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This Day In Wrestling History – December 29th‏



Events

In 1991, WCW Starrcade: Battlebowl/The Lethal Lottery was held in Norfolk, Virginia. This event solely featured the the qualifying matches for the Battlebowl, followed by the Battlebowl itself. 40 wrestlers were chosen at random to form 10 tag team matches, with each winning pair advancing to the Battlebowl. This was also the first Starrcade since it’s inception in 1983 that did not feature Ric Flair

– Marcus Bagwell & Jimmy Garvin defeat Michael Hayes & Tracy Smothers
– Steve Austin & Rick Rude defeat Van Hammer & Big Josh
– Dustin Rhodes & Richard Morton defeat Larry Zbyszko & El Gigante
– Bill Kazmaier & Jushin Liger defeat Diamond Dallas Page & Mike Graham
– Lex Luger & Arn Anderson defeat Terrance Taylor & The Z-Man
– Ricky Steamboat & Todd Champion defeat Cactus Jack & Buddy Lee Parker
– Sting & Abdullah The Butcher defeat Brian Pillman & Bobby Eaton
– Big Van Vader & Mr Hughes defeat Rick Steiner & The Nightstalker
– Scott Steiner & Firebreaker Chip defeat Arachnaman & Johnny B Badd
– Ron Simmons & Thomas Rich defeat Steve Armstrong & PN News
– Sting wins the Battlebowl

In 1996, WCW Starrcade was held in Nashville, Tennessee

– The Ultimate Dragon defeats Dean Malenko to unify the J-Crown Championship and the WCW Cruiserweight Title
– Akira Hokuto defeats Madusa to become the first WCW Womens Champion
– The Outsiders (Kevin Nash & Scott Hall) defeat The Faces of Fear (Meng & The Barbarian) to retain the WCW World Tag Team Titles
– Eddy Guerrero defeats Diamond Dallas Page to win the vacant WCW United States Title
– Lex Luger defeats The Giant
– Roddy Piper defeats Hollywood Hogan

In 2007, ROH Rising Above was held in New York City

– Claudio Castagnoli defeats Chris Hero
– Nigel McGuinness defeats Austin Aries to retain the ROH World Title
– Bryan Danielson defeats Takeshi Morishima by DQ
– The Briscoe Brothers (Jay & Mark) defeat The No Remorse Corps (Roderick Strong & Rocky Romero) in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match to retain the ROH Tag Team Titles

Title Changes

1974 – Fritz von Erich defeats Blackjack Lanza to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1985 – Stan Hansen defeats Rick Martel to win the AWA World Title

1995 – Mikey Whipwreck defeats 2 Cold Scorpio to win the ECW Television and Tag Team Titles. Cactus Jack appoints himself as Whipwreck’s partner

1997 – on Nitro, Ultimo Dragon defeats Eddy Guerrero to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title. Also, Booker T defeats Disco Inferno to win the WCW Television Title

1998 – on Thunder, Scott Steiner defeats Konnan to win the WCW Television Title

1998 – on Raw, Mankind defeats The Rock to win the WWF Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to indy regulars B-Boy (34) and Wil Maximo (25), former WCW announcer Mark Madden (52) and current Raw ring announcer Justin Roberts (33)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2009, the wrestling world lost former WCW, UWF and AJPW Tag Team Champion ‘Dr Death’ Steve Williams at the age of 49. Williams made his professional debut in 1982, competing in Bill Watts’ Mid-South promotion, which later became the UWF. By 1987, he had reached the peak of the promotion and won their world title, however, this achievement came just in time for the demise of the promotion, which was bought out by JCP. He then began competing in the NWA, finding success in the tag team division, as well as having a reasonable singles run. It was in Japan that he found his greatest success though, winning the AJPW Heavyweight Title once alongside 8 Tag Team Titles and 3 World’s Strongest Tag Leagues. He moved back to the US in the late 90′s, competing for all of the big 3 promotions, but failed to find any success. In fact, he was famously eliminated from the WWF’s Brawl For All shoot-fight competition, a tournament that was supposed to be the base for his push in the company. He made sporadic appearances in the early 2000′s, before being diagnosed with throat cancer in 2004, bringing his active wrestling career to an abrupt halt. Within a year, he was declared cancer-free and had taken a training role with the then WWE developmental territory OVW, where he was instrumental in helping Jack Swagger start his professional career. He began competing again later in the decade, but only sporadically, and called time on his career for good after the death of his friend Mitsuharu Misawa. In 2009, the throat cancer returned, and it quickly became apparent that this was a more aggressive strain. Despite a long battle, Williams eventually succumbed to the illness

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