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On This Day In Pro Wrestling Title Change History: Gotch vs. Hackenschmidt, Inoki vs. Hansen, Guerrero vs. Jericho

By Brian Hoops for WrestlingObserver.com


Tom Jenkins won the American Heavyweight Title by defeating Dan McLeod in Buffalo, New York.

Frank Gotch defeated Georg Hackenschmidt in Chicago, Illinois to win the World Heavyweight Title. Gotch's American Heavyweight Title, which he had won on December 17, 1906 from Fred Beell, was vacated. Gotch held the title until retiring in August 1912.


Don Leo Jonathan defeated Dr. X (Bill Miller) for the Omaha World Heavyweight Title in Omaha, Nebraska.


The Destroyer and Art Michalik defeated Nick Bockwinkel and Nick Kozak to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title in Salem, Oregon.

Don Duffy defeated Dick Dunn to win the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title in Dothan, Alabama.

Rocky Johnson and Don Leo Jonathan defeated Chris and John Tolos for the Vancouver NWA Canadian Tag Team Title in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Rocket and Sputnik Monroe defeated Don Curtis and José Lothario to win the Florida NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Orlando, Florida.


The Gladiator (Rick Hunter) defeated Boris Malenko to win the NWA Florida Brass Knuckles Title in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Love Brothers (Hartford and Reginald) defeated Moose Cholak and Johnny Powers for the Buffalo NWA World Tag Team Title in Cleveland, Ohio.


Roger Kirby defeated Danny Little Bear to win the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title in St. Joseph, Missouri


Dutch Savage defeated Jesse Ventura to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title in Portland, Oregon


Adrian Adonis and Ron Starr defeated Killer Tim Brooks and Roddy Piper for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title.

Antonio Inoki defeated Stan Hansen for the NWF Heavyweight Title in Tokyo, Japan.


The Canadian Wrecking Crew (Terry Adonis and Bruiser Costa) defeated Dean Ho and Sonny Myers for the Vancouver NWA International Tag Team Titles in Cloverdale, British Columbia.


Dick Slater won the NWA Television Title from Roddy Piper in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Riki Choshu defeated Tatsumi Fujinami in Tokyo, Japan to win the WWF International Heavyweight Title.


Sam Houston won a 15-man battle royal to win the vacant Global Wrestling Federation Television Title in Dallas, Texas. At the same event, Danny Davis won the GWF Light Heavyweight Title from Barry Horowitz.

Don Muraco defeated ECW Heavyweight Champion The Sandman to win the title in Radnor, Pennsylvania.


Miss Texas (Jacqueline) defeated Lauren Davenport to win the USWA Women's Title in Memphis, Tennessee,

Alundra Blayze pinned WWF Women's Champion Bull Nakano to win the title in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Razor Ramon defeated Bill Dundee to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee. At the same event, Brian Lee defeated Brian Christopher to win the USWA Heavyweight Championship.


Ray Gonzalez defeated Pierroth, Jr. to win the vacant WWC Universal Heavyweight Title in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.

Kid Wikkid and Derrick King defeated Vic Grimes and Erin O'Grady (Crash Holly) to win the Power Pro Wrestling Tag Team Title in Jonesboro, Arkansas


During an edition of Monday Night Raw from Los Angeles, California; Eddie Guerrero defeated WWF European Champion Chris Jericho (with Chyna) to win the title


During an edition of Smackdown taped in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Triple H (with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) pinned WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho to win the title.


In Wilmington, Delaware, Christopher Daniels defeated ECWA Heavyweight Champion Mike Kruel to win the title.


Wrestlemania was held in Los Angeles, California. The event saw John Cena win the WWE Championship from John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Batista pinned World Heavyweight Champion Triple H to win the title.

In Chicago, Illinois; The Spirit Squad (Kenny and Mikey (with Johnny, Mitch and Nicky)) defeated The Big Show and Kane to win the World Tag Team Championship.