Jan. 18, 1970 – Today marks a milestone in the career of what would become one of greatest legends in the history of professional wrestling. Monster Rousimoff and Michael Nador destroy Thunder Sugiyan and the Great Kasatsu in Tokyo for the IWE (International Wrestling Enterprises) tag team belts. Rousimoff would later become better known as Andre the Giant.
Jan. 18, 1971 – This is still considered one of the greatest upsets in the history of professional wrestling. Ivan Koloff becomes the third WWF heavyweight champion in history, upsetting Bruno Sammartino in New York's Madison Square Garden. Koloff’s victory ended the seven-year, seven-month reign of Sammartino as WWF champion, the longest reign in World heavyweight championship history. The sellout crowd of 21,000-plus was so stunned, the Garden went completely quiet after the loss.
Four legends slug it out when Bruno Sammartino teams with Dick the Bruiser to challenge Big Cat Ernie Ladd & Baron Von Raschke for the WWA tag team championship in Indianapolis Tape 3.
Jan. 18, 1974 - Black Gordman and El Great Goliath down Raul Mata and Victor Rivera in Los Angeles to win the Americas tag team championship.
Jan. 18, 1986 - A pre-NWO team of Scott Hall and Curt Hennig become the AWA World tag team champions, defeating Gorgeous Jimmy Garvin and "Mr. Electricity" Steve Regal (not to be confused with current WWF wrestler Stephen Regal) in Albuquerque, N.M.
Jimmy Garvin teams with Kerry Von Erich to take on Bob Orton Jr. (Randy Orton’s father) & Carl Fergie in Mid-South Tape 2.
Jan. 18, 1992 - Ron Harris beats Crush to win the Pacific Northwest championship in Portland.
Jan. 19, 1971 - Tarzan Tyler bests Jack Brisco to garner the Florida TV title in Tampa.
Jack Brisco rates Tarzan Tyler as one of his toughest opponents of his early career. WrestlingClassics.com is proud to be the home of the official Jack Brisco Web site.
You can also visit the Jack Brisco Collection.
Jan. 19, 1973 - Johnny Valentine captures the Missouri State crown, besting Harley Race in St. Louis.
Harley Race would recover to win the NWA World heavyweight championship a then record eight times. See his triumph over Terry Funk in NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
Jan. 19, 1991 - Sgt. Slaughter downs the Ultimate Warrior to take the WWF title in Miami. This is deemed controversial in some circles due to the WWF portraying Slaughter as an Iraqi sympathizer during a time in which the Gulf War is taking place.
Jan. 19, 1992 – Nature Boy Ric Flair wins the WWF championship for the first time in his career in Albany, N.Y., going the distance in the Royal Rumble after being the third man in. Flair becomes just the second man in wrestling history to hold both the NWA World and WWF titles (the original "Nature Boy," Buddy Rogers, being the first). For the record, Flair is to this date, the only man to ever hold the NWA, WWF, and WCW titles.
Ric Flair captures his second NWA World heavyweight championship in NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
Jan. 19, 1992 - Rowdy Roddy Piper wins his first title ever in the WWF, besting the Mountie in Albany, N.Y., to end Jacques Rougeau's two-day reign as Intercontinental kingpin.
Jan. 19, 1997 - Shawn Michaels pins Sycho Sid (Eudy) before a hometown crowd at San Antonio's Alamo Dome to regain the WWF championship for a second time.
Shawn Michaels is featured early in his career in the Texas Collection.
Jan. 20, 1959 - Frank Valois and Andre Bollet win the Texas tag team belts in a tournament in Dallas. Valois, is remembered by many as one of the influential figures in the early career of Andre the Giant, working as both his opponent and road manager during the 1970's.
Jan. 20, 1972 - Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens capture AWA World tag honors, beating Crusher and Red Bastien in Denver, Colo. Crusher had been chosen as a replacement partner after Bastien's original teammate, Hercules Cortez, was killed in a car wreck a few months earlier.
Nick Bockwinkel would be no stranger to the World championship. He defends the AWA World heavyweight championship in Memphis against Jerry “The King” Lawler in Memphis Main Events.
Jan. 20, 1979 - Thor the Viking (the late Scott Irwin) upsets Terry Funk in St. Petersburg, Fla. to win the Southern heavyweight championship as recognized by the NWA booking office in Florida.
Terry Funk is featured in his own tape, the Legend of Terry Funk.
Jan. 20, 1997 - Mitsuharu Misawa takes the All Japan Triple Crown, beating Kenta Kobashi in Osaka.
Jan. 21, 1967 - Dick the Bruiser and Crusher beat Chris Markoff and Angelo Poffo for the WWA tag team title. Poffo is best known today as the father of "Macho Man" Randy Savage.
Jan. 21, 1967 - Ray Stevens and Pat Patterson, "The Blond Bombers," win the "NWA" World tag straps, as recognized in San Francisco, besting Cyclone Negro and the Mongolian Stomper (Archie Gouldie).
Ray Stevens teams with Ivan Koloff and later Jimmy Snuka to feud with Paul Jones and Masked Superstar over the Mid-Atlantic version of the World tag team title. See the title defense in Mid-Atlantic Tape 1 of the Mid-Atlantic Collection.
Jan. 21, 1983 - Terry Gordy defeats Kevin Von Erich in Dallas to capture the American heavyweight championship.
Jan. 21, 1985 - Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo down Dick Murdoch and Adrian Adonis for the WWF tag belts in Hartford, Conn.
Dick Murdoch and Adrian Adonis are both featured throughout the Texas Collection.
Jan. 21, 1997 - Dean Malenko upends the Ultimo Dragon to regain the WCW cruiserweight crown in Milwaukee, Wisc.
Jan. 22, 1959 - Reggie (Crusher) Lisowski and Stan Lisowski beat Herb and Seymour Freeman to win the "NWA" World tag team championship as recognized by the NWA promotion in Minneapolis.
The Lisowski Brothers were huge stars before Reggie became better known as The Crusher. See the Lisowski Brothers face Bobo Brazil and Yukon Eric in Stars of Cauliflower Alley 2000.
Jan. 22, 1969 - The Medics (Jim Starr & Billy Garrett) take the Southern tag team championship with a win over Tarzan Tyler and Louie Tillet in Miami.
Jan. 22, 1981 - Jumbo Tsuruta downs Abdullah the Butcher to win the United National championship in Nirasaki, Japan.
Abdullah the Butcher teams with The Sheik to face The Funk Brothers in the All Japan Real World Tag Team Tournament Finals in The Legend of the Funk Brothers.
Jan. 22, 1983 – Don "The Magnificent" Muraco pins Pedro Morales to take the Intercontinental belt in New York's Madison Square Garden.
Earlier in his career, Don Muraco came close to beating Jack Brisco for the NWA World heavyweight championship in Florida Tape 3.
Jan. 22, 1995 - Jeff Jarrett upsets Razor Ramon (Scott Hall) in Tampa, Fla. to win the WWF Intercontinental title.
Jan. 22, 1996 - Macho Man Randy Savage wins the WCW World title for the second time, pinning Nature Boy Ric Flair in Las Vegas. Savage becomes just the second man in wrestling history to defeat the same opponent for both the WWF and WCW titles. Who was the first man to accomplish this feat? Ric Flair, who defeated Savage for the WCW belt a month earlier.
Macho Man Randy Savage brings a new meaning to the term “hardcore” when he and brother Lanny Poffo battle the Rock ‘N’ Roll Express in Memphis Main Events.
Jan. 22, 1996 - Sting and Lex Luger down Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) to capture the WCW tag title in Las Vegas, Nev.
Jan. 23, 1961 - Mad Dog Vachon and Butcher Vachon defeat Ray Villner and Jack Curtis in Charlotte, N.C. to take the Southern tag straps. They would lose those belts to George Becker and Sandy Scott three months later.
Jan. 23, 1981 - Renewing one of the greatest feuds in wrestling history, Dory Funk Jr. beats Jack Brisco to win the Mid-Atlantic heavyweight championship in Charlotte, N.C. In a shocking turn of events, Funk is assisted by a tuxedo-clad Paul Jones, who then becomes Funk's official manager.
The feud between Jack Brisco and Dory Funk Jr. was so legendary, that WrestlingClassics.com created its own tape highlighting the feud featuring three of their greatest matches in Jack Brisco vs. Dory Funk Jr.
Jan. 23, 1983 - Kerry Von Erich bests Harley Race in St. Louis to win the Missouri State belt. Von Erich benefits from a special stipulation allowing the title to change hands on a disqualification.
Besides being a great World heavyweight champion, Harley Race dominated Missouri and the rest of the Central States area. You can see his great bouts throughout the Central States Collection.
Jan. 23, 1978 – Black Gordman & El Gran Goliat beat Kurt & Karl Von Steiger in Sacramento to win the San Francisco office version of the “NWA” World tag team championship.
Jan. 23, 1984 – A lot of fans believe this marks the anniversary of the Modern era of professional wrestling. Hulk Hogan pins the Iron Sheik in New York's Madison Square Garden to win the WWF heavyweight title for the very first time, thus beginning one of the most successful box-office runs in wrestling history.
Jan. 23, 1986 – Hangman Bobby Jaggers & Rip “The Crippler” Oliver down Tom Zenk & Scott Dorin in Salem, Ore. to capture the “NWA” Pacific Northwest tag team championship.
Hangman Bobby Jaggers is featured throughout the Texas Collection.
Jan. 23, 1988 – Jim Crockett Promotions joins forces with Turner Home Entertainment to present the finals of the Bunkhouse Stampede on pay-per-view. Dusty Rhodes wins the competition for the third year running, proving that he is truly “the bull of da woods.”
Dusty Rhodes is in all his glory, being interview in Japanese and waging a bloody war with One Man Gang in Florida Tape 2.
Jan. 23, 1993 – Yokozuna eliminates Macho Man Randy Savage to win the WWF’s annual Royal Rumble in Sacramento, California.
Macho Man Randy Savage got his career working for his father’s ICW promotion and you can see him throughout the Tennessee Collection.
Jan. 23, 1995 – The Smoking Gunns (Billy & Bart Gunn) end the one-day reign of X-Pac & Bob Holly, regaining the WWF World tag title in Palmetto, Florida during a live broadcast of Raw.
Jan. 24, 1963 – Lou Thesz captures the National Wrestling Alliance version of the World title for the third and final time of his career, beating Nature Boy Buddy Rogers in Toronto.
WrestlingClassics.com is proud to present the official Lou Thesz Web site.
Jan. 24, 1969 - Paul Jones and Nelson Royal topple the masked team known as the Medics, winning the Americas tag team title in Los Angeles. Royal would go on to win the NWA World junior heavyweight championship three times, while Jones would become the longest-reigning TV champion in the combined history of Jim Crockett Promotions and WCW, holding that belt for a total of 368 days (Arn Anderson at 338 days is the second longest-reigning TV titleholder).
WrestlingClassics.com is proud to present the official Paul Jones Web site.
Jan. 24, 1980 - The Assassin (Jody Hamilton) beats the Avenger (Reggie Parks) in a battle of the masked men to take the Central States heavyweight belt in Kansas City. Both men continue to contribute to the sport today. Hamilton, who is the father of WWE referee Nick Patrick, while Parks designs and manufactures many of the championship belts used in wrestling (as well as for boxing and other combat sports as well).
Jan. 24, 1998 - Chris Jericho defeats Rey Misterio Jr. in Dayton, Ohio to capture the WCW World cruiserweight strap for the third time. At the time of this match, Ralphus is employed by WCW as the driver of their ring truck.
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. Richard
Sullivan is also the creator of Lost