Hamilton’s wrestling history: Steve Austin, Undertaker, The Rock and more on this day in 1997

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Published December 28, 2023 at 10:00 am

Steve Austin and Dude Love
Stone Cold Steve Austin and Dude Love. An unlikely tag-team pairing

There was a time when the First Ontario Centre – then known as Copp’s Coliseum – was a major venue in the world of professional wrestling.

All the big names in sports entertainment made appearances at the iconic venue from 1986 to 2013, with its heyday coming in the late 80s and into the 90s – a time when the WWF (the name was eventually changed to WWE to appease the World Wildlife Fund, which claimed copyright) was at its peak of popularity.

Copp’s Coliseum

On this day (December 28) in 1997 Stone Cold Steve Austin took centre stage in Hamilton, teaming up with Dude Love to take down Shawn Michaels and Triple H in a tag-team match main event.

The actual WWF Tag Team title was also on the line on this night, with the New Age Outlaws earning the decision over the New Blackjacks.

There were other big names on the card as well, including Undertaker, who defeated the Artist Formerly Known as Goldust in a Casket Match; and the legendary Ken Shamrock, who earned a win against one of wrestling’s biggest-ever superstars (and future movie star), The Rock.

Other events included Marc Mero winning over Scott Taylor; Disciplines of Apocalypse winning a tag-team match over Los Boricuas; Flash Funk defeating Faarooq; Glen Kulka defeating Adam Copeland and a 2-on1 Handicap match between Kang and Most & Thrasher, which ended in a no-contest with no winner declared.

Undertaker and Goldust

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