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On this day in pro wrestling history (July 7): The NWO is born, Sting beats Ric Flair at '90 Great American Bash

By Brian Hoops,

1961 - At Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri; The Sheik fought Bobo Brazil to a draw, Art Neilson & Rip Hawk (sub. Ray Shires) defeated The Hillbillies in three falls and Dick the Bruiser defeated Haystack Calhoun in three falls; In Winnipeg; AWA US Champion Gene Kiniski beat Wilbur Snyder in 2 out of 3 falls and Hard Boiled Haggerty beat Roy McClarty in 2 out of 3 falls; In Fargo, North Dakota; Bob Geigel beat Hard Boiled Haggerty

1965 - In Davenport, Iowa; AWA Tag Team Champions Larry Hennig & Harley Race beat The Crusher & Verne Gagne dq, Pampero Firpo no contest Wilbur Snyder, Mighty Igor Vodik beat Haru Sasaki and Chris Markoff beat Ivan Kalmikoff

1966 - In Kansas City; Bob Brown & Alex Perez fought Sonny Myers & Timothy Geohagen to a draw, The Mongolian Stomper defeated Jack Donovan and Tiny Smith (w/ The Mongolian Stomper) defeated The Viking (w/ Jack Donovan) via DQ in three falls; In Municipal Stadium at Davenport, Iowa; AWA Champion Mad Dog Vachon beat Billy Red Cloud, AWA Tag Team Champions Dick The Bruiser & Crusher beat The Alaskan & Big K and Wilbur Snyder beat Angelo Poffo

1967 - At the Amphitheatre in Chicago; AWA Champion Verne Gagne beat Mitsu Arakawa, Dick the Bruiser beat Harley Race, Devils Duo Angelo Poffo & Chris Markoff beat Rene Goulet & Jack Lanza, Lou Thesz beat Johnny Powers and Moose Cholak drew Ernie Ladd

1973 - In St. Paul, Minnesota; Nick Bockwinkel beat Ken Patera, The Crusher beat Ivan Koloff, Reggie Parks beat Larry Heiniemi dq and Bob Bruggers drew Joe Scarpello

1977 - Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell defeated Blackjack Lanza & Bobby Duncum for the AWA World Tag Team Title in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Also on the card, Billy Robinson beat Mad Dog Vachon, Super Destroyer & Angelo Mosca beat Pedro Morales & Ray Stevens, Bob Backlund beat Billy Francis, Larry Hennig beat Roger Kirby and Chris Markoff beat Steve Olsonoski. Attendance was 5,119.

1981 - In Omaha, Nebraska; AWA Tag Team Champions Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Adrian Adonis & Jesse Ventura, Tito Santana beat Sheik Adnan by dq, Baron Von Raschke ddq Ray Stevens and Ray Stevens (sub Jerry Blackwell) drew Laurent Soucie

1990 - Sting defeated Ric Flair to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title at the Great American Bash in Baltimore, Maryland. NWA World Tag Team Champions Doom defeated The Rock N' Roll Express, U.S. Tag Team Champions The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) defeated Tracey Smothers & Steve Armstrong and U.S. Champion Lex Luger defeated Mark Callous.

1996 - Ric Flair defeated Konnan to win the U.S. Title in Daytona Beach, Florida. Also, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall & their mystery partner (Hulk Hogan) vs. Randy Savage, Sting & Lex Luger went to a no contest and launched the NWO.

2003 - Booker T defeated Christian for the WWE Intercontinental title in Montreal, Quebec