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The Three Wrestling Titles That Started It All
American Heavyweight Title History:
1. Evan "Strangler" Lewis unified the Catch-as-Catch Can Title and the American Greco-Roman title on March 2, 1893 by defeating Ernest Rocher on March 2, 1893 in a Best 3 Out of 5 Falls match with alternating Greco-Roman match and Catch-as-Catch can matches. The two titles became known as the "American Heavyweight Wrestling Title."
2. Tom Jenkins forfeited the title to Don McLeod after having blood poison in his leg during the match.
3. Frank Gotch, the American Heavyweight Champion, defeated George Hackenscmidt, the World Heavyweight Champion to unify both title belts on April 3, 1908 in Chicago, Illinois. The American title was abandonded when Gotch claimed the World title.
European Greco-Roman Heavyweight Title History:
1. Tom Cannon defeated Tom McInerney for the title.
2. The title was awarded to Ernest Roeber.
3. The title was vacated in 1901.
4. Tom Cannon defeated Antonio Pierre for the title.
5. European Greco-Roman Champion, George Hackenschmidt, defeated American Heavyweight Champion, Tom Jenkins, on May 5, 1905 in New York City, New York to become the first Undisputed World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion.
Original World Heavyweight Title History:
1. George Hackenscmidt won a world championship tournament to win the title. Hackenschmidt won several other tournaments in Paris, France; Hamburg, Germany; Saint Petersburg, Russia; Elberfield, Germany; and Berlin Germany in the same year. He also won the European Greco-Roman championship title from Tom Cannon on September 4, 1902 in Liverpool, England. He won the recognition of being the World Heavyweight Champinon on January 30, 1904 in London, England by defeating Ahmed Madrali. Hackenschmidt defeated American Heavyweight Champion, Tom Jenkins, on May 4, 1905 in New York City, New York to become the recognized World Champion in North America.
2. Frank Gotch retires as World Heavyweight Champion.
3. Henry Ordmann defeated Jess Westegaard for the title, as some sources said.
4. Charlie Cutler was billed as the North American Heavyweight Champion in Illinois and was recognized as the World Heavyweight Champion in February of 1914. It is reported that Cutler defeated Ordmann for the title in July of 1914 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
5. Joe Stetcher defeated Charlie Cutler for the title.
6. Wayne Munn continued to be recognized as World Heavyweightr Champion in Michigan and in Illinois.
7. Ed "Strangler" Lewis defeated Wayne Munn on February 2, 1928 in Michigan City, Indiana for the title (the Michigan/Illinois version of the World title). He unifed the title with the amin world titleon February 21, 1928.
8. The recognition of being the World Heavyweight Champion was withdrawn from Gus Sonnenberg by
the wrestling section of the National Boxing Association in 1929 for failing to meet real title contenders.
10. Danny O'Mahoney defeated Jim Lindos to win the New York State Athletic Commission World Title. Mahoney continues to win the American Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title by defeating Ed Don George on July 30, 1935 in Boston, Massachuttes to become the Undisputed World Heavweyght Champion.
11. Dave Levin wins the title by Disqualification. Ali Baba continued to be recognized as World
Champion by the National Boxing Association and the National Wrestling Association.
13. Bronko Nagurski was recognized as the Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion by "The Ring" magazine.
14. Jim Lindos retires as World Heavyweight Champion in 1946.
15. Lou Thesz unifies the following titles to become the Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion: (1) The National Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title by defeating Bill Longson on July 20, 1948 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (2) The National Wrestling Allaince World Heavyweight Title was awarded to him on November 27, 1949 when previous champion, Orville Brown, was injured in an automobile accident on November 1, 1949 before the Unification World Title Match that was scheduled on November 25, 1994 in Sain Louis, Missouri. (3) The American Wrestling Assocation World Heavyweight Title (Boston's Version) by defeating Gorgeous George on July 27, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois. (4) The Los Angeles Olympic Auditorium World Heavyweight Title by defeating Baron Michele Leon on May 21, 1952 in Los Angeles, California. Leo Nomellini defeated Lou Thesz by Disqualification in San Francisco, California on March 22, 1955. National Wrestling Allaince rules states that a title cannot change hands on a Disqualification, which sets the rule in professional wrestling, "A title cannot change on a Disqualification."
16. Whipper Billy Watson defeated Lou Thesz by Count Out to win the world title.
17. Edouard Carpentier defeated Lou Thesz by Disqualification on June 14, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois when Thesz cannot continue the match due to a back injury. The NWA rules states that a title cannot change on a Disqualification and Carpentier gives the title back to Thesz. Edouard Carpentier was then recognized as World Heavyweight Champion in Omaha, Nebraska and in Boston, Massachuttes. He was then later recognized as the World Heavyweight Champion by the World Wrestling Association in Los Angeles, California. This was the last time the World Heavyweight Title has been unifed and will never be unifed again. Lou Thesz defeated Edouard Carpentier in a rematch by Disqualification on July 24, 1957 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada for the title.
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