THIS DAY IN WRESTLING HISTORY
1945 - Colonel DeBeers was born in St Joseph, Missouri.
1950 - Sandor Szabo wins the San Francisco NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Title for the 13th time, defeating Ray Eckert in San Francisco, California, ending his second reign.
1951 - Pez Whatley is born in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
1957 - Boris and Nicoli Volkoff defeat Reggie and Stan Lisowski for the Chicago NWA World Tag Team Title in Indianapolis, Indiana. This began and ended both team's third reigns.
1958 - Jerry Estrada is born in Monclova, Mexico.
1958 - Ciclon Anaya and Ramon Torres defeat Ben and Mike Sharpe to win the San Francisco NWA World Tag Team Title in Oakland, California. This ended the Sharpes' 16th reign, which lasted one day.
1958 - The Mighty Yankee defeats Ray Gunkel for the Georgia NWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia.
1958 - Nick Kozak defeats Kurt Von Himmler to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title.
1959 - Red Hangman and Ben Sharpe defeat Johnny Barend and Ron Etchison for the San Francisco NWA World Tag Team Title in Fresno, California.
1961 - Buddy Austin defeats Don Curtis for the Florida NWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Tampa, Florida.
1961 - Negro Casas was born in Mexico City, MX.
1967 - Bobby Hart defeats Louie Tillet to win the Georgia NWA United States Junior Heavyweight Title in Macon, Georgia.
1967 - Yumiko Hotta was born in Kobo, Japan.
1968 - Thunder Sugiyama and Toyonobori defeat The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello and Don Kent) for the Trans-World Wrestling Alliance (International Pro Wrestling) World Tag Team Title in Osaka, Japan.
1969 - Fred Blassie defeats Bobo Brazil to win the NWA Americas Heavyweight Title in Los Angeles, California, beginning his second reign.
1969 - Don Kent defeats Dusty Rhodes in St. Joseph, Missouri for the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title.
1970 - Marcus "Buff" Bagwell is born in Marietta, Georgia.
1972 - Brian Lawler is born in Memphis, Tennessee.
1972 - The Infernos (Frankie Cain and Rocky Smith) defeat The Australians (Ron Miller and Larry O'Day) to win the NWA Florida Tag Team Title in West Palm Beach, Florida, ending The Australians' third reign.
1975 - Mike George and Jerry Oates defeat The Interns (Tom Andrews and Jim Starr) in a Losers Leave Town match to win the Central States NWA World Tag Team Title.
1976 - The Spoilers defeat Carlos ColÃ³n and Bob Ellis for the WWC North American Tag Team Title in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
1976 - Donovan Morgan was born in Modesto, CA.
1977 - Gene Kiniski defeats Don Leo Jonathan in Vancouver, British Columbia to win the Vancouver NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Title. This ended Jonathan's fifth reign and began Kiniski's sixth.
1977 - Kikutaro was born in Japan.
1978 - Tamina Snuka was born in Vancouver, Canada.
1979 - Tully Blanchard defeats Dale Valentine (Buddy Roberts) for the Southwest Championship Wrestling Southwest Television Title, beginning his second reign.
1983 - Nick Bockwinkel defeats Jerry Lawler for the held up AWA World Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee. The title was held up after Lawler defeated Bockwinkel for the title on December 27 in Memphis. This began Bockwinkel's fourth reign.
1983 - Robert Gibson defeats Norman Frederick Charles to win the Southeastern NWA United States Junior Heavyweight Title, beginning his second reign.
1983 - Bobby Eaton wins the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title for the seventh time, ending Jacques Rougeau's second reign, in Memphis, Tennessee.
1985 - Mr. Pogo defeats Harley Race to win the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title in Kansas City, Kansas, ending Race's eighth reign.
1987 - The Sheepherders (Butch Miller and Luke Williams) defeat Badd Company (Paul Diamond and Pat Tanaka) in Memphis, Tennessee for the Continental Wrestling Association International Tag Team Title.
1988 - Rumi Kazama defeats Mayumi Ozaki to win her second Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling Junior Title in Tokyo, Japan.
1992 - Rod Price and John Tatum defeat Black Bart and Bill Irwin for the Global Wrestling Federation Tag Team Title in Dallas, Texas, beginning their second reign.
1994 - The WWF has its "Monday Night RAW" first-anniversary edition, which aired from the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia. The next two weeks of RAW were taped as well.
1994 – The 123 Kid & Marty Jannetty defeat The Quebecers (Pierre & Jacques) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles
1994 - Ron and Don Harris win their fourth USWA Tag Team Title, defeating Far 2 Wild (Chris Michaels and Todd Morton) in Memphis, Tennessee, ending Far 2 Wild's two-day second reign.
1994 - Robbie Eagle defeats Chris Candido to win the SMW Television Title in Chilhowie, Virginia.
1994 - Shinobi the Oriental Assassin (Al Snow) defeats Sean Casey in Lima, Ohio for the World Wide Wrestling Alliance Light Heavyweight Title.
1996 - Jerry Lawler defeats Tex Slazenger for the USWA Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee, ending Slazenger's second reign. Also, Lady Satan (Debbie Combs) defeats Miss Texas (Jackie Moore) to win the USWA Women's Title in Memphis, Tennessee, beginning Lady Satan/Combs' second reign and ending Miss Texas' 12th.
1996 – Lady Satan defeats Miss Texas to win the USWA Womens Title
1998 - Mike Tyson and the WWF agree to a deal for Tyson to appear at March 29's WrestleMania, as "special enforcer" for the event's WWF Title match.
1998 - Wolfie D defeats Terry Golden to win the Music City Wrestling North American Heavyweight Title in Nashville, Tennessee.
1999 - ECW holds the first-annual "Guilty as Charged" pay-per-view before 2,600 fans at the Millennium Theater in Kissimmee, Florida.
1999 - Abdullah the Butcher defeats Shadow WX for the BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Title in Fukuoka, Japan.
1999 - Bombero Infernal defeats Mr. Niebla (not the original) for the IWRG Intercontinental Middleweight Title in Naucalpan, Mexico.
2000 - WWF RAW is WAR more than doubled WCW Monday Nitro's rating in this week of the Monday Night War.
2001 - Paul E. Smooth defeats Mark Wolf to win the IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Title in Charlestown, Indiana, ending Wolf's second reign and beginning Smooth's third.
2004 - Jerrelle Clark defeats Chris Draven in St. Petersburg, Florida to win the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title. As a result, the NWA Sunray Pro Wrestling Junior Heavyweight Title, won on November 15 by defeating Justice in a tournament final in Melbourne, Florida, and the NWA Florida X Division Title, won on December 13 in St. Petersburg from Roderick Strong in a four-way match also involving Stron and Naphtali, were both vacated.
2004 - Mitsuharu Misawa and Yoshinari Ogawa defeat Yuji Nagata and Hiroshi Tanahashi for the NOAH GHC Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan, beginning their second reign.
2004 - Kensuke Sasaki defeats Lopaka for the Hawaii Championship Wrestling Kamehameha Heritage Title in Kaneohe, Hawaii, ending Lopaka's second reign. At the same event, The Nightmarchers (Ahuna and Akua) defeat Hawaiian Blood (Kaimana and Kaniela) to win the HCW
2004 - Charisma defeats Kid Justice to win the Rochester Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Title in Rochester, New York. During his reign, the title changed names along with the promotion, when RPW joined the National Wrestling Alliance and became NWA Upstate.
2005 - TAKA Michinoku defeats Kaz Hayashi in Tokyo, Japan for both the AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Title and Kaientai Dojo Strongest-K Title.
2006 - Canadian Extreme (C.K. Sexx and J.T. Thorn) defeat Kwan Chang and Rip Impact for the vacant Canadian Wrestling Federation Tag Team Title in Mikiwakatasitque, Quebec. The title was vacated on December 31, due to inactivity. The previous champions were The Blood Brothers (Steve Jaworski and Wavell Starr).
2006 – on Smackdown, Kurt Angle wins a 20-Man Battle Royal, last eliminating Mark Henry, to win the vacant World Heavyweight Title. Also, Randy Orton defeats Chris Benoit to win the WWE United States Title for Booker T. Booker suffered an injury in the 3rd match of the best of 7 series, so Orton subbed for him in the remaining matches.
2007 - "Armed & Famous" a reality show featuring celebrities training to be police officers in Muncie, Indiana, debuted on CBS, featuring former WWE Women's champion Trish Stratus. The series would only last a few episodes.
2008 - NBC picked up American Gladiators for a complete season. The revived series was hosted by Hulk Hogan.
2008 - The USA Network has announced that Monday Night Raw will not be pre-empted on February 11th as previously reported. For the first time, the USA Network is ending it's coverage of the Westminster Dog Show at 9 PM so that Raw can air in it's regular time slot. Hour 2 and 3 of the dog show will air on CNBC, a sister station of the USA Network, beginning at 9 PM.
2009 - Gavin/Shawn Spears (Ronnie William Arniell) and developmental talent Mike Kruel were released by World Wrestling Entertainment. Kruel, who had been an independent standout and a second generation talent in the New York City area, would leave the business altogether.
2011 - Shawn Michaels was announced as the first member of the 2011 WWE Hall of Fame Class.