THIS DAY IN WRESTLING HISTORY
1901 - Tom Jenkins defeats Dan McLeod in Cleveland, Ohio to win the American Heavyweight Title.
1921 - Gory Guerrero was born in El Paso, Texas.
1928 - Mick McManus was born in London, UK
1941 - Abdullah the Butcher in Windsor, MI.
1954 - Wilbur Snyder defeats Mr. Moto for the NWA Beat the Champ International Television Title in Hollywood, California.
1954 - Don McIntyre defeats Ray Villmer in Augusta, Georgia to win the Georgia NWA Southern Heavyweight Title, ending Villmer's second reign and beginning McIntyre's ninth.
1954 - Ivan and Soldat Gorky defeat Carl Engstrom and David Jonnes for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title.
1956 - Kuniaki Kobayashi was born in Komoro, Japan.
1957 - Buddy Rogers defeats Johnny Barend to win the NWA Eastern States Heavyweight Title in Akron, Ohio, beginning his seventh reign.
1957 - Jerry Graham defeats Chief Big Heart in Atlanta, Georgia to win the Georgia NWA Southern Heavyweight Title, beginning his second reign.
1962 - Bob Ellis and Johnny Valentine defeat The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello and Roy Heffernan) to win the Northeast NWA United States Tag Team Title, ending the Kangaroos' third reign.
1963 - Rip Hawk defeats El Medico II in Houston, Texas for the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title.
1963 - Jack Curtis, Jr. and Jan Madrid defeat Bad Boy and Billy Hines to win the Gulf Coast NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Dothan, Alabama, ending the Hines' fourth reign.
1965 - Don Leo Jonathan and Gene Kiniski defeat The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello and Roy Heffernan) for the Vancouver NWA Canadian Tag Team Title in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1965 - Mascarita Sagrada was born in Mexico.
1966 - German-Canadian wrestler Martin Hutzler dies at age 42, from complications of diabetes and throat cancer.
1966 - Mario Milano and Len Rossi win their second Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Nashville, Tennessee. They won a three-team tournament, defeating the Mysterious Medics and Kanji (Antonio) Inoki & Hiro Matsuda.
1968 - Ron Etchison and Klondike Bill defeat Bob Brown and Bob Geigel for the Central States NWA North American Tag Team Title in Kansas City, Kansas, ending Brown and Geigel's third reign.
1974 - Mr. Wrestling II defeat Ron Fuller in Atlanta, Georgia to win the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title for the third time.
1975 - Dick Steinborn wins his second WWC World Junior Heavyweight Title by defeating Carlos Colon in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
1979 - One day after losing the title, Dale Valentine defeats Tully Blanchard to win the Southwest Championship Wrestling Southwest Television Title, this began and ended both's second reigns.
1979 - Ron Bass defeats Ray Candy to win the NWA Arkansas Heavyweight Title in Little Rock, Arkansas.
1980 - Mr. Hito and Mr. Sakurada defeat El HalcÃ³n and JosÃ© Lothario for the World Class American Tag Team Title in Houston, Texas.
1981 - Bruiser Brody and Kerry Von Erich win their second World Class American Tag Team Title in Dallas, Texas, defeating Gino Hernandez and Gary Young. The title was vacated in May when Brody left the area.
1981 - Centurion Negro defeats Jungle Negra for the UWA World Middleweight Title in Monterrey, Mexico.
1984 - Mike Davis and Mike Rotundo defeat Ron Bass and The One Man Gang for the Florida NWA United States Tag Team Title in Tampa, Florida.
1985 - The Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey and Bobby Eaton) defeat The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers) to win the World Class American Tag Team Title in Dallas, Texas.
1985 - Ole Anderson and Thunderbolt Patterson defeat The Long Riders (Bill and Scott Irwin) for the NWA National Tag Team Title in Columbus, Ohio.
1986 - Sam Houston defeats Krusher Khrushchev to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia.
1987 - Jeff Jarrett and Billy Travis defeat The Rock 'n' Roll RPM's (Mike Davis and Tommy Lane) for the AWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee, beginning their second reign.
1988 - Jonathan Boyd defeats Ranger Ross to win the NWA Alabama Heavyweight Title in Birmingham, Alabama.
1991 – Ric Flair defeats Sting to win the NWA World Title and also becomes the first recognized WCW World Champion
1993 - The premiere edition of WWF Monday Night RAW came live from the Manhattan Center in New York City, New York. Vince McMahon, Randy Savage and Don Imus radio sidekick Rob Bartlett were on commentary, with Sean Mooney reporting from outside on West 34th Street. Segments throughout the show featured Bobby Heenan, who had been replaced with Bartlett, trying to get in the building. Heenan posed as Bartlett's aunt, and as his uncle, both times being busted by Mooney. Heenan was finally let in at the end of the show.
1993 - In a match taped for the January 16 edition of WCW Saturday Night, Dustin Rhodes defeated NWA and WCW World Tag Team Champion Ricky Steamboat by countout, after Barry Windham DDT'd Steamboat on the floor. As a result, Rhodes won the vacant NWA and WCW United States Heavyweight Titles, which were vacated when Rick Rude was injured in December.
1993 - Brian Christopher wins his seventh USWA Heavyweight Title, ending Jeff Jarrett's sixth reign in Memphis, Tennessee. At the same show, The Moondogs (Spike and Spot) defeated Ron and Don Harris for the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee, beginning their fourth reign.
1996 - Hiromi Yagi defeats Candy Okutsu for the JWP Junior Title in Fukuoka, Japan. Yagi had defeated Okutsu on December 6 in Nagoya for the title, but she vacated it the next day, not wanting to win it due to an injury to her opponent.
1998 - Doug Basham and Flash Flanagan defeat David C. and Jason Lee for the OVW Southern Tag Team Title in Jeffersonville, Indiana, ending David and Lee's second reign.
1998 - Lioness Asuka wins her second JDStar TWWF World Women's Title in Tokyo, Japan, defeating Jaguar Yokota.
1999 - The Monday Night War continued, with WWF RAW is WAR's 5.5 rating defeating WCW Monday Nitro, which got a 5.0 rating.
2000 - In Cornelia, Georgia, Bad Attitude (Rick Michaels and David Young) win the NWA Wildside Tag Team Title from The Underdogs (Big Eddie Cool and Mark E. Mark). Also, Terry Knight defeats Romeo Bliss to win the NWA Wildside United States Heavyweight Title, ending Bliss' second reign.
2000 - Rudy Boy Gonzalez defeats Spanky to win the Texas Wrestling Alliance Television Title in San Antonio, Texas, beginning his second reign.
2000 - The Rebel wins his second AWA Supreme Heavyweight Title, by forfeit, over Eric Draven in Madison, Indiana.
2001 - Eric Bischoff and Fusient Media Ventures announced their intent to acquire World Championship Wrestling from AOL-Time Warner.
2002 - Balls Mahoney defeats Xavier in Queens, New York for the United States Extreme Wrestling Heavyweight Title, beginning his third reign.
2002 - The Prodigy defeats Rich Myers to become the first Phoenix Championship Wrestling Television Champion in Toms River, New Jersey.
2002 - Cru Jones defeats Jeremy V. for the NWA Wildside Beat the Champ Title in Cornelia, Georgia.
2003 - In Clarksville, Indiana, Nate Webb defeats Shark Boy to win his second IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Title.
2003 - Fidel Sierra defeats El Nene for the held-up WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title in Morovis, Puerto Rico. The title was held up after a match between them five days earlier in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
2003 - Ricky Murdock defeats Hotstuff Hernandez in Greenville, Mississippi to win the NWA National Heavyweight Title.
2003 - Two Chaotic Wrestling titles change hands in North Andover, Massachusetts. Billy Kryptonite ends Dukes Dalton's second reign as CW New England Heavyweight Champion, and Attrition (Angers and Studd) defeat Frankie Armadillo and Arch Kincaid (subbing for an injured Adam Booker) to win the CW Tag Team Title.
2004 - Three titles switch at a Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation event in Northpoint, Maryland. The Bruiser and Suicide defeated The Ghetto Mafia (2-Dope and Sideswype) for the MEWF Tag Team Title, they then lost the title to Chad Bowman and Dino Divine. Andrew Ryker wins the MEWF Cruiserweight Title from Reckless Youth, and Romeo Valentine defeat champion Bob Starr and Buzz Stryker in a three-way match to win the MEWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title, ending Starr's fifth reign.
2004 - T.J. Richter defeats champion Paul Hudson, Jason Blade and Mike Paiva in a four-way match for the Premier Wrestling Federation Northeast Junior Heavyweight Title in North Providence, Rhode Island.
2005 - Chad Collyer defeats Brian Beech to win the Heartland Wrestling Association Television Title in Cincinnati, Ohio.
2005 – on Smackdown, The Basham Brothers (Danny & Doug) defeat Rob Van Dam & Rey Mysterio, Luther Reigns & Mark Jindrak and Booker T & Eddie Guerrero in a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match to win the WWE Tag Team Titles
2007 - Samoa Joe defeats Eddie Osbourne for the Pure Wrestling Association Championship in Cambridge, Ontario. However, a few weeks later, Joe is stripped of the title due to a contractual error.
2010 - Mike Tyson is the Guest Host of Monday Night Raw.
2011 - Former WWE announcer and Raw General Manager Mike Adamle, who is the sports director at the NBC affiliate in Chi-town, was arrested for DUI. Adamle, who was on medication for epilepsy, is later cleared of the charges.
2011 - Stevie Richards announced that he departed TNA, writing on his Twitter, "Just left Universal Studios. Had a great talk with Terry Taylor and Vince Russo about making the decision to quit TNA Wrestling. Thanks to everyone there for the past 2 years."
2011 - PWInsider.com broke a new WWE hiring standard for wrestlers in their developmental system as the company began only hiring that talents that were under the age of 30 so they could properly invest in them.
2011 - Jesse Neal announced he signed a three year deal with TNA. He would be gone by the end of the year after turning down the chance to go to TNA's fledgling developmental system in OVW.
2013 - Count Billy Varga passed away.
2013 - Johnny 'Farmer' Allen passed away.