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This Day in Wrestling History (August 11): Hulk-Free History

25 years ago today, the American Wrestling Association runs its final television taping ever at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota.

  • Larry Zbyszko defeated Harley Race via disqualification in an AWA World Heavyweight Championship match.
  • DJ Peterson & The Trooper defeated Destruction Crew (Mike Enos & Wayne Bloom) to win AWA Tag Team Championship.
  • Buck Zumhofe defeated Jonnie Stewart to win the vacated AWA Light Heavyweight Championship.
  • Jake Milliman won a battle royal to give Larry's Legends the victory in the AWA Team Challenge Series and $1 million.

24 years ago today in Tokyo, Japan, Masahiro Chono defeated Keiji Mutoh in the final to win the 1991 G1 Climax tournament.

13 years ago today in Tokyo, Japan, Masahiro Chono defeated Yoshihiro Takayama in the final to win the 2002 G1 Climax tournament. It would be the fourth time Chono's won the tournament, a record, and his first since 1994. He would add a fifth in 2005.

11 years ago today, Petey Williams defeated Amazing Red in the finals of a 22-man Gauntlet for the Gold to win the TNA X Division Championship. Other participants in the match, but were eliminated in the battle royal prior to the match were AJ Styles, Chris Sabin, Chris Vaughn, Collyer, D-Ray 3000, Jason Cross, Jerrelle Clark, Jerry Lynn, Joey Matthews, Kazarian, Kid Kash, LA Par-K, Michael Shane, Mikey Batts, Nigel McGuinness, NOSAWA,  Psicosis, Shark Boy, and Sonjay Dutt.

7 years ago today on RAW, Legacy (Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes) defeated Batista and John Cena to regain the World Tag Team Championship.

4 years ago today, Alan Scott LeDoux died from complications of ALS. He was 62.

Born January 7, 1949 in Crosby-Ironton, Minnesota, "The Fighting Frenchman" had a solid boxing career, going 33-13-4 in 50 professional fights. LeDoux fought some top boxers of the time, including Ken Norton, Leon Spinks, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, and Frank Bruno. He also fought an exhibition against Muhammad Ali and sparred for Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis. Perhaps his most famous of his knockouts was an unofficial one. Following a loss to Johnny Boudreaux in 1977, LeDoux errantly shoved ABC broadcaster Howard Cosell and knocked his toupee and headset off.

In his later years in combat sports, he served as a commentator and referee for the American Wrestling Association. He worked as a boxing analyst for ESPN before being elected as Anoka County commissioner in 2004. In 2006, he was the first executive director of the Minnesota Combative Sports Commission and was the honorary chair of the American Cancer Society. Three years after his diagnosis with ALS, he died of the illness. LeDoux also may have suffered a form of Dementia Pugilistica, or boxer's syndrome. At the time of his death, he was survived by his second wife (his first wife died in 1996), two sisters, two children, a stepdaughter, and four grandchildren.

3 years ago today, Ring of Honor presented Boiling Point from the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

  • In a preshow dark match, The Bravado Brothers (Harlem Bravado & Lancelot Bravado) defeated Jorge Santi & Mike Sydal
  • Roderick Strong defeated Mike Mondo.
  • QT Marshall defeated Antonio Thomas, Matt Taven, and Vinny Marseglia in a four corners survival match.
  • Adam Cole defeated Bob Evans in a Proving Ground match.
  • Charlie Haas defeated Michael Elgin.
  • The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe) defeated SCUM (Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino).
  • Jay Lethal defeated Tommaso Ciampa 2-1 in a best of three falls match.
  • Eddie Edwards & Sara Del Rey defeated Maria Kanellis & Mike Bennett. It was the final ROH appearance for Sara Del Rey, as she had signed a deal with WWE to serve as a trainer for their Performance Center a month earlier.
  • Kevin Steen defeated Eddie Kingston to retain the ROH World Championship.

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