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Daily Pro Wrestling History (05/13): Rick Martel wins AWA World title

Martel defeated Jumbo Tsuruta for the championship on this day in 1984.


Buffalo, New York:

- Vic Christy defeated Don McIntyre to win the Montreal and Toronto World Heavyweight Titles


Boston, Massachusetts:

- The French Angel defeated Steve Casey for the Boston AWA World Heavyweight Title


Amarillo, Texas:

- Dory Funk defeated Roy Shire for the Southwest Junior Heavyweight Title

Stockton, California:

- Ben and Mike Sharpe won the San Francisco NWA Pacific Coast Tag Team Titles by defeating Ron Etchison and Enrique Torres


Honolulu, Hawaii:

- Ed Francis defeated Al Lolotai for the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title


Tokyo, Japan:

- Rikidozan defeated Leo Nomellini to win the second-annual JWA World League Tournament

St. Joseph, Missouri:

- George and Sandy Scott defeated Emil and Ernie Dusek to win the Central States NWA World Tag Team Titles


Memphis, Tennessee:

- Karl and Skull Von Stroheim defeated Gino and Tony Calza to win the Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Titles


Honolulu, Hawaii:

- Robert Duranton and Shag Thomas defeated Cowboy Cassidy and Curtis Iaukea for the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Titles


Los Angeles, California:

- The Assassins defeated Karl and Kurt Von Stroheim for the World Wrestling Association World Tag Team Titles


Tokyo, Japan:

- Giant Baba defeated Wilbur Snyder to win the eighth-annual JWA World League Tournament


Memphis, Tennessee:

- Don Carson and The Red Shadow defeated Dennis Hall and Ken Lucas to win the Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Titles


Portland, Oregon:

- Tony Borne and Moondog Mayne defeated Karl and Kurt Von Steiger to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Titles


Hattiesburg, Mississippi:

- Eddie Sullivan defeated Bob Kelly for the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Title


San Francisco, California:

- Lars Anderson and Paul DeMarco defeated Pepper Gomez and Rocky Johnson for the San Francisco NWA World Tag Team Titles


Sydney, Australia:

- Hiro Tojo and Waldo Von Erich defeated Ron Miller and Larry O'Day to win the NWA Austra-Asian Tag Team Titles


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

- Dominic DeNucci and Victor Rivera defeated The Valiant Brothers (Jimmy and Johnny) for the WWWF World Tag Team Titles

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada:

- Mike DuBois and Lord Alfred Hayes defeated The Beast and Johnny Weaver for the Eastern Sports Association International Tag Team Titles

Mobile, Alabama:

- Dr. X defeated Ken Lucas for the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title


Kansas City, Kansas:

- Bob Geigel & Akio Sato defeated Ed Wiskoski & Roger Kirby

- In a Texas Bull Rope Match: Mike George defeated Dusty Rhodes

- Bob Brown & Mike York defeated Ray Candy & Ronnie Etchison

- Tank Patton fought Omar Atlas to a draw

- Pat O’Connor defeated Mr. Seki


Portland, Oregon:

- Jerry Oates defeated Ed Wiskoski to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title

Omaha, Nebraska:

- AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Billy Robinson

- Pat Patterson & Ray Stevens beat Rufus R Jones & Pat O'Connor

- Steve Olsonoski beat Super Destroyer Mark II by DQ

- Lord Alfred Hayes drew Joe Scarpello

- Kay Noble beat Brenda Hoffman

Milwaukee, Wisconsin:

- The Crusher beat Angelo Mosca in a chain match

- Verne Gagne beat Johnny Valiant

- Blackjack Lanza & Bob Orton Jr. beat AWA Tag Team Champions Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell by DQ

- Evan Johnson beat Spike Huber

- Frank Hill beat Vito Martino


Green Bay, Wisconsin:

- Verne Gagne & Mad Dog Vachon beat Nick Bockwinkel & Pat Patterson.

- Super Destroyer Mark II beat Billy Robinson by DQ

- Greg Gagne beat Bobby Duncum by DQ

- Doug Gilbert drew Paul Ellering

- Jesse Ventura beat Dick Reynolds (sub Paul Ellering)

Houston, Texas:

- Wahoo McDaniel defeated The Spoiler for the NWA American Heavyweight Title in Houston, Texas


Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada:

- AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Tito Santana

- Greg Gagne beat Jerry Blackwell

- Sheik Adnan beat Baron Von Raschke

- Ken Patera beat Brad Rheingans

- Buck Zumhofe beat Bobby Duncum


St. Louis, Missouri:

- Harley Race defeated Crusher Blackwell to win the Missouri State title

- Kerry Von Erich and George Wells defeated Kim Duk and Roger Kirby (sub Yasu Fuji)

- Greg Valentine no contest with Bruce Reed

- Bobby Duncum defeated Bulldog Bob Brown

- Bob Orton Jr. defeated Manny Fernandez

- Dewey Robertson drew Rick Martel

- Mark Romero and Jerry Ho defeated Ray Hernandez and Jerry Brown

Calgary, Alberta, Canada:

- Velvet McIntyre and Penny Mitchell defeated Joyce Grable and Wendi Richter to win the NWA World Women's Tag Team Title

Beckley, West Virginia:

- The Great Tio defeated The Masked Miser (Angelo Poffo) to win the International Championship Wrestling Television Title


St. Paul, Minnesota:

- Rick Martel defeated Jumbo Tsuruta to win the AWA World Heavyweight Title

- Blackjack Mulligan & Blackjack Lanza no contest Abdullah The Butcher & Jerry Blackwell

- The Crusher beat Sheik Adnan

- Princess Victoria & Velvet McIntyre beat Leilani Kai & Despina Montagus

- Fabulous Ones beat Jesse Ventura & Steve Regal

- Larry Zbyszko beat Curt Hennig by DQ


Houston, Texas:

- Barry Windham defeated Nikita Koloff to win the vacant NWA United States Heavyweight Title in a tournament final


Chicago, Illinois:

- Robbie Idol defeated Ned Brady

- Bam Bam Bigelow pinned Jonnie Stewart

- Kevin Sullivan pinned Rick Ryder

- The Samoan Swat Team defeated NWA US Tag Team Champion Brian Pillman & Paul Drake (sub. for NWA US Tag Team Champion Tom Zenk)

- Road Warrior Animal & Mike Rotunda defeated Bobby Eaton & Stane Lane

- NWA Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner defeated Doom

- Road Warrior Hawk (sub. for NWA US Champion Lex Luger, out with a staph infection) defeated NWA World Champion Ric Flair via disqualification


Memphis, Tennessee:

- Robert Fuller and Jeff Jarrett defeated The Texas Hangmen (Killer and Psycho) for the USWA Tag Team Titles

- Bill Dundee defeated Eric Embry to win the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title


Council, Virginia:

- Tracy Smothers defeated Killer Kyle

- Scott & Steve Armstrong defeated Well Dunn

- The Dirty White Boy defeated Kendo the Samurai

- Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson defeated SMW Tag Team Champions Brian Lee & Chris Candido via disqualification

- Tracy Smothers won a pole battle royal


Cleveland, Tennessee:

- Boo Bradley defeated Killer Kyle

- Steve Armstrong defeated SMW Heavyweight Champion Buddy Landel via disqualification

- Tracy Smothers & the Dirty White Boy defeated New Jack & Mustafa

- Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson defeated SMW Tag Team Champions Al Snow & Unabom via disqualification

- Steve Armstrong won a battle royal

Memphis, Tennessee:

- Doug Gilbert won the USWA Heavyweight Title by defeating Brian Lee


Nuevo Laredo, Mexico:

- Pimpinela Escarlata defeated La Parka for the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Title


Irondale, Alabama:

- Tom Prichard defeated Rick Steiner to win the NWA Alabama Heavyweight Title


TNA Sacrifice: Orlando, Florida:

- TNA X Division Champion Chris Sabin defeated Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt in a triple threat match to retain the title

- Robert Roode (with Ms. Brooks) pinned Jeff Jarrett

- Christopher Daniels pinned Rhino

- Basham and Damaja (with Christy Hemme) defeated Kip James in a handicap match

- Chris Harris defeated James Storm in a Texas death match

- Jerry Lynn defeated Senshi, Alex Shelley and Tiger Mask IV in a four corners match

- TNA World Tag Team Champions Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) defeated Scott Steiner & Tomko and The Latin American Exchange (Homicide & Hernandez) in a triple threat match to retain the titles

- Kurt Angle defeated TNA World Heavyweight Champion Christian Cage and Sting in a three-way match to win the title


- Scott Hall and Kevin Nash defeated Matt Morgan to win the TNA Tag Team Titles


TNA Sacrifice: Orlando, Florida:

- Gail Kim defeated Brooke Tessmacher to retain the TNA Women's Knockout Championship

- Devon defeated Robbie E and Robbie T to retain the TNA Television Championship

- Mr. Anderson defeated Jeff Hardy

- Crimson defeated Eric Young (with ODB)

- Austin Aries defeated Bully Ray

- Kurt Angle defeated AJ Styles

- Bobby Roode defeated Rob Van Dam in a Ladder match to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship

- Kazarian & Christopher Daniels defeated Samoa Joe & Magnus to win the TNA Tag Team Titles