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Daily Pro Wrestling History (07/07): The nWo forms at Bash at the Beach 1996

One of the most iconic moments in wrestling history happened on this day 26 years ago.


Kansas City, Missouri:
- The Sheik fought Bobo Brazil to a draw
- Art Neilson & Rip Hawk (sub for Ray Shires) defeated The Hillbillies in three falls
- Dick the Bruiser defeated Haystack Calhoun in three falls

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada:
- AWA US Champion Gene Kiniski beat Wilbur Snyder in 2 out of 3 falls
- Hard Boiled Haggerty beat Roy McClarty in 2 out of 3 falls


Davenport, Iowa:
- AWA Tag Team Champions Larry Hennig & Harley Race beat The Crusher & Verne Gagne by DQ
- Pampero Firpo no contest Wilbur Snyder
- Mighty Igor Vodik beat Haru Sasaki
- Chris Markoff beat Ivan Kalmikoff


Kansas City, Kansas:
- Bob Brown & Alex Perez fought Sonny Myers & Timothy Geohagen to a draw
- The Mongolian Stomper defeated Jack Donovan
- Tiny Smith (w/ The Mongolian Stomper) defeated The Viking (w/ Jack Donovan) via DQ in three falls

Davenport, Iowa:
- AWA Champion Mad Dog Vachon beat Billy Red Cloud
- AWA Tag Team Champions Dick The Bruiser & Crusher beat The Alaskan & Big K
- Wilbur Snyder beat Angelo Poffo


Chicago, Illinois:
- AWA Champion Verne Gagne beat Mitsu Arakawa
- Dick the Bruiser beat Harley Race
- Devils Duo Angelo Poffo & Chris Markoff beat Rene Goulet & Jack Lanza
- Lou Thesz beat Johnny Powers
- Moose Cholak drew Ernie Ladd


St. Paul, Minnesota:
- Nick Bockwinkel beat Ken Patera
- The Crusher beat Ivan Koloff
- Reggie Parks beat Larry Heiniemi by DQ
- Bob Bruggers drew Joe Scarpello


Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada:
- Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell defeated Blackjack Lanza & Bobby Duncum for the AWA World Tag Team Title
- Billy Robinson beat Mad Dog Vachon
- Super Destroyer & Angelo Mosca beat Pedro Morales & Ray Stevens
- Bob Backlund beat Billy Francis
- Larry Hennig beat Roger Kirby
- Chris Markoff beat Steve Olsonoski


Omaha, Nebraska:
- AWA Tag Team Champions Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Adrian Adonis & Jesse Ventura
- Tito Santana beat Sheik Adnan by DQ
- Baron Von Raschke ddq Ray Stevens
- Ray Stevens (sub Jerry Blackwell) drew Laurent Soucie


WCW Great American Bash: Baltimore, Maryland:
- Sting defeated Ric Flair to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title
- NWA World Tag Team Champions Doom defeated The Rock N' Roll Express
- U.S. Tag Team Champions The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) defeated Tracey Smothers & Steve Armstrong
- U.S. Champion Lex Luger defeated Mark Callous
- Rick & Scott Steiner defeated The Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin & Michael Hayes)
- Brian Pillman pinned Buddy Landel
- Mike Rotunda pinned the Iron Sheik
- Doug Furnas pinned Dutch Mantell
- Harley Race pinned Tommy Rich
- NWA US Tag Team Champions Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane (w/ Jim Cornette) defeated Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong


Richmond, Virginia:
- Terrance Taylor pinned Brian Armstrong
- Johnny B. Badd defeated Big Josh
- Tom Zenk defeated the Diamond Studd
- Michael Hayes defeated Steve Armstrong
- Rick Steiner & Sam Houston defeated Dick Murdoch & Dick Slater via disqualification
- WCW TV Champion Steve Austin fought Bobby Eaton to a 15-minute time-limit draw
- Ron Simmons & Missy Hyatt defeated Arn Anderson & Paul E. Dangerously
- Dustin Rhodes defeated Ricky Morton via disqualification
- Sting, WCW US Champion Lex Luger, the Yellow Dog, & El Gigante defeated Barry Windham, Nikita Koloff, Kevin Sullivan, & the One Man Gang in Wargames


Harlan, Kentucky:
- The Dirty White Boy defeated Kendo the Samurai (Brian Logan)
- The Thrillseekers, Chris Jericho & Lance Storm defeated Well Dunn, Steven Dunn & Timothy Well in a penalty box match
- SMW Tag Team Champions Brian Lee & Chris Candido defeated Scott & Steve Armstrong
- Tracy Smothers defeated Bruiser Bedlam in a dock match


Clinchport, Virginia:
- Boo Bradley defeated Killer Kyle
- Tracy Smothers & the Dirty White Boy defeated the Headbangers
- Brad Armstrong fought Buddy Landell to a double disqualification; the match was to determine the new SMW Heavyweight Champion
- USWA Tag Team Champions Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson defeated Al Snow & Unabom via count-out
- Brad Armstrong won a pole battle royal


WCW Bash at the Beach: Daytona Beach, Florida:
- Rey Mysterio Jr. pinned Psychosis
- John Tenta pinned Big Bubba (w/ Jimmy Hart) in a Silver Dollar City pole match
- Diamond Dallas Page pinned Jim Duggan in a taped fist match
- The Nasty Boys defeated Public Enemy in a double dog collar match
- WCW Cruiserweight Champion Dean Malenko defeated Disco Inferno
- Steve McMichael (w/ Debra McMichael)
- WCW World Champion the Giant & Kevin Sullivan (w/ Jimmy Hart) defeated Arn Anderson & Chris Benoit
- Ric Flair defeated Konnan to win the U.S. Title
- Kevin Nash, Scott Hall & mystery partner (Hulk Hogan) vs. Randy Savage & Sting & Lex Luger went to a no contest (this was the beginning of the NWO)


Montreal, Quebec, Canada:
- Booker T defeated Christian for the WWE Intercontinental title


NJPW G1 Special: San Francisco, California:
- Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa & Haku & Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi beat Yoshi-Hashi & Sho & Yoh & Rocky Romero & Gedo
- Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano beat Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.
- Marty Scurll & Hangman Page beat Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kushida
- Hirooki Goto pinned Jeff Cobb to retain the Never open weight title
- Young Bucks retained the IWGP tag team titles beating Evil & Seiya Sanada
- Kazuchika Okada & Will Ospreay beat Tetsuya Naito & Bushi
- Hiromu Takahashi retained the IWGP jr. title over Dragon Lee
- Juice Robinson pinned Jay White to win the U.S. title
- Kenny Omega pinned Cody to retain the IWGP title


Impact Slammiversary: Dallas, Texas:
- Willie Mack won a four-way over Trey Miguel, TJP and Jake Crist
- Ethan Page & Josh Alexander retained the tag titles in a three-way over Ortiz & Santana (LAX) and Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz
- Eddie Edwards beat Killer Kross in a first blood match
- Moose pinned Rob Van Dam
- Taya Valkyrie retained the Knockouts title winning a four-way Monster’s Ball match over Su Yung, Jessicka Havok and Rosemary
- Rich Swann pinned Johnny Impact to retain the X-Division title
- Brian Cage beat Michael Elgin to retain the Impact title
- Sami Callihan pinned Tessa Blanchard