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This Day In Wrestling History- December 26th



Trivia

1963 – Killer Kowalski defeated WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino via disqualification in Cleveland, Ohio

1983 – The Iron Sheik defeats Bob Backlund to win the WWF Title in Madison Square Garden

2006 – Former WCW wrestler Tyler Mane was hired to reprise Michael Meyers in the Rob Zombie directed remake of horror classic “Halloween.”

2009 – WWE signed Saron Snuka, daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Snuka, who would go on to debut on the main roster as Tamina

Events

1968- WWWF ran Washington, DC with the following results:
Victor Rivera & Spiros Arion defeated Tony Altimore & Lou Albano
Ernie Lassiter defeated Angelo Savoldi
Johnny Rodz defeated Lenny Solomon
Gorilla Monsoon defeated Carlos Colon & Pete Sanchez in a handicap match
WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Gorilla Monsoon

1988- NWA Starrcade was the first event promoted by WCW under the NWA banner after Ted Turner’s rebranding of the former JCP promotion

– Kevin Sullivan & Steve Williams defeat The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers) to win the NWA United States Tag Team Titles

- The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) (w/ Jim Cornette) defeated The Original Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey & Randy Rose) (w/ Paul E. Dangerously)

-The Russian Assassins (#1 & #2) (w/ Paul Jones) defeated The Junkyard Dog & Ivan Koloff
– Rick Steiner defeats Mike Rotunda (w/ Kevin Sullivan) to win the NWA Television Title
– Barry Windham (w/ James J Dillion) defeats Bam Bam Bigelow (w/ Oliver Humperdink) by countout to retain the NWA United States Title
– Sting & Dusty Rhodes defeat The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) by DQ (The Road Warriors retain the NWA World Tag Team Titles)
– Ric Flair (w/ James J Dillion) defeated Lex Luger to retain the NWA World Title

1997- ECW ran at the Lost Battalion Hall in Queens, New York:
- The Great Sasuke defeated Tiger Mask IV.
- Jerry Lynn defeated Chris Chetti.
- Justin Credible defeated Tommy Dreamer.
- ECW World Tag Team Champions Chris Candido & Lance Storm defeated Balls Mahoney & Axl Rotten and The Full Blooded Italians (Little Guido and Tracy Smothers) in a three-way dance.
- The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray and D-Von Dudley) defeated Spike Dudley and New Jack.
- Tommy Dreamer, The Sandman, Al Snow and ECW World Television Champion Taz defeated Doug Furnas, Phil Lafon, Sabu and Rob Van Dam

 

Title Changes

1957 – Verne Gagne and Bronko Nagurski defeat The Atomic Blonds (Johnny Valentine and Chet Wallich) to win the Minneapolis version of the NWA World Tag Team Title

1969 – King Curtis Iaukea and Buddy Austin defeat Mario Milano and Spiros Arion in Sydney, Australia to win the International Wrestling Alliance Tag Team Title

1973 – Gene & Ole Anderson defeats Brute Bernard & Jay York to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Title in Columbia, South Carolina

1976 – Ric Flair & Greg Valentine defeat Gene & Ole Anderson to win the Mid-Atlantic version of the NWA World Tag Team Title in Greensboro, North Carolina, ending the Andersons’ fourth reign

1976 – The Sheik defeated Thunderbolt Patterson to win teh NWA United States Heavyweight Title (Toronto version) in Toronto, Ontario

1981 – Bugsy McGraw defeats The Great Kabuki to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title

1981 – David Von Erich defeats Jack Brisco in St. Petersburg, Florida for the NWA Florida Southern Heavyweight Title, ending Brisco’s fourth reign. Also, Eric Embry wins a tournament final for the vacant NWA Florida Television Title

1983 – Randy Savage defeats Terry Taylory to win the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1985 – Ted DiBiase & Steve Williams defeat Eddie Gilbert & Dick Murdoch (subbing for The Nightmare) to win the MSW Tag Team Titles

1990 – Tatsumi Fujinami defeats Riki Choshu to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title. Also, Hiro Saito & Super Strong Machine defeat Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles

1993 – Terry Funk defeats Sabu in a No-DQ Match to win the NWA-ECW Title

2004 – Austin Aries defeats Samoa Joe to win the ROH World Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WWF Tag Team & European Champion Dennis ‘Mideon/Phineas Godwinn’ Knight (45), renowned trainer Tom Howard (44), one-time AAA Reina de Reinas Champion Faby Apache (33), & UK indy regular ‘Xtreme’ Dean Allmark

In Memoriam

On this day in 1963, the wrestling world lost WWE Hall of Famer Gorgeous George aged just 48. George trained at his local YMCA in Houston, Texas and having competed on the carnival circuit, was taking bookings from Morris Siegel aged just 17. He won his first championship in 1938, defeating Buck Lipscomb for the Northwest Middleweight Title. It was in the late-30′s that George began to realize the potential for a showman in wrestling. He debuted the Gorgeous George persona in 1941 in Oregon to a rapturous reception and was soon the top draw in the area, as fans came from all over to ridicule the overly-effeminate character. He also became the first man to properly utilize entrance music, strutting to the ring to ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ (later used by Randy Savage). After the dawn of televised wrestling, George became a national celebrity. He was able to command 50% of the gate for his performances, giving him annual earnings of over $100,000 (over $800,000 at today’s rates). Over the next few years, he would win titles in Boston, Georgia and the Gulf Coast, but by the 1960′s, age and alcohol abuse had begun to take their toll on his performances. George retired in 1962, following a match against The Destroyer, after which he opened a turkey farm and a restaurant. Sadly, a series of bad investments ruined his finances and his health, with stress rumored to have played a large part in his fatal heart attack. Gorgeous George’s impact on wrestling and indeed wider pop-culture cannot be underestimated; Muhammad Ali, James Brown, Elton John and Bob Dylan have all claimed to take inspiration from him in some form.

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