Daily Pro Wrestling History (02/26): Verne Gagne wins AWA World title on his birthday

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– Jim Londos is awarded the Maryland version of the World Heavyweight Title by the Maryland State Commission


Tampa, Florida:
– Ed “Strangler” Lewis defeated Rollend Kirchmeyer to win the Florida Heavyweight Title 


Edmonton, Alberta, Canada:
– Sky Hi Lee defeated Al Mills to win the Calgary NWA Canadian Heavyweight Title 


Dallas, Texas:
– Duke Keomuka and Mr. Moto defeated Ray Gunkel and Miguel Guzman for the NWA Texas Tag Team Titles


Minneapolis, Minnesota:
– Guy and Joe Brunetti defeated Ivan and Karol Kalmikoff for the Minneapolis NWA World Tag Team Titles


Mobile, Alabama:
– Don and Jackie Fargo defeated Lee Fields and Lester Welch to win the Mid-America NWA World Tag Team Titles


Kansas City, Kansas:
– Edouard Carpentier beat Bob Geigel 
– Dino Bravo and Bob Ellis beat Lee Henning and The Mighty Atlas 
– Sonny Myers beat Rip Hawk 


Minneapolis, Minnesota:
– Crusher beat Hercules Cortez by DQ
– AWA Tag Team Champions Ivan Kalmikoff & Karol Kalmikoff beat Moose Evans & Dick Steinborn in 2 out of 3 falls
– Rocky Hamilton beat Duke Hoffman
– Jack Pesek beat Stan Kowalski


Chicago, Illinois:
– AWA Champion Mad Dog Vachon beat WWA Champion Dick the Bruiser by countout
– Verne Gagne & Wilbur Snyder beat AWA Tag Team Champions Larry Hennig & Harley Race by DQ
– Chris Markoff beat Guy Mitchell
– Moose Cholak beat Huey Long
– The Assassin beat Jose Betancourt
– Santiago Acosta drew Angelo Poffo


St. Paul, Minnesota:
– Verne Gagne won the AWA World Heavyweight Title (on his birthday) by defeating Mad Dog Vachon
– Ernie Ladd & Earl Maynard beat AWA Tag Team Champions Larry Hennig & Harley Race by DQ
– Killer Kowalski beat The Crusher by DQ
– Doug Gilbert drew The Alaskan
– Eddie Sharkey beat George Gadaski
– Bob Boyer beat Jose Quintero


Mobile, Alabama:
– Bob Kelly and Ramon Perez defeated Mitsu and Sugi Sito to win the  NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team Titles


Los Angeles, California:
– Vivian Vachon defeated Betty Nicoli for the NWA California Women’s Title 


Madison Square Garden:
– AWA World Heavyweight Champion Verne Gagne defeated Eddie Graham (subbing for Ray Stevens)
– WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Pedro Morales defeated King Curtis Iaukea


Miami, Florida:
– Bob Roop & Mongolian Stomper defeated Dick Slater & Johnny Weaver (sub for Bill Watts) 
– Harley Race defeated Bob Armstrong 
– Tony Parisi & Dominic DeNucci & “Irish” Pat Barrett defeated The Patriots & The Red Menace 
– Mike Graham defeated Jim Dillon by DQ
– Johnny Weaver defeated Randy Tyler by DQ
– Baron Mikel Scicluna defeated Jay Clay 


Fort Myers, Florida:
– Florida Tag Titles: Bob Roop & Bob Orton, Jr. defeated Steve Keirn & Mike Graham 
– Andre The Giant defeated King Curtis 
– Ft. Myers Championship: Tom Jones (sub for Cyclon Negro) defeated Roger Kirby 
– Mike Graham & Steve Keirn defeated George McCreary & Rock Hunter 
– Jerry Brisco defeated Karl Von Steiger 


St. Louis, Missouri:
– Dick Murdoch defeated Ted DiBiase for the NWA Missouri Heavyweight Title 


Memphis, Tennessee:
– Robert Gibson beat The Destroyer
– Mike Stallings pinned Danny Davis
– Jimmy Golden pinned Gorgeous George, Jr
– Tommy Gilbert & Buzz Sawyer beat The Assassins via DQ
– Bill Dundee & Robert Fuller beat Dennis Condrey & Don Carson to win the Southern Tag Team Titles
– The Mongolian Stomper beat Bob Armstrong
– Jerry Lawler beat Southern Champ Toru Tanaka via DQ

Wichita, Kansas:
– Bryan St. John and Randy Alls (Randy Rose) win a tournament for the NWA Central States Tag Team Titles


Tampa, Florida:
– Florida Title: Super Destroyer defeated Manny Fernandez by DQ
– Special Challenge Match: Jack Brisco & Jim Garvin defeated Nikolai Volkoff & Bugsy McGraw 
– Leroy Brown defeated Jerry Brisco 
– Twin Devils defeated Hector Guerrero & Terry Taylor 
– Bryan St. John defeated Bubba Douglas 
– Geoff Portz & Frank Monte drew Gordon Nelson & Barry Windham


Kingston, Ontario, Canada:
– Angelo (King Kong) Mosca pinned Hossien Arab
– Mad Dog Vachon and Dewey Robertson beat Bob Duncum and Kurt Von Hess
– Sweet Ebony Diamond over Swede Hanson on a count out
– Frankie Maine and Billy Red Lyons went to a draw
– Tony Parisi pinned Ron Ritchie


Tampa, Florida:
– The PYT Express (Norvell Austin and Koko Ware) defeated Jay and Mark Youngblood for the Florida NWA United States Tag Team Titles


Dallas, Texas:
– Terry Taylor defeated Matt Borne for the World Class Texas Heavyweight Title

St. Joseph, Missouri:
– Masahiro Chono defeated Mike George to win the World Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Title 


Memphis, Tennessee:
– King Cobra beat The Soultaker via DQ
– Dutch Mantel beat Rockin’ Randy
– Tony Anthony & Robert Fuller beat Steve Doll & Rex King via DQ
– Jeff Jarrett & Bill Dundee drew Terrance Garvin & Billy Joe Travis
– Jimmy Valiant beat Jerry Lawler to win the USWA Unified World Title


Mexico City, Mexico:
– Heavy Metal defeated Rey Misterio, Jr. for the Mexican National Welterweight Title

Dallas, Texas:
– The Ebony Experience (Stevie Ray and Booker T) defeated The Bad Breed (Axl and Ian Rotten) to win the Global Wrestling Federation Tag Team Titles
– Calvin Knapp defeated Alex Porteau for the GWF Light Heavyweight Title

Williamsborg, Kentucky:
– Tim Horner defeated the Nightstalker 
– Jimmy Golden defeated Bobby Eaton via disqualification 
– Brian Lee defeated Kevin Sullivan 
– Tracy Smothers defeated SMW Heavyweight Champion the Dirty White Boy 
– Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson defeated SMW Tag Team Champions Stan Lane & Tom Prichard


Johnson City, Tennessee:
– Bobby Blaze defeated the Hornet
– The Moondogs fought the Bruise Brothers to a double disqualification
– SMW US Jr. Heavyweight Champion Chris Candido pinned Tracy Smothers after hitting him with a weigh scale (following the entrances, 
  Candido demanded that Smothers be weighed to see if he was within the 230lb weight limit)
– SMW Tag Team Champions Tom Prichard & Jimmy Del Ray defeated Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson (Jim Cornette was hung in a cage above the 
  ring for the duration of the bout)
– SMW Heavyweight Champion the Dirty White Boy defeated Brian Lee in a chain match

Columbia, South Carolina:
– Jim Steele pinned the Gambler 
– Craig Pittman pinned Brian Anderson 
– 2 Cold Scorpio & Marcus Alexander Bagwell defeated Tex Slazenger & Shanghai Pierce
– Arn Anderson pinned Paul Orndorff 
– WCW TV Champion Lord Steven Regal pinned Dustin Rhodes
– Sting pinned WCW US Champion Steve Austin in a non-title match
– WCW World Champion Ric Flair pinned Vader

Portland, Oregon:
– Colonel DeBeers defeated Bruiser Brian for the Championship Wrestling USA Television Title

Morristown, Tennessee:
– Mike Samson defeated Wayne Rogers for the Southern States Wrestling Heavyweight Title 


SMW Sunday Bloody Sunday II: Knoxville, Tennessee:
– Bobby Blaze defeated Brian Logan
– New Jack & Mustafa defeated Scott Armstrong & Tracy Smothers
– SMW Tag Team Champions Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson defeated Al Snow & Unabomb via disqualification
– Boo Bradley defeated Chris Candido in a loser leaves town dog collar chain match
– Bobby Blaze defeated SMW Heavyweight Champion Jerry Lawler to win the title
– SMW Heavyweight Champion Bobby Blaze defeated Buddy Landel
– Jim Cornette, Tom Prichard & Jimmy Del Ray defeated New Jack, Mustafa, & D-Lo Brown (Bob Armstrong was the guest referee for the 


Berlin, Germany:
– Davey Boy Smith pinned Owen Hart to become the first WWF European Champion in a tournament final
– WWF Intercontinental Champion Rocky Maivia defeated Vader (with Paul Bearer) by disqualification 
– Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeated Bret Hart by disqualification
– WWF Champion Sycho Sid pinned Mankind (with Paul Bearer)


Mexico City, Mexico:
– Bestia Salvaje and Scorpio, Jr. defeated Negro Casas and El Hijo del Santo to win the CMLL World Tag Team Titles


Cincinnati, Ohio:
– Tommy Dreamer and Masato Tanaka defeated ECW World Tag Team Champions The Impact Players (Justin Credible and Lance Storm) to win the titles
– Sabu defeated Scott D’Amore
– ECW World Heavyweight Champion Mike Awesome defeated Rhino to retain the title

Newark, Delaware:
– Christopher Daniels defeated Scoot Andrews to win the Super 8 Tournament 

Los Angeles, California:
– Chris Candido defeated XPW World Heavyweight Champion Damien Steele in a Falls Count Anywhere match to win the title 


Boston, Massachusetts:
– Goldust defeated Maven for the WWF Hardcore Title 


Throwback Night: Memphis, Tennessee:
– In a 14-man tag team match, Bill Dundee, King Mabel, Cory Macklin, Chris Michaels, MW Southern Tag Team Champions Too Cool II (Tim Grind and Flex) and Kevin White defeated Masked Doom, Nicholas Doom, Jamie Dundee, Reggie B. Fine, Jimmy Hart, Jerry Lawler and Mordecai
– Too Cool II (Tim Grind and Flex) defeated Team Canada (Johnny Devine and Eric Young), when Grind pinned Devine, to win the MW Southern Tag Team Titles
– Brian Christopher and Shock defeated Kid Kash and Koko B. Ware
– Kevin White defeated Jamie Dundee by disqualification
– Bill Dundee pinned Simon Dean
– Derrick King pinned Johnny Dotson in a loser-leaves-town match
– Jimmy Hart and Jerry Lawler fought Memphis Wrestling promoter Cory Macklin and King Mabel to a no contest


Dundalk, Maryland:
– The James Gang (B.G. James & Kip James) defeated MCW Tag Team Champions The Slackers (Chad Austin & Dino Divine) and The Holy Rollers (Earl The Pearl & Rich Myers) in a three-way match to win the titles


ROH 9th Anniversary Show: Chicago, Illinois:
– El Generico defeated Michael Elgin
– ROH World Title Match/Barrio Streetfight: Roderick Strong defeated Homicide to retain the title
– ROH World Tag Team Title Match: Kings Of Wrestling defeated All Night Express to retain the titles
– World TV Title Match, 2/3 Falls with a 30 Minute Time Limit: Christopher Daniels and Eddie Edwards wrestled to a draw
– Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin defeated Jay & Mark Briscoe

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