This Day In Wrestling History- December 19th
Dec 19, 2013 - by Andrew Davis
Thank you to Jamie Cruickshank for some of the info included in this post!
1985 – Dusty Rhodes defeats Buddy Landel in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the NWA National Heavyweight Title. This was a fictitious match made up by Rhodes, who was booking Georgia Championship Wrestling at the time, after firing Landel due to his drug problems
In 1977 The WWWF held an event before 22,085 fans at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, which was televised on the MSG Network. The results:
– S.D. Jones and Baron Mikel Scicluna fought to a 15-minute time-limit draw.
– The Golden Terror and Dominic DeNucci fought to a double-countout. This match did not air on MSG, with a match from Australia between NWA World Heavyweight Champion Harley Race and Rick Martel showing instead.
– Butcher Vachon defeated Johnny Rivera (subbing for Victor Rivera).
– Arnold Skaaland defeated Lou Albano by countout.
– Bob Backlund defeated Mr. Fuji (with Freddie Blassie).
– Mil Máscaras (with Bob Backlund) defeated WWWF Heavyweight Champion Superstar Billy Graham by referee stoppage.
– Dusty Rhodes defeated Stan Stasiak.
– Chief Jay Strongbow defeated WWWF Tag Team Champion Prof. Toru Tanaka by disqualification.
– Tony Garea and Larry Zbyszko defeated Jack Evans and Larry Sharpe, 2-1, in a Best-of-Three Falls match
1992 – ECW held an event at Morrisville High School in Morrisville, Pennsylvania. The results were:
– Max Thrasher defeated J.T. Smith.
– Chris Michaels and Damian Stone defeated Tony Stetson and Larry Winters by countout.
– Tommy Cairo defeated The Samoan Warrior.
– ECW Heavyweight Champion Mr. Sandman defeated The Rockin’ Rebel by disqualification to retain the title.
– ECW Television Champion Glenn Osbourne defeated The Canadian Wolfman to retain the title.
– The Hell Riders defeated ECW Tag Team Champions The Super Destroyers by disqualification. The Destroyers retained the title.
– J.T. Smith won an 11-man battle royal.
– Davey Boy Smith defeated Jimmy Snuka.
1998 – ECW held an event at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The results:
– Nova defeated Steve Corino.
– Yoshihiro Tajiri defeated Antifaz del Norte.
– The FBI (Little Guido Maritato and Tracy Smothers) defeated Danny Doring and Roadkill.
– Lance Storm defeated Rex King and Wolfie D in a Three-Way Dance.
– Spike Dudley defeated Skull Von Krush.
– ECW World Tag Team and Television Champion Rob Van Dam defeated Balls Mahoney to retain the TV title.
– The Dudleys (Big Dick, Buh-Buh Ray and D-Von) defeated Mike Lozansky, The One Man Gang and Rod Price.
– ECW World Tag Team Champion Sabu defeated Justin Credible and FTW Champion Taz in a Three-Way Dance to win the title. Taz pinned Credible and Sabu pinned Taz.
– ECW World Heavyweight Champion Shane Douglas defeated Lance Storm to retain the title.
1999, WCW Starrcade was held in Washington DC. This event featured the match in which Bret Hart suffered his career-ending concussion
-The Mamulukes (Big Vito & Johnny The Bull) (w/ Tony Marinara) defeated Disco Inferno & Lash LeRoux
– Madusa defeats Evan Karagias (w/ Spice) to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title
– Norman Smiley defeats Meng to retain the WCW Hardcore Title
-The Revolution (Shane Douglas, Dean Malenko, Perry Saturn) (w/Asya) defeated Jim Duggan & the Varsity Club (Kevin Sullivan, Mike Rotunda, & Rick Steiner) (w/ Leia Meow)
-DDP defeated David Flair
-Vampiro defeated Oklahom
-Kevin Nash defeated Sid Viscious in a Powerbomb Match
– Jeff Jarrett defeated Dustin Rhodes
– Sting (w/ Miss Elizabeth) defeats The Total Package by DQ
– Chris Benoit defeats Jeff Jarrett in a Ladder Match to retain the WCW United States Title
– Bret Hart defeats Goldberg in a No-DQ Match to retain the WCW World Title, though the title would be vacated on the following Nitro due to the controversial finish of the match
2005 – WWE’s third-annual “Holiday with the Troops” show airs on USA. The show, taped December 9 at Bagram Air Base in Bagram, Afghanistan, earned a 3.7 rating. The results were:
– World Tag Team Champion The Big Show pinned Carlito after a chokeslam.
– Mick Foley pinned JBL in a No Holds Barred match with the Mandible Claw.
– Snitsky pinned Shelton Benjamin after a big boot.
– WWE Champion John Cena pinned Chris Masters after the FU.
– WWE Intercontinental Champion Ric Flair defeated Jonathan Coachman by submission with the figure-four leglock to retain the title.
– Candice Michelle and Maria defeated WWE Women’s Champion Trish Stratus and Ashley, when Candice pinned Ashley with a roll-up.
– Shawn Michaels pinned Triple H in a Boot Camp match, after the Sweet Chin Music.
In 2009, ROH Final Battle, held in New York City, was the first ROH PPV to be broadcast live. Due to a blizzard causing travel problems, the card was subject to several last minute changes
– Eddie Kingston defeats Chris Hero in a Fight Without Honor
– The Briscoe Brothers (Mark & Jay) defeat The American Wolves (Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards) to win the ROH Tag Team Titles
– Jack Evans defeats Teddy Hart in an Unsanctioned Match with Julius Smokes as special guest referee
– Austin Aries fought Tyler Black to a one-hour time limit draw to retain the ROH World Title
In 2010, WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs was held in Houston, Texas
– In a dark match, Daniel Bryan defeats Ted DiBiase to retain the WWE United States Title
– Dolph Ziggler defeats Kofi Kingston & Jack Swagger in a Triple Threat Ladder Match to retain the WWE Intercontinental Title
– Natalya & Beth Phoenix defeat Lay-Cool (Michelle McCool & Layla) in a Tag Team Tables Match
– Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov defeat The Nexus (Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel) by DQ to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles
– John Morrison defeats Sheamus in a Ladder Match
– The Miz defeats Randy Orton in a Tables Match to retain the WWE Title
– Edge defeats Kane, Rey Mysterio & Alberto Del Rio in a Fatal 4 Way TLC Match to win the World Heavyweight Title
– John Cena defeats Wade Barrett in a Chairs Match
1939 – Bily Weidner wins a tournament in Dayton, Ohio to become the first Midwest Wrestling Association World Junior Heavyweight Champion
1957 – Dory Funk wins the Amarillo NWA North American Heavyweight Title for the third time by defeating Danny Plechas in Amarillo, Texas
1963 – Sonny Myers and Pat O’Connor defeat The Mongolian Stomper and Mike Sharpe in a tournament final in Kansas City, Kansas to become the first Central States NWA North American Tag Team Champions
1970 – Giant Baba defeats Gene Kiniski to win the NWA International Heavyweight Title
1973 – Ken Mantell defeats Danny Hodge to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title
1984 – Ricky and Rocky Johnson defeat Super Fly Tui and Super Samoan Sakalia to win the NWA Polynesian Pacific Tag Team Title in Honolulu, Hawaii. This ended Sakalia and Tui’s second reign
1998 – Sabu defeats Taz to win the ECW FTW Title
2000 – on Smackdown, Edge & Christian defeat The Rock & The Undertaker with Kurt Angle as special guest referee to win the WWF Tag Team Titles
2007 – Colt Cabana defeats Shawn Spears in Louisville, Kentucky for control of their OVW Southern Tag Team Title, and chose Charles Evans as his new partner
Happy birthday to one-time AWA International Champion Erik Watts (46), indy’s female wrestler Ann Brookstone (35)
Also, today would have been the birthday of former FMW owner Shoichi Arai (48)