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On this date in pro wrestling history (9/16): Harley Race wins Missouri title, Brock Lesnar wins WWE title

By Brian Hoops,


Kansas City, Kansas:

- North American Tag Team Champions, Bob Geigel and Bob Brown beat Mongolian Stomper and The Ox by dq

- Jerry Miller beat Jim Grabmire 2 falls to 1

- Bulldog Plechas drew Thor Hagen

- Corsica Joe beat Paul Caruso


Milwaukee, Wisconsin:

- AWA Champion Mad Dog Vachon went to a double countout with Wilbur Snyder

- Larry Hennig & Harley Race beat Doug Gilbert & Billy Red Cloud

- Chris Markoff drew Ron Reed

- Dale Lewis beat Joe Tomasso

- Jim Raschke beat Johnny Kace (Raschke's professional debut)


Chicago, Illinois:

- AWA Tag Team Champions Larry Hennig & Harley Race beat Dick the Bruiser & the Crusher

- Wilbur Snyder beat Angelo Poffo

- Johnny Valentine beat Moose Cholak dq

- Dr X beat Rene Goulet

- Dr Moto beat Bob Boyer

- Blackjack Lanza beat Al Kashey


St. Louis, Missouri:

- Harley Race defeated Pak Song in a tournament final to become the first ever NWA Missouri Champion

St. Paul, Minnesota:

- AWA Tag Team Champions Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens beat Larry Hennig & Dusty Rhodes 2/3

- Wahoo McDaniel beat Ivan Koloff dq

- Dr X beat Higo Hamaguchi

- Rene Goulet drew Don Muraco

- Ramon Torres beat Big K


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

- WWWF World Champion Bob Backlund defeated Superstar Billy Graham in a Stretcher Match


Oakland, California:

- Pat Patterson & Ray Stevens drew AWA Tag Team Champions Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell

- AWA Champion Otto Wanz beat Nick Bockwinkel

- Rick Martel beat Ken Patera dq

- Jesse Ventura beat Baron Von Raschke

- Adrian Adonis beat Buck Zumhofe


Knoxville, Tennessee:

- SMW Tag Team Champions The Rock N' Roll Express defeated The Gangstas. However, New Jack & Mustafa would later threaten to sue SMW, saying tape of the match proves that they should have won the belts. As a result, Smoky Mountain Wrestling awarded the titles to the Gangstas


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

- The Pitbulls defeated Raven & Steven Richards in a two out of three falls Dog Collar match to win the ECW World Tag Team Championship

- Rey Misterio Jr. (now Rey Mysterio) defeated Psicosis


Tokyo, Japan:

- Low Ki defeated Spanky on a Zero-One event to win the NWA International Light Heavyweight Title


Raleigh, North Carolina:

- Eddie & Chavo Guerrero defeated Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas for the WWE Tag Team Championship

Brock Lesnar defeated Kurt Angle in a 60-minute Ironman match to win the WWE World Title, 5 falls to 4


New York City:

- The Kings of Wrestling, Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli defeated Austin Aries and Roderick Strong to win the ROH Tag Team championship


- At the Unforgiven PPV, Batista defeated the Great Khali and Rey Mysterio Jr to win the World Title

- Randy Orton defeated WWE Champion John Cena by dq

- The Undertaker defeated Mark Henry


- Jay Lethal defeated Doug Williams to win the TNA X Division Title


At the Night of Champions PPV in Boston, Massachusetts:

- Daniel Bryan and Kane won the WWE Tag Team Championship from R-Truth and Kofi Kingston

- Eve Torres defeated Layla to win the WWE Divas Championship

- US Champion Antonio Cesaro defeated Zach Ryder