On this day in pro wrestling history (August 1): Harley Race downs Jumbo Tsuruta, Nick Bockwinkel battles Curt Hennig

By Brian Hoops, WrestlingObserver.com

1934 – In St. Louis, Missouri at the West Side Softball Park, Orville Brown beat Charley Strack and George Tragos beat Al Sparks by dq.

1963 – Eddie Graham defeated Hiro Matsuda for the (Florida) Southern Heavyweight Title in Jacksonville, Florida;┬áIn Amarillo, Texas; in a Non Title Match, Dory Funk Jr. beat AWA Champion Fritz Von Erich

1964 – In Omaha, Nebraska; AWA Champion Verne Gagne beat Reggie Parks and Nebraska Champion Mad Dog Vachon beat Art Thomas

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1972 – In Tampa, Florida at the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory; Florida Champion Paul Jones beat Jack Brisco by dq, Florida tag Team Champions Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens no contest with Mr Wrestling Tim Woods & Ron Fuller, Zodiac beat Dale Lewis, Buddy Colt beat Johnny Walker and Hiro Matsuda beat Jim Dillon

1974 – Bulldog Bob Brown defeated Harley Race in Kansas City, Kansas for the Central States Heavyweight Title.

1980 – In Omaha, Nebraska; Nick Bockwinkel beat Canadian Champion Dino Bravo dq, Mad Dog Vachon & Greg Gagne beat Jerry Blackwell & John Studd and Tito Santana beat Super Destroyer Mark II

1982 – Harley Race defeated Jumbo Tsuruta for the NWA United National Heavyweight Title (now part of the All Japan Triple Crown) in Tokyo, Japan.

1987 – In Minneapolis; Nick Bockwinkel beat AWA Champion Curt Hennig dq, Wahoo McDaniel & DJ Peterson beat AWA Tag Team Champions Boris Zhukov & Soldat Ustinov in a non title match, Greg Gagne double countout with Larry Zbyszko and Original Midnight Express beat Steve O & Jerry Blackwell. Attendance was 850.

1988 – In Memphis; AWA Champion Jerry Lawler beat Buddy Landel, Robert Fuller & Jimmy Golden no contest Jeff Jarrett & Bam Bam Bigelow, CWA Champion Phil Hickerson beat Scott Steiner and Brickhouse Brown beat Max Pain. Attendance was 6,000.

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