This Day In Wrestling History – January 28th‏

Jan 28, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


In 2007, WWE Royal Rumble was held in San Antonio, Texas

– Bobby Lashley defeats Test by countout to retain the ECW Title
– Batista defeats Mr Kennedy to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– John Cena defeats Umaga in a Last Man Standing Match to retain the WWE Title
– The Undertaker wins the Royal Rumble, last eliminating Shawn Michaels. A number of records fell in this Rumble. The Undertaker was the first man to win after entering at number 30, Kane set the record for most appearances (11) and most consecutive appearances (9) whilst the record for most men involved in an elimination also fell after it took 8 men to eliminate Viscera

Title Changes

1979 – Mark Lewin defeats Dusty Rhodes to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1992 – Stan Hansen defeats Jumbo Tsuruta to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title


Happy birthday to 3-time World Champion Sheamus (35), former TNA wrestler Shark Boy (38), 2-time WSU Tag Team Champion Annie Social (31), the first AJPW Gaora TV Champion Seiya Sanada (25) and current AJPW Junior Heavyweight Champion Shuji Kondo (32)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2006, the wrestling world lost former WCW wrestler ‘The Machine’ Emory Hale aged just 36. Hale was a baseball player growing up, and had a trial with the Baltimore Orioles, though failed to make the cut. Jimmy Hart brought him into WCW in 1998, with the aim of grooming him to be the next ‘big man star’ of the promotion, though he never made it to main event status. He is perhaps best remembered for his brief stint as ‘The Machine’, a character taken directly from the movie ‘8MM’, even though the gimmick failed to get over. He followed Hart and Hogan to the XWF, but was forced to leave the wrestling business in the early 2000s after developing kidney problems. He underwent kidney transplant surgery in 2003, however, the procedure was unsuccessful and his health continued to deteriorate until he died of kidney disease (the official diagnosis, to my knowledge, has never been revealed)

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