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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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