Wrestling History

May 21st – On This Day In Wrestling History

The Undertaker debuts as The American Badass

1995 – WCW Presented ‘Slamboree: A Legends’ Reunion’ in St. Petersburg, Florida. The main event saw Hulk Hogan and ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage defeat Vader and Ric Flair. Earlier on the card, The Nasty Boys defeated Harlem Heat for the WCW Tag Team Championship.

2000 – WWE presented ‘Judgment Day’ from Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. The main event saw Triple H defeat The Rock to win the WWF Championship in an Ironman Match with Shawn Michaels as special referee. The final score was 6-5. The deciding fall was awarded to Triple H by disqualification when The Undertaker made his return after an eight month injury absence. Gone was ‘The Deadman’ persona and in its place ‘The American Badass’ character was seen for the first time.

2001 – In one of the most famous, and best, bouts in Monday Night Raw history, Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit defeated The Two Man Power Trip (Triple H and ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin) to win the WWF Tag Team Championship. During the bout, Triple H suffered a quad tear that would keep him out of action until January 2002. Miraculously, he still managed to finish the bout almost as planned.

2006 – WWE’s ‘Judgment Day’ PPV took place at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The main event saw Rey Mysterio defeat John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Also on the card, Booker T defeated Bobby Lashley to win the King Of The Ring tournament and the WWE Tag Team Championship changed hands when Paul London and Brian Kendrick defeated MNM (Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury)

2011 – Sinclair Broadcasting, one of the largest media companies in the USA, announce that they have purchased Ring Of Honor.

2011 – Ring Of Honor’s ‘Supercard Of Honor VI’ took place at the Frontier Fieldhouse in Chicago Ridge, Illinois. In the main event, Eddie Edwards retained the ROH World Championship against Roderick Strong.

2017 – WWE’s SmackDown brand presented the Backlash PPV from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. The main event saw one of the most surprising champions in WWE history crowned when Jinder Mahal defeated WWE World Champion Randy Orton.

Notable Wrestling Birthdays on May 21st

  • Andy Boy Simmonz (1984)
  • Leva Bates (1983)
  • Daniel Rodimer (1978)
  • Chris Benoit (1967)
  • Woman (1964)
  • Mr. T (1952)