This Day In Wrestling History – January 15th
1996 – In this week in the Monday Night War, WCW Monday Nitro defeats WWF Monday Night RAW, 3.5 to 2.4 in the ratings
2001 – In this week in the Monday Night War, WWF Monday Night RAW defeats WCW Monday Nitro’s: with a 5.2 rating to 2.6 rating
In 1989, the first WWF Royal Rumble PPV was held in Houston, Texas. There was a Rumble event in 1988, but it was aired as a TV special rather than a PPV
- Jim Powers defeated Barry Horowitz.
- Sam Houston defeated Steve Lombardi
– Jim Duggan, Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart defeat Dino Bravo, Jacques Rougeau & Raymond Rougeau in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match
– Rockin Robin defeats Judy Martin to retain the WWF Women’s Title
- Ultimate Warrior defeated Rick Rude in a posedown competition. Rude attacked Warrior at the end of the posedown
– King Haku defeats Harley Race
– Big John Studd wins the Royal Rumble, last eliminating Ted DiBiase. The Warlord sets the dubious record of shortest time in a Rumble match at 2 seconds. The record would go unbeaten for 20 years
In 2006, TNA Final Resolution was held in Orlando, Florida
– AJ Styles defeats Hiroshi Tanahashi
– Sean Waltman defeats Raven in a Raven’s Rules Match to banish Raven from TNA
– America’s Most Wanted (Chris Harris & James Storm) defeat Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) to retain the NWA Tag Team Titles
– Samoa Joe defeats Christopher Daniels by forfeit (AJ Styles threw in the towel) to retain the TNA X-Division Title
– Sting & Christian Cage defeat Jeff Jarrett & Monty Brown
1953 – Dave Sims defeats Bobby Lane to win the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title in Kansas City, Kansas
1962 – Larry Hennig & Duke Hoffman defeat Ivan & Nikita Kalmikoff in a tournament final for the vacant AWA World Tag Team Title in St. Paul, Minnesota
1966 – Lorenzo Parente defeats Jack Brisco to win the TSW Missouri Junior Heavyweight Title
1974 – John Tolos defeats Pak Song to win the NWA Americas Heavyweight Title in Long Beach, California
1974 – The Great Mephisto defeats Jose Lothario to win the Texas Heavyweight Title
1977 – Buddy Rose & Jesse Ventura defeated Dutch Savage & Jimmy Snuka win their second NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title
1983 – Mike Graham defeats Kevin Sullivan to win the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title in Miami, Florida
1983 – King Tonga (Haku) defeats Invader I for the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title in San Juan, Puerto Rico
1986 – Jesse Barr defeats Lex Luger to win the Florida NWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Tampa, Florida
1992 – Big Titan (better known to WWF fans as the “fake” Razor Ramon) defeats Atsushi Onita to win the WWA World Martial Arts Title in Kobe, Japan
1995 – John Hawk (now known as John Bradshaw Layfield) defeats Kevin Von Erich to win the NWA North American Heavyweight Title in Dallas, Texas
1996 – Miss Texas (Jackie Moore) defeats Lady Satan to win the USWA Women’s Title
1997 – Yoshinari Ogawa defeats Tsuyoshi Kikuchi to win the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title
1998 – on Thunder, Rey Misterio Jr defeats Juventud Guerrera to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title
2000- Joey Matthews & Christian York become the 1st Atlantic Terror Championship Wrestling Tag Team Champions
2003- Believe it or not, The Brooklyn Brawler won a title. Steve Lombardi defeats Johnny Swinger in Oldcastle, Ontario, Canada to win the Border City Wrestling Can-Am Heavyweight Title
2008 – BxB Hulk & Shingo Takagi defeat Naruki Doi & Masato Yoshino to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
2012 – Primo & Epico defeat Air Boom (Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne) at a WWE house show to win the WWE Tag Team Titles
Happy birthday to former WWF, AJPW & GHC Tag Team Champion Bull Buchanan (46), one-time WWE Divas Champion Kelly Kelly (27), former Shimmer Tag Team Champion Nicole Matthews (27), Mexican legend Estrella Blanca (76), one-time WWF European & Hardcore Champion Shane McMahon (44), & former NWA and AWA regular Tommy Gilbert (74)
Also, today would have been the birthday of WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Graham (84)
On this day in 2006, the wrestling world lost Mexican star El Texano aged just 47. Texano is probably best remembered for his spell as part of Los Misioneres de la Muerte, a group which brought ‘trios wrestling’ to the main event scene in Mexico. Shortly after the group separated, he formed a tag team with Silver King, with the duo soon becoming recognized as Mexico’s best. The pair’s popularity was such that they made regular appearances in Japan and the USA alongside their Mexican work, including a WCW Clash of the Champions appearance. By the turn of the millennium, Texano’s career had all but petered out and his health had started to decline. By late 2005, it was obvious that he was in terminal decline; he had gained a massive amount of weight and had begun to experience breathing difficulties amongst other problems. His final months saw him in and out of hospital before he succumbed to respiratory failure in Guadalajara. Texano’s family is still active in the wrestling business; his sons compete as Texano Jr and Super Nova, his nephews as Mictlan, Polvora and Inquisidor, while a cousin competes as El Dandy.
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