Lou Thesz

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Title History

  • AWA (Boston) World Heavyweight title Awarded (December 29, 1937);
  • NWA (Texas) World Heavyweight title defeating Everett Marshall (March 9, 1939);
  • MAC (Montreal) International Heavyweight title defeating Leo Numa (June 12, 1940);
  • MAC (Montreal) International Heavyweight title defeating Yvon Robert (July 16, 1941);
  • NWA Texas Heavyweight title defeating Hans Schnabel (May 12, 1944);
  • NWA Texas Heavyweight title defeating Ernie Dusek (August 18, 1944);
  • NWA Texas Heavyweight title defeating Buddy Rogers (May 3, 1946);
  • MAC (Montreal) International Heavyweight title defeating Bobby Managoff (September 11, 1946);
  • MAC (Montreal) International Heavyweight title defeating Bobby Managoff (April 16, 1947);
  • NWA (Texas) World Heavyweight title defeating Billy Watson (April 25, 1947);
  • NWA (Texas) World Heavyweight title defeating Bill Longson (July 20, 1948);
  • NWA World Heavyweight title defeating Orville Brown (November 27, 1949);
  • (Los Angeles) World Heavyweight title defeating Baron Michele Leone (May 21, 1952);
  • NWA World Heavyweight title defeating Billy Watson (November 9, 1956);
  • NWA (Texas) International Heavyweight title Awarded (November 1957);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Pacific Coast Tag Team titles w/The Outlaw (1961);
  • NWA World Heavyweight title defeating Buddy Rogers (January 24, 1963);
  • AWA (Ohio) World Heavyweight title defeating Karl Krauser (September 7, 1964);
  • WWA (Los Angeles) World Heavyweight title defeating Buddy Austin (October 14, 1966);
  • TWWA (Trans World Wrestling Alliance) World Heavyweight title Awarded (1967);
  • NWA (Mid America) Southern Tag Team titles w/Jackie Fargo defeating Red Shadow & Don Carson (August 13, 1968);
  • NWA (Tennessee) Southern Junior Heavyweight title defeating Tommy Gilbert (1973);
  • NWA (Tennessee) Southern Junior Heavyweight title defeating Tommy Gilbert (March 18, 1974);
  • UWA (Mexico) World Heavyweight title Awarded (August 15, 1977);
  • OnlineWorldofWrestling.com Hall of Fame Inductee (2002);

Lou Thesz Career Highlights

  • Lou Thesz started wrestling as a professional at age 17 in and around his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri..
  • Lou Thesz was Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion on six different occassions..
  • Lou Thesz won the prestigious World title as recognized in Montreal..
  • Lou Thesz held a variety of “International” championships that he defended from Europe to Japan..
  • Lou Thesz remained UNDEFEATED AS CHAMPION for nearly eight years! (July/1948 – March/1956)..
  • Lou Thesz, even with an artificial hip replacement, was able to take part in a match in Hamamatsu Japan..
  • December 26, 1990: Lou Thesz (age 74) lost his final match to Masahiro Chono by Submission with the STF..
  • Lou Thesz is the only wrestler EVER to compete in 7 different decades (BESIDES Mae Young)…
  • Lou Thesz’s biography, “Hooker,” crafted in association with Kit Bauman, is available in a 260 page manuscript form..
  • Lou Thesz, with his wife Charlie, resides in Norfolk, Virginia, on the shores of Chesapeake Bay..
  • Lou Thesz remained active in a handful of charities, is president of the influential oldtimers’ Cauliflower Alley Club..
  • Lou Thesz made appearances at serious projects and/or promotions with regard to what he prefers to call “the truer forms of wrestling.”
  • Lou Thesz religiously found time to visit the gymnasium several times a week to keep the physical edge..
  • April 9, 2002 – Lou Thesz had triple bypass surgery and an aoertic valve replacement..
  • April 28, 2002 – Lou Thesz passes away — The greatest professional wrestler of all time will be sorely missed..
  • Upon death, Lou Thesz’s body was cremated and ashes spread on a riverbank in Missouri..