This Day In Wrestling History- January 18th
1999 – The Monday Night Wars continue:WWF Raw defeated WCW Monday Nitro: 5.6 rating to 4.4 rating
2007 – WWE releases several talents. Those released were C.W. Anderson, Doug Basham, Danny Basham, Gangrel, The Gymini (Mike & Todd Shane), Jazz, Rodney Mack, Al Snow, & Sylvester Terkay. Snow was only released as an active talent, and remained with the company as a trainer in Ohio Valley Wrestling.
In 1982, The WWF holds an event at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York:
– Davey O’Hannon pinned Manuel Soto after a neckbreaker.
– Larry Sharpe pinned Jose Estrada
– Charlie Fulton pinned Johnny Rodz.
– Greg Valentine defeated WWF Intercontinental Champion Pedro Morales
– Jesse Ventura pinned Dominic DeNucci
– Adrian Adonis defeated WWF Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund by referee stoppage to excessive bleeding.
– Tony Garea & Rick Martel defeated WWF Tag Team Champions Mr. Fuji & Mr. Saito by disqualification, when Fuji threw salt in guest referee Pat Patterson’s face as Martel had Saito in a sleeper hold.
– Tony Atlas pinned The Masked Executioner (Hans Schroeder)
– Ivan Putski defeated Killer Khan by referee’s decision after MSG’s 11:00pm curfew came
In 1993, The second edition of WWF Monday Night RAW airs live from the Manhattan Center in New York City, New York:
– Mr. Perfect pinned Terry Taylor (subbing for Papa Shango) with the Perfectplex. Ric Flair came out during the match & attacked Perfect on the floor.
– Marty Jannetty pinned Glen Ruth after the Rocker Dropper.
– Ric Flair and Tito Santana fought to a no contest after Mr. Perfect came out and fought with Flair, leading Flair to challenge Perfect to a match the following week, in which the loser must leave the WWF
In 1998, WWF Royal Rumble, held in San Jose, California, saw Shawn Michaels suffer the back injury that would force his original retirement
– Vader pinned The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust (with Luna)
– Max Mini, Mosaic & Nova defeated Battalion, El Torito & Tarantula
– The Rock defeats Ken Shamrock by DQ to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title
– The Legion Of Doom (Hawk & Animal) defeat The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg & Billy Gunn) by DQ (The Outlaws retain the WWF Tag Team Titles)
– Steve Austin wins the Royal Rumble, last eliminating The Rock
– Shawn Michaels defeats The Undertaker in a Casket Match to retain the WWF Title
In 2003, XPW runs an event at Viking Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The results were:
– Chris Candido defeated Julio Dinero.
– Danny Doring defeated Sonny Siaki.
– Youthanazia (M-Dogg20 & Josh Prohibition) defeated XPW Tag Team Champions Mexico’s Most Wanted (Halloween & Damien 666) in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match to win the title, MMW had just won the title from Youthanazia the previous night.
– XPW King of the Deathmatch Champion Supreme defeated Justice Pain in an I Quit match to retain the title.
– Angel defeated Chris Hamrick.
– Shark Boy defeated Tracy Smothers.
– Malice defeated Judas.
– Jerry Lynn defeated Psicosis & Juventud Guerrera in a three-way match.
– XPW Television Champion Kaos defeated Jonny Storm to retain the title.
– XPW World Heavyweight Champion Shane Douglas defeated Vic Grimes to retain the title
In 2014, Vendetta Pro Wrestling held “Reflexion 2014” show in Santa Maria, Ca. at the Santa Maria Fairplex. Starring Former WWE, TNA, & Current ROH star Matt Hardy, & his wife Reby Sky. It drew around 800 fans, & I was in attendance:
– Vintage Dragon (with Terra Calaway) defeated Tyler Bateman
– Damien Grundy (with “So Fly” Ben Fry) defeated Cameron Jones
– Sexy Chino, Clay Tawzer, & Ricky Ruffin defeated “Global Assault” The Shogun of Harlem” Jimi Mayhem, Max Ammo, & Tanaka
– Jacob “The Riot” Diez (with Lizzy Sunshine) defeated Mucha Lucha’s Ten Cheesmo (?)
– Vendetta Pro Wrestling’s Triforce Champion Lil Chono defeated Extreme Tiger, & Bestia 666 to retain the Triforce Title
– Reby Sky defeated Hudson Envy
– Creepshow (JD Horror & Sledge) defeated The Ballard Brothers (Shane & Shannon0, Su/Ka (Su Nami & Kadin Anthony), & Parental Discretion (Mike Menace & Buddy Royal) to win the vacant Vendetta Pro Wrestling Tag Team Titles
– Vendetta Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Champion “Rock of Love” Billy Blade defeated Matt Hardy in a Tables, Ladders, & Chairs Match to retain the title. Match rules had stipulated to win the title the wrestler had to climb the ladder, take down the belt, & get both feet to the mat while holding the title. Matt Hardy removed the belt, but was then attacked by Billy Blade while still on the ladder, & got possession of the title. They both then fell backwards thru a table. Both ringside referees were down at the time. & when 1st one came too, he saw Billy Blade holding the title while laying in the middle of the broken title alongside Matt Hardy. So the win was awarded to Billy Blade.
Overall a very good show. The Triforce Title match stole the show.
1944 – Herb Welch defeats The Yellow Scorpion to win the Tennessee World Junior Heavyweight Title in Nashville, Tennessee
1963 – Dominic Bravo & Ron Etchison defeat Mike Sharpe and Jim Wright for the Stampede International Tag Team Title in Calgary, Alberta
1969 – Ben Justice & Rocky Johnson defeat The Hell’s Angels (Paul & Ron Dupree) to win the Detroit NWA World Tag Team Title in Detroit, Michigan
1970 – Monster Rousimoff (Andre the Giant) & Michael Nader defeat Great Kusatsu and Thunder Sugiyama in Fukuoka, Japan for the vacant International Pro Wrestling World Tag Team Title. The title was vacated when Toyonobori, who had held the title with Strong Kobayashi, retired on January 9
1971 – Ivan Koloff defeats Bruno Sammartino to win the WWWF Title, ending Sammartino’s near 8 year reign
1980 – Superstar Billy Graham defeated Mark Lewin to win the NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Title in Houston, Texas
1980 – Ernie Ladd defeats Mike Sharpe Jr to win the MSW Louisiana Title
1982 – Jerry Lawler defeated Dutch Mantel to win his 19th AWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee
1986 – Scott Hall & Curt Hennig defeat Jimmy Garvin & Steve Regal to win the AWA World Tag Team Title in Albuquerque, New Mexico
1988 – Kengo Kimura & Tatsumi Fujinami defeat Kazuo Yamazaki & Yoshiaki Fujiwara to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles
1994 – Big Titan (Rick Bogner) & The Gladiator (Mike Awesome) defeated Katsutoshi Niiyama & Atsushi Onitata to become the 1st FMW World Brass Knuckles Tag Team Champion in Saitama, Japan
2003 – Brother Love defeats Jimmy Rave to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title
2004 – Dory Funk, Jr. defeated Adam Windsor in Ocala, Florida for the NWA North Florida Heavyweight Title
2004 – Kaz Hayashi & Satoshi Kojima defeat Arashi & Keiji Mutoh to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles
Happy birthday to 6-time World Champion Dave Batista (45), one-time IWGP & GHC Tag Team Champion Karl Anderson (34), WWE Hall of Famer ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase (60) & one-time Mexican National Heavyweight Champion Perro Aguayo (68)
Also, today would have been the birthday of WWWF co-founder Toots Mondt (118)
The wrestling world has lost two personalities on this date.
Firstly, in 2003, WWE Hall of Famer The (Original) Sheik died at the age of 76. Sheik made his debut in 1949, wrestling primarily in Texas and the Midwest at the start of his career, before branching out to New York with the upstart WWWF. This national exposure earned him such fame that he began wrestling in Canada and Japan as well, using his innovative hardcore style. Sheik became renowned for his use of a sharp pencil to cut his opponents, as well as being one of the first to use the fireball technique in the US. The height of his fame came in the late 60s and early 70s, where he went 127 matches unbeaten in Toronto, as well as selling out venues all over the US. By the later stages of his career, Sheik had begun working exclusively as a hardcore wrestler, often teaming with his nephew Sabu. Interestingly, in 1992, he was working a fire deathmatch (the ring ropes were replaced with flaming barbed wire) with Sabu against Atsushi Onita and Tarzan Goto, when he suffered such severe burns that he fell into a coma. Fortunately he recovered, though he quickly wound down his career, wrestling his final match in 1998. He retired to his Michigan estate, where he died of heart failure. 4 years after his death, Sabu and Rob Van Dam inducted him into the WWE Hall of Fame
Secondly, in 2005, former WWF & JCP performer ‘Pistol’ Pez Whatley died aged 54. Whatley first competed in wrestling at the University of Chattanooga, the first African-American to do so. He initially engaged in a professional bodybuilding and powerlifting career, but turned to wrestling in 1975. He initially competed for The Sheik’s Big Time Wrestling, but was soon a regular in several southern promotions, finding most success in Angelo Poffo’s ICW promotion in Kentucky. In 1985, he began competing for JCP where he initially aligned with Jimmy Valiant, before turning on him and joining Paul Jones’ Army. During this time, he also lost a hair vs. hair match to Valiant. In 1987, he formed a tag team with Tiger Conway Jr, known as ‘The Jive Tones’, but left JCP to return to Florida the following year. At the turn of the decade, his career was beginning to fizzle out. He worked regularly for Japan’s UWFi as well as jobbing in the WWF before hanging up the boots in 1995, upon which he became an assistant trainer at the WCW Power Plant. By the 2000′s, his health was beginning to falter and he had been placed on the transplant list for a new heart. Sadly, he wouldn’t live long enough to receive one, as he passed of a heart attack at a hospital in his native Chattanooga.