Don Leo Jonathan

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Title History

  • MWA Ohio Tag Team titles w/Ray Stern defeating Great Scott & Buddy Rogers (September 2, 1954);
  • MAC (Montreal) International Heavyweight title defeating Pat O` Connor (June 8, 1955);
  • MAC (Montreal) International Heavyweight title defeating Yvon Robert (August 24, 1955);
  • WWA (Los Angeles) International Television Tag Team titles w/Lord Carlton defeating Tom Rice & Lee Henning (May 7, 1956);
  • NWA Texas Heavyweight title defeating Pepper Gomez (April 19, 1957);
  • NWA (Toronto) Canadian Open Tag Team titles w/Gene Kiniski defeating Yukon Eric & Billy Watson (October 29, 1959);
  • NWA Texas Heavyweight title defeating Torbellino Blanco (July 22, 1960);
  • AWA (Omaha) World Heavyweight title defeating Dr. X (January 7, 1961);
  • AWA (Omaha) World Heavyweight title defeating Dr. X (April 3, 1961);
  • AWA (Omaha) World Heavyweight title defeating Bobo Brazil (May 20, 1961);
  • AWA (Ohio/Indiana) World Heavyweight title defeating Killer Kowalski [Tournament] (March 4, 1962);
  • WWA (Los Angeles) International Television Tag Team titles w/Fred Blassie defeating Mr. Moto & Bearcat Wright (August 3, 1963);
  • NWA (Calgary) Canadian Heavyweight title (1964);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles w/Kinji Shibuya defeating Dory Funk Jr. & Dory Funk Sr. [Tournament] (January 20, 1964);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles w/Roy McClarty defeating Roy Heffernan & Al Costello (September 28, 1964);
  • NWA (Calgary) Canadian Heavyweight title defeating Stan Stasiak (1965);
  • NWA (Winnipeg) International Tag Team titles w/Billy Watson defeating Roy Heffernan & Al Costello (January 9, 1965);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles w/Gene Kiniski defeating Roy Heffernan & Al Costello (January 11, 1965);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles w/Jim Hady defeating Roy Heffernan & Al Costello (May 17, 1965);
  • NWA (Winnipeg) International Tag Team titles w/Jim Hady defeating Roy Heffernan & Al Costello (June 26, 1965);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles w/Haystacks Calhoun defeating Tony Borne & John Tolos (July 4, 1966);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles w/Dominic DeNucci defeating Don Jardine & Dutch Savage (October 31, 1966);
  • NWA (Vancouver) World Tag Team titles w/Dominic DeNucci defeating Don Jardine & Dutch Savage (December 26, 1966);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles w/Rocky Johnson defeating John & Chris Tolos (April 3, 1967);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles w/Ski Hi Jones defeating Assassins (March 25, 1968);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles w/Haystacks Calhoun defeating Assassins (June 3, 1968);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles w/Paddy Barrett defeating Armand Hussein & Abdullah the Butcher (July 22, 1968);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles w/Johnny Kostas defeating Stan Stasiak & Dutch Savage (September 23, 1968);
  • IWA (Australia) World Tag Team titles w/Antonio Pugiliese defeating Brute Bernard & Skull Murphy (Febuary 21, 1969);
  • IWA (Australia) World Tag Team titles w/Antonio Pugiliese defeating The Spoiler & Mario Milano (March ??, 1969);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles w/John Tolos defeating Bob Brown & Dutch Savage (August 25, 1969);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Pacific Coast Heavyweight title defeating Gene Kiniski (June 22, 1970);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles w/Duncan McTavish defeating Bob Brown & John Quinn (September 7, 1970);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles w/Steven Little Bear defeating Yasu Fuji & Chati Yokouchi (November 9, 1970);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Pacific Coast Heavyweight title defeating Bob Brown (December 28, 1970);
  • EWU (South Africa) World Super Heavyweight title defeating Jan Wilkens (????, 1975);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Pacific Coast Heavyweight title defeating Guy Mitchell (April 21, 1975);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Pacific Coast Heavyweight title defeating Gene Kiniski (January 5, 1976);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles w/Jimmy Snuka defeating Seigfried Steinke & Gene Kiniski (April 12, 1976);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles w/John Anson defeating Kinji Shibuya & John Quinn (October 4, 1976);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Pacific Coast Heavyweight title defeating John Quinn (December 13, 1976);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles w/Dutch Savage defeating Kurt Von Hess & John Quinn (January 17, 1977);
  • CWA (Catch Wrestling Association) Heavyweight title defeating Otto Wanz (September 1, 1977);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles w/John Quinn defeating Don Wayt & Black Avenger (Febuary 27, 1978);

Career History

  • September 16, 1961: Verne Gagne defeated Don Leo Jonathan for the Omaha version of the World title!
  • September 14, 1962: Karl Krauser (AKA: Karl Gotch) wins the MWA title from Don Leo Jonathan in Columbus, OH..
  • May 1972: Don Leo was in one of the most famous main events in Montreal history, the “Battle of the Giants” match against Jean Ferre..
  • ~~~The event drew 16,000 fans, paying a reported $87,000 — DLJ won by DQ when Ferre wouldn’t break a choke..
  • Don Leo defeated Yvon Robert for the International title in Montreal, but later lost the belt to Killer Kowalski..
  • Don Leo was twice recognized as World champion in Omaha (affiliated with the AWA), defeating Dr. X (Bill Miller) both times..
  • Don Leo won the Pacific Coast title in Vancouver by defeating Bob Brown (1970), Gene Kiniski (1976), and John Quinn (1976-77)..
  • Don Leo formed tag teams with Gene Kiniski Kiniski, Rocky Johnson, John Tolos, Jimmy Snuka, Haystack Calhoun, and Roy McClarity.