Daily Pro Wrestling History (12/22): Rikidozan becomes Japanese Heavyweight Champion


New York City, New York:
– Wladek Zbyszko defeated Ed “Strangler” Lewis in a tournament final to stake his claim as the World Heavyweight Champion


Hollywood, California:
– Wild Red Berry defeated Billy Varga to win the NWA World Light Heavyweight Title


Wichita, Kansas:
– MWA Title match: Orville Brown beat Cowboy Roy Graham to retain the title 
– Vic Holbrook beat Jerry Meeker 
– Bobby Bruns beat Jack Hader 
– Jay Steele beat Elmer (Zeke) Estep


Tacoma, Washington:
– Frank Stojack defeated Leo Wallick to win the Pacific Northwest Junior Heavyweight Title


Tokyo, Japan:
– Rikidozan becomes the first and only Japanese Heavyweight Champion by defeating Masahiko Kimura


Fresno, Calfornia:
– Enrique Torres and Ronnie Etchison defeated Ben and Mike Sharpe for the San Francisco version of the NWA World Tag Team Title 


Chattanooga, Tennessee:
– Bill Monroe defeated Mike Clancy for the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title in Chattanooga, Tennessee


Tampa, Florida:
– Mr. Saito defeated Dale Lewis to win the Florida Heavyweight Title


Tampa, Florida:
– Tarzan Tyler defeated Dusty Rhodes for the Florida Brass Knuckles Title 


Miami, Florida:
– The Australians (Larry O’Day and Ron Miller) defeated The Alaskans (Mike York and Frank Monte) to win the Florida Tag Team Titles


Tampa, Florida:
– Tarzan Tyler won a tournament to win the vacant Florida Brass Knuckles Title 


Bayaman, Puerto Rico:
– Dory Funk, Jr. and Terry Funk defeated Invaders I and II for the WWC Tag Team Titles

Mexico City, Mexico:
– El Halcon defeated El Gran Markus to win the National Heavyweight title


Memphis, Tennessee:
– Gypsy Joe, Tojo Yamamoto, & The Angel drew Ricky Morton, Koko Ware, & Sonny King
– Billy Robinson beat Tommy Gilbert
– Tommy Rich & Bill Dundee beat Guy Mitchell & Roger Kirby to win the Southern Tag Team Titles
– Tony Charles beat Bobby Eaton & Jimmy Hart in a “handicap hair vs. loser leaves town” match 
– Tommy Rich beat Jimmy Valiant in a “back alley street brawl” match


Bremen, Germany:
– Tony St. Clair won a tournament to become the first Catch Wrestling Association World Middleweight Title


Memphis, Tennessee:
– Paul Diamond beat Tarzan Goto
– Big Bubba, Goliath, & Downtown Bruno beat Jerry Bryant & Lou Winston & Emily Arthur
– Jonathon Boyd beat Pat Tanaka
– Don Bass & Buddy Wayne beat Davey Haskins & John Paul
– Tracy Smothers beat Boy Tony in a “back alley brawl” match
– Jeff Jarrett & Billy Joe Travis beat The Rock-n-Roll RPMs via DQ
– Jerry Lawler DCO Tommy Rich


Bremen, Germany:
– Bull Power (Leon White) defeated Otto Wanz to win the Catch Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title


Minneapolis, Minnesota:
– Ricky Rice defeated The Lightning Kid (Sean Waltman) for the Pro Wrestling America Light Heavyweight Title 


Vancouver, Washington:
– Buddy Wayne defeated Bart Sawyer to win the Championship Wrestling USA Television Title 


– Triple H pinned Shawn Michaels when Michaels laid down for Triple H to win the WWF Eurpoean Title


Puebla, Mexico:
– Ultimo Guerrero defeated Dos Caras Jr (Alberto Del Rio) to win the CMLL title


Cornelia, Georgia:
– A.J. Styles defeated Rick Michaels for the NWA Wildside Heavyweight Title 


Tokyo, Japan:
– Sasuke and Sasuke the Great defeated Dick Togo and Gedo to win the Universal Wrestling Association/Universal Wrestling Federation Intercontinental Tag Team Titles