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This Day In Wrestling History – December 30th‏



Title Changes

1978 – Ricky Steamboat defeats Ric Flair to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Title

1988 – Cactus Jack defeats Eric Embry to win the WCCW World Light Heavyweight Title

1989 – King Cobra defeats Jerry Lawler to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1992 – Big Van Vader defeats Ron Simmons to win the WCW World Title

2003 – on Smackdown, Rey Mysterio defeats Tajiri to win the WWE Cruiserweight Title

2007 – The Age of the Fall (Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black) defeat The Briscoe Brothers (Mark & Jay) to win the ROH Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WCW and New Japan wrestler Bill Kazmaier (58) and 3-time WWF Tag Team Champion Pierre Carl Ouellette (44)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1999, the wrestling world lost former NWA President Sam Muchnick at the age of 93. Muchnick began his promoting career as an assistant to legendary Mid-West promoter Tom Packs, a position that he held for 9 years. He fell out with Packs in 1941 over bonus payments related to the successful promotion of the Joe Louis-Tony Musto title fight (Muchnick was paid a $200 bonus for a fight which drew a $14,000 profit) and despite resistance from Packs, who held considerable clout with the state’s Athletic Commission, began promoting his own events the following year. His first full wrestling show was held, again under protest from Packs, in December 1945 and with the help of Ohio promoter, Jack Pfefer, who sent a troupe of wrestlers, was considered a success. Despite his initial success, Muchnick’s promotion was still strangled by Packs, who employed most of the top talent of the day, such as Lou Thesz, forcing Muchnick to use older, past-their-prime wrestlers. This all changed in 1948; Muchnick, along with several other promoters, formed the NWA. This allowed Muchnick to bring in younger wrestlers to his territory, eventually outdrawing the now Lou controlled rival territory, sparking a merger between the two. Eventually, Muchnick was appointed President of the NWA, a position that he would hold for over 25 years across two terms. Under his leadership, the NWA became the world’s top wrestling organization, creating numerous talents and forging agreements and friendships with promotions all over the globe. With age beginning to affect him, he finally stepped down from the position in the mid-late 70’s, and promoted his last card in 1982 before retiring from the industry. Since his retirement and death, Muchnick has been honored by several promotions, most notably the WWF, who acknowledged him as a St Louis legend during their 1997 Badd Blood PPV


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