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On this day in pro wrestling history (June 23): Steve Austin era begins, Nagurski beats Thesz for NWA title, Gino Hernandez downs Ric Flair, WCW title unification bout, Brock Lesnar

By Brian Hoops,

1939 - Bronko Nagurski defeated Lou Thesz to win the National Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title in Houston, Texas.

1944 - Firpo Segra defeated Doc Macias to win the Mexican National Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico.

1945 - In Wichita, KS; World Heavyweight Champion Orville Brown beat Ray Eckert in a 2 out of 3 falls match and Don McIntyre beat Jerry Meeker via dq.

1949 - In Kansas City, KS; World Heavyweight Champion Orville Brown defeated Joe Pazandak in 2 out of 3 falls, Tarzan Kowalski beat Lou Newman in 2 out of 3 falls and Herman Von Doyle defeated Fred Blassie

1959 - Bobby Jones defeated George Eakin for the Madison Wrestling Club Heavyweight Title in Winnipeg, Manitoba

1960 - In Kansas City, KS; Central States Heavyweight Champion Thor Hagen beat Rocky Lee in 2 out of 3 falls and Bob Orton beat Joe Costello.

1961 - For promoter Gust Karras in St. Joseph, Missouri; Bobby Graham and Sonny Myers defeated The Bat and Ernie Dusek in 2 out of 3 falls, Buddy Austin beat The Alaskan in 2 out of 3 falls, Ronnie Etchison defeated Don McClarity and Thor Hagen and Don Miller went to a time limit draw; Waldo Von Erich defeated Pepper Gomez to win the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title

1964 - Eddie Graham and Sam Steamboat defeated Chris and John Tolos for the Florida NWA World Tag Team Title in Tampa, Florida; Pampero Firpo defeated Nick Bockwinkel to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title in Eugene, Oregon

1965 - Ken Lucas is awarded the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title

1966 - In Kansas City, In a Texas Death Lumberjack Match; The Mongolian Stomper defeated The Viking; In Eau Claire, Wisconsin; The Crusher beat Stan Kowalski, The Alaskan beat Eddie Sharkey (sub Billy Red Cloud) and Doug Gilbert drew Chris Markoff; In Sioux City, Iowa; Big Luke Brown beat AWA Champion Mad Dog Vachon dq, Dale Lewis beat Billy Red Cloud, Mr Wrestling Tim Woods beat Bulldog Danny Plechas and Jack Pesek drew Haru Sasaki

1967 - Butcher and Stan (Stan Pulaski) Vachon defeated Enrique and Ramon Torres to win the Georgia NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia; In Chicago, Illinois; AWA Champion Verne Gagne beat Mitsu Arakawa dq, Devils Duo (Angelo Poffo & Chris Markoff) beat Ernie Ladd & Earl Maynard, Johnny Powers no contest Wilbur Snyder and Lou Thesz beat Moose Cholak

1970 - Nick Bockwinkel defeated Joe Scarpa to win the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title in Macon, Georgia; Moondog Mayne defeated The Claw for the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title

1973 - In Milwaukee before 6,078 fans; The Crusher & Wahoo McDaniel & Billy Robinson beat Nick Bockwinkel & Superstar Billy Graham & Ivan Koloff in 2 out of 3 falls, Reggie Parks drew Geoff Portz and Sailor Art Thomas beat Rene Goulet

1974 - The Crusaders (Billy Red Lyons and Dewey Robertson) defeated The Love Brothers (Hartford and Reginald) for the Toronto NWA International Tag Team Title in Toronto, Ontario.

1977 - Kurt Von Hess defeated the Wrestling Pro to win the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title in Panama City, Florida.

1978 - Ringo Mendoza defeated Perro Aguayo to win the NWA World Middleweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico; The Mongolian Stomper won a tournament final in Knoxville, Tennessee to win the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title; Tony Atlas and Thunderbolt Patterson defeated Ole Anderson and Ivan Koloff for the NWA Georgia Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia; Pak Choo (Kengo Kimura) and Mr. Ito defeated Black Gordman and Hector Guerrero to win the NWA Americas Tag Team Title.

1979 - In Milwaukee before 4,876 fans; The Crusher & Verne Gagne & Mad Dog Vachon beat Nick Bockwinkel & Bobby Duncum & Super Destroyer Mark II, Greg Gagne beat Ray Stevens dq, Billy Robinson beat Pat Patterson and Paul Ellering beat Doug Gilbert; In Des Moines, Iowa; Bob Brown defeated Jerry Brown in a Texas Death Match and for the Central States Heavyweight Title, Champion Bob Sweetan defeated Frank Hill.

1980 - Mr. Hito and Mr. Sakurada defeated Tiger Conway, Jr. and José Lothario to win the NWA American Tag Team Title in Amarillo, Texas

1982 - Ted DiBiase defeated The Junkyard Dog for the Mid-South North American Heavyweight Title in Shreveport, Louisiana

1984 - WCCW American Heavyweight Champion Gino Hernandez defeated NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair to win the vacant WCCW Texas Heavyweight Title in San Antonio, Texas.

1986 - Giant Hillbilly Elmer (Stan Frazier) and Jerry Lawler defeated The MOD Squad (Basher and Spike) in Memphis, Tennessee to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Titles; Robert Fuller and Jimmy Golden defeated Steve Armstrong and Tommy Rich to win the NWA Southeastern Tag Team Title in Dothan, Alabama; Brad Armstrong won the NWA Southeast Continental Heavyweight Title from Jerry Stubbs in Birmingham, Alabama. At the same show, Adrian Street defeated Wendell Cooley to capture the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title.

1987 - The Sheepherders (Luke Williams and Butch Miller) defeated Mike Graham and Steve Keirn for the NWA Florida Tag Team Title in Tampa, Florida.

1989 - In Villa Park, Illinois; AWA Champion Larry Zbyszko drew Greg Gagne, Colonel DeBeers beat Derrick Dukes, Chavo Guerrero & Mando Guerrero & Hector Guerrero beat Texas Hangmen & The Executioner (Tom Stone), Wendi Richter beat Candi Divine and Ken Patera & Scott Norton beat Destruction Crew Mike Enos & Wayne Bloom dq; Robert Fuller and Brian Lee defeated Jeff Jarrett and Mil Máscaras to win the WCWA World Tag Team Title in Dallas, Texas; Tom Prichard defeated Wendell Cooley for the Continental Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Title in Knoxville, Tennessee

1990 - Dave Finlay and Marty Jones defeated Tony St. Clair and Miles Zrno to win the Catch Wrestling Association World Tag Team Title in Graz, Austria; Rex King and Joey Maggs defeated Tony Anthony and Tom Burton for the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee; The Juice Patrol (Beetlejuice (Art Barr) and Big Juice (Jeff Warner)) defeated U.S. Male (Ricky Santana and Curtis Thompson) to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title in Portland, Oregon.

1992 - The Super Destroyers (#1 and #2) defeated Glenn Osbourne and Max Thrasher to become the first-ever ECW Tag Team Champions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1994 - WCW World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair pinned WCW International World Heavyweight Champion Sting to unify the titles and Lord Steven Regal (with Sir William) pinned WCW World Television Champion Larry Zbyszko to win the title in Charleston, South Carolina.

1995 - Scott D'Amore defeated Bruiser Bedlam for the Border City Wrestling Can-Am Heavyweight Title in LaSalle, Ontario,

1996- Ahmed Johnson pinned WWF Intercontinental Champion Goldust (with Marlena) to win the title and Steve Austin pinned Jake Roberts to win the King of the Ring tournament in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

2000 - In Louisville, Kentucky; The Disciples of Synn (Damian and Slash) defeated OVW Southern Tag Team Champions B.J. Payne and Scotty Sabre to win the title.

2002 - Molly Holly defeated WWE Women's Champion Trish Stratus to win the title and Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) defeated WWE
Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam to win the King of the Ring tournament in Columbus, Ohio.