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This Day In Wrestling History – January 8th‏



Trivia

1998 – WCW Thunder begins airing on TBS

Events

In 2006, WWE New Year’s Revolution was a Raw-exclusive event, held in Albany, New York

– Ric Flair defeats Edge by DQ to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Trish Stratus defeats Mickie James to retain the WWE Womens Title
– John Cena defeats Kurt Angle, Chris Masters, Carlito, Shawn Michaels & Kane in an Elimination Chamber Match to retain the WWE Title
– Edge cashes in his Money In The Bank and defeats John Cena to win the WWE Title

In 2012, TNA Genesis was held in Orlando, Florida

– Austin Aries defeats Kid Kash, Jesse Sorensen & Zema Ion in a Four-Way Elimination Match to retain the TNA X-Division Title
– Gail Kim defeats Mickie James by DQ to retain the TNA Knockouts Title
– Crimson & Matt Morgan defeat Samoa Joe & Magnus to retain the TNA Tag Team Titles
– Jeff Hardy defeats Bobby Roode by DQ (Roode retains the TNA World Title)

Title Changes

1925 – Wayne Munn defeats Ed ‘Strangler’ Lewis to win the World Heavyweight Title

1990 – Jerry Lawler defeats King Cobra to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1995 – Arn Anderson defeats Johnny B Badd to win the WCW Television Title

1998 – Juventud Guerrera defeats Ultimo Dragon to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former UWF and AWA Tag Team Champion ‘Bushwhacker’ Luke Williams (66), former WWE wrestler Chris Masters (30), retired joshi legend Keiko ‘Bull’ Nakano (45), current GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion Ricky Marvin (33), current CMLL Trios Champion La Mascara (31) and retired Mexican star Rey Misterio Sr (55)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former NWA regular ‘Hangman’ Bobby Jaggers (65)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1937, the wrestling world lost one-time American Heavyweight Champion Martin ‘Farmer’ Burns at the age of 75. Burns’ father died when he was just 11, leading him to work at a local farm to help support his family. In his later youth, he also worked in grading camps, where the workers often held wrestling matches between one another. Burns possessed immense physical strength, but it was his techniques and strategies that saw him win the vast majority of these matches. At 19 years old, he wrestled his first professional match, battling the vastly more experienced David Grafft to an over 2 hour draw. His early professional record was somewhat unimpressive, losing decisions to Tom Connors and a ‘pre-Strangler’ Evan Lewis. Burns realized that his neck strength was a weakness, as he was regularly succumbing to chokeholds, so he underwent a rigorous neck-muscle training scheme, eventually building an impressive 20-inch neck. His neck strength was such that he could survive a six-foot fall into a hangman’s noose, a stunt which he regularly performed at carnivals. In 1889, Burns traveled to Chicago and, by pure chance, saw a flyer offering $25 to anyone who could last 15 minutes in the ring with Jack Carleek and Evan Lewis. Sensing his opportunity for revenge, Burns took the challenge and successfully defeated both men. Within 5 years, Burns had risen to become arguable America’s top grappler and he earned another match against Lewis, this time for the latter’s American Heavyweight Title. Burns comfortably defeated Lewis and went on to hold the title for two years. By the turn of the century, Burns had largely retired from active competition, preferring to train young wrestlers. His students included two future World Champions (Frank Gotch and Earl Caddock) and a myriad of other top names including Toots Mondt, one of the co-founders of what is now WWE. In 1914, Burns published a widely-respected training manual, championed by the likes of Ed ‘Strangler’ Lewis and Lou Thesz in years to come. Burns eventually died of natural causes at his home in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

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