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Daily Pro Wrestling History (12/25): Christmas Day pro wrestling cards



Worcester, Massachusetts:
- Dan McLeod won the American heavyweight championship from Tom Jenkins (The American title six years later became the world heavyweight title when Frank Gotch beat George Hackenschmidt)


Montreal, Ontario, Canada:
- After losing two matches earlier in the year to Tom Jenkins in challenging for the American title, Frank Gotch won a 50-man tournament in Montreal


Indianapolis, Indiana:
- Dick the Bruiser defeated Gene Kiniski to win the Indianapolis WWA version of the world heavyweight title


San Francisco, California:
- Art Nelson and Pat Patterson defeated Red Bastien and Mario Milano for the International Wrestling Alliance Tag Team Title


Honolulu, Hawaii:
- Toru Tanaka defeated Jim Hady to win the NWA (Hawaii) North American Heavyweight Title 
- Nick Bockwinkel defeated Johnny Barend for the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title

Mexico City, Mexico:
- Rey Mendoza defeated Angel Blanco to win the NWA World Light Heavyweight Title 

Savannah, Georgia:
- Alberto and Ramon Torres defeated Butcher and Stan Vachon to win the NWA Georgia Tag Team Title

Portland, Oregon:
- Karl and Kurt Von Steiger defeated Johnny War Eagle and Billy White Wolf to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title


Tampa, Florida:
- Jose Lothario & Danny Miller defeated The Infernos to become the NWA Florida Tag Team Champions 


Caguas, Puerto Rico:
- Carlos Colon & Cowboy Bob Ellis defeated Ali Baba & Bull Gregory to win the WWC North American Tag Team Title.

Portland, Oregon:
- Dutch Savage and Jimmy Snuka won the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title, defeating The Royal Kangaroos (Jonathan Boyd and Norman Frederick Charles)


Kansas City, Kansas:
- Bob Sweetan defeated Black Angus Campbell for the NWA Central States Television Title 

Minneapolis, Minnesota:
- Tuxedo Match: The Crusher beat Lord Alfred Hayes
- AWA Tag Team Champions Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Super Destroyer & Angelo Mosca
- Billy Robinson beat Blackjack Lanza
- Larry Hennig no contest Bobby Duncum


New Orleans, Louisiana:
- Andre the Giant & Dusty Rhodes won the vacant U.S. tag team title beating Stan Hansen & Ernie Ladd in the finals of a one night tournament
- 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

Fort Worth, Texas:
- Kevin Von Erich won the American title for the first time over Bruiser Brody

Memphis, Tennessee:
- Roger Howell drew Terry Sawyer
- Pez Whatley & Jackie Welch beat Jimmy Valiant & Don Fargo
- Wayne Ferris & Dave Schultz beat Robert Gibson & Tommy Gilbert
- Southern Tag Champs Phil Hickerson & Dennis Condrey beat Bill Dundee & Koko Ware
- Austin Idol beat Jerry Lawler to win the Southern Title


Atlanta, Georgia:
- Jack & Jerry Brisco defeated The Masked Superstar (Bill Eadie) & Austin Idol to win the Georgia tag team championship

 Knoxville, Tennessee:
- Bob Armstrong defeats Sterling Golden (Hulk Hogan) for the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title 

Charlotte, North Carolina:
- Jim Brunzell defeated Ray Stevens to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title

Memphis, Tennessee:
- Buddy Wayne beat Jerry Bryant
- Slim the Hillbilly beat Ken Wayne
- Paul Ellering beat The Grappler
- Steve Regal beat Jimmy Hart
- Ricky & Robert Gibson beat Southern Tag Champs The Assassins via DQ
- Ricky Morton & Big Red beat Tojo Yamamoto & Sonny King in a "Texas death" match
- Jerry Lawler beat Steve Regal
- Jerry Lawler beat Ken Lucas


St. Paul, Minnesota:
- AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Billy Robinson
- Ken Patera & Bobby Duncum beat Hulk Hogan & Tito Santana dq
- Non Title: Jerry Blackwell & Sheik Adnan beat AWA Tag Team Champions Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell
- Buck Zumhofe beat Bobby Heenan
- Rene Goulet beat Kenny Jay
- Curt Hennig drew Evan Johnson


Dallas, Texas:
- Ric Flair defeated Kerry Von Erich in a cage match to retain the NWA World Title (this match and subsequent angle led to the 
  Freebirds vs. Von Erichs feud)
- Kevin Von Erich retained the NWA Americas title by defeating King Kong Bundy by dq

Charlotte, North Carolina:
- Mike Rotundo defeated Bad Leroy Brown to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Title


Greenville, South Carolina:
- Johnny Weaver won a battle royal
- Wahoo McDaniel, Jimmy Valiant, & Rufus R. Jones defeated Paul Jones & the Assassins
- Greg Valentine defeated Roddy Piper
- NWA Tag Team Champions Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood defeated NWA US Champion Dick Slater & Bob Orton Jr.

Charlotte, North Carolina:
- John Bonello defeated Tony Russo
- Vinnie Valentino defeated Gene Anderson
- Wahoo McDaniel defeated Barry Orton
- Bob Orton Jr. defeated Mark Youngblood
- Angelo Mosca defeated Don Kernodle
- The Assassins defeated Dory Funk Jr. & Rufus R. Jones via disqualification
- Jimmy Valiant defeated the Great Kabuki
- Roddy Piper defeated Greg Valentine in a dog collar match
- NWA Tag Team Champions Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood defeated Jack & Jerry Brisco in a steel cage match

WCCW Star Wars: Dallas, Texas: 
- The Missing Link pinned Johnny Mantell 
- Iceman King Parsons & Brian Adidas defeated American Tag Team Champions the Super Destroyers to win the titles
- Kerry Von Erich defeated Kamala via disqualification 
- Mike Reed pinned the Mongol 
- David Von Erich defeated NWA World Champion Ric Flair via disqualification 
- Jose Lothario pinned Black Gordman 
- Jimmy Garvin pinned American Heavyweight Champion Chris Adams to win the title
- Kevin & Mike Von Erich defeated Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts in a No DQ loser leaves town match

St. Paul, Minnesota:
- Mad Dog Vachon beat AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel dq
- Greg Gagne & Baron Von Raschke & Ray Stevens & Jim Brunzell beat Ken Patera & Jerry Blackwell & Mr. Saito & Sheik Adnan
- Jesse Ventura beat Steve Olsonoski
- Rick Martel beat Superstar Billy Graham dq
- Billy Robinson drew Brad Rheingans 
- Buck Zumhofe beat Bill White

Seattle, Washington:
- Rip Oliver defeated Billy Jack (Haynes) to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title 

New Orleans, Louisiana:
- Magnum T.A. & Mr. Wrestling II defeated Butch Reed & Jim Neidhart to win the Mid-South Wrestling Association Tag Team Titles 


New Orleans, Louisiana:
- The Rock N' Roll Express defeated Ted DiBiase & Hercules Hernandez to win the Mid-South Wrestling Association Tag Team Titles 

WCCW Star Wars: Dallas, Texas:
- Kelly Kiniski defeated Buck Zum Hofe
- Rip Oliver defeated Iceman Parsons
- World Class American Tag Team Champions The Fantastics defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Dennis Condrey)
- Kerry Von Erich defeated NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair via DQ
- Kevin Von Erich defeated Chris Adams in a Lumberjack match
- Terry Gordy, Buddy Roberts & Chic Donovan defeated Skandar Akbar, The Missing Link & Mr. X in a Loser Leaves Town elimination match
- Mike Von Erich & Billy Jack Haynes defeated Gino Hernandez & Jake Roberts


St. Paul, Minnesota:
- AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Stan Hansen by DQ
- Road Warriors no contest AWA Tag Team Champions Jim Garvin & Steve Regal
- Nick Bockwinkel beat Larry Zbyszko
- Mongolian Stomper & Nord The Barbarian & Boris Zhukov beat Scott Hall & Curt Hennig & Jerry Blackwell
- Baron Von Raschke beat Scott Irwin by DQ
- Marty Jannetty beat Kelly Kiniski

Dallas, Texas:
- Lance Von Erich defeated World Class American Champion Rick Rude via DQ
- IWGP Champion Antonio Inoki defeated Steve Williams
- Bruiser Brody defeated One Man Gang in a chain match
- Kerry, Kevin & Lance Von Erich defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts)

Atlanta, Georgia:
- Manny Fernandez defeated Thunderfoot
- Sam Houston fought Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion Krusher Kruschev to a draw
- Ron Garvin defeated JJ Dillon
- Jimmy Valiant & Superstar Billy Graham defeated Black Bart & the Barbarian
- NWA Tag Team Champions Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson defeated National Tag Team Champions Ole & Arn Anderson via disqualification
- NWA US Champion Magnum TA defeated Tully Blanchard via disqualification
- NWA World Champion Ric Flair defeated Dusty Rhodes


St. Paul, Minnesota:
- AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Curt Hennig dq (Special Referee - Billy Robinson)
- Non Title Cage Match: Midnight Rockers beat AWA Tag Team Champions Buddy Rose & Doug Somers
- Mr. Saito & Super Ninja & Larry Zbyszko beat Scott Hall & Leon White & Greg Gagne
- Colonel DeBeers beat Jimmy Snuka dq
- Boris Zhukov beat Steve O
- Earthquake Ferris beat Brian Nobbs
- Buck Zumhofe drew Buddy Wolff

Dallas, Texas:
- Mark Youngblood defeated Tim Brooks
- Steve Simpson defeated The Grappler
- Lance Von Erich defeated Master Gee (George Wells)
- Tony Atlas defeated Matt Borne
- Scott Casey defeated Black Bart in a Loser Rides A Mule match
- Kevin & Mike Von Erich defeated World Class Tag Team Champions Brian Adias & Al Madril via DQ
- Abdullah the Butcher defeated Bruiser Brody in a Loser Leaves Town Steel Cage match

Greenville, South Carolina:
- Thunderfoot #1 & #2 defeated George South & Rocky King
- Rocky Kernodle defeated Allen West
- Don Kernodle defeated Ricky Lee Jones
- NWA Jr. Heavyweight Champion Denny Brown fought Nelson Royal to a draw
- Bobby Jaggers & Dutch Mantell defeated Ivan Koloff & Krusher Kruschev
- Brad Armstrong defeated Jimmy Garvin
- Ivan Koloff (sub. for Big Bubba), Bobby Eaton & Dennis Condrey defeated Dutch Mantell & Bobby Jaggers (sub. for Wahoo McDaniel & Dick Murdoch)
- NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion & NWA Us Tag Team Champion Ron Garvin

Atlanta, Georgia:
- Denny Brown fought Nelson Royal to a draw
- Dick Murdoch defeated Bobby Eaton
- NWA US Tag Team Champions Barry Windham & NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion Ron Garvin defeated Ivan Koloff & Krusher Kruschev
- Robert Gibson defeated NWA Tag Team Champion Rick Rude via disqualification
- Ricky Morton fought NWA Tag Team Champion Manny Fernandez to a no contest
- Bobby Eaton & Dennis Condrey defeated Brad Armstrong & Tim Horner
- Dusty Rhodes, NWA US Champion Nikita Koloff, & the Road Warriors defeated NWA World Champion Ric Flair, NWA TV Champion Tully 
  Blanchard, Arn & Ole Anderson

Tampa, Florida:
- The New Breed (Chris Champion and Sean Royal) defeated Vic Steamboat and Kendall Windham to win the vacant NWA Florida Tag Team Title

Birmingham, Alabama:
- The Nightmares (Danny Davis and Ken Wayne) defeat Tony Anthony and Jerry Stubbs for the Continental Wrestling Federation Tag Team Titles


Dallas, Texas:
- The Fantastics defeated Jack Victory & John Tatum
- Kerry Von Erich won a Pole Battle Royal, climbing a pole to grab the $10,000 prize
- World Class Texas Champion Matt Borne defeated The Iron Sheik
- Eric Embry defeated Shaun Simpson in a Steel Cage match to win the World Class Light Heavyweight Title
- Kevin Von Erich, Chris Adams & Steve Simpson defeated Terry Gordy, Buddy Roberts & Iceman Parsons in a Steel Cage match to win the vacant World Class Six Man Tag Team Title
- World Class Champion Al Perez defeated Kerry Von Erich in a steel cage match

Greenville, South Carolina:
- Nelson Royal (sub. for Johnny Ace) fought Kendall Windham to a draw
- Ricky Santana defeated Thunderfoot #1
- Mike Rotunda defeated the Italian Stallion
- Shaska Whatley defeated Rocky King
- Brad Armstrong & Tim Horner defeated the Barbarian & John Savage
- The Barbarian won a $20,000 25-man Bunkhouse Stampede

Knoxville, Tennessee:
- Lord Humongous (Sid Vicious) defeated Danny Davis for the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title

St. Joseph, Missouri:
- Dave Peterson defeated Bob Brown to win the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title


Tampa, Florida:
- Mike Graham defeated The Terminator to win the vacant NWA Florida Heavyweight Title 

Portland, Oregon:
- Top Gun defeated The Grappler to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title


Atlanta, Georgia: 
- The Minotaur pinned the Juicer 
- Brian Pillman & NWA TV Champion Tom Zenk defeated Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin
- Michael Wallstreet pinned Tim Horner
- NWA US Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner defeated the Master Blasters
- The Junkyard Dog pinned the Iron Sheik 
- WCW US Champion Lex Luger & El Gigante defeated the Big Cat & the Motor City Madman
- NWA World Champion Sting defeated Ric Flair via count-out at the 18-minute mark
- NWA Tag Team Champions Doom defeated Arn Anderson & Barry Windham in a steel cage match


Atlanta, Georgia:
- Tom Zenk defeated Larry Zbyzsko via reverse decision
- Johnny B. Badd & PN News defeated Diamond Dallas Page & Teddy Long 
- WCW TV Champion Steve Austin fought Scott Steiner to a 15-minute time-limit draw 
- WCW US Champion Rick Rude defeated Sting via disqualification 
- Abdullah the Butcher & Cactus Jack defeated Van Hammer & El Gigante 
- Jushin Liger pinned WCW Light Heavyweight Champion Brian Pillman to win the title 
- WCW Tag Team Champions Ricky Steamboat & Dustin Rhodes defeated Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match 
- WCW World Champion Lex Luger pinned Rick Steiner


Knoxville, Tennessee:
- Jimmy Golden beat Dixie Dynamite
- Tracy Smothers beat Robert Fuller
- Brian Lee & The Mongolian Stomper beat Kevin Sullivan & The Nightstalker via DQ
- Tim Horner & Ronnie Garvin beat The Dirty White Boy & Paul Orndorff
- SMW Tag Champs The Rock-n-Roll Express beat The Heavenly Bodies (Lane & Pritchard) & Jim Cornette in a "handicap" match 

Carolina, Puerto Rico:
- Mohammad Hussein (Lou Fabbiano) and El Vigilante defeated Ray Gonzalez and Rex King to win the WWC World Tag Team Title 

Jacksonville, Florida:
- Erik Watts defeated Steve Austin
- Paul E. Dangerously defeated Madusa in a 5-minute challenge
- Brian Pillman defeated Brad Armstrong
- Barry Windham defeated Dustin Rhodes
- Johnny B. Badd defeated Scotty Flamingo in a boxing match
- Barry Windham & Big Van Vader defeated WCW World Champion Ron Simmons & NWA World Champion Masahiro Chono
- Sting defeated the Great Muta
- WCW/NWA Tag Team Champions Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas defeated Jushin Liger & Kensuke Sasaki


SMW Christmas Chaos: Knoxville, Tennessee:
- Chris Candido pinned Brian Armstrong
- Prince Kharis TKO Bobby Blaze
- Ron & Don Harris NC Moondogs Rex & Spot
- Dick Murdoch pinned The Bullet
- The Heavenly Bodies (Pritchard & Del Rey) beat Doug & Mike Furnas 
- SMW Champ Brian Lee beat Tracy Smothers and The Dirty White Boy in a "triple threat" match

Denver, Colorado:
- Tiki Tapu defeated Don Juan
- Johnny B. Badd defeated Paul Roma
- Paul Orndorff defeated Erik Watts
- Steve Austin defeated Brian Pillman
- 2 Cold Scorpio & Marcus Alexander Bagwell defeated Harlem Heat (sub. for WCW Tag Team Champions the Nasty Boys) at 20:41
- Ric Flair defeated WCW International World Champion Rick Rude via disqualification 
- WCW World Champion Big Van Vader pinned Sting 
- WCW International World Champion Rick Rude won a battle royal

Dallas, Texas:
- Black Bart and John Hawk (JBL) defeated Steven Dane and Chaz Taylor for the Global Wrestling Federation Tag Team Title 
- Chris Adams defeated Iceman King Parsons to win the GWF North American Heavyweight Title 


SMW Christmas Chaos: Knoxville, Tennessee:
- The Power Ranger (Ted Allen) pinned D-Lo Brown
- Tracy Smothers beat Bryant Anderson in an "I quit" match
- Buddy Landell defeated SMW Heavyweight Champion the Dirty White Boy via disqualification
- Cactus Jack & Tracy Smothers defeated Chris Candido & Boo Bradley in a falls count anywhere match 
- Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson defeated SMW Tag Team Champions New Jack & Mustafa to win the titles 


Nashville, Tennessee:
- Mike Rapada won the NWA North American Heavyweight from Terry Taylor 

Toluca, Mexico:
- El Cobarde, Sr. defeated El Hijo del Solitario to win the Mexican National Heavyweight Title