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St. Louis, Missouri:

– Ed “Strangler” Lewis beat Paul Jones 

– Dorv Roche beat Gus Sonnenberg 

– Frank Brown beat Mike Anton 

– Stan Sitkowski beat Pat Fraley 

– Warren Bockwinkel defeated Ray Villmer 


St. Joseph, Missouri:

– NWA World Heavyweight Champion Pat O’Connor and Bob Ellis drew 1 fall a piece

– World Tag Team Champions George and Sandy Scott beat Bob Geigel and Lee Henning 

– Thor Hagen beat Taro Myaki 

– Gory Guerrero beat Bill Cole 


Minneapolis, Minnesota:

– AWA Champion Verne Gagne beat Wilbur Snyder


Kansas City, Kansas:

– Danny Little Bear & The Viking defeated Buddy Austin & Bob Orton 

– Harley Race defeated The Stomper in three falls

– Ronnie Etchison defeated Benny Ramirez

– Steve Bolus defeated Tony Russo

– Rufus R. Jones defeated The Great Sakaguchi via DQ


Madison Square Garden:

– Bruno Sammartino defeated Killer Kowalski in the main event of a Texas Death Match to retain the WWWF title


Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada:

– Larry Hennig & Jos Leduc went to a no contest with Baron Von Raschke & Mad Dog Vachon  

– Nick Bockwinkel & Blackjack Lanza & Bobby Duncum beat Russ Francis & Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell in 2 out of 3 falls


Bloomington, Minnesota:

– Verne Gagne & Billy Robinson & Ray Stevens beat Nick Bockwinkel & Blackjack Lanza & Bobby Duncum

– Peter Maivia beat Angelo Mosca

– Pedro Morales beat Roger Kirby

– Jim Brunzell drew Billy Francis

– Larry Hennig beat Moose Morowski


St. Joseph, Missouri:

– NWA World champion Ric Flair defeated Dewey Robertson 

Houston, Texas:

– WWF Champion Bob Backlund beat Afa the Samoan

– Junk Yard Dog & Mr Wrestling II beat King Kong Bundy & Mr Olympia

– AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel beat Dusty Rhodes

– Masked Superstar & Super Destroyer beat Tito Santana & Mil Mascaras

– Hacksaw Duggan beat Kendo Nagasaki

– Butch Reed beat Rip Rogers

– Gran Marcus beat Johnny Rich


Memphis, Tennessee:

– Tommy Gilbert pinned Speedy Tall Tree

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– Davey Haskins & Jay Youngblood beat Lanny Poffo & JR Hogg

– Southern Tag Champs The Fabulous Ones beat Kareem Muhammad & Masked Mystery Man (Don Bass)

– Southern Champ Randy Savage beat Jerry Oski

– Tojo Yamamoto & Jerry Jarrett beat Koko Ware & Norvell Austin via DQ

– Jerry Lawler beat Bruiser Brody via DQ


Rock Hill, South Carolina:

– Wahoo McDaniel defeated NWA National Heavyweight Champion Tully Blanchard via disqualification 

– Dusty Rhodes & NWA U.S. Champion Magnum TA defeated NWA Tag Team Champions The Midnight Express in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match via disqualification


Portland Oregon:

– Randy Savage pinned Tito Santana 

– WWF Tag Team Champions Hart Foundation defeated British Bulldogs in a steel cage match


Norfolk, Virginia:

– NWA TV Champion Mike Rotundo pinned Jimmy Garvin 

– Dusty Rhodes, Lex Luger, Sting, & Nikita Koloff defeated NWA World Champion Ric Flair, NWA US Champion Barry Windham, NWA Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard via disqualification


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

– Rick Martel pinned Tito Santana

– WWF Tag Team Champions Demolition defeated the Big Bossman & Akeem via disqualification 

– WWF champion Hulk Hogan pinned Randy Savage

Greensburg, Pennsylvania:

– AWA Champion Larry Zbyszko beat Wahoo McDaniel 

– Tommy Jammer & Ken Patera beat Badd Company Pat Tanaka & Paul Diamond

– Colonel Debeers no contest Derrick Dukes

– AWA Women’s Champion Wendi Richter beat Heidi Lee Morgan

– Johnny Valiant beat Terry Gibbs  


Ft. Irwin, California:

– Tom Zenk pinned Greg Valentine

– Mike Graham pinned JT Southern

– Ron Simmons pinned Cactus Jack

– Dustin Rhodes pinned Mr. Hughes

– WCW Light Heavyweight Champion Brian Pillman pinned Scotty Flamingo

– WCW Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner defeated Arn Anderson & Larry Zbyszko (sub. for Bobby Eaton)

– Nikita Koloff pinned Terry Taylor

– WCW US Champion Rick Rude defeated Ricky Steamboat via disqualification 

– WCW World Champion Sting pinned Steve Austin


Baltimore, Maryland:

– Keith & Kent Cole defeated the Wrecking Crew

– Maxx Payne defeated Joey Maggs

– Arn Anderson defeated Erik Watts

– Rick Rude defeated Kensuke Sasaki

– Dustin Rhodes defeated Rick Rude via disqualification; the vacant US title was at stake in the bout

– Davey Boy Smith defeated WCW World Champion Big Van Vader via disqualification in a non-title match

– NWA World Champion Barry Windham defeated Ricky Steamboat

Sapporo, Japan:

– Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue defeated Terry Gordy & Steve Williams for the All Japan World Tag Team Titles


SMW Volunteer Slam: Knoxville, Tennessee:

– Tracy Smothers defeated Kendo The Samurai

– The Thrillseekers, Chris Jericho & Lance Storm defeated Well Dunn

– SMW Tag Team Champions Brian Lee & Chris Candido (with Tammy Fytch) defeated The Rock N’ Roll Express, Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson in a No DQ, no time limit match 

– Bruiser Bedlam (with Jim Cornette) pinned Randy Savage (with Bob Armstrong)

– Jake Roberts vs. Dirty White Boy ended in a Double Count Out in a SMW Heavyweight Championship match


SMW Charlotte Memories: Charlotte, North Carolina:

– Swede Hanson, Abe Jacobs, Magnum TA, Nelson Royal, Johnny Weaver, and Tim Woods were on hand

– Boo Bradley defeated Killer Kyle in a falls count anywhere match

– Steve Armstrong defeated Buddy Landel via disqualification

– NWA World Champion Dan Severn defeated Bobby Blaze

– Tracy Smothers & the Dirty White Boy defeated New Jack & Mustafa in a streetfight

– SMW Tag Team Champions Al Snow & Unabom defeated Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson in a steel cage match


WWF Judgement Day: Sacramento, California:

– Raven defeated Val Venis

– The Holly Cousins (Hardcore Holly and Crash Holly) defeated Kaientai (Taka Michinoku and Funaki)

– William Regal defeated Rikishi

– Kurt Angle defeated Chris Benoit 2-1 in a Three stages of hell match for Angle’s Olympic Gold Medal

– Rhyno defeated Test and Big Show in a Triple threat hardcore match to retain the WWF Hardcore Championship

– Chyna defeated Lita to retain the WWF Women’s Championship

– Kane defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley in a chain match to win the IC Title

– Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit won by last eliminating Edge and Christian Tag team turmoil match

– Steve Austin defeated The Undertaker in a No Holds Barred match for the WWF Championship


WWF Judgement Day: St. Louis, Missouri:

– Kane defeated William Regal 

– Ric Flair defeated Carlito by submission

– Bobby Lashley defeated Team McMahon in a Handicap match for the ECW World Championship, however Mr. McMahon wasn’t pinned and Lashley did not win the title

– CM Punk defeated Elijah Burke

– Randy Orton defeated Shawn Michaels 

– The Hardy Boyz (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy) defeated Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch to retain the World Tag Team Championship

– Edge defeated Batista to retain the World Heavyweight Championship

– MVP defeated Chris Benoit in 2 straight falls to capture the United States Championship

– John Cena defeated The Great Khali to retain the WWE Championship


WWF Over the Limit: Raleigh, North Carolina:

– Kane defeated Zack Ryder

– Christian won a 20-man Battle Royal

– Kofi Kingston and R-Truth defeated Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger (with Vickie Guerrero) to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship

– Layla defeated Beth Phoenix to retain the WWE Divas Championship

– Sheamus defeated Randy Orton, Chris Jericho and Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez) in a Fatal four-way match to retain the World Heavyweight Championship

– Brodus Clay (with Naomi and Cameron) defeated The Miz

– Christian defeated Cody Rhodes to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship

– CM Punk defeated Daniel Bryan to retain the WWE Championship

– Ryback defeated Camacho (with Hunico)

– John Laurinaitis defeated John Cena in a No Disqualification match


NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable: Winter Park, Florida:

– Finn Balor defeated Tyler Breeze

– Charlotte & Bayley defeated Emma & Dana Brooke

– Baron Corbin defeated Rhyno

– Blake & Murphy defeated Enzo Amore & Big Cass to retain the NXT tag titles

– Sasha Banks defeated Becky Lynch to retain the NXT Women’s Championship

– Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn for the NXT Championship ended in a no contest (Samoa Joe made his NXT debut following the match)


NXT TakeOver: Chicago, Illinois:

– Roderick Strong pinned Eric Young

– Pete Dunne pinned Tyler Bate to win the U.K. title

– Asuka retained the women’s title in a three-way over Ruby Riot and Nikki Cross

– Bobby Roode pinned Hideo Itami to retain the NXT title

– Authors of Pain beat Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa to retain the NXT tag titles in a ladder match

NJPW Super Juniors Tournament: Matsuzaka City:

– Yoshinobu Kanemaru pinned ACH

– Tiger Mask pinned Kushida 

– Desperado pinned Bushi 

– Ryusuke Taguchi pinned Volador Jr.