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On this day in pro wrestling history: Watts beat Race, Texas Outlaws as babyface team in AWA, Rhodes pins Race for NWA title at the Omni, Freebirds vs. Bruiser & Crusher, Kerry vs. Flair, Angle wins TNA title

By Brian Hoops

1918 - Earl Caddock defeated Ed “Strangler” Lewis by decision to unify their claims to the World Heavyweight Title (no falls in a 2 out of 3 falls match that lasted 2 hours and 30-minutes. Referee Ed Smith awarded the match to Caddock on points).

1934 - Francisco Aguayo defeated Martinez Larrea in Mexico City, Mexico for the Mexico National Heavyweight Title.

1942 - Ciclon Veloz defeated Jack O'Brien to win the Mexico National Welterweight Title.

1946 - In St. Joseph, Missouri; Ray Villmer & Bobby Bruns beat Bill Lee & Orville Brown 2 falls to 1 to win the St. Joseph tag team titles. 

1955 - In Minneapolis, MN; Before 5,942 fans, Leo Nomellini & Bronko Nagurski beat Kinji Shibuya & Ike Eakins in 2 out of 3 falls, Red Bastien beat Pedro Escobar, Dick the Bruiser (as Bruiser Afflis) beat Ovila Asselin (as Guy LaRose) and Ilio DiPaolo beat Jack Pesek

1957 - Pepper Gomez & El Medico defeated Duke Keomuka & Tokyo Joe in Houston, Texas for the NWA Texas Tag Team Title.

1961 - In Duluth, MN; AWA Champion Verne Gagne no contest Wilbur Snyder, AWA US Champion Gene Kiniski beat Jack Pesek, 
Bob Geigel beat Tony Bailargeon and George Scott beat Marquie DeParee

1963 - Pepper Gomez defeated Bill Watts to win the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title in Houston, Texas.

1965 - Stan Stasiak & Haru Sasaki defeated Pepper Martin & Shag Thomas in Portland, Oregon for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title.

1966 - Tojo Yamamoto & Great Higami defeated Len Rossi & Mario Milano to win the Mid-America version of the NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Birmingham, Alabama.

1967 - In Winnipeg; Bill Watts beat Harley Race, Larry Hennig beat Rene Goulet, Dr. X beat Dutch Savage and George Gordienko beat Bobby Jones. Attendance was 4,000. 

1969 - Paul DeMarco defeated The Professional (Doug Gilbert) for the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia.

1969 - Johnny Walker & Bearcat Brown defeated The Great Mephisto & Dante to win the Mid-America version of the NWA World Tag Team Title in Chattanooga, Tennessee

1971 - Don & Al Greene win the Mid-America version of the NWA Southern Tag Team Title by defeating Tojo Yamamoto & Jerry Jarrett in Memphis, Tennessee

1971 - Tarzan Zorra defeated Jos LeDuc to win the International Wrestling Association International Heavyweight Title in Montreal, Quebec.

1973 - In Kansas City, Roger Kirby defeated Mike George, World Tag Team Champions Togo the Great & Tokyo Joe beat Bobo Brazil & Omar Atlas and Harley Race & Bob Brown wrestled Dory Funk, Jr. & Terry Funk to a double DQ. 

1975 - In Milwaukee, Dusty Rhodes & Dick Murdoch beat Baron Von Raschke & Kurt Von Brawner (sub Horst Hoffman), Billy Robinson beat Ray Stevens dq, Chris Taylor beat Buddy Wolff and Khosrow Vaziri drew Jim Brunzell

1978 - Mongolian Stomper won an elimination tag team match in Knoxville, Tennessee to win the vacant NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title

1980 - Takachiho (The Great Kabuki) & Killer Karl Kox defeated Bob Brown & Pat O'Connor to win the NWA Central States Tag Team Title in Kansas City, Kansas.

1981 - Dusty Rhodes defeated Harley Race for the NWA World Heavyweight Wrestling Title in Atlanta, Georgia,

1982 - Junkyard Dog defeated Bob Roop for the Mid-South North American Heavyweight Title in New Orleans, Louisiana

1984 - The Uptown Boys (Marty Janetty & Tommy Rogers) defeated The Grapplers (Len Denton & Tony Anthony) for the NWA Central States Tag Team Title in Kansas City, Kansas. At the same show, Ted Oates defeated Luke Graham to win the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title.

1984 - Steve Grey defeated Danny Collins for the British Welterweight Title in Malvern, England.

1984 - In Salt Lake City, Utah; Fabulous Ones beat King Kong Brody & Larry Zbyszko, Abdullah The Butcher ddq The Crusher,
Nick Bockwinkel beat Billy Robinson, Curt Hennig drew Steve Regal and Steve O beat Chris Markoff

1985 - Sgt. Slaughter defeated Larry Zbyszko to win the AWA America's Heavyweight Title in Chicago, Illinois. Also on the card, Michael Hayes beat AWA Champion Rick Martel in a non title match, Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts & Butch Reed beat Dick The Bruiser & The Crusher & Baron Von Raschke, Greg Gagne drew Nick Bockwinkel, Ray Stevens beat Steve O and  Brad Rheingans drew Billy Robinson. Attendance was 4,000. 

1985 - Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. defeated MS-1 to win the NWA World Light Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico.

1985 - In St. Louis, Missouri; Kerry Von Erich beat NWA Champion Ric Flair dq, Harley Race beat Bobby Duncum, 
Blackjack Lanza (sub Dick the Bruiser) & Bulldog Bob Brown & Iceman Parsons beat Mr Pogo & Starship Coyote & Gary Royal and
Larry Hennig & Curt Hennig beat Super Destroyer & Sheik Abdullah. 

1986 - Mika Komatsu and Kanako Nagatomo defeated The Red Typhoons (Kazue Nagahori and Yumi Ogura) for the AJW Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan.

1987 - Al Perez defeats The Dingo (Ultimate) Warrior for the World Class Texas Heavyweight Title in Puerto Rico.

1987 - In Rockford, Illinois; Curt Hennig & Larry Zbyszko beat Nick Bockwinkel & Greg Gagne dq, Wahoo McDaniel beat Boris Zhukov, Sherri Martel beat Candi Divine dq, Kevin Kelly drew DJ Peterson and Mitch Snow & Ray Stevens beat Nasty Boys.  

1992 - Punish (Keiti Takayami) and Crush (Shoji Akiyoshi) defeated Scorpio, Jr. and Shu El Guerrero to win Michinoku Pro Wrestling's UWA/UWF Intercontinental Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan

1992 - Villano III defeated The Killer for the UWA World Junior Heavyweight Title in Naucalpan, Mexico.

1993 - Owen Hart defeated Papa Shango for the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee.  On the same show, New Jack & Homeboy defeated Rex King & Steve Doll for the USWA Tag Team Title

1994 - El Pantera defeated Felino to win the CMLL World Welterweight Title in Cuernavaca, Mexico

2000 - Steven Regal defeated Jerry Lawler for the MCW Southern Heavyweight Title, and The Fabulous Rocker defeats Spanky to win the MCW Light Heavyweight Championship in Memphis, Tennessee

2000 - The Samoans (Eddie Fatu [now WWE's Umaga] and Matty Samu [later known as Rosey]) defeated Hideki Hosaka and Yoshinori Sasaki in Tokyo, Japan to win the FMW/WEW Hardcore Tag Team Title.

2001 - Michael Modest defeated Bruce Hart fot the Stampede North American Heavyweight Title in Lethbridge, Alberta.

2003 - Terry Funk defeated The Sandman and "Pitbull" Gary Wolfe (subbing for then-champion Sabu) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the vacant 3PW Heavyweight Title.

2003 - The Impact (Scott Cage & Kaos) defeated Future Shock (Jay Freeze & Brandon P.) for the NWA Wildside Tag Team Title in Cornelia, Georgia.

2009 - Beer Money, Inc defeated Team 3-D for the TNA Tag Team Title and Kurt Angle won the TNA Heavyweight Title in a King of the Mountain match over Mick Foley, Jeff Jarrett, Samoa Joe and AJ Styles at the TNA Slammiversary PPV.