On This Day In Wrestling History – January 29th

On January 29th in wrestling, Rey Mysterio became the smallest man to win the Royal Rumble in 2006 with a record setting performance.

Rey Mysterio

Credit: WWE

1996 – At a taping of WCW Main Event, Konnan defeated One Man Gang to win the WCW United States Championship in Canton, Ohio.

2002 – At a SmackDown taping in Norfolk, Virginia, Diamond Dallas Page defeated Christian to win the WWE European Championship.

2006 – WWE presented the Royal Rumble PPV at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The Royal Rumble match itself was won by Rey Mysterio, who set a record for the longest time spent in the match with 62 minutes. He last eliminated Randy Orton.

Elsewhere on the show, John Cena defeated Edge to win back the WWE Championship he had lost earlier that month. In the main event, Kurt Angle retained the World Heavyweight Championship against Mark Henry. After the match, The Undertaker made his first appearance in WWE of the year to challenge Angle. In addition, Gregory Helms won the WWE Cruiserweight Championship in a Cruiserweight Invitational match including Kid Kash, Funaki, Jamie Noble, Nunzio and Paul London.

2007 – On an episode of Raw in Dallas, Texas, Shawn Michaels and John Cena defeated Rated RKO (Edge and Randy Orton) to win the World Tag Team Championship.

2012 – Sheamus won the Royal Rumble match at the PPV in St. Louis, Missouri. He last eliminated Chris Jericho for the victory. Two interesting historical notes from the match – Kane missed the Royal Rumble match for the first time in 15 years, marking the end of the longest streak of appearances in the match. Kharma became the third woman to enter the Royal Rumble in what would go to be her only match in WWE.

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2017 – WWE presented the annual Royal Rumble from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. In the main event, Randy Orton won a star-studded Royal Rumble match. Three titles changed hands on the night.

  • John Cena won the WWE Championship in a match against AJ Styles.
  • Neville defeated Rich Swann for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
  • Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson defeated The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro) to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championship in a dark match.

2019 – On an episode of WWE SmackDown from the Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, R-Truth defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to win the United States Championship.

Notable Wrestling Birthdays:

  • Bob ‘Hardcore’ Holly (1963)
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