DATELINE: APRIL 15, 1996 – KENTUCKY ROUTE 338
Brian Pillman is severely injured in a single car accident in Kentucky, when he falls asleep at the wheel of his open-top Hummer H1.
Pillman, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was thrown over 40 feet from the car and suffered a severe broken ankle, a dislocated jaw, and facial cuts and bruises.
Despite the injuries, Pillman signs with the WWF two months later, becoming the first man to sign a guaranteed contract with the company
Brian Pillman would pass away at the age of 36, on October 5, 1997 in Bloomington, Minnesota. He would be honored on Monday Night Raw the next evening, with a ten bell salute