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This Day in Wrestling History (Dec. 24): Wrestling with the Holidays

Today’s TDIPWH breaks format with some holiday wrestling moments.

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In the spirit of the holiday season (and as my gift to you), today’s TDIPWH will present some great—and not-so-great—moments from Christmas past.

  • From 1997, a Santa-dressed Steve Lombardi (best known as the Brooklyn Brawler) wanted Sable on his lap for Christmas. He got Stone Cold Steve Austin instead.
  • From 1988, Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan bring that Christmas spirit to Prime Time Wrestling. (full episode’s here!)
  • From the Christmas 2000 Smackdown, The Rock puts his own spin on the holiday classic, “The 12 Days of Christmas”.
  • Let’s not leave WCW out of the party. From the Christmas 1993 edition of WCW Saturday Night, Shockmaster Claus tells the kids of “The Night Before Christmas”.
  • Who else but the original ECW can blend together highlights of 1994 to Bob Seger’s cover of “Little Drummer Boy”?
  • Last year, WhatCulture put together a collection of some of the worst Christmas-themed moments in wrestling history (some of which will be touched upon here). Here’s an idea of how bad the collection gets: it OPENS with December to Dismember.
  • TNA may have been home to some of the worst gimmick matches in professional wrestling history (hello, reverse battle royal). Not nearly discussed enough is TNA’s “Silent Night, Bloody Night” match from the Christmas Impact in 2007. Or you can hear Bryan and Vinny of Figure Four Weekly discuss said match below.
  • In recent years, WWE got its roster together for a (usually bad, but otherwise harmless fun) sing-along. Check out this one from 2012.
  • And one from 2014, this time with all the superstars animated.
  • And here’s this year’s WWE holiday video. Superstars as emojis. It’s... kind of adorable.

Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, and happy Kwanzaa from Eddie Mac and everyone at Cageside Seats, the best wrestling community in this or any other galaxy. And if you don’t celebrate any of those, happy whatever you’re having.

And feel free to share your favorite holiday wrestling moments below.

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