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Daily Pro Wrestling History (04/15): Misawa becomes first GHC champion



Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
- Stainslaus Zbyszko defeated Wayne Munn to win the World Heavyweight Title 
- Johnny Meyers defeated Len Talaber for the World Middleweight Title


Brisbane, Australia:
- Billy Meeske defeated Joe Dawson to win the Australian Heavyweight Title 


Montreal, Quebec, Canada:
- John Katan defeated Yvon Robért for the Montreal World Heavyweight Title


Hollywood, California;
- Danny McShain defeated Ernie Piluso win the World Light Heavyweight Title


Dallas, Texas:
- Fritz Von Erich defeated Bull Curry for the NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Title 
- Omaya Kato won the NWA Texas Junior Heavyweight Title from Larry Chene


Honolulu, Hawaii:
- Joe Blanchard and Lord James Blears defeated Koukichi Endo and Rikidozan to win the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Titles


Atlanta, Georgia:
- Fred Blassie defeated Dick Gunkel (subbing for Ray Gunkel) for the Georgia NWA Southern Heavyweight Title

Calgary, Alberta, Canada:
- Oattem Fisher and Luther Lindsay defeated John Foti and Don Kindred for the Stampede International Tag Team Titles


Honolulu, Hawaii:
- Luigi Macera defeated Sam Steamboat to win the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title 


- NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz defeated "Jersey" Joe Walcott in the fifth round of a wrestler vs. boxer match


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada:
- The Assassins (Jody Hamilton and Tom Renesto) defeated Don Leo Jonathan and Sky Hi Jones (Grizzly Smith) for the Vancouver NWA Canadian Tag Team Titles


Tampa, Florida:
- Ciclón Negro defeated Hans Mortier to win the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title 


Kansas City, Kansas:
- Bob Orton defeated Ronnie Etchison
- Baron Von Heisinger defeated Bobby Whitlock
- The Great Sakaguchi fought Pat O’Connor to a draw
- North American Tag Team Champions Bob Geigel & The Stomper defeated Harley Race & Baron Von Raschke via CO in three falls
- Texas Death Match: Danny Little Bear defeated Dory Funk Sr.


Chicago, Illinois:
- Blackjack Lanza & Blackjack Mulligan beat the Crusher & Bill Watts
- Billy Robinson no contest Ivan Koloff
- Dusty Rhodes beat Bull Bullinski
- Wilbur Snyder beat Big K
- Moose Cholak beat Chris Markoff
- Paul Christy beat Treach Phillips


Memphis, Tennessee:
- Jerry Lawler defeated Tommy Gilbert for the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title 

Shreveport, Louisiana:
- Siegfried Steinke and Bob Sweetan defeated Bob Kelly and Rocket Monroe for the Gulf Coast NWA United States Tag Team Titles


Huntsville, Alabama:
- The Executioner defeated Ken Lucas for the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title 


St. Louis, Missouri:
- Jerry Blackwell defeated Kerry Von Erich to win the NWA Missouri Heavyweight Title 

Austin, Texas:
- Adrian Adonis defeated Bob Sweetan for the Southwest Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Title 


Nagasaki, Japan:
- Takashi Ishikawa and Akio Sato defeated Animal Hamaguchi and Masanobu Kurisu to win the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles


Memphis, Tennessee:
- The PYT Express (Norvell Austin and Koko Ware) won the AWA Southern Tag Team Title by defeating The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn and Stan Lane) 


San Juan, Puerto Rico:
- Invader I defeated Abdullah the Butcher for the WWC North American Heavyweight Title 

Portland, Oregon:
- The Grappler (Len Denton) defeated Carl Styles to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight title 


WWF Saturday Night's Main Event: Omaha, Nebraska:
- The Ultimate Warrior defeated Sgt. Slaughter by disqualification 
- WWF Tag Team Champions The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags) defeated The Bushwhackers (Butch and Luke) to retain the titles
- Ted DiBiase (with Sensational Sherri) and Bret Hart fought to a double-countout
- The Mountie (with Jimmy Hart) pinned Tito Santana 
- WWF Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect won a 20-man battle royal


Baltimore, Maryland:
- 2 Cold Scorpio & Marcus Alexander Bagwell defeated Tex Slazenger & Shanghai Pierce
- Chris Benoit defeated Steve Regal
- Johnny B. Badd defeated Vinnie Vegas
- Van Hammer defeated Maxx Payne via disqualification
- Ricky Steamboat defeated WCW/NWA Tag Team Champion Brian Pillman in a 20-minute Ironman match
- Rick Rude & WCW TV Champion Paul Orndorff defeated WCW US Champion Dustin Rhodes & Cactus Jack
- NWA World Champion Barry Windham defeated Ron Simmons
- Sting defeated WCW World Champion Big Van Vader in a non-title leather strap match

Harrisonburg, Virginia:
- Killer Kyle pinned Bill Maddox 
- Tim Horner pinned Tom Pritchard 
- Brian Lee pinned Kevin Sullivan
- SMW Heavyweight Champion Tracy Smothers pinned the Dirty White Boy 
- Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson defeated Stan Lane & Tom Prichard


Dalton, Georgia:
- Tracy Smothers defeated the Inferno
- Bobby Blaze defeated the Hornet
- Bruiser Bedlam pinned Bob Armstrong
- SMW Heavyweight Champion the Dirty White Boy defeated Prince Kharis
- SMW Tag Team Champions Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson defeated Brian Lee & Chris Candido via disqualification


Morristown, Tennessee:
- Unabom defeated George South
- Boo Bradley & Jim Cornette defeated Killer Kyle & D-Lo Brown in a tennis racket match
- SMW Heavyweight Champion Buddy Landel defeated Bobby Blaze in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match
- Tracy Smothers & the Dirty White Boy defeated New Jack & Mustafa in a streetfight

ECW Hostile City Showdown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
- Mikey Whipwreck pinned Stevie Richards (with Raven)
- Tsubo Genjin pinned Tony Stetson 
- Ian Rotten pinned Axl Rotten in a Bad Breed Death match 
- Tommy Dreamer fought Raven (with Beulah McGillicutty and Stevie Richards) to a no-contest 
- ECW World Television Champion Eddie Guerrero fought Dean Malenko to a 30-minute time-limit draw to retain the title
- The Sandman pinned ECW World Heavyweight Champion Shane Douglas (with Woman) to win the title

Tokyo, Japan:
- Mitsuharu Misawa defeated Akira Taue to win the annual AJPW Champion's Carnival

Mexico City, Mexico:
- Rey Misterio Jr., Super Muñeco and Octagón defeated Tony Arce, Rocco Valente and Vulcano to win the Mexican National Trios Title


San Bernardino, California:
- Savio Vega defeated WWF Intercontinental Champion Goldust (with Marlena) to win the title (WWF President Gorilla Monsoon held up the title and scheduled a rematch the following week)

Memphis, Tennessee:
- Samantha defeated Miss Texas (Jackie Moore) to win the USWA Women's Title 


Tokyo, Japan: 
- Mitsuharu Misawa defeated Yoshihiro Takayama in the finals of a 16-man tournament to become Pro Wrestling NOAH's first GHC Heavyweight Champion


Cleveland, Virginia:
- Tracy Smothers defeated Stan Lee to win the NWA All-Star Wrestling Heavyweight Title 

Carolina, Puerto Rico:
- Romeo Roselli defeated El Bronco for the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title 

Bayamón, Puerto Rico:
- Mr. Big and Cruzz defeated Thunder and Lightning to win the IWA World Tag Team Titles


TNA Lockdown: St. Charles, Missouri:
- Team 3D defeated NWA World Tag Team Champions The Latin American Exchange to win the title
- TNA X Division Champion Chris Sabin defeated Sonjay Dutt, Jay Lethal (with Kevin Nash), Shark Boy and Alex Shelley in an Escape match to retain the title
- Robert Roode (with Ms. Brooks and Eric Young) pinned Petey Williams 
- Gail Kim pinned Jackie Moore 
- Senshi pinned Austin Starr 
- James Storm pinned Chris Harris in a blindfold match 
- Christopher Daniels pinned Jerry Lynn
- Team Angle (Kurt Angle, Jeff Jarrett, Rhino, Samoa Joe and Sting) defeated Team Cage (NWA World Heavyweight Champion Christian Cage, Abyss (with James Mitchell), Scott Steiner, A.J. Styles and Tomko) in a Lethal Lockdown match


TNA Lockdown: Nashville, Tennessee:
- Lethal Lockdown Match: Garett Bischoff & AJ Styles & Rob Van Dam & Mr. Anderson & TNA X-Division champ Austin Aries defeated Eric Bischoff & Gunner & Bully Ray & Kazarian & Christopher Daniels
- TNA Tag Team champions Samoa Joe & Magnus defeated The Motor City Machineguns to retain the titles
- TNA TV champion Devon defeated Robbie E to retain the title
- TNA Knockouts champion Gail Kim defeated Velvet Sky to retain the title
- Crimson defeated Matt Morgan
- Jeff Hardy defeated Kurt Angle
- TNA champion Bobby Roode defeated James Storm to retain the title