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Lou Thesz

Professional Wrestler Lou Thesz

Profession: Professional Wrestler

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Lou Thesz was known in Japan as 'God of Wrestling'—he was also called Tetsujin, which means 'Ironman.' Thesz held the NWA World Championship for the longest combined total of ten years, three months, and nine days.

While Thesz retired in 1990, after a final match in Japan at the age of 74, he continued to be involved in wrestling until his death in 2002.

When it came to modern wrestling, however, Thesz was highly critical referring to it as 'choreographed tumbling' with little actual wrestling skill involved.

Born: April 24, 1916
Birthplace: Banat, Michigan, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: April 28, 2002 (aged 86)

Historical Events

  • 1937-12-29 Lou Thesz beats Everett Marshall in St Louis, to win National Wrestling Ass.World heavyweight title - youngest ever
  • 1938-02-11 Steve Casey beats Lou Thesz in Boston, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title
  • 1939-02-23 Lou Thesz beats Everett Marshall in St Louis, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title for 2nd time
  • 1939-06-23 Bronko Nagurski beats Lou Thesz in Houston, to win National Wrestling Association world heavyweight title
  • 1947-04-25 Lou Thesz beats Whipper Watson in St Louis, to win National Wrestling Association world heavyweight title
  • 1947-11-21 Bill Longson beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to win National Wrestlingg Association world heavyweight title
  • 1948-07-20 Lou Thesz beats Bill Longson, to become NWA wrestling champion
  • 1956-03-15 Whipper Billy Watson beats Lou Thesz in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champion
  • 1956-11-09 Lou Thesz beats Whipper Billy Watson in St Louis, to become NWA wrestling champion
  • 1957-06-14 Edouard Carpentier beats Lou Thesz to become NWA wrestling champion
  • 1957-11-14 Dick Hutton beats Lou Thesz in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champion
  • 1963-01-24 Buddy Rogers & Lou Thesz wrestle in Toronto, Rogers becomes WWF wrestling champ & Thesz becomes NWA champion
  • 1966-01-07 Gene Kiniski beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to become NWA wrestling champion

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