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This Day In Wrestling History – January 8th‏



Trivia

1998 – WCW Thunder begins airing on TBS

Events

In 2006, WWE New Year’s Revolution was held in Albany, New York

– Ric Flair defeats Edge by DQ to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Trish Stratus defeats Mickie James to retain the WWE Womens Title
– Ashley Massaro wins a Bra & Panties Gauntlet Match
– John Cena defeats Kurt Angle, Chris Masters, Carlito, Shawn Michaels & Kane in an Elimination Chamber Match to retain the WWE Title
– Edge cashes in his Money In The Bank and defeats John Cena to win the WWE Title

Title Changes

1990 – Jerry Lawler defeats King Cobra to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1995 – Arn Anderson defeats Johnny B Badd to win the WCW Television Title

1998 – Juventud Guerrera defeats Ultimo Dragon to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to multiple-time Tag Team Champion Bushwhacker/Sheepherder Luke (65), former WWE wrestler Chris Masters (29), one-time WWF Womens Champion Bull Nakano (44) and one-time GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion Ricky Marvin (32)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1937, the wrestling world lost former American Heavyweight Champion Martin ‘Farmer’ Burns aged 75. Burns was exposed to wrestling at a very early age, having lived in and around Civil War camps, where wrestling was a favored activity among the soldiers. He lost his father when he was 11, leading him to take jobs on a nearby farm and grading camp in order to support his family. It was on the camp where he honed his wrestling technique. Many of Burns’ opponents here focused purely on brute strength, whereas Burns himself preferred a combination of strength and catch techniques, making him almost unbeatable. At age 19, he wrestled his first professional match, going to an over 2 hour draw. His star was made in 1889, where he answered and won a challenge to last 15 minutes in the ring with two top wrestlers of the day (Jack Carleek and Evan ‘Strangler’ Lewis). Not only did Burns last 15 minutes each, he won both matches. By 1891, he was widely recognized as the world’s top ‘grappler’ and would later defeat Evan Lewis to become American Heavyweight Champion, holding the title for two years. By 1898, he had all but retired from the ring, though still kept active by working as a wrestling trainer, counting Frank Gotch and Toots Mondt amongst his star pupils. Ed ‘Stangler’ Lewis could also be considered a pupil, having learned much of his craft from reading Burns’ books. Burns died of natural causes at his home in Council Bluffs, Iowa, his condition having deteriorated further after the loss of his wife and daughter. Interestingly, it is said that Burns’ neck muscles were so strong at the height of his career that he could survive a 6-foot drop into a hangman’s noose


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2 Responses

  1. CMBurnham says:

    Today is also the birthday of “Hangman” Bobby Jaggers, who was a star in the Pacific Northwest, the Central States area and in Puerto Rico. He teamed with Dutch Mantell in the NWA in the late ’80s as the Kansas Jayhawks.

  2. Jamie says:

    Hadn’t got a source for him, thanks!

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