On this day in pro wrestling history: Shire wins jr. title, Bockwinkel & Destroyer, Thesz, Terry Funk, Koloff, Hollywood Blondes
By Brian Hoops
1933 – Joe Dawson defeated Billy Meeske to win the Australian
Heavyweight Title in Brisbane, Australia
1943 – Whipper Billy Watson defeated Jack Claybourne in Toronto, Ontario
to win the Toronto NWA British Empire Heavyweight Title.
1952 – Ben and Mike Sharpe defeated Hombre Montana and Leo Nomellini for
the San Francisco NWA World Tag Team Title
1954 – Roy Shire defeated Marvin Mercer in Dayton, Ohio to win the
Midwest Wrestling Association World Junior Heavyweight Title.
1956 – Billy Varga defeated Al Loloati for the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight
Title in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1957 – George and Sandy Scott defeated Jim Austeri and Ali Bey to win
the Mid-Atlantic NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1959 – Papa Pasquale defeated Billy Wicks for the NWA Gulf Coast
Heavyweight Title in Mobile, Alabama
1960 – Ed Francis defeated Shag Thomas to win the NWA Pacific Northwest
1963 – Louie Tillet defeated Bull Curry for the NWA Texas Brass Knuckles
Title in Fort Worth, Texas
1964 – Nick Bockwinkel and Nick Kozak defeated The Destroyer and Art
Michalik to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title in Salem, Oregon
1964 – Larry Hennig and The Viking defeated Ken Lucas and Fritz Von
Erich for the Amarillo NWA North American Tag Team Title in Lubbock, Texas.
1964 – Lee Fields and Mario Galento defeated The Mysterious Medics to
win the Gulf Coast NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Mobile, Alabama
1968 – John DaSilva defeated George Gordienko for the New Zealand NWA
British Empire Heavyweight Title in Auckland, New Zealand.
1971- In Tampa, Florida, The Texan defeated Bob Roop to win the vacant
NWA Florida Television Title. After the match, The Texan unmasked,
revealing himself to be Terry Funk.
1974 – Lou Thesz defeated Tommy Gilbert to win the NWA Southern Junior
Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee. At the same event, The Infernos
(Ron Gibson and Stan Pulaski) defeated Don Fargo and Rufus R. Jones for
the Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Title
1976 – The Hollywood Blonds (Jerry Brown and Buddy Roberts) defeated
Gorgeous George, Jr. and Greg Valentine in New Orleans, Louisiana to win
the Tri-State NWA United States Tag Team Title.
1981 – Ricky Cortez defeated Dick Garza for the Michigan Championship
Wrestling Michigan Heavyweight Title in Port Huron, Michigan.
1983- WWF Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund defeated WWF
Intercontinental Champion Don Muraco in Boston, Massachusetts.
1984 – Ivan Koloff defeated Angelo Mosca, Jr. in Charlotte, North
Carolina to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic
1985 – Ivan and Nikita Koloff defeated Manny Fernandez and Dusty Rhodes
for the NWA World Tag Team Title in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
1986 – Black Bart defeated Sam Houston in Mooresville, North Carolina to
win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title.
1988 – Chris Benoit defeated Gama Singh to win the Stampede British
Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Title in Calgary, Alberta
1995 – Greg Valentine won the NWA North American Heavyweight Title by
defeating John Hawk in Dallas, Texas
1997 – Colonel DeBeers defeated Matt Borne to win the Championship
Wrestling USA Television Title in Vancouver, Washington
2000 – Derrick King and Moondog Spot defeated Wolfie D, who held the
title by himself, for the Power Pro Wrestling Tag Team Title.
2001 – At the WCW Greed PPV in Jacksonville, Florida; Kid Romeo and Elix
Skipper defeated Billy Kidman and Rey Misterio, Jr., to become the first
WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Champions. Also, Shane Helms defeated WCW
Cruiserweight Champion Chavo Guerrero, Jr. to win the title.
2001 – Big Dick Dudley defeated Tommy Cairo and Axl Rotten in a
three-way match to win the United States Extreme Wrestling Heavyweight
Title in Deer Park, New York.