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On this day in pro wrestling history (9/4): WCW Nitro debuts, Randy Savage wins KOR tourney, Dusty Rhodes vs. Ric Flair

By Brian Hoops, WrestlingObserver.com
1902 

George Hackenschmidt defeated Tom Cannon for the European Greco-Roman Heavyweight Title in Liverpool, England 1911

In their second meeting, Frank Gotch defeated George Hackenschmidt in two straight falls to retain the World Heavyweight Title before 30,000 at Chicago's Comiskey Park. 1935 

Waterloo, Iowa; Ed (Strangler) Lewis beat Lou Plummer, Earl Wampler beat Louis Thesz and Dell Guthrie beat Stanley Mayslack 1941

George Wagner (Gorgeous George) defeated Billy McEuin for the Pacific Coast Junior Heavyweight Title in Eugene, Oregon 1944 

Bill Ludwig defeated Billy Williams to win the Florida Junior Heavyweight Title in Tampa, Florida. 1947 
Kansas City, Kansas at Memorial Hall; In a tournament final with winner getting an MWA Title shot; Warren Bockwinkel beat Antone Leone. Semifinals; Warren Bockwinkel beat Jay Steele and Antone Leone beat Dick Trout. First round; Warren Bockwinkel beat Lee Wykoff dq, Jay Steele beat Roberto Pico, Dick Trout beat Cardiff Giant dq and Antone Leone beat Sockeye Jack McDonald 1951

Ray Gunkel defeated Duke Keomuka for the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title in Dallas, Texas. 1963

Georgia Championship Wrestling held a 12-man tournament in Columbus, Georgia to determine the first Georgia NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Champion. Joe McCarthy defeated Marco Polo to become the first Georgia NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Champion. 1964

Dick the Bruiser and Wilbur Snyder defeated Angelo Poffo and Nicoli Volkoff to win the WWA World Tag Team Champions. 1965 

Verne Gagne & Tex McKenzie beat Haru Sasaki & Mad Dog Vachon to win Nebraska Tag Team title in Omaha, Nebraska.  1968 

Bob Kelly defeated Bobby Fields to win the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Title in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. 1969 

- In Kansas City, Kansas; The Viking defeated Jack Armstrong, Stan the Mad Russian fought K.O. Cox to a double countout and  Danny Little Bear & Big Luke defeated Tarzan Tyler & The Great Kojika via DQ in three falls

- Bob Kelly defeated The Blue Yankee for the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Title in Hattiesburg, Mississippi 1970

- Buddy Colt defeated Nick Bockwinkel for the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia

- Bobby and Jerry Christy won the Stampede International Tag Team Title in Calgary, Alberta, defeating Bud and Ray Osborne. 1972 

- Jerry Brisco defeated Rip Hawk for the NWA Eastern States Heavyweight Title in Greenville, South Carolina.

- Bob Brown and John Quinn defeated Steven Little Bear and Dutch Savage for the Vancouver NWA Canadian Tag Team Title in New Westminster, British Columbia. 1975 

In Kansas City, Kansas; Bob Geigel fought Ed Wiskowski to a double-DQ, French Martin defeated Paul Perschmann,Oki Shikina & Jesse Ventura & Sharon Brooks defeated Don Wayt & Scotty Campbell & Jean Antone, Tank Patton & Mr. Seki defeated Akio Sato & Prince Tapu, Jerry Oates defeated Baron Von Raschke via DQ and Jack Brisco defeated Danny Little Bear in three falls 1976 

Dusty Rhodes defeated Ric Flair in Richmond, Virginia to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title. However, the title change was nullified because Rhodes had his feet on the ropes during the pin. 1978 
David and Kevin Von Erich defeated Bruiser Brody and Gino Hernandez to win the NWA Texas Tag Team Title in Fort Worth, Texas 1979 
In Raleigh, North Carolina; Ric Flair & Blackjack Mulligan & Ricky Steamboat beat Paul Jones & Baron Von Raschke & Nick Bockwinkel, Dewey Robertson vs Johnny Weaver and  Mr Wrestling Tim Woods vs The Scorpion 1980 

- Giant Baba defeated Harley Race for the NWA World Heavyweight Title in Saga, Japan

- Roddy Piper defeated Buddy Rose to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title 1987 
 The WWF held its third-annual "King of the Ring" event at the Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Randy Savage defeated King Kong Bundy to win the King of the Ring tournament. 1989

- Cuchillo defeated Yoshihiro Asai (Ultimo Dragon) for the UWA World Middleweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico. - Texas Dirt (Dutch Mantel) defeated Black Bart to win the CWA Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee 1990 

Danny Collins defeated Richie Brooks for the British Heavy-Middleweight Title in Croydon, England 1991 
 Alex Porteau defeated Ricky Santana to win the WWC World Junior Heavyweight Title reign in Cataño, Puerto Rico. 1992 
Bestia Salvaje defeated El Dandy for the CMLL World Middleweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico. 1994

Pierroth, Jr. defeated Vampiro in Monterrey, Mexico to win the Federación Internacional de Lucha Libre Heavyweight Title. 1995 

WCW Monday Nitro debuted on TNT, live from the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. The American Males (Marcus Bagwell and Scott Riggs) defeated WCW World Tag Team Champions Bunkhouse Buck and Dick Slater (with Col. Robert Parker) in a non-televised match. Brian Pillman defeated Jushin Liger, WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Sting defeated Ric Flair by disqualification to retain the title. During this match, Lex Luger made his surprise return to WCW and WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Big Bubba Rogers to retain the title. 1996

Vance Nevada defeated JT Atlas to win the Canadian Junior Heavyweight Title in Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1998
Adam Pearce defeats Billy Joe Eaton in West Allis, Wisconsin to win the Mid American Wrestling Heayweight Title 1999

Blade Boudreaux defeated Don Bass to win the NWA Mid-South Heavyweight Title in Brownsville, Tennessee 2004 

Nuevo Gran Apolo defeated Ray Gonzalez for the IWA World Heavyweight Title in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.