Skip to main content

On this day in pro wrestling history (9/10): Andre The Giant, Bob Backlund, Harley Race wins NWA World title

By Brian Hoops,


Kansas City, Kansas:

- Everett Marshall beat Sol Slagel to retain the World title
- Lou Thesz beat George Zaharias


Augusta, Georgia:

- Don McIntyre defeated Art Nelson in a two of three falls match to win the Southern Heavyweight Title


Des Moines, Iowa (4900 attendance)

- Pat O’Connor beat Jim Dobie
- Gypsy Joe beat Balk Estes
- Billy Hickson beat Milt Olsen
- Johnny Balbo defeated Reggie Lisowski (Crusher)


Denver, Colorado:

- AWA Tag Team Champions Larry Hennig & Harley Race beat The Crusher & Verne Gagne


Dallas, Texas:

- The Spoiler & Gary Hart defeated Fritz Von Erich & Grizzly Smith to win the NWA American Tag Team Title. Also, Nick Kozak fought Dusty Rhodes to a draw.


Denver, Colorado:

- Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Mad Dog Vachon & Baron Von Raschke
- Blackjack Lanza beat the Crusher
- Bobby Duncum beat Peter Maivia on a 3rd fall dq
- Billy Francis drew Pierre Poisson


Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

- Angelo Mosca beat AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel by countout
- WWWF Champion Bob Backlund beat Gorilla Monsoon
- Andre the Giant beat Waldo Von Erich
- Verne Gagne beat Lord Alfred Hayes

Dallas, Texas:

- Kevin Von Erich fought Gino Hernandez to a double countout.
- David Von Erich beat Bruiser Brody to win Texas Heavyweight title.
- Rocky Johnson & Leroy Brown went to a time limit draw with Killer Karl Krupp & Killer Brooks.


Louisville, Kentucky:

- Steve Regal & Eddie Gilbert defeated the Spoilers
- Ron Bass defeated Tommy Gilbert
- AWA Southern tag champs the Blonde Bombers (Wayne Ferris & Larry Latham aka The future Honkytonk Man & Moondog Spot) beat Steve Regal & Eddie Gilbert.
- Michael Hayes & Terry Gordy defeated Sonny King & Ricky Morton via DQ.
- Bill Dundee defeated Jerry Lawler.


Ohtsu, Japan:

Harley Race defeated Giant Baba for the NWA World Heavyweight Wrestling Title


Dallas, Texas:

- Brian Adidas defeated The Samoan
- Al Madril defeated Armand Hussein
- José Lothario defeated Magic Dragon
- Bill Irwin and King Kong Bundy defeated WCCW America's Tag Team champs Kerry and Kevin Von Erich to become the new champions
- The Great Kabuki defeated Bugsy McGraw


Memphis, Tennessee:

- Austin Idol defeated Ken Patera to win the AWA International Heavyweight Title.

Portland, Oregon:

- Brian Adidas wrestled Matt Borne to a time limit draw.
- Al Madril and Jules Strongbow went to a time limit draw.
- Siva Afi defeated Scott Ferris by disqualification.
- Al Madril and Mike Miller went to a time limit draw.
- Rip Oliver & The Assassin & The Dynamite Kid defeated Buddy Rose & Billy Jack (Haynes) & Curt Hennig.


Memphis, Tennessee:

- Dutch Mantell fought Mark Ragin to a draw.
- The Dirty White Boys (Tony Anthony & Len Denton) beat Johnny Wilhoit & Mark Batten.
- Tojo Yamamoto beat Kurt Von Hess via DQ.
- AWA Southern Tag Champs The Nightmares beat The Rock N' Roll Express.
- CWA International Champ Eddie Gilbert beat Tommy Rich.
- King Kong Bundy & Rick Rude beat Jerry Lawler & Randy Savage via DQ.

Baltimore, Maryland:

- David Schultz defeated Jose Luis Rivera.
- The Fabulous Freebirds' Michael Hayes & Terry Gordy defeated the Moondogs.
- The Junkyard Dog defeated the Iron Sheik.
- Andre the Giant & Pat Patterson, & Sika defeated Capt. Lou Albano & WWF Tag Team Champions Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch.
- Sgt. Slaughter defeated Bob Orton
- WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Jesse Ventura.


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

- United States Tag Team Champions The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) defeated Four Horsemen members Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard for the NWA World Tag Team Titles


Memphis, Tennessee:

- Brian Lee & Don Harris defeated Jeff Jarrett & Jeff Gaylord for the USWA Tag Team Title


Providence, Rhode Island:

- High Energy, Owen Hart & Koko B. Ware defeated Skinner & Barry Horowitz
- The Mountie pinned Tito Santana
- Shawn Michaels pinned Virgil
- Razor Ramon pinned Randy Savage
- WWF Tag Team Champions Natural Disasters defeated the Beverly Brothers
- Bret Hart pinned Papa Shango
- The Undertaker defeated WWF World Champion Ric Flair via disqualification


- Yoshinari Ogawa defeated Dan Kroffat (aka Phil LaFon) in Tokyo, Japan to win the All-Japan World Junior Heavyweight Title.


San Antonio, Texas:

- Yoshihiro Tajiri defeated Chris Kanyon for the WCW U.S. Heavyweight Title