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On this day in pro wrestling history: Murdoch vs. Bruiser, Bockwinkel vs. Tsuruta, Rockers vs. Rose & Somers, Benoit wins Super Juniors, Kane & Mankind win WWF tag title

By Brian Hoops

1936 - Yvon Robert defeated Danno O'Mahoney for the AWA (Boston-based American Wrestling Association, World Heavyweight Title in Montreal.

1939 - In Kansas City, Kansas; Orville Brown beat Mike Kilonis in 2 straight falls, Bob Castle and Prospector Pete  
drew, Steve Brody beat Bill Davison and Don George defeated Abe Freeman (promoter: George D. Simpson).

1944 - At Memorial Hall in Kansas City; MWA World Heavyweight Champion Lee Wykoff defeated Billy Bartush in 2 out of 3 falls. 

1945 - Dave Levin defeated Bobby Managoff in Houston, Texas to win the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title.

1968 - In Minneapolis, Minnesota; Dr X beat Wilbur Snyder in 2 out of 3 falls, Dick the Bruiser & the Crusher beat Mad Dog Vachon & Butcher Vachon and Bill Watts no contest Harley Race

1972 - In Kansas City; Central States Heavyweight Champion Harley Race defeated Bob Ellis and Roger Kirby & Black Angus & Percival A. Friend beat Rufus R. Jones & Danny Little Bear

1973 - In Denver, Colorado; In a No Time Limit match; The Crusher beat Superstar Billy Graham by dq. Also, Ivan Koloff beat Ken Patera in 2 out of 3 falls, Ricky Romero beat Roger Kirby, Reggie Parks beat Rene Goulet and Greg Gagne drew Bob Bruggers. 

1976 - In Omaha, Nebraska; In a Lumberjack match, Larry Hennig & Jos Leduc beat Mad Dog Vachon & Baron Von Raschke, Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Blackjack Lanza & Bobby Duncum in 2 out of 3 falls and Peter Maivia beat Buddy Wolff

1979 - Dick Murdoch defeated Dick The Bruiser to win the NWA Missouri Heavyweight title in St. Louis. 

1979 - In Denver, Colorado; AWA Tag Team Champions Verne Gagne & Mad Dog Vachon beat Nick Bockwinkel & Bobby Duncum, Greg Gagne beat Ray Stevens, Billy Robinson beat Jesse Ventura dq and Paul Ellering drew Super Destroyer Mark II.

1982 - In Regina, SK; Mr. Hito beat AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel by dq, Bruce Hart & Davey Boy Smith beat Danny Davis & Ken Wayne by countout, Duke Myers beat Mike Hammer and Gerry Morrow beat Bad News Allen via dq. 

1983 - In Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan in a non title match, Jumbo Tsuruta beat AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel

1986 - In St. Paul, Minnesota; In a Non Title match; Nord The Barbarian beat AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel, Midnight Rockers beat Buddy Rose & Doug Somers to win AWA Tag Title (Decision later reversed as Somers was ruled to be the wrong man pinned) and Jimmy Snuka beat Colonel DeBeers by countout. 

1989 - Riki Choshu & Takayuki Iizuka defeated Super Strong Machine & George Takano to win the International Wrestling Grand Prix World Tag Team Title. 

1982 - Mr. Fuji & Mr. Saito defeated Chief Jay & Jules Strongbow for the WWF World Tag Team Title in Allentown, Pennsylvania

1991 - The Lightning Kid (Sean Waltman) defeated Jerry Lynn in Dallas, Texas to win a tournament to crown the first Global Wrestling Federation Light Heavyweight Champion. 

1992 - Ricky Morton defeated Eddie Gilbert for the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1995 - Wild Pegasus (Chris Benoit) defeated Shinjiro Ohtani to win the finals of New Japan's "Best Of The Super Junior" tournament.  

1996 - Shane Douglas defeated Chris Jericho, Too Cold Scorpio and Pitbull #2 to win the ECW TV Title in Philadelphia, PA.

1997 - Doomsday defeated Spellbinder for the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1998 - Kane & Mankind defeated Billy Gunn & the Road Dog for the WWF World Tag Team Title in East Rutherford, New Jersey