Professional Wrestling in History

Events in Film & TV

  • 1948-07-30 Professional wrestling premieres on prime-time network TV (DuMont)
  • 1953-07-30 Rikidōzan holds a ceremony announcing the establishment of the Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance.
  • 1986-08-28 Largest wrestling crowd in Canada (69,300) at Toronto Stadium
  • 1989-02-10 To gain deregulation WWF admits pro wrestling is an exhibition & not a sport, in a NJ court
  • 1989-11-29 8th Largest wrestling crowd UFW U-Cosmos (60,000-Tokyo Dome)
  • 1990-02-10 6th Largest wrestling crowd (63,900-Tokyo Dome)
  • 1991-03-21 Largest wrestling crowd in Japan (64,500) at Tokyo Dome
  • 1992-01-04 8th= largest wrestling crowd NJPW Starcade (60,000-Tokyo Dome)
  • 1992-04-01 5th Largest wrestling crowd (64,287-Toronto SkyDome)
  • 1992-08-29 Largest wrestling crowd outside US (75,000) at Wembley Stadium, London
  • 1993-01-04 7th largest wrestling crowd (63,500-Tokyo Dome)
  • 1994-01-04 10th largest wrestling crowd (58,000-Tokyo Dome)

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1929-01-26 Gordon Solie, American wrestling commentator (d. 2000)
  • 1929-06-07 The Grand Wizard of Wrestling, Wrestling manager (d. 1983)
  • 1933-07-29 Lou Albano, American pro wrestling manager
  • 1942-09-04 Jerry Jarrett, American professional wrestling promoter
  • 1944-01-01 Jimmy Hart, American wrestling manager
  • 1945-08-24 Vince McMahon, American professional wrestling promoter
  • 1953-08-22 Paul Ellering, American wrestling manager, born in Melrose, Minnesota
  • 1955-05-27 Eric Bischoff, American professional wrestling promoter
  • 1956-02-28 Mike Tenay, American wrestling commentator
  • 1959-05-04 Scott Armstrong, American professional wrestling referee
  • 1962-03-19 Jim Korderas, American professional wrestling referee
  • 1963-06-20 Don West, American professional wrestling announcer
  • 1963-10-16 Missy Hyatt, wrestling manager (WCW, ECW), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1965-09-11 Paul Heyman, American wrestling manager
  • 1967-10-11 Tony Chimel, American professional wrestling announcer
  • 1968-12-08 Michael Cole, American professional wrestling commentator
  • 1970-11-02 Sharmell Sullivan, American professional wrestling valet
  • 1971-07-14 Joey Styles, American wrestling commentator
  • 1976-01-09 Todd Grisham, American professional wrestling interviewer
  • 1977-05-28 Jeremy Borash, American professional wrestling announcer
  • 1977-11-20 Rudy Charles, American professional wrestling referee
  • 1980-11-25 Josh Lomberger, American professional wrestling backstage interviewer
  • 1981-07-11 Aaron Proctor, American professional wrestling promoter & politician
  • 1986-03-27 Valerie "So Cal Val" Wyndham, American professional wrestling valet

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1954-11-22 Roderick McMahon, Professional Wrestling/Boxing Booker (b. 1882)
  • 1983-10-12 The Grand Wizard of Wrestling, Wrestling manager
  • 1984-05-24 Vincent J. McMahon, American professional wrestling promoter (b. 1914)
  • 1994-07-04 Joey Marella, American professional wrestling referee (b. 1964)
  • 2000-07-27 Gordon Solie, American wrestling commentator (b. 1929)
  • 2004-09-26 Marianna Komlos, professional wrestling valet (b. 1969)
  • 2007-06-22 Nancy Benoit, former professional wrestling valet (b. 1964)