Birthdays:
– Antonio Honda (born January 2, 1978) turns 38

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NWA Georgia Championship Wrestling: January 2, 1959
in the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta, Georgia

– Doug Gilbert & Johnny Gilbert defeated Ali Bey & Jack O’Brien
– Chief Little Eagle defeated Bob Shipp
– The Great Bolo defeated Nick Roberts
– Freddie Blassie defeated Ray Gunkel (c) to win the NWA Georgia Southern Heavyweight Championship

NWA Big Time Wrestling: January 2, 1968
in Dallas, Texas

– Pepe Gomez defeated Danny Plechas by DQ
– Bob Taylor defeated Tom Bradley
– Sputnik Monroe defeated Mike Paidousis
– Fritz von Erich defeated Gary Hart by Count Out
– Chris Markoff & The Spoiler defeated Billy Red Lyons & Joe Blanchard

NWA Hollywood: January 2, 1969
in Bakersfield, California

– Pepper Martin defeated The Masked Raider
– Jack Garfano vs. Rocky Montero ended in a Draw
– George Cannon defeated Tony Romano
– The Medic defeated The Stomper by DQ
– Fred Blassie & Harley Race defeated Black Gordman & Hahn Lee [2-1] in a Best Of Two Out Of Three Falls Match
– Harley Race won a Battle Royal

Stampede Wrestling: January 2, 1987
in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

– Ben Bassarab, Davey Boy Smith & Owen Hart defeated Gama Singh, Makhan Singh & Viet Cong in a Steel Cage Six Man Tag Team Match

WCW Saturday Night: January 2, 1993
at the Center Stage Theater in Atlanta, Georgia

– Cactus Jack & The Barbarian defeated Johnny Gunn & The Z-Man
– Erik Watts defeated Mustapha Saed
– Dustin Rhodes defeated Vinnie Vegas in a WCW United States Heavyweight Title Tournament Quarter Final Match
– Flyin’ Brian & Steve Austin defeated Larry Santo & Rikki Nelson
– Tony Atlas (w/ Cactus Jack) defeated Van Hammer in a WCW United States Heavyweight Title Tournament Quarter Final Match
– Barry Windham defeated Johnny B. Badd in a WCW United States Heavyweight Title Tournament Quarter Final Match
WATCH: The Great Muta vs. Barry Windham clash in BattleBowl at WCW Starrcade 1992
– Ricky Steamboat defeated Danny Spivey in a WCW United States Heavyweight Title Tournament Quarter Final Match

WWF Superstars of Wrestling: January 2, 1993
at the Expo Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin

– Mr. Perfect defeated The Berzerker
– Yokozuna (w/ Mr. Fuji) defeated George Anderson
– Marty Jannetty defeated Tom Stone
– Damien Demento defeated Mitch Bishop
WATCH: Damien Demento vs. The Undertaker’ on the First Ever RAW
– Crush defeated Dave Sigfrids
WATCH: Goldust’ vs. Crush on RAW

WWF Wrestling Challenge: January 2, 1994
at the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, Massachusetts

– Tatanka defeated Tony Devito
– Headshrinkers (Fatu & Samu) defeated John Chrystal & Russ Greenburg
– Doink The Clown defeated Duane Gill
– Men on a Mission (Mabel & Mo) defeated Chris Duffy & Reno Riggins
– Irwin R. Schyster defeated Mike Khoury
WATCH FULL MATCH: Irwin R. Schyster vs. Undertaker’ at Royal Rumble’ 1995
– Shawn Michaels defeated Bert Centeno
WATCH FULL MATCH: Shawn Michaels vs. Max Moon on the First Ever RAW

ECW Hardcore TV: January 2, 1996
in the Viking Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

– Mikey Whipwreck defeated Too Cold Scorpio (c) in an ECW World Tag Team Title / ECW World Television Title Match
WATCH FULL MATCH: Too Cold Scorpio vs. Dean Malenko’ for the ECW Television Championship
– The Gangstas (Mustafa & New Jack) defeated The Public Enemy (Johnny Grunge & Rocco Rock)

WWF Monday Night RAW: January 2, 1995
in Liberty, New York

– Bam Bam Bigelow & Tatanka (w/ Ted DiBiase) vs. The Allied Powers (Lex Luger & The British Bulldog) ended in a Double Countout
– Duke Droese defeated Mike Bell
– Jeff Jarrett defeated Buck Quartermaine
– The Allied Powers (Lex Luger & British Bulldog) defeated Bam Bam Bigelow & Tatanka

WWF Monday Night RAW: January 2, 1996
at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware

– World Tag Team Champions, The Smoking Gunns defeated Razor Ramon and Savio Vega, Owen Hart and Yokozuna (w/Jim Cornette and Mr. Fuji), and Sycho Sid and The 1-2-3 Kid (w/Ted DiBiase) in a “RAW Bowl” tag team Battle Royal
– Diesel defeated King Mabel

ECW Hardcore TV: January 2, 1997
in the Viking Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

– Rob Van Dam defeated Chris Candido
WATCH: Rob Van Dam vs. John Kronus for the ECW Television Championship
– Raven (c) defeated Mikey Whipwreck to retain the ECW World Heavyweight Championship
WATCH: Jerry Lynn’ vs. Mikey Whipwreck on ECW
– The Eliminators (John Kronus & Perry Saturn) defeated The Gangstas (Mustafa & New Jack) (c) to win the ECW World Tag Team Championship

WWF Shotgun Saturday Night: January 2, 1999
at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, New York

– Gangrel defeated Tiger Ali Singh
– Brian Christopher vs. The Blue Meanie ended in a Double DQ
WATCH: Chris Candido’ vs. Brian Christopher on RAW
– The JOB Squad (Bob Holly & Scorpio) defeated LOD 2000 (Animal & Droz) and The Acolytes (Bradshaw & Faarooq) and The Disciples Of Apocalypse (8-Ball & Skull) in a Tag Team Four Way Dance

WWE Heat: January 2, 2000
at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia

– Dark Match: Taka Michinoku (w/ Funaki) defeated Papi Chulo
– D-Lo Brown & Val Venis vs. Christian & Edge – No Contest
– Mosh (w/ Thrasher) defeated Grandmaster Sexay (w/ Scotty 2 Hotty)
– The Godfather defeated Viscera
– Val Venis (c) defeated D-Lo Brown in a WWF European Title Match

WWE Friday Night Smackdown: January 2, 2003
at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico

– John Cena defeated Rikishi
– Bill DeMott defeated Chuck Palumbo
– Billy Kidman defeated Eddie Guerrero (w/ Chavo Guerrero)
– Chris Benoit & Edge defeated Team Angle (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) (w/ Kurt Angle) (c) by DQ in a WWE Tag Team Championship Match (7:06)
– Nunzio (w/ Jamie Noble & Nidia) defeated Crash Holly
– Brock Lesnar defeated Matt Hardy Version 1.0 (w/ Shannon Moore)

WWE Heat: January 2, 2005
at the Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi

– Dark Match: Tajiri defeated Jeremy Young
– Trish Stratus defeated Victoria (WATCH FULL MATCH HERE)
– Tyson Tomko defeated William Regal
– The Hurricane defeated Robert Conway
– Ric Flair defeated Val Venis (WATCH FULL MATCH HERE)

WWE Monday Night RAW: January 2, 2006
at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey

– Kane defeated Shawn Michaels
– Maria defeated Victoria (w/ Candice Michelle & Torrie Wilson)
– Chris Masters defeated Shelton Benjamin
– Kurt Angle (w/ Daivari) defeated John Cena in a First Blood Match
WATCH: John Cena vs. Kurt Angle in Cena’s WWE’ Debut on SmackDown
– Dark match: John Cena (c) defeated Kurt Angle and Triple H in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WWE Championship

ECW on Sci-Fi: January 2, 2007
at the Lakeland Center Jenkins Arena in Lakeland, Florida

– Test defeated Sabu
– Elijah Burke & Sylvester Terkay defeated The FBI (Little Guido & Tony Mamaluke) (w/ Trinity)
– Kevin Thorn (w/ Ariel) defeated Balls Mahoney
WATCH: Balls Mahoney’ vs. The Miz’ on ECW
– Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Rob Van Dam ended in a No Contest in a ECW World Championship Match

WWE Friday Night Smackdown: January 2, 2009
at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey

– Dark Match: R-Truth defeated Ryan Braddock
– The Great Khali (w/ Ranjin Singh) & Finlay (w/ Hornswoggle) defeated Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder
– The Brian Kendrick & Ezekiel Jackson defeated Jesse & Festus
– Vladimir Kozlov defeated Hurricane Helms
– Kizarny defeated Montel Vontavious Porter
– The Hardys (Jeff & Matt Hardy) defeated Edge & The Big Show

Drake Younger vs. JC Bailey – IPW: January 2, 2010

WWE Monday Night RAW: January 2, 2012
at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee

– Dark Match: Skip Sheffield defeated Michael McGillicutty
– Daniel Bryan defeated Cody Rhodes
– Wade Barrett defeated Santino Marella
– Dolph Ziggler (w/ Vickie Guerrero) defeated CM Punk (c) by Count Out in a WWE Championship match
– The Bella Twins (Brie Bella & Nikki Bella) defeated Eve Torres & Kelly Kelly
– John Cena, The Big Show & Zack Ryder defeated Jack Swagger & Mark Henry in a Three On Two Handicap Elimination Match
– Dark Match: Jerry Lawler defeated Michael Cole in a street fight

WWE Main Event: January 2, 2013
at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia

– Antonio Cesaro (c) defeated The Great Khali (w/ Hornswoggle & Natalya) to retain the WWE United States Championship (WATCH HERE)
WATCH: Backstage segment with Natalya, Hornswoggle & The Great Khali
– Kofi Kingston defeated JTG & Justin Gabriel & Wade Barrett & Yoshi Tatsu in a Gauntlet match (WATCH HERE)

WWE NXT: January 2, 2013
at the Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida

– Bo Dallas defeated Epico (w/ Primo)
– Tamina Snuka defeated Sasha Banks
– Kassius Ohno & Leo Kruger defeated Justin Gabriel & Tyson Kidd
– Corey Graves defeated Seth Rollins (c) by DQ in a NXT Championship match

Eva Marie on the set of her “Muscle & Fitness Hers” cover shoot: January 2, 2014

TNA iMPACT!: January 2, 2014
in the TNA Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida

– Madison Rayne defeated Gail Kim (w/ Lei’D Tapa) (WATCH HERE)
– Chris Sabin (w/ Velvet Sky) defeated Austin Aries (c) to win the TNA X-Division Championship (WATCH HERE)
– Samuel Shaw defeated Norv Fernum (WATCH HERE)
– Bobby Roode & James Storm defeated Gunner & Kurt Angle (WATCH HERE)
– Joseph Park defeated Bully Ray by Disqualification (WATCH HERE)

WWE Friday Night Smackdown: January 2, 2015
at the Norfolk Scope in Norfolk, Virginia

– Bray Wyatt defeated Erick Rowan (WATCH HERE)
– R-Truth & The Usos (Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso) defeated Adam Rose, Gold & Stardust (WATCH HERE)
– The Big Show defeated Ryback by Count Out (WATCH HERE)
– Cesaro & Tyson Kidd (w/ Natalya) defeated Los Matadores (Diego & Fernando) (w/ El Torito) (WATCH HERE)
– Dean Ambrose vs Curtis Axel went to a No Contest when it never began (WATCH HERE)
– The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor) defeated Lance Anoa’i & Rhett Titus (WATCH HERE)
– Roman Reigns defeated Rusev (w/ Lana) by DQ (WATCH HERE)

Ring of Honor Wrestling: January 2, 2016
at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

– Dark Match: Lio Rush defeated Vinny Marseglia
– Roderick Strong (c) defeated Stevie Richards to retain the ROH World Television Championship
– Caprice Coleman defeated Will Ferrara in a No Disqualification Match
– Jonathan Gresham defeated Cedric Alexander (w/ Veda Scott)
– Michael Elgin defeated Donovan Dijak (w/ Truth Martini)

PWG Lemmy: January 2, 2016
in Reseda, California

– Brian Cage defeated Chris Dickinson
– Timothy Thatcher defeated Drew Gulak
– Sami Callihan defeated Trevor Lee
– Drew Galloway defeated Jack Evans
– Adam Cole defeated Mike Bailey
– Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Akira Tozawa
– Roderick Strong (c) defeated Chris Hero to retain the PWG World Championship

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