This Day In Wrestling History – May 22nd

May 22, 2014 - by staff


1986 –  The Rock N’ Roll Express defeated NWA World Tag Team Champions The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Dennis Condrey) in a non-title match in Taylorsville, NC

2009 –  TNA released Shane Sewell, who returned to Puerto Rico as his former persona, Glamour Boy Shane


In 1994, WCW Slamboree was held at the Philadelphia Civic Center, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, & featured inductions to the WCW Hall of Fame. The Class of 94 were The Assassin, Ole Anderson, Harley Race, Ernie Ladd, The Crusher & Dick The Bruiser. With an attendance of 4,000:

Dark Match:
Pretty Wonderful (Paul Roma & Paul Orndorff) defeated Brian & Brad Armstrong
– Steve Austin defeated Johnny B Badd to retain the WCW United States Title
– Terry Funk fought Tully Blanchard to a double DQ
– Larry Zbyszko defeated WCW World Television Champion Lord Steven Regal in a non-title match
– Dustin Rhodes defeated Bunkhouse Buck in a Bullrope Match
– Ric Flair defeated Barry Windham to retain the WCW World Title
– Kevin Sullivan & Cactus Jack (replacing the injured Dave Sullivan) defeated The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) in a Broadstreet Bully Match with Dave Schultz as special guest referee to win the WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Sting defeated Vader to win the vacant WCW International World Title

In 2005, WWE Judgment Day was a Smackdown-exclusive event held at the Target Center, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With an attendance of 12,000:

Sunday Night Heat:
Nunzio defeated Akio
– MNM (Joey Mercury & Johnny Nitro) defeated Hardcore Holly & Charlie Haas to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– Carlito (with Matt Morgan) defeated The Big Show
– Paul London defeated Chavo Guerrero to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Title
– Booker T defeated Kurt Angle
– Orlando Jordan defeated Heidenreich to retain the WWE United States Title
– Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Eddie Guerrero via DQ
– John Cena defeated JBL in an I Quit Match to retain the WWE Title

In 2011, WWE Over The Limit was held at the Key Arena, in Seattle, Washington. With an attendance of 6,500

Dark Match:
– Daniel Bryan defeated Drew McIntyre
– R-Truth defeated Rey Mysterio Jr.
– Ezekiel Jackson defeated Wade Barrett via DQ (Barrett retains the WWE Intercontinental Title)
– Sin Cara defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr.
– The Big Show & Kane defeated The New Nexus (CM Punk & Mason Ryan) to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– Brie Bella (with Nikki Bella) defeated Kelly Kelly to retain the WWE Divas Title
– Randy Orton defeated Christian to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– Jerry Lawler defeated Michael Cole in a Kiss My Foot Match
– John Cena defeated The Miz (with Alex Riley) in an I Quit Match to retain the WWE Title

Title Changes

1965 – Mad Dog Vachon defeated Mighty Igor Vodic to win the AWA World Title

1972 – Sonny King & Chief Jay Strongbow defeated King Curtis Iaukea & Mikel Scicluna to win the WWWF Tag Team Titles

1985 – The Nightmare/The Champion defeated Terry Taylor to win the MSW North American Title

1989 – Lex Luger defeated Michael Hayes to win the NWA United States Title. This reign would be the longest in the history of the title at over 17 months

1992 – Brian Lee defeated Paul Orndorff in the final of a tournament to become the 1st SMW Heavyweight Champion

1995 – Jeff Jarrett defeated Razor Ramon to win the WWF Intercontinental Title in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec

2000 – on Nitro, Vince Russo awards the vacant WCW World Title to Jeff Jarrett. Also, Daffney defeats Crowbar to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title

2004 – Masanobu Fuchi & Genichiro Tenryu defeated The Great Kosuke & Shiryu to win the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles

2013 – on TNA Impact, Mickie James defeated Velvet Sky to win the TNA Knockout’s Title in Tampa, Florida


Happy birthday to former World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan (33), current WWE star Bray Wyatt (27), former WWF & WCW wrestler Scott Putski (48), Tough Enough 4 finalist Daniel Rodimer (36), former TNA wrestler A1 (37), former TNA Knockout Traci Brooks (39), & Mexican star Halloween known for his WCW run as Ciclope (43)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former NWA tag team star Don Curtis (87), Mexican star El Solitario (68), & 2-time WCW Light Heavyweight Champion Brian Pillman (52)

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