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This is a list of various things that took place in 1999.

Significant events

March

  • 28 - Gorilla Monsoon makes his final appearance for the WWF. Noticeably frail due to terminal health issues, he is introduced as a judge for the "Brawl For All tournament final that is conducted at WrestleMania XV. Monsoon died 6-1/2 months later at age 62, following a long battle with diabetes

May

  • 23 - Owen Hart dies after a ring accident at the Over the Edge pay-per-view event at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri. Hart, dressed and competing as the Blue Blazer, was to have made a superhero-like ring entrance for his match against The Godfather (for the WWF Intercontinental Championship), descending from the rafters when his harness line malfunctioned and he fell 70 feet from the top of the rafters into the ring, suffering fatal injuries. After an extended delay in which paramedics and color commentator Jerry Lawler rushed to Hart's aid, the WWF decides to continue the show. This, and the WWF's decision to not announce to the live arena audience that Hart had died from his injuries -- announcers Jim Ross and Lawler, the latter deviating from his usual "nasty heel" commentary style of the era, would tell the television audience -- drew strong criticism from fans and the Hart family. Hart was 34
  • 24 - A special WWE Monday Night RAW - "Raw Is Owen," paying tribute to Owen Hart - is aired from the Kiel Center in St. Louis, Missouri. A ten-bell salute is made, special matches that did not affect current storylines take place, and the wrestlers and employees make (often tearful) out-of-character interviews reflecting on their friend and co-worker. After a card is held the following evening at the MARK of the Quad Cities in Moline, Ill. (television tapings for Shotgun Saturday Night, Sunday Night Heat and the May 31 RAW), arena house shows scheduled for the following three days were cancelled to allow wrestlers and WWF employees to grieve for Hart and attend his funeral

June

  • 3 - Rena Mero files a $110 million lawsuit against the WWF, claiming sexual harassment and unsafe working conditions. The case is settled out of court in August (she had also reduced the amount of damages she was seeking), although the rights to the name "Sable" remain with the WWF

August

September

October

  • 5 - Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara sign on as the new creative heads of WCW after resigning from the WWF. Russo's impact as the new head booker on WCW's TV shows is felt almost immediately afterward as he attempts to impose the "Crash TV" booking style he utilized in the WWF to turn that company's fortunes around for the better on WCW storylines (including his appearances as the heard, but otherwise unseen, antagonistic heel representative of the "Powers That Be"), only for it to have the opposite effect on WCW and its fortunes as its TV ratings and pay-per-view buys continued to slide

Births

Deaths

January

February

April

  • April 20 – Rick Rude 40 (Overdose of mixed medications)

May

October

November

Debuts

February

May

August

September

October

November

Retirements

March

Events

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February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Pay-Per-View Events

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Title changes

January

February

March

  • March 14 – Booker T defeated Scott Steiner to win the WCW Television Championship
  • March 14 – Ric Flair defeated Hollywood Hogan to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
  • March 15 – Road Dogg defeated Val Venis to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship
  • March 15 – Billy Gunn defeated Hardcore Holly to win the WWF Hardcore Championship
  • March 16 – Scott Hall vacated the WCW United States Championship due to injury
  • March 28 – Hardcore Holly defeated Billy Gunn and Al Snow to win the WWF Hardcore Championship
  • March 28 – Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated The Rock to win the WWF Championship
  • March 29 – Goldust defeated Road Dogg to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship
  • March 29 – Kane and X–Pac defeated Jeff Jarrett and Owen Hart to win the WWF Tag Team Championship
  • March 30 – Shane McMahon retired the WWF European Championship

April

  • April 11 – Scott Steiner defeated Booker T to win the vacant WCW United States Championship
  • April 11 – Diamond Dallas Page defeated Ric Flair, Hollywood Hogan, and Sting to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
  • April 12 – The Godfather defeated Goldust to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship
  • April 25 – Al Snow defeated Hardcore Holly to win the WWF Hardcore Championship
  • April 26 – Sting defeated Diamond Dallas Page to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, but would lose it 90 minutes later back to Diamond Dallas Page

May

  • May 9 – Kevin Nash defeated Diamond Dallas Page to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
  • May 9 – Rick Steiner defeated Booker T to win the WCW Television Championship
  • May 10 – Debra defeated Sable to win the WWF Women's Championship
  • May 23 – The Undertaker defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin to win the WWF Championship
  • May 31 – Jeff Jarrett defeated The Godfather to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship
  • May 31 – The Acolytes defeated Kane and X–Pac to win the WWF Tag Team Championship

June

  • June 8 – Ivory defeated Debra to win the WWF Women's Championship
  • June 21 – Mideon was awarded the WWF European Championship after finding the belt in Shane McMahon's duffel bag
  • June 28 – Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated The Undertaker to win the WWF Championship
  • June 29 – The Hardy Boyz defeated The Acolytes to win the WWF Tag Team Championship

July

  • July 5 – Ric Flair strips Scott Steiner of the WCW United States Championship and awards it to David Flair
  • July 11 – Randy Savage defeated Kevin Nash in a tag team match including Sting and Sid Vicious to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
  • July 12 – Hollywood Hogan defeated Randy Savage to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
  • July 24 – Edge defeated Jeff Jarrett to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship
  • July 25 – Jeff Jarrett defeated Edge to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship
  • July 25 – D'Lo Brown defeated Mideon to win the WWF European Championship
  • July 25 – The Big Boss Man defeated Al Snow to win the WWF Hardcore Championship
  • July 25 – The Acolytes defeated The Hardy Boyz to win the WWF Tag Team Championship
  • July 26 – D'Lo Brown defeated Jeff Jarrett to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship

August

  • August 9 – Chris Benoit defeated David Flair to win the WCW United States Championship
  • August 9 – Kane and X–Pac defeated The Acolytes to win the WWF Tag Team Championship
  • August 22 – The Undertaker and The Big Show defeated Kane and X–Pac to win the WWF Tag Team Championship
  • August 22 – Al Snow defeated The Big Boss Man to win the WWF Hardcore Championship
  • August 22 – Jeff Jarrett defeated D'Lo Brown to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship and the WWF European Championship
  • August 22 – Mankind defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H to win the WWF Championship
  • August 23 – Mark Henry was awarded the WWF European Championship by Jeff Jarrett
  • August 23 – Triple H defeated Mankind to win the WWF Championship
  • August 24 – The Big Boss Man defeated Al Snow to win the WWF Hardcore Championship
  • August 30 – The Rock and Mankind defeated The Undertaker and The Big Show to win the WWF Tag Team Championship

September

  • September 7 – The British Bulldog defeated The Big Boss Man to win the WWF Hardcore Championship, then went on to award the title to Al Snow
  • September 7 – The Undertaker and The Big Show defeated The Rock and Mankind to win the WWF Tag Team Championship
  • September 12 – Sting defeated Hulk Hogan to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
  • September 12 – Sid Vicious defeated Chris Benoit to win the WCW United States Championship
  • September 13 – Chris Benoit defeated Rick Steiner to win the WCW Television Championship
  • September 14 – Vince McMahon defeated Triple H to win the WWF Championship
  • September 20 – Vince McMahon vacated the WWF Championship
  • September 20 – The Rock and Mankind defeated The Undertaker and The Big Show to win the WWF Tag Team Championship
  • September 21 – The New Age Outlaws defeated The Rock and Mankind to win the WWF Tag Team Championship
  • September 26 – D'Lo Brown defeated Mark Henry to win the WWF European Championship
  • September 26 – Triple H defeated The Rock, Mankind, Kane, The Big Show, and The British Bulldog to win the WWF Championship

October

  • October 12 – The Big Boss Man defeated Al Snow to win the WWF Hardcore Championship
  • October 12 – The Rock and Mankind defeated The New Age Outlaws to win the WWF Tag Team Championship
  • October 17 – Chyna defeated Jeff Jarrett to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship
  • October 17 – The Fabulous Moolah defeated Ivory to win the WWF Women's Championship
  • October 18 – Hardcore Holly and Crash Holly defeated The Rock and Mankind to win the WWF Tag Team Championship
  • October 24 – Rick Steiner defeated Chris Benoit to win the WCW Television Championship
  • October 24 – Goldberg defeated Sid Vicious to win the WCW United States Championship
  • October 25 – Sting is stripped of the WCW World Heavyweight Championship after assaulting a referee at Halloween Havoc
  • October 25 – Bret Hart defeated Goldberg to win the WCW United States Championship
  • October 25 – Ivory defeated The Fabulous Moolah to win the WWF Women's Championship
  • October 26 – The British Bulldog defeated D'Lo Brown to win the WWF European Championship

November

  • November 2 – Mankind and Al Snow defeated Hardcore Holly and Crash Holly to win the WWF Tag Team Championship
  • November 8 – Scott Hall defeated Sid Vicious, Bret Hart, and Goldberg to win the WCW United States Championship
  • November 8 – The New Age Outlaws defeated Mankind and Al Snow to win the WWF Tag Team Championship
  • November 14 – The Big Show defeated Triple H and The Rock to win the WWF Championship
  • November 21 – Bret Hart defeated Chris Benoit in a tournament final to win the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Championship
  • November 21 – Scott Hall was awarded the WCW Television Championship after Rick Steiner was unable to compete
  • November 29 – Scott Hall throws the WCW Television Championship into a trashcan, vacating the title

December

  • December 13 – Miss Kitty defeated Ivory, Jacqueline, and B.B. to win the WWF Women's Championship
  • December 13 – Val Venis defeated The British Bulldog and D'Lo Brown to win the WWF European Championship
  • December 13 – Chris Jericho defeated Chyna to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship
  • December 19 – Chris Benoit was awarded the WCW United States Championship after Scott Hall was unable to compete
  • December 20 – Jeff Jarrett defeated Chris Benoit to win the WCW United States Championship
  • December 20 – Bret Hart vacated the WCW World Heavyweight Championship due to the actions at WCW Starrcade the night before
  • December 20 – Bret Hart defeated Goldberg to win the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Championship

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