On this day in pro wrestling history: Gagne wins AWA title from Fritz Von Erich, Wahoo beats Piper, Guerrera over Jericho
By Brian Hoops
1960 – Red & Lou Bastien defeated Al Costello & Roy Heffernan for the
U.S. Tag Team Title
1961 – In Bloomington, Minnesota at Met Stadium; In a Cage Match, Verne Gagne beat Gene Kiniski to regain AWA title. Also,
Hard Boiled Haggerty & Bob Geigel beat Wilbur Snyder & Dale Lewis and Tiny Mills beat Tony Baillargeon. Attendance was 8,055
1963 – In Amarillo, Texas at the Sports Arena; Verne Gagne beat Fritz Von Erich in 2 out of 3 falls to regain AWA Title
Also, Dory Funk Sr & Dory Funk Jr beat Sputnik Monroe & Tokyo Tom on a 2nd fall dq
1972 – In Tampa, Florida; NWA Champion Dory Funk Jr beat Buddy Colt, Jack Brisco beat Ray Stevens and Nick Bockwinkel beat Ron Fuller
1973 – In Columbus, Georgia; In a two out of three falls, hair vs. title match; Bobby Duncum won the Columbus Heavyweight Title from Bill Dromo.
1974 – In Kansas City; Lord Alfred Hayes & Don Fargo vs. The Viking & Mike George, Bad News Beach vs. Bob Orton, Killer Karl Krupp vs. Gene Costello, Central States Heavyweight Champion Bob Brown vs. The Sheik, Handicap Match: Pat O’Connor vs. The Intern & Dr. Ken Ramey and Texas Death Match: Omar Atlas vs. The Intern
1980 – In Green Bay, Wisconsin; In a non title match; The Crusher & Mad Dog Vachon beat AWA Tag Team Champions Adrian Adonis & Jesse Ventura
1981 – Wahoo McDaniel defeated Roddy Piper for the NWA United States
Heavyweight Title in Greensboro, North Carolina.
1988 – In Memphis, Tennessee; Austin Idol beat AWA Champion Jerry Lawler dq, Robert Fuller & Jimmy Golden beat Bill Dundee & Jeff Jarrett, Southern Tag Team Champions Billy Travis & Scott Steiner beat RPMs and Gary Young beat Max Pain
1993 – Tito Santana defeated Don Muraco for the ECW Heavyweight Title in
1997 – Dutch Mantel defeated Jerry Lawler for the USWA Unified
Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee. On the same card, Steven Dunn
& Flash Flanagan defeated PG-13 for the USWA Tag Team Title.
1998 – Juventud Guerrera defeated Chris Jericho to win the WCW
Cruiserweight Title in Sturgis, SD. Also, Bill Goldberg won a nine man battle royal.