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Dec 28, 2018

RUNNING TIME: 3 Hours 31 Minutes
Hosted by Don Tony

SYNOPSIS: Episode 52 (12/25 - 12/31)

  • Audio: Iron Sheik def Bob Backlund to win WWF Heavyweight Title. Includes promos from Backlund and Iron Shiek.
  • Audio: Macho Man Randy Savage def Terry Taylor to win NWA Mid America Heavyweight Title.
  • Audio: Hulk Hogan abruptly leaves AWA and returns to WWF.
  • Mean Gene Okerlund makes his WWF debut.
  • Macho Man Randy Savage marries Miss Elizabeth (for real).
  • Looking back at NWA and AWA 'Star Wars' (1985).
  • Madusa wins AWA World Women's Championship.
  • Vader debuts for NJPW and defeats Antonio Inoki and almost causes a riot
  • Audio: Vader speaks on NJPW debut and defeating Inoki.
  • Looking back at WCW Starrcade 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998.
  • Lou Thesz wrestles last ever match at age 74.
  • The Christmas Creature (Kane) loses Mask vs Title match against Jerry Lawler.
  • Audio: Jerry Lawler, Kane, and Mad Man Pondo look back at the 'Christmas Creature'.
  • Audio: Macho Man's Holiday message to kids at 4th Annual George Steinbrenner Children's Holiday Concert For Underprivileged Kids Of Tampa (FL).
  • Audio: Highlights of Ric Flair def Vader (Starrcade '93) to regain WCW Heavyweight Championship.
  • ECW makes their New York City debut.
  • Audio: Cactus Jack vs Sabu in NCAA Olympic Rules match (ECW Holiday Hell 1995).
  • Akira Hokuto def Madusa in Tournament Final to win WCW Women's Championship.
  • Audio: Sting def Hollywood Hogan to win WCW Heavyweight Championship.
  • Audio: Kevin Nash ends Goldberg's 173-0 Undefeated Streak and wins WCW Heavyweight Championship.
  • DT looks back at WCW ratings before and after Goldberg's undefeated streak ended. Was it really the monumental mistake and ratings killer many have labeled it over the years?
  • Audio: Moolah (76) and Mae Young (76) vs Crash and Hardcore Holly.
  • WWF tapes Raw and Mankind winning first WWF Heavyweight Championship (Airs on 01/04/1999 Raw, the date WWF recognizes).
  • Audio: Chris Jericho and Chyna become Co-IC Champs after double pin - A three week title reign not recognized by WWE.
  • Audio: Raven wins his first of 27 WWF Hardcore Title reigns.
  • Bonus Audio: Chris Jericho Taco Bell Commercial (2000).
  • Looking back at Ring Of Honor: Final Battle 2004 and 2008.
  • Audio: Austin Aries ends Samoa Joe 645 day reign as ROH World Heavyweight Champion.
  • Joanie Laurer rushed to hospital, considered too wasted to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
  • WWE signs Tamina Snuka and Sin Cara (aka Hunico).
  • TNA signs Nick and Matt Jackson (Young Bucks).
  • WWE announces Bret Hart returning to WWE Raw (as Guest Host) after ten year absence. 
  • Tommy Dreamer wrestles last match for WWE ECW.
  • CZW wrestler Nick Gage arrested after robbing NJ Bank.
  • Brock Lesnar announces retirement from MMA one day after TKO loss to Alistar Overeem at UFC 141.
  • Audio: Daniel Bryan joins The Wyatt Family.
  • WWE announces strict enforcement of requirement that all WWE Superstars carry Medical Insurance.
  • And so much more!

NOTABLE BIRTHDAYS: Bronko Lubich, Tim Arson, Mark Starr, Pete Managoff, Joanie Laurer, Jerry Tuite, Gran Markus, Joe Dusek, Karl von Brauner, Dave Morgan, Luther Lindsay, Jack Vansky, Woody Farmer, Wilbur Snyder, MS-1, Dick Torio, Mike Mazurki (RIP), Strong Kobayashi and Dean Ho 78, Demolition Ax 71, Tatsumi Fujinami and Bill Kazmaier 65, Lanny Poffo 64, Pantera Sureña 63, Tony Zane 60, Mark Madden 58, Tornado Negro 56, Mike Barton 53, Bill Goldberg 52, Pierre Carl Ouellet 51, Mideon 50, Nobukazu Hirai and Tom Howard 49, Diablo 47, MIKAMI, Braden Walker and Tony Rivera 45, Ryan Sakoda 44, Vance Nevada 43, Kristi Myst 42, B-Boy and Psycho Mike 40, Hiroshi Nagao and Justin Roberts 39, Cesaro and Matt Cross 38, Kamakazi Kid 37, JT LaMotta 36, Eddie Edwards, El Desperado and Kyle Maverick 35, Ariel 34, Rusev and Taryn Terrell 33, Laredo Kid 32, Andy Leavine and Wil Maximo 31, Infierno 29, Rey Fénix and Zelina Vega 28, Rachael Ellering 26

NOTABLE PRO WRESTLING DEBUTS: Angelo Mosca (1960), Jim Brunzell (1972), Akebono (2004), Sienna (2008), Brian Pillman Jr (2017)

NOTABLE DEATHS: Sam Muchnick 93, Luigi Macera 88, Amazing Zuma 85, Andy Tremaine 84, Pete Mymko 81, Chico Cortez and Kenny Mayne 77, Bill Dromo 75, Armand Hussein 73, Earl Freeman 67, Jay Clayton 64, Ari Romero 62, Emilio Charles Jr 55, Tank Patton 52, Motoshi Okuma 51, Buddy Wayne 50, Dr Death Steve Williams 49, Gorgeous George 48, Mike Davis 45, Danny Fargo 44, Rollin' Hard 34, Ed Gantner 31, Yukon Braxton 24

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