2000s and 2010s

by Mark Long

2000s-2010s

2000
14 Jan, 2000

Vince Russo Removed From Position As WCW Creative Director

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Less than three months after leaving Vince McMahon’s WWF and joining WCW, Vince Russo is removed from his position as lead WCW writer and overall creative director. While not fired from the company, the controversial..Read More

2001
18 Mar, 2001

World Championship Wrestling’s Final Pay-Per-View Takes Place

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Greed, the final pay-per-view in the history of World Championship Wrestling, takes place at the Jacksonville Memorial Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida. Greed replaced the promotion’s traditional March PPV event, WCW Uncensored, which was held annually..Read More

23 Mar, 2001

Vince McMahon Purchases World Championship Wrestling

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In what would turn out to be the biggest news story of the modern era, World Wrestling Federation owner Vince McMahon purchases his longtime competitor World Championship Wrestling. As part of the deal, the WWF..Read More

26 Mar, 2001

WWF Monday Night Raw Simulcast on TNT Network

WWF Buys WCW - historyofwrestling.com

In one of the most pivotal events of modern wrestling history, the final episode of WCW Monday Nitro airs on TNT. The event was made even more historic due to the fact that for the..Read More

18 Nov, 2001

Survivor Series ’01 End the WCW/ECW “Invasion” Angle

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Survivor Series ’01 takes place, with match stipulations designed to unify championships and end the WCW/ECW “invasion” angle. Team WWF (The Rock, Chris Jericho, The Undertaker, Kane and The Big Show) defeated The Alliance (Steve..Read More

2002
28 Apr, 2002

Wrestling Legend Lou Thesz Dies

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The man that many consider to be the greatest professional wrestling champion of all time, Lou Thesz, dies at the age of 86 following complications from a triple bypass surgery.  Thesz, credited as the first..Read More

19 Jun, 2002

Total Nonstop Action Makes Its Debut

The Debut of TNA - historyofwrestling.com

Total Nonstop Action makes its debut, emanating live from the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The two-hour event was hosted by former WCW play-by-play announcer Mike Tenay and his two color commentators, Don West..Read More

2009
13 Jun, 2009

Japanese Legend Mitsuharu Misawa Dies In The Ring

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Japanese legend Mitsuharu Misawa, who was the 2nd man to play the role of Tiger Mask, dies in the ring at the age of 46. Misawa had been competing in a tag team match against..Read More

2011
20 May, 2011

Macho Man Randy Savage Dies After Suffering Heart Attack

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“Macho Man” Randy Savage (Randy Poffo) dies after suffering a heart attack near his home in Seminole, Florida. Savage, age 58, was driving when the heart attack took place and he crashed into a tree..Read More

2015
11 Jun, 2015

The American Dream Dusty Rhodes Dies

The American Dream Dusty Rhodes Dies

One of the sport’s all-time biggest attractions, former three-time NWA World Heavyweight champion “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes (Virgil Runnels) dies in Orlando, Florida. The previous day, Rhodes had fallen in his home and was..Read More

13 Jul, 2015

Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks Begin The Women’s Revolution

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Following their individual success in NXT, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks all make their main roster debuts and form the core of what would soon be known as the “women’s revolution” in WWE...Read More

2017
01 May, 2017

Billy Corgan Purchases The National Wrestling Alliance

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In a move that confuses many interested parties within the world of professional wrestling, Billy Corgan, founder & frontman of The Smashing Pumpkins, purchases the name, trademarks, championship belts and intellectual properties of the National..Read More

2018
01 Sep, 2018

All In PPV Takes Place In Suburban Chicago

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A truly game-changing event in modern professional wrestling history, “All In” takes place on Memorial Day weekend at The Sears Center in suburban Chicago. In record time, the coalition of promotions that included ROH, New..Read More

2019
16 Apr, 2019

Ring of Honor & New Japan Pro-Wrestling Present the G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden

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Ring of Honor & New Japan Pro-Wrestling make history when they present the G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The event, which quickly sold-out, was the first MSG wrestling card in..Read More

25 May, 2019

All Elite Wrestling Presents Double Or Nothing PPV

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All Elite Wrestling presents their first pay-per-view event, “Double Or Nothing,” at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The event, headlined by Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega, would sell over 12,000 tickets in..Read More

02 Oct, 2019

AEW Dynamite Makes Its National Television Debut On TNT

AEW Dynamite Debut - historyofwrestling.com

Just ten months after officially forming All Elite Wrestling, LLC, AEW Dynamite makes its national television debut on TNT. Emanating live from the nation’s capital, the young company continued its streak of sold-out shows and..Read More

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