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This Day In Wrestling History – December 28th‏



Events

In 1992, WCW Starrcade: Battlebowl/The Lethal Lottery II was held in Atlanta, Georgia. In this year’s event, only 8 wrestlers would contest the Battlebowl, having qualified from 4 tag team matches

– Shane Douglas & Ricky Steamboat defeat Barry Windham & Brian Pillman to retain the WCW & NWA Tag Team Titles
– Sting defeats Big Van Vader to win the King of Cable Tournament
– Ron Simmons defeats Steve Williams by DQ to retain the WCW World Title
– Masa Chono defeats The Great Muta to retain the NWA World Title
– The Great Muta wins the Battlebowl, defeating Van Hammer, Danny Spivey, Big Van Vader, Dustin Rhodes, Barry Windham, Steve Williams & Sting

In 1997, WCW Starrcade was held in Washington DC

– Eddy Guerrero defeats Dean Malenko to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Title
– Diamond Dallas Page defeats Curt Hennig to win the WCW United States Title
– Larry Zbyszko defeats Eric Bischoff by DQ with Bret Hart as special guest referee
– Sting defeats Hulk Hogan to win the WCW World Title. Hogan had originally beaten Sting, however Bret Hart claimed that referee Nick Patrick had fast-counted the pin. The match restarted with Hart as referee, leading to Sting’s victory

Title Changes

1949 – Leroy McGuirk defeats Billy Goelz to unify the National Wrestling Association and National Wrestling Alliace Junior Heavyweight Titles

1963 – John & Chris Tolos defeat Killer Kowalski & Gorilla Monsoon to win the WWWF United States Tag Team Titles

1979 – Jose Lothario & El Hacon defeat Gino Hernandez & El Gran Markus to win the WCCW American Tag Team Titles

1980 – Kerry von Erich defeats Gino Hernandez to win the vacant WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1984 – The Cobra defeats Black Tiger to win the vacant WWF Junior Heavyweight Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WWF and WCW wrestler Lanny Poffo (58), womens indy regular Ariel (28), current TNA Knockout Taryn Terrell (27) and 6-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion Tatsumi Fujinami (59)

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