This Day in Wrestling History – December 25th
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1982- The Fabulous Freebirds vs. Von Erich feud is born in Dallas, TX. when Michael Hayes turned on Kerry Von Erich
2003 – The first WWE Tribute To The Troops airs as a Smackdown Christmas special
1978 – Bill Watts’ Mid-South Wrestling held a “Superdome Extravaganza” in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Superdome, headlined by a tournament for the United States Tag Team Title:
– Jim Shields defeated Bill Irwin.
– Karl Von Krupp defeated Bob Markus.
– Jerry Stubbs defeated The Assassin #1 to win the Mid-South Louisiana Title.
– Ron Bass defeated Karl Kox to win the Mid-South Brass Knuckles Title.
– Ernie Ladd defeated Ray Candy via forfeit to win the Mid-South North American Title.
United States Tag Team Title Tournament: Round One
– Jack & Jerry Brisco defeated Terry Latham & Ricky Fields.
– Ernie Ladd & Stan Hansen defeated The Angel & Gama Singh.
– Wahoo McDaniel & Jim Shields defeated The Assassins.
– Bobby Jaggers & Jerry Brown defeated Randy Tyler & Mike George.
– Andre The Giant & Dusty Rhodes defeated Rob Bass & Ron Slinker. Andre & Rhodes received a bye into the semifinals.
United States Tag Team Title Tournament: Quarterfinals
– Ernie Ladd & Stan Hansen defeated Jack & Jerry Brisco. Ladd & Hansen received a bye into the finals.
– Bobby Jaggers & Jerry Brown defeated Wahoo McDaniel & Jim Shields.
United States Tag Team Title Tournament: Semifinals
– Andre The Giant & Dusty Rhodes defeated Bobby Jaggers & Jerry Brown.
United States Tag Team Title Tournament: Quarterfinals
– Andre The Giant & Dusty Rhodes defeated Ernie Ladd & Stan Hansen to win the tournament and the U.S. Tag Team Title. Danny Hodge was the special referee
1983 – World Class Championship Wrestling held their “Christmas Star Wars” card at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas, drawing over 19,000 fans. Here are the results:
– The Missing Link defeated Johnny Mantell.
– Iceman Parsons & Brian Adias defeated The Super Destroyers to win the World Class American Tag Team Title.
– Kerry Von Erich defeated Kamala via DQ.
– Mike Reed defeated The Mongol.
– David Von Erich defeated NWA World Champion Ric Flair via DQ.
– Jose Lothario defeated Black Gordman.
– Kevin & Mike Von Erich defeated Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts in a No DQ Loser Leaves Town match when Kevin pinned Gordy.
– Jimmy Garvin defeated Chris Adams to win the World Class American Title
2003 – UPN airs the 1st ever WWE Smackdown “Christmas In Iraq/Tribute To The Troops”, which was taped at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq on 12/20th for an audience of soldiers overseas. The show included Vince McMahon knocking down Santa Claus for not bringing him a gift, only for “Santa” to reveal himself as Steve Austin. Austin then gave McMahon a stunner. Here are the matches from the show:
– The APA defeated Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin.
– Rikishi defeated Rhyno.
– Eddie Guerrero defeated Chris Benoit.
– Torrie Wilson defeated Dawn Marie and Sable in a “Santa’s Little Helper” contest.
– John Cena defeated The Big Show with an FU. After the match, Steven Austin came out and gave stunners to both men
1902 – Don McLeod defeats Tom Jenkins in Worcester, Massachusetts to win the American Heavyweight Title for a second time. The match was actually stopped and Jenkins forfeited the title to McLeod due to problems with his leg, later diagnosed as blood poisoning
1967 – Art Nelson & Pat Patterson defeat Red Bastien & Mario Milano for the International Wrestling Alliance (Australia) Tag Team Title in San Francisco, Ca.
1968 – Alberto & Ramon Torres defeat Butcher & Stan Vachon to win the NWA Georgia Tag Team Title in Savannah, Ga.
1975 – Dutch Savage & Jimmy Snuka defeat The Roayl Kangaroos (Jonathan Boyd & Norman Charles) to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title
1978 – Kevin von Erich defeats Bruiser Brody to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title
1979 – Bob Armstrong defeats Sterling Golden (Hulk Hogan) for the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title in Knoxville, Tennessee
1981 – Jose Lothario defeats Ernie Ladd to win the Texas Brass Knuckles Title
1982 – Mike Rotundo defeats Bad Leroy Brown to win the NWA Television Title
1982 – Terry Gordy, Michael Hayes & David von Erich defeat Mike Sharpe, Ben Sharpe & Tom Steele to become the first WCCW World 6-Man Tag Team Champions. Von Erich immediately gives up his share of the titles to Buddy Roberts
1983 – Jimmy Garvin defeats Chris Adams to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title. Also, King Parsons & Brian Adias defeat The Super Destroyers (1 & 2) to win the WCCW American Tag Team Titles
1983 – Magnum TA & Mr Wrestling II defeat Butch Reed & Jim Neidhart in a Cage Match to win the MSW Tag Team Titles
1984 – The Rock N Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) defeat Ted DiBiase & Hercules Hernandez to win the MSW Tag Team Titles
1987 – Lord Humongous (Sid Vicious) defeats Danny Davis for the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title in Knoxville, Tn.
1987 – Eric Embry defeats Shaun Simpson to win the WCCW World Light Heavyweight Title. Also, Chris Adams, Steve Simpson & Kevin von Erich defeat The Freebirds (Terry Gordy, Buddy Roberts & King Parsons) to win the vacant WCCW World 6-Man Tag Team Titles
1988 – Mike Graham defeats The Terminator to win the vacant NWA Florida Heavyweight Title in Tampa, Florida. The title had been vacated when champion Mike Rotunda gave the belt to Rick Steiner
1991 – Jushin Liger defeats Brian Pillman to win the WCW Light Heavyweight Title
1993 – Black Bart & John Hawk (JBL) defeat Steven Dane & Chaz Taylor for the Global Wrestling Federation Tag Team Title in Dallas, Tx.
2003 – Mr Gannosuke & Tetsuhiro Kuroda defeat Jun Kasai & Tengu Kaiser to win the vacant AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles
2006 – Lady Apache defeats Hiroka for the CMLL World Women’s Title in Mexico City, Mexico
Happy birthday to 7-time NWA World Tag Team Champion Chris Harris (40) and former TNA wrestler Trenesha ‘Rhaka Khan’ Biggers
Also, today would have been the birthday of Cauliflower Alley Club co-founder Mike Mazurki (106) and former NWA tag team star Bronko Lubich (88)
On this day in 1991, the wrestling world lost 2-time AWA Tag Team Champion Wilbur Snyder aged 62. Like many wrestlers, Snyder began his sporting career as a football player and made his debut in the 1953 off-season. One year later, he decided to pursue a full-time wrestling career and began training with Warren Bockwinkel and Sandor Szabo. His first major championship came in Chicago in 1956, with further titles following in Omaha, Ohio, Texas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Detroit amongst others. In 1965, Snyder and Dick The Bruiser bought the NWA Indianapolis territory, forming Championship Wrestling Incorporated. The promotion drew strong crowds into the mid-70′s, by which time Snyder’s age had seen his ring work deteriorate. He continued wrestling into the early 80′s, but it was clear that the desire was gone and he retired for good in 1982, selling his share of CWI to Bruiser. He made a brief comeback to wrestling in 1984, attempting to co-promote the AWA in Indianapolis, but the venture was a failure and he retired once more. He lived out the rest of his life in and around Pompano Beach, Florida where he eventually died of a leukaemia-related heart attack. Snyder’s lasting legacy on the wrestling business is the invention of the Abdominal Stretch hold