This Day In Wrestling History – January 21st‏

Jan 21, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


2008 – Tonight’s Raw is the first to be broadcast in HD


In 1990, WWF Royal Rumble was held in Orlando, Florida

– The Bushwhackers (Luke & Butch) defeat The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques & Raymond)
– Ronnie Garvin defeats Greg Valentine in an Submission Match
– Hulk Hogan wins the Royal Rumble, last eliminating Mr Perfect

In 1992, WCW Clash of the Champions XVIII was held in Topeka, Kansas and saw the WCW debut of Jesse Ventura

– Cactus Jack defeats Van Hammer in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
– Dustin Rhodes, Barry Windham & Ron Simmons defeat The Dangerous Alliance (Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton & Larry Zbyszko)
– Sting & Ricky Steamboat defeat Steve Austin & Rick Rude

In 1996, WWF Royal Rumble was held in Fresno, California. Interestingly, this was the first Rumble match where entrance music was used

– The Smoking Gunns (Billy & Bart) defeat The Bodydonnas (Skip & Zip) to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Goldust defeats Razor Ramon to win the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Shawn Michaels wins the Royal Rumble, last eliminating Diesel
– The Undertaker defeats Bret Hart by DQ (Hart retains the WWF Title)

In 1997, WCW Clash of the Champions XXXIV was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This was the penultimate Clash event.

– Dean Malenko defeats Ultimo Dragon to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title
– Chris Jericho, Super Calo & Chavo Guerrero Jr defeat Konnan, La Parka & Mr JL in a Six-Man Lucha Rules Match
– Chris Benoit defeats The Taskmaster in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
– Lex Luger defeats Scott Hall

In 2001, WWF Royal Rumble was held in New Orleans, Louisiana. This Rumble saw Steve Austin become the first (and to date, only) man to win 3 Rumble matches, whilst Kane set the as yet unbeaten record for most eliminations in a single match with 11. This was also the Rumble that featured Drew Carey, who chose to eliminate himself, rather than face Kane

– The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) defeat Edge & Christian to win the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Chris Jericho defeats Chris Benoit in a Ladder Match to win the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Ivory defeats Chyna to retain the WWF Womens Title
– Kurt Angle defeats Triple H to retain the WWF Title
– Steve Austin wins the Royal Rumble, last eliminating Kane

Title Changes

1963 – Bull Curry defeats Tony Borne to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1983 – Terry Gordy defeats Kevin von Erich to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1985 – The US Express (Barry Windham & Mike Rotunda) defeat Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

1998 – The Rock n Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) are awarded the vacant NWA Tag Team Titles

2007 – Ricky Marvin & Kotaro Suzuki defeat The Briscoe Brothers (Mark & Jay) to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles

2008 – Johnny Devine defeats Jay Lethal to win the TNA X-Division Title


Happy birthday to 2-time AAA Cruiserweight Champion Alex Koslov (29), WWE Hall of Famer Ivan Putski (72), 2-time WWE Divas Champion Maryse Ouellet (30) and 2-time GHC Heavyweight Champion Go Shiozaki (31)

Also, today would have been the birthday of legendary promoter Sandy Barr (75), WWE Hall of Famer Arnold Skaaland (88) and former WCW referee Mark Curtis (51)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1985, the wrestling world lost WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Graham aged 55. Graham began his career competing as the kayfabe brother of Buddy Rogers in the southern territories, before joining the now-famed Graham ‘family’ alongside Dr Jerry and Crazy Luke. He and Jerry were very successful in Capitol Wrestling (the forerunner of today’s WWE), winning tag team gold 4 times. Eddie left the ‘family’ in 1960, moving to Florida to pursue a singles career, though he suffered a severe injury during his time there (a 75-pound steel window fell on his head, causing both retinas to detach and requiring 300 stitches) which kept him out of action for well over a year. By 1971, he had taken over booking and promoting the Florida territory and had begun to wrestle fewer matches. He retired due to health problems in 1977, though returned for one match in 1979. He also served as President of the NWA from 1976-78, though was often absent from his position due to his health problems, and was eventually forced to step down. Even through his health issues, Graham continued promoting the Florida territory until he took his own life by gunshot after a long battle with alcoholism

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