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This Day In Wrestling History – January 20th‏



Events

In 2002, WWF Royal Rumble was held in Atlanta, Georgia

– Tazz & Spike Dudley defeat The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
– William Regal defeats Edge to win the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Trish Stratus defeats Jazz with Jacqueline as special guest referee to retain the WWF Womens Title
– Ric Flair defeats Vince McMahon in a Street Fight
– Chris Jericho defeats The Rock to retain the WWF Undisputed Title
– Triple H wins the Royal Rumble, last eliminating Kurt Angle. Steve Austin set the record for most career eliminations with 36, a record that would stand for 8 years

Title Changes

1978 – Carlos Jose Estrada defeats Tony Garea to win the vacant WWF Junior Heavyweight Title

1989 – Joe Malenko ends Masanobu Fuchi’s 2-year reign as AJPW Junior Heavyweight Champion

1997 – Mitsuharu Misawa defeats Kenta Kobashi to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title

1998 – on Raw, Owen Hart defeats Goldust (dressed as Triple H) to win the WWF European Title. Commissioner Slaughter considers Goldust an official substitute for Triple H and upholds the result

2003 – on Raw, William Regal & Lance Storm defeat The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) to win the World Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to 2-time NWA World Tag Team Champion Firebreaker Chip (49), one-time ROH Tag Team Champion Tony DeVito (40) and former WWE Diva Joy Giovanni (34)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1998, the wrestling world lost WWE Hall of Famer Bobo Brazil at the age of 74. Brazil made his name in the 1950’s, competing against the likes of Killer Kowalski, Ernie Ladd and The Sheik, gaining a reputation as a fluid and impressive mat grappler. By the 60’s, Brazil was regularly challenging for major titles; he came up short against the WWWF’s Bruno Sammartino, but won the NWA World Title by defeating Buddy Rogers (though the NWA currently doesn’t recognize the change). He went on to achieve success in both organizations, winning a combined total of 52 championships in his career, including 7 WWWF United States Titles. In addition to his in-ring duties, Brazil also served as a mentor to Rocky Johnson. He retired in 1994, being inducted into the-then WWF Hall of Fame later in the year. After retiring, he operated a restaurant in his hometown of Benton Harbor, Michigan. He died in hospital after suffering a series of strokes.






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