Daily Pro Wrestling History (05/21): Jinder Mahal wins WWE title at Backlash 2017


Los Angeles, California:

– Lou Thesz defeated Baron Michele Leone to merge the California-version of the World Title with the National Wrestling Alliance and National Wrestling Association World Titles


Chicago, Illinois:

– In a non title match, Dick the Bruiser beat AWA Champion Mad Dog Vachon

– Chris Tolos beat the Crusher by DQ

– The Assassins beat Moose Cholak & Wilbur Snyder

– The Destroyer drew Pat O’Connor


Kansas City, Kansas:

– Roger Kirby and Pat O’Conner wrestled to a draw and in a Fence Match

– Danny Little Bear defeated Harley Race via DQ


Tampa, Florida:

– Bill Watts beat Buddy Colt

– Pak Song beat Dusty Rhodes by countout

– Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown beat Danny Hodge & Don Muraco 

– AWA Champion Verne Gagne beat Red Beard

– Ron Fuller beat Johnny Valentine by DQ

– Les Thornton beat Kevin Sullivan


St. Louis, Missouri:

– Jack Brisco and Gene Kiniski defeated NWA Champion Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr

– Missouri Champion Bob Backlund defeated Roger Kirby

– Harley Race defeated Jerry Brisco

– Wilbur Snyder and Ray Candy defeated Killer Karl Krupp and Tank Patton via DQ.

– Hubert Gallant defeated Buddy Wayne

– Ronnie Etchison defeated David Shultz


Richmond, Virginia:

– Wahoo McDaniel defeated Sgt. Slaughter for the United States Heavyweight Title 

Chicago, Illinois:

– AWA Tag Team Champions Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell beat Jerry Blackwell & Sheik Adnan 

– Bobby Duncum beat Tito Santana


Chicago, Illinois:

– AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel no contest with Jerry Lawler

– Jesse Ventura beat Rick Martel 

– Ken Patera & Jerry Blackwell beat Mad Dog Vachon & Baron Von Raschke

– Jim Brunzell beat Blackjack Lanza

– Mike Graham beat Spike Huber

– Wilbur Snyder beat Rene Goulet

– Buck Zumhofe beat Steve Regal


Don Owens 60th Anniversary show: Portland, Oregon:

– NWA Champion Ric Flair went to a draw with Billy Jack Haynes

– AWA Champion Rick Martel beat Mike Miller

– Curt Hennig & Larry Hennig beat AWA Tag Team Champions Road Warriors via DQ

– Roddy Piper beat Buddy Rose

– Sgt. Slaughter beat Kendo Nagasaki

– Bobby Jaggers & Ricky Vaughn beat Tim Flowers & Chris Colt

– Karl Steiner beat Steve Simpson

– Jerry Grey drew Rocky Ventura

– Ed Wiskowski beat Billy Two Eagles


Tampa, Florida:

– The White Ninja (Keiji Mutoh) defeated Kendall Windham for the Florida Heavyweight Title


Memphis, Tennessee:

– AWA Champion Jerry Lawler beat Bill Dundee 

– Robert Fuller beat Jeff Jarrett

– Bruise Brothers beat Cuban Choir Boys

– Max Pain beat Brickhouse Brown by DQ

– Gary Young drew Scott Steiner

– Billy Travis beat Doug Gilbert by DQ

– Tommy Gilbert beat Tom Brandi


Joplin, Missouri:

– Steve Ray defeated TC Carter

– The Junkyard Dog & Steve Ray defeated Rip Morgan & Jack Victory

– WCW TV Champion Bobby Eaton pinned Terrance Taylor

– WCW Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner defeated Arn Anderson & the Angel of Death

– Sting defeated Barry Windham via disqualification when Arn Anderson interfered

Sioux City, Iowa:

– Ricky Morton pinned Black Bart

– Dustin Rhodes pinned Moondog Rex

– The One Man Gang pinned Big Josh

– Black Blood pinned Sam Houston

– WCW US Tag Team Champions Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin defeated Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong 

– WCW US Champion Lex Luger pinned Nikita Koloff

– El Gigante defeated WCW World Champion Ric Flair via count-out


Inglewood, California:

– Tom Zenk & Marcus Alexander Bagwell defeated Greg Valentine & Mike Graham

– Van Hammer 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 World Champion Sting pinned WCW US Champion Rick Rude

– Ricky Steamboat pinned Steve Austin


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

– Keith & Kent Cole defeated Joey Maggs & Bob Starr

– Erik Watts defeated Wrecking Crew Fury

– Dustin Rhodes defeated Maxx Payne

– Maxx Payne defeated Kensuke Sasaki

– Arn Anderson defeated Bobby Eaton

– NWA World Champion Barry Windham defeated Ricky Steamboat (sub. for Van Hammer)

– Sting & Davey Boy Smith defeated WCW World Champion Big Van Vader & Rick Rude via disqualification


Morristown, Tennessee:

– Tracy Smothers defeated Killer Kyle

– Chris Jericho & Lance Storm defeated Well Dunn

– The Dirty White Boy defeated Kendo the Samurai via disqualification

– Randy Savage, Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson (w/ Bob Armstrong) defeated Chris Candido (w/ Tammy Sytch), Brian Lee, & Bruiser Bedlam (w/ Jim Cornette)


WCW Slamboree: St. Petersburg, Florida:

– The Blue Bloods (Lord Steven Regal and Earl Robert Eaton) defeated Los Especialistas (Especialista I and Especialista II)

– Steve Austin defeated Eddie Jackie

– Sgt. Craig Pittman defeated Mark Starr

– Meng defeated Brian Pillman in a WCW United States Championship tournament quarterfinal match

– The Nasty Boys defeated Harlem Heat to win the WCW World Tag Team Titles

– Kevin Sullivan defeated The Man With No Name

– Wahoo McDaniel defeated Dick Murdoch

– The Great Muta defeated Paul Orndorff to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship

– Arn Anderson defeated Alex Wright to retain the WCW World Television Championship

– Meng fought Road Warrior Hawk to a double countout

– Sting defeated Big Bubba Rogers in a Lights Out match

– Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage (with Jimmy Hart and The Renegade) defeated Ric Flair and Vader (with Arn Anderson)

Trois Riveres, Quebec, Canada:

– Jeff Jarrett defeated WWF Intercontinental champion Razor Ramon to win the title


WWF Judgment Day: Louisville, Kentucky:

– The British Bulldog defeated Joey Abs

– Essa Rios and Lita defeated Kaientai (Taka Michinoku and Funaki)

– The Godfather defeated D’Lo Brown Singles match

– Too Cool (Scotty 2 Hotty, Grand Master Sexay, and Rikishi) defeated Team ECK (Kurt Angle, Edge, and Christian)

– Eddie Guerrero (with Chyna) defeated Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko in a triple threat match to retain the WWF European Championship

– Shane McMahon defeated Big Show in a Falls Count Anywhere match

– Chris Benoit defeated Chris Jericho in a submission match to retain the WWF Intercontinental Championship

– D-Generation X (Road Dogg and X-Pac) (with Tori) defeated The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley)in a tag team tables match

– Triple H (with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) defeated The Rock 6 falls to 5 in an Iron Man match to win the WWF Championship 


San Jose, California:

– Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit defeated Steve Austin and Triple H for the WWF World Tag Team Titles 

– The Big Show defeated WWF Hardcore Champion Rhyno to win the title


WWF Judgment Day: Phoenix, Arizona:

– Matt Hardy defeated Simon Dean

– Brian Kendrick and Paul London defeated Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro to win the WWE Tag Team Championship

– Chris Benoit defeated Finlay 

– Jillian Hall defeated Melina

– Gregory Helms defeated Super Crazy to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

– Mark Henry defeated Kurt Angle 

– Booker T won the 2006 King of the Ring tournament by defeating Bobby Lashley in the finals

– The Great Khali (with Daivari) defeated The Undertaker

– Rey Mysterio defeated John Bradshaw Layfield to retain the World Heavyweight Championship


WWE Backlash: Chicago, Illinois:

– Tye Dillinger pinned Aiden English

– Shinsuke Nakamura pinned Dolph Ziggler

– The Usos retained the tag titles over Tyler Breeze & Fandango

– Sami Zayn pinned Baron Corbin

– Natalya & Tamina & Carmella beat Charlotte Flair & Naomi & Becky Lynch

– Kevin Owens beat A.J. Styles via count out to retain the U.S. title

– Luke Harper pinned Erick Rowan

– Jinder Mahal pinned Randy Orton to win the WWE title

NJPW Super Juniors Tournament: Kira Messe:

– Will Ospreay beat Taka Michinoku 

– Marty Scurll beat Jushin Liger

– Taichi pinned Dragon Lee

– Ricochet pinned Hiromu Takahashi