Welcome to This Day in Pop Culture History, a daily look at important events, birthdays, and other oddities in pop culture! History is important, and we aim to educate here at Bleeding Cool. So without further ado, here are some things that happened on May 19th, the 139th day of the year.
1977: Smokey and the Bandit premieres in theaters.
1979: In The Navy by The Village People becomes a top 5 Billboard Hot 100 hit.
1999: Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace brings the saga back to the big screen.
2006: The Da Vinci Code opens in theaters.
Today in gaming saw the release of Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace (1999), UFC Undisputed 2009 (2009), and Destiny: House of Wolves (2015).
Today in Pro Wrestling history, at a 1996 show at Madison Square Garden, Shawn Michaels, Triple H (then known as Hunter Hearst Helmsley), Scott Hall (Razor Ramon), and Kevin Nash (Diesel) participated in The Curtain Call, one of the most memorable events in modern wrestling history. It would have ripple effects felt for a long time to come.
After a cage match involving WWF Champion Shawn Michaels and Kevin Nash, which Michaels won, Hall and Helmsley joined the two in the ring and embraced each other. It was Hall’s and Nash’s last night in the WWF; they were bolting for WCW. The four were a tight-knit group backstage, calling themselves “the Kliq”.
As the stunned crowd went nuts, bad guys and good guys hugged each other and posed together in the ring, breaking kayfabe rules and drawing the ire of other wrestlers (especially Vince McMahon). Since Michaels was the champ and Hall and Nash were gone, Triple H took the brunt of everything. Slated to win the King of The Ring tournament that year, instead a man named “Stone Cold” Steve Austin won and a star was born.
Hall and Nash went on to WCW and formed the NWO with Hulk Hogan, who turned heel. Michaels became the first Grand Slam champion, winning all four major championships. Even Triple H went on to become a multiple-time champion and now holds an executive role within the company.
Today in Bleeding Cool history, several interesting stories ran in 2011: Alan Moore and a comic shop, SDDC on the cheap, the worst copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 ever, and once again: Rob Granito.
Enjoy your weekend, everyone! And if you go see Alien: Covenant, I hope you enjoy it!
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