Today In Wrestling History – January 31st
2000 – The Monday Night War continued: WWF Raw defeated WCW Nitro: 6.6 rating to 2.8 rating
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 by 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) by 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 by submission.
– Bret Hart defeated Ric Flair by 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 defeat The Age Of The Fall (Delirious & Brodie Lee)
– Tyler Black defeats Austin Aries, Bryan Danielson & Jimmy Jacobs
– Nigel McGuinness defeats El Generico to retain the ROH World Title
– Brent Albright, Roderick Strong, Erick Stevens, Jay Briscoe & Ace Steel defeat 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 in Atlanta, Georgia
– Gail Kim, Eve Torres, Kelly Kelly, & The Bella Twins defeated Maryse Katie Lea Burchill, Alicia Fox, Natalya, & Jillian Hall
– Christian defeats Ezekiel Jackson (with William Regal) to retain the ECW Title
– The Miz defeats MVP to retain the WWE United States Title
– Sheamus defeats Randy Orton by DQ to retain the WWE Title
– Mickie James defeats Michelle McCool (with Layla) to win the WWE Women’s Title
– The Undertaker defeats Rey Mysterio to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– Edge wins the Royal Rumble, last eliminating John Cena
1942 – Robo Negro defeats 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 defeat Shag Thomas & Bearcat Wright to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title
1981 – The Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy & Michael Hayes) defeat Ted DiBiase & Stan Frazier to win the NWA National Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia
1981 – The Grappler defeats Karl Kox to win the MSW Mississippi Title
1990 – Jushin Liger defeats 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 defeats Jerry Lawler to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title
2000 – on Raw, Hervina defeats Miss Kitty in a Lumberjill Snowbunny Match to win the WWF Women’s Title. Hervina was later revealed to be Harvey Whippleman in disguise
Happy birthday to one-time Mexican National Tag Team Champion Hator (38)
Also, today would have been the birthday of former WCW, WWF, & New Japan wrestler Giant Gonzalez/El Gigante (48)
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.