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This Day In Wrestling History- December 21st



Events

In 1975 – The WWWF ran a matinee show at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts:

– Joe Crugnale pinned Pete Doherty
– Joe Nova pinned Ruben Ayala
– Dean Ho pinned Bill White
– Tony Garea pinned Joe Nova
– WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Lou Albano in a steel cage match
– Pedro Morales fought Killer Kowalski to a 20-minute draw
– Bobby Duncum, Jimmy Valiant and Johnny Valiant fought Gorilla Monsoon, Chief Jay Strongbow and Larry Zbyszko to a draw in a two-out-of-three falls match. Monsoon made Johnny Valiant submit to a bearhug in the first fall, Jimmy Valiant pinned Monsoon after Johnny hit Monsoon with a top rope double axe handle while Jimmy was in a bearhug, and the third fall was a double disqualification after the referee lost control of the combatants

2002 – XPW ran at the former ECW Arena, Viking Hall, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

– Chris Hamrick defeated Shark Boy
– Danny Doring defeated XPW Television Champion Kaos via DQ
– In a four-way contender’s match, Jerry Lynn & Jonny Storm defeated Joey Matthews & Zebra Kid when Lynn and Storm both pinned Matthews
– Supreme defeated Altar Boy Luke in a House of Horrors match to win the XPW King of the Deathmatch Title, beginning his fourth reign. Supreme would be the last champion
– Tracy Smothers defeated Angel
– Youthanazia (M-Dogg20 and Josh Prohibition) defeated Mexico’s Most Wanted (Damian 666 and Halloween) to win the XPW World Tag Team Title
– Psicosis defeated Chris Chetti
– Pogo the Clown defeated The Sandman
– Shane Douglas defeated Vic Grimes to retain the XPW World Heavyweight Title

 

Title Changes

1936 – Chick Dude defeated Albion Britt to win the World Junior Heavyweight Title

1950 – Eddie Gossett (Eddie Graham) & Roy Welch defeated The Masked Bat (Danny Dusek) & Finis Hall in Chattanooga, Tennessee to win their 2nd NWA (Mid-America) Southern Tag Team Title

1968 – Bob Kelly defeated Rocket Monroe to win the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Title in Laurel, Mississippi, beginning his second reign

1973 – Ron Fuller defeated Bill Watts to win the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia, ending Watts’ second reign. At the same event, Gorgeous George, Jr., & Bobby Shane defeated Bob Armstrong & Robert Fuller to win the NWA Georgia Tag Team Title

1975 – Bearcat Brown & Tommy Gilbert defeated The Interns (Tom Andrews & Jim Starr) to win the NWA (Mid-America) Southern Tag Team Title

1979 – Dusty Rhodes defeated Mark Lewin to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title

1985 – Jerry Lawler won his 36th of 43 AWA Southern Heavyweight Titles, ending the 8th reign of Bill Dundee in Memphis, Tennessee

1986 – Tony Atlas defeated Crusher Yurkof via DQ to win the WCCW Television Title. This was the final reign as the title was abandoned the following April

1992 – Jeff Jarrett defeated Brian Christopher for the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1996 – The War Machine defeated Beau James for the Southern States Wrestling Appalachian Heavyweight Title in Beckley, West Virginia

Birthdays

Happy birthday to 2-time WWE Tag Team Champion Primo (31), former WCW & AWA Tag Team Champion ‘The Patriot’ Del Wilkes (52), & one-time NWA Tag Team Champions Mike & Todd Shane (46)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2011, the wrestling world lost 2-time NWA International Tag Team Champion Umanosuke Ueda aged 71. Ueda made his professional debut in 1961, but it was only after touring America in the mid-part of the decade that his star began to rise. As Mr/Professor Ito, he won tag team championships in Tennessee, Texas, Georgia and the Western States. He also became a one-time NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion before returning to Japan in the early 70′s. Here, he became one of the nations top heels, becoming one of the first to break the traditional ‘code of honor’ in Japanese wrestling. Ueda became semi-retired in the 1980′s, when he started working on television as a henchman on ‘Takeshi’s Castle’ (known to American audiences as MXC). In 1996, he was involved in a car accident which left him largely paralyzed, forcing his complete in-ring retirement. He largely kept away from wrestling in his later years, eventually passing peacefully at his home in Aichi Prefecture. Ueda’s character inspired several other Japanese wrestlers, most notably Toru Yano & Mr. Gannosuke


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