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This Day In Wrestling History – January 28th



So, it’s finally back, the Wrestling History Column, source of all your useless wrestling-related trivia alongside the occasional interesting tidbit. My name is Jamie Cruickshank, I’m 21 years old and have been watching wrestling for at least half that time. Hopefully you’ll enjoy reading this column as much as I have enjoyed putting it together.

Also, I am a regular visitor to this site, if you have any feedback or questions about the column, what was in it, or even about wrestling in general, leave a comment and I’ll answer it as soon as I see it.

Anyway, enough from me, on with the column

Events

In 2007, WWE held it’s annual Royal Rumble PPV in San Antonio, Texas. Highlights from the show:

 – Bobby Lashley defeats Test by countout to retain the ECW Title

 – Batista defeats Mr Kennedy to retain the World Heavyweight Title

 – John Cena defeats Umaga in a Last Man Standing Match to retain the WWE Title

 – The Undertaker wins the Royal Rumble, last eliminating Shawn Michaels

Also in the Rumble Match, Kane broke the record for most appearances (11) and also most consecutive appearances (9). The Undertaker was the first man to win the Royal Rumble from number 30 and finally, the record for most wrestlers involved in an elimination was set when 8 men were required to eliminate Viscera.

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WWE Champion and current King Of The Ring Sheamus (33), former TNA regular Shark Boy (36), female indy standout Annie Social (29) and Japanese star Shuji Kondo (30)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2006, the wrestling world lost former WCW and XWF wrestler Emory Hale who also competed briefly as The Machine. He was 36. Hale had been suffering from kidney problems for many years, including a failed transplant in 2003.


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3 Responses

  1. CW1974 says:

    Love “This Day In History”. NEVER take it away again…

  2. Just a couple of additional bits:

    On this day in 1979, Mark Lewin def. Dusty Rhodes for the Texas Brass Knucks Title.

    Also, today is the birthday of Jesse Barr aka Jimmy Jack Funk.

  3. Jamie says:

    Thanks CM

    I hadn’t included any Texas (or indeed any single-state titles) purely to ease my workload, but I couldn’t find a source for JJF’s birthday – I’ll add it to the list now

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