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Was Verne Gagne ever considered to be NWA champion?
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Old 28 Dec 2012, 03:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sorta kinda. Gagne was a bigger draw in some parts of the country than Lou Thesz and that certainly helped. Gagne had universal appeal to draw everywhere he wrestled, and that certainly helped, too. But in my answer to your Tommy Rich question I mentioned the political side of the NWA. Basically Thesz had more "friends in high places" and the backing of the NWA Board of Governors (NWA promoters and owners) than Gagne did. The NWA Champion was chosen by votes of the NWA Board. Thesz generally won every time against anybody else in consideration. Not just because of his "friends" but also because he was a proven draw around the world.































After years of trying Gagne finally, out of frustration of "not getting a fair shake", left the NWA and established his own wrestling federation, the AWA, in which he was it's World Champion for about half of it's existence.
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Sort of. He was never the NWA World Heavyweight Champion, but he did hold the "World Heavyweight Championship", a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship sanctioned by a group of National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) promoters led by the NWA affiliate in Omaha, Nebraska 5 times. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_H...onship_(Omaha)
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