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This Day in Wrestling History (January 6)

32 years ago today in San Juan, Puerto Rico, WWC Universal Champion Carlos Colon defeated NWA World Champion Ric Flair in a non-title champion versus champion match.

20 years ago today in Birmingham, Alabama, Randy Savage makes his in-ring debut for WCW defeating Avalanche.

12 years ago today on RAW from Phoenix, Arizona, Lance Storm & William Regal defeated Booker T & Goldust to win the World Tag Team Championship.

9 years ago today, WWE released Juventud Guerrera (real name Eduardo Anibal Gonzalez Hernandez). The move comes days after a Smackdown TV taping when Guerrera allegedly was uncooperative in a match against then-WWE Cruiserweight Champion Kid Kash, including sandbagging, giving stiff shots, and doing more aerial maneuvers than necessary (cruiserweights at the time were told to tone down their movesets to prevent injury), including using the (at the time) banned 450 splash, which fractured several bones in Paul London's face. Guerrera had two runs in AAA since his WWE release and worked on the independent circuit.

7 years ago today, TNA presented Final Resolution from the Impact Zone at Universal Orlando. It's actually the first of two Final Resolution events presented that year, as a rescheduling of PPV events later in the year would have a second event of the same name in December.

  • LAX (Homicide & Hernandez) defeated Lance Hoyt & Jimmy Rave.
  • Kaz defeated Black Reign.
  • Gail Kim defeated Awesome Kong in a no disqualification match to win the TNA Knockouts Championship.
  • Judas Mesias defeated Abyss.
  • Booker T and Sharmell defeated Robert Roode & Traci Brooks.
  • Team 3D & Johnny Devine defeated Motor City Machine Guns & Jay Lethal in an Ultimate X Match.
  • A.J. Styles & Tomko defeated Kevin Nash & Samoa Joe to retain the TNA World Tag Team Championship.
  • Kurt Angle defeated Christian Cage to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

1 year ago today, WWE aired an "old school"-themed edition of RAW from Baltimore, Maryland. The show was highlighted by the return of Jake "The Snake" Roberts. Though he'd express his desire the previous April to participate in the 2014 Royal Rumble, he would not be a part of the event. Two weeks later, it was announced that he would be a part of the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame class. He was inducted three months later by Diamond Dallas Page, a man he credits for saving his life.

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