On This Day In Wrestling History…December 12th

What happened in wrestling on December 12th? Stephanie McMahon betrayed her father Vince to begin a legendary WWE alliance with Triple H.

Triple H & Stephanie McMahon

Credit: WWE

1989 – WWE taped the ‘match part’ of their PPV concept ‘No Holds Barred: The Match, The Movie’ at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The PPV was a package of the ‘No Holds Barred’ movie accompanied by a tag team match pitting Hulk Hogan and Brutus ‘The Barber Beefcake against ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage and the film’s villain, Zeus (Tiny Lister). As in the movie, the good guys prevailed.

1990 – AWA World Heavyweight Champion Larry Zbyszko surrendered the title when he signed for WCW. The title was then retired and the company wound up the following year.

1999 – WWE presented the ‘Armageddon’ PPV at the National Car Rental Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The event was most notable for the true beginnings of the ‘McMahon-Helmsley era’ when Stephanie McMahon turned on her father Vince at the conclusion of his main event street fight with Triple H. In the storyline, Triple H had drugged and married Stephanie against her will in the weeks prior. It was revealed here that it was a ruse all along with the two being in cahoots to usurp Mr. McMahon from power in WWE.

2004 – WWE ‘Armageddon’ took place at the Gwinnett Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The main event saw John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield retain the WWE Championship in a Fatal-Four Way match against Booker T, The Undertaker and Eddie Guerrero. The event though is maybe best remembered for Daniel Puder being declared the winner of the ‘$1,000,000 Tough Enough’ competition. Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin was the runner up. Oh, and Kurt Angle defeated Santa Claus…

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2011 – On Raw from Norfolk Virginia, WWE held the annual Slammy Awards. CM Punk was a double winner, taking home trophies for Superstar Of The Year and Pipe Bomb Of The Year. The show also marked the return of Kane, wearing a mask for the first time since 2003.

2014 – Kyle O’Reilly defeated Ricochet to retain the PWG World Championship in Reseda, California. He was beaten moments later by Roderick Strong in a Guerrilla Warfare match.

2016 – On an episode of Raw from the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, The New Day were forced to defend their Raw Tag Team Championships in two separate triple threat matches. In the first, Big E and Kofi Kingston defeated The Bar and Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows. In the second, Big E and Xavier Woods bester Chris Jericho & Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns.

Notable Wrestling Birthdays:

  • Flip Gordon (1991)
  • Jigsaw (1983)
  • Jeremiah Riggs (1982)
  • Eddie Kingston (1981)
  • Chad Collyer (1974)
  • Ultimo Dragon (1966)
  • Sabu (1964)
  • Jason Knight (1963)
  • Gary Michael Capetta (1952)
  • Jose Lothario (1934)