The Notorious Column #93: That Moment When Wrestling Tries To Heal A Nation

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Time for another history lesson from your trusty wrestling blogger. This goes back to one of the darkest periods in American history, and how one organization made a bold call in the healing process.


Today marks eleven years to the day terrorists representing Al-Qaeda took planes to the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and what intended to be the White House before passengers abroad United Flight 93 decided to take matters into their own hands and sacrifice themselves for the greater good. To call this one of the darkest days in American history would be an understatement.


On the afternoon of September 11, 2001, the then-WWF decided to cancel that evening’s Smackdown. Cancellation of sports events and other activities were common over the next few days. The Emmys were postponed—twice (the beginning of the war in Afghanistan on October 7 was the other). Major League Baseball’s week-long delay led…

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