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Daily pro wrestling history (03/14): Chris Benoit wins WWE World Title

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Chicago, Illinois:
- Evan "Strangler" Lewis defeated Joe Acton to win the World Catch-as-Catch-Can Heavyweight Title


Baltimore, Maryland:
- Babe Sharkey defeated Ed "Strangler" Lewis to win the Maryland World Heavyweight Title


St. Joseph, Missouri:
- Vic Christy defeated Orville Brown to win the Midwest Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title in 2 out of 3 falls
- Roy Graham beat Jack Kennedy 2 out of 3 falls
- Marvin Jones and Dan O’Connor wrestled to a draw


Oakland, California:
- Hombre Montana and Leo Nomellini defeated Ben and Mike Sharpe for the San Francisco NWA World Tag Team Titles


St. Joseph, Missouri:
- United States Heavyweight Champion Verne Gagne beat Don Curtis 2 out of 3 falls
- Dick the Bruiser beat Joe Dusek 
- Larry Hamilton and Sonny Myers beat Bob Geigel and Bull Montana 
- Joe Hamilton and Danny O’Shocker drew 


Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
- Ivan and Karol Kalmikoff defeated Ilio DaPaolo and Whipper Billy Watson to win the NWA Canadian Open Tag Team Titles


Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
- Lou Thesz retained the NWA World heavyweight title beating Bruno Sammartino 
- International tag team champions Bulldog Brower and Johnny Valentine beat John Paul Henning and Mike Valentino
- Gene Kiniski beat Stan Stasiak 
- The Beast beat Red Lyons on a count out 
- Jim Hady went to a 15:00 draw against Hans Schmidt
- Ilio DiPaolo went to a 15:00 draw against Taro Sakura


Chattanooga, Tennessee:
- The Mighty Yankees (Frank Morrell and Eddie Sullivan) defeated Len Rossi and Tamaya Soto to win the Mid-America NWA World Tag Team

Amarillo, Texas:
- Larry Hennig defeated Kurt Von Brauner for the Amarillo NWA Brass Knuckles Title 


Tampa, Florida:
- Dale Lewis and The Missouri Mauler defeated Bronko Lubich and Chris Markoff for the NWA Florida Tag Team Titles


Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
- The Shiek beat Tiger Jeet Singh in a death match
- Tex McKenzie beat Hans Schmidt 
- "Whipper" Billy Watson and Haystack Calhoun beat The Skull Brothers
- The Love Brothers stopped Lou Klein and Sweet Daddy Siki
- Tex McKenzie defeated Man Mountain Cannon
- The Mighty Ursus beat Mike Loren
- Ivan Kalmikoff drew Fred Atkins
- Dewey Robertson drew Killer Christie


Nashville, Tennessee:
- Tommy Gilbert and Eddie Marlin defeated Bobby Hart and Lorenzo Parente to win the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Titles


Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada:
- Nick Bockwinkel beat the Crusher
- Larry Heiniemi & Buddy Wolff beat Ken Patera & Wahoo McDaniel
- Ray Stevens beat Red Bastien
- Baron Von Raschke beat Geoff Portz
- Horst Hoffman beat Jim Brunzell
- Moose Morowski drew Rene Goulet


Rockford, Illinois:
- Greg Gagne and Jim Brunzell defeated AWA World Tag Team Champions Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens by DQ 


Green Bay, Wisconsin:
- Andre the Giant and Greg Gagne defeated Nick Bockwinkel and Bobby Duncum in a 2 out of 3 fall match 


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada:
- Guy Mitchell won the Vancouver NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Title 

Memphis, Tennessee:
- Dennis Condrey and Phil Hickerson defeated Ricky and Robert Gibson in the finals to win the vacant NWA Southern Tag Team Titles


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
- Dino Bravo and Dominic DeNucci defeated Mr. Fuji an Prof. Tanaka in  for the WWWF World Tag Team Titles

Macon, Georgia:
- AWA World Champion Nick Bockwinkel defeated Mr. Wrestling II 
- Tommy Rich defeated Stan Hansen to win the Macon title in a one night tournament


Houston, Texas:
- Tiger Conway, Jr. and Jose Lothario defeated Mr. Hito and Mr. Sakurada for the World Class American Tag Team Titles

Shreveport, Louisiana:
- The Junkyard Dog defeated Ernie Ladd to win the Mid-South Louisiana Heavyweight Title 

Los Angeles, California:
- Chavo Guerrero defeated The Hood (Johnny Mantell) for the NWA Americas Heavyweight Title 

Houston, Texas:
- Bruiser Brody defeated Mark Lewin to win the NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Title 


Bayamón, Puerto Rico:
- Killer Karl Krupp defeated Pierre Martel for the WWC North American Heavyweight Title 

Chicago, Illinois:
- AWA World Champion Verne Gagne defeated Jerry Blackwell by DQ 
- AWA World Tag Team Champions Adrian Adonis and Jesse Ventura defeated Dick The Bruiser and Da Crusher by COR


Madison Square Garden:
- André the Giant and Rick McGraw defeated WWF Tag Team Champions Mr. Fuji and Mr. Saito in a two-out-of-three falls match
- WWF Intercontinental Champion Pedro Morales pinned Adrian Adonis to retain the title 
- WWF Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund pinned Jesse Ventura

St. Paul, Minnesota:
- AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Tito Santana
- AWA Tag Team Champions Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Jerry Blackwell & Sheik Adnan dq
- Bobby Duncum beat Baron Von Raschke
- Ken Patera drew Brad Rheingans 
- Buck Zumhofe beat Sgt. Goulet

Louisville, Kentucky:
- Bobby Eaton and Sweet Brown Sugar defeated Ricky and Robert Gibson in a tournament final in to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Titles


Miami, Florida:
- Mike Rotundo and Barry Windham defeated Black Bart and Ron Bass for the Florida NWA United States Tag Team Titles


Baltimore, Maryland:
- Ole Anderson & Dusty Rhodes & Sgt. Slaughter beat Ivan Koloff & Nikita Koloff & Krusher Khrushchev dq
- AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Mr. Saito
- Bob Backlund beat Barbarian dq
- Tommy Rich drew Tully Blanchard
- The Freebirds beat RPM’s
- Manny Fernandez drew Superstar Billy Graham
- Tom Zenk beat Alaskan I


Mobile, Alabama:
- Brad Armstrong defeated Robert Fuller to win the NWA Southeast Continental Heavyweight Title 


Atlanta, Georgia:
- Ivan Koloff and Dick Murdoch defeated Ron Garvin and Barry Windham for the NWA United States Tag Team Titles

WWF Saturday Nights Main Event: Detroit, Michigan:
- WWF Intercontinental Champion Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated George Steele by countout 
- Hercules won a 20-man battle royal
- WWF Tag Team Champions The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart (with Danny Davis and Jimmy Hart)) defeated Tito Santana and Dan Spivey
- King Kong Bundy (with Bobby Heenan) defeated Jake Roberts by disqualification, 
- Ricky Steamboat pinned The Iron Sheik (with Slick)


Memphis, Tennessee: 
- Eddie Gilbert defeated Brian Christopher to win the USWA Heavyweight Title 


Louisville, Kentucky:
- Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko defeated WCW World Tag Team Champions The West Texas Rednecks (Curt Hennig and
Barry Windham) in a Lumberjack match
- Booker T pinned WCW World Television Champion Scott Steiner to win the title 
- Ric Flair defeated WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan in a First Blood Steel Cage match to win the title
- Saturn pinned Chris Jericho (with Ralphus) in a Dog Collar match

Yokohama, Japan:
- Naoya Ogawa defeated Dan Severn to win the NWA World Heavyweight Champion 


UPW When Worlds Collide: Santa Ana, California:
- The Blue Meanie defeated UPW Internet Champion Navajo Warrior to win the title
- Samoa Joe defeated UPW Heavyweight Champion Christopher Daniels in a Loser Leaves UPW match to win the title


Penn Hills, Pennsylvania:
- A.J. Styles defeated Super Hentai for the International Wrestling Cartel Super Indy Title


WWE WrestleMania XX: New York City:
- Chris Benoit defeated Triple H and Shawn Michaels in a three way match for the World Heavyweight Title
- John Cena defeated Big Show to win the U.S. Title
- Booker T and Rob Van Dam defeated Garrison Cade and Mark Jindrak, The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) and La Résistance (René Duprée and Rob Conway)    to retain the World Tag Team Championships
- Christian (with Trish Stratus) defeated Chris Jericho    
- Evolution (Randy Orton, Batista and Ric Flair) defeated The Rock 'n' Sock Connection (The Rock and Mick Foley)in a Handicap match    
- Chavo Guerrero defeated Último Dragón, Shannon Moore, Jamie Noble, Funaki, Nunzio, Billy Kidman, Rey Mysterio, Tajiri and Akio in a     Cruiserweight Open to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship    
- Goldberg defeated Brock Lesnar    
- Too Cool (Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty) defeated The World's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin), The Basham Brothers (Doug Basham and Danny Basham) and The APA (Bradshaw and Faarooq) in a Fatal 4-Way tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
- Victoria defeated Molly Holly    Hair vs. Title match for the WWE Women's Championship    
- Eddie Guerrero defeated Kurt Angle to retain the WWE Championship    
- The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Kane


Louisville, Kentucky: 
- Idol Stevens defeated OVW Heavyweight Champion Paul Birchill to win the title


NWA New Beginnings: Charlotte, North Carolina:
- Adam Pearce regained the NWA championship, defeating Blue Demon Jr. and Phil Shatter in a three-way match


Chicago, Illinois:
- ROH TV champion Jay Lethal defeated Cliff Compton in a Chicago Street Fight
- ROH champion Jay Briscoe defeated Silas Young
- Roppongi Vice defeated ROH Tag Team champions ReDragon in a non title match
- Samoa Joe defeated Michael Elgin