Daily Pro Wrestling History (07/12): Big Van Vader wins WCW World title

1933 

Eugene, Oregon:
– Thor Jenson defeated Harold Heibert for the Pacific Coast Middleweight Title 

1946 

Nashville, Tennessee:
– Tex Riley won a tournament to win the vacant Tennessee World Junior Heavyweight Title

Colorado Springs, Colorado:
– Joe Savoldi defeated Everett Marshall for the Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Title

1951 

Chattanooga, Tennessee:
– Eduardo Perez and Red Roberts defeated Ray Piret and Herb Welch to win the Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Titles

1957

– Herb Freeman defeated Bill Savage to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title

1962

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada:
– In a non-title cage match, Verne Gagne beat AWA Champion Mr. M who was then unmasked as Bill Miller
– Ilio DiPaolo drew Bob Geigel
– Doug Gilbert beat Jack Daniels
– Joe Scarpello beat Bill Wright 
– Jackie Nichols drew Thor Hagen

1963

Chicago, Illinois:
– Johnny Valentine defeated Moose Cholak to win the International Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title

1966

Dallas, Texas:
– Louie Tillet won the NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Title

Baton Rouge, Louisiana:
– Don Carson defeated Bobby Fields for the NWA Louisiana Heavyweight Title

1967

Calgary, Alberta, Canada:
– The Beast and Bob Sweetan defeated Bobby and Jerry Christy to win the Stampede International Tag Team Titles

1968

Milwaukee, Wisconsin:
– Dick the Bruiser won a nine-man battle royal
– Dr X went to a no contest with Wilbur Snyder
– Bill Watts beat Harley Race
– Dick the Bruiser beat Big K 
– Man Mountain Mike beat Blackjack Daniels

1969 

Omaha, Nebraska:
– Bob Ellis and Stan Pulaski defeated Bob Geigel and The Viking for the AWA Midwest Tag Team Titles

Milwaukee, Wisconsin:
– AWA Tag Team Champions Dick the Bruiser & the Crusher beat Mad Dog Vachon & Butcher Vachon 
– Bill Watts beat Lars Anderson
– Blackjack Lanza beat Pampero Firpo 
– Wilbur Snyder beat Big K

1972

Mobile, Alabama:
– Bob Kelly defeated Gorgeous George Jr. to win the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title

1973 

Kansas City, Kansas:
– Jim Brunzell defeated Percy Pringle
– Lord Alfred Hayes & Roger Kirby defeated Steve Bolus & Mike George
– Jack Brisco defeated Jim Dalton
– Bobo Brazil & Rufus R. Jones defeated Togo the Great & Tokyo Joe in three falls 
– Bob Brown defeated Danny Little Bear in three falls

1974

Los Angeles, California:
– Ernie Ladd defeated Porkchop Cash to win the NWA Americas Heavyweight Title

Denver, Colorado:
– Ivan Putski beat Billy Graham via dq
– The Crusher beat Ray Stevens via dq
– Billy Robinson beat Baron Von Raschke via dq 
– Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Larry Hennig & Paul Perschmann in 2 out of 3 falls

1974

Ponce, Puerto Rico:
– Carlos Colón and José Miguel Pérez defeated Jim Dalton and Bruce Swayze for the WWC North American Tag Team Titles 

1976

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada:
– John Tolos defeated Kinji Shibuya for the Vancouver NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Title 

1978

Nashville, Tennessee:
– Whipper Watson Jr. defeated Dutch Mantel to win the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title 

1979 

Kansas City, Kansas:
– Jerry Brown and The Turk defeated Bob Brown and Gama Singh to win the vacant NWA Central States Tag Team Titles in a one night tournament

1981

Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
– Mr. Fuji defeated Angelo Mosca to win the Toronto NWA Canadian Heavyweight Title 

1982

Hobbema, Alberta, Canada:
– AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Keith Hart
– Duke Myers beat Jim Neidhart
– Bruce Hart & Davey Boy Smith beat Danny Davis & Ken Wayne 
– Bad News Allen beat Duke Kono   

Memphis, Tennessee:
– Bobby Fulton pinned The Angel
– Steve Keirn beat Sweet Brown Sugar via DQ
– Bobby Eaton pinned Dutch Mantel to win the Mid-America Title
– Dennis Condrey & Norvell Austin beat Ron Bass & Stan Lane to win the Southern Tag Team Titles
– Southern Champ Kimala pinned Bill Dundee
– The Iron Sheik pinned Jerry Lawler in a no DQ match
– Jimmy Hart beat Jerry Lawler via DQ

1983 

Las Vegas, Nevada:
– In a death match, Mad Dog Vachon beat Jerry Blackwell
– Jim Brunzell beat Mr. Saito by dq
– Rick Martel & Wahoo McDaniel beat Bobby Heenan & Blackjack Lanza
– Greg Gagne beat David Shults 
– Bobby Heenan beat Buck Zumhofe

1986

Portland, Oregon:
– The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn and Stan Lane) defeated The Sheepherders (Butch Miller and Luke Williams) in a fictitious tournament final for the vacant Florida NWA United States Tag Team Titles

Milwaukee, Wisconsin:
– Midnight Rockers beat AWA Tag Team Champions Buddy Rose & Doug Somers on a reverse decision
– Jimmy Snuka (sub Greg Gagne) beat Larry Zbyszko by dq
– In a non-title match; Nord the Barbarian beat AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel
– Jimmy Snuka beat Colonel DeBeers by countout
– Jerry Blackwell beat Ali Khan
– Sherri Martel beat Joyce Grable (sub for Princess Jasmine) 
– Curt Hennig drew Boris Zhukov (sub for Earthquake Ferris)

Jacksonville, Florida (Included a concert from Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter):
– Ron Garvin defeated National Heavyweight Champion Tully Blanchard
– Thunderfoot defeated Ricky Santana
– Jimmy Garvin defeated the Italian Stallion
– NWA TV Champion Ole Anderson defeated Hector Guerrero
– Magnum TA defeated NWA TV Champion Arn Anderson
– Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson defeated NWA Tag Team Champions Bobby Eaton & Dennis Condrey in a non-title match (Jim Cornette was placed in a cage for the duration of the bout)
– Baby Doll defeated Jim Cornette at the 5-minute mark
– Dusty Rhodes defeated NWA World Champion Ric Flair via disqualification
– The Road Warriors & Wahoo McDaniel defeated Krusher Kruschev, Ivan & Nikita Koloff in a steel cage match

1987

Orlando, Florida:
– Lazertron defeated Jerry Gray
– The Sheepherders defeated Mike Graham & Steve Keirn
– NWA Tag Team Champions Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson defeated the Cuban Connection
– Kevin Sullivan defeated the Tahitian Prince
– Florida Heavyweight Champion Mike Rotundo defeated Ivan Koloff
– Blackjack Mulligan & Kevin Sullivan defeated Dory Funk Jr. & Sir Oliver Humperdink

1989

Osaka, Japan:
– Riki Choshu defeated Salman Hashimikov for the IWGP Heavyweight Title 

1991

Charleston, South Carolina:
– Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong defeated Tommy Rich & Sam Houston
– Big Josh pinned Black Blood
– Terrance Taylor pinned the Junkyard Dog
– Michael Hayes, Jimmy Garvin, & Badstreet defeated the Desperadoes
– Johnny B. Badd pinned Bobby Eaton
– The Yellow Dog (aka Brian Pillman) pinned Arn Anderson (sub. for Barry Windham)
– Dustin Rhodes defeated Richard Morton via disqualification
– Tom Zenk defeated the Diamond Studd 
– PN News & Missy Hyatt defeated One Man Gang & Paul E. Dangerously

1992 

WCW Great American Bash | Albany, Georgia:
– The Super Invader defeated Marcus Alexander Bagwell
– NWA Tag Team Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Ricky Steamboat & Nikita Koloff defeated Brian Pillman & Jushin Liger 
– NWA Tag Team Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Hiroshi Hase & Shinya Hashimoto (sub. for Akira Nogami) defeated Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin 
– NWA Tag Team Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Dustin Rhodes & Barry Windham defeated WCW US Champion Rick Rude & WCW TV Champion Steve Austin 
– NWA Tag Team Championship Tournament Semifinals: WCW Tag Team Champions Steve Williams & Terry Gordy defeated Ricky Steamboat & Nikita Koloff 
– NWA Tag Team Championship Tournament Semifinals: Dustin Rhodes & Barry Windham defeated Hirhosi Hase & Shinya Hashimoto
– Big Van Vader (with Harley Race) pinned WCW World Heavyweight Champion Sting to win the title
– WCW World Tag Team Champions Terry Gordy and Steve Williams defeated Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham to win the NWA World Tag Team Titles

Knoxville, Tennessee:
– Bobby & Jackie Fulton defeated Killer Kyle & Joe Cazana 
– SMW Heavyweight Champion Brian Lee pinned the Dirty White Boy
– Robert Gibson & Tim Horner defeated SMW Tag Team Champions Stan Lane & Tom Prichard 

1994 

Kagoshima, Japan:
– Dan Kroffat defeated Masanobu Fuchi for the AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Title 

1997

Memphis, Tennessee:
– Spellbinder defeated Billy Travis for the USWA Heavyweight Title 

1998

WCW Great American Bash | San Diego, California:
– Rey Misterio, Jr. pinned WCW Cruiserweight Champion Chris Jericho to win the title (title was returned to Jericho the next night on Monday Nitro due to interference from Dean Malenko)
– WCW World Television Champion Booker T defeated Bret Hart by disqualification to retain the title
– WCW World Heavyweight Champion Goldberg pinned Curt Hennig to retain the title
– Hollywood Hulk Hogan and Dennis Rodman (with The Disciple) defeated Diamond Dallas Page and Karl Malone

1999 

WCW Nitro | Jacksonville, Florida:
– WCW United States Heavyweight Champion David Flair (with Arn Anderson, Asya, Ric Flair and Torrie Wilson) fought Sting to a no contest to retain the title
– Booker T defeated WCW World Tag Team Champion Diamond Dallas Page by disqualification
– “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan defeated WCW World Heavyweight Champion Randy Savage to win the title

2002

Clarksville, Indiana:
– Chris Hero defeated Colt Cabana to win the IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Title

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