On This Day In Wrestling History…12th January

Tessa Blanchard made history by becoming the first woman to win a world championship in a major international promotion.

Tessa Blanchard

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1994 – The Steiner Brothers and The Quebecers fought to a time limit draw in a WWF Tag Team Title match at the WWF Superstars tapings in Fayetteville.

1998 – Kevin Nash & Scott Hall defeated The Steiner Brothers for the WCW World Tag Team Titles in the main event of WCW Monday Nitro from Jacksonville, Florida

1998 – On the go home edition of WWF Raw for the Royal Rumble from State College in Pennsylvania Mark Henry turned heel and joined the Nation of Domination during a tag team with Ken Shamrock against The Rock and D-Lo Brown. And Vince McMahon teased Mike Tyson’s involvement at Wrestlemania 14 in Boston. In addition, The Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) were awarded the NWA Tag Team Championship on Raw.

1999 – Chyna defeated Mr McMahon in an arm wrestling contest and then beat Gerald Brisco & Pat Patterson in a handicap tag team from the WWF Raw & Sunday Night Heat tapings in Beaumont in Texas.

2001 – Rhino retained the ECW World Heavyweight Title against The Sandman in the main event of an ECW show in Poplar, Missouri.

2002 – Triple H defeated the Undisputed WWF Champion Chris Jericho by count out at a WWF house show in Lubbock in Texas.  This was one of Triple H’s first matches after his return to action since his quad injury in the spring of the previous year.  Also Stone Cold Steve Austin beat Booker T in a No Disqualification match.  This match took place a few weeks after the infamous grocery store brawl segment between Austin and Booker on Smackdown.

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2004 – On WWE Raw from Uniondale Randy Orton retained the Intercontinental Championship against Rob Van Dam in the main event.  This was their official televised rematch after Orton’s title win over RVD at Armageddon in December 2003.   Also on the show, Goldberg destroyed Matt Hardy, and Mark Henry pinned Chris Jericho.

2005 – At the OVW TV taping in Louisville, Eijah Burke retained the OVW Heavyweight Title against Matt Morgan.  Also, Bobby Lashley defeated Robbie Dawber, and Mark Henry was victorious in a handicap tag team match over Chad & Tank Toland.

2008 – At ROH Transform in New Jersey Erick Stevens retained the FIP World Heavyweight Title against Bryan Danielson.

2009 – Shawn Michaels defeated John Cena in a 25 minute main event on WWE Raw from Sioux City in Iowa.

2012 – Bobby Roode retained the TNA World Heavyweight Title against Jeff Hardy at a TNA Wrestling house show in Wallingford, Connecticut.  Also, James Storm defeated Kurt Angle, Gail Kim retained the TNA Knockouts Championship against Velvet Sky, and Austin Aires successfully defended the TNA X-Division Title in a Triple Threat match against Alex Shelley and Jesse Sorensen.

2015 – Seth Rollins defeated John Cena in a Lumberjack match on WWE Raw from New Orleans.  The lumberjacks included The Big Show, Joey Mercury, Jamie Noble, Kane, Fandango, Justin Gabriel, Curtis Axel and Cesaro.

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2019 – At the Impact Wrestling taping from Mexico City, Taya Valkyrie retained the Impact Wrestling Knockouts Championship against Tessa Blanchard and Johnny Impact held on to the Impact Wrestling World Title against Brian Cage, Killer Kross and Moose in a Fatal Four Way match.  In the main event, Fenix & Pentagon Jr beat Ortiz & Santana for the Impact Wrestling World Tag Team Titles.

2019 – The first ever NXT UK TakeOver took place at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, England. In the main event, Pete Dunne retained the WWE UK Championship against Joe Coffey. Also on the show, James Drake & Zack Gibson defeated Trent Seven & Tyler Bate in the finals of the tournament to crown the first NXT UK Tag Team Champions. Toni Storm became the second NXT UK Women’s Champion with a win over Rhea Ripley, Dave Mastiff beat Eddie Dennis in a no disqualification match and Finn Balor defeated Jordan Devlin.

2020 – At NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool II, all three NXT UK champions retained their titles. In the main event, NXT UK Champion WALTER bested Joe Coffey. In the first title match of the night, Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray beat Toni Storm and Piper Niven in a triple threat match. Gallus (Wolfgang and Mark Coffey) retained their NXT UK Tag Team Championship in a four-way ladder match against Imperium (Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel), The Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake and Zack Gibson) and Flash Morgan Webster and Mark Andrews.

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On This Day In Wrestling History...13th April

2020 – Tessa Blanchard made history by becoming the first female to win a major company World Title when she defeated Sami Callihan to capture the Impact World Championship at Hard To Kill in Dallas.

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