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Daily Pro Wrestling History (12/22): Rikidozan becomes Japanese Heavyweight Champion

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1917

New York City, New York:
- Wladek Zbyszko defeated Ed "Strangler" Lewis in a tournament final to stake his claim as the World Heavyweight Champion

1941

Hollywood, California:
- Wild Red Berry defeated Billy Varga to win the NWA World Light Heavyweight Title

1945

Wichita, Kansas:
- MWA Title match: Orville Brown beat Cowboy Roy Graham to retain the title 
- Vic Holbrook beat Jerry Meeker 
- Bobby Bruns beat Jack Hader 
- Jay Steele beat Elmer (Zeke) Estep

1950

Tacoma, Washington:
- Frank Stojack defeated Leo Wallick to win the Pacific Northwest Junior Heavyweight Title

1954

Tokyo, Japan:
- Rikidozan becomes the first and only Japanese Heavyweight Champion by defeating Masahiko Kimura

1956

Fresno, Calfornia:
- Enrique Torres and Ronnie Etchison defeated Ben and Mike Sharpe for the San Francisco version of the NWA World Tag Team Titles

1960

Chattanooga, Tennessee:
- Bill Monroe defeated Mike Clancy for the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title

1969

Tampa, Florida:
- Mr. Saito defeated Dale Lewis to win the Florida Heavyweight Title

1970

Tampa, Florida:
- Tarzan Tyler defeated Dusty Rhodes for the Florida Brass Knuckles Title 

1971

Miami, Florida:
- The Australians (Larry O'Day and Ron Miller) defeated The Alaskans (Mike York and Frank Monte) to win the Florida Tag Team Titles

1972

Tampa, Florida:
- Tarzan Tyler won a tournament to win the vacant Florida Brass Knuckles Title 

1979

Bayaman, Puerto Rico:
- Dory Funk, Jr. and Terry Funk defeated Invaders I and II for the WWC Tag Team Titles

Mexico City, Mexico:
- El Halcon defeated El Gran Markus to win the National Heavyweight title

1980

Memphis, Tennessee:
- Gypsy Joe, Tojo Yamamoto & The Angel drew Ricky Morton, Koko Ware & Sonny King
- Billy Robinson beat Tommy Gilbert
- Tommy Rich & Bill Dundee beat Guy Mitchell & Roger Kirby to win the Southern Tag Team Titles
- Tony Charles beat Bobby Eaton & Jimmy Hart in a handicap hair vs. loser leaves town match 
- Tommy Rich beat Jimmy Valiant in a "back alley street brawl" match

1984

Bremen, Germany:
- Tony St. Clair won a tournament to become the first Catch Wrestling Association World Middleweight Title

1986

Memphis, Tennessee:
- Paul Diamond beat Tarzan Goto
- Big Bubba, Goliath, & Downtown Bruno beat Jerry Bryant & Lou Winston & Emily Arthur
- Jonathon Boyd beat Pat Tanaka
- Don Bass & Buddy Wayne beat Davey Haskins & John Paul
- Tracy Smothers beat Boy Tony in a back alley brawl match
- Jeff Jarrett & Billy Joe Travis beat The Rock-n-Roll RPMs via DQ
- Jerry Lawler DCO Tommy Rich

1990

Bremen, Germany:
- Bull Power (Leon White) defeated Otto Wanz to win the Catch Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title

1991

Minneapolis, Minnesota:
- Ricky Rice defeated The Lightning Kid (Sean Waltman) for the Pro Wrestling America Light Heavyweight Title 

1996

Vancouver, Washington:
- Buddy Wayne defeated Bart Sawyer to win the Championship Wrestling USA Television Title 

1997

- Triple H pinned Shawn Michaels when Michaels laid down for Triple H to win the WWF European Title

2000

Puebla, Mexico:
- Ultimo Guerrero defeated Dos Caras Jr. (Alberto Del Rio) to win the CMLL title

2001

Cornelia, Georgia:
- AJ Styles defeated Rick Michaels for the NWA Wildside Heavyweight Title 

Tokyo, Japan:
- Sasuke and Sasuke the Great defeated Dick Togo and Gedo to win the Universal Wrestling Association/Universal Wrestling Federation Intercontinental Tag Team Titles