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On this day in pro wrestling history: Superstar Graham beats Bruno, Rock wins WWE title

By Brian Hoops,

1964 - In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; AWA Champion Verne Gagne beat Dick the Bruiser and The Crusher beat Wilbur Snyder.

1968 - In Moline, Illinois; Larry Hennig & Harley Race & Mad Dog Vachon beat Verne Gagne & Doug Gilbert & Bill Watts

1970 - The Stomper & Bob Geigel defeated Baron Von Raschke & Harley Race in Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.

1977 - Superstar Billy Graham defeated Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF World Heavyweight Title in Baltimore, Maryland.

1980 - In Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Greg Gagne and Adrian Adonis & Jesse Ventura went to a no contest with AWA Tag Team Champions Verne Gagne & Mad Dog Vachon

1983 - Greg Valentine defeated Roddy Piper for the NWA U.S. Heavyweight Title in Greensboro, North Carolina

1998 - Chris Benoit defeated Booker T for the WCW Television Title in Augusta, Georgia

2000 - At the Backlash PPV in Washington, DC; The Rock defeated Triple H to win the WWF World Heavyweight Title. Shane McMahon was the special referee.

2006 - Rob Van Dam defeated Shelton Benjamin to win the WWF Intercontinental Title at the Backlash PPV.