We look back on this day in wrestling history where legends collided, alliances rallied together, and we go-home for two upcoming pay-per-views.
1996 – Dusty Rhodes former valet in his brief WWF stint, Sapphire (Juanita Wright) passed away as a result of a heart attack in St Louis, Missouri.
2001 – On Raw the WWE Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin rallies the Alliance together to take out his frustrations on Kurt Angle by putting the Olympic Gold medalist in a Hardcore Title match against Rob Van Dam. In the main event, Test and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley take on the WCW Champion The Rock in a handicap match.
This would also be the last episode to be title Raw Is War. The 9/11 terrorist attacks took place the next day and the title of the show was changed immediately to Raw.
2005 – WrestleReunion 3 took place in Florida and featured matches with legends such as The Warlord, Kamala, The Blue Meanie, Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, Greg Valentine, Tito Santana and Tully Blanchard. In the main event Dusty Rhodes fought Terry Funk to a no contest in a regular wrestling match referred by Mick Foley.
2007 – On the go-home edition of WWE Raw for Unforgiven, Mr. McMahon finds out the identity of his illegitimate son… WWE Champion John Cena is provoked by Randy Orton ahead of their upcoming pay-per-view WWE Title rematch… Triple H took on Shelton Benjamin, and Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy is forced to take on Smackdown’s World Heavyweight Champion The Great Khali.
2012 – After teaming with Randy Orton to face C.M Punk and Dolph Ziggler on Raw, Jerry Lawler suffered a heart attack live on commentary. Lawler’s life is saved by CPR from WWE’s Dr Sampson.
2012 – WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart conducts a head-to-head interview between CM Punk and John Cena on the go-home edition of Raw from Montreal for Clash of Champions. Later in the show Punk faces an opponent chosen by the WWE audience. This is the first time Hart has appeared at a WWE event in Montreal since the infamous screwjob at the Survivor Series in 1997.
Notable Wrestling Birthdays:
- Don Muraco (1949)
- Steve Keirn (1951)
- Matt Morgan (1978)
- Trevor Murdoch (1980)
- Drake Wuertz (1984)