This Day In Wrestling History – January 1st

Jan 1, 2013 - by Kris Zellner

Happy New Year everyone!

Title Changes

1946 – Larry Tillman defeats Marshall Esteppe to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1975 – Harley Race is awarded the NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Title, thus becoming the first man to hold the title known today as the WWE United States Title

1978 – Blackjack Mulligan defeats Ricky Steamboat to win the NWA Mid-Atlatic United States Title

1982 – Tiger Mask defeats Dynamite Kid to win the vacant WWF Junior Heavyweight Title

1986 – Dick Slater defeats Butch Reed to win the MSW North American Title. Also, Jake Roberts defeats Dick Slater in the final of a tournament to win the vacant MSW Television Title

2012 – El Terrible defeats Rush to win the vacant CMLL World Heavyweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to one-time WWF Hardcore Champion Rodney (42), one-time TNA World Champion Bobby Roode (36), UK indy regular Roy ‘The Zebra Kid’ Bevis (31), former WCW valet Kimberly Page (43), 2-time CMLL Heavyweight Champion Rayo de Jalisco Jr (53) and legendary manager ‘The Mouth of the South’ Jimmy Hart (69)

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