This Day In Wrestling History December 22nd

Dec 22, 2013 - by staff


1997– WCW Monday Night defeated WWF Monday Night Raw in the ratings 3.5 to 3.1

2008– NBC canceled American Gladiators, which was hosted by Hulk Hogan


1997 – WWF aired Monday Night Raw (taped 12/11):

-The Headbangers defeated The Godwinns via DQ
-Undertaker defeated Intercontinental Champion Rocky Maivia via DQ
-Marc Mero defeated Scott Taylor
-Kurrgan defeated Eight Ball
-Ken Shamrock defeated D’Lo Brown
-In the Main event Triple H defeated Shawn Michaels to win the WWF European Title. After Michaels laid down & allowed Triple H to pin him. After WWF Commissioner Sgt. Slaughter started the show ordering  Shawn Michaels to defend the WWF European Title against DX partner Triple H

1997-  WCW Aired Monday Nitro:

– Buff Bagwell defeated Chris Jericho
– Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) defeated Scotty Riggs & Lodi
– U.S. Champion Curt Hennig defeated Television Champion Disco Inferno Non title
– Rick Steiner defeated Scott Norton via DQ
– Chris Benoit defeated Van Hammer via DQ
– Rey Mysterio Jr., Juventud Guerrera & Hector Garza defeated La Parka, Psicosis & Silver King
– Steve McMichael defeated Meng
– Fit Finlay defeated Cruiserweight Champion Eddie Guerrero via countout
– Randy Savage defeated Lex Luger

Title Changes

1917 – Wladek Zbyszko defeated Ed “Strangler” Lewis in a tournament final to win the World Heavyweight Championship in New York City, New York

1941 – Wild Red Berry defeated Billy Varga to win the NWA World Light Heavyweight Title in Hollywood, California

1969 – Mr. Saito defeated Dale Lewis to win the Florida Heavyweight Title in Tampa, Florida

1979 – Dory Funk, Jr. & Terry Funk defeated Invaders I and II for the WWC Tag Team Title in Bayamonn, Puerto Rico

2000 – on Smackdown, Raven defeated Steve Blackman to win the WWF Hardcore Title

2000 – Mike Rapada defeated Sabu to win the NWA World Title

2001 – A.J. Styles defeated Rick Michaels to win the NWA Wildside Heavyweight Title in Cornelia, Georgia

2002 – Taro (Kevin Lyon) defeated Super Dragon to win the Revolution Pro Wrestling Junior Heavyweight Title in City of Industry, California

2008 – on Smackdown, Maryse defeated Michelle McCool with Maria as special guest referee to win the WWE Divas Title

2008 – Ultimo Guerrero defeated Dos Caras Jr. (WWE’s Alberto Del Rio) to win the CMLL World Heavyweight Title


Happy birthday to Former WWE & TNA wrestler Drew ‘Luke Gallows/DOC’ Hankinson (30), 3-time NWA World Tag Team Champion Chris Nelson (39) & current WWE wrestler Sin Cara (31)

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