On This Day In Wrestling History…December 3rd

On this day in wrestling, WWE produced possibly the worst PPV in their history in terms of both creativity and commercial success. Also, Nick Aldis made history.

Credit: WWE

1991 – WWE’s ‘This Tuesday in Texas’ PPV took place from the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas. The rare midweek PPV came just days after the Survivor Series and was headlined by Hulk Hogan winning back the WWF Championship that he had lost just days earlier from The Undertaker. Due to both matches ending under a cloud of shenanigans, the title was vacated a week later. This was the last midweek PPV run by WWE until Taboo Tuesday in 2004.

2000 – ECW ran their penultimate PPV, ‘Massacre On 34th Street’ from the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, New York. On the show, Danny Doring and Roadkill defeated the FBI (Little Guido and Tony Mamaluke) for the ECW Tag Team Championship. In the main event, Steve Corino retained the ECW World Heavyweight Championship in a three-way dance with Jerry Lynn and Justin Credible.

2005 – Joey Ryan defeated Kevin Steen (Kevin Owens) in Los Angeles, California to win the Pro Wrestling Guerilla Heavyweight Championship.

2006 – The James Brown Arena in Augusta, Georgia played host to what is thought by many to be the worst WWE PPV of all time – ECW December to Dismember. The show had only two matches advertised in advance and suffered the lowest pre-network buyrate of any WWE PPV in history with just 90,000 buys. The main event saw Bobby Lashley win the ECW Title in an Extreme Elimination Chamber where he defeated defending champion The Big Show, Rob Van Dam, Test, Hardcore Holly and CM Punk.

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2013 – At an Impact TV taping in Orlando, Florida, Nick Aldis defeated Jeff Hardy to win the TNA World Championship in a ‘Dixieland match’. With the win, Aldis became the first British wrestler to win a world championship in a major North American promotion.

Notable Wrestling Personalities Born On This Day:

  • Wolfgang (1986)
  • Jake Hager (1982)
  • Super Crazy (1973)
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