This Day In Wrestling History – January 31st

Jan 31, 2015 - by staff


2000 – The Monday Night War continued: WWF Raw defeated WCW Nitro: 6.6 rating to 2.8 rating

2015 – Jimmy Hart was inducted into the Hall of Fame with 84% of the fan votes


In 1981, The WWF held an event at Capital Centre, in Landover, Maryland:

– Special Delivery Jones defeated Johnny Rodz
– Bulldog Brower defeated Manuel Soto
– Yoshiaki Yatsu defeated Jose Estrada
– Hulk Hogan defeated Tony Atlas by disqualification
– WWF Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund fought Sgt. Slaughter to a double-countout to retain the title.
– Jose Estrada (subbing for Rick Stallone) vs. Larry Sharpe ended in a draw.
– Pat Patterson and WWF Tag Team Champions Tony Garea & Rick Martel defeated Lou Albano & The Moondogs (King & Rex) in a two-out-of-three falls match

In 1993, The WWF held an event at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario:

– Tatanka defeated Damien Demento
– Randy Savage defeated WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels via countout
– Tito Santana defeated Skinner
– Typhoon defeated The Berzerker
– Jim Powers defeated The Predator
– WWF Champion Bret Hart defeated Yokozuna (subbing for Bam Bam Bigelow) via countout
– The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) defeated The Beverly Brothers (Beau & Blake)
– Razor Ramon defeated The Big Bossman
– Mr. Perfect defeated Ric Flair

In 1998, WCW held Boston Brawl, a pay-per-listen event plagued by technical difficulties with the Internet broadcast, at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts:

– Goldberg defeated Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker
– WCW World Television Champion Booker T defeated V.K. Wallstreet to retain the title.
– WCW Cruiserweight Champion Chris Jericho defeated Dean Malenko by submission to retain the title.
– Steve McMichael defeated Greg Valentine
– The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) defeated Raven & Saturn
– Chris Benoit defeated Eddie Guerrero via submission
– Bret Hart defeated Ric Flair via submission
– Lex Luger, WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Diamond Dallas Page, and Larry Zbyszko defeats Randy Savage,S & WCW World Tag Team Champions The Outsiders (Scott Hall & Kevin Nash), when Luger made Savage submit
– Sting pinned Hulk Hogan in a steel cage match

In 2009, ROH Caged Collision was held in Chicago Ridge, Illinois:

– Necro Butcher & Jerry Lynn defeated The Age Of The Fall (Delirious & Brodie Lee)
– Tyler Black defeated Austin Aries, Bryan Danielson, & Jimmy Jacobs
– Nigel McGuinness defeated El Generico to retain the ROH World Title
– Brent Albright, Roderick Strong, Erick Stevens, Jay Briscoe, & Ace Steel defeated Sweet n Sour Inc. (Adam Pearce, Tank Toland, Eddie Edwards, Davey Richards, & Bobby Dempsey) in a Steel Cage Warfare Match

In 2010, WWE Royal Rumble was held at Phillips Arena, in Atlanta, Georgia. With an attendance of 16,697:

Dark Match:
– Gail Kim, Eve Torres, Kelly Kelly, & The Bella Twins defeated Maryse Katie Lea Burchill, Alicia Fox, Natalya, & Jillian Hall
– Christian defeated Ezekiel Jackson (with William Regal) to retain the ECW Title
– The Miz defeated MVP to retain the WWE United States Title
– Sheamus defeated Randy Orton via DQ to retain the WWE Title
– Mickie James defeated Michelle McCool (with Layla) to win the WWE Women’s Title
– The Undertaker defeated Rey Mysterio to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– Edge won the Royal Rumble, last eliminating John Cena

Title Changes

1942 – Robo Negro defeated Bobby Bonales to win the Mexican National Welterweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico

1957 – Dory Funk, Sr. defeated Dizzy Davis to win the Amarillo NWA North American Heavyweight Title in Amarillo, Texas

1966 – Tony Borne & Jay York defeated Shag Thomas & Bearcat Wright to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title

1981 – The Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy & Michael Hayes) defeated Ted DiBiase & Stan Frazier to win the NWA National Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia

1981 – The Grappler defeated Karl Kox to win the MSW Mississippi Title

1990 – Jushin Liger defeated Naoki Sano to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title

1993 – Canadian Vampire Casanova (Vampiro) defeated Canek to win the UWA World Heavyweight Championship in Naucalpan, Mexico

1994 – Eddie Gilbert defeated Jerry Lawler to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

2000 – on Raw, Hervina defeated Miss Kitty in a Lumberjill Snowbunny Match to win the WWF Women’s Title. Hervina was later revealed to be Harvey Wippleman in disguise


Happy birthday to one-time Mexican National Tag Team Champion Hator (39)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former WCW, WWF, & New Japan wrestler Giant Gonzalez/El Gigante (49)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1999, the wrestling world lost All Japan Pro Wrestling founder Shohei ‘Giant’ Baba aged 61. Baba began his sporting career as a baseball pitcher for the Yomiuri Giants, but failed to make any kind of impact on the team, recording 0-1 for his 3 games. In the late 1950′s/early 1960′s, he was approached by Japanese wrestling legend Rikidozan, who was looking for a successor to take over his JWA promotion. Baba jumped at the chance and began training under Riki in April 1960, alongside another young protege, Kanji (later known as Antonio) Inoki. Baba and Inoki would form a successful tag team, holding the NWA International Tag Team Titles 4-times. He also worked briefly for Vince McMahon Sr in the early 60′s, challenging for the NWA and WWWF World Titles, though coming up short on both counts. By 1972, the JWA was in decline, and first Inoki, then Baba left to form their own promotions (New Japan and All Japan respectively). Baba proved himself to be a strong business leader, taking the Japanese NWA spot from the JWA when it eventually folded, leading to an influx of foreign talent. Baba himself became a 3-time NWA World Champion, albeit only holding the title in Japan. In 1984, Baba was stepping back from active competition, allowing his younger trainees to take the spotlight. This led to wrestlers such as Genichiro Tenryu, Kenta Kobashi, Jumbo Tsuruta and perhaps most importantly, Mitsuharu Misawa, getting their first major exposure in the business. Baba further proved his business skills, selling out over 250 consecutive shows in Tokyo in the early 90′s. In fact, at the company’s peak, they sold tickets for their next show at all live events and routinely sold out on the night. Baba made his final active stand in 1993, competing alongside Stan Hansen in the World’s Strongest Tag League. The pair made it to the final, but were beaten by Baba’s proteges, Misawa and Kobashi. He continued to wrestle sporadically until his final match in December 1998, by which time his health was failing. He attended the January 22nd All Japan show, before being admitted to hospital, dying 9 days later of cancer

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