This Day In Wrestling History- January 19th

Jan 19, 2014 - by staff


1998– The Monday Night Wars continued: WCW Monday Night defeated WWF Monday Night Raw with a 4.5 rating to a 4.0 rating, Raw saw the WWF debut of Mike Tyson, & the confrontation with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin


In 1991, WWF Royal Rumble was held in Miami, Florida. This Rumble match featured the first no-show, as 18th entrant Randy Savage had (kayfabe) left the arena. Also, Rick Martel set the now-beaten record for longest time in a Rumble match, at 52:17

Dark Match:
– Jerry Saggs defeated Sam Houston
– The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty) defeated The Orient Express (Kato & Tanaka) (with Mr. Fuji)
– The Big Bossman defeated The Barbarian (with Bobby Heenan)
– Sgt Slaughter (with General Adnan) defeated The Ultimate Warrior to win the WWF Title
– The Mountie (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Koko B. Ware
– Ted DiBiase & Virgil defeated Dusty & Dustin Rhodes
– Hulk Hogan wins the Royal Rumble, last eliminating Earthquake

In 1992, WWF Royal Rumble was held in Albany, New York. Ric Flair beat Rick Martel’s previous Rumble record with his stay of 59:26

Dark Match:
– Chris Walker defeated The Brooklyn Brawler by DQ
– The New Foundation (Owen Hart & Jim Neidhart) defeated The Orient Express (Kato & Tanaka) (with Mr. Fuji)
– Roddy Piper defeated The Mountie to win the WWF Intercontinental Title
– The Beverly Brother (Beau & Blake) (with The Genius) defeated The Bushwhackers (Luke & Butch) (with Jamison)
– The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeated The Legion of Doom (Hawk & Animal) by countout (LOD retain the WWF Tag Team Titles)
– Ric Flair wins the Royal Rumble, last eliminating Sid Justice, to win the vacant WWF Title

In 1997, WWF Royal Rumble was held in San Antonio, Texas. Steve Austin equaled Hulk Hogan’s record of 10 eliminations at this event, though Kane would go on to beat it in 2001

Dark Match:
– Perro Aguayo Jr. & Venum defeated Maniaco & Mosco de la Merced
– Octagon, Blue Demon Jr. & Tinieblas Jr. Defeated Heavy Metal, Abismo Negro, & Histeria
– Mascarita Sagrada & La Parkita defeated Mini Vader & Mini Mankind
– Hunter Hearst Helmsley (with Curtis Hughes) defeated Goldust (with Marlena) to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Ahmed Johnson defeated Farooq (with The Nation of Domination) via DQ
– Vader (with Paul Bearer) defeated The Undertaker
– Hector Garza. Perro Aguayo,  El Canek defeated Jerry Estrada, Heavy Metal, & Fuerza Guerrera
– Steve Austin wins the Royal Rumble, last eliminating Bret Hart (Austin had been eliminated earlier, but it was not seen by a referee, so he came back into the match)
– Shawn Michaels defeated Sycho Sid to win the WWF Title

In 2003, WWE Royal Rumble was the 1st since the Brand Extension, & so would feature 15 wrestlers from each brand. It was held in Boston, Massachusetts

Dark Match:
– Spike Dudley defeated Stevie Richards (with Victoria)
– Brock Lesnar defeated The Big Show (with Paul Heyman) to earn a spot in the Royal Rumble match at the end of the night
– Torrie Wilson defeated Dawn Marie
– The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) defeated William Regal & Lance Storm to win the World Tag Team Titles
– Scott Steiner defeats Triple H (with Ric Flair) by DQ (HHH retains the World Heavyweight Title)
– Kurt Angle (with Team Angle) defeats Chris Benoit to retain the WWE Title
– Brock Lesnar wins the Royal Rumble, last eliminating The Undertaker

Title Changes

1880 – At the original Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, William Muldoon defeated Thiebaud Bauer to become the 1st American Greco-Roman Heavyweight Champion. He would hold the title until his retirement at the end of 1891

1960 – Mike DiBiase defeated The Red Raider (Pedro Godoy) to win the Florida NWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Tampa, Florida

1976 – Jerry Lawler defeated Ricky Gibson to win the held up Mid-America NWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1987 – Owen Hart defeated Makhan Singh (Mike Shaw) to win the Stampede North American Heavyweight Title in Medicine Hat, Alberta

1991 – Jumbo Tsuruta defeated Stan Hansen to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title

1992 – Art & Jesse Barr defeated The Bruise Brothers (Ron & Don Harris) to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title in Vancouver, Washington

2000 – on Nitro, The Mamalukes defeated David Flair & Crowbar to win the WCW Tag Team Titles

2001 – 3 Count (Shane Helms & Shannon Moore) defeated Suicidal Tendencies (Adam Jacobs and John Phoenix) to win the NWA Wildside Tag Team Title in Cornelia, Georgia

2005 – The Thrillseekers (Matt Cappotelli & Johnny Jeter) defeated MNM (Joey Matthews & Johnny Nitro) to win the OVW Southern Tag Team Title in Louisville, Kentucky

2009 – on Raw, CM Punk defeated William Regal in a No-DQ Match to win the WWF Intercontinental Title

2010 – Doug Williams defeated Amazing Red to win the TNA X-Division Title


Happy birthday to 2-time NWA World Champion Ron ‘R-Truth’ Killings (42), UK indy regular Liam Thomson (28), & WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson (73)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2007, the wrestling world lost former ECW World & WCW Tag Team Champion Bam Bam Bigelow aged just 45. Bigelow began his career with the CWA, but didn’t last a year before switching to the WWF. He became a fan favorite due to his unusual agility for a man of his size. He left the WWF in 1988 to compete in Japan, finding moderate success before returning to the company in 1992. This time he was pushed as a monster heel, working several high-profile feuds, including one with the New York Giants’ Lawrence Taylor, who he was defeated by at Wrestlemania XI. Bigelow left the WWF once again in 1995, this time due to backstage problems involving The Kliq. He next appeared in ECW, where he would find the biggest success of his in-ring career, winning both their World and Television Titles during his short run. He left ECW for WCW in 1998, finding success in the Tag Team division, but otherwise being used purely for his hardcore abilities. Bigelow’s contract was not taken on by the WWF upon their buyout of WCW & he competed on the independent scene for a number of years, before retiring in 2006. During his brief retirement, Bigelow operated a restaurant in Hamlin, Pennsylvania, but it wasn’t a success, and he relocated to Florida. Bigelow was found dead in his home by his girlfriend, having overdosed on multiple drugs. Whether this was accidental or suicidal is not known. Bigelow was also found to be suffering from heart disease.

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