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On this day in pro wrestling history (June 16): Nick Bockwinkel-Greg Gagne 60 minute draw, Del Rio wins WWE World title, wrestler vs. boxer

By Brian Hoops, WrestlingObserver.com

1932 - In Kansas City, In a mixed match, Charles Fischer beat boxer Houston Ash, Wladek Zbyszko beat Harry Ekizian via dq, Billy Wolfe drew Jack Hader, and Wild Red Berry vs Ali Hussane.

1937 - Bronko Nagurski defeated Dean Detton in Minneapolis, Minnesota to become World Heavyweight Champion

1949 - In Kansas City, Kansas; (Memorial Hall) Tarzan Kowalski and Joe Pazandak beat Orville Brown and Lou Newman 2 falls to 0.

1954 - In Cedar Rapids, Iowa; US Champion Verne Gagne beat Pat O’Connor 2 falls to 1, Chest Bernard beat Maurice Roberre and Jim Dobie beat Jack Carter. Attendance was 3,049.

1959 - The Zebra Kid defeated The Golden Giant for the NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Title in Dallas, Texas.

1961 - Pepper Gomez and Dory Dixon defeated Duke Keomuka and Tony Martin to win the vacant Texas version of the NWA World Tag Team Title in Houston, Texas; In St. Joseph, MO; Central States Heavyweight Champion Buddy Austin beat Sonny Myers in 2 out of 3 falls; Thor Hagen beat The Bat 2 falls to 1, Ronnie Etchison and Bobby Graham drew, Evelyn Stevens defeated Jessica Rogers by dq and Happy Humphrey beat Frank Altman. Attendance was 2,809.

1962 - At the Armory in St. Paul, Doug Gilbert beat AWA Champion Mr. M by dq, Larry Hennig beat Tiny Mills and Thor Hagen beat Crybaby Cannon by dq.

1966 - In Kansas City; Sonny Myers defeated Jerry Kozak, The Viking defeated Bobby Hart and North American Tag Team Champions The Mongolian Stomper & Bob Ellis defeated The Butcher & Alex Perez in two straight falls.

1967 - Ron Etchison and Sonny Myers defeated Bob Geigel and Bob Brown for the Central States version of the NWA North American Tag Team Title in St. Joseph, Missouri; El Mongol defeated Buddy Fuller in Atlanta, Georgia to win the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title

1969 - Tojo Yamamoto and Johnny Long defeated Johnny Walker and Sundown Kid for the Mid-America version of the NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1970 - Hiro Matsuda defeated Dale Lewis to begin his second reign as NWA Florida Southern Heavyweight Champion in Tampa, Florida; In Chicago at the Amphitheater, AWA Champion Verne Gagne beat Dr Big Bill Miller and AWA Tag Team Champions Mad Dog Vachon & Butcher Vachon beat Ernie Ladd & Wilbur Snyder in 2 out of 3 falls.

1971 - Suni War Cloud and Steven Little Bear defeated Ripper Collins and Mad Dog Mayne to win the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Title in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1972 - In Denver, Colorado; Wahoo McDaniel & Billy Robinson beat Larry Hennig & Dusty Rhodes and Ivan Koloff beat Don Muraco

1973 - J.B. Psycho defeated Johnny Powers in Buffalo, New York for the National Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Title

1974 - In Green Bay, Wisconsin; AWA Tag Team Champions Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens went to a no contest with The Crusher & Billy Robinson, In a Strap Match, Wahoo McDaniel beat Larry Heiniemi and Ivan Putski beat Buddy Wolff.

1975 - Guy Mitchell and Ricky Hunter defeated Gene Kiniski and Dale Lewis for the Vancouver version of the NWA Canadian Tag Team Title in Vancouver, British Columbia.

1975 - Karl Von Steiger and Otto Von Heller defeated Tojo Yamamoto and Jimmy Golden to win the Mid-America version of the NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1977 - At Memorial Hall in Kansas City; Rufus R. Jones & Mr. Wrestling defeated Randy Tyler & Bobby Jaggers, In a Loser Leaves Town match, Brusier Bob Sweetan beat "Easy" Ed Wiskowski (Colonel DeBeers) and Superstar Billy Graham defeated "D.I." Bob Slaughter (later Sgt. Slaughter); In Davenport, Iowa; Bob Backlund & Bill Francis drew Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell, Ray Stevens beat Bobby Duncum,
Angelo Mosca no contest Billy Robinson and Pedro Morales beat Super Destroyer; Great Kojika and Motoshi Okuma defeated Akihisa Takachiho and Samson Kutsuwada for the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan

1979 - In Omaha, Nebraska; AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel wrestled Greg Gagne to a 60 minute draw, Mad Dog Vachon beat Super Destroyer Mark II, Billy Robinson beat Pat Patterson and Paul Ellering beat Bobby Duncum via dq.

1980 - The Assassins defeated Ole and Lars Anderson for the NWA Georgia Tag Team Title in Augusta, Georgia

1983 - In Winnipeg; Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell & Mad Dog Vachon beat Jerry Blackwell & Ken Patera & Sheik Adnan, AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Wahoo McDaniel, Rick Martel beat Blackjack Lanza dq, Brad Rheingans beat Mike Graham and Billy Robinson beat Baron Von Raschke. Attendance was 3,288.

1984 - Maso Ito defeated Austin Idol in Memphis, Tennessee to win the AWA International Heavyweight Title; Terry Taylor defeated Krusher Khrushchev for the Mid-South Wrestling Television Title in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1986 - Dutch Mantel defeated Rip Rogers to win the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee; Buzz Sawyer defeated Chris Adams for the World Class Television Title in Fort Worth, Texas.

1993 - Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott Steiner) in Rockford, Illinois for the WWF Tag Team Title; Scott Putski defeated Dynamite Dixon in Laredo, Texas, to win the United States Wrestling Federation Texas Heavyweight Title.

2002 - American Dragon (Bryan Danielson) defeated Super Dragon to win the All Pro Wrestling Internet Title in Hayward, California.

2013 - At the Payback PPV, Curtis Axel defeated Wade Barrett and the Miz to win the Intercontinental Title. Also, AJ Lee defeated Kaitlyn to win the Divas Title, Alberto Del Rio defeated Dolph Ziggler for the World Title.