This Day In Wrestling History – January 13th‏

Jan 13, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


In 1993, WCW Clash of the Champions XXII was the final Clash for Jim Ross, who left WCW for the WWF shortly after. It was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

– Vinnie Vegas defeats Tony Atlas in an Arm Wrestling Match
– Shane Douglas & Ricky Steamboat defeat Brian Pillman & Steve Austin to retain the WCW & NWA Tag Team Titles
– Dustin Rhodes, Sting & Cactus Jack defeat Big Van Vader, Paul Orndorff & Barry Windham in a Thundercage Match

In 2003, All Japan Pro Wrestling held an untitled PPV in Osaka, Japan

– Abdullah The Butcher & Nobukazu Hirai defeat Tomoaki Honma & Ryuji Hijikata
– Steve Williams, Mike Rotundo & Shigeo Okumura defeat Johnny Smith, George Hines & Hideki Hosaka
– Genichiro Tenryu & 200% Machine defeat Arashi & Nobutaka Araya
– Shinya Hashimoto & Kazuhiko Ogasawara defeat Satoshi Kojima & Kendo Kashin
– The Great Muta defeats The Gladiator to retain the AJPW Triple Crown Title


Happy birthday to former WWE wrestler Shad Gaspard (32), former Stampede star Bruce Hart (62), one-time IWGP Tag & Junior Heavyweight Tag Champion Yujiro Takahashi (32), Tough Enough 5 runner-up Luke Robinson (27), former WWF jobber Reno Riggins (48) and current WWE wrestler Mason Ryan (31)

Also, today would have been the birthday of 4-time ECW Tag Team Champion John Kronus (44) and former NWA regular Bearcat Wright (81)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2009, the wrestling world lost 4-time USWA Tag Team Champion Lanny Kean, better known as Moondog Cujo or Hillbilly Cousin Junior at the age of 48. Kean began his professional wrestling career in 1983, moving to the WWF two years later, where he became a member of the Hillbilly family. Kean’s tenure with the WWF was short, after a series of backstage problems (rumoured to have been sparked by Kean’s drug abuse) saw him fired. He then flitted through several promotions, including the CWA and AWA before joining the USWA’s Moondogs, where he found the biggest success of his career. Nearer the end of his USWA stint, he also received a singles push as Big Daddy Cyrus. Around 1998, Kean quit the wrestling business, only to return nearly a decade later in Jerry Lawler’s Memphis promotion, resuming his Moondog gimmick. Kean succumbed to a heart attack at his home in Jamestown, Kentucky

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