater in the final after both men tied on 19 points

2007 – Vince McMahon becomes the second reader-voted inductee into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame, securing 72% of the votes

2008 – Shawn Michaels is inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame, securing 89% of the reader votes

2009 – Kane is inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame, securing 73% of the reader votes

2012 – Arn Anderson is inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame, securing 88% of the reader votes


In 2005, WWE Backlash was a Raw-exclusive event 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

In 2011, WWE Extreme Rules was held in Tampa, Florida. Following this event, John Cena addressed the live audience to announce the death of Osama Bin Laden

– Kofi Kingston defeats Sheamus in a Tables Match to win the WWE United States Title
– Michael Cole & Jack Swagger defeat Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler in a Country Whipping Match
– Layla defeats Michelle McCool in a No-DQ Loser Leaves WWE Match
– Christian defeats Alberto Del Rio in a Ladder Match to win the vacant World Heavyweight Title
– Kane & The Big Show defeat The Corre (Wade Barrett & Ezekiel Jackson) in a Lumberjack Match to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– John Cena defeats The Miz & John Morrison in a Triple Threat Cage Match to win the WWE 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

1981 – Mike George defeats Bob Sweetan to win the TSW Tri-States 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


Happy birthday to 2-time PWG World Champion Human Tornado (30), former WCW and WWE wrestler Dave Taylor (56), former NWA Hawaii star Neff Maivia (85) and the first AAA Reina de Reinas Xochitl Hamada (43)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2003, the wrestling world lost former WWF and WCW valet Miss Elizabeth aged 42. Liz began her stint in the wrestling industry working as a ring girl and valet in Angelo Poffo’s ICW promotion. It was here that she met Randy Savage, who she would marry in 1984. The following year, Savage introduced Liz as his manager in the WWF, with her first major angle coming in 1986, when George ‘The Animal’ Steele developed a crush on her, leading to a jealous reaction from Savage. The next year, she was instrumental in the formation of The Mega Powers, running backstage to ask Hulk Hogan for help when The Honky Tonk Man and The Hart Foundation attacked Savage. 1988 saw Elizabeth at the peak of her popularity; she repeatedly accompanied both Hogan and Savage to ringside, though would ultimately become the the catalyst in the breakup of their relationship. In a match against The Twin Towers, Akeem threw Savage against Elizabeth, knocking her unconscious. Hogan, concerned for her safety, carried her to the backstage area, leaving Savage to take a beating in the ring. Upon regaining consciousness, Elizabeth told Hogan to return to the ring, but he was met with an angry Savage, who slapped Hogan and abandoned him to wrestle the match alone. Elizabeth found herself torn between the warring duo and stood in a neutral corner in their match at WrestleMania V, following which Savage replaced her with Sensational Sherri. Elizabeth appeared sporadically across the next few years, but would reunite with Savage at WrestleMania VII, defending her man from Sherri. This led to Liz and Savage’s famous on-screen wedding at SummerSlam 1991, which led to two further feuds with Jake Roberts and Ric Flair, before Liz left the WWF in 1992, divorcing Savage shortly after. She worked for ESPN as a commentator on speedboat racing, before reappearing in WCW, where she served as valet to Savage, Flair, the nWo, Eric Bischoff and Lex Luger at different times, before being released in 2000. Following her WCW departure, Liz stayed out of the wrestling business, working the front desk at Lex Luger and Sting’s gym. She was advertised for the 2002 WWA shows, even accompanying Luger on the tour, but didn’t make an on-camera appearance. Less than six months later, Liz was found dead at Luger’s house of an overdose of drugs and alcohol. It was Luger himself who made the 911 call, which was later played on an episode of WWE Confidential

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