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1982 – Greg Valentine defeated Wahoo McDaniel in Norfolk, Virginia to win the NWA United States Championship.
1986 – Starring ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper and directed by the legendary John Carpenter, They Live was released in cinemas. It is considered one of the classics of the horror genre in the 1980s.
1996 – A rookie named Rocky Maivia, who most know went on to a modicum of fame as The Rock, made his televised debut in the WWF by getting involved in a melee following a match between Goldust and The Stalker.
More famously, this episode of Raw is infamous for the angle where ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin invaded Brian Pillman’s home in order to attack his former tag team partner. The reason the angle took on such a controversial slant is because Pillman pulled a gun on Austin while defending his home. The angle was condemned by fans, critics and regulators.
2002 – Following a short stint on SmackDown as ‘The Deacon’, Dave Batista made his Raw debut by destroying Justin Credible in just 85 seconds.
2015 – During a house show in Dublin, Ireland, WWE Champion Seth Rollins suffered a major knee injury in a match with Kane that resulted in Rollins forfeiting the championship.
2019 – In a rare champion vs. champion main event on Raw, Universal Champion Seth Rollins defeated NXT Champion Adam Cole by disqualification in a highly anticipated match.
2020 – On AEW Dynamite, a promo played hyping the return of PAC, who said he had been stuck “in isolation” due to the pandemic. In the main event of the show, Cody Rhodes and The Gunn Club defeated The Dark Order’s John ‘4’ Silver, Colt Cabana and 10.
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