This Day In Wrestling History: May 19

1991 – WCW Superbrawl I took place in St. Petersburg, Florida, showcasing an exciting lineup of matches. In the main event, WCW World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair faced off against NWA World Heavyweight titleholder Tatsumi Fujinami, resulting in Flair’s victory and the unification of both world championships. The event also featured other thrilling bouts, including Bobby Eaton defeating Arn Anderson for the WCW World Television Championship. The Fabulous Freebirds emerged victorious in the vacant United States Tag Team title match against Steve Armstrong & Tracy Smothers. Ron Simmons triumphed over Butch Reed in a Steel Cage match, and the Steiner Brothers successfully defended their WCW World Tag Team titles against Lex Luger & Sting. El Gigante also claimed victory in a Stretcher Match against Sid Vicious.

1996 – An unforgettable WWF house show captivated a record-breaking crowd of 18,000 fans at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Godwinns secured the WWF Tag Team Titles by defeating The Bodydonnas. In another thrilling match, Vader emerged victorious over Yokozuna. The event marked the final appearance of Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, who portrayed the characters Razor Ramon and Diesel, respectively, in the WWF. The duo would soon make their way to rival promotion WCW. However, what truly made this event noteworthy was the “Curtain Call” that occurred at the end of the main event Steel Cage match. Breaking the boundaries of kayfabe, Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Razor Ramon, and Hunter Hearst Helmsley embraced each other, exposing the scripted nature of professional wrestling. This event played a significant role in reshaping the industry, leading to a more reality-based approach to characters and storylines.

1996 – Diamond Dallas Page emerged victorious in the Lord of the Ring Final Battle Royal, defeating Dick Slater, Earl Robert Eaton, Ice-Train, Johnny Grunge, Rocco Rock, Scott Norton, and The Barbarian. This victory earned Page the title of number one contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Title at Slamboree in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The main event of the evening saw The Giant successfully retain his World Title against Sting. Additionally, Konnan defeated Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger, retaining the United States Championship.

2002 – WWE Judgment Day held its main event in Nashville, Tennessee, where The Undertaker triumphed over ‘Hollywood’ Hulk Hogan to claim the WWE Undisputed Championship. The pay-per-view event also featured an intense Hell in a Cell match, with Triple H defeating Chris Jericho. Rikishi and Rico secured victory over Chuck & Billy, capturing the WWE Tag Team Titles. In a Hair vs Hair match, Edge emerged victorious against Kurt Angle, leaving Angle bald. Eddie Guerrero successfully retained the Intercontinental Title against Rob Van Dam, while Trish Stratus retained the WWE Women’s Championship against Stacey Keibler, who received support from Reverend Devon and Deacon Batista at ringside. Notably, this event marked the first pay-per-view under the WWE banner following the company’s transition from WWF earlier that month.

2003 – WWE Raw took place in Greenville, South Carolina, featuring an intense main event where Triple H retained the World Heavyweight Championship against Ric Flair. After the match concluded, Shawn Michaels led a group of wrestlers to the ring to pay tribute to Flair’s efforts and his career. Flair, visibly moved by the respect from his peers and the audience, was embraced by Kevin Nash, Steve Austin, Stephanie McMahon, Shane McMahon, Vince McMahon, and finally Triple H himself.

2010 – At the TNA Impact tapings in Orlando, the eight-person tag match main event saw AJ Styles, Desmond Wolfe, James Storm, and Robert Roode emerge victorious over Abyss, Jay Lethal, Jeff Hardy, and Mr. Anderson.

2012 – In the main event of ROH ‘The Battle of Richmond’ in Richmond, Virginia, Charlie Haas defeated Jay Briscoe in a hard-hitting Unsanctioned match. The All-Night Express (Kenny King & Rhett Titus) faced off against Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) in a ROH World Tag Team Championship match, resulting in a disqualification. Tommaso Ciampa claimed victory over Adam Cole, and Davey Richards pinned Jimmy Jacobs.

2013 – At PROGRESS Chapter Seven: Every Saint Has a Past, Every Sinner Has a Future in London, England, Mark Haskins, Nathan Cruz, and Rampage Brown emerged triumphant in the 6-Person Tag match main event against Dave Mastiff, Marty Scrull, and Paul Robinson. El Ligero successfully retained the PROGRESS Title against Noam Dar in the opening match, while Eddie Dennis emerged victorious in a Four-Way Elimination match against Darrell Allen, Joey Lakeside, and Xander Cooper. Zack Sabre Jr defeated Jimmy Havoc in a singles match, with Nigel McGuinness as the referee, and Mark Andrews secured a victory over Will Ospreay.

2013 – WWE Extreme Rules in St. Louis, Missouri witnessed Brock Lesnar defeating Triple H in a Steel Cage match for the main event. The Last Man Standing Match between John Cena and Ryback for the WWE Championship ended in a no-contest. Sheamus triumphed over Mark Henry in a Strap match, Randy Orton emerged victorious against The Big Show in an Extreme Rules match, and Alberto Del Rio defeated Jack Swagger in an I Quit match to earn the World Heavyweight Championship number one contendership. The event also saw The Shield’s members win their first gold in WWE, as Dean Ambrose defeated Kofi Kingston for the United States Championship, and Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns claimed the WWE Tag Team Championship in a Tag Team Tornado match against Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan & Kane).

2014 – WWE Raw held three Beat the Clock matches at the O2 Arena in London, England, to determine the number one contender for Wade Barrett’s Intercontinental Championship. Big E defeated Ryback in 5 minutes and 2 seconds, Rob Van Dam secured a quicker victory by pinning Alberto Del Rio in 4 minutes and 15 seconds. Dolph Ziggler and Mark Henry fought to a draw, failing to beat the time set in the previous match. As a result, Rob Van Dam became the number one contender for the Intercontinental Title.

2019 – WWE Money in the Bank took place in Hartford, Connecticut. Bayley emerged victorious in the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, opening the event with a thrilling win. Becky Lynch successfully defended the Raw Women’s Title against Lacey Evans but subsequently lost the Smackdown Women’s Title to Charlotte Flair. Bayley took advantage of the situation, cashing in her contract and defeating Flair for the Smackdown Women’s Title. Rey Mysterio claimed victory over Samoa Joe, becoming the new WWE United States Champion. Seth Rollins retained the Universal Championship against AJ Styles, Kofi Kingston pinned Kevin Owens to retain the WWE Championship, and a surprise appearance by Brock Lesnar resulted in his victory in the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, securing a future championship opportunity.

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