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On this day in pro wrestling history: WCW closes, Jericho goes for Japanese title, Maeda & Takada win IWGP belts

By Brian Hoops

1957 - Fred Blassie defeated Mike Clancy for the NWA World Junior
Heavyweight Title in Nashville, Tennessee

1962 - Hard Boiled Haggerty and Gene Kiniski defeated Mr. Kleen and
Whipper Billy Watson for the Vancouver NWA Pacific Coast Tag Team Title
in Vancouver, British Columbia.

1970 - Gene and Ole Anderson defeated George Becker and Johnny Weaver to
win the NWA Atlantic Coast Tag Team Title in Greensboro, North Carolina

1971 - Antonio Inoki defeated John Tolos for the NWA United National
Heavyweight Title in Los Angeles, California

1973 - Jerry Lawler and Jim White defeated Jackie Fargo and Jerry
Jarrett in a Hair vs. Title match in Memphis, Tennessee to win the
Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Title.

1977 - The Medics won the Tri-State NWA United States Tag Team Title by
defeating Tony Rocco and Bob Sweetan in Shreveport, Louisiana.

1978 - Jack Brisco won the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title in Orlando,
Florida by defeating Bob Roop.

1978 - Baron Von Raschke defeated Johnny Weaver in Greensboro, North
Carolina to win the NWA Television Title

1978 - Dutch Mantel defeated Randy Savage for the NWA Mid-America
Heavyweight Title in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

1980 - Don Muraco won the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title from Manny
Fernandex in Miami, Florida.

1981 - Perro Aguayo defeated Gran Hamada in a tournament final in
Shimizu, Japan to become the first WWF Light Heavyweight Champion.

1984 - Eddie Gilbert and Tommy Rich defeated The Pretty Young Things
(Norvell Austin and Sweet Brown Sugar) to win the vacant AWA Southern
Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1984 - Johnny Rich defeated Rip Rogers for the Southeast NWA United
States Junior Heavyweight Title in Birmingham, Alabama

1986 - Tui Selinga defeated Jerry Lawler in Honolulu, Hawaii to win the
NWA Polynesian Pacific Heavyweight Title.

1987 - Akira Maeda and Nobuhiko Takada defeated Shiro Koshinaka and
Keiji Muto for the IWGP Tag Team Title in Osaka, Japan.

1988 - Avalanche (P.N. News) and Mike Golden defeated The Southern
Rockers (Steve Doll and Scott Peterson) to win the NWA Pacific Northwest
Tag Team Title in Portland, Oregon.

1991 - The Texas Hangmen (Killer and Psycho) defeated Eddie Gilbert
(subbing for Jerry Lawler) and Jeff Jarrett to win the USWA Tag Team
Title in Louisville, Kentucky.

1993 - Canek and Dr. Wagner, Jr. defeated Canadian Vampire Casanova
(Vampiro) and Pierrorth, Jr. in the final of a best-of-three match
series in Mexico City, Mexico to become the first CMLL World Tag Team

1993 - Ultimo Dragon defeated Negro Casas to win the UWA World
Middleweight Title in Mexico City.

1995 - Gedo defeated Lion Heart (Chris Jericho) in a tournament final to
become the first WAR International Junior Heavyweight Champion in Tokyo,

1999 - Steven Dunn defeated Brian Adias to win the NWA Texas Heavyweight
in North Richland Hills, Texas

2000 - Titan defeated Rex King to win the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight
Title in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

2001 - At the final Monday Nitro event in Panama City, Florida; WCW
United States Heavyweight Champion Booker T
defeated WCW World Heavyweight Champion Scott Steiner (with Midajah) to
retain the United States title and win the WCW World title.
Also at the event, The Filthy Animals (Billy Kidman and Rey Misterio,
Jr.) defeated WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Champions Kid Romeo and Elix
Skipper to win the title.

2004 - Rick Steiner defeated Takeshi Morishima in Chariton, Iowa to win
the World League Wrestling Heavyweight Title.

2004 - Apocalypse and Harry Smith defeated Johnny Devine and Dave Swift
in a tournament final for the Stampede International Tag Team Title in
Calgary, Alberta.