Jan. 27, 1967 -
and Pepper Martin
beat Tough Tony
Borne and Moondog
Lonnie Mayne to take the Pacific Northwest tag belts
in Portland, Ore. Martin, who was one of the masked
Bolos at various points in his career, retired in 1978.
Mayne died that same year. Borne is best known to modern
fans as the father of Maniac Matt Borne. Jones,
whose Website is hosted by
WrestlingClassics.com, finished his much-celebrated
career as a partner and later opponent for a young Ken
Shamrock, working for matchmaker Frank
1/27/73 – The
Sheik bests archrival Bobo Brazil in Detroit,
Michigan to regain the “NWA” U.S. heavyweight
championship for the fourth time of his career.
1/27/81 – Rowdy
Roddy Piper uses a foreign object to knock out Nature
Boy Ric Flair (unbeknownst to ref Stu Schwartz)
in Raleigh’s Dorton Arena. In doing so, he captures
the JCP version of the “NWA” U.S. title for the
first of two times. He had previously held the San
Francisco version of the “NWA” U.S. title and would
go on to hold the WCW U.S. title nearly two decades
later. As a result of his win over Flair, Piper is
forced to vacate the NWA TV title, which he had held
since beating Paul Jones in the finals of a
tournament on Nov. 1, 1980 in Richmond, Va.
1/27/87 – The
Midnight Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty
Jannetty) best Playboy Buddy Rose & Pretty
Boy Doug Somers in St. Paul, Minnesota to win the
AWA World tag team championship.
1/27/96 – Raven
pins The Sandman in Philadelphia, Penn. to
capture the ECW World heavyweight championship.
– Mildred Burke captures the Women’s World
title, winning a tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn.
1/28/61 - Bobo
Brazil pins Dick the Bruiser to win the
Detroit version of the "NWA" United States
title. Brazil, one of the true pioneers in wrestling
history, died at the age of 74.
1/28/92 - Stan
"The Lariat" Hansen captures the All Japan
Triple Crown for the third time in his career, downing Jumbo
Tsuruta in Chiba, Japan.
1/28/95 – Jerry
“The King” Lawler downs The Dirty White Boy
(Tony Anthony) in Knoxville, Tenn. to capture the
Smoky Mountain heavyweight belt.
1/29/68 – The
old Madison Square Garden shuts its door’s for
wrestling, making way for a brand new facility with the
same name. In the main event, “The Living Legend” Bruno
Sammartino downs Professor Toru Tanaka.
1/29/81 - Killer
Karl Kox and Junkyard Dog down "The
Big Cat" Ernie Ladd and Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
in Biloxi, Miss. to take the Mid-South tag-team belts.
Kox, who is now retired, can be seen in Oliver Stone's
JFK playing a cop who guards Jack Ruby. Ladd,
a former NFL great, is very active in the community and
has been inducted into both the WWF and WCW Halls of
Fame. Brown died in 1988 and JYD, who was truly one of
the biggest draws in wrestling during the 80s, died
following a tragic automobile accident.
1/29/96 - Konnan
gets both "rowdy, rowdy" and “bowdy, bowdy”
in Canton, Ohio, upsetting the One Man Gang for
the WCW U.S. title. Konnan accomplishes a rare feat,
holding major titles in both Mexico and the United
1/30/65 - Harley
Race and Larry Hennig topple Bruiser
and Crusher to win the AWA World tag-team title
in St. Paul, Minn. Race would go on to become an
eight-time NWA World champ. Hennig is best known today
as Curt Hennig’s
dad. Bruiser, whose last major appearance was as a
special ref at Starrcade '90, died in 1991.
1/30/93 - Dr.
Death Steve Williams and Terry "Bam
Bam" Gordy best Mitsuharu Misawa and Toshiaki
Kawada to capture the World tag-team championship as
recognized by All Japan Pro Wrestling. Gordy and
Williams had also taken both the NWA and WCW World tag
titles less than six months earlier, establishing
themselves as the top tag-team in the world at that
1/31/58 - Karloff
Lagarde topples Huracan Ramirez in Mexico
City to take the "NWA" middleweight title as
recognized by the EMLL promotion.
January 31, 1964
- The Missouri Mauler (Larry Hamilton)
beats the Mongolian Stomper (Archie Gouldie)
in St. Louis for the "NWA" U.S. heavyweight
championship as recognized by Sam Muchnick's St. Louis
Wrestling Club. Hamilton,
the brother of The Assassin (Jody Hamilton)
and uncle of WCW/WWF referee Nick Patrick, later
worked in law enforcement and passed away a couple of
years ago. Gouldie runs a non-wrestling business in
Knoxville, Tenn. and keeps himself in amazing shape,
even stepping back into the ring from time-to-time.
1/31/94 - The
Moondogs (Spot & Rex) capture the
USWA tag team title in Memphis, knocking off the Rock
& Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert
Former Olympic judo champion "Bad News"
Allen Coage upends Kevin Sullivan for the
"NWA" Southern belt as recognized by Eddie
Graham's Championship Wrestling from Florida. Brown is
perhaps best known as the WWF's "Bad News
Brown," while Sullivan was one of the creative
forces behind the scenes at WCW.
2/1/73 - "Texas"
Bob Geigle & Rufus R. "Freight
Train" Jones (Carey Lloyd) take the
Central States tag straps in Kansas City, downing "Handsome"
Harley Race & "Nature Boy" Roger
Kirby. Geigle would go on to become a promoter and
several-term president of the NWA, while Race would hold
the NWA World title on eight occasions. Kirby is a
former NWA World junior heavyweight champion. Jones died
2/1/80 - Ted
DiBiase bests Mike George in Shreveport,
Louisa. to capture the North American heavyweight
championship as recognized by Bill Watts' Mid-South
2/1/72 - King
Curtis Iaukea & Baron Mikel Scicluna down
Karl Gotch & Rene Goulet in
Philadelphia to win the (W)WWF tag team title as
recognized by the Capital Wrestling Corporation. Iaukea
was last seen as Kevin Sullivan's
"Father" in those bizarre "Dungeon of
Doom" skits in WCW a few years back. Goulet is a
road agent for the WWF. Gotch is regarded as one of the greatest "shooters"
of all time and helped train Dean Malenko.
2/2/77 - Ted
Oates garners the Central States heavyweight belt as
recognized by Bob Geigle's Heartland of America
Promotions, beating Sgt. Slaughter (Bob Remus)
in St. Joseph, MO.
Slaughter is regarded by many as one of the true
innovators of the '70s and '80s. He would go on to capture the WWF title from the Ultimate
Warrior in 1991.
2/2/86 - The
Midnight Express ("Beautiful" Bobby
Eaton & "Loverboy" Dennis Condrey)
down The Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton
& Robert Gibson) in Atlanta, GA, to win the
"NWA" World tag team title as recognized by
Jim Crockett Promotions. This is part of the historic
"SuperStars on the SuperStation" show
co-produced by JCP and Turner Broadcasting that would
evolve into the popular "Clash of the
Champions" series. Also on this card, Ric Flair
defends the NWA World title against Ron Garvin
and Tully Blanchard challenges Dusty Rhodes
for the "NWA" National title.
2/2/87 - The
Dingo Warrior (Jim Hellwig) avenges a
previous tournament loss by beating Bob Bradley
in Ft. Worth at a taping of Championship
Sports to capture the Texas State title as
recognized by Fritz Von Erich's Southwest Sports.
Hellwig would go on to gain fame as the Ultimate
Sullivan has been following professional wrestling for
nearly 27 years and saw many of today's 'legends' like
Ric Flair and Randy Savage compete in small high school
gyms and recreation centers when they were just starting
out. His first foray into serious wrestling journalism
pre-dated publications like The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
and he has done play-by-play wrestling announcing on
the radio. After a brief stint as an independent promoter,
Sullivan has settled into a role as a well-paid wrestling
historian, who openly laughs in the face of anyone who
hasn't heard of Spaceman Frank Hickey.