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Daily Pro Wrestling History (05/21): Jinder Mahal wins WWE title at Backlash 2017



Los Angeles, California:

- Lou Thesz defeated Baron Michele Leone to merge the California-version of the World Title with the National Wrestling Alliance and National Wrestling Association World Titles


Chicago, Illinois:

- In a non title match, Dick the Bruiser beat AWA Champion Mad Dog Vachon

- Chris Tolos beat the Crusher by DQ

- The Assassins beat Moose Cholak & Wilbur Snyder

- The Destroyer drew Pat O'Connor


Kansas City, Kansas:

- Roger Kirby and Pat O'Conner wrestled to a draw and in a Fence Match

- Danny Little Bear defeated Harley Race via DQ


Tampa, Florida:

- Bill Watts beat Buddy Colt

- Pak Song beat Dusty Rhodes by countout

- Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown beat Danny Hodge & Don Muraco 

- AWA Champion Verne Gagne beat Red Beard

- Ron Fuller beat Johnny Valentine by DQ

- Les Thornton beat Kevin Sullivan


St. Louis, Missouri:

- Jack Brisco and Gene Kiniski defeated NWA Champion Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr

- Missouri Champion Bob Backlund defeated Roger Kirby

- Harley Race defeated Jerry Brisco

- Wilbur Snyder and Ray Candy defeated Killer Karl Krupp and Tank Patton via DQ.

- Hubert Gallant defeated Buddy Wayne

- Ronnie Etchison defeated David Shultz


Richmond, Virginia:

- Wahoo McDaniel defeated Sgt. Slaughter for the United States Heavyweight Title 

Chicago, Illinois:

- AWA Tag Team Champions Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Jerry Blackwell & Sheik Adnan 

- Bobby Duncum beat Tito Santana


Chicago, Illinois:

- AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel no contest with Jerry Lawler

- Jesse Ventura beat Rick Martel 

- Ken Patera & Jerry Blackwell beat Mad Dog Vachon & Baron Von Raschke

- Jim Brunzell beat Blackjack Lanza

- Mike Graham beat Spike Huber

- Wilbur Snyder beat Rene Goulet

- Buck Zumhofe beat Steve Regal


Don Owens 60th Anniversary show: Portland, Oregon:

- NWA Champion Ric Flair went to a draw with Billy Jack Haynes

- AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Mike Miller

- Curt Hennig & Larry Hennig beat AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors via DQ

- Roddy Piper beat Buddy Rose

- Sgt. Slaughter beat Kendo Nagasaki

- Bobby Jaggers & Ricky Vaughn beat Tim Flowers & Chris Colt

- Karl Steiner beat Steve Simpson

- Jerry Grey drew Rocky Ventura

- Ed Wiskowski beat Billy Two Eagles


Tampa, Florida:

- The White Ninja (Keiji Mutoh) defeated Kendall Windham for the Florida Heavyweight Title


Memphis, Tennessee:

- AWA Champion Jerry Lawler beat Bill Dundee 

- Robert Fuller beat Jeff Jarrett

- Bruise Brothers beat Cuban Choir Boys

- Max Pain beat Brickhouse Brown by DQ

- Gary Young drew Scott Steiner

- Billy Travis beat Doug Gilbert by DQ

- Tommy Gilbert beat Tom Brandi


Joplin, Missouri:

- Steve Ray defeated TC Carter

- The Junkyard Dog & Steve Ray defeated Rip Morgan & Jack Victory

- WCW TV Champion Bobby Eaton pinned Terrance Taylor

- WCW Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner defeated Arn Anderson & the Angel of Death

- Sting defeated Barry Windham via disqualification when Arn Anderson interfered

Sioux City, Iowa:

- Ricky Morton pinned Black Bart

- Dustin Rhodes pinned Moondog Rex

- The One Man Gang pinned Big Josh

- Black Blood pinned Sam Houston

- WCW US Tag Team Champions Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin defeated Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong 

- WCW US Champion Lex Luger pinned Nikita Koloff

- El Gigante defeated WCW World Champion Ric Flair via count-out


Inglewood, California:

- Tom Zenk & Marcus Alexander Bagwell defeated Greg Valentine & Mike Graham

- Van Hammer pinned JT Southern 

- Ron Simmons pinned Cactus Jack

- Dustin Rhodes pinned Mr. Hughes

- WCW Light Heavyweight Champion Brian Pillman pinned Scotty Flamingo

- WCW Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner defeated Arn Anderson & Larry Zbyszko (sub. for Bobby Eaton)

- Nikita Koloff pinned Terry Taylor

- WCW World Champion Sting pinned WCW US Champion Rick Rude

- Ricky Steamboat pinned Steve Austin


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

- Keith & Kent Cole defeated Joey Maggs & Bob Starr

- Erik Watts defeated Wrecking Crew Fury

- Dustin Rhodes defeated Maxx Payne

- Maxx Payne defeated Kensuke Sasaki

- Arn Anderson defeated Bobby Eaton

- NWA World Champion Barry Windham defeated Ricky Steamboat (sub. for Van Hammer)

- Sting & Davey Boy Smith defeated WCW World Champion Big Van Vader & Rick Rude via disqualification


Morristown, Tennessee:

- Tracy Smothers defeated Killer Kyle

- Chris Jericho & Lance Storm defeated Well Dunn

- The Dirty White Boy defeated Kendo the Samurai via disqualification

- Randy Savage, Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson (w/ Bob Armstrong) defeated Chris Candido (w/ Tammy Sytch), Brian Lee, & Bruiser Bedlam (w/ Jim Cornette)


WCW Slamboree: St. Petersburg, Florida:

- The Blue Bloods (Lord Steven Regal and Earl Robert Eaton) defeated Los Especialistas (Especialista I and Especialista II)

- Steve Austin defeated Eddie Jackie

- Sgt. Craig Pittman defeated Mark Starr

- Meng defeated Brian Pillman in a WCW United States Championship tournament quarterfinal match

- The Nasty Boys defeated Harlem Heat to win the WCW World Tag Team Titles

- Kevin Sullivan defeated The Man With No Name

- Wahoo McDaniel defeated Dick Murdoch

- The Great Muta defeated Paul Orndorff to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship

- Arn Anderson defeated Alex Wright to retain the WCW World Television Championship

- Meng fought Road Warrior Hawk to a double countout

- Sting defeated Big Bubba Rogers in a Lights Out match

- Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage (with Jimmy Hart and The Renegade) defeated Ric Flair and Vader (with Arn Anderson)

Trois Riveres, Quebec, Canada:

- Jeff Jarrett defeated WWF Intercontinental champion Razor Ramon to win the title


WWF Judgment Day: Louisville, Kentucky:

- The British Bulldog defeated Joey Abs

- Essa Rios and Lita defeated Kaientai (Taka Michinoku and Funaki)

- The Godfather defeated D'Lo Brown Singles match

- Too Cool (Scotty 2 Hotty, Grand Master Sexay, and Rikishi) defeated Team ECK (Kurt Angle, Edge, and Christian)

- Eddie Guerrero (with Chyna) defeated Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko in a triple threat match to retain the WWF European Championship

- Shane McMahon defeated Big Show in a Falls Count Anywhere match

- Chris Benoit defeated Chris Jericho in a submission match to retain the WWF Intercontinental Championship

- D-Generation X (Road Dogg and X-Pac) (with Tori) defeated The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley)in a tag team tables match

- Triple H (with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) defeated The Rock 6 falls to 5 in an Iron Man match to win the WWF Championship 


San Jose, California:

- Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit defeated Steve Austin and Triple H for the WWF World Tag Team Titles 

- The Big Show defeated WWF Hardcore Champion Rhyno to win the title


WWF Judgment Day: Phoenix, Arizona:

- Matt Hardy defeated Simon Dean

- Brian Kendrick and Paul London defeated Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro to win the WWE Tag Team Championship

- Chris Benoit defeated Finlay 

- Jillian Hall defeated Melina

- Gregory Helms defeated Super Crazy to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

- Mark Henry defeated Kurt Angle 

- Booker T won the 2006 King of the Ring tournament by defeating Bobby Lashley in the finals

- The Great Khali (with Daivari) defeated The Undertaker

- Rey Mysterio defeated John Bradshaw Layfield to retain the World Heavyweight Championship


WWE Backlash: Chicago, Illinois:

- Tye Dillinger pinned Aiden English

- Shinsuke Nakamura pinned Dolph Ziggler

- The Usos retained the tag titles over Tyler Breeze & Fandango

- Sami Zayn pinned Baron Corbin

- Natalya & Tamina & Carmella beat Charlotte Flair & Naomi & Becky Lynch

- Kevin Owens beat A.J. Styles via count out to retain the U.S. title

- Luke Harper pinned Erick Rowan

- Jinder Mahal pinned Randy Orton to win the WWE title

NJPW Super Juniors Tournament: Kira Messe:

- Will Ospreay beat Taka Michinoku 

- Marty Scurll beat Jushin Liger

- Taichi pinned Dragon Lee

- Ricochet pinned Hiromu Takahashi