This Day In Wrestling History – January 27th‏

Jan 27, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


In 1994, WCW Clash of the Champions XXVI was held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The event saw the WCW debut of Bobby Heenan

– Brian Pillman defeats Robert Parker in a Loser Wears a Chicken Suit Match
– Steven Regal fought Dustin Rhodes to a time-limit draw to retain the WCW Television Title
– Sting & Ric Flair defeat Vader & Rick Rude in an Elimination Tag Team Match

In 2008, WWE Royal Rumble, held in New York City, was the first WWE PPV to be broadcast in HD

– Ric Flair defeats MVP. Had Flair lost, he would have been forced to retire
– Edge defeats Rey Mysterio to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– Randy Orton defeats Jeff Hardy to retain the WWE Title
– John Cena wins the Royal Rumble, last eliminating Triple H.

Title Changes

1981 – Roddy Piper defeats Ric Flair to win the NWA United States Title

1996 – Raven defeats The Sandman to win the ECW World Title

2008 – Minoru & Prince Devitt defeat Dick Togo & Taka Michinoku to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles

2010 – Rob Terry defeats Eric Young to win the TNA Global Title


Today would have been the birthday of one-time AWA Tag Team Champion Red Bastien (82) and former southern regular Ken Timbs (62)

In Memoriam

Firstly, in 1993, WWE Hall of Famer Andre The Giant died aged 46. Born in France, Andre quickly lived up to his future Giant mantra, reaching 6’3, 240lbs by age 12. He began his association with professional wrestling at the age of 18, having met a local promoter in Paris, who offered to train him. He quickly became renowned for his immense size, and worked for promotions across Europe, Africa and Asia. In 1970, he began working in Japan, quickly making a name for himself there as well, though it was here that he was first officially diagnosed with acromegaly, the condition that would eventually lead to all sorts of health problems in his later life. In 1972, he worked several times for the AWA, where he caught the eye of Vince McMahon Sr; the rest, as they say, is history. Andre would go on to become one of the most famous wrestlers of the 1980’s, winning the WWF World Title once and competing in several Wrestlemania matches, including the famous ‘Body Slam Heard Around The World’ at Wrestlemania III. Andre’s health was failing in the late 80’s, his sheer size taking it’s toll on his body and he began wearing braces underneath his wrestling singlet in an attempt to minimize further damage. However, it was far too late, by 1990, he was in constant pain and could no longer compete on a regular basis, making only sporadic appearances with the WWF and AJPW until his final match in December 1992. Andre died of congestive heart failure whilst in Paris to attend the funeral of his father. Had Andre’s condition been diagnosed earlier, it is possible that his condition could have been treated, much like The Big Show (who also suffered from acromegaly) has had

Secondly, in 2004, 3-time AWA Tag Team Champion Hard Boiled Haggerty died aged 79. Haggerty began his sporting life as a defensive tackle, playing 3 seasons in the NFL with the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. Like many footballers, he turned to wrestling, debuting under his real name, Don Stansauk, with Minneapolis promoter Wally Karbo creating the Haggerty character some time later. His first championship win in 1950 (the San Francisco version of the NWA World Tag Team Titles) began a successful decade-long run in several NWA territories, bringing him numerous titles, including those in Ohio, Hawaii, Los Angeles, Texas and Canada. In the 60’s, he began working for the AWA, where he was a 4-time champion across the singles and tag team divisions, though by 1964 he had left the promotion to return to the NWA territories. After retiring from the ring in 1972, he became a respected character actor, appearing in such films and TV shows as Paint Your Wagon, The Muppet Movie, Starsky & Hutch, Happy Days and The Incredible Hulk. He suffered severe injuries in a car accident in 2003 and was never the same afterwards, passing away of natural causes around six months later

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