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On this day in pro wrestling history (June 17): first Mexico champ crowned, 1965 penalty box match, Kurt Angle wins TNA title

By Brian Hoops,

1934 - Mario Nuez defeated Tony Canales in Mexico City, Mexico to become the first holder of the Mexico National Welterweight Title.

1936 - In Des Moines, Iowa; NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ede Virag beat Ras Samara 2 falls to 0. World Junior Heavyweight Champion Ken Fenelon b. Jack Conley (2-0) (second fall by DQ)

1948 - In Kansas City; Lord Albert Mills beat Lou Newman 2 out of 3 falls, The Dusek Brothers (Ernie and Joe Dusek) defeated The Garibaldi Brothers (Chick and Ralph Garibaldi) and Emil Dusek beat Barney Bernard.

1949 - In St. Louis, Missouri; NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz defeated Bill Longson, Sandor Szabo beat Dutch Hefner and Warren Bockwinkel beat Joe Dusek via DQ. Attendance was 4,759.

1957 - Cyclone Anaya defeated Tor Yamata for the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title in Birmingham, Alabama.

1960 - In St. Joseph, Missouri; Central States Heavyweight Champion Thor Hagen and Gory Guerrero wrestled to a draw, 1 fall a piece. Also, World Tag Team Champions The Dusek Brothers (Emil and Ernie Dusek) beat George and Sandy Scott in 2 out of 3 falls. Attendance was 1,800.

1964 - Pat Patterson and Tony Borne defeated Nick Bockwinkel and Buddy Mareno (Omar Atlas) for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title in Salem, Oregon.

1965 - In Davenport, Iowa; AWA Tag Team Champions Larry Hennig & Harley Race beat The Crusher & Rene Goulet, Verne Gagne beat Chris Markoff and Igor Vodik beat Gene Anderson.

1965 - In Kansas City; In a Penalty Box rules match, Bob Geigel and Dutch Savage beat Pat O’Connor and Mongolian Stomper 2 falls to 1, Ronnie Etchison drew Missouri Mauler 1 fall to 1 fall and Sonny Myers beat Ken Hollis.

1965 - Bob Orton, Sr. won a tournament for the vacant NWA Florida Southern Heavyweight Title in Jacksonville, Florida.

1966 - The Viking (Bob Morse) defeated Ron Reed in St. Joseph, Missouri to win the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title

1966 - In Milwaukee, Wisconsin; AWA Tag Team Champions Dick The Bruiser & The Crusher beat The Alaskan & Mad Dog Vachon,
Verne Gagne beat Angelo Poffo, Wilbur Snyder beat Guy Mitchell and Ernie Ladd beat Chris Markoff. Attendance was 3,308.

1970 - Dick Garza defeated Ricky Cortez for the Wolverine Wrestling Michigan Heavyweight Title in Ypsilanti, Michigan

1971 - At Memorial Hall in Kansas City; Rufus R. Jones & The Stomper defeated North American Tag Team Champions Buddy Austin & Bob Orton via DQ, Central States Heavyweight Champion Harley Race defeated Bob Ellis in three falls and in a Texas Death Match: Dick the Bruiser defeated Baron Von Raschke.

1972 - Dutch Savage and Moondog Mayne defeated The Royal Kangaroos (Jonathan Boyd and Norman Frederick Charles) to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title; In Milwaukee, Wisconsin; In a Saloon Match, The Crusher beat Dusty Rhodes. Also, Ivan Koloff beat Edouard Carpentier, Billy Robinson beat Big K and George Gadaski beat Kenny Jay. Attendance was 12,062.

1977 - At an event at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri; WWWF World Champion Billy Graham defeated Bob Slaughter; NWA World Champion Harley Race defeated Missouri Champion Jack Brisco by countout and AWA World Tag Team Champions, The High Flyers (Greg Gagne and Jim Brunzell) defeated Blackjack Lanza and Bobby Duncum. Also, Bulldog Bob Brown & Ivan Koloff drew Rufus R Jones & Billy Robinson, Pat O'Connor beat Bobby Jaggers and Bob Sweetan beat Ron Starr

1978 - AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Greg Gagne at the Auditorium in Denver, Colorado.

1981 - In Oakland, California; Pat Patterson & Ray Stevens beat Adrian Adonis & Jesse Ventura dq, Greg Gagne beat Bobby Heenan and Tito Santana beat Sheik Adnan.

1982 - Don Kernodle and Jim Nelson defeated Porkchop Cash and Iceman Parsons in Roanoke, Virginia, to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Title; In Winnipeg; In a Non Title match, Rick Martel beat AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel, AWA Tag Team Champions Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Jerry Blackwell & Sheik Adnan, Ken Patera beat Baron Von Raschke and Brad Rheingans beat Tito Santana. Attendance was 4,500.

1983 - At the Wrestling Star Wars event in Dallas, Texas, Kerry Von Erich and Bruiser Brody defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Terry Gordy) to win the WCCW American Tag Team Title; The Dynamite Girls (Jumbo Hori and Yukari Ohmori) defeated Devil Masami and Talantula for the WWWA World Tag Team Title.

1984 - Jake Roberts defeated Ron Garvin to win the NWA World Television Title in Atlanta, Georgia; the title was immediately held up upon the discovery that Roberts used a foreign object.

1985 - Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo, the U.S. Express, defeated The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff for the WWF World Tag Team Titles in Poughkeepsie, New York; The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn and Stan Lane) defeated Ron Sexton and Billy Travis in a tournament final in Memphis, Tennessee to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Title.

1987 - Villano III defeated Perro Aguayo for the vacant WWF World Light Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico

1988 - Chris Benoit defeated Johnny Smith in Calgary, Alberta, to win the Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Title; At the Dallas Sportatorium; AWA Champion Jerry Lawler beat Terry Taylor, Kamala beat Kerry Von Erich, King Parsons beat Skip Young and Terry Gordy ddq John Tatum. Attendance was 2,000.

1989 - TNT (Savio Vega) defeated Abudda Dein to win the vacant WWC Television Title in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1994 - In Knoxville, Tennessee; The Thrillseekers, Chris Jericho & Lance Storm defeated Steven Dunn & Killer Kyle, Bruiser Bedlam defeated Tracy Smothers in a coal miner's glove match, SMW Tag Team Champions Brian Lee & Chris Candido fought The Rock N' Roll Express to a no contest in a piledriver match and SMW Heavyweight Champion Jake Roberts defeated the Dirty White Boy via disqualification

1996 - Flex Kavana (the Rock) and Bart Sawyer defeated Brickhouse Brown and Reggie B. Fine in a tournament final for the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee; Jushin Liger defeated Dick Togo for the Michinoku Pro Wrestling British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight Title in Tokyo, Japan. Also, Shinjiro Otani defeated Kazushi Sakuraba for the UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Title.

1997 - Kyoko Inoue defeated Kaoru Itoh for the vacant WWWA World Singles Title in Sapporo, Japan.

1999 - Sherri Martel defeated Miss Manners (Adrian Lynch) in Fargo, North Dakota to win the (revived) AWA World Women's Title; Public Enemy (Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge) defeated The Brotherhood (Knuckles Nelson and Rick Fuller) for the NWA World Tag Team Title in Bolton, Massachusetts.

2000 - Bad Attitude (Rick Michaels and David Young) defeated The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) in Cornelia, Georgia to win the NWA Wildside Tag Team Title,

2007 - In Nashville, Tennessee; Jay Lethal defeated Chris Sabin to win the TNA X-Division title and Kurt Angle won the King of the Mountain match to win the TNA Title.