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On this day in pro wrestling history (July 16): Dusty Rhodes vs. Ernie Ladd, Reed vs. JYD, Bash in Huntington Beach

By Brian Hoops,

1933 - In Waterloo, Iowa; Homer (Bearcat) Wright beat Sid Nabors

1937 - In Kansas City; Lou Thesz drew George Zaharias and Jim Henry beat Gene Bowman.

1964 - In Kansas City, Kansas; The Lawman defeated Bulldog Plechas, Bob Geigel defeated Rocky Hamilton and Pat O’Connor defeated Otto Von Krupp in three falls

1966 - In Milwaukee, Wisconsin; AWA Champion Mad Dog Vachon beat Dick The Bruiser dq, The Crusher beat The Alaskan, Wilbur Snyder & Doug Gilbert beat Moose Cholak & Chris Markoff and Ernie Ladd beat Johnny Kace

1975 - In Davenport, Iowa at John O'Donnell Stadium; AWA Champion Verne Gagne beat Nick Bockwinkel, Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell & Billy Robinson beat Mitsu Arakawa & Kim Duk & Buddy Wolff, Baron Von Raschke beat Larry Hennig dq and Bull Bullinski beat Paul Perschmann

1976 - In Denver, Colorado; In a Lumberjack match, Mad Dog Vachon & Baron Von Raschke beat Larry Hennig & Jos Leduc, Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Blackjack Lanza & Bobby Duncum, Peter Maivia beat Frank Hill and in a Judo Jacket Match, Peter Maivia beat Kim Duk.

1977 - Ernie Ladd beat Dusty Rhodes to win the Florida heavyweight title in Tallahassee, Florida. 

1978 - In Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Superstar Billy Graham beat WWWF Champion Bob Backlund by countout, AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Angelo Mosca, AWA Tag Team Champions Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Pat Patterson & Ray Stevens by countout and Super Destroyer & Lord Alfred Hayes drew Billy Red Lyons & Dewey Robertson. 

1981 - In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel went to a 60 minute draw with Jim Brunzell, Jerry Blackwell & Adrian Adonis & Jesse Ventura beat the Crusher & Mad Dog Vachon & Baron Von Raschke, Sheik Adnan beat Tito Santana by countout, Greg Gagne beat Puppy Dog Peloquin and Brad Rheingans beat Laurent Soucie. Attendance was 5,292

1982 - In Calgary, Alberta, Canada; In a Non-title match, David Shults beat AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel, In a Non-Title match, Great Gama beat Mid Heavyweight Champion Davey Boy Smith, Danny Davis & Ken Wayne beat Bruce Hart & Keith Hart by dq and Bad News Allen beat Duke Kono

1983 - Butch Reed defeated Junkyard Dog for the Mid South North American Heavyweight Title in New Orleans, Louisiana; in San Francisco, CA; AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Wahoo McDaniel by dq, Mad Dog Vachon beat Jerry Blackwell by dq and Jim Brunzell & Greg Gagne & Rick Martel beat Ken Patera & Bobby Heenan & Jerry Blackwell

1994 - Sid Vicious defeated Jerry Lawler by forfeit for the USWA Unified Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1995 - At the Bash at the Beach PPV in Huntington Beach, California; WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Big Van Vader in a steel cage match, WCW World Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat defeated The Nasty Boys and Bobby Eaton & Steven Regal in a Triangle match, Randy Savage defeated Ric Flair in a Lifeguard Lumberjack match and United States Champion Sting defeated Meng.