Actually, the Thesz six title reign situation is similar to the Flair deal, in that it depends on which way you look at it.
Thesz held the National Wrestling Association title four times (although many lists claim only three) and the National Wrestling Alliance title three times, which actually gives him seven "NWA" World title reigns (and I think it's safe to speak of the two NWA titles as one and the same since they were legally and officially unified, unlike the NWA and WCW titles).
Of course this isn't including his other World title reigns sanctioned by the MWA, AWA, UWA, etc., which put him right up there close to Flair's 19 World title reigns.
NATIONAL WRESTLING ASSOCIATION TITLE
December 29, 1937 - Lou Thesz (Lajos Tiza) beats Everett Marshall in St. Louis, Missouri, USA to win the World title.
February 23, 1939 - Lou Thesz (Lajos Tiza) beats Everett Marshall in St. Louis, Missouri, USA to win the NWA World title for the second time.
April 25, 1947 - Lou Thesz (Lajos Tiza) beats Whipper Billy Watson in St. Louis, Missouri, USA to win the NWA World title for the third time of his career.
July 20, 1948 - Lou Thesz (Lajos Tiza) beats Bill Longson in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA to win the NWA World title for the fourth time of his career.
NATIONAL WRESTLING ALLIANCE TITLE
November 27, 1949 - Lou Thesz (Lajos Tiza), the reigning World champion of the National Wrestling Association is awarded the National Wrestling Alliance World title at the second annual NWA convention in St. Louis, Missouri, USA after a unification match with Orville Brown, scheduled for November 25, 1949, is canceled due to Brown suffering injuries in an automobile accident on November 1, 1949. Thesz eventually goes on to achieve the record for being the longest-reigning World champion in NWA history, setting a mark that still stands to this day.
November 9, 1956 - Lou Thesz (Lajos Tiza) pins Whipper Billy Watson in St. Louis, Missouri, USA to capture the NWA World title (alliance version) for the second time. The match is presented by the St. Louis Wrestling Club.
January 24, 1963 - Lou Thesz (Lajos Tiza) pins "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers (Herman "Dutch" Rohde) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to capture the NWA World title (alliance version) for the third and final time. Rogers is subsequently recognized as WWWF World champion by a group of former NWA promoters in the northeast, who bill their new organization as the World Wide Wrestling Federation (later known as the World Wrestling Federation). The match is presented by Maple Leaf Wrestling.
One word: "Ouch".
Thunder last night (12/16) was horrible. Virtually no rhyme or reason to any of the matches and virtually all screw-job finishes.
It seems the path that WCW is taking is this: Through Juvi & "Champagne" (or sham-pon-ya as the "Continental" would pronounce it) Kanyon and others, they're parodying the WWF and since the WWF is so lame that's why their parodies are so bad; unfortunately for WCW, it's just that it sucks; a true parody is supposed to look awful so that it mocks its subject, but be well done. This crap is right out of the grade school spring play.
Put it this way: you can turn on HBO and watch Dennis Miller, Chris Rock or George Carlin live; or you can turn on Comedy Central and see Fred Travalena imitating them (and quite horribly I might add). I'll let you and the Nielsen numbers figure out what decision most people are making.
Hi. My friends and I attended Starrcade at MCI Center last night and instead of writing a match-by-match review, I thought I would just give you a few thoughts. This was our first live event ever and I must say, LIVE SHOWS RULE. If we bought this on PPV, I think we would have been disappointed but seeing it live made everything all right. Here are a couple of thoughts:
- Chris Benoit's interview and match was fantastic. Jeff Jarrett was a great replacement especially after talks about Buff being the replacement. What I don't get though is how Benoit still gets a mixed reaction from the crowd.
- DDP vs. David Flair was probably the sleeper match of the night. Flair's character is great and in the ring, w/ DDP carrying him, he looked pretty good.
Loudest Pops (from Section 214's hearing range, at least):
- Kevin Nash (How he is still liked is beyond me)
- Benoit (after the bumps and the headbutt)
- Bret Hart
- Vince Russo ("BS" chants)