Pat O’Connor

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Title History

  • MAC (Montreal) International Heavyweight title defeating Killer Kowalski (July 21, 1954);
  • (New Mexico) Rocky Mountain Heavyweight title defeating Reggie Lisowski (Febuary 16, 1954);
  • MAC (Montreal) International Heavyweight title defeating Killer Kowalski (March 9, 1955);
  • NWA (Chicago & Detriot) World Tag Team titles w/Roy McClarty defeating Art Neilson & Crusher Lisowski (March 19, 1955);
  • MWA Ohio Heavyweight title defeating Dick Hutton (September 22, 1955);
  • NWA (Toronto) British Empire Heavyweight title defeating Athol Layton (March 29, 1956);
  • NWA (Toronto) Canadian Open Tag Team titles w/Billy Watson defeating Bill & Ed Miller (May 9, 1957);
  • NWA World Heavyweight title defeating Dick Hutton (January 9, 1959);
  • NWA (Central States) United States Heavyweight title Awarded (August 24, 1961);
  • NWA (Central States) United States Heavyweight title defeating Hans Schmidt (August 16, 1962);
  • NWA Central States Heavyweight title defeating Lee Henning (October 1962);
  • NWA (Central States) World Tag Team titles w/Sonny Myers defeating Bob Geigel & Lee Henning (October 18, 1962);
  • NWA Central States Heavyweight title defeating Lee Henning (November 16, 1962);
  • NWA (Central States) World Tag Team titles w/Tiny Mills defeating The Medics (July 4, 1963);
  • NWA (Central States) North American Tag Team titles w/Sonny Myers defeating Mike Sharpe & Mongolian Stomper (December 19, 1963);
  • NWA (Central States) North American Tag Team titles w/Sonny Myers defeating Bill Miller & Bob Geigal (May 22, 1964);
  • NWA (Central States) United States Heavyweight title defeating Bob Brown (1966);
  • AWA World Tag Team titles w/Wilbur Snyder defeating Chris Markoff & Harley Race (November 10, 1967);
  • WWA (Indianapolis) World Tag Team titles w/Wilbur Snyder defeating Dr. Moto & Mitsu Arakawa (September 24, 1968);
  • NWA Central States Heavyweight title defeating Dick Murdoch (June 20, 1969);
  • NWA (Central States) World Tag Team titles w/Bob Geigel defeating Interns (July 4, 1974);
  • NWA (Central States) World Tag Team titles w/Omar Atlas defeating Interns (August 29, 1974);
  • NWA Central States Tag Team titles w/Bob Brown defeating Pak Song & Takachiho (June 18, 1980);
  • NWA (New Zealand) British Empire Commonwelth Heavyweight title defeating Al Perez (November 4, 1982);

Career Highlights

  • Pat O’Conner is the only New Zealander to ever hold the NWA World Heavyweight title..
  • 1954: Pat O’Conner defeats Killer Kowalski for the AWA International Heavyweight title..
  • 1955: Pat O’Conner defeats Killer Kowalski again for his second AWA International title reign..
  • 1955: Pat O’Conner won the NWA World Tag Team titles with Roy McClarty..
  • Pat O’Conner held the NWA United States title on 4 separate occasions..
  • 1957: Pat O’Conner & Whipper Billy Watson won the Canadian Open Tag Team titles..
  • January 9, 1959: Pat O’Connor defeated Dick Hutton to win the NWA World Heavyweight title..
  • June 30, 1961: Buddy Rogers defeated Pat O’Conner to win the NWA World title at Comisky Park in Chicago..
  • 1967: Pat O’Conner won the AWA World Tag titles with Wilbur Snyder..
  • Pat O’Conner & Wilbur Snyder won the World Wrestling Association Tag Team titles..
  • Pat O’Connor was co-owner of the NWA Central States territory (Heart Of America Sports) with Bob Geigel and Harley Race..
  • NWA WrestleWar ’89: Pat O’Conner 1 of 3 judges for the Flair vs Steamboat NWA World title match..
  • August 16, 1990: Pat O’Conner dies at age 65 of cancer.