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This Day In Wrestling History- January 12th



Trivia

1998- The Monday Night Wars continued, WCW Monday Nitro defeated WWF Raw: 4.6 to 3.4 in the ratings

2009- WWE announced Bill Watts would be inducted into their Hall of Fame

Events

In 1976,  The WWWF holds an event at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York:
– Dominic DeNucci defeated Bugsy McGraw by disqualification.
– Ivan Putski defeated Jerry Blackwell.
– Kevin Sullivan and Frank Monte fought to a 20-minute time-limit draw.
– Baron Mikel Scicluna defeated Francisco Flores.
– Pat Barrett and Pete Sanchez fought to a 20-minute time-limit draw.
– WWWF World Tag Team Champion Louis Cerdan and Tony Parisi defeated Spiros Arion and Ivan Koloff.
– Ernie Ladd defeated Gorilla Monsoon when the referee stopped the match due to Monsoon bleeding.
– Superstar Billy Graham defeated WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino by countout

In 1991, The WWF held a matinee event at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts:
– Dustin Rhodes (subbing for Sam Houston) pinned Buddy Rose.
– Haku defeated Koko B. Ware.
– Jake Roberts defeated Rick Martel by disqualification.
– The Barbarian pinned Saba Simba.
– Kerry Von Erich defeated WWF Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect by disqualification. Roddy Piper was guest referee.
– WWF Tag Team Champions The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) defeated Power and Glory (Hercules and Paul Roma), when Hart pinned Roma.
– Hulk Hogan and Tugboat defeated Dino Bravo and Earthquake

2001 – ECW held its next-to-last event, a house show at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff, Missouri:
– Michael Shane defeated Oz.
– The Prodigy defeated Phoenix.
– Joey Matthews and Christian York defeated The Full Blooded Italians (Little Guido and Tony Mamaluke).
– Jack Victory defeated C.W. Anderson in a Street Fight.
– Yoshihiro Tajiri defeated Super Crazy.
– ECW World Tag Team Champions Danny Doring and Nova (subbing for Roadkill) defeated Hot Commodity (Julio Dinero and EZ Money), when Nova pinned Dinero, to retain the title.
– Tommy Dreamer pinned Justin Credible.
– ECW World Heavyweight and World Television Champion Rhino pinned The Sandman to retain the Heavyweight title

Title Changes

1951 – Mars Bennett defeats Nell Stewart for the NWA Texas Women’s Title in Houston, Texas

1953 – Yvon Robert and Whipper Billy Watson defeat Al and Tiny Mills to win the NWA Canadian Open Tag Team Title in Toronto, Ontario

1968 – Bobo Brazil defeats Buddy Austin to win the World Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title in Los Angeles, California

1980 – Kevin von Erich defeats Ox Baker to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1980 – Carlos Colon defeats Abdullah the Butcher to win the held-up WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title in Bayamon, Puerto Rico

1981 – Raul Mata & Billy White Cloud defeat Tim Brooks & Raul Castro to win the vacant Texas Tag Team Titles

1981 – Barry Windham defeats Dory Funk, Jr. to win the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title in West Palm Beach, Florida

1982 – Bruce Hart defeats The Great Gama to win the Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Title in Regina, Saskatchewan

1987 – Bob Bradley defeats The Dingo Warrior in the final of a tournament to win the vacant WCCW Texas Heavyweight Title

1998 – on Nitro, The Outsiders (Kevin Nash & Scott Hall) defeat The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) to win the WCW Tag Team Titles

2000 – on Thunder, Brian Knobbs defeats Norman Smiley to win the WCW Hardcore Title

2009 – Jack Swagger defeats Matt Hardy to win the ECW World Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to one-time UWF Tag Team Champion Brian Blair (57), 2010 King of Trios winner Ares (34), & former WWE developmental talent Krissy Vaine (33)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former WWF and WCW wrestler Luna Vachon (51) and former ECW talent Big Dick Dudley (45)

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