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This Day In Wrestling History – January 28th‏



Today marks a year of me writing this column. Thanks all for putting up with me and my occasional mistakes/omissions, and here’s to another year!

Events

In 2007, WWE Royal Rumble was held in San Antonio, Texas

– 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. A number of records fell in this Rumble. Kane broke the record for most appearances (11) and most consecutive appearances (9). Also, The Undertaker was the first man to win the Rumble from number 30. Finally, the record for most wrestlers involved in an elimination fell when 8 men were required to eliminate Viscera

Title Changes

1979 – Mark Lewin defeats Dusty Rhodes to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1992 – Stan Hansen defeats Jumbo Tsuruta to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to 2-time WWE Champion Sheamus (34), former TNA wrestler Shark Boy (37), 2-time WSU Tag Team Champion Annie Social (30) and one-time AJPW Junior Heavyweight Champion Shuji Kondo (31)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2006, the wrestling world lost former WCW wrestler ‘The Machine’ Emory Hale aged just 36. Hale was a baseball player growing up, and had a trial with the Baltimore Orioles, though failed to make the cut. Jimmy Hart brought him into WCW in 1998, with the aim of grooming him to be the next ‘big man star’ of the promotion, though he never made it to main event status. He is perhaps best remembered for his brief stint as ‘The Machine’, a character taken directly from the movie ’8MM’, even though the gimmick failed to get over. He followed Hart and Hogan to the XWF, but was forced to leave the wrestling business in the early 2000s after developing kidney problems. He underwent kidney transplant surgery in 2003, however, the procedure was unsuccessful and his health continued to deteriorate until he died of kidney disease (the official diagnosis, to my knowledge, has never been revealed)






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