This Day In Wrestling History – May 19th‏

May 20, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


2006 – WWE Studios releases it’s first feature film, ‘See No Evil’, starring Kane. It eventually grossed around $18.5 million worldwide


In 1990, NWA Capital Combat: Return of the Robocop was promoted by WCW under the NWA banner and held in Washington DC. The subtitle was a promo for the upcoming Robocop 2 movie and an actor in a Robocop suit saved Sting from a beatdown by The Four Horsemen during the event.

– Paul Ellering defeats Teddy Long in a Hair vs Hair Match
– The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) defeat Brian Pillman & Tom Zenk to win the NWA United States Tag Team Titles
– The Rock n Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) defeat The Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin) in a Corporal Punishment Match
– Doom (Butch Reed & Ron Simmons) defeat The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) to win the NWA World Tag Team Titles
– Lex Luger defeats Ric Flair by DQ in a Cage Match (Flair retains the NWA World Title)

In 1991, the first WCW SuperBrawl was held in St Petersburg, Florida

– The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin) defeat The Young Pistols (Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong) to win the vacant WCW United States Tag Team Titles
– Ron Simmons defeats Butch Reed in a Cage Match
– The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) defeat Sting & Lex Luger to retain the WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Bobby Eaton defeats Arn Anderson to win the WCW Television Title
– Ric Flair defeats Tatsumi Fujinami to retain the WCW World Title and win the NWA World Title

In 1996, WCW Slamboree, held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was the first not to feature a Legends Gathering or any inductions into the WCW Hall of Fame. The event featured the return (and final appearance) of the Battlebowl concept where randomly-formed tag teams compete against each other to qualify for a Battle Royal.

– Dean Malenko defeats Brad Armstrong to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Title
– Konnan defeats Jushin Liger to retain the WCW United States Title
– Diamond Dallas Page defeats The Barbarian, Earl Robert Eaton, Ice Train, Scott Norton, Rocco Rock, Johnny Grunge & Dick Slater to win the Lord of the Ring (Battlebowl) Battle Royal
– The Giant defeats Sting to retain the WCW World Title

In 2002, WWE Judgment Day, held in Nashville, Tennessee, was the first PPV to use the WWE name, though promotional materials (having been produced earlier) still used the WWF logo

– on Sunday Night Heat, William Regal defeats D’Lo Brown to retain the WWE European Title
– Eddie Guerrero defeats Rob Van Dam to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Trish Stratus defeats Stacy Keibler to retain the WWE Womens Title
– Edge defeats Kurt Angle in a Hair vs Hair Match
– Triple H defeats Chris Jericho in a Hell In A Cell Match
– Rikishi & Rico defeat Billy & Chuck to win the WWE Tag Team Titles
– The Undertaker defeats Hollywood Hulk Hogan to win the WWE Undisputed Title

Title Changes

1980 – Gino Hernandez defeats Kevin von Erich to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1984 – The Super Destroyers (1 & 2) defeat The Rock & Soul Connection (Buck Zumhofe & King Parsons) to win the WCCW American Tag Team Titles. Immediately after the match, The Destroyers were unmasked and revealed as Scott & Bill Irwin, who continued the reign under their real identities

1986 – Nobuhiko Takada defeats Shiro Koshinaka to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title

1989 – Super Zodiac II & Cactus Jack defeat Jeff Jarrett & Kerry von Erich to win the WCCW World Tag Team Titles. Also, Super Zodiac defeats Eric Embry to win the WCCW Texas Heavyweight Title

1995 – Razor Ramon defeats Jeff Jarrett to win the WWF Intercontinental Title

1996 – The Godwinns (Henry & Phinneas) defeat The Bodydonnas (Skip & Zip) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

1996 – Jesse James Armstrong defeats Tony Falk to win the USWA Television Title

2004 – Ron Killings defeats AJ Styles, Raven & Chris Harris in a 4-Way Match to win the NWA World Title

2012 – Juventud Guerrera defeats Jack Evans to win the AAA Cruiserweight Title


Happy birthday to one-time WCW Tag Team Champion Dick Slater (62), Dragon Gate star Magnitude Kishiwada (42) and 2-time WCW Cruiserweight Champion Psicosis (42)

Also, today would have been the birthday of the first WWE Hall of Famer André The Giant (67) and legendary heel Karl Von Hess (94)

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