THIS DAY IN WRESTLING HISTORY
1932 - Bearcat Wright was born in Kingston, Jamaica (?)
1936 - Ted Christy defeats Leroy McGuirk in Hollywood, California for the World Light Heavyweight Title.
1948 - Ray Eckert defeats Billy Hanson to win the San Francisco NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Title in San Francisco, California, ending Hanson's fourth reign.
1950 - Danny McShain wins his fourth NWA Texas Heavyweight Title, defeating Verne Gagne in Houston, Texas.
1951 - Danny McShain wins his sixth NWA Texas Heavyweight Title, defeating Danny Savich in Houston, Texas.
1951 - Bruce Hart was born in Calgary, Canada.
1959 - Chico Garcia and Chet Wallick defeat George and Sandy Scott for the Calgary NWA Canadian Tag Team Title in Edmonton, Alberta, ending the Scotts' third reign.
1962 - El Greco defeats Bruce Arthur to win the Australian Light Heavyweight Title in Melbourne, Australia.
1965 - Rodolfo Ruiz defeats Chanoc in Mexico City, Mexico for the Mexican National Lightweight Title, ending Chanoc's second reign. At the same event, Raul Reyes wins the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Title from Rey Mendoza.
1965 - Dick Dunn defeats The Mighty Yankee for the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title in Mobile, Alabama, ending Yankee's second reign and beginning Dunn's second.
1966 - Shag Thomas and Bearcat Wright defeat Stan Stasiak and Mighty Ursus to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title, beginning their second reign.
1967 - Butcher and Mad Dog Vachon defeat Enrique and Ramon Torres to win the Georgia NWA World Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia.
1967 - Sonny Myers wins his 12th NWA Central States Heavyweight Title, ending the third reign of Mike DiBiase in St. Joseph, Missouri.
1967 - Reno Riggins was born in Nasville, TN.
1969 - John Kronus was born in Everett, Massachusetts.
1970 - The Missouri Mauler defeats Danny Miller for the Florida NWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Tampa, Florida, beginning his sixth reign.
1970 - Buddy Colt and Homer O'Dell defeat Cyclone Soto and Roberto Soto to win the NWA Macon Tag Team Title.
1971 - Bob Kelly defeats Mike Boyette for the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title in Mobile, Alabama, beginning his third reign.
1973 - Bobo Brazil defeats The Sheik in Detroit, Michigan for the Detroit NWA United States Heavyweight Title, ending Sheik's third reign and beginning Brazil's sixth.
1978 - Chavo and Hector Guerrero defeat Black Gordman and Goliath to win the NWA Americas Tag Team Title, ending Gordman and Goliath's 16th reign.
1981 - Shad Gaspard was born in Brooklyn, NY.
1981 - Yujiro Takahashi was born in Niigata, Japan.
1982 - Mason Ryan was born in Tremadog, Wales, UK.
1983 - Roger Kirby defeats Mark Romero for the NWA Central States Television Title in Kansas City, Kansas, ending Romero's second reign.
1985 - Luke Robinson (Tough Enough 5) was born in Auburn, MA.
1985 - The Interns (Don Bass and Roger Smith) defeat The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) to win the vacant AWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee, beginning their second reign.
1986 - The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers) defeat The Sheepherders (Jonathan Boyd and Bigfoot) for the vacant AWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee. The title was vacated on December 30, when Jerry Lawler, who held the title with Austin Idol, lost a Loser Leaves Town match to Bill Dundee.
1989 - In the third of six title changes between these two men over 13 months, Chris Benoit defeats Johnny Smith to win his third Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Title, ending Smith's third reign.
1990 - Chris Chavis, best known as Tatanka in the WWF/E, wrestles his debut match against Joe Thunderstorm for Larry Sharpe's World Wrestling Alliance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Chavis was trained by Sharpe at his Monster Factory wrestling school in New Jersey.
1990 - Manny Fernandez defeats Invader I to win the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title in BayamÃ³n, Puerto Rico, ending Invader I's sixth reign.
1991 - Super Archie defeat Rodolfo Ruiz for the UWA World Featherweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico.
1993 - WCW holds its 22nd Clash of the Champions event at the MECCA Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The show aired live on TBS, earning a 2.9 rating.
1996 - Tommy Rich defeats Jerry Lawler in Memphis, Tennessee to win his fourth USWA Heavyweight Title. At the same event, PG-13 (JC Ice and Wolfie D) won their tenth USWA Tag Team Title, defeating Doug Gilbert and Tommy Rich, ending their third reign.
1997 - WCW Monday Nitro's 3.4 rating beats WWF Monday Night RAW's 2.3 rating in this week of the Monday Night War.
1998 - Doug Gilbert last eliminates Keisuke Yamada in a 15-man deathmatch battle royal, to win the vacant IWA Japan World Heavyweight Title in Tokyo, Japan. The title had been vacant since October 26, 1996 when then-champion Tarzan Goto left the promotion.
2000 - Hiroyo Muto defeats KAZUKI and Ran Maru in a three-way match for the vacant JDStar Junior Title in Tokyo, Japan.
2001 - Steve Bradley defeats Spellbinder for the Power Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Title in Corinth, Mississippi, beginning his fourth reign. He also unified his Music City Wrestling Southern Heavyweight Title, which he wont from K-Krush (Ron Killings) on November 3 in Manila, Arkansas. At the same event, The Dupps (Bo and Jack Dupp) win their second MCW Southern Tag Team Title from American Dragon and Spanky.
2001 - Gregory Martin defeats Qenaan Creed to win the Maryland Championship Wrestling Cruiserweight Title in Laurel, Delaware.
2001 - Three Independent Pro Wrestling titles change hands in St. Petersburg, Florida. Scoot Andrews ends Jet Jaguar's fourth IPW Cruiserweight Title reign, Mike Shane defeats The Dog in a tournament final to become the first IPW Television Champion, and The Southern Posse defeat Drunk and Disorderly, The Chaotic Cult and The Snack Pack in a four-way hardcore battle royal for the vacant IPW Tag Team Title.
2002 - Moondog Manson wins his fifth ECCW Hardcore Title, defeating Wrathchild in Cloverdale, British Columbia.
2002 - MARU defeats Emi Tojyo in a tournament final for the vacant JDStar Junior Title in Tokyo, Japan.
2003 - WWE RAW marks its tenth anniversary with an edition live from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
2003 - Teurko Kagawa defeats Apple Miyuki in a tournament final for the vacant JDStar Junior Title in Tokyo, Japan.
2005 - El Veneno defeats Matrix to win the IWRG Intercontinental Middleweight Title in Naucalpan, Mexico.
2007 - Papadon defeats Bobby Roode for the NWA Shockwave Internet Title in Boonton, New Jersey.
2007 - Pro Wrestling Guerrilla held "Based on a True Story" at the American Legion in Reseda,
2007 - 3 Count Wrestling held "...Will Not Die!" at the Doncaster Dome in Doncaster, England. It was to be a farewell show for 1 Pro Wrestling, which had announced its closing on January 5. 1PW would reopen in April.
2007 - Scotty Murray and Chase Richards defeat Rob Ramer and Matt Valor for the NWA Indiana Heritage Tag Team Title in Lafayette, Indiana.
2007 - Frank Parker wins the NWA Mountain State Heavyweight Title from War Machine in Mount Hope, West Virginia.
2007 - Two Keystone Championship Wrestling titles switch in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Brock Singleton defeats Julio Dinero for the KCW Heavyweight Title, beginning his third reign and ending Dinero's second. Also, Lou defeats Balkizar to win the KCW Central Pennsylvania Title.
2007 - Slim Pickens defeats Gaylon Ray for the New Blood Wrestling High Risk Title in Dyersburg, Tennessee, ending Ray's second reign.
2009 - Hillbilly Cousin Junior passed away.
2013 - Lawrence 'Luscious Larry' Deutscher passed away.