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This Day In Wrestling History – January 23rd‏



Events

In 1996, WCW Clash of the Champions XXXII was held in Las Vegas, Nevada

– Brian Pillman defeats Eddy Guerrero
– Sting & Lex Luger defeat The Blue Bloods (Lord Steven Regal & Earl Robert Eaton) to retain the WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Ric Flair & The Giant defeat Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage

In 2000, WWF Royal Rumble was held in New York City. This event was the first to air on terrestrial (free) TV in the UK as Channel 4 had acquired the programming rights earlier in the year

– Tazz defeats Kurt Angle (Angle’s first televised loss)
– The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff) defeat The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) in a Tables Match
– Chris Jericho defeats Chyna & Hardcore Holly in a Triple Threat Match to become the undisputed WWF Intercontinental Champion (Jericho & Chyna were co-champions going into the event)
– The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg & Billy Gunn) defeat The Acolytes (Bradshaw & Faarooq) to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Triple H defeats Cactus Jack in a Street Fight to retain the WWF Title
– The Rock wins the Royal Rumble, last eliminating The Big Show

Title Changes

1970 – Umanosuke Ueda defeats Danny Hodge to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1978 – Tatsumi Fujinami defeats Carlos Jose Estrada to win the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title

1984 – Hulk Hogan defeats The Iron Sheik to win his first WWF Title. The reign would last over 4 years

1987 – Terry Taylor & Jim Duggan vacate the UWF Tag Team Titles after Duggan loses a Loser-Leaves-UWF Match to One Man Gang

1995 – on Raw, The Smoking Gunns (Billy & Bart) defeat The 123 Kid & Bob Holly to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

2001 – on Thunder, Meng awards the WCW Hardcore Title to The Barbarian

2005 – Scorpio & Doug Williams defeat Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa to win the GHC Tag Team Titles

2011 – Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi) defeat Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to one-time ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness, also known as TNA’s Desmond Wolfe (34)

Also, today would have been the birthday of All Japan founder Shohei ‘Giant’ Baba (74)






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4 Responses

  1. Gazz says:

    Not only did we get it free to view on channel 4 (along with some other PPV’s in both 2000 and 01, including the 01 Rumble if my memory serves me correctly) but it also began on a 50 minute tape delay so as to do any censoring, ie one example of blood loss, though I can’t remember where and who that happened too.

    Thank goodness it didn’t remain on C4 for long

  2. Wookey says:

    Mae Young stripping.. They didnt censor that. How I slept after I never know..

  3. Jake says:

    Technically, The Rock was eliminated from the Rumble first as both of his feet touched the ground before the Big Show rolled over and out. This led to the two feuding for the next month as the Big Show was looking for evidence (he eventually found a tape showing the elimination from the side of the ring they were on which proved it) and The Rock not giving Show a rematch for the #1 contender spot.

    Good times…

  4. The Game says:

    Damn. Hulk Hogan’s reign lasting for over 4 years. Thats Hulkamania running wild.

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