We’re now on the countdown to Christmas 2015, and to take the sight off the doom and gloom in the buildup to this time of the year we shall be counting down the 15 Days till Christmas by bringing you a random wrestling fact on each day, with something related to the specific number of days left till Christmas. Yesterday, amongst other things we bought you Ric Flair, 16-time World Champion, and now here we go with Number 15…
Random Fact Number 15: December 15. 2013
On this day, it marked WWE holding their annual Tables, Ladders and Chairs event in Houston, Texas. It also marked the time when two championships became one, when WWE Champion Randy Orton faced off against World Heavyweight Champion John Cena in a TLC title unification match, to crown the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Two titles were created back in 2002, following the brand extension to give a predominant championship for each the RAW and SmackDown! brands as previously there had being the WWE Undisputed Championship which was created in December 2001 at Vengeance from the unification of the WWE and WCW Championships following the culimination of the Invasion angle.
Other Number 15 Random Facts
- WrestleMania XV: whilst this match is notable for the first WrestleMania encounter of Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, it should also be noted for the final WWE appearance of WWE Hall of Fame superstar, Gorilla Monsoon who appeared frail due to his declining health. Monsoon later died in October 1999.
- Royal Rumble 2002: at the 15th annual Royal Rumble event, this marked the first in-ring appearance of Ric Flair on WWE television since January 25 1993. At the event, he faced off against Vince McMahon in a Street Fight, and after a gruesome and bloody effort won after McMahon tapped out to the Figure Four Leg Lock.
- July 15. 1951: on this day, a child called James George Janos was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He would later become known to millions of fans as Jesse “The Body” Ventura, former WWE wrestler and commentator, 2004 Hall of Fame entrant but notably former Governor of Minnesota.
- November 15. 1952: on this day, a child called Randy Mario Poffo was born in Columbus, Ohio. He would later become known to millions of fans as “Macho Man” Randy Savage, multi-time WWE and WCW Champion and 2015 Hall of Fame entrant. After retiring full-time in 1999, he focused on acting work until his death in 2011.
- John Cena: he is catching up on our December 10 countdown star, Ric Flair but to date Cena has 15 WWE Championship reigns under his wing, which include 12 reigns as WWE World Heavyweight Champion and 3 reigns as World Heavyweight Champion. Surely, it is only a matter of time before he accomplishes number 16.
- SummerSlam 2002: whilst the 15th annual SummerSlam is notable for Brock Lesnar becoming the youngest WWE Champion in history, this show is also notable for the in-ring return of Shawn Michaels for the first time since WrestleMania XIV. He went on to defeat Triple H in a brutal but amazing non-sanctioned match.
- Survivor Series 2001: at the 15th annual Survivor Series event, this marked an end to The Invasion angle when Team WWE defeated Team Alliance (WCW & ECW) in the Traditional Elimination match main event when Kurt Angle betrayed The Alliance to allow Team WWE to pick up the win. Sadly, the whole angle is forgettable…
- January 15. 1970: on this day, a child called Shane Brandon McMahon was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland to parents Vince and Linda McMahon. He later became a WWE Official and Executive, along with the occasional stint as a WWE performer until his departure in 2010, after working for the company for more than 20 years.
- March 15. 1977: on this day, wrestling legend Antonino Rocca passed away at the age of 49 following complications from a chest infection. Rocca, one of the best known wrestlers of the 1940s, 50s and 60s later worked on commentary with a young Vince McMahon on the WWWF Weekly TV show.
- January 15. 2015: on this day, Jerry Lawler made his debut on WWE SmackDown! as part of the commentary team alongside Michael Cole and Byron Saxton, effectively ending his near 19-year run as commentator of Monday Night RAW.
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