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Daily Pro Wrestling History (07/31): WWF WrestleFest 1988

Hulk Hogan defeated Andre The Giant in a steel cage match at the event.


Kansas City, Kansas:
- Tug Carlson beat Wally Dusek
- Warren Bockwinkel beat Jack Hader
- Sailor Fred Blassie drew Ronnie Etchison


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


Minneapolis, Minnesota:
- AWA Champion Mr. M beat Moose Evans via DQ
- Ilio Dipaolo & Joe Scarpello beat Bob Geigel & Blackjack Daniels


Omaha, Nebraska:
- AWA Champion Mad Dog Vachon beat Danny Hodge
- Nebraska Champion Mighty Igor Vodik beat Haru Sasaki via DQ
- Reggie Parks beat Bulldog Danny Plechas
- Ivan Kalmikoff beat Bob Brown

Minneapolis, Minnesota:
- AWA Tag Team Champions The Crusher & Verne Gagne beat Larry Hennig & Harley Race via DQ
- Tex McKenzie beat Roger Kirby
- Baron Dandy & Little Boy Blue beat Pee Wee Lopez & Chico Santana
- Rene Goulet beat Pampero Firpo by DQ
- Chris Markoff beat Guy Mitchell


Kansas City, Kansas:
- The Viking defeated Tarzan Tyler via DQ
- Lou Thesz defeated Pat O’Connor
- Danny Little Bear & Big Luke defeated Dick Murdoch & K.O. Cox


Denver, Colorado:
- Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher beat AWA Tag Team Champions Mad Dog Vachon & Butcher Vachon in 2 out of 3 falls in a non-title match
- Red Bastien beat Larry Hennig in 2 out of 3 falls
- Pepper Gomez beat Tarzan Tyler
- Ken Yates beat Kenny Jay

Milwaukee, Wisconsin:
- AWA Champion Verne Gagne beat Blackjack Lanza
- Mighty Igor Vodik & Paul Diamond beat Dr X & Double X
- Ernie Ladd beat Bob Windham
- Lars Anderson drew Bad Boy Bullinski


Milwaukee, Wisconsin:
- AWA Champion Verne Gagne beat Nick Bockwinkel by DQ
- Andre The Giant & Bull Bullinski beat Larry Hennig & Lars Anderson 2 falls to 0
- Billy Robinson beat Big K
- Ray Stevens beat Red Bastien


Orlando, Florida:
- Don Curtis & Mike Graham & Eddie Graham beat Jim Dillon & Phil Robley & Buddy Colt
- Florida Tag Team Champions Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens beat Dale Lewis & Mr. Wrestling Tim Woods
- Johnny Walker beat Mike Webster
- Mike George beat George McCreary


Tampa, Florida:
- Tim Woods defeated Paul Jones for the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title


Bayamon, Puerto Rico:
- Hurricane Castillo defeated Jose Lothario for the Caribbean Heavyweight Title


Bayamon, Puerto Rico:
- Pampero Firpo defeated Abdullah The Butcher to win the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title


Milwaukee, Wisconsin:
- In a cage match, AWA Tag Team Champions Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Jerry Blackwell & Sheik Adnan
- Hulk Hogan beat Ken Patera & Bobby Heenan in a handicap match
- Bobby Duncum beat Otto Wanz by DQ
- Rick Martel beat Jacques Goulet
- Brad Rheingans drew Steve O


Tokyo, Japan:
- Giant Baba defeated Stan Hansen to win the PWF World Heavyweight Title
- AWA Champion Rick Martel double count out with Jumbo Tsuruta
- Genichiro Tenryu beat Alexis Smirnoff
- Great Kabuki drew Dick Slater
- Mighty Inoue beat Johnny Mantell


Tokyo, Japan:
- Stan Hansen defeated Jumbo Tsuruta for the NWA International Heavyweight Title
- Hiro Saito defeat Brad Armstrong in a tournament final to determine the first PWF World Junior Heavyweight Champion


Miami, Florida:
- Kevin Sullivan defeated Dory Funk Jr. in a Texas Death Match
- NWA World Tag Team Champions (Rock N' Roll Express, Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) defeated NWA U.S. Tag Team Champions (The Midnight Express, Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) (w/ Jim Cornette) via disqualification
- Dusty Rhodes, Nikita Koloff, the Road Warriors, & Paul Ellering defeated NWA World Champion Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, NWA TV Champion Tully Blanchard, NWA U.S. Champion Lex Luger, & the War Machine (Ray Traylor)


WWF Wrestlefest | Milwaukee, Wisconsin:
- WWF World Heavyweight Champion Randy Savage defeated Ted DiBiase
- Curt Hennig defeated Terry Taylor
- Jake Roberts vs. Rick Rude ended in a double countout
- Ultimate Warrior defeated Bobby Heenan in a loser wears a weasel suit match
- WWF World Tag Team Champions Demolition (Ax & Smash) defeated The British Bulldogs (Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith)
- Dino Bravo defeated Ken Patera
- Hulk Hogan defeated Andre The Giant in a steel cage match

Detroit, Michigan:
- Larry Zbyszko fought Bugsy McGraw to a draw
- Jimmy Garvin pinned Ivan Koloff
- Ron Garvin pinned Tim Horner
- Ricky Morton & Brad Armstrong defeated the Sheepherders
- Rick Steiner pinned Kendall Windham
- Nikita Koloff defeated Al Perez in a Russian Chain Match
- Sting, Lex Luger, & the Road Warriors defeated NWA World Champion Ric Flair, NWA US Champion Barry Windham, NWA Tag Team Champions
Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard when Luger pinned Blanchard
- Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers defeated NWA US Tag Team Champions Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane in a scaffold match
- Dusty Rhodes & the Sheik defeated Kevin Sullivan & Dick Murdoch in a steel cage match

Hakodate, Japan:
- Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu defeated Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy to win the All Japan Tag Team Titles


Dallas Texas:
- Booker T & Stevie Ray defeated Gary Young & Steve Dane to win the Global Wrestling Federation Tag Team Titles
- Alex Porteau defeated Terry Simms for the GWF Light Heavyweight Title


- Adam Pearce won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Chance Prophet, Jimmy Rave and Shaun Tempers in a four-way to win the vacant title