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#OnThisDay: May 14 in Wrestling History

Hey there! In lieu of a #ThrowbackThursday post, here's a deep dive into wrestling history for a list of notable events that happened today, May 14.

Happy Birthday!
  • 1938 - Paul "Butcher" Vachon, brother of Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon
  • 1947 - Robert Fuller, aka Col. Robert Parker in WCW
  • 1952 - Scott Irwin, aka Lumberjack Eric of the Yukon Lumberjacks
  • 1957 - Vader
  • 1960 - "Dr. Death" Steve Williams
  • 1961 - Tommy Rogers, of The Fantastics tag team (w/ Bobby Fulton)
  • 1962 - DeWayne Bruce, aka Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker in WCW
  • 1985 - Zack Ryder

Notable PPVs
  • 1995 - WWE In Your House 1 - Jerry Lawler defeats Bret Hart, and WWE Champion Diesel def. Sycho Sid via DQ when Tatanka interfered
  • 2000 - ECW Hardcore Heaven - Jerry Lynn def. Rob Van Dam, and ECW World Champion Justin Credible def. Lance Storm
  • 2003 - NWA-TNA PPV #44 - Chris Sabin wins the NWA X Division Title in a three-way match, and Triple X members Christopher Daniels and Elix Skipper def. AJ Styles and D-Lo Brown to retain the NWA World Tag Team Titles
  • 2005 - ROH Nowhere to Run - CM Punk def. Jimmy Rave in a Steel Cage Match, and ROH World Champion Austin Aries def. Bryan Danielson, who then "quit" ROH after the match! (Don't worry, he would return months later and start his first, only, and historic ROH World Title reign.)
  • 2006 - TNA Sacrifice - Petey Williams wins a 16-man World X Cup Gauntlet Match, and NWA World Champion Christian Cage def. Abyss in a Full Metal Mayhem Match

TV Moments
  • 2001 - WWE RAW - Kane battles Triple H and Stone Cold Steve Austin in a Handicap Match for the World Tag Team Titles. And guess where Chris Benoit hid Kurt Angle's Olympic gold medals?
  • 2007 - WWE RAW - After winning the World Title from The Undertaker via a Money in the Bank cash-in the previous week on Smackdown, Edge is set to leave RAW, but not without facing Shawn Michaels first! Plus, Bobby Lashley faces... Jonathan Coachman?
  • 2009 - TNA iMPACT! - Lots of hype for TNA World Champion Mick Foley's title defense against Kurt Angle and Sting at that year's Sacrifice PPV. He even shows a footage of him attacking Jeff Jarrett in a dressing room, as an "extra feature" in Jarrett's DVD.
  • 2010 - WWE Smackdown - Layla and Michelle McCool become co-holders of the Women's Title! Meanwhile, Kofi Kingston wins a tournament for the vacant Intercontinental Championship, only for the title to be returned to Drew McIntyre, thanks to Vince McMahon.
  • 2012 - WWE RAW - John Laurinaitis fires the Big Show! And, Triple H addresses Brock Lesnar, while Paul Heyman threatens a lawsuit after HHH laid his hands on him.

Title Changes
  • 2003 - Chris Sabin won the NWA X Division Title from the Amazing Red in a Three-Way Match (also involving Jerry Lynn) at NWA-TNA PPV #44


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