Today In Wrestling History – January 20th
1989 – Unified World Heavyweight Champion Jerry Lawler, who held the AWA, CWA, & World Class Titles, is stripped of the AWA title when CWA & the AWA end their relationship
1997 – The Monday Night War continued with WCW Monday Nitro defeating WWF Monday Night RAW 3.7 to 2.2 in the ratings
In 1964, The WWWF holds an event at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.:
- WWWF United States Tag Team Champions Chris & John Tolos defeated Pedro Morales & Miguel Perez in a two out of three falls match.
- Roy Heffernan defeated Gino Brito.
- Tony Marino defeated Al Costello.
- Don McClarity defeated Klondike Bill.
- Pancho Lopez & Tiny Tim defeated Fuzzy Cupid & Sky Low Low in a two out of three falls match.
- Vitorio Apollo & Bobo Brazil defeated Killer Kowalski & Gorilla Monsoon. Kowalski fell on top of Monsoon, with the referee counting the three, & awarding the match to Apollo and Brazil.
- WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Dr. Jerry Graham
In 1990, The WWF holds an event at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
- Earthquake defeated Mark Young.
- The Red Rooster pinned Conquistador #1.
- Bret Hart defeated Bad News Brown via disqualification.
- Greg Valentine pinned Ronnie Garvin.
- WWF Tag Team Champions The Colossal Connection (Andre the Giant & Haku) defeated Demolition (Ax & Smash) by countout
- Randy Savage pinned Jim Duggan in a Crown match.
- WWF Intercontinental Champion the Ultimate Warrior pinned Dino Bravo
In 2002, WWF Royal Rumble was held in Atlanta, Georgia
– Tazz & Spike Dudley defeat The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
– William Regal defeats Edge to win the WWF Intercontinental Title
– Trish Stratus defeats Jazz with Jacqueline as special guest referee to retain the WWF Women’s Title
– Ric Flair defeats Vince McMahon in a Street Fight
– Chris Jericho defeats The Rock to retain the WWF Undisputed Title
– Triple H wins the Royal Rumble, last eliminating Kurt Angle. Steve Austin set the record for most career eliminations with 36, a record that would stand for 8 years
1948 – Gypsy Joe Dorsetti defeats Billy Hickson to win the Pacific Coast Light HeavyweightTitle in Eugene, Oregon
1962 – Fritz Von Goering defeats Billy White Wolf for the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title
1978 – Carlos Jose Estrada defeats Tony Garea to win the vacant WWF Junior Heavyweight Title
1984 – Killer Khan defeats Archie Gouldie to win the Stampede North American Heavyweight Title in Calgary, Alberta
1989 – Joe Malenko ends Masanobu Fuchi’s 2-year reign as AJPW Junior Heavyweight Champion
1997 – Mitsuharu Misawa defeats Kenta Kobashi to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title
1998 – on Raw, Owen Hart defeats Goldust (dressed as Triple H) to win the WWF European Title. Commissioner Slaughter considers Goldust an official substitute for Triple H and upholds the result
2000 – Chris Michaels defeats Sean Casey to win the OVW Light Heavyweight Title in Jeffersonville, Indiana
2003 – on Raw, William Regal & Lance Storm defeat The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) to win the World Tag Team Titles
Happy birthday to 2-time NWA World Tag Team Champion Firebreaker Chip (51), one-time ROH Tag Team Champion Tony DeVito (42) and former WWE Diva Joy Giovanni (36)
On this day in 1998, the wrestling world lost WWE Hall of Famer Bobo Brazil at the age of 74. Brazil made his name in the 1950′s, competing against the likes of Killer Kowalski, Ernie Ladd and The Sheik, gaining a reputation as a fluid and impressive mat grappler. By the 60′s, Brazil was regularly challenging for major titles; he came up short against the WWWF’s Bruno Sammartino, but won the NWA World Title by defeating Buddy Rogers (though the NWA currently doesn’t recognize the change). He went on to achieve success in both organizations, winning a combined total of 52 championships in his career, including 7 WWWF United States Titles. In addition to his in-ring duties, Brazil also served as a mentor to Rocky Johnson. He retired in 1994, being inducted into the-then WWF Hall of Fame later in the year. After retiring, he operated a restaurant in his hometown of Benton Harbor, Michigan. He died in hospital after suffering a series of strokes.
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