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Best Christmas Day Wrestling Matches EVER: Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels and more

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The festive season has always had a special place in the hearts of wrestling fans, particularly when reminiscing about the thrilling Christmas Day matches that have graced the squared circle over the years.

From high-flying action to intense drama, these bouts have become a significant part of wrestling history. Let’s dive into some of the most memorable Christmas Day matches, featuring legends like Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels.

Best Christmas Day Matches: The Dawn of The Rockers: Midnight Rockers vs. Doug Somers & Buddy Rose (1986)

On Christmas Day 1986, the AWA presented a steel cage match that would become a cornerstone in the careers of Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty, then known as the Midnight Rockers.

Facing off against the formidable duo of Doug Somers and “Playboy” Buddy Rose, the Midnight Rockers showcased their burgeoning talent.

This match was a precursor to their eventual success in the World Wrestling Federation, where they became simply known as The Rockers.

A Christmas Surprise: The Bar vs. Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan (2017)

WWE’s last live Christmas Day show in 2017 featured a RAW Tag Team Championship match that surprised many.

Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan, an unlikely pairing, captured the titles from The Bar in a match that marked a high point in Jordan’s career before his unfortunate early retirement due to injury.

This victory remains a poignant reminder of what could have been for Jason Jordan.

Christmas Day Wrestling: A Feud for the Ages: The Gangstas vs. Rock ‘n’ Roll Express (1994)

In Smoky Mountain Wrestling’s 1994 Christmas Chaos event, The Gangstas (New Jack and Mustafa Saed) defended their Tag Team Championship against the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express.

This match was a highlight in a violent and memorable feud, with the added twist of Jim Cornette siding with Morton and Gibson.

The Gangstas’ tenure in SMW set the stage for their later success in Extreme Championship Wrestling.

International Showdown: Brian Pillman vs. Jushin Thunder Liger (1991)

WCW’s 1991 Christmas Day event in Atlanta saw Jushin Thunder Liger’s first match in the United States, challenging Brian Pillman for the WCW Light Heavyweight Championship.

Liger’s victory marked a significant moment in wrestling history, showcasing the international appeal and talent exchange that WCW was known for. This match was a precursor to many more encounters between these two dynamic performers.

A Historic Cage Match: Ric Flair vs. Kerry Von Erich (1982)

Topping our list is the epic No Disqualification Steel Cage Match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship between Ric Flair and Kerry Von Erich at WCCW’s Christmas Star Wars in 1982.

With Michael Hayes as the special guest referee, this match not only delivered in-ring excitement but also ignited one of wrestling’s most storied feuds between the Von Erichs and The Freebirds. This match stands as a testament to the drama and athleticism that professional wrestling can offer.

FAQ

  • What makes these Christmas Day matches special? These matches are remembered for their historical significance, the quality of the performances, and their impact on the careers of the wrestlers involved.
  • Are these matches available to watch online? Some of these matches can be found on the WWE Network and other streaming platforms, though availability may vary by region.
  • Who were the Midnight Rockers? The Midnight Rockers were the early incarnation of Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty’s tag team, which later became known as The Rockers in the WWF.
  • What was the significance of the Ric Flair vs. Kerry Von Erich match? This match is notable for its high stakes, intense rivalry, and the way it kick-started the feud between the Von Erichs and The Freebirds, becoming a pivotal moment in wrestling history.
  • Did these matches influence modern wrestling? Yes, these matches have influenced the style, storytelling, and presentation of modern professional wrestling, setting standards and creating legacies that continue to resonate.
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