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Daily Pro Wrestling History (01/18): Steve Austin wins the 1998 Royal Rumble

1940

Kansas City, Kansas:
- World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Bruns beat Orville Brown in 2 out of 3 falls

1944 

Nashville, Tennessee:
- Herb Welch defeated The Yellow Scorpion for the Tennessee World Junior Heavyweight Title

1957

- Kurt Von Poppenheim defeated Red Bastien to win the Pacific Coast Junior Heavyweight Title

1961

Honolulu, Hawaii:
- Dick Hutton defeated Al Lolotai for the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title 

1962

Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
- Bill Soloweyko and Whipper Billy Watson defeated Chris and John Tolos to win the Toronto NWA International Tag Team Titles
- Raphael Halpern beat Bulldog Brower by decision 
- Jim Hady beat Doc Gallagher via disqualification
- Billy Red Lyons beat Marquis de Paree

1963

Calgary, Alberta, Canada:
- Dominic Bravo and Ron Etchison defeateded Mike Sharpe and Jim Wright for the Stampede International Tag Team Titles

1966 

Nashville, Tennessee
- Alex Perez defeated Rocky Smith for the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title

1967

Manchester, England:
- Billy Robinson defeated Billy Joyce to win the British Heavyweight Title 

Denver, Colorado:
- AWA Tag Team Champions Larry Hennig & Harley Race beat Dick The Bruiser & Mighty Igor Vodik in 2 out of 3 falls
- Verne Gagne beat Killer Kowalski by DQ
- Wilbur Snyder beat The Alaskan 
- Terry Funk (sub Dory Funk Jr) drew Chris Markoff

1969

Detroit, Michigan:
- Ben Justice and Rocky Johnson defeated The Hell's Angels (Paul and Ron Dupree) to win the Detroit NWA World Tag Team Titles

Chattanooga, Tennessee:
- Dennis Hall and Ken Lucas won the Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Title, defeating The Mighty Yankees 

1970

Fukuoka, Japan:
- Monster Rousimoff (Andre the Giant) and Michael Nader defeated Great Kusatsu and Thunder Sugiyama to win the vacant International Pro Wrestling World Tag Team Titles

Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
- NWA World heavyweight champion Dory Funk Jr. defeated Gene Kinski
- The Sheik defeated Dewey Robertson by DQ
- Whipper Billy Watson and Bulldog Bower beat The Fabulous Kangaroos, Al Costello and Ray Kent, in a 2 out of 3 falls match
- Chris and John Tolos took 2 of 3 falls from Haystack Calhoun and Gino Brito
- The Love Brothers, Reginald and Hartford beat The Mighty Iggor and Murray Cummings 

1971

New York City:
- Ivan Koloff pinned WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino to win the title

1973

Hattiesburg, Mississippi:
- The Mysterious Medic defeated Bob Kelly for the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Title 

Kansas City, Kansas:
- Mike Boyette & Mickey Doyle defeated Omar Atlas & The Viking
- Roger Kirby defeated Stan Pulaski in three falls
- World Heavyweight Champion Dory Funk, Jr. fought Harley Race to a draw in three falls (60 minutes)

1974

Atlanta, Georgia:
- Ron and Terry Garvin defeated Bob Armstrong and Robert Fuller to win the vacant NWA Georgia Tag Team Titles

- Black Gordman and Goliath defeated Raul Mata and Victor Rivera for the NWA Americas Tag Team Titles

1980

Houston, Texas:
- Superstar Billy Graham won the NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Title from Mark Lewin

Shreveport, Louisiana:
- Ernie Ladd defeated Mike Sharpe for the Mid-South Louisiana Heavyweight Title 

1981

Monterrey, Mexico:
- Tony Salazar defeated Sangre Chicana to win the NWA World Middleweight Title 

1982

Memphis, Tennessee:
- Jerry Lawler won the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title, defeating Dutch Mantel

1983 

Tampa, Florida:
- Terry Allen and Scott McGhee defeated The Fabulous Kangaroos (Johnny Heffernan and Don Kent) to win the NWA Florida Global Tag Team Titles
- Rufus Jones defeated Angelo Mosca by DQ
- Mike Graham defeated Jim Garvin by DQ
- Leroy Brown defeated Ron Bass
- The Midnight Rider & Barry Windham defeated Kevin Sullivan & Jake Roberts

1985

Denver, Colorado:
- Lights Out match: Jerry Blackwell beat Masked Superstar (sub King Kong Brody)
- AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Jim Garvin by DQ
- AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors beat Larry Hennig & Curt Hennig (subs for Fabulous Ones)
- Baron Von Raschke beat Billy Robinson
- Jim Brunzell drew Nick Bockwinkel
- Brad Rheingans beat Steve Regal

1986

Albuquerque, New Mexico:
- Scott Hall and Curt Hennig defeated Jimmy Garvin and Steve Regal to win the AWA World Tag Team Titles

San Juan, Puerto Rico:
- Invader III defeated Eric Embry for the WWC World Junior Heavyweight Title 

1987

Green Bay, Wisconsin:
- Cage Match: Midnight Rockers beat Doug Somers & Buddy Rose 
- No DQ Match: Jimmy Snuka beat Colonel DeBeers
- Super Ninja beat AWA World Champion Nick Bockwinkel by DQ
- AWA Ladies Champion Sherri Martel beat Candi Divine
- Scott Hall beat Buddy Wolff by DQ
- Mr. Saito beat Buck Zumhofe

1988

Memphis, Tennessee:
- Hennig's Title vs Lawler's Ring: AWA Champion Curt Hennig beat Jerry Lawler
- No DQ Match: AWA Tag Team Champions Midnight Rockers beat Ken Wayne & Scott Hall
- Jeff Jarrett & Manny Fernandez beat Teijo Kahn & Jimmy Jack Funk by DQ
- Bill Dundee beat Terry Taylor
- Loser Leaves town: Billy Travis & Rikki Nelson beat Rock & Roll RPMs

Takuyama, Japan:
- Tatsumi Fujinami and Kengo Kimura defeated Yoshiaki Fujiwara and Kazuo Yamazaki to win the IWGP World Tag Team Titles

1992

Houston, Texas:
- Marcus Alexander Bagwell pinned Tracy Smothers
- Richard Morton pinned Johnny B. Badd
- PN News defeated Mr. Hughes
- Big Van Vader fought El Gigante to a double count-out
- Rick & Scott Steiner defeated Abdullah the Butcher & Larry Zbyszko
- Ron Simmons defeated Cactus Jack
- Ricky Steamboat & Dustin Rhodes defeated WCW Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton in a non-title match
- WCW US Champion Rick Rude defeated Sting via disqualification

Portland, Oregon:
- Ron Harris defeated Demolition Crush to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title 

1993

Altoona, Pennsylvania:
- Johnny B. Badd defeated Scotty Flamingo
- Erik Watts defeated the Barbarian
- Chris Benoit fought 2 Cold Scorpio to a 20-minute time-limit draw
- Barry Windham defeated WCW US Champion Dustin Rhodes in a non-title match
- Sting defeated Cactus Jack
- WCW World Champion Big Van Vader defeated Ron Simmons
- WCW/NWA Tag Team Champions Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas defeated Steve Austin & Brian Pillman via disqualification

1994

Saitama, Japan:
- Big Titan (Rick Bogner) and The Gladiator (Mike Awesome) defeated Katsutoshi Niiyama and Atsushi Onita to become the first FMW World Brass Knuckles Tag Team Champions

1996

Tijuana, Mexico:
- Ultraman 2000 defeated Psicosis for the Mexican National Welterweight Title 

1998

San Jose, California:
- Steve Austin wins the Royal Rumble
- The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) defeated WWF Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) by disqualification
- WWF Champion Shawn Michaels defeated The Undertaker in a Casket match to retain the title

2003

San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico:
- Chicky Starr defeated Carly Colon to win the WWC Universal Heavyweight Title 

Wilmington, Delaware:
- Christopher Daniels defeated champion Mike Kruel, The Amazing Red, Low Ki, American Dragon and Amazing Red to win the ECWA Heavyweight Title 

2004

Osaka, Japan:
- Kaz Hayashi and Satoshi Kojima defeated Arashi and Keiji Muto to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Title