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On this day in pro wrestling history (July 1): Ric Flair stripped of WCW title, Von Erichs win WCCW tag titles

By Brian Hoops,

1933 - In Des Moines,Iowa; John Pesek beat Henry Graber in 2 straight falls and Alan Eustace drew Abe Kashey.

1934 - In Waterloo, Iowa; Bronko Nagurski beat Earl Wampler (Wampler was a late substitute for Ray Steele).

1940 - At Riverview Park in Des Moines, Iowa; World Heavyweight Champion Orville Brown defeated Allen Lovelock

1942 - At Riverview Park in Des Moines, Iowa; World Heavyweight Champion Orville Brown defeated Ray Steele 2 falls to 0, Tom Zaharias beat Carlos Rodriquez 2 falls to 0 and Jack Kennedy and Cowboy Luttrall went to a 30 minute draw. According to the Des Moines Register, Steele was called a “stablemate of Bill Longson, the National Wrestling Association’s champion” and Brown was “recognized by the Midwest Wrestling Association as its world champion.”

1949 - Cavernario Galindo defeated Tarzan Lopez for the Mexico National Light Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico

1950 - Leo Wallick defeated Bob Cummings to win the Pacific Coast Wrestling Junior Heavyweight Title.

1958 - Fritz Von Erich and Hans Hermann defeated Doc and Mike Gallagher in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the Minneapolis version of the NWA World Tag Team Title

1961 - Steve Stanlee defeated Frankie Talaber to win the Ohio Heavyweight Title in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

1962 - Rikidozan and Toyonobori defeated Mike Sharpe and Buddy Austin to win the JWA All Asia Tag Team Title in Osaka, Japan

1963 - Arthur Riccaldo defeated Norman Walsh to win the European Heavyweight Title in Beaumont, England.

1965 - At Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas; Cowboy Bob Ellis and Sonny Myers beat Bob Geigel and Dutch Savage and Johnny Valentine drew Pat O’Connor.

1966 - Michiaki Yoshimura and Giant Baba defeated Killer Karl Kox and Eddie Graham in Hiroshima, Japan, for the JWA All Asia Tag Team Title; Mark Lewin and Dominic DeNucci defeated Larry Hennig and Harley Race to win the International Wrestling Alliance World Tag Team Title in Sydney, Australia; Rene Guajardo defeated Jerry London to win the NWA World Middleweight Title in Monterrey, Mexico

1967 - Tamaya Soto and Great Yamaha (Kantaro Hoshino) defeated Billy and Jimmy Hines for the Mid-America version of the NWA World Tag Team Titles in Chattanooga, Tennessee

1968 - Abdullah the Butcher and Armand Hussein defeated Don Leo Jonathan and Haystacks Calhoun to win the Vancouver version of the NWA Canadian Tag Team Title in Vancouver, British Columbia.

1970 - Billy Robinson and Johnny Barend defeated Pedro Morales and Bing Ki Lee for the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Title in Honolulu, Hawaii; The Mysterious Medic defeated Bob Kelly to win the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title in Mobile, Alabama; Bull Ramos defeated Terry Funk for the NWA Western States Heavyweight Title in Lubbock, Texas.

1971 - Patty O'Hara and Texas Red defeated Jumbo Miyamoto and Aiko Kyo for the WWWA World Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan; Sputnik Monroe defeated Len Rossi to win the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title; In Kansas City; Bob Ellis & Rufus R. Jones & The Viking defeated Buddy Austin & Bob Orton & Tor Kamata via DQ and Harley Race defeated Baron Von Raschke in three falls; Bobby Duncum defeated Bob Roop for the NWA Florida Brass Knuckles Title in Jacksonville, Florida.

1972 - Len Rossi and Bearcat Brown defeated Don and Al Greene for the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Title in Chattanooga, Tennessee. At that same event, Sputnik Monroe and Tommy Gilbert defeated Ron and Don Wright to win the NWA Tennessee Tag Team Title; Sarah Lee defeated Aiko Kyo to win the WWWA World Singles Title in Tokyo, Japan

1973 - Before 6,182 fans in Green Bay, Wisconsin; AWA Tag Team Champions Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens beat The Crusher & Wahoo McDaniel in 2 out of 3 falls, Billy Robinson beat Lars Anderson by dq, Ivan Koloff beat Ken Patera and Geoff Portz beat Rene Goulet.

1976 - In Dixon, Illinois; Larry Hennig & Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Nick Bockwinkel & Blackjack Lanza & Bobby Duncum, Baron Von Raschke beat Bull Bullinski, Buddy Wolff beat Buck Zumhofe and Peter Maivia beat George Gadaski

1977 - Texas Red (Red Bastien) defeated Mando Guerrero for the NWA Americas Heavyweight Title in Los Angeles, California.

1978 - Invader I defeated Dick Steinborn to win the WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Title in Caguas, Puerto Rico; El Nazi defeated Raul Mata for the Mexico National Heavyweight Title in Monterrey, Mexico.

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

1980 - Mr. Hito and Mr. Sakurada defeated Kevin and Kerry Von Erich to win the vacant World Class American Tag Team Title in Amarillo, Texas

1984 - Ron Garvin defeated Jake Roberts for the NWA World Television Title in Atlanta, Georgia. At the same show, The Spoiler defeated Brad Armstrong to win the NWA National Heavyweight Title; Killer Brooks defeated Bobby Jaggers to win the Southwest Championship Wrestling Southwest Heavyweight Title in San Antonio, Texas

1988 - Kevin and Kerry Von Erich defeated Iceman Parsons and Terry Taylor for the World Class Tag Team Title in Dallas, Texas

1989 - Joe Malenko won the AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Title by defeating Mitsuo Momota in Omiya, Japan.

1991 - WCW strips Ric Flair of the WCW World Heavyweight Title. 

1994 - Chris Adams defeated Rod Price in Dallas, Texas to win the GWF North American Heavyweight Title

1996 - Jerry Lawler and Bill Dundee defeated Flex Kavana (The Rock) and Bart Sawyer to win the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee

2000 - The Headbangers (Mosh and Thrasher) defeated Rudy Boy Gonzalez and Bonecrusher to win the Texas Wrestling Alliance Tag Team Title in San Antonio, Texas.

2003 - At a SmackDown taping in Rochester, New York, Team Angle (Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas) defeated Eddie Guerrero and Tajiri to win the WWE Tag Team Title