THIS DAY IN WRESTLING HISTORY
1931 - Former World Heavyweight Champion Wayne Munn dies from kidney problems at age 35. Munn held the title for three months in 1925.
1945 - Gus Wisbar defeats Yaqui Joe for the Tennessee World Middleweight Title in Nashville, Tennessee, beginning his second reign.
1953 - Harold Sakata and Toi Yamamoto defeat John Cretorian and Kurt Von Poppenheim to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title, beginning their second reign.
1957 - Al Kashey defeats Lord James Blears for the vacant NWA Beat the Champ International Television Title in Los Angeles, California.
1958 - Ben and Mike Sharpe defeat Ciclon Anaya and Ramon Torres in Stockton, California to win the San Francisco NWA World Tag Team Title for the 16th time.
1959 - Pat O'Connor defeats Dick Hutton in St. Louis, Missouri to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title. O'Connor was also recognized as the first AWA World Heavyweight Champion in May 1960, but was stripped of that title in August of that year for not defending against Verne Gagne.
1961 – Oni Wiki Wiki defeats Don Kent to win the TSW Oklahoma Junior Heavyweight Title
1961 - Luc ‘Sniper’ Poirier was born, in Montreal, Canada.
1962 - Mister M (Bill Miller) defeats Verne Gagne to win the AWA World Heavyweight Title in Minneapolis, Minnesota, ending Gagne's second reign. As a result, Mister M's AWA United States Heavyweight Title was vacated. He was the last to hold the title, which had began as the Chicago and Minneapolis versions of the NWA United States Heavyweight Title before the AWA was founded. It was held by Wilbur Snyder four times, twice by Gene Kiniski and Verne Gagne, and once each by Hans Schmidt, Dick the Bruiser, Hard Boiled Haggerty and Mister M.
1965 - Don Leo Jonathan and Whipper Billy Watson defeat The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello and Roy Heffernan) for the Winnipeg NWA International Tag Team Title in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
1968 - Butcher Vachon and Stan Vachon (Stan Pulaski) defeat Enrique and Ramon Torres for the Georgia NWA World Tag Team Title in Macon, Georgia, ending the Torres' third reign.
1968 - Silver King was born, in Torreon, MX.
1969 - Danny Hodge and Wilbur Snyder defeat Giant Baba and Antonio Inoki to win the NWA International Tag Team Title in Hiroshima, Japan, ending Baba and Inoki's second reign.
1969 - Buddy Colt defeats Ricky Romero for the Amarillo NWA North American Heavyweight Title.
1970 - Dave Ruhl wins his fifth Calgary NWA Canadian Heavyweight Title in Calgary, Alberta, defeating Danny Lynch.
1971 - Curtis Iaukea defeats Bill Robinson for the Hawaii NWA North American Heavyweight Title, beginning his second reign.
1971 - Jerry Jarrett and Tojo Yamamoto defeat The Heavenly Bodies (Al and Don Greene) to win the Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This ended the The Heavenly Bodies' fifth reign and began Jarrett and Yamamoto's second.
1973 - Mark Lewin defeats Buddy Colt for the Florida NWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Tampa, Florida, ending Colt's third reign.
1973 - Magnum Tokyo was born, in Tokyo, Japan.
1974 - Billy Graham defeats Ed Francis to win the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title in Honolulu, Hawaii, ending Francis' third reign.
1976 - Todd Grisham was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
1978 - Norvell Austin and Bill Dundee defeat Dennis Condrey and Phil Hickerson for the Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee, ending Austin and Dundee's sixth reign.
1979 - Jimmy Garvin defeats Dick Slater to win the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title in Tampa, Florida.
1982 - Dory Funk, Jr. and Terry Funk defeat Jack and Jerry Brisco for the Florida NWA North American Tag Team Title in Tampa, Florida.
1983 - Luis Arizona defeats Centurion Negro to win the UWA World Middleweight Title in Reynosa, Mexico.
1984 - Super Destroyer (Scott Irwin) wins his second World Class Television Title in Fort Worth, Texas, ending the second reign for Brian Adias.
1984 - Charlie Cook defeats Jerry Stubbs for the NWA Alabama Heavyweight Title in Birmingham, Alabama, ending Stubbs' third reign.
1987 - Larry Hamilton defeats Tom Prichard in Birmingham, Alabama to win the Southeast NWA United States Junior Heavyweight Title. This began Hamilton's second reign and ended Prichard's fourth.
1989 - Wendell Cooley defeats Sid Vicious in Memphis, Tennessee for the Championship (formerly Continental) Wrestling Association Heavyweight Title. The title would be awarded to Dutch Mantel later in the month when Cooley left the promotion.
1993 - Bart Sawyer defeated John Rambo in Portland, Oregon to win the Championship Wrestling USA Television Title, ending Rambo's second reign and beginning Sawyer's second.
1995 - The USWA Tag Team Title changes hands twice in Memphis, Tennessee. Doug Gilbert and Tommy Rich defeat PG-13 (JC Ice and Wolfie D) for the title, ending their fourth reign. Immediately afterwards, PG-13 won them back, to begin their fifth reign. At the same show, Sweet Georgia Brown wins her second USWA Women's Title, defeating Miss Texas (Jackie Moore), ending her eighth reign.
1997 - Flash Flanagan and Steven Dunn defeat Mike Samples and Sir Mo to win the held up USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee. The title was held up after a match between the teams of Flanagan & Dunn and Samples & Vic the Bruiser on December 27 in Memphis.
1998 - Wolf Hawkfield and Johnny Smith defeat Jun Akiyama and Takao Omori for the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Title in Kagoshima, Japan.
1999 - Ray Gonzalez is awarded the WWC Universal Heavyweight Title, beginning his seventh reign. This was due to Carlos ColÃ³n using a foreign object on the referee and Gonzalez to win a match for the title three days earlier in Caguas, Puerto Rico. This ended ColÃ³n's short-lived 23rd reign.
1999 - Mike Rapada defeats Chris Michaels in Nashville, Tennessee to win the NWA North American Heavyweight Title for the second time.
1999 - Two Independent Professional Wrestling Alliance titles change hands in Chincoteague Island, Virginia. Joey Matthews defeats Christian York to win the IPWA Light Heavyweight Title. Big Slam and Chris Stephenson win the IPWA Tag Team Title from Cueball Carmichael and Jimmy Cicero, and Tom Brandi defeats Corporal Punishment for the vacant IPWA Heavyweight Title, beginning his third reign. Buddy Landel was stripped of the title for no-showing.
1999 - Magic defeats Chino Martinez to become the first Bloody Rage Wrestling League American Heavyweight Champion in Edison, New Jersey.
1999 - Bam Bam and Danny Christian win their fourth Southern States Wrestling Tag Team Title in Mountain City, Tennessee, defeating The Brooklyn Bad Boys.
2000 - Black Dragon defeats Ultimo Vampiro for the IWRG Intercontinental Middleweight Title in Naucalpan, Mexico.
2001 - World Xtreme Wrestling sees four titles switch in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Low Ki ended Mason Cage's third reign as WXW Cruiserweight Champion, Afa, Jr. won the WXW Television Title from Shane Black, The Latin Hit Squad (Nuisance and Puerto Rican Chile) win their fifth WXW Tag Team Title from Moondogs 2000 (Wenzel and Molsonn) and Samu defeats Salvatore Bellomo to win his second WXW Heavyweight Title.
2002 - At a Heartland Wrestling Association show in Dayton, Ohio, Charlie Haas and The Island Boyz (Ekmo and Kimo) defeat HWA Heavyweight Champion EZ Money and HWA Tag Team Champions Steve Bradley and Val Venis, when Haas pinned Venis, in a match with both titles on the line. As a result, Haas won the Heavyweight title, as he was a singles wrestler. Also, Shannon Moore defeated Jamie Knoble for the HWA Cruiserweight Title.
2004 - Christie Ricci defeats Craziness to win the United States Wrestling Organization Television Title in Madison, Tennessee.
2005 - WWE holds the first-annual "New Year's Revolution" pay-per-view at the JosÃ© Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the company's first pay-per-view held outside North America since 1992's "SummerSlam", which was held in London, England.
2005 - Steve Jaworski and Roadbock Jones defeat Shane Holmes & The Super Ninja, The Trailer Park Boyz and The Office in a four-way match for the vacant Canadian Wrestling Federation Tag Team Title in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The previous champions, Dusty Dumont and Jean LaVernmay had left the promotion. At the same event, Kerry Brown defeats Steve Jaworski to win the CWF Heavyweight Title.2007 - WWE broadcast ECW on Sci Fi.
2009 - WWE continued with layoffs of their staff, even firing Vince McMahohon's two limo drivers. WWE also officially announced they were laying off 10% of their staff.
2009 - As part of WWE cutbacks, WWE released Kevin Thorne, Bam Beeley, Referee Jimmy Korderas, D'Lo Brown, Val Venis, and Producer Tim White.
2009 - Steve Austin was announced as leading the 2009 WWE Hall of Fame class.
2009 - Koch Records releases an official soundtrack for "The Wrestler."
2010 - Richie Steamboat, son of former NWA World champion Ricky Steamboat, was signed to a WWE developmental deal.
2010 - WWE released the following developmental talent:
*Dino Carter (real name Rashad Goff)
*Chris the Bambikiller (Christoph Herzog)
*Lennox McEnroe (Bryan Wilcott)
*Leroy Morgan (Max McGuirk, son of former WWF announcer Mike McGuirk, grandson of legendary promoter Leroy McGuirk)
*Lift Swayner (Aaron Reed)
*Johnny Riggs (Dylan Klein), who actually gave notice several weeks back that he was leaving and was granted his release. He was not dropped by the company.
2012 - WWE announced Edge and The Four Horsemen were going into the WWE Hall of Fame.
2012 - Rasche Brown, who worked for a number of Mid-Western promotions, Ring of Honor and was the inaugural Urban Wrestling Federation Street King champion, announced his retirement from pro wrestling.