• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (May 17, 2001) – WWF SmackDown!
On this day in 2001, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF SmackDown!’.
It was broadcasted from the Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky and featured pre-taped matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Judgment Day 2001’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
1. Eddie Guerrero & The Hardy Boyz vs. Perry Saturn, Dean Malenko & Jerry Lynn
2. Bradshaw vs. The Big Show
3. Chris Benoit & Rikishi vs. William Regal & Kurt Angle
4. Chyna vs. Molly Holly & Ivory
5. Edge vs. Chris Jericho
6. Hardcore Holly vs. Spike Dudley
7. No Holds Barred: Triple H vs. The Undertaker
• Ashley Massaro Died By Suicide
As we noted earlier, former WWE Diva Ashley Massaro has passed away at the age of 39.
Former WWE Diva Shelly Martinez (f.k.a Ariel in WWE) revealed to The Blast that Ashley died by suicide.
Below is what Shelly said:
“My best friend from the wrestling business died from suicide two days after responding to 300+ fan letters. She was the happiest I have seen her in years, so stoked that people still cared about her 11 years after her career was over. There are no signs. It comes without warning. If you are going through the worst shit in your life, just know that you are not alone. PLEASE seek help.”
Former WWE Divas Michelle McCool and Torrie Wilson also hinted at this by their posts on Social Media.
Below is what McCool posted on Instagram:
“My heart is broken for Ashley Massaro’s family, especially her sweet daughter! 39 years young….gone entirely too soon! ALWAYS smiling & incredibly kind! Happy to call you friend! .
Remember that we NEVER know what others are going thru. Life’s greatest struggles are often hidden behind a big smile! Be kind, love others…Prayers shipped! ??#RIPAshley”
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My heart is broken for @ashleymassaro ‘s family, especially her sweet daughter! 39 years young….gone entirely too soon! ALWAYS smiling & incredibly kind! Happy to call you friend! . . Remember that we NEVER know what others are going thru. Life’s greatest struggles are often hidden behind a big smile! Be kind, love others…Prayers shipped! ??#RIPAshley
Below is what Torrie Wilson tweeted:
I can’t even begin to explain how devastated I am to hear about @ashleymassaro11 – legit one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. When we fall into a dark place it can seem like it will never change but if you are there PLEASE keep hope & reach out for help.
— Torrie Wilson (@Torrie11) May 17, 2019
Ashley won the WWE Divas Search contest back in 2005 and you can watch it below:
Below is what Ashley’s daughter, Alexa, posted on Instagram: