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Daily pro wrestling history (12/25): One of the biggest nights in North American wrestling

1902 

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
 
1905

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
 
1965

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

1967

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

1968 

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

1970

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

1975

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)

1977 

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

1978

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:
- Austin Idol defeated Jerry Lawler to win the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship

1979

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

1980

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

1982 

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

1983 

Dallas, Texas:
- Ric Flair beat David Von Erich via DQ to retain the NWA World Title
- Kevin & Mike Von Erich beat Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts in the losing team has to leave 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 

1984 

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

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

1985

St. Paul, Minnesota:
- AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Stan Hansen 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 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)

1986

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

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 Title

1987 

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

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

1988 

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

1991 

Atlanta, Georgia:
- Jushin Liger defeated Brian Pillman to win the WCW light heavyweight title

1992 

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

1993

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 

1999

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