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This Day In Wrestling History – January 15th‏



Events

In 1989, the first WWF Royal Rumble PPV was held in Houston, Texas. There was a Rumble event in 1988, but it was aired as a TV special rather than a PPV

– Jim Duggan, Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart defeat Dino Bravo, Jacques Rougeau & Raymond Rougeau in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match
– Rockin Robin defeats Judy Martin to retain the WWF Womens Title
– King Haku defeats Harley Race
– Big John Studd wins the Royal Rumble, last eliminating Ted DiBiase. The Warlord sets the dubious record of shortest time in a Rumble match at 2 seconds. The record would go unbeaten for 20 years

In 2006, TNA Final Resolution was held in Orlando, Florida

– AJ Styles defeats Hiroshi Tanahashi
– Sean Waltman defeats Raven in a Raven’s Rules Match to banish Raven from TNA
– America’s Most Wanted (Chris Harris & James Storm) defeat Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) to retain the NWA Tag Team Titles
– Samoa Joe defeats Christopher Daniels by forfeit (AJ Styles threw in the towel) to retain the TNA X-Division Title
– Sting & Christian Cage defeat Jeff Jarrett & Monty Brown

Title Changes

1966 – Lorenzo Parente defeats Jack Brisco to win the TSW Missouri Junior Heavyweight Title

1974 – The Great Mephisto defeats Jose Lothario to win the Texas Heavyweight Title

1996 – Miss Texas defeats Lady Satan to win the USWA Womens Title

1997 – Yoshinari Ogawa defeats Tsuyoshi Kikuchi to win the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title

1998 – on Thunder, Rey Misterio Jr defeats Juventud Guerrera to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title

2008 – BxB Hulk & Shingo Takagi defeat Naruki Doi & Masato Yoshino to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles

2012 – Primo & Epico defeat Air Boom (Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne) at a WWE house show to win the WWE Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WWF, AJPW & GHC Tag Team Champion Bull Buchanan (45), one-time WWE Divas Champion Kelly Kelly (26), current Shimmer Tag Team Champion Nicole Matthews (26), Mexican legend Estrella Blanca (75), one-time WWF European & Hardcore Champion Shane McMahon (43) and former NWA and AWA regular Tommy Gilbert (73)

Also, today would have been the birthday of WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Graham (83)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2006, the wrestling world lost Mexican star El Texano aged just 47. Texano is probably best remembered for his spell as part of Los Misioneres de la Muerte, a group which brought ‘trios wrestling’ to the main event scene in Mexico. Shortly after the group separated, he formed a tag team with Silver King, with the duo soon becoming recognized as Mexico’s best. The pair’s popularity was such that they made regular appearances in Japan and the USA alongside their Mexican work, including a WCW Clash of the Champions appearance. By the turn of the millennium, Texano’s career had all but petered out and his health had started to decline. By late 2005, it was obvious that he was in terminal decline; he had gained a massive amount of weight and had begun to experience breathing difficulties amongst other problems. His final months saw him in and out of hospital before he succumbed to respiratory failure in Guadalajara. Texano’s family is still active in the wrestling business; his sons compete as Texano Jr and Super Nova, his nephews as Mictlan, Polvora and Inquisidor, while a cousin competes as El Dandy.

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