Bill Longson

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Title History

  • NWA (San Francisco) Pacific Coast Heavyweight title defeating Sandor Szabo (November 15, 1938);
  • NWA (San Francisco) Pacific Coast Heavyweight title defeating Bobby Managoff (June 10, 1941);
  • NWA (San Francisco) Pacific Coast Heavyweight title defeating Frank Sexton (August 9, 1941);
  • NWA World Heavyweight title defeating Sandor Szabo (February 19, 1942);
  • NWA World Heavyweight title defeating Bobby Managoff (February 19, 1943);
  • NWA World Heavyweight title defeating Lou Thesz (November 21, 1947);
  • NWA (Central States) Heart of America Heavyweight title defeating Sonny Myers [Tournament] (May 18, 1950);
  • NWA (Texas) World Tag Team titles w/Ike Eakins (August 1958);
  • NWA Texas Brass Knuckles title defeating Fritz Von Erich (August 5, 1958);

Career Highlights

  • Bill Longson had his back broken by Man Mountain Dean in a match that took place in the San Francisco territory..
  • ~~~18 months later, Bill Longson returned to SF under a mask (as The Purple Shadow) to get his revenge on Dean..
  • ~~~The Purple Shadow broke Man Mountain Dean’s leg and pulled off his mask and revealed his true identity….
  • Bill Longson was a partner in the St. Louis territory/office after being the city’s biggest consistent draw of all-time
  • December 12, 1982: Bill Longson passed away at the age of 76..
  • 2006: Bill Longson was inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in Schenectady, New York..