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JANUARY 7TH

THIS DAY IN WRESTLING HISTORY


1913 - Jess Westergaard defeats Henry Ordemann for the American Heavyweight Title in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1929 - In a disputed victory, Charlie Fischer defeats World Middleweight Champion Johnny Meyers in Chicago, Illinois. Meyers obtained a court order preventing the Illinois State Athletic Commission from awarding the title to anyone else, however the commission would recognize Gus Kallio as champion, who defeated Meyers by decision after a 2½ hour match on August 7, 1928.
1941 - Ivan Rasputin defeats Bobby Managoff in San Francisco, California to win the Pacific Coast Heavyweight Title for the second time.
1948 - Chavo Guerrero Sr.was born in El Paso, Texas
1949 - Chavo Guerrero, Sr. is born in El Paso, Texas.
1953 - Carl Engstrom and Frank Stojack defeat Johnny Cretorian and Kurt Von Poppenheim for the Big Time Wrestling Northwest Tag Team Title in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1954 - Hombre Montana and Whipper Billy Watson defeat Al and Tiny Mills to win the NWA Canadian Open Tag Team Title in Toronto, Ontario, ending the Mills' second reign.
1958 - Casey and Danny McShain win a tournament for the vacant NWA Texas Tag Team Title in Dallas, Texas.
1961 - Don Leo Jonathan defeats Dr. X (Bill Miller) to win the Omaha version of the World Heavyweight Title in Omaha, Nebraska.
1962 - Devil Masami was born in Japan
1965 - Mr. Fujiwara and Curtis Iaukea defeat Lord James Blears and Neff Maivia for the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Title in Honolulu, Hawaii, ending Blears and Maivia's fourth reign.
1966 - Gene Kiniski defeats Lou Thesz for the NWA World Heavyweight Title in St. Louis, Missouri, ending Thesz's third reign.
1966 - Bob Geigel wins his second NWA Central States Heavyweight Title in St. Joseph, Missouri, ending the 11th reign of Sonny Myers.
1969 – Karl von Stronheim & Treacherous Phillips defeat Lorenzo Parente & Skandar Akbar to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles
1971 - Chris "C.W. Anderson" Wright is born in Emit, North Carolina.
1971 – Pedro Morales defeats Bobo Brazil to win the WWWF United States Title
1974 - Sharon Lee and Jackie West defeat Mariko Akagi and Peggy Kuroda to win the WWWA World Tag Team Title in Niigata, Japan, ending Akagi and Kuroda's second reign.
1976 - Greg Valentine and Bill Watts defeat The Hollywood Blonds (Jerry Brown and Buddy Roberts) to win the vacant Tri-State version of the NWA United States Tag Team Title. Previous champions Killer Karl Kox and Dick Murdoch had split up in December.
1978 - Ted DiBiase wins the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title for the second time, defeating Bob Brown in Kansas City, Kansas, ending Brown's ninth reign.
1979 - Terry Gordy and Michael Hayes defeat Bobby Eaton and George Gulas in Chattanooga, Tennessee for the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Title.
1980 - The Assassins (Jody Hamilton and Tom Renesto) defeat Ricky and Robert Gibson for their third AWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee, just six days after the Gibsons' defeated the Assassins to win their own second title.
1984 - Spike Huber defeats Bobby Colt to win the World Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the same show, Dick the Bruiser and Jeff Van Kamp defeat Abdullah the Great and Jerry Valiant for the WWA World Tag Team Title.
1985 - Billy Haynes defeats Gino Hernandez (subbing for an absent Chris Adams) for Adams' World Class Television Title in Fort Worth, Texas, ending Adams' third reign.
1985 - El Ligero was born in Leeds, UK
1986 - Rocky Morgan defeats Chic Cullen in Croydon, England to win the British Heavy Middleweight Title, ending Cullen's second reign.
1987 - Coco Samoa and Ricky Santana defeat Abbuda Dein and Mike Miller for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title in Portland, Oregon, ending Dein and Miller's second reign.
1987 - Alexxis Nevaeh was born in San Diego, USA
1989 - The Southern Rockers (Steve Doll and Scott Peterson) defeat Abbuda Dein and The Grappler to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title in Portland, Oregon, beginning their sixth reign.
1990 - Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski, a fullback for the Chicago Bears as well as a multiple-title winning wrestler, dies at age 81 in International Falls, Minnesota.  He was one of the first football players to succeed as a professional wrestler. Nagurski won the World Heavyweight Title in 1937 and also held the Los Angeles, Minneapolis and National Wrestling Association versions of the title, as well as winning the Minneapolis NWA World Tag Team Title with Verne Gagne in 1957. Nagurski played eight seasons with the Bears, two of those years championship years (1931 and 1932), and is a charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1963).
1991 - The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn and Stan Lane) defeat Tony Anthony and Doug Gilbert for the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee, ending Anthony and Gilbert's second reign.
1993 - Masayoshi Motegi defeats Ray Gonzalez to win the WWC World Junior Heavyweight Title in Tokyo, Japan. This began the title's 14-month period in the W*ING promotion until its close.
1995 - Kevin Von Erich defeats Greg Valentine in Dallas, Texas to win the NWA North American Heavyweight Title.
1996 - Mabel defeats Carlos Colón for the WWC Universal Heavyweight Title in San Germán, Puerto Rico, ending Colón's 16th reign. Colón had just defeated Mabel the previous day in Caguas for the title, which was held up after a match between the two on December 16 in Bayamón.
1999 - Jun Akiyama and Kenta Kobashi end the fifth AJPW Unified World Tag Team Title reign of Toshiaki Kawada and Akira Taue in Kochi, Japan.
1999 - BDL defeats Twiggy Ramirez and The Suicide Kid in a three-way match to win the vacant IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Title in Louisville, Kentucky. The title was stripped from Adam Pearce for not defending.
1999 - Romeo Valentino defeats King Kong Bundy for the Maryland Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Title in Glen Burnie, Maryland, becoming the first two-time champion.
2000 - Gary Albright suffers a heart attack in the ring wrestling for his father-in-law, Afa Anoa'i's World Xtreme Wrestling in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He was pronounced dead just minutes after being taken from the ring. Albright was 36. Albright was a state amateur wrestling champion in his home state of Rhode Island, as well as a two-time All-Japan Tag Team Champion with Stan Hansen and Steve Williams. Albright also worked in Nobuhiko Takada's UWF International.
2000 - Tomoaki Honda and Ryuji Yamakawa defeat Kamikaze and Shunme Matsuzaki to win the BJW Tag Team Title in Osaka, Japan.
2000 - Mr. Showtime defeats Joey Venture for the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title in Dyersburg, Tennessee.
2001 - One Man Gang defeats champion Carlos Colon and Abdullah the Butcher in a three-way match to win the WWC Hardcore Title in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
2002 - Richard Garza, known professionally as "The World's Strongest Wrestler" Mighty Igor Vodic, among other names, dies at age 70. Vodic held the AWA World Heavyweight Title for one week in 1965, as well as titles in his native Detroit, Michigan.
2002 – on Raw, Spike Dudley & Tazz defeat The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles
2004 - Nick Dinsmore defeats Johnny Jeter for the vacant OVW Heavyweight Title in Louisville, Kentucky, beginning his eighth reign. The title was vacated on December 10, after a three-way match on December 3 between then-champion Mark Magnus, Dinsmore and Jeter resulted in Magnus being pinned by both of the challengers at once.
2004 – Chris Sabin defeats Michael Shane, Christopher Daniels & Low Ki to win the TNA X-Division Title
2006 - J.D. Escalade and The Juggulator leave with three the NWA Tri-State titles between them, by winning a tag team match in Parkersburg, West Virginia. They defeated NWA Tri-State X Division Champion Vance Desmond and Heavyweight Champion Chris Kahn to win their singles titles, as well as the NWA Tri-State Tag Team Title. This ended Desmond's third X Division Title reign.
2006 - Handsome Joe defeats TAKA Michinoku to win the Kaientai Dojo Strongest-K Title in Tokyo, Japan.
2006 - Jason Blackman and Jeremy V defeat Pomp and Circumstance (Ace Rockwell and Shaun Tempers) for the NWA Anarchy Tag Team Title in Cornelia, Georgia.
2006 - Mike Carter defeats Kevin Northcutt to win the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Title in Magee, Mississippi, ending Northcutt's second reign.
2006 - Rob McBride defeats Mitch Connor to win the Carolina Wrestling Federation Mid-Atlantic Television Title.
2007 - At WORLD-1's two "Rebirth of Destruction" events in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Cheerleader Melissa defeats Allison Danger to win the Queen's Cup tournament at the afternoon event. At the evening show, Josh Daniels defeats Greg Spitz for the King's Cup, Kirby Mack wins a six-way match over champion T.J. Mack, Shane Hagadorn, Pelle Primeau, Alex Payne and Rhett Titus to win the AWA World Light Heavyweight Title, and Steve Corino defeats Ric Converse for the AWA World Heavyweight Title, beginning his second reign.
2007 - The Briscoe Brothers (Jay and Mark Briscoe) defeat Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Takashi Sugiura to win the Pro Wrestling NOAH GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan, ending Kanemaru and Sugiura's second reign.  The bout was the Briscoes' first NOAH bout.
2007 - Gedo and Jado defeat Don Fujii and Masaaki Mochizuki for the Dragon Gate I-J Heavyweight Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan.
2007 - Yuji Hino and Saburo Inamatsu defeat Handsome Joe and Yasu Urano for the Kaientai Dojo Strongest-K Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan.
2008 – Awesome Kong defeats Gail Kim to win the TNA Womens Title
2009 - The Associated Press reported this evening that the long-troubled Adam "Pacman" Jones was released by The Dallas Cowboys today. Jones, who was used by TNA Wrestling and once held the TNA Tag Team championship with Ron Killings (R-Truth), will be officially let go from the team on 2/9.
2009 - The Durham Herald Sun in North Carolina reported that Ric Flair's daughter Ashley Fleihr plead guilty yesterday to being intoxicated, resisting a police officer and being disruptive after police were called to the scene of an incident between the WWE Hall of Famer and her boyfriend that led to a black eye the former NWA, WCW and WWF World champion was seen sporting in the recently released Ric Flair shoot interview.
2010 - The website for Human Resource Executive featured an article on the WWE Wellness Policy today, profiling the program and noting the then-recent passings of Ecki "Umaga" Fatu and Andrew "Test" Martin.
2010 - Jim White died at the age of 28.
2011 - Valentino "Big Val" Puccio, who competed in the original Extreme Championship Wrestling in 1995, passed away at the age of 45. 

2012 - Chotu died at the age of 30.
2013 - Eddie Eugene Patterson died at the age of 48.