Daily Pro Wrestling History (06/23): The birth of Austin 3:16


Houston, Texas:
– Bronko Nagurski defeated Lou Thesz to win the National Wrestling Association World Heavyweight 


Mexico City, Mexico:
– Firpo Segra defeated Doc Macias to win the Mexican National Heavyweight Title


Wichita, Kansas:
– World Heavyweight Champion Orville Brown beat Ray Eckert in a 2 out of 3 falls match 
– Don McIntyre beat Jerry Meeker via DQ


Kansas City, Kansas:
– World Heavyweight Champion Orville Brown defeated Joe Pazandak in 2 out of 3 falls
– Tarzan Kowalski beat Lou Newman in 2 out of 3 falls 
– Herman Von Doyle defeated Fred Blassie 


Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada:
– Bobby Jones defeated George Eakin for the Madison Wrestling Club Heavyweight Title 


Kansas City, Kansas:
– Central States Heavyweight Champion Thor Hagen beat Rocky Lee in 2 out of 3 falls 
– Bob Orton beat Joe Costello


St. Joseph, Missouri:
– Bobby Graham and Sonny Myers defeated The Bat and Ernie Dusek in 2 out of 3 falls
– Buddy Austin beat The Alaskan in 2 out of 3 falls
– Ronnie Etchison defeated Don McClarity 
– Thor Hagen and Don Miller went to a time limit draw

– Waldo Von Erich defeated Pepper Gomez to win the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title


Tampa, Florida:
– Eddie Graham and Sam Steamboat defeated Chris and John Tolos for the Florida NWA World Tag Team Titles

Eugene, Oregon:
– Pampero Firpo defeated Nick Bockwinkel to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title 


– Ken Lucas is awarded the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title


Kansas City, Kansas:
– In a Texas Death Lumberjack Match: The Mongolian Stomper defeated The Viking

Eau Claire, Wisconsin:
– The Crusher beat Stan Kowalski
– The Alaskan beat Eddie Sharkey (sub Billy Red Cloud) 
– Doug Gilbert drew Chris Markoff

Sioux City, Iowa:
– Big Luke Brown beat AWA Champion Mad Dog Vachon by DQ
– Dale Lewis beat Billy Red Cloud
– Mr Wrestling Tim Woods beat Bulldog Danny Plechas 
– Jack Pesek drew Haru Sasaki


Atlanta, Georgia
– Butcher and Stan (Stan Pulaski) Vachon defeated Enrique and Ramon Torres to win the Georgia NWA Southern Tag Team Titles

Chicago, Illinois:
– AWA Champion Verne Gagne beat Mitsu Arakawa by DQ
– Devils Duo (Angelo Poffo & Chris Markoff) beat Ernie Ladd & Earl Maynard
– Johnny Powers no contest Wilbur Snyder 
– Lou Thesz beat Moose Cholak


Macon, Georgia:
– Nick Bockwinkel defeated Joe Scarpa to win the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title

– Moondog Mayne defeated The Claw for the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title


Milwaukee, Wisconsin:
– The Crusher & Wahoo McDaniel & Billy Robinson beat Nick Bockwinkel & Superstar Billy Graham & Ivan Koloff in 2 out of 3 falls
– Reggie Parks drew Geoff Portz 
– Sailor Art Thomas beat Rene Goulet


Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
– The Crusaders (Billy Red Lyons and Dewey Robertson) defeated The Love Brothers (Hartford and Reginald) for the Toronto NWA International Tag Team Titles


Panama City, Florida:
– Kurt Von Hess defeated the Wrestling Pro to win the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title 


Mexico City, Mexico:
– Ringo Mendoza defeated Perro Aguayo to win the NWA World Middleweight Title

Knoxville, Tennessee:
– The Mongolian Stomper won a tournament final to win the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title

Atlanta, Georgia:
 – Tony Atlas and Thunderbolt Patterson defeated Ole Anderson and Ivan Koloff for the NWA Georgia Tag Team Titles

– Pak Choo (Kengo Kimura) and Mr. Ito defeated Black Gordman & Hector Guerrero to win the NWA Americas Tag Team Titles


Milwaukee, Wisconsin:
– The Crusher & Verne Gagne & Mad Dog Vachon beat Nick Bockwinkel & Bobby Duncum & Super Destroyer Mark II
– Greg Gagne beat Ray Stevens by DQ
– Billy Robinson beat Pat Patterson 
– Paul Ellering beat Doug Gilbert

Des Moines, Iowa:
– Bob Brown defeated Jerry Brown in a Texas Death Match 
– In a Central States Heavyweight Title match: Champion Bob Sweetan defeated Frank Hill


Memphis, Tennessee:
– Robert Gibson beat Ken Wayne
– Sonny King beat Carl Fergie
– Karl Krupp beat Jimmy Valiant
– Southern Tag Champs Ricky Morton & Ken Lucas beat The Manchurians
– Jerry Jarrett & Tojo Yamamoto beat Wayne Ferris & Larry Latham
– Bill Dundee beat Southern Champ Paul Ellering via DQ
– Tojo Yamamoto won a “two-ring battle royal”

Amarillo, Texas:
– Mr. Hito and Mr. Sakurada defeated Tiger Conway, Jr. and José Lothario to win the NWA American Tag Team Titles


Shreveport, Louisiana:
– Ted DiBiase defeated The Junkyard Dog for the Mid-South North American Heavyweight Title 


San Antonio, Texas:
– WCCW American Heavyweight Champion Gino Hernandez defeated NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair to win the vacant WCCW Texas Heavyweight Title


Memphis, Tennessee
– Danny Fargo beat The Hunter
– CWA International Tag Champs Tarzan Goto & Akio Sato beat Carl Styles & Pat Tanaka
– The Nightmares beat Tojo Yamamoto & Jeff Jarrett
– Bam Bam Bigelow beat Davey Haskins & Tracy Smothers in a “handicap” match
– NWA Women’s Champ Debbie Combs beat Despina Montages
– Jos LeDuc bet Paul Diamond
– Bill Dundee beat Dutch Mantel via DQ
– Fire & Flame beat Austin Idol & Buddy Landel via DQ
– Giant Hillbilly & Jerry Lawler beat the MOD Squad to win the Southern Tag Team Titles

Dothan, Alabama:
– Robert Fuller and Jimmy Golden defeated Steve Armstrong and Tommy Rich to win the NWA Southeastern Tag Team Titles

Birmingham, Alabama:
– Brad Armstrong won the NWA Southeast Continental Heavyweight Title from Jerry Stubbs 
– Adrian Street defeated Wendell Cooley to capture the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title


Tampa, Florida:
– The Sheepherders (Luke Williams and Butch Miller) defeated Mike Graham and Steve Keirn for the NWA Florida Tag Team Titles


AWA War in the Windy City: Chicago, Illinois:
– Tommy Jammer defeated Jonnie Stewart
– Mike George defeated Rockin’ Randy
– Akio Sato defeated Paul Diamond by disqualification
– Chavo, Hector and Mando Guerrero defeated The Executioner (Donn Lewin) and The Texas Hangmen (Killer and Psycho)
– AWA World Women’s Champion Wendi Richter defeated Candi Devine to retain the title
– Scott Norton and Ken Patera defeated The Destruction Crew (Wayne Bloom and Mike Enos)
– AWA World Heavyweight Champion Larry Zbyszko fought Greg Gagne to a draw to retain the title
– Colonel DeBeers defeated Derrick Dukes in a loser gets painted yellow match

Dallas, Texas: 
– Robert Fuller and Brian Lee defeated Jeff Jarrett and Mil Máscaras to win the WCWA World Tag Team Titles

Knoxville, Tennessee:
– Tom Prichard defeated Wendell Cooley for the Continental Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Title 


Graz, Austria:
– Dave Finlay and Marty Jones defeated Tony St. Clair and Miles Zrno to win the Catch Wrestling Association World Tag Team Titles

Portland, Oregon:
– The Juice Patrol (Beetlejuice (Art Barr) and Big Juice (Jeff Warner)) defeated U.S. Male (Ricky Santana and Curtis Thompson) to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Titles


Atlanta, Georgia:
– Badstreet, Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin defeated Tommy Rich, Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong 
– Tom Zenk defeated the Diamond Studd 
– Arn Anderson & Richard Morton defeated Dustin Rhodes & Sam Houston 
– PN News defeated Johnny B. Badd via disqualification 
– Sting defeated Nikita Koloff via count-out in a Texas Death Match 
– Rick Steiner & Yellow Dog defeated Barry Windham & Stan Hansen
– Bobby Eaton fought Steve Austin to a draw
– WCW US Champion Lex Luger & El Gigante defeated WCW World Champion Ric Flair & the One Man Gang via disqualification


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
– The Super Destroyers (#1 and #2) defeated Glenn Osbourne and Max Thrasher to become the first-ever ECW Tag Team Champions


WCW Clash of the Champions: Charleston, South Carolina:
– WCW World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair pinned WCW International World Heavyweight Champion Sting to unify the titles
– Lord Steven Regal (with Sir William) pinned WCW World Television Champion Larry Zbyszko to win the title 
– WCW World Tag Team Champions Cactus Jack and Kevin Sullivan (with Dave Sullivan) defeated The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry 
  Sags) to retain the title
– The Guardian Angel (Big Bossman) pinned Tex Slazenger 
– Johnny B. Badd defeated WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Steve Austin by disqualification


Oak Ridge, Tennessee:
– Boo Bradley defeated Killer Kyle
– Steve Armstrong defeated SMW Heavyweight Champion Buddy Landel via disqualification
– Steve Armstrong defeated Jim Cornette via disqualification
– The Dirty White Boy & Tracy Smothers defeated the Headbangers
– Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson defeated SMW Tag Team Champions Al Snow & Unabom in a streetfight

Lasalle, Ontario, Canada:
– Scott D’Amore defeated Bruiser Bedlam for the Border City Wrestling Can-Am Heavyweight Title


WWF King of the Ring: Milwaukee, Wisconsin:
– Ahmed Johnson pinned WWF Intercontinental Champion Goldust (with Marlena) to win the title 
– Steve Austin pinned Jake Roberts to win the King of the Ring tournament 
– WWF Champion Shawn Michaels (with José Lothario) defeated The British Bulldog (with Jim Cornette and Diana Smith) to retain the title
– Mankind defeated The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) by referee stoppage 
– WWF Tag Team Champions The Smoking Gunns (Billy and Bart with Sunny) defeated The Godwinns (Henry and Phineas with Hillbilly Jim) to retain the titles


Louisville, Kentucky:
– The Disciples of Synn (Damian and Slash) defeated OVW Southern Tag Team Champions B.J. Payne and Scotty Sabre to win the titles


WWF King of the Ring: Columbus, Ohio:
– Molly Holly defeated WWE Women’s Champion Trish Stratus to win the title 
– Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) defeated WWE Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam to win the King of the Ring tournament
– Ric Flair pinned Eddie Guerrero 
– Kurt Angle defeated Hulk Hogan by submission 
– WWE Undisputed Champion The Undertaker pinned Triple H to retain the title


WWE Stomping Ground: Tacoma, Washington: 
– Drew Gulak won the cruiserweight title over Tony Nese and Akira Tozawa
– Becky Lynch beat Lacey Evans to retain the Raw women’s title
– Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn beat Big E & Xavier Woods
– Ricochet beat Samoa Joe to win the U.S. title
– Daniel Bryan & Rowan beat Heavy Machinery to retain the Smackdown tag team titles
– Bayley pinned Alexa Bliss to retain the Smackdown women’s title
– Roman Reigns pinned Drew McIntyre
– Kofi Kingston beat Dolph Ziggler to retain the WWE title in a cage match
– Seth Rollins pinned Baron Corbin, with Lacey Evans as guest ref to keep the Universal title

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