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This Day In Wrestling History- January 6th



Trivia

1964 – Gorilla Monsoon defeated WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino via disqualification in Pittsburgh, PA

1995 – Randy Savage makes his WCW debut, defeating Avalanche (John Tenta) in Birmingham, Alabama

2007 – www.BlackAthlete.net named ECW World champion Bobby Lashley its 2006 Wrestler of the Year.

2006 – WWE released Juventud Guerrera

Events

In 1966, WWWF ran Washington, DC:
Angelo Savoldi defeated Pete Sanchez
Chief Big Heart defeated Johnny Rodz
The Magnificent Maurice defeated Domingo Robles
Bill Miller defeated Steve Stanlee
Curtis Iaukea defeated Humberto Marcado
Baron Mikel Scicluna defeated Miguel Perez & Hector Serrano in a handicap match
Tony Altimore & Tarzan Tyler defeated WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino & Arnold Skaaland

1975 – WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino fought Bobby Duncum to a draw in Landover, MD

1982 – WWF taped All Star Wrestling in Hamburg, PA:
Adrian Adonis defeated Barry Hart
WWF IC Champion Pedro Morales defeated Larry Dee
Tony Atlas defeated Davey O’Hannon
Rick Martel & Tony Garea defeated Jerry Johnson & Johnny Rodz
Greg Valentine defeated Jeff Craney
Jesse Ventura defeated Steve King
Steve Travis defeated Victor Mercardo
Tony Atlas defeated Jose Estrada
Mr. Fuji & Mr. Saito defeated Charlie Brown & Dominic DeNucci
WWF World Champion Bob Backlund defeated Hans Schroeder
Charlie Fulton defeated Jeff Craney
Dark match after the taping: WWF World Champion Bob Backlund & WWF IC Champion Pedro Morales defeated Adrian Adonis & Jesse Ventura via count-out

In 1983 – WWC World Champion Carlos Colon defeated NWA World Champion Ric Flair in a non-title match with a backslide in San Juan, Puerto Rico

In 1985 – Jim Crockett Promotions ran Greensboro, NC:
Steve Casey defeated Black Bart
Cowboy Lang defeated Lord Littlebrook
Charlie Brown, Assassin #1, & Buzz Tyler defeated Superstar Billy Graham, Ron Bass, & JJ Dillon
NWA TV Champion Tully Blanchard defeated Dick Slater in a $10,000 Texas Death Match
Magnum TA defeated NWA US Champion Wahoo McDaniel in a non-title match
NWA Tag Team Champion Dusty Rhodes & Manny Fernandez defeated the Road Warriors
Don Kernodle defeated Ivan Koloff in a lights out match
NWA World Champion Ric Flair defeated Harley Race
Magnum TA won a 20-man $50,000 battle royal by last eliminating NWA US Champion Wahoo McDaniel; other participants included: Harley Race, Ole Anderson, Ricky Steamboat, the Barbarian, NWA Tag Team Champion Dusty Rhodes, and Nikita Koloff

In 1992 – WWF performers appeared on a SWS event in Japan:
Shawn Michaels & the Berzerker defeated Kendo Nagasaki & Kennichi Oya
The Ultimo Dragon defeated Bestia Salvaje
Davey Boy Smith & Naoki Sano defeated Tatsumi Kitihara & Shinichi Nakano
George & Shunji Takano defeated Ricky Fuyuki & Takashi Ishikawa

In 1999 – WCW ran Mobile, Alabama:
Scott & Steve Armstrong defeated Alex Wright & Disco Inferno
Steve McMichael defeated Brian Adams
WCW Cruiserweight Champion Billy Kidman defeated Juventud Guerrera
Booker T defeated Chris Jericho
Scott Hall defeated Horace Hogan
Konnan defeated Lex Luger
Bill Goldberg defeated Bam Bam Bigelow

In 2008, TNA Final Resolution was held in Orlando, Florida. This was the 1st of 2 Final Resolution events this year, following TNA’s decision to re-shuffle their PPV schedule for 2009.

– Gail Kim defeats Awesome Kong in a No DQ Match to retain the TNA Knockout’s Title
– Johnny Devine & Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) defeat Jay Lethal & The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) in an Ultimate X Match
– AJ Styles & Tomko defeat Kevin Nash & Samoa Joe to retain the TNA Tag Team Titles
– Kurt Angle defeats Christian Cage to retain the TNA World Title

Title Changes

1947 – Marshall Esteppe defeats Ken Fenelon to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1959 – Joe Christie wins a tournament to win the vacant Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1968 – Kintaro Ohki & Michiaki Yoshimura defeat Bill Miller & Rick Hunter to win the vacant JWA All Asia Tag Team Titles

1979 – The Assassin & Angel 1st defeat Terry Latham & Ricky Fields in the final of a tournament to win the vacant TSW Louisiana Tag Team Titles

1986 – Buddy Roberts defeats Mark Youngblood to win the WCCW Television Title

2003 – On WWE Raw, William Regal & Lance Storm defeat Booker T & Goldust to win the WWE World Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WCW & NWA Tag Team Champion Konan (50), 2-time WWF Women’s Champion Jacqueline Moore (50) and retired Mexican star Fishman (63)

Also, today would have been the birthday of one-time IWGP Tag Team Champion Ludvig Borga (51), former WWF, AWA and USWA Tag Team Champion Moondog Spot (62) and 3-time WWWF Tag Team Champion ‘Professor’ Toru Tanaka (84)

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