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On This Day In Wrestling History: January 23rd

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Below you will find everything that happened in Professional Wrestling history on January 23rd.


• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (January 23, 1984) – WWF MSG House Show *HULK HOGAN WINS THE TITLE !!!!*

On this day in Pro Wrestling history on January 23, 1984, the World Wrestling Federation held a televised house show at the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.

“The Incredible” Hulk Hogan won his very first WWF World Heavyweight Championship that night, when he defeated WWF Champion The Iron Sheik in the most famous arena on the planet.

Not only did HULKAMANIA take over the World Wrestling Federation that day, it also marks the beginning of Vince McMahon’s promotion becoming a national (and years later also international) sensation, as opposed to the regional territory thing it had been up to that point.

Regardless if you like the Hulkster or not, literally ALL Pro Wrestling historians, journalists, experts & dirt sheet writers agree, that Hogan put professional wrestling on the map that day. There is nothing left to be added. Period.

Here are the results from that night:

Tony Garea defeated Jose Luis Rivera

The Invaders wrestled Mr. Fuji & Tiger Chung Lee to a 20-minute time-limit draw

The Masked Superstar defeated Chief Jay Strongbow

Sgt. Slaughter defeated Ivan Putski by count-out

Paul Orndorff defeated Salvatore Bellomo

WWF IC Championship: Don Muraco (c) wrestled Tito Santana to a double DQ

2 out of 3 falls: The Haiti Kid & Tiger Jackson defeated Dana Carpenter & Pancho Boy

Jimmy Snuka defeated Rene Goulet

Andre The Giant, Rocky Johnson & Tony Atlas defeated Afa, Sika & Samula

WWF World Championship: Hulk Hogan (sub. for Bob Backlund) defeated The Iron Sheik (c)




• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (January 23, 2000) – WWF Royal Rumble 2000

On this day in Pro Wrestling history on January 23, 2000, the World Wrestling Federation aired their annual ‘Royal Rumble’ event LIVE on PPV from the world famous Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.

The ending of this Royal Rumble match was actually botched by the final two, as The Big Show’s feet were supposed to touch the ground first, but as it happens sometimes when you’re LIVE, you have no second chance to make it right, so The Rock’s feet touched the arena floor first, hence The Big Show would’ve been the winner here, but the WWF just didn’t show that angle (until weeks later on RAW), so The Rock was announced the official winner of the 2000 Royal Rumble match and is still listed as such in the record books.


Tazz defeated Kurt Angle

Tables match: The Hardy Boyz defeated The Dudley Boyz

Undisputed WWF Intercontinental Championship: Chris Jericho (c) defeated Chyna (c) and Hardcore Holly Triple

WWF Tag Team Championship: The New Age Outlaws (c) defeated The Acolytes

Street Fight – WWF Championship: Triple H (c) defeated Cactus Jack

The Rock won the 30-man Royal Rumble match






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