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This is a list of various things that took place in 1971.

Significant events

No dates/undetermined

  • The Mongols (Geto and Bepo), the reigning WWWF International Tag Team Champions, leave the promotion early in the year and take their belts with them to the WWWF-affiliated Studio Wrestling promotion in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Late summer or early fall

  • Ray Morgan quits as play-by-play announcer for the WWWF's television programs shortly before a television taping, following a pay dispute with WWWF owner Vince McMahon Sr. Needing an announcer on-the-spot, the elder McMahon turns to his 25-year-old son, Vince Jr. -- he had promoted several events beforehand, but was looking for a bigger role in the company -- to handle commentary. A natural behind the mike (he had clearly studied the successful styles of veteran announcers, including Morgan), Vince Jr. made a successful debut and would be the primary voice of the WWWF (and later, WWF) for the next 26 years (until shortly after the Montreal Screwjob)

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  • 2 – The Mongols regain the WWWF International Tag Team title from Bruno Sammartino and Dominic Denucci in Pittsburgh
  • 5 – Dean Higuchi and Steven Little Bear regain the NWA Canadian Tag Team title from The Skull Brothers in Vancouver
  • 19 – Steven Little Bear wins the NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Championship from Gene Kiniski in Vancouver
  • 31 – Jonathan Boyd wins the NWA Pacific Northwest title from Kurt Von Steiger

August

  • Red Bastien chooses The Crusher as his new AWA World Tag Team Championship partner after Hercules Cortez is killed in a car accident near St. Cloud, Minnesota on July 23

September

  • 20 – "Bulldog" Bob Brown wins the NWA Pacific Coast title from Steven Little Bear in Vancouver

October

  • 11 – "Bulldog" Bob Brown and Gene Kiniski win the NWA Canadian Tag Team title from Dean Higuchi and Steven Little Bear in Vancouver
  • 24 – Dutch Savage wins the NWA Pacific Northwest title from Jonathan Boyd

November

  • 12 – Luke Graham and Tarzan Tyler win the WWWF International Tag Team title from The Mongols in a title vs. title match in Pittsburgh (Graham and Tyler were also the reigning WWWF Tag Team Champions)
  • 28 – Jonathan Boyd regains the NWA Pacific Northwest title from Dutch Savage
  • 29 – Mark Lewin and Steven Little Bear win the NWA Canadian Tag Team title from "Bulldog" Bob Brown and Gene Kiniski in Vancouver

December

  • 11 – The Spoiler wins the NWA American title from Wahoo McDaniel in San Antonio, Texas
  • 28 – Dutch Savage regains the NWA Pacific Northwest title from Jonathan Boyd in Portland

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