After 40 years of promoting and 50 years in professional wrestling, over 10,000 people braved a torrential downpour to see the final card of one of the greatest promoters ever. Houston police estimated at least another 10,000 were turned away. Paul Boesch was an institution in Houston.
Note: All title designations denoting “NWA” are championships recognized by individual NWA-member companies and are not recognized by the full sanctioning body of the National Wrestling Alliance.
8/25/67 - Fred Blassie downs Mark Lewin in Los Angeles to capture the WWA Americas heavyweight championship.
8/25/78 - Chavo Guerrero (Sr.) beats Lonnie "Moondog" Mayne in Los Angeles to win the “NWA” Americas belt.
8/25/84 - The Road Warriors beat Baron Von Raschke & The Crusher at the Showboat Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to capture the AWA World tag team championship.
8/25/89 - The Southern Rockers (Steve Doll & Rex King) beat The Grappler (Len Denton) & Scotty the Body (now known as Raven) in Portland, Ore. to win the vacant “NWA” Pacific Northwest tag title.
8/25/90 - Alberto Madril & Ricky Santana defeat Scott "Flash" Norton & Steve Doll in Portland, Ore. to win the vacant “NWA” Pacific Northwest tag straps.
8/25/95 - Too Cold Scorpio downs Eddy Guerrero in Jim Thorpe, Penn. to win the ECW television championship.
8/26/67 - Johnny Valentine hammers Professor Boris "The Great" Malenko in Tampa to capture the “NWA” Florida state heavyweight championship.
8/26/69 - Legendary shooter Dale Lewis beats Cyclone Negro in Tampa to capture the “NWA” Florida title.
8/26/75 - Blackjack Mulligan & Blackjack Lanza, managed by Captain Lou Albano, beat Dominic DeNucci & "Irish" Pat Barrett in Philadelphia, Penn. to take the WWE tag team championship.
8/26/76 - Jumbo Tsuruta wins a tournament in Tokyo to crown a new “NWA” United National heavyweight title, beating former NWA World kingpin Jack Brisco in the finals.
8/26/79 - Harley Race wins the NWA World heavyweight championship for the third time of his career beating "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes in Orlando. Rhodes insisted on defending the title despite having his arm broken by former champ Terry Funk prior to the match. An outraged Race punches out Funk in retaliation for his interference.
8/26/89 - Members of The Stud Stable, Brian Lee & Jimmy Golden, beat Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong in Dothan, Ala. to win the CWF tag team title.
8/27/58 - "The Babe Ruth of Japanese wrestling" Rikidozan pins former undisputed World heavyweight champion Lou Thesz in Los Angeles to capture the “NWA” International heavyweight championship. This belt eventually goes on to become part of All Japan Pro Wrestling's Triple Crown, along with the “NWA” United National title and the Pacific Wrestling Federation crown.
8/27/71 - Black Gordman & El Gran Goliath beat Masa Saito & Kenji Shibuya in Los Angeles to garner the “NWA” Americas tag title.
8/27/90 - Former NWA World champion Kerry Von Erich pins former AWA World champion Curt Hennig in Philadelphia to win the WWE Intercontinental title.
8/27/95 - "Monster Ripper" Rhonda Singh, a women's wrestling legend in Calgary and Japan, re-emeges as Harvey Wippleman's girlfriend Bertha Faye to down Alundra Blayze (Madusa) at SummerSlam in Pittsburgh to win the WWE Women's championship.
8/28/86 - Chief Wahoo McDaniel downs The Four Horsemen's Tully Blanchard, managed by James J. Dillon, in Los Angeles to capture the “NWA” National heavyweight championship.
8/28/87 - After six decades in the business, legendary wrestler/announcer/promoter Paul Boesch walks away from the business, retiring after promoting his last card in Houston.
8/28/89 - The Ultimate Warrior regains the WWE Intercontinental title at SummerSlam in East Rutherford, NJ, beating Ravishing Rick Rude, managed by Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.
8/28/94 - "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels & Diesel (Kevin Nash) beat The Headshrinkers in Indianapolis to capture the WWE tag team championship.
8/28/95 - PG-13 (JC Ice & Wolfie-D) beat Tracy Smothers & Terry Gordy in Memphis to capture the vacant USWA tag title.
8/29/69 - Dick the Bruiser beats Wilbur Snyder to capture his third WWA World heavyweight championship.
8/29/74 - Omar Atlas & Pat O'Connor beat The Interns in Kansas City to win the “NWA” Central States tag team championship.
8/29/88 - Ultimate Warrior beats Honkytonk Man at SummerSlam in New York's Madison Square Garden to capture the WWE Intercontinental title.
8/29/89 - The Southern Rockers (Steve Doll & Scott Peterson) beat Colonel DeBeers & John Nord to win the Pacific Northwest tag title.
8/29/92 - British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith pins Bret Hart at SummerSlam London's Wembley Stadium to capture the WWE Intercontinental belt.
8/29/94 - Razor Ramon (Scott Hall) beats Diesel (Kevin Nash) at SummerSlam in Chicago to win the WWE Intercontinetal strap.
8/29/81 - The Masked Superstar, the reigning “NWA” National champ, pins Tommy Rich to win the “NWA” Georgia state title. He retires the Georgia crown the following week.
8/30/69 - Butcher & Mad Dog Vachon down Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher in Chicago to capture the AWA World tag team championship.
8/30/74 - Mr. Wrestling II wins his fourth Georgia State title with a win over Buddy Colt.
8/30/82 - Tatsumi Fujinami bests Gino Brito in New York's Madison Square Garden to win the WWE International title.
8/30/93 - Dustin Rhodes pins Rick Rude in the finals of a best-of-three series to take the held-up WCW U.S. championship.
8/30/95 - Dynamite Kansai beats Aja Kong to win the WWWA World title.
8/31/77 - Ramon Torres comes out of retirement in San Antonio to get revenge on Ox Baker, the man who "killed" his brother Alberto.
8/31/78 - Doug "Gashouse" Gilbert beats Bruiser Bob Sweetan in Kansas City to garner the “NWA” Central States belt.
8/31/91 - Katsuji Ueda beats Mark Starr in Chiba, Japan to win the AWA World junior heavyweight championship.