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This Day in Wrestling History (January 13)

25 years ago today, Chris Chavis makes his professional wrestling debut for Larry Sharpe's World Wrestling Alliance in Philadelphia. Chavis was trained by Sharpe at the Monster Factory in New Jersey. Chavis would go on to moderate success in the mid-1990s (and a brief comeback run in 2006) as Tatanka.

22 years ago today, WCW held Clash of the Champions (WWE Network link) from the Mecca Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It would be the final major event Jim Ross called for WCW, as he soon was taken off WCW programming, which led directly to him taking a buyout to leave for the WWF.

14 years ago today, ECW held a house show at the Pine Bluff Convention Center in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. It would be the final event for the original ECW, as under crushing debt, the company filed for bankruptcy on April 4, just three days after Wrestlemania X-Seven.

  • Nova defeated Tom Marquez.
  • Christian York & Joey Matthews defeat Hot Commodity (EZ Money & Julio DiNero).
  • Super Crazy defeated Yoshihiro Tajiri.
  • Danny Doring & Tommy Dreamer defeat The FBI (Little Guido & Tony Mamaluke).
  • Jack Victory defeated CW Anderson (w/ Lou E. Dangerously) in a street fight.
  • Michael Shane defeated Oz.
  • Prodigy defeated Phoenix.
  • Rhino defeated Spike Dudley to retain the ECW World Heavyweight Championship.
  • Justin Credible defeated The Sandman.
  • The Sandman defeated Justin Credible in a hardcore match. Post-match, Credible and Sandman hugged amidst a sea of bottles and cups being thrown Justin's way until Atlas Security stepped in. Then the locker room emptied and Tommy Dreamer and Sandman thanked the fans while the wrestlers shared beer in the ring.
12 years ago today, WWE broadcasts the first of two parts of their RAW 10th Anniversary special from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The second part, taking place the next night, was an awards ceremony honoring the best matches and moments on RAW from the past ten years.
  • Victoria defeated Jacqueline and Trish Stratus in a triple threat hardcore match to retain the WWE Womens Championship.
  • Maven & Test defeated Christopher Nowinski & D-Lo Brown.
  • William Regal defeated Jerry Lawler by disqualification.
  • Jeff Hardy defeated Raven to earn a spot in the Royal Rumble match.
  • Booker T and Lance Storm fought to a no contest.
  • The Hurricane defeated Steven Richards.
  • Chris Jericho defeated Batista, Kane & Rob Van Dam in a four-man battle royal to choose his entry number at the Royal Rumble. With Shawn Michaels already assigned #1, Jericho stuns the world and chooses #2.

6 years ago today, Lisa Marie Varon, best known to WWE fans as Victoria, wrestles her final match for the company, a loss to Michelle McCool at a Smackdown taping in Omaha, Nebraska. Breaking into the business while she was a fitness model and competitive bodybuilder, Varon broke into the business in 2000. She debuted that summer as one of the Godfather's ladies (you may remember the "Save the Hos" campaign). After some seasoning in Memphis and Ohio Valley, she returned to the WWE in 2002 as a rival of fellow fitness model turned pro wrestler Trish Stratus. She was a two-time WWE Women's Champion and is often credited as a building block of the women's division in the early 2000s. In recent years, she's was the veteran helping with the newer talent getting over.

Varon would open a couple of businesses in her brief time away, a custom body shop and a pizzeria named after her uncle. She trained for a prospective MMA career, but returned a few months later for TNA. She had a three year run there before retiring for good.

1 year ago today, James Hellwig, aka The Ultimate Warrior, was announced as the headliner for the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2014.

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