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Daily Pro Wrestling History (01/17): Vader wins IWGP Heavyweight title

Vader won the title from Tatsumi Fujinami on this day in 1991.


St. Paul, Minnesota:
- AWA Tag Team Champions Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher beat Larry Hennig & Harley Race 2 out of 3 falls
- Wilbur Snyder beat Moose Cholak
- Bob Boyer drew Eddie Sharkey
- Mighty Igor Vodik beat Pedro Santos


Tampa, Florida:
- Jack Brisco, the NWA Florida Television Champion, faced Tarzan Tyler, the NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion, in a two-out-of three falls match. The rules for the match stipulated that the Television Title was on the line in the first fall only, while the Heavyweight Title would go to the winner of the match. Tyler pinned Brisco in the first fall to win the Television Title. However, Brisco won the second and third falls to win the match, and claimed the Heavyweight Title

Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
- The Sheik defeated Tex McKenzie in death match
- Whipper Watson and Haystack Calhoun beat Man Mountain Cannon and The Mighty Urus
- The Love Brothers, Hartford and Reginald won over The Mighty Igor and Ivan Kalmikoff
- The Fabulous Kangaroos drew with Luis Martínez and Sweet Daddy Siki
- Tiger Jeet Singh beat Tim Brooks
- Fred Atkins downed Lou Kleins
- Luis Martinez won over Joe Killer Christie


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada:
- Mark Lewin defeated Bob Brown to win the Vancouver NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Title 


Miami, Florida:
- Big Bad John and Tim Woods defeated Chris Markoff and Bobby Shane for the NWA Florida Tag Team Titles
- Southern Title: Mark Lewin defeated Paul Jones to retain the title
- Florida Title: Jack Brisco defeated Buddy Colt to retain the title
- Gorgeous George, Jr. defeated Jack Welch
- Dick Slater & Phil Robley defeated Kevin Sullivan & Frank Hester

Honolulu, Hawaii:
- NWA Champion Dory Funk Jr drew Billy Robinson
- North American Champion Dusty Rhodes beat Don Muraco
- Ed Francis beat The Sheik to win Hawaiian Title
- Ripper Collins beat Rick Drasin
- Tony Borne drew Sam Steamboat


Kansas City, Kansas:
- Lord Alfred Hayes and Roger Kirby defeated Jim Brunzell and Mike George to win the Central States NWA World Tag Team Title in 3 falls
- Bob Brown defeated Harley Race in three falls

Hattiesburg, Mississippi:
- Bob Kelly defeated Duke Miller for the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Title 

Denver, Colorado:
- AWA Champion Verne Gagne dcor Billy Robinson 
- Nick Bockwinkel beat Red Bastien 
- Larry Heiniemi & Buddy Wolff beat Ricky Romero & Luis Martinez 2 out of 3 falls
- Greg Gagne beat Ric Flair 


Los Angeles, California:
- Porkchop Cash and Special Delivery Jones defeated The Hollywood Blonds (Jerry Brown and Buddy Roberts) to win the NWA Americas 
  Heavyweight Title 

St. Louis, Missouri: (Attendance: 4750)
- Missouri Champion Dory Funk Jr. defeated Killer Kowalski (Kowalski’s last St. Louis match)
- Rufus R. Jones defeated Lord Alfred Hayes via DQ
- Big Bill Miller and Dick Murdoch draw Bobo Brazil and Pat O’Connor
- Wilbur Snyder defeated Moose Cholak
- Tommy Martin defeated Bobby Jaggers (sub for Yugo Babich)
- Ted Oates and Jim Johnson defeated Bobby Jaggers and Gary Fulton in 2 out of 3 falls


Portland, Oregon:
- Jesse Ventura defeated Jimmy Snuka for the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title 

Caguas, Puerto Rico:
- The Infernos defeated The Interns to win the WWC North American Tag Team Title 


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada:
- Don Leo Jonathan and Dutch Savage defeated John Quinn and Kurt Von Hess for the Vancouver NWA Canadian Tag Team Title 

Greenville, South Carolina:
- The Hollywood Blonds (Jerry Brown and Buddy Roberts) defeated Dino Bravo and Tim Woods to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Titles


Miami, Florida:
- NWA World Title: Harley Race defeated Mike Graham
- Florida Tag Titles: Pak Song & Mr. Uganda defeated Dusty Rhodes & Louie Tillet (sub Jos Leduc)
- Brass Knuckles Match: Killer Karl Kox defeated Sonny King
- Thor The Viking defeated Raul Mata (sub Florida Champion Jimmy Garvin)
- Mr. Saito & Mr. Sato defeated Rocky Johnson & Prince Tonga


Mexico City, Mexico:
- Tiger Jeet Singh defeated El Canek for the UWA World Heavyweight Title 

Greenville, Mississippi:
- Mike Sharpe defeated Mike George to win the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Title 


Portland, Oregon:
- The Destroyer and Rip Oliver defeated Joe Lightfoot and Jay Youngblood for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Titles


Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
- Angelo Mosca defeated Toronto NWA Canadian Heavyweight Champion Big John Studd in a steel cage match to win the title 

Atlanta, Georgia:
- Tommy Rich defeated The Masked Superstar for the NWA National Heavyweight Title 


Memphis, Tennessee:
- Bobby Fulton beat Carl Fergie
- Dutch Mantel pinned The Angel
- Jesse Barr beat Ken Raper
- Carl Fergie, The Angel, & Jesse Barr beat Dutch Mantel, Bobby Fulton, & Ken Raper
- Stan Lane beat Jonathan Boyd via DQ
- Bill Dundee & Terry Taylor beat Adrian Street & Apocalypse
- The Fabulous Ones beat The Sheepherders (Boyd & Williams) via forfeit to win the Southern Tag Team Titles
- Bobby Eaton & Sabu beat Jerry Lawler & Sweet Brown Sugar via DQ


Las Vegas, Nevada:
- Lights Out match: Jerry Blackwell beat Masked Superstar (sub King Kong Brody)
- Jimmy Garvin beat AWA Champion Rick Martel by DQ
- Non title: Larry Hennig & Curt Hennig (subs for Fabulous Ones) beat AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors
- Nick Bockwinkel beat Brad Rheingans
- Jim Brunzell beat Steve Regal


Richmond, Virginia:
- Ron Bass defeated Black Bart to win the Mid-Atlantic NWA Brass Knuckles Title 


Yokohama, Japan:
- Big Van Vader defeated Tatsumi Fujinami for the IWGP Heavyweight Title 

Jacksonville, Florida:
- Brad Armstrong pinned Bill Irwin
- Tim Horner pinned Moondog Rex
- Bobby Eaton defeated Tom Zenk via disqualification when Zenk threw Eaton over the top
- WCW TV Champion Arn Anderson & Barry Windham defeated WCW Tag Team Champions Doom via disqualification
- NWA & WCW World Champion Ric Flair pinned Sting


New Orleans, Louisiana:
- Richard Morton pinned Johnny B. Badd
- Brian Pillman pinned Tracy Smothers
- Mr. Hughes pinned Marcus Alexander Bagwell
- Big Van Vader fought El Gigante to a double count-out
- Rick & Scott Steiner defeated Abdullah the Butcher & Larry Zbyszko
- Ron Simmons defeated Cactus Jack 
- Ricky Steamboat & Dustin Rhodes defeated WCW Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton in a non-title match
- WCW US Champion Rick Rude defeated Sting via disqualification 

Springfield, Massachusetts: 
- The Mountie defeated Bret Hart for the WWF Intercontinental Title


Canton, Ohio:
- Johnny B. Badd pinned Scotty Flamingo 
- Erik Watts pinned the Barbarian
- Chris Benoit fought 2 Cold Scorpio to a draw
- Barry Windham pinned WCW US Champion Dustin Rhodes in a non-title match 
- Sting pinned Cactus Jack
- WCW World Champion Big Van Vader pinned Ron Simmons
- WCW/NWA Tag Team Champions Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas defeated Steve Austin & Brian Pillman 

Johnson City, Tennessee:
- The Nightstalker pinned Reno Riggins
- Tim Horner pinned Paul Orndorff
- The Dirty White Boy drew Tracy Smothers 
- The Heavenly Bodies (Lane & Pritchard) beat Dutch Mantell & Jimmy Golden via DQ
- Kevin Sullivan pinned Brian Lee
- SMW Tag Champs The Rock-n-Roll Express beat The Heavenly Bodies (Lane & Pritchard) 


New York City:
- The Quebecers (Jacques and Pierre) defeated WWF Tag Team Champions The 1-2-3 Kid and Marty Jannetty to win the title 


Matsumoto, Japan:
- Toshiaki Kawada and Akira Taue defeated Johnny Ace and Steve Williams to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles


Charleston, West Virginia:
- Goldberg defeated Scott Hall in a Ladder Stun Gun match
- David and Ric Flair defeated Curt Hennig and Barry Windham


Columbus, Ohio:
- Jeff Jarrett was awarded the WCW United States Heavyweight Title by Commissioner Kevin Nash
- WCW World Tag Team Champions Crowbar and David Flair defeated 3 Count (Shane Helms and Shannon Moore)

New Haven, Connecticut:
- WWF Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg) defeated Big Show and The Rock
- Rikishi defeated WWF Intercontinental Co-Champion Chris Jericho by disqualification


Kaneohe, Hawaii:
- Kenjiro Katahira and Kensuke Sasaki defeated Ahuna and Kaniela for the Hawai'i Championship Wrestling Kekaulike Heritage Tag Team Title 


Orlando, Florida:
- Tara defeated ODB in a 2 of 3 falls match to win the TNA Knockouts Title 
- Matt Morgan & Hernandez defeated The British Invasion to win the TNA Tag Team Championship