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On this day in pro wrestling history (May 20): Bruno Sammartino vs. Killer Kowalski Texas Death Match, Sting vs. Steve Austin

By Brian Hoops,

1964 - In Minneapolis, MN; AWA Champion Verne Gagne beat Wilbur Snyder.

1971 - At Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas; Danny Little Bear & The Viking defeated Buddy Austin & Bob Orton and Harley Race defeated The Stomper in three falls.

1974 - Bruno Sammartino defeated Killer Kowalski in the main event of a Texas Death Match in Madison Square Garden to retain the WWWF title.

1976 - In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Larry Hennig & Jos Leduc went to a no contest with Baron Von Raschke & Mad Dog Vachon and
Nick Bockwinkel & Blackjack Lanza & Bobby Duncum beat Russ Francis & Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell in 2 out of 3 falls.

1983 - NWA World champion Ric Flair defeated Dewey Robertson in St. Joseph, Missouri.

1986 - In Rock HIll, SC; Wahoo McDaniel defeated NWA National Heavyweight Champion Tully Blanchard via disqualification and Dusty Rhodes & NWA U.S. Champion Magnum TA defeated NWA Tag Team Champions The Midnight Express in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match via disqualification.

1987 - In Portland Oregon; Randy Savage pinned Tito Santana and WWF Tag Team Champions Hart Foundation defeated British Bulldogs in a steel cage match.

1988 - In Norfolk, Virginia; NWA TV Champion Mike Rotundo pinned Jimmy Garvin and Dusty Rhodes, Lex Luger, Sting, & Nikita Koloff defeated NWA World Champion Ric Flair, NWA US Champion Barry Windham, NWA Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard via disqualification.

1989 - In Philadelphia, PA; Rick Martel pinned Tito Santana; WWF Tag Team Champions Demolition defeated the Big Bossman & Akeem via disqualification and WWF champion Hulk Hogan pinned Randy Savage; In Greensburg, PA; AWA Champion Larry Zbyszko beat Wahoo McDaniel and Tommy Jammer & Ken Patera beat Badd Company Pat Tanaka & Paul Diamond.

1992 - At Fort Irwin, California; WCW Light Heavyweight Champion Brian Pillman pinned Scotty Flamingo; WCW World Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner defeated Arn Anderson & Larry Zbyszko; WCW U.S. Champion Rick Rude defeated Ricky Steamboat; and WCW World Champion Sting pinned Steve Austin.

1993 - Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue defeated Terry Gordy & Steve Williams for the All Japan World Tag Team Title in Sapporo, Japan.

1994 - Smoky Mountain Wrestling ran Knoxville, Tennessee and its Volunteer Slam event. The Thrillseekers, Chris Jericho & Lance Storm defeated Well Dunn; SMW Tag Team Champions Brian Lee & Chris Candido (with Tammy Fytch) defeated The Rock N' Roll Express, Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson in a No DQ, no time limit match and Bruiser Bedlam (with Jim Cornette) pinned Randy Savage (with Bob Armstrong).

2001 - At the Judgement Day PPV in Sacramento, CA; Kane defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley in a chain match to win the IC Title.

2007 - At the Judgement Day PPV; MVP defeated Chris Benoit in 2 straight falls to capture the United States Championship.

2013 - Christian defeated Cody Rhodes to win the Intercontinental Title at the Over the Limit PPV.