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Daily Pro Wrestling History (04/27): Austin Idol defeats Jerry Lawler in a hair vs. hair match

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1944

Kansas City, Kansas:

- Dave Levin beat Orville Brown to capture the MWA World Heavyweight Title 1 fall to 0 (the match was halted due to the midnight curfew however, Brown refused to give up his belt since the bout was scheduled 2 out of 3 falls. Future promoter Gus Karras was the referee and awarded the match to Levin) 

- Lee Wyckoff beat Bill Kuusisto 2 falls to 1

1963

St. Paul, Minnesota:

- AWA Champion Verne Gagne defeated Hercules Cortes in a 2 out of 3 falls match

- AWA Tag Team Champions Ivan Kalmikoff & Karol Kalmikoff beat Doug Gilbert & Joe Scarpello 2 out of 3 alls

- Crusher beat Butch Levy 

- Women’s Champion Kay Noble beat Jessica Rogers

- Rocky Hamilton beat Bob Boyer 

- Eddie Sharkey beat Bill Green 

1972

Kansas City, Kansas:

- Black Angus defeated Danny Little Bear in three falls to win the Central States Heavyweight Title

- Ronnie Etchison defeated Blackjack Black

- Billy Howard defeated Benny Ramirez

- Terry Martin fought Omar Atlas to a draw (15:00)

- The Stomper & Rufus R. Jones defeated Chati Yokouchi & Yasu Fuji in three falls

- Victor the Wrestling Bear defeated Harley Race via countout

1973

St. Louis, Missouri:

- Missouri Champion Gene Kiniski defeated Harley Race, who was DQ’ed by special referee Joe Louis

- Bruno Sammartino defeated The Invader inside the 7-foot high chain link fence

- Invader unmasked to be Dick Murdoch

- Terry Funk and Big Bill Miller defeated Rufus R. Jones and Pat O’Connor 

- Rip Hawk draw Jerry Brisco

- Billy the Kid and Little Bobo Johnson defeated Little Jumbo and Johnny Reb

- George Steele (no longer billed as Jim) defeated Louis Tillet

- Dan Miller draw Ronnie Etchison

1975

Green Bay, Wisconsin:

- AWA Tag Team Champions Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens defeated Superstar Billy Graham & Dusty Rhodes in a 2 out of 3 falls match

1976

Omaha, Nebraska:

- Cage match: Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Bobby Duncum & Bobby Heenan

- Larry Hennig beat Baron Von Raschke

- Chris Taylor beat Kim Duk

- Mad Dog Vachon beat Dick Blood (Ricky Steamboat)

- Russ Francis drew Blackjack Lanza

1979

St. Louis, Missouri:

- NWA Champion Harley Race defeated Ted DiBiase in 2 out of 3 falls

- King Kong Brody defeated Ox Baker

- Fritz and David Von Erich defeated Jerry Brown and Siegfried Stanke

- Dick the Bruiser defeated Rip Hawk

- Marie Laverne defeated Early Dawn

- Bobo Brazil and Bryan St. John defeated Bulldog Bob Brown and Roger Kirby

1981

Augusta, Georgia:

- Tommy Rich defeated Harley Race for the NWA World Heavyweight Title 

1986

Cleveland, Ohio:

- Teijo Khan defeated the Italian Stallion

- Jimmy Valiant defeated Pez Whatley via disqualification

- NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion Black Bart defeated Sam Houston

- Magnum TA defeated Baron Von Raschke

- Dusty Rhodes & Wahoo McDaniel defeated NWA National Heavyweight Champion Tully Blanchard & NWA TV Champion Arn Anderson in a bullrope Indian strap match

- NWA Tag Team Champions Bobby Eaton & Dennis Condrey defeated the Road Warriors via disqualification

- NWA World Champion Ric Flair defeated Ron Garvin in a No DQ, no count-out, no time limit match

1987

Memphis, Tennessee:

- Bambi & The Hunter beat Emily Arthur & Alan Martin when Bambi pinned Arthur

- Mark Starr & Steve Keirn beat The Mercenaries to win the CWA International Tag Title

- Mr. Shima & Mr. Helo beat John Paul & JT Southern

- Chick Donovan & Jack Hart beat Soul Train Jones & Rocky Johnson

- Paul Diamond pinned Billy Joe Travis in a no DQ match

- Jeff Jarrett pinned Pat Tanaka in a steel cage match

- Austin Idol defeated Jerry Lawler to win the Southern Heavyweight Title in a hair vs. hair steel cage match

1991

St. Louis, Missouri: (The final wrestling event held at Keil Auditorium)

- Brad Armstrong pinned Rip Rogers

- Dustin Rhodes pinned Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker

- Big Josh defeated Dutch Mantel

- Brian Pillman pinned El Cubano

- WCW Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner defeated Stan Hansen & the Master Blaster (Kevin Nash)

- WCW US Champion Lex Luger fought Nikita Koloff to a double disqualification

- Ron Simmons pinned Butch Reed

- WCW World Champion Ric Flair & WCW TV Champion Arn Anderson defeated Sting & El Gigante

1992

Atlanta, Georgia:

- Barry Windham defeated Steve Austin for the WCW Television Title 

Memphis, Tennessee:

- Brian Christopher defeated Tom Pritchard in a match for the held up USWA Southern Heavyweight Title

1997

Memphis, Tennessee:

- Jerry Lawler defeated King Reginald (Reggie B. Fine) for the USWA Unified Heavyweight Title 

2000

San Diego, California:

- The Prototype (John Cena) defeated Smelly to win the Ultimate Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Title

2003

WWE Backlash: Worchester, Massachusettes:

- Scott Steiner defeated Rico

- Team Angle (Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas) defeated Los Guerreros (Eddie Guerrero and Chavo Guerrero) to retain the WWE Tag Team titles

- Sean O'Haire (with Roddy Piper) defeated Rikishi

- Rob Van Dam and Kane defeated The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) to retain the World Tag Team Championship

- Jazz (with Theodore Long) defeated Trish Stratus to win the WWE Women's Championship

- Big Show defeated Rey Mysterio

- Brock Lesnar defeated John Cena to retain the WWE Championship

- Triple H, Ric Flair and Chris Jericho defeated Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash and Booker T

- Goldberg defeated The Rock

2007

Memphis Wrestling: Memphis, Tennessee:

- Moondog Cujo with "Big Cheese" Sal Corrente beat The Barbarian 

- Greg Valentine beat Mr. Hughes 

- Jazz beat Christie Ricci & Miss Passion in a triple threat Ladies Match

- Abdullah The Butcher vs Big Al Greene was No Contest 

- Bill Dundee/Dutch Mantell with Jimmy Valiant beat Koko Ware/Bobby Eaton with Slick

- Brutus Beefcake/Bubba The Love Sponge beat The New Assassins with "Big Cheese" Sal Corrente

- Brian Christopher beat Buff Bagwell 

- Southern Tag Team Title Match: Ricky Morton/Kid Kash beat "Too Cool 2" to win the titles

- Hulk Hogan beat Paul Wright 

2008

WWE Backlash: Baltimore, Maryland:

- Triple H won the WWE Title defeating John Cena, JBL and Randy Orton

- John Morrison and The Miz defeated Jimmy Wang Yang and Shannon Moore

- Matt Hardy defeated Montel Vontavious Porter to win the WWE United States Championship

- Kane defeated Chavo Guerrero to retain the ECW Championship

- Big Show defeated The Great Khali

- Shawn Michaels defeated Batista

- Beth Phoenix, Melina, Layla, Jillian Hall, Victoria, and Natalya defeated Mickie James, Maria, Ashley, Michelle McCool, Cherry, and Kelly Kelly

- The Undertaker defeated Edge to retain the World Heavyweight Championship

2017

NJPW Road to Wrestling Dontaku: Hiroshima, Japan:

- Tomoyuki Oka, Hirai Kawato & Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Katsuya Kitamura, Shota Umino & Tiger Mask

- Will Ospreay & Toru Yano defeated TAKA Michinoku & El Desperado 

- Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & David Finlay defeated Guerrillas of Destiny & Chase Owens

- Roppongi Vice defeated Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight tag titles

- Ryusuke Taguchi, Yoshitatsu, Juice Robinson, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Ricochet defeated SANADA, Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI, EVIL & Hiromu Takahashi

- Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi & Kenny Omega defeated Kazuchika Okada, YOSHI-HASHI & Tomohiro Ishii

- Minoru Suzuki defeated Hirooki Goto to win the NEVER Openweight Championship

2018

WWE Greatest Royal Rumble: Saudi Arabia:

- John Cena pinned HHH

- Cedric Alexander retained the cruiserweight title over Kalisto 

- Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt beat Sheamus & Cesaro for the vacant Raw tag team titles

- Jeff Hardy pinned Jinder Mahal to retain the U.S. title

- Luke Harper & Erick Rowan beat the Usos to retain the Smackdown tag titles

- Seth Rollins retained the IC title in a ladder match over Samoa Joe, The Miz and Finn Balor 

- A.J. Styles double count out Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the WWE title 

- Undertaker beat Rusev in a casket match

- Brock Lesnar beat Roman Reigns to retain the Universal title in a cage match 

- Braun Strowman won the 50 man Royal Rumble