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Daily Pro Wrestling History (09/04): WCW Monday Nitro premieres

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1902

Liverpool, England:
- George Hackenschmidt defeated Tom Cannon for the European Greco-Roman Heavyweight Title 

1911

Chicago, Illinois:
- Frank Gotch defeated George Hackenschmidt in two straight falls to retain the World Heavyweight Title

1935

Waterloo, Iowa:
- Ed (Strangler) Lewis beat Lou Plummer
- Earl Wampler beat Louis Thesz
- Dell Guthrie beat Stanley Mayslack

1941

Eugene, Oregon:
- George Wagner (Gorgeous George) defeated Billy McEuin for the Pacific Coast Junior Heavyweight Title

1944

Tampa, Florida:
- Bill Ludwig defeated Billy Williams to win the Florida Junior Heavyweight Title 

1947

Kansas City, Kansas: 
- In a tournament final with winner getting an MWA Title shot; Warren Bockwinkel beat Antone Leone

1951

Dallas, Texas:
- Ray Gunkel defeated Duke Keomuka for the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title

1963

Columbus, Georgia:
- McCarthy defeated Marco Polo to win a 12-man tournament and become the first Georgia NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Champion

1964

Indianapolis, Indiana:
- Dick the Bruiser and Wilbur Snyder defeated Angelo Poffo and Nicoli Volkoff to win the WWA World Tag Team Championship

1965

Omaha, Nebraska:
- Verne Gagne & Tex McKenzie beat Haru Sasaki & Mad Dog Vachon to win Nebraska Tag Team titles

1968

Hattiesburg, Mississippi:
- Bob Kelly defeated Bobby Fields to win the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Title 

1969

Kansas City, Kansas:
- The Viking defeated Jack Armstrong
- Stan the Mad Russian fought K.O. Cox to a double countout 
- Danny Little Bear & Big Luke defeated Tarzan Tyler & The Great Kojika via DQ in three falls

Hattiesburg, Mississippi:
- Bob Kelly defeated The Blue Yankee for the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Title 

1970

Atlanta, Georgia:
- Buddy Colt defeated Nick Bockwinkel for the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title

Calgary, Alberta, Canada:
- Bobby and Jerry Christy won the Stampede International Tag Team Title by defeating Bud and Ray Osborne

1972

Greenville, South Carolina:
- Jerry Brisco defeated Rip Hawk for the NWA Eastern States Heavyweight Title 

New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada:
- Bob Brown and John Quinn defeated Steven Little Bear and Dutch Savage for the Vancouver NWA Canadian Tag Team Titles

1975

Kansas City, Kansas:
- Bob Geigel fought Ed Wiskowski to a double DQ
- French Martin defeated Paul Perschmann
- Oki Shikina & Jesse Ventura & Sharon Brooks defeated Don Wayt & Scotty Campbell & Jean Antone
- Tank Patton & Mr. Seki defeated Akio Sato & Prince Tapu
- Jerry Oates defeated Baron Von Raschke via DQ
- Jack Brisco defeated Danny Little Bear in three falls

1976

Richmond, Virginia:
- Dusty Rhodes defeated Ric Flair to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title (the title change was nullified because Rhodes had his feet on the ropes during the pin)

Portland, Oregon:
- Dutch Savage & Jimmy Snuka beat Buddy Rose & Jesse Ventura

1978

Fort Worth, Texas:
- David and Kevin Von Erich defeated Bruiser Brody and Gino Hernandez to win the NWA Texas Tag Team Titles

1979

Raleigh, North Carolina:
- Ric Flair & Blackjack Mulligan & Ricky Steamboat beat Paul Jones & Baron Von Raschke & Nick Bockwinkel

1980

Saga, Japan:
- Giant Baba defeated Harley Race for the NWA World Heavyweight Title 

Portland, Orgeon:
- Roddy Piper defeated Buddy Rose to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title

1987

WWF King of the Ring: Prvoidence, Rhode Island:
- Haku pinned Brutus Beefcake 
- Rick Martel pinned Danny Spivey 
- King Kong Bundy defeated the One Man Gang via count-out
- SD Jones pinned Sika with a small package
- Danny Davis defeated Tito Santana via count-out 
- The Junkyard Dog pinned Tama 
- Jim Brunzell pinned Ron Bass
- Randy Savage pinned Nikolai Volkoff 
- Haku fought Rick Martel to a 15-minute time-limit draw
- King Kong Bundy pinned SD Jones 
- Danny Davis defeated the Junkyard Dog via count-out
- Randy Savage pinned Jim Brunzell 
- Randy Savage pinned Danny Davis 
- Jake Roberts defeated WWF IC Champion the Honkytonk Man via disqualification 
- Randy Savage defeated King Kong Bundy to win the King of the Ring tournament

Richmond, Virginia:
- Denny Brown defeated David Isley
- Sean Royal defeated Kendall Windham
- The Road Warriors defeated Ivan Koloff & Gladiator #1
- NWA Tag Team Champions Ricky Morton & Roberts Gibson defeated Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard 
- NWA US Champion Lex Luger pinned Jimmy Garvin
- NWA World Champion Ric Flair defeated Ron Garvin in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match

1988

Detroit, Michigan:
- Ron Simmons defeated Rip Morgan
- Rick Steiner defeated the Italian Stallion
- Brad Armstrong, Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers defeated NWA TV Champion Mike Rotundo & the Sheepherders
- Steve Williams defeated Ivan Koloff
- NWA US Champion Barry Windham defeated Sting via disqualification
- Dusty Rhodes & Dick Murdoch defeated Kevin Sullivan & Larry Zbyzsko
- NWA US Tag Team Champions Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane fought NWA Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard to a no contest
- Lex Luger defeated NWA World Champion Ric Flair via disqualification

1989

Mexico City, Mexico:
- Cuchillo defeated Yoshihiro Asai (Ultimo Dragon) for the UWA World Middleweight Title

Memphis, Tennessee:
- Texas Dirt (Dutch Mantel) defeated Black Bart to win the CWA Heavyweight Title 

1990

Croydon, England:
- Danny Collins defeated Richie Brooks for the British Heavy-Middleweight Title 

1991

Cataño, Puerto Rico:
- Alex Porteau defeated Ricky Santana to win the WWC World Junior Heavyweight Title 

1992

Ft. Hood, Texas:
- Tom Zenk defeated Scotty Flamingo
- Erik Watts defeated Mark Canterbury
- Dustin Rhodes & Marcus Alexander Bagwell defeated Vinnie Vegas & Diamond Dallas Page
- Greg Valentine defeated Van Hammer
- Barry Windham defeated the Barbarian
- Rick & Scott Steiner defeated Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton
- WCW TV Champion Ricky Steamboat defeated Steve Austin
- WCW World Champion Ron Simmons, Sting, & Nikita Koloff defeated WCW US Champion Rick Rude, Jake Roberts, & the Super Invader

Mexico City, Mexico:
- Bestia Salvaje defeated El Dandy for the CMLL World Middleweight Title 

1994

Monterrey, Mexico:
- Pierroth, Jr. defeated Vampiro to win the Federación Internacional de Lucha Libre Heavyweight Title

1995

WCW Monday Nitro premiere episode: Bloomington, Minnesota:
- The American Males (Marcus Bagwell and Scott Riggs) defeated WCW World Tag Team Champions Bunkhouse Buck and Dick Slater (with Col. 
  Robert Parker) in a non-televised, non title match
- Brian Pillman defeated Jushin Liger
- WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Sting defeated Ric Flair by disqualification to retain the title (during this match, Lex Luger made his surprise return to WCW)
- WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Big Bubba Rogers to retain the title

1996

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada:
- Vance Nevada defeated JT Atlas to win the Canadian Junior Heavyweight Title 

1998

West Allis, Wisconsin:
- Adam Pearce defeats Billy Joe Eaton to win the Mid American Wrestling Heayweight Title

1999

Brownsville, Tennessee:
- Blade Boudreaux defeated Don Bass to win the NWA Mid-South Heavyweight Title 

2004

Bayamón, Puerto Rico:
- Nuevo Gran Apolo defeated Ray Gonzalez for the IWA World Heavyweight Title 

2005

PWG Battle of Los Angeles: Los Angeles, California:
- Jack Evans, PWG Tag Team Champion El Generico, Frankie Kazarian and Super Dragon defeated Scott Lost, Ricky Reyes, Davey Richards and Joey Ryan
- Chris Bosh defeated AJ Styles to win the Battle of Los Angeles