Leo Pardello died at age 72 of natural causes.
August 16, 1939
Verne Gagne declared first AWA Heavyweight Champion.
August 16, 1960
Pat O'Connor died of cancer at age 65.
August 16, 1990
Plum Mariko died from head trauma during a match at age 29. Mariko was the first professional wrestler in Japan to die as a result of injuries suffered in a wrestling match.
August 16, 1997
One night after defeating Chris Benoit for the World Heavyweight Title at SummerSlam 2004, Evolution turns on Randy Orton on RAW following the main event re-match between Orton and Benoit.
August 16, 2004