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Daily Pro Wrestling History (12/17): Frank Gotch wins American Title

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1906 

Kansas City, Kansas:
- Frank Gotch defeated Fred Beel to win the American Heavyweight Title

1930

St. Louis, Missouri:
- World Champion Jim Londos beat Milo Steinborn to retain the title
- Fred Grubmeier beat Ray Steele 

1965

Dothan, Alabama:
- Chris and Ken Lucas defeated The Mysterio Medics to win the Gulf Coast version of the NWA Southern Tag Team Title

1967

St. Paul, Minnesota:
- AWA Tag Team Champions Mitsu Arakawa & Dr Moto beat Bill Watts & Rock Rogowski (Ole Anderson)
- Dr X beat Mighty Igor Vodik
- Harley Race beat Bob Geigel
- Luke Brown beat Bill Green
- Rene Goulet beat Chris Markoff dq
- Eddie Sharkey beat Steve Druk

1968

Dallas, Texas:
- Fritz Von Erich & Dan Miller defeated The Spoiler & Gary Hart to win the NWA American Tag Team Title (later to become the World Class World Tag Team Title)

1969

Brisbane, Australia:
- King Curtis Iaukea defeated Billy Robinson to win the IWA title

1970

- Kim Il and Pak Song defeated Gorgeous George, Jr. and Rufus R. Jones to win the NWA Texas Tag Team Title

1971

- The Royal Kangaroos (Jonathan Boyd and Norman Frederick Charles) defeated Beauregard and Dutch Savage for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title

1973

Miami, Florida:
- Buddy Colt defeated Eddie Graham for the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title

Vancouver, British Columbia:
- Buck Ramstead and Mr. X (Guy Mitchell) defeated The Samoans (Afa and Sika) to win the Vancouver version of the NWA Canadian Tag Team Title 

1975

Miami Beach, Florida:
- Omar Negro (Buddy Moreno/Omar Atlas) drew Bruce Swayze (Patrick's uncle)
- Mike Graham beat Bob Orton Jr. via DQ to retain the U.S. jr. heavyweight title
- Karl Von Steiger beat Abe Jacobs
- Bob Roop beat Bill Dromo
- The Destroyer (Killer Kowalski) no contest Big Bad John
- Billy Robinson beat The Great Malenko to retain the Southern title
- Rocky Johnson & Thunderbolt Patterson beat Rip Hawk & Roger Kirby via DQ to retain the Florida tag team titles
- Terry Funk beat Cyclone Negro to retain the NWA title

1977 

San Juan, Puerto Rico:
- The Hollywood Blondes (Jack Evans and Larry Sharpe) defeated Carlos Colon and Victor Jovica for the WWC North American Tag Team Title - Jose Rivera and Invader I defeated The Samoans (Afa and Sika) for the WWC World Tag Team Title
- Joe Novak defeated Hercules Ayala for the WWC Caribbean Heavywight Title

1978

Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
- Dino Bravo defeated Gene Kiniski to become the first holder of the Toronto version of the NWA Canadian Heavyweight Title

Dallas, Texas:
- Tiger Conway, Jr. and Bull Ramos defeated Killer Karl Krupp and Mark Lewin for the NWA Texas Tag Team Title

1979

New York City:
- Bob Backlund defeated Bobby Duncum in a Texas death match to win the vacant WWF World Heavyweight Title 

1985 

Ames, Iowa:
- Bob Brown defeated Brett Sawyer to win the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title

1987

Acapulco, Mexico:
- El Gran Markus, Jr. defeated Super Halcon for the Mexican National Heavyweight Title

1988

Bayamon, Puerto Rico:
- Hercules Ayala defeated Ricky Santana for the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title 

1989

Mayaguez, Puerto Rico:
- Leo Burke defeated Carlos Colon to win the WWC Universal Heavyweight Title 

1993 

Tokyo, Japan:
- Gran Hamada defeated Villano IV to win the WWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Title

1994

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
- Tommy Dreamer & Cactus Jack defeated Tommy Cairo & The Sandman
- ECW World Champion Shane Douglas defeated Ron Simmons
- ECW World Tag Team Champions The Public Enemy defeated Sabu & Taz

1995

WWF In Your House: Hershey, Pennsylvania:
- The Undertaker defeated King Mabel in a Casket match
- Bret Hart pinned The British Bulldog to retain the WWF Title

Mexico City, Mexico:
- Dr. Wagner, Jr. defeated Atlantis to win the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Title

1999

Nashville, Tennessee:
- Masato Tanaka defeated Mike Awesome for the ECW World Heavyweight Title

2000

WCW Starrcade: Washington, DC:
- Kevin Nash & Dallas Page defeated Shawn Stasiak & Chuck Polumbo to win the WCW World Tag Team Titles
- Goldberg defeated Lex Luger
- Scott Steiner defeated Sid Vicious to retain the WCW World Title

2005

ROH Final Battle: Edison, New Jersey:
- Austin Aries and Roderick Strong defeated Sal Rinauro and Tony Mamaluke to win the ROH Tag Team Titles
- Bryan Danielson defeated Naomichi Marufuji to retain the ROH World Title
- KENTA defeated Low Ki to retain the GHC Junior Heavyweight Title

2006 

WWE Armageddon: Richmond, Virginia:
- The Undertaker defeated Mr. Kennedy in a Last Ride Match
- Chris Benoit defeated Chavo Guerrero to retain the US Title