Today In Wrestling History – January 30th


In 1991, WCW Clash of the Champions XIV: Dixie Dynamite, held in Gainesville, Georgia, was the 1st Clash event produced solely by WCW. It was also only the 2nd to dip below a 4.0 TV rating & saw the WCW return of Dusty Rhodes:

– Sting & Lex Luger defeat Doom (Ron Simmons & Butch Reed)
– Tom Zenk defeats Bobby Eaton to retain the WCW Television Title (Zenk lost the title on January 7, but the match didn’t air yet, so Zenk was recognized as champion)
– The Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin) defeated Tommy Rich & Allen Iron Eagle
– Sid Vicious defeated Joey Maggs
–Terry Taylor defeated Ricky Morton
– Ranger Ross defeated El Cubano
– Arn Anderson & Barry Windham defeated Chris & Mark Youngblood
– Brian Pillman defeated Buddy Lee Parker
– Missy Hyatt defeats Paul E Dangerously in an Arm-Wrestling Match
– Ric Flair fought Scott Steiner to a time-limit draw to retain the WCW World Title

In 2005, WWE Royal Rumble was held in Fresno, California

Sunday Night Heat:
– Maven defeated Rhyno
Edge defeated Shawn Michaels
– The Undertaker defeats Heidenreich in a Casket Match
– JBL defeats The Big Show & Kurt Angle in a Triple Threat No-DQ Match to retain the WWE Title
– Triple H defeats Randy Orton to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– Batista wins the Royal Rumble, last eliminating John Cena. Cena & Batista initially eliminated each other at the same time, Vince McMahon came to the ring (tearing both quads in the process) and ordered the two to restart the match, leading to a Batista win

In 2011, WWE Royal Rumble was held in Boston, Massachusetts. There was an increase in the number of Rumble entrants this year from 30 to 40, though it has reverted back to 30 for 2012:

Dark Match:
– R-Truth defeated Curt Hawkins
– Edge defeats Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero) to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– The Miz (with Alex Riley) defeats Randy Orton to retain the WWE Title
– Eve Torres defeats Natalya, Layla & Michelle McCool in a Fatal Four Way Match to win the WWE Divas Title
– Alberto Del Rio wins the Royal Rumble, last eliminating Santino Marella. Kane increased his record of most consecutive Rumble appearances to 13 in this match

Title Changes

1920 – Joe Stecher defeats Earl Caddock to become the 1st multiple-time World Heavyweight Champion

1948 – Yukon Eric defeats Sonny Myers to win the Texas Heavyweight Title in Houston, Texas

1965 – Larry Hennig & Harley Race defeat The Crusher & Dick the Bruiser to win the AWA World Tag Team Title in Minneapolis, Minnesota

1967 – Jackie Fargo & Herb Welch defeat Professor Ito (Umanosuke Ueda) & Tojo Yamamoto to win the Mid-America NWA World Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1968 – Fritz von Erich & Billy Red Lyons defeat Spoiler #1 & Gary Hart to win the WCCW American Tag Team Titles

1970 – Nick Bockwinkel defeats Joe Scarpa (Chief Jay Strongbow) to win the NWA Georgia Television Title in Atlanta, Georgia

1970 – Danny Hodge defeats Umanosuke Ueda to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title

1983 – Jacques Rougeau defeats Terry Taylor to win the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1984 – Chris Adams defeats Jimmy Garvin to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title. Also, The Super Destroyers (1 & 2) defeat King Parsons & Brian Adias to win the WCCW American Tag Team Titles

1993 – Miss Texas defeats Leslie Belanger to win the USWA Women’s Title

1993 – The Miracle Violence Connection (Steve Williams & Terry Gordy) defeat Toshiaki Kawada & Mitsuharu Misawa to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles

1998 – Robert Thompson defeats Michael Modest to win the All Pro Wrestling Universal Heavyweight Title in San Jose, California

2001 – Tony Jones is awarded the vacant UPW Southern California Heavyweight Title after he made Frankie Kazarian submit in a 6-man tag team match in Santa Ana, California

2005 – “Portuguese Princess” Ariel defeats Cindy Rogers to win the NWA North Jersey Women’s Title in Passaic, New Jersey


Happy birthday to TNA British Boot Camp winner Rockstar Spud (31), Shimmer regular Rebecca Knox (27), former AAA & AJPW Tag Team Champion Dark Ozz (39)

Also, today would have been the birthday of 2-time Texas Heavyweight Champion ‘Sailor’ Art Thomas (90)