On this day in history:

January 24th, 1999 | Despite being attacked earlier in the night and suffering a back injury, Women’s Champion Sable defended her title against Luna Vachon in a Strap match at Royal Rumble 1999. Instead of forfeiting the match and the title at the suggestion of Shane McMahon, Sable fought on, dominating much of the match. However, when Shane tried to tip the scales in Luna’s favor by distracting the referee, Sable superfan Tori, making her first appearance outside of the crowd, punched Luna and set up Sable to touch the fourth and final corner, allowing her to win the match and retain the Women’s Title.

Also occurring today in history:
* 1/24/88 – The Jumping Bomb Angels (Noriyo Tateno & Itsuki Yamakazi) defeated The Glamour Girls (Judy Martin & Leilani Kai) to win the Women’s Tag Team Titles at Royal Rumble 1988.

What are your memories of this moment?

11 COMMENTS

    • According to Sisterhood Of The Squared Circle, there were three instances where Luna was supposed to become women’s champion. Two got cancelled because Sable “forgot to bring the belt with her”, the other because she got supposedly got caught smoking a cigarette in front of fans. The last one surprised me, as there YouTube videos of Randy Orton and Santino Marella having a puff.

  1. I always thought that Luna should’ve taken the title off Alundra around the time they were trying to bring her back to drop the title. It would’ve flowed much better to have Alundra, Luna, Sable, and Jacqueline (then maybe Sable again since her reign did help rebuild the division) in that exact order. Luna was practically the one who trained Sable; and she carried her extremely well. Luna should’ve been champion at least once.

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  2. Luna should have been champion like i can understand tori not getting the title because even she admits she was so nervous and didnt even know what to do with her hands or have an entrance but luna had her character down and could work with anyone including making a non-wrestler like sable look kinda decent.
    luna would have been an awesome heel champion