This Day In Wrestling History – December 30th
Dec 30, 2013 - by Andrew Davis
2000 – Christopher Daniels defeats Donovan Morgan in the finals of the first-ever King of the Indies Tournament, held by All Pro Wrestling in Galt, Ca. Daniels and Morgan would become the 1st ROH Tag Team Champions 2 years later.
2008 – WWE released Barry Windham from his role as a producer for the company
2010- News broke that CZW Champion Nick Gage was being sought for a bank robbery on 12/22/10 in New Jersey. Surveillance cameras had caught Gage leaving a Collingswood, New Jersey PNC Bank. Gage escaped on foot with $3,000 & later went to a casino in Atlantic City, NJ.He would turn himself in, & plead guilty, citing an addiction to pain killers. He’s currently serving a prison sentence.
In 1984 – The WWF ran at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario. The results were:
– Angelo Mosca, Jr. (making his WWF debut) pinned Goldie Rogers.
– Bret Hart defeated Terry Gibbs.
– Mike Rotundo defeated Swede Hanson.
– Barry Windham defeated Rene Goulet.
– Tony Atlas defeated The Spoiler.
– Andre the Giant and Blackjack Mulligan fought Ken Patera and Big John Studd to a double disqualification.
– Jimmy Snuka pinned Bob Orton, Jr
1972 – The Sheik defeats Bobo Brazil to win the NWA United States Heavyweight Title in Detroit, Michigan
1972 – Verne Gagne & Bill Robinson defeat Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens for the AWA World Tag Team Title in Minneapolis, Minnesota
1978 – Ricky Steamboat defeats Ric Flair to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Title
1978 – Terry Funk defeats Dick Slater to win the NWA Florida Southern Heavyweight Title in St. Petersburg, Florida
1988 – Cactus Jack defeats Eric Embry to win the WCCW World Light Heavyweight Title
1989 – King Cobra defeats Jerry Lawler to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title
1992 – Big Van Vader defeats Ron Simmons to win the WCW World Title
1997 – Jeff Jarrett defeats Barry Windham to win the NWA North American Heavyweight Title As part of the “NWA Invasion” angle in the WWF, on RAW is WAR in New Haven, Connecticut
2003 – on Smackdown, Rey Mysterio Jr. defeats Tajiri to win the WWE Cruiserweight Title
2003 – Steve Williams defeats Terry Taylor to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title in Guangzhou, China.
2006 – Jon Moxley defeats Brian Jennings, J.T. Stahr & Matt Stryker in a four-way match to win the vacant Heartland Wrestling Association Heavyweight Title in Dayton, Ohio
2007 – The Age of the Fall (Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black) defeat The Briscoe Brothers (Mark & Jay) to win the ROH Tag Team Titles
Happy birthday to former WCW and New Japan wrestler Bill Kazmaier (60), the first ROH Triple Crown Champion Eddie Edwards (30) & 3-time WWF Tag Team Champion Pierre Carl Ouellette (45)
On this day in 1999, the wrestling world lost former NWA President Sam Muchnick at the age of 93. Muchnick began his promoting career as an assistant to legendary Mid-West promoter Tom Packs, a position that he held for 9 years. He fell out with Packs in 1941 over bonus payments related to the successful promotion of the Joe Louis-Tony Musto title fight (Muchnick was paid a $200 bonus for a fight which drew a $14,000 profit) and despite resistance from Packs, who held considerable clout with the state’s Athletic Commission, began promoting his own events the following year. His first full wrestling show was held, again under protest from Packs, in December 1945 and with the help of Ohio promoter Jack Pfefer, who sent a troupe of wrestlers, was considered a success. Despite his initial success, Muchnick’s promotion was still strangled by Packs, who employed most of the top talent of the day, forcing Muchnick to use older, past-their-prime wrestlers. This all changed in 1948; Muchnick, along with several other promoters, formed the NWA. This allowed Muchnick to bring in younger wrestlers to his territory, eventually outdrawing the now Lou Thesz-controlled rival territory, sparking a merger between the two. Eventually, Muchnick was appointed President of the NWA, a position that he would hold for over 25 years across two terms. Under his leadership, the NWA became the world’s top wrestling organization, creating numerous talents and forging agreements and friendships with promotions all over the globe. With age beginning to affect him, he finally stepped down from the position in the mid-late 70′s, and promoted his last card in 1982 before retiring from the industry. Since his retirement and death, Muchnick has been honored by several promotions, most notably the WWF, who acknowledged him as a St Louis legend during their 1997 Badd Blood PPV
On this day in 2009, the wrestling world lost former WCW, UWF and AJPW Tag Team Champion ‘Dr Death’ Steve Williams at the age of 49. Williams made his professional debut in 1982, competing in Bill Watts’ Mid-South promotion, which later became the UWF. By 1987, he had reached the peak of the promotion and won their world title, however, this achievement came just in time for the demise of the promotion, which was bought out by JCP. He then began competing in the NWA, finding success in the tag team division, as well as having a reasonable singles run. It was in Japan that he found his greatest success though, winning the AJPW Heavyweight Title once alongside 8 Tag Team Titles and 3 World’s Strongest Tag Leagues. He moved back to the US in the late 90′s, competing for all of the big 3 promotions, but failed to find any success. In fact, he was famously eliminated from the WWF’s Brawl For All shoot-fight competition, a tournament that was supposed to be the base for his push in the company. He made sporadic appearances in the early 2000′s, before being diagnosed with throat cancer in 2004, bringing his active wrestling career to an abrupt halt. Within a year, he was declared cancer-free and had taken a training role with the then WWE developmental territory OVW, where he was instrumental in helping Jack Swagger start his professional career. He began competing again later in the decade, but only sporadically, and called time on his career for good after the death of his friend Mitsuharu Misawa. In 2009, the throat cancer returned, and it quickly became apparent that this was a more aggressive strain. Despite a long battle, Williams eventually succumbed to the illness