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Daily Pro Wrestling History (08/16): Verne Gagne awarded AWA World title



Harlan, Iowa:
- Earl Wampler beat Joe Dusek 2 falls to 1


Houston, Texas:
- Ted Cox defeated Dave Levin to win the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title


Minneapolis, Minnesota:
- Verne Gagne was awarded the first ever AWA World Heavyweight Champion (Pat O'Connor, the defending NWA World Heavyweight Champion, was given 90 days to defend against number one contender Gagne in a match to determine the AWA World Champion. The match never happened, and Gagne was given the title)
- AWA Tag Team Champions Tiny Mills & Stan Kowalski went to a no contest Verne Gagne & Joe Scarpello
- Gene Kiniski beat Man Mountain Campbell
- Bob Geigel beat George Grant 
- Len Montana beat John Swenski


Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada:
- AWA Champion Verne Gagne beat Superstar Billy Graham
- AWA Tag Team Champions Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens beat Red Bastien & Wahoo McDaniel in 2 out of 3 falls
- US Women's Champion Betty Niccoli beat Jean Antone 
- Billy Robinson beat Larry Heiniemi
- Geoff Portz beat Vic Rossitani
- Greg Gagne beat Bill Crouch 
- George Gordienko beat Moose Morowski


Atlanta, Georgia:
- Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Super A (Austin Idol) in a mask vs. mask match


Chicago, Illinois:
- Dick the Bruiser & the Crusher beat Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens to win the AWA tag team titles
- Jimmy Valiant & Johnny Valiant drew Wilbur Snyder & Billy Robinson
- Ox Baker beat Ivan Putski
- Rene Goulet beat Jim Brunzell
- Soldier Lebeouf beat Bobby Bold Eagle 
- Chuck O'Connor (Big John Studd) beat Bill White


Pro Wrestling USA Star Wars: East Rutherford, New Jersey:
- Sgt. Slaughter beat NWA Champion Ric Flair dq
- Paul Ellering & Road Warriors beat Fabulous Freebirds Michael Hayes & Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts by dq
- AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Larry Zbyszko
- Greg Gagne & Curt Hennig beat Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens
- Steve Regal beat Buck Zumhofe
- Brad Rheingans beat Boris Zhukov by DQ
- Baron Von Raschke beat Davey G


Atlanta, Georgia:
- The Warlord defeated the Barbarian via disqualification
- Manny Fernandez defeated Teijo Khan
- Bill Dundee defeated Sam Houston
- Buddy Landell defeated Todd Champion
- Jimmy Valiant defeated Paul Jones
- The Road Warriors & Paul Ellering defeated NWA National Heavyweight Champion Tully Blanchard, Ole & NWA TV Champion Arn Anderson in an elimination match
- NWA World Champion Ric Flair defeated Dusty Rhodes via disqualification in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match

Philadelphia, Pennslyvania:
- Dick Murdoch defeated Steve Regal
- Wahoo McDaniel pinned Baron Von Raschke
- Ivan Koloff & Krusher Kruschev defeated Dutch Mantell & Bobby Jaggers
- Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson defeated NWA Tag Team Champions Bobby Eaton & Dennis Condrey in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match to win the titles, 2-1
- NWA US Championship Best of 7 Series (Match 7): Magnum TA fought Nikita Koloff to a no contest (Nikita: 3, Magnum: 3; Bob Geigel was 
  the guest referee for the bout)


Chicago, Illinois:
- UWF Heavyweight Champion Steve Williams defeated Eddie Gilbert
- NWA Tag Team Champions Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson defeated NWA US Tag Team Champions Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane
- UWF Western States Heritage Champion Barry Windham defeated Rick Steiner
- Ron Simmons defeated Sean Royal
- Sting defeated Black Bart
- Ivan Koloff defeated the Italian Stallion
- Ron Garvin, Dusty Rhodes, Nikita Koloff, & the Road Warriors defeated NWA World Champion Ric Flair, Lex Luger, NWA TV Champion Tully 
  Blanchard, Arn Anderson, & JJ Dillon in a Wargames match


Louisville, Kentucky:
- AWA Champion Jerry Lawler beat Kerry Von Erich 
- The RPMs beat Scott Steiner & Billy Travis


Chattanooga, Tennessee:
- The Junkyard Dog defeated Thomas Rich via disqualification 
- Arn Anderson pinned Big Josh
- Dustin Rhodes & Robert Gibson defeated Terrance Taylor & Richard Morton
- PN News defeated Johnny B. Badd via disqualification
- WCW World Champion Lex Luger pinned Barry Windham
- Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong defeated Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin
- Tom Zenk pinned the Diamond Studd in a tuxedo match
- Bobby Eaton pinned WCW TV Champion Steve Austin at the 12-minute mark (the title was only at stake for the first 10 minutes)
- Sting pinned Nikita Koloff in a steel cage match 


Fukuoka, Japan: 
- The Great Muta (Keiji Mutoh) defeated Riki Choshu to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title


Clintwood, Virginia:
- Jimmy Del Ray defeated Ricky Morton to win the vacant Smokey Mountain Wrestling "Beat The Champ" Television Title


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
- Justin Credible defeated Terry Funk for the 3PW Heavyweight Title 


TNA Hard Justice: Orlando, Florida:
- Samoa Joe defeated Homicide to win the TNA X-Division Title 
- Kurt Angle retained the TNA Championship over Sting and Matt Morgan