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Daily pro wrestling history (1/7): Gene Kiniski defeats Lou Thesz to win NWA World Title

Gene Kiniski

1913 

Minneapolis, Minnesota:
- Jess Westergaard defeated Henry Ordemann for the American Heavyweight Title in 2 out of 3 falls (Frank Gotch referee)
- Danny Larkin beat Crowley  

1941

San Francisco, California:
- Ivan Rasputin defeated Bobby Managoff to win the Pacific Coast Heavyweight Title

1953

Vancouver, British Columbia:
- Carl Engstrom and Frank Stojack defeated Johnny Cretorian and Kurt Von Poppenheim for the Big Time Wrestling Northwest Tag Team Title 

1954 

Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
- Hombre Montana and Whipper Billy Watson defeated Al and Tiny Mills to win the NWA Canadian Open Tag Team Title 

1958

Dallas, Texas:
- Casey and Danny McShain won a tournament for the vacant NWA Texas Tag Team Title

1961

Omaha, Nebraska:
- Don Leo Jonathan defeated Dr. X (Bill Miller) to win the Omaha version of the World Heavyweight Title 

1965

Honolulu, Hawaii:
- Mr. Fujiwara and Curtis Iaukea defeated Lord James Blears and Neff Maivia for the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Title 

1966 

St. Louis, Missouri:
- Gene Kiniski defeated Lou Thesz for the NWA World Heavyweight Title 

St. Joseph, Missouri:
- Bob Geigel won the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title from Sonny Meyers 

1974
Nigata, Japan:
- Sharon Lee and Jackie West defeated Mariko Akagi and Peggy Kuroda to win the WWWA World Tag Team Title 

1976

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma:
- Greg Valentine and Bill Watts defeated The Hollywood Blonds (Jerry Brown and Buddy Roberts) to win the vacant Tri-State version of the NWA United States Tag Team Title

1977

Chicago, Illinois:
- AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Ernie Ladd
- Bill Francis & the Crusher beat Mad Dog Vachon & Baron Von Raschke
- Greg Gagne beat Moose Morowski
- Chris Taylor beat Bounty Hunter II

1978

Kansas City, Kansas:
- Ted DiBiase won the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title by defeating Bob Brown 

1979

Chattanooga, Tennessee:
- Terry Gordy and Michael Hayes defeated Bobby Eaton and George Gulas to win the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Title

1980

Memphis, Tennessee:
- The Assassins (Jody Hamilton and Tom Renesto) defeated Ricky and Robert Gibson for the AWA Southern Tag Team Titles

1982

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada:
- Cage match: AWA Tag Team Champions Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Adrian Adonis & Jesse Ventura  
- Sheik Adnan beat Mad Dog Vachon
- Hulk Hogan beat Jerry Blackwell
- Brad Rheingans beat Ken Patera dq
- Baron Von Raschke beat Rene Goulet
- Bobby Duncum beat Rick Hunter

1984

Indianapolis, Indiana:
- Spike Huber defeated Bobby Colt to win the World Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title 
- Dick the Bruiser and Jeff Van Kamp defeated Abdullah the Great and Jerry Valiant for the WWA World Tag Team Title

1985 

Fort Worth, Texas:
- Billy Haynes defeated Gino Hernandez (subbing for an absent Chris Adams) for World Class Television Title

1987

Portland, Oregon:
- Coco Samoa and Ricky Santana defeated Abbuda Dein and Mike Miller for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title 

1989 

Portland, Oregon:
- The Southern Rockers (Steve Doll and Scott Peterson) defeated Abbuda Dein and The Grappler to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title 

Las Vegas, Nevada:
- Cage Match: Manny Fernandez beat Wahoo McDaniel
- Greg Gagne & Brad Rheingans beat Iron Sheik & Mike Enos dq
- AWA Tag Team Champions Badd Company Pat Tanaka & Paul Diamond beat Chavo Guerrero & Mando Guerrero
- AWA Women’s Champion Wendi Richter beat Magnificent Mimi
- Brad Rheingans beat Iron Sheik
- Jay Strongbow Jr beat Mike Enos

1991 

Memphis, Tennessee:
- The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn and Stan Lane) defeated Tony Anthony and Doug Gilbert for the USWA Tag Team Titles

1993 

Tokyo, Japan:
- Masayoshi Motegi defeated Ray Gonzalez to win the WWC World Junior Heavyweight Title 

1995

Dallas, Texas:
- Kevin Von Erich defeated Greg Valentine to win the NWA North American Heavyweight Title.

1996

San Germain, Puerto Rico:
- Mabel defeated Carlos Colon for the WWC Universal Heavyweight Title 

1999

Kochi, Japan:
- Jun Akiyama and Kenta Kobashi won the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Title from Toshiaki Kawada and Akira Taue

Glen Burnie, Maryland:
- Romeo Valentino defeated King Kong Bundy for the Maryland Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Title 

2001 

New York City:
- The Sandman defeated ECW World Heavyweight Champion Steve Corino and Justin Credible in a Tables, Ladders, Chairs and Canes match to win the title
- ECW World Television Champion Rhino pinned ECW World Heavyweight Champion The Sandman to win the World Heavyweight Title 

Mayaguez, Puerto Rico:
- One Man Gang defeated champion Carlos Colon and Abdullah the Butcher in a three-way match to win the WWC Hardcore Title 

2002 

New York City:
- Spike Dudley and Tazz defeated WWF Tag Team Champions The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley) to win the title 
- WWF Intercontinental Champion Edge pinned Lance Storm
- Steve Austin and The Rock defeated Big Bossman and Booker T

2004 

Nashville, Tennessee:
- Chris Sabin defeated champion Michael Shane, Christopher Daniels and Low Ki in an Ultimate X match to win the TNA X Division Title 

Louisville, Kentucky:
- Nick Dinsmore defeated Johnny Jeter for the vacant OVW Heavyweight Title

2006

Rahway, New Jersey:
- Rhino defeated JAPW Heavyweight Champion Jay Lethal to win the title 
- Teddy Hart defeated JAPW Light Heavyweight Champion Azrieal in the finals of a Gauntlet match to win the title

2007

Tokyo, Japan:
- The Briscoe Brothers (Jay and Mark Briscoe) defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Takashi Sugiura to win the Pro Wrestling NOAH GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title
- Gedo and Jado defeated Don Fujii and Masaaki Mochizuki for the Dragon Gate I-J Heavyweight Tag Team Title