January 3rd – On This Day In Wrestling History

Kazuki Hirata vs Omochi Cake
Credit: DDT

1956 – In Florence, Alabama, Butch Boyette, Karl Kowalski and Red Roberts defeat the team of Don Fields, Jack Laskin and Lee Fields in a 35 minute ‘Best 2 out of 3 Falls’ match.

2000 – WWF RAW is held at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Triple H challenged the Big Show for the WWF Championship. Following a distraction on the outside, Triple H hit the Big Show with a low blow then followed it with a Pedigree to become a three time World Champion. In the main event The Rock took on Billy Gunn, X-Pac and the Road Dogg in a no disqualification handicap match, with the added stipulation that if the Rock lost he would be fired. Luckily, Mick Foley interfered on the Rock’s behalf helping him win the match by pinfall. Also on the show Stephanie McMahon announced both Chris Jericho and Chyna as co-Intercontinental champions with the ruling being that only one could defend at a time and if that person lost the title defense, they’d both lose the belt.

2000 – WCW Monday Nitro comes from Greenville, South Carolina. In the finals of the night’s Lethal Lottery tag team tournament David Flair and Crowbar take on the team of Kevin Nash and Scott Steiner for the vacant tag team belts. With the referee distracted, Crowbar hits Nash with a crowbar and Flair covers him for the pin, gaining the win and the tag team championship belts for himself and Crowbar.

2011 – WWE RAW is in Phoenix, Arizona. The Miz successfully defends the WWE Championship against John Morrison in a No Disqualification Falls Count Anywhere match and then in the main event Randy Orton defeats Sheamus and Wade Barrett in a triple threat cage match which makes Orton the new Number One Contender and will go on to face the Miz at the Royal Rumble.

2013 – TNA Impact! is held in Orlando, Florida. Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe take on two of the members of the Aces and Eights faction, one being Devon and the other being masked so their identity is unknown. After Angle gets the pinfall following the Angle Slam the rest of Aces and Eights swarm the ring attacking Angle and Joe. Sting makes the save with his baseball bat and Angle unmasks his opponent who is revealed to be the former Mike Knox (now called Knux.)

2017 – In the main event of WWE SmackDown in Jacksonville, Florida, Dean Ambrose defeats The Miz to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

2019 – An interesting night at the DDT ‘New Year Special 2020! All Seats 2000 Yen Show’ in Tokyo, Japan. Going into the Gauntlet Battle Royal match the Champion is… a cake. The cake had won the title backstage. (This isn’t a wrestler called ‘Cake’, it’s an actual cake called Omochi.) Unfortunately Omochi is the first eliminated and the winner at the end is Saki Akai who becomes the new DDT Iron Man Heavy Metal Champion. Elsewhere on the card there’s a triple threat ‘No Passcode Scramble Bunkhouse Take Account Over Deathmatch’ where each wrestlers phones are unlocked in the ring and whoever gets hold of them can Tweet whatever they like. Whilst also wrestling.

Notable Wrestling Birthdays:

  • New Jack (1963)
  • Jim Ross (1952)
  • Lord Littlebrook (1929)