• The Most Important Title Change In Professional Wrestling Happened 38 Years Ago Today
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.
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 pinned Jose Luis Rivera
– The Invaders wrestled Mr. Fuji & Tiger Chung Lee to a 20-minute time-limit draw
– The Masked Superstar pinned Chief Jay Strongbow
– Sgt. Slaughter defeated Ivan Putski by count-out
– Paul Orndorff pinned Salvatore Bellomo
– Intercontinental 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 pinned Rene Goulet
– Andre the Giant, Rocky Johnson & Tony Atlas defeated Afa, Sika & Samula
– WWF World Championship: Hulk Hogan (sub. for Bob Backlund) pinned The Iron Sheik (c)
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (January 23, 2000) – WWF Sunday Night HEAT
On this day in 2000, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Sunday Night HEAT’.
It was taped at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 2000’ PPV, which this episode was the official Pre-Show for.
The match-card can be found right here:
1. Christian vs. Steve Blackman
2. The Godfather, D’Lo Brown & Prince Albert vs. Big Bossman & The Headbangers
3. Edge vs. Al Snow