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This Day In Wrestling History – January 7th‏



Events

In 2001, ECW’s final PPV (and indeed final broadcast) Guilty As Charged was held in New York City

– Danny Doring & Amish Roadkill defeat Hot Commodity (Julio Dinero & EZ Money) to retain the ECW Tag Team Titles
– Tommy Dreamer defeats CW Anderson in an I Quit Match
– The Sandman defeats Steve Corino & Justin Credible in a 3-Way Tables, Ladders, Chairs & Canes Match to win the ECW World Title
– Rhino defeats The Sandman to win the ECW World Title
– Rob Van Dam defeats Jerry Lynn

In 2007, the final WWE New Year’s Revolution was a Raw-exclusive event, held in Kansas City, Missouri

– Jeff Hardy defeats Johnny Nitro in a Cage Match to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Mickie James defeats Victoria to retain the WWE Womens Title
– Rated RKO (Randy Orton & Edge) fought D-Generation X (Triple H & Shawn Michaels) to a no-contest to retain the World Tag Team Titles
– John Cena defeats Umaga to retain the WWE Title

Title Changes

1966 – Gene Kiniski defeats Lou Thesz to win the NWA World Title

1969 – Karl von Stronheim & Treacherous Phillips defeat Lorenzo Parente & Skandar Akbar to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1971 – Pedro Morales defeats Bobo Brazil to win the WWWF United States Title

1976 – Greg Valentine & Bill Watts defeat The Hollywood Blondes (Jerry Brown & Dale Valentine) to win the vacant TSW United States Tag Team Titles

1985 – Billy Jack Haynes defeats Gino Hernandez (subbing for Chris Adams) to win the WCCW Television Title

1999 – Jun Akiyama & Kenta Kobashi defeat The Holy Demon Army (Akira Taue & Toshiaki Kawada) to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

2002 – on Raw, Spike Dudley & Tazz defeat The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

2004 – Chris Sabin defeats Michael Shane, Christopher Daniels & Low Ki to win the TNA X-Division Title

2007 – The Briscoe Brothers (Mark & Jay) defeat Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Takashi Sugiura to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles

2008 – Awesome Kong defeats Gail Kim to win the TNA Womens Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to retired Joshi star Devil Masami (51), indy regular Alexxis Nevaeh (26), UK star El Ligero (28), former ECW regular CW Anderson (42) and one-time WWE Cruiserweight Champion Chavo Guerrero Sr (64)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this day

Firstly, in 2000, 2-time AJPW Unified Tag Team Champion Gary Albright died aged just 36. Albright had an impressive amateur career, going 55-2 in high school and later set the Nebraska State record for most falls in an NCAA season. His first professional appearances came in the final days of the (original) Stampede Wrestling promotion, where he competed against such names as The British Bulldogs and Chris Benoit. The closure of Stampede led him to find work in Japan, competing first for Nobuhiko Takada’s UWFi and later for All Japan. Sadly, Albright died whilst competing in a match; after being hit with a three-quarter facelock bulldog, Albright collapsed motionless to the canvas. His opponent (Lucifer Grimm) rolled Albright on top of him to finish the match before resuscitation was attempted, though he was declared dead on arrival at the hospital. The official cause of death is a heart attack, though his autopsy later found that he suffered from diabetes, blocked arteries and an enlarged heart, all of which could have contributed to his death. Albright was a member of the famed Anoa’i family by marriage, having wed the youngest daughter of Afa The Wild Samoan

Secondly, in 2002, one-time AWA World Champion Mighty Igor Vodic at the age of 70. Vodic got into wrestling after knocking out fellow wrestler Brute Bernard in a gym, gaining the attention of Michigan promoter Bert Ruby. Vodic’s success with Ruby gained him bookings across the country, leading to his national exposure with the AWA. His time with the AWA didn’t last long, nor in fact did his career, as he preferred the quiet life on the family farm in north Michigan. Vodic lived the peaceful life, passing away of a heart attack at his home

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2 Responses

  1. Prince Dann says:

    Gail Kim vs Awesome Kong.

    Some of the best examples of women’s matches in history.

  2. Stevie E. says:

    2002-Triple H returns to Raw after quad injury.

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