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This Day In Wrestling History- December 13th



Trivia

1979 – The Funks (Dory Jr & Terry) won the All Japan World’s Strongest Tag Team League

1981 – Bruiser Brody & Jimmy Snuka won the All Japan World’s Strongest Tag Team League

1982 – The Funks (Dory Jr & Terry) won the All Japan World’s Strongest Tag Team League

 

Events

In 1988, AWA SuperClash III was held in Chicago, Illinois:

– Iceman King Parsons defeated Brickhouse Brown to retain the Texas Heavyweight Title
– Greg Gagne defeated Ronnie Garvin to win the AWA Television Title
– The Samoan Swat Team (Samu & Fatu) defeated Michael Hayes & Steve Cox to retain the WCCW Tag Team Titles
– Jerry Lawler defeated Kerry Von Erich via referee stoppage to retain the AWA World Title and win the WCCW Title
– The Rock n Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) defeated Robert Fuller & Jimmy Golden

In 1989, NWA Starrcade, held in Atlanta, Georgia, was promoted by WCW under the NWA banner. The event solely featured Round Robin tournaments between four individuals (The Iron Man Tournament) and four teams (The Iron Team Tournament). Points were awarded as follows: 20 for a pinfall or submission victory, 15 for a countout victory, 10 for a DQ victory, 5 for a draw and 0 for a loss:

– In the Iron Man Tournament, Sting (40pts) defeated Lex Luger (35), Ric Flair (25) & The Great Muta (0)
– In the Iron Team Tournament, The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal, 40) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott, 35), The New Wild Samoans (The Samoan Savage & Fatu, 30) & Doom (Ron Simmons & Butch Reed, 0)

In 1998, WWF Rock Bottom: In Your House was held in Vancouver, Canada:

Sunday Night Heat:
– Gillberg defeated Matt Hardy to retain the WWF Light Heavyweight Title
In Your House: Rock Bottom:
– The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg & Billy Gunn) defeated The Big Boss Man & Ken Shamrock to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Mankind defeated The Rock via KO (The Rock retains the WWF Title)
– Steve Austin defeated The Undertaker in a Buried Alive Match

In 2009, the first WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs PPV was held in San Antonio, Texas. Most matches on the card featured some combination of the 3 weapons:

– Christian defeats Shelton Benjamin in a Ladder Match to retain the ECW Title
– Drew McIntyre defeats John Morrison to win the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Michelle McCool defeats Mickie James to retain the WWE Women’s Title
– Sheamus defeats John Cena in a Tables Match to win the WWE Title
– The Undertaker defeats Batista in a Chair Match to retain the World Heavyweight Title
– D-Generation X (Triple H & Shawn Michaels) defeat Jeri-Show (Chris Jericho & The Big Show) in a TLC Match to win the WWE Unified Tag Team Titles

In 2010, the WWE Slammy Award Show was held in New Orleans, Louisiana (Guest hosted by comedian Dennis Miller)

– The Nexus won Shocker of the Year for their debut
– Pee-Wee Herman won Guest Star Shining Moment of the Year for his confrontation with The Miz
– John Cena won the Holy %&@#! Move of the Year for giving Batista the AA through the stage
– Edge won Meltdown of the Year for attacking and destroying the Raw GM computer
– Michelle McCool won Diva of the Year by winning a Battle Royal
– Shawn Michaels’ final match against The Undertaker won WWE Moment of the Year
– John Cena won Superstar of the Year in an online vote

In 2011, the WWE aired it’s annual Tribute to the troops event, taped on December 11, 2011 in Fayetteville, North Carolina at the Crown Coliseum

The show started with a message from President Barak Obama, & featured live performances by Nickelback, & Mary J. Blige, & a live stand-up act by comedian George Wallace.

– Randy Orton & Wade Barrett fought to a No Contest (Double Count Out)

– Zack Ryder (w/ Sgt. Slaughter) defeated Jack Swagger (w/ Dolph Ziggler)

– Alicia Fox, Eve Torres, Kelly Kelly, & Maria Menounos defeated The Bella Twins, & The Divas of Doom (Natalya & Beth Phoenix)

– Daniel Bryan defeat Cody Rhodes

– Primo & Epico (w/ Rosa Mendes) defeated Air Boom (Evan Bourne & Kofi Kingston)

– Sheamus defeated Drew McIntyre

– Big Show, John Cena, & CM Punk defeated Alberto Del Rio (w/ Ricardo Rodriguez), The Miz, & Mark Henry

Title Changes

1883 – H.M. Dufur defeats John McMahon in Boston, Massachusetts, for the American Collar-and-Elbow Title, beginning his third reign

1920 – Ed ‘Strangler’ Lewis defeats Joe Stecher to win the World Heavyweight Title
1961 – In Honolulu, Hawaii, The Masked Executioner defeats Lord James Blears for the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title

1968 – Dusty Rhodes defeats Tommy Martin for the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title in St. Joseph, Missouri

1981 – Perro Aguayo defeats Chris Adams to win the WWF Light Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico, Aguayo’s third title win

1988 – Jerry Lawler defeats Kerry von Erich to unify the WCCW and AWA World Heavyweight Titles. The combined title is called the USWA Unified World Title. Also, Eric Embry defeats Jeff Jarrett to win the WCCW World Light Heavyweight Title

1989 – The Colossal Connection (Andre The Giant & Haku) defeat Demolition (Ax & Smash) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

1993 – Alundra Blayze defeats Heidi Lee Morgan in the final of a tournament to win the reinstated WWF Womens Title

1996 – Stevie Richards and The Blue Meanie to win the Pro Wrestling eXpress Tag Team Title in North Versailles, Pennsylvania

1998 – Sabu & Rob Van Dam defeat The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray & D-Von) to win the ECW Tag Team Titles

1999 – on Nitro, The Outsiders (Kevin Nash & Scott Hall) defeat Bret Hart & Goldberg to win the WCW Tag Team Titles

2002 – Ultimo Guerrero defeats Shocker to win the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Title

2002 – Sting defeats Lex Luger & Malice in a 3-Way Match to win the WWA Heavyweight Title

2005 – Batista & Rey Mysterio defeat MNM (Joey Mercury & Johnny Nitro) to win the WWE Tag Team Titles

2008 – John Morrison & The Miz defeat CM Punk & Kofi Kingston to win the World Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to one-time AWA Tag Team Champion Boris Zhukov (54) and 3-time Mexican Tag Team Champion Fuerza Guerrera (60)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former WCW wrestler Emory Hail (44), WWE Hall of Famer Junkyard Dog (61) and famed NWA promoter Leroy McGuirk (103)


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