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On this day in pro wrestling history (August 31): Jerry Lawler vs. Don Bass hair vs. title cage match, lots of Memphis history

By Brian Hoops,

1944 - Kansas City, Kansas; MWA World Heavyweight Champion Orville Brown defeated Les Wolfe in 2 of 3 falls and Jack Hader beat Jack Suzek

1945 - Ted Cox defeated Buddy Rogers for the Texas Heavyweight Title in Houston, Texas.

1950 - Don Eagle defeated Gorgeous George in Columbus, Ohio to win the  Ohio AWA World Heavyweight Title

1951 - Art Neilson and Jack Steel defeated Farmer Jones and Al Massey to win the Georgia NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia.

1954 - Al and Tiny Mills defeated George and Sandy Scott for the Calgary NWA Canadian Tag Team Title in Edmonton, Alberta

1965 - Don Carson defeated Ken Lucas to win the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title in Pensacola, Florida

1967 - Len Rossi defeated The Great Yamaha (Kantaro Hoshino) for the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title in Chattanooga, Tennessee

1968 - Verne Gagne defeated Dr. X (Dick Beyer) to win the AWA World Heavyweight Title in Bloomington, Minnesota on a 3rd fall count out. Also on the card, Harley Race beat the Crusher, The Crusher & Bill Watts beat Larry Hennig & Harley Race by dq, Billy Red Lyons beat Big K and Kenny Jay beat Bob Sabre. Attendance was 6,450; José Lothario and Joe Scarpa (Chief Jay Strongbow) defeated Boris Malenko and Johnny Valentine to win the Florida NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Tampa, Florida.

1972 - Art Neilson and Johnny Weaver defeated Brute Bernard and Larry Hamilton for the NWA Atlantic Coast Tag Team Title in Greensboro, North Carolina; Gorgeous George, Jr. won a battle royal in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to win the vacant NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Title.

1973 - Mr. Wrestling II defeated Bill Watts for the vacant NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia.

1974 - Manny Soto defeated Mr. California (Salvador Lothario) for the NWA Beat the Champ Television Title in Hollywood, California. At the same event, Butcher Brannigan and Man Mountain Mike defeated Angel Blanco and Dr. Wagner to win the NWA Americas Tag Team Title; Chris Gallagher and Don Kent defeated Ricky Gibson and Steve Kovacs to win the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Title in Chattanooga, Tennessee; In St. Paul, Minnesota, The Crusher beat Superstar Billy Graham, Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens beat Larry Hennig & Verne Gagne, Horst Hoffman beat Ivan Putski dq, Baron Von Raschke beat Khosrow Vaziri (Iron Sheik) and Jim Brunzell beat Paul Perschmann (Buddy Rose).

1977 - Jane O'Brien defeated Maki Ueda to become the first Hawaiian Pacific Champion. This title later became known as the All Pacific Title.

1978 - Doug Gilbert defeated Bob Sweetan for the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title in Kansas City, Kansas

1979 - Ole Anderson and Ivan Koloff won the NWA Georgia Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia, by defeating Stan Hansen and Tommy Rich; in Houston, Texas; NWA Champion Harley Race beat El Halcon, Bruiser Brody beat AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel dq, Mark Lewin beat Tor Kamata, The Spoiler drew Tiger Conway Jr and Dale Valentine (Buddy Roberts) drew David Von Erich

1981 - Eddie Gilbert and Ricky Morton defeated Mr. (Masa) Fuchi and Mr. (Atsushi) Onita in Memphis, Tennessee to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Title

1983 - Junbo Tsuruta defeated Bruiser Brody for the NWA International Heavyweight Title in Tokyo, Japan

1985 - Tiger Mask (Mistuharu Misawa) defeated NWA International Junior Heavyweight Champion Kuniaki Kobayashi to win the title in Tokyo, Japan. Also on the card, PWF World Tag Team Champions Ted DiBiase and PWF Heavyweight Champion Stan Hansen defeated NWA International Tag Team Champions, NWA United National Heavyweight Champion Genichiro Tenryu and NWA International Heavyweight Champion Jumbo Tsuruta to retain the title.

1986 - Eddie Gilbert and Sting defeated The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers) for the UWF World Tag Team Title in Tulsa, Oklahoma

1987 - In Tokyo, Japan; Nick Bockwinkel, Austin Idol and Dick Slater defeated Masanobu Fuchi, Samson Fuyuki and Akio Sato; PWF Heavyweight Champion Stan Hansen defeated Yoshiaki Yatsu by disqualification to retain the title and NWA United National Heavyweight Champion Genichiro Tenryu defeated NWA International Heavyweight Champion Jumbo Tsuruta by countout; Jerry Lawler defeated Don Bass in a Hair vs. Title Steel Cage match for the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee. At the same show, Bill Dundee defeated George Barnes to win the CWA International Heavyweight Title.

1990 - Steve Gatorwolf defeated The Japan Bomber (Riki Ataki) to win the American Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Title in Holbrook, Arizona.

1992 - In Memphis, Tennessee; The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton) defeated Doug Gilbert and USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion Eddie Gilbert, USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion Eddie Gilbert defeated The Dirty White Boy to retain the title, USWA Tag Team Champions Jeff Jarrett and Jerry Lawler defeated The Orient Express (Kato and Tanaka) to retain the title and Bill Dundee defeated Tommy Rich by disqualification in a Steel Cage match.

1993 - Crypt Keeper (José Estrada, Jr.) defeated Crash the Terminator (Bill DeMott) in Akita, Japan for the W*ING World Heavyweight Title.

1996 - Jamie Dundee defeated Wolfie D to win the USWA Television Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1997 - Kensuke Sasaki defeated Shinya Hashimoto for the IWGP Heavyweight Title in Yokohama, Japan; PG-13 (JC Ice and Wolfie D) defeated Steven Dunn and Flash Flanagan for the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

2003 - Shinjiro Otani and Masato Tanaka defeated C.W. Anderson and Steve Corino for the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Title in Gifu, Japan.

2004 - Takao Omori and Shinjiro Otani defeat Yoshiaki Fujiwara and Shinya Hashimoto for the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Title in Morioka, Japan.