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On this day in pro wrestling history (May 24): Harley Race wins NWA title due to interesting circumstances, Ric Flair beats Kerry Von Erich in Japan

By Brian Hoops,

1961 - In Duluth, Minnesota; Verne Gagne & Wilbur Snyder beat Hard Boiled Haggerty & Gene Kiniski.

1963 - In Omaha, Nebraska; AWA Champion Verne Gagne beat Duke Hoffman, Bill Miller went to a double DQ with Waldo Von Erich and AWA Tag Team Champions Ivan Kalmikoff & Karol Kalmikoff beat Doug Gilbert & Guy Mitchell.

1967 - In Fargo, ND; Verne Gagne & Bob Geigel beat AWA Tag Team Champions Larry Hennig & Harley Race by dq and The Crusher beat Chris Markoff

1973 - Harley Race defeated Dory Funk, Jr. for the NWA World Heavyweight Title in Kansas City, Kansas. This was the title change that was supposed to go to Jack Brisco, but Funk suffered an auto accident and couldn't defend against Brisco so a change with Race in Kansas City was planned. Also on the card, Danny Little Bear fought Bob Brown to a draw and Bob Geigel & Bobo Brazil defeated Togo the Great & Tokyo Joe; In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Superstar Billy Graham & Ivan Koloff beat Wahoo McDaniel & Angelo Mosca in 2 out of 3 falls and AWA Tag Team Champions Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens beat Dusty Rhodes & Dick Murdoch when Stevens pinned Murdoch after using brass knuckles in a no DQ match.

1976 - Ric Flair defeated Wahoo McDaniel for the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title in Charlotte, North Carolina in a title vs. hair match.

1984 - Ric Flair defeats Kerry Von Erich for the NWA World Heavyweight Wrestling Title in Yokosuka, Japan in the third fall of their title match on an All Japan Pro Wrestling show.

1985 - Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura defeated International Tag Team Champions Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch via count-out to win the titles in Kobe, Japan; In Denver, Colorado; Jim Brunzell & Baron Von Raschke & Larry Hennig beat Road Warriors & Paul Ellering, Butch Reed beat Baron Von Raschke, Greg Gagne beat Nick Bockwinkel and Fabulous Freebirds Michael Hayes & Buddy Roberts beat Brad Rheingans & Jim Brunzell.

1987 - Jim Crockett Promotions debuted in Chicago, Illinois; headlined by The Rock N' Roll Express defeating NWA U.S. Tag Team Champions Midnight Express in a non-title Best 2 out of 3 falls match.