This Day In Wrestling History – January 9th
2009– Steve Austin was announced as leading the 2009 WWE Hall of Fame class
2009– WWE continued with layoffs of their staff, even firing Vince McMahohon’s two limo drivers. WWE also officially announced they were laying off 10% of their staff. Also released were: Kevin Thorne, Bam Neeley, Referee Jimmy Korderas, D’Lo Brown, Val Venis, & Producer Tim White
2012– WWE announced Edge & The Four Horsemen were going into the WWE Hall of Fame
In 1993, The WWF holds an afternoon event at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts:
– Crush defeated Skinner.
– Terry Taylor defeated Jason Knight (subbing for Lance Cassidy).
– WWF Tag Team Champions Money, Inc. (Ted DiBiase and IRS) defeated The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags) to retain the title, when IRS pinned Sags after hitting him with hier briefcase. The Nastys won the match originally after DiBiase collided with Sags and Knobbs pinned DiBiase, but the match was restarted due to Knobbs not being the legal man in the ring.
– The Undertaker pinned Papa Shango after a chokeslam.
– Bam Bam Bigelow pinned Typhoon after a diving headbutt.
– WWF Champion Bret Hart defeated Ric Flair in a 60-minute Iron Man Match, three falls to two, to retain the title
In 2000, ECW Guilty As Charged was held in Birmingham, Alabama
– C.W. Anderson pinned Mikey Whipwreck
– Yoshihiro Tajiri & Super Crazy defeat Little Guido & Jerry Lynn
– Rob Van Dam defeats Sabu to retain the ECW Television Title
– The Impact Players (Lance Storm & Justin Credible) defeat Tommy Dreamer & Raven to win the ECW Tag Team Titles
– Mike Awesome defeats Spike Dudley to retain the ECW World Title
In 2005, WWE New Year’s Revolution was the first WWE PPV to be held in Puerto Rico, specifically, in San Juan. The event got off to a somewhat inauspicious start, with 3 injuries (to Regal, Eugene & Lita) in the first two matches
– Eugene & William Regal defeat Christian & Tyson Tomko to retain the World Tag Team Titles
– Trish Stratus defeats Lita to win the WWE Womens Title
– Shelton Benjamin twice defeats Maven to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title. Benjamin won the first match, Maven challenged him again, only to lose again in 5 seconds
– Triple H defeats Edge, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Batista & Randy Orton in an Elimination Chamber Match with Shawn Michaels as special guest referee to win the vacant World Heavyweight Title
In 2011, TNA Genesis was held in Orlando, Florida
– Kazarian defeats Jay Lethal to win the TNA X-Division Title
– Madison Rayne defeats Mickie James to retain the TNA Knockouts Title
– Beer Money Inc (James Storm & Robert Roode) defeat The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) to win the TNA Tag Team Titles
– Abyss defeats Douglas Williams to win the TNA Television Title
– Mr Anderson defeats Matt Morgan
– Mr Anderson defeats Jeff Hardy to win the TNA World Title
1957 – Al Kashey defeats Lord James Blears to win the vacant NWA Beat the Champ International Television Title in Los Angeles, California
1959 – Pat O’Connor defeats Dick Hutton to win the NWA World Title
1961 – Oni Wiki Wiki defeats Don Kent to win the TSW Oklahoma Junior Heavyweight Title
1962 – Mr M defeats Verne Gagne to win the AWA World Title
1968 – Butcher Vachon & Stan Vachon (Stan Pulaski) defeat Enrique and Ramon Torres to win the Georgia NWA World Tag Team Title in Macon, Georgia
1971 – Jerry Jarrett & Tojo Yamamoto defeat The Heavenly Bodies (Al & Don Greene) to win the Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Chattanooga, Tennessee
1974 – Billy Graham defeats Ed Francis to win the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title in Honolulu, Hawaii
1982 – Dory Funk, Jr. & Terry Funk defeat Jack & Jerry Brisco for the Florida NWA North American Tag Team Title in Tampa, Florida
1984 – Super Destroyer 1 defeats Brian Adias to win the WCCW Television Title
1987 – Larry Hamilton defeats Tom Prichard to win the Southeast NWA United States Junior Heavyweight Title in Birmingham, Alabama
1998 – Wolf Hawkfield & Johnny Smith defeat Jun Akiyama & Takao Omori to win the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles
Happy birthday to former WWF wrestler Luc ‘Sniper’ Poirier (53), one-time CMLL Heavyweight Champion Silver King (46), retired Japanese regular Magnum Tokyo (41), & former WWE announcer Todd Grisham (38)