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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: NWA AT THE OMNI, WCCW STAR WARS, CADILLAC TOURNAMENT, BATTLE OF LOS ANGELES AND MORE

By Ryan Martinez on 2009-09-03 08:00:00

September 3rd

On this day in history in ....

1941 - Jules Larance defeats Bob Kenaston for the Midwest Wrestling Association World Junior Heavyweight Title in Dayton, Ohio, beginning Larance's second reign.

1944 - Earl Wampler defeats Ken Fenelon in Waterloo, Iowa to become the first two-time Iowa Heavyweight Champion.

1948 - Dave Levin defeats George Becker to win the California Heavyweight Title in Santa Monica, California.

1950 - Sandor Szabo defeats Terry McGinnis for the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title in Honolulu, Hawaii, to begin his second reign.

1952 - Black Terry is born in Guadalajara, Mexico.

1953 - Verne Gagne is awarded the first Chicago NWA United States Heavyweight Title in Chicago, Illinois.

1954 - The NWA begins its annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. The following members attended, whether in person or represented by another person:
Officers:
- Sam Muchnick (St. Louis Wrestling Club), president; Frank Tunney (Maple Leaf Wrestling), first vice-president and Heavyweight Championship committee chairman; LeRoy McGuirk (Tri-State), second vice-president; Sam Avey (Tri-State), treasurer; Max Clayton (Omaha), membership committee chairman
Other members:
- Paul Bowser (American Wrestling Association (Boston)), Orville Brown (Central States Wrestling), Jim Crockett (Mid-Atlantic (Charlotte)), Dory Detton (Western States Sports), Rudy Dusek (New York), Cal Eaton (Los Angeles), Rod Fenton (Phoenix), Ed Don George (Upstate Athletic Club), Paul George (Iowa), Joe Gunter (Mid-America (Alabama)), Tex Hager (Idaho), Al Haft (Midwest Wrestling Association), Stu Hart (Stampede Wrestling), Paul Jones (Georgia Championship Wrestling), Al Karasick (Hawaii), Fred Kohler (Chicago), Bill Lewis (Mid-Atlantic (Richmond)), Harry Light (Detroit), Mike London (Colorado), Salvador Lutteroth (Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre), Clarence Luttrell (Championship Wrestling from Florida), Joe Malcewicz (San Francisco), Cliff Maupin (Toledo), Sam Menacker (El Paso), Joseph Mondt (New York), Bob Murray (Seattle), Hugh Nichols (Hollywood), Don Owen (Pacific Northwest Wrestling), Eddie Quinn (Montreal), Dave Reynolds (Utah), Morris Sigel (Southwest Championship Sports), Tony Stecher (Minneapolis Boxing and Wrestling Club), Roy Welch (Mid-America (Tennessee)) and women's agent Billy Wolfe (Wheatland, Missouri).

1966 - The Destroyer (Guy Mitchell) defeats Bearcat Wright to win the International Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Title in Melbourne, Australia.

1969 - Marianna Komlos is born in Vancouver, British Columbia.

1969 - Ciclón Negro and Sam Steamboat defeat The Missouri Mauler and Hiro Matsuda for the NWA Florida Tag Team Title in Miami, Florida, ending the Mauler and Matsuda's second reign. At the same show, Beautiful Brutus (Bugsy McGraw) ends Boris Malenko's fifth NWA Florida Brass Knuckles Title reign.

1974 - Mariko Akagi and Jumbo Miyamoto win their eighth WWWA World Tag Team Title in Hiroshima, Japan, defeating Panama Franco and Jackie West.

1976 - Dory Funk, Jr. defeats Dennis Stamp for the Amarillo NWA Brass Knuckles Title in Lubbock, Texas.

1976 - The Black Bombers (Porkchop Cash and Tom Jones) defeat The Valiant Brothers (Jimmy and Johnny) to win the NWA Georgia Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia.

1976 - The Hangman defeats Chavo Guerrero for the NWA Americas Heavyweight Title, ending Guerrero's fourth reign.

1979 - Mr. Fuji defeats Peter Maivia to win the New Zealand NWA British Empire Heavyweight Title in Auckland, New Zealand, ending Maivia's second reign.

1980 - Barry Windham defeats The Super Destroyer for the NWA Florida Television Title in Miami, Florida.

1980 - Don Fargo and Robert Gibson defeat The Blond Bombers (Larry Latham and Wayne Ferris) for the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Title in Nashville, Tennessee, ending the Bombers' third reign.

1980 - Stanley Lane defeats Kevin Sullivan for the NWA Georgia Junior Heavyweight Title in Columbus, Georgia.

1982 - Bad New Allen defeats Bret Hart in Calgary, Alberta to win the Stampede North American Heavyweight Title, ending Hart's fourth reign.

1982 - Tony Atlas defeats The Mongolian Stomper for the Southwest Championship Wrestling Southwest Brass Knuckles Title in Houston, Texas.

1984 - Genichiro Tenryu and Jumbo Tsuruta defeat Crusher Blackwell and Bruiser Brody in Hiroshima, Japan to win the vacant NWA International Tag Team Title in Hiroshima, Japan.

1984 - WCCW held its second-annual "Labor Day Star Wars" event at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The results were:
- George Weingroff defeated Kelly Kiniski.
- WCCW Texas Brass Knuckles Champion Chris Adams defeated WCCW Television Champion Jake Roberts to win the title, to begin his third reign.
- Jules Strongbow and WCCW American Tag Team Champion Buck Zumhofe defeated The Long Riders (Bill and Scott Irwin).
- WCCW Six-Man Tag Team Champion Michael Hayes defeated The Missing Link by disqualification.
- Kerry Von Erich defeated Bruce Reed by disqualification in an arm wrestling match.
- WCCW American Tag Team Champion King Parsons and Skip Young defeated The Pretty Young Things (Norvell Austin and Koko B. Ware) by disqualification.
- WCCW Texas Heavyweight Champion Gino Hernandez defeated WCCW American Heavyweight Champion Mike Von Erich to win the title, to begin his third reign.
- Killer Khan defeated Terry Gordy in a No Disqualification Spike match.
- Kerry and Kevin Von Erich defeated WCCW Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy, Michael Hayes and Buddy Roberts) in a Handicap (due to Mike Von Erich being injured in his earlier match) Elimination Loser Leaves Town match to win the title. Kerry was eliminated first, with Kevin beating all three Freebirds in succession, Hayes, Roberts, then Gordy. This ended the Freebirds' fourth reign and began the Von Erichs' second.

1984 - The Continental Wrestling Association held the "Cadillac Tournament" at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee. The prize for the winner was a new Cadillac. The results:
First round:
- Masao Ito defeated Tojo Yamamoto.
- Dutch Mantel defeated Kurt Von Hess.
- Tommy Rich defeated Eddie Gilbert.
- Rick Rude defeated Randy Savage.
- Jimmy Valiant defeated Lanny Poffo.
- King Kong Bundy defeated Jerry Lawler.
Quarterfinals:
- Masao Ito defeated Dutch Mantel.
- Jimmy Valiant defeated Rick Rude.
- King Kong Bundy defeated Tommy Rich.
Semifinal:
- Jimmy Valiant defeated Masao Ito.
Final:
- Jimmy Valiant defeated King Kong Bundy to win the tournament and a new Cadillac.

1987 - Ashura Hara and Genichiro Tenryu defeats Stan Hansen and Austin Idol to win AJPW's PWF World Tag Team Title in Nagoya, Japan.

1987 - Super Halcón defeats Alfonso Dantés for the Mexican National Heavyweight Title in Guadalajara, Mexico.

1987 - Ray Richard defeats Blackman to win the UWA World Welterweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico.

1988 - Bestia Salvaje defeats √Āguila Solitaria in Mexico City, Mexico to win the Mexican National Welterweight Title.

1988 - The Beach Boys (Buddy Rose and Avalanche) defeat The Southern Rockers (Steve Doll and Scott Peterson) for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title in Portland, Oregon, ending the Rockers' fourth reign.

1989 - The NWA held an event before 15,500 fans at the Omni in Atlanta, Georgia. The results were:
- The Great Muta defeated Sting to win the vacant NWA World Television Title. This was a rematch from July 23's "Great American Bash", when a dispute between referees Nick Patrick and Tommy Young over the winner left the title held-up.
- Ron Simmons defeated Tom Branch.
- Brad Armstrong defeated The Cuban Assassin.
- Brian Pillman defeated Norman.
- The Skyscrapers (Dan Spivey and Sid Vicious) fought The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) to a no contest.
- NWA World Tag Team Champions The Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes) defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) to retain the title.
- NWA United States Heavyweight Champion Lex Luger defeated Tommy Rich to retain the title.
- NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair defeated Terry Funk in a Texas Death match to retain the title.
- The Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk) defeated The Samoan Swat Team (Fatu and Samu) in a Steel Cage match.

1990 - Jeff Gaylord and Jeff Jarrett defeat Chuck Casey (replacing Don Harris) and Brian Lee in Memphis, Tennessee for the vacant USWA Tag Team Title.

1991 - Jimmy Ocean defeats Steve Grey for the British Lightweight Title in Croydon, England, to end Grey's sixth reign.

1993 - Ted DiBiase and Stan Hansen defeat Toshiaki Kawada and Akira Taue in Tokyo, Japan to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Title.

1993 - Two Global Wrestling Federation titles change hands in Dallas, Texas. Steven Dane and Chaz Taylor defeat The Sicilian Stallions (Guido Falcone and Vito Mussolini) to win the GWF Tag Team Title, and King Parsons defeats Chris Adams by disqualification for the vacant GWF North American Heavyweight Title.

1995 - Manami Toyota defeats Yumiko Hotta to win the 11th-annual AJW Japan Grand Prix tournament.

1996 - Bill and Jamie Dundee defeat The Moondogs (Rover and Spot) for the USWA Tag Team Title in Louisville, Kentucky.

2000 - Jesse Taylor defeats Terry Knight for the NWA Wildside United States Heavyweight Title in Toccoa, Georgia, to begin his third reign.

2000 - Tsubasa Kuragaki defeats Kayoko Haruyama in Tokyo, Japan to win the JWP Junior Title.

2001 - The WWF held its 432nd episode of "RAW is WAR" live before 18,019 fans at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The show got a 4.62 rating on TNN, on hours of 4.59 and 4.65. The results were:
- The Undertaker defeated Test by disqualification after Steven Richards interfered.
- The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von) defeated The Big Show and Tajiri, when Bubba Ray pinned Tajiri after the 3D, to become #1 contenders to the WWF Tag Team Title.
- Spike Dudley (with Molly Holly) pinned Shawn Stasiak (with Stacy Keibler) after the Dudley Dog.
- WCW Champion The Rock pinned Christian after the Rock Bottom to retain the title.
- The Hurricane and Ivory defeated Matt Hardy and Lita, when Hurricane pinned Hardy after the Eye of the Hurricane.
- WWF Intercontinental Champion Edge pinned Lance Storm with a roll-up to retain the title.
- Jeff Hardy and Chris Jericho defeated Rhyno and Rob Van Dam, when Jericho pinned RVD with a roll-over.

2003 - Dingo defeats Delirious in a tournament final in Rolla, Missouri to win the NWA Missouri Junior Heavyweight Title.

2004 - Averno defeats Zumbido for the vacant NWA World Middleweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico. Ultimo Dragon had vacated the title in May 2003 after signing with WWE.

2005 - PWG held the first of two events of its first-annual "Battle of Los Angeles" at the Hollywood-Los Feliz Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles, California. The show featured the first round of the 16-man Battle of Los Angeles tournament. The results were:
- Gunning for Hookers (Top Gun Talwar and Hook Bomberry) and Human Tornado defeated Disco Machine, Excalibur and Chris Sabin.
First round:
- Rocky Romero defeated Frankie Kazarian.
- Quicksilver defeated Davey Richards.
- James Gibson defeated Joey Ryan.
- Chris Bosh defeated PWG Tag Team Champion El Generico (with PWG Tag Team Champion Human Tornado).
- Bryan Danielson defeated Ricky Reyes.
- Christopher Daniels defeated Scott Lost.
- A.J. Styles defeated Jack Evans.
- PWG Champion Kevin Steen defeated Super Dragon.

2005 - Nikita Allanov defeats Scott Venom for the NWA/PWX Brass Knuckles Title in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, beginning his third reign.

2005 - Paul Harley and Johnny Lightning defeat Billy Masters and NWA Tri-State Heavyweight Champion J.W. Idol in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Lightning pinned Idol to win the match, so he won the title.

2006 - Minoru Suzuki defeats Taiyo Kea in Sapporo, Japan at the eighth event of AJPW's "Summer Impact" tour for the AJPW Triple Crown Title.

2006 - Tim Arson and Rico Suave defeat Huracán Castillo, Jr. and Chris Joel for the WWC World Tag Team Title in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, during the "Septiembre Negro" tour.

2006 - The British Militia (Jon Moxley and Hade Vansen) defeated Chicano and Slash Venom at "Golpe de Estado" in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico to win the IWA World Tag Team Title.

2006 - PWG held the final of three events of its second-annual "Battle of Los Angeles" at the American Legion in Reseda, California. The show featured the final three rounds of the 24-man Battle of Los Angeles tournament. The results:
Quarterfinals:
- El Generico defeated Chris Sabin.
- CIMA defeated Kevin Steen.
- Roderick Strong defeated Dragon Kid.
- Davey Richards defeated Austin Aries.
- Jack Evans defeated Genki Horiguchi.
- Super Dragon defeated Frankie Kazarian.
Semifinals:
- CIMA defeated El Generico.
- Davey Richards defeated Roderick Strong.
- Super Dragon defeated Jack Evans. Dragon was injured in the match, and was unable to advance to the final.
Non-tournament:
- Colt Cabana, Delirious, M-Dogg 20 and Quicksilver defeated The Kings of Wrestling (Claudio Castagnoli and Chris Hero), Necro Butcher and Rocky Romero.
Final:
- Davey Richards defeated CIMA to win the Battle of Los Angeles.

2006 - European Wrestling Association Women's Champion Wesna Busic defeats AtoZ Next Shining Generation Champion Hikaru in Tokyo, Japan to leave with both titles.

2006 - Kentaro Shiga defeats Scorpio in Nagoya, Japan at the sixth event of NOAH's "Shiny Navigation" tour to win the GHC Openweight Hardcore Title.

2006 - Nikita Allanov defeats Sam Slej in Martins Ferry, Ohio for the Black Diamond Wrestling Heavyweight Title, beginning his third reign.

2007 - The Independent Wrestling Federation Tag Team Title changes hands twice at "Great Falls Festival: Day 3" in Paterson, New Jersey. Steve Camacho and Jana won the title from Justin Corino and Frank Scoleri in the first match of the show, but later on, Corino and Scoleri regained the title, to begin their second reign.