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On this day in pro wrestling history (Sept. 8): Brian Hildebrand passes away, NWA strips Ric Flair of world title, rare WWF 1979 champion vs. champion match

By Brian Hoops,


In Kansas City, Missouri:
- World Champion Jim Londos beat Abe Coleman
- Rudy Dusek beat Wee Willie Davis
- George Zaharias drew Gino Garibaldi
- Jim McMillen beat Jack Hurley


In Waterloo, Iowa:
- Earl Wampler beat Louis Thesz


In Houston, Texas:
- Verne Gagne defeated Miguel Guzman for the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title


In Minneapolis, Minnesota (4150 attendance):
- AWA Champion Verne Gagne beat Ilio DiPaolo
- Bill Miller beat Bob Geigel
- Moose Evans beat Kurt Von Brauner
- Crusher beat Floyd Ude (this was the debut of the Crusher character)
- Doug Gilbert beat Johnny King


In Atlanta, Georgia:
- El Mongol defeated Mr. Wrestling for the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title


In Milwaukee, Wisconsin (6059 attendance):
- Superstar Billy Graham beat the Crusher
- Wahoo McDaniel & Billy Robinson beat AWA Tag Team Champions Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens on a 3rd fall dq
- Ivan Koloff beat Sailor Art Thomas
- Reggie Parks drew Geoff Portz
- Ric Flair beat Billy Howard


In Green Bay, Wisconsin:
- Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens beat Larry Hennig & Jim Brunzell
- The Crusher beat Superstar Billy Graham
- Chris Taylor beat Horst Hoffman
- Bull Bullinski drew Khosrow Vaziri (sub Bobby Heenan)


In Springfield, Massachusetts:
- WWF Intercontinental Champion Pat Patterson defeated WWF World Champion Bob Backlund via countout in a rare champion vs. champion match


In Chiba, Japan:
- Stan Hansen defeated Giant Baba for the Pacific Wrestling Federation World Heavyweight Title (now part of the All Japan Triple Crown)


In Asheville, North Carolina:
- NWA Champion Ric Flair no contest Ivan Koloff

- Bunkhouse Match: Ron Bass & Manny Fernandez & Magnum TA beat Ole Anderson & Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors beat Ivan Koloff & Krusher Khruschev dq

In Minneapolis, Minnesota for an ESPN TV taping:
- AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Kamala dq
- Terry Gordy beat Jerry Blackwell dq
- Greg Gagne & Curt Hennig & Scott Hall beat Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens & Larry Zbyszko
- Curt Hennig & Greg Gagne beat Jim Garvin & Steve Regal dq


- Kim Duk (aka Tiger Chung Lee) defeated Invader #1 for the WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Title in Bayamon, Puerto Rico


- The National Wrestling Alliance officially stripped Ric Flair of the NWA World Heavyweight Title


- Brian Hildebrand, better known to fans as referee Mark Curtis, passed away at the age of 37 after a battle with cancer.


- Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch defeated Paul London & Brian Kendrick to win the WWE World Tag Team championships.