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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: FINAL AWA TAG CHAMPIONS ARE CROWNED, CHONO BECOMES 'MR. AUGUST' FOR THE FIRST TIME AND MORE

By Buck Woodward on 2008-08-11 08:00:00

August 11th

On this day in history in ....

1966 - Lester Welch defeats Sputnik Monroe in a tournament final in Tampa, Florida to win the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title.

1967 - Mr. Wrestling defeats El Mongol for the Georgia Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, ending Mongol's third title reign.

1980 - Bill Irwin defeats Bill Dundee in Memphis, Tennessee for the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title, ending Dundee's second title reign.

1986 - Steve Simpson defeats Buzz Sawyer in Ft. Worth, Texas to win the World Class Television Title.

1989 - Jeff Jarrett & Matt Bourne defeat Cactus Jack & Sheik Braddock for the USWA Tag Team Title in Dallas, Texas.

1990 - D.J. Peterson & The Trooper (aka The Patriot) defeat Wayne Bloom & Mike Enos for the AWA World Tag Team Title in Rochester, Minnesota.  Peterson & Trooper would be the final AWA Tag Champions, as the company would shut down in 1991.

1990 - Brian Lee & Don Harris defeat Rex King & Joey Maggs for the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1991 - Masahiro Chono defeats Keiji Mutoh to win the first ever G-1 (Grade One) tournament in Tokyo, Japan.  Chono would go on to win the New Japan tournament on three other occasions, earning the nickname "Mr. August".

1997 - Nitro defeated Raw in the Monday Night Wars, as WCW Nitro earned a 3.8 rating with a show that featured Curt Hennig defeating Randy Savage via DQ, The Steiners defeating Chris Benoit & Steve McMichael, and Eddie Guerrero defeating Chris Jericho.  Raw pulled in a 2.9 with a show that was headlined by Shawn Michaels defeating Mankind, Patriot & Ken Shamrock defeating Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith, and Flash Funk (2 Cold Scorpio) defeating Brian Pillman.

2001 - Kintaro Kanemura defeats Hayabusa to win the World Entertainment Wrestling (FMW) World Singles Title in Tokyo, Japan.

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