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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 24 April 1916Banat, Michigan, USA
Date of Death 28 April 2002Winter Garden, Florida, USA  (complications from heart surgery)
Birth NameLajos Tiza
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Lou Thesz is one of wrestling's living legends. Thesz started wrestling in the 1930s, and from the 1930s to the 1960s, he was one of the most dominant figures in the business. Thesz won his first World Heavyweight Title in the 1930s, and went on to become a 6-time World Heavyweight Champion, many of those reigns as the NWA (National Wrestling Alliance) world champion. Thesz' last reign was in the 1960s when he lost the NWA world title to Gene Kiniski. Thesz' last match was in the early 1990s when he lost via submission to one of his protoges, Masahiro Chono. Thesz has also written an autobiography.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Barry L. Laws, Jr.

Spouse (1)

Charlie Thesz (? - 28 April 2002) (his death) (3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Always maintained outstanding physical condition and never used any ouytrageous costuming; appearing in wrestling trunks, wrestling shoes and waem-up robe.

Trivia (13)

Inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, 2002
He sometimes wrestled 200 to 250 times a year, often after driving all night from one site to the next. By his count, his career encompassed 6,000 matches, 200 broken bones and 16 million miles.
He was the six-time world champion of the National Wrestling Alliance, the most important governing body of the era, winning his first title at 21. He held the title a total of 13 years, a record.
He won 936 consecutive matches from 1948 to 1955.
His father Martin, a shoemaker, had been an amateur wrestling champion in his native Hungary.
Hungarian birth name translated as "Aloysius Thesz" and birth name also seen as Aloysius Martin Thesz.
Inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2002. (charter class)
Inducted into the WCW Hall of Fame on May 23, 1993.
In 1952 he defeated Baron Michelle Leone in Los Angeles for the California World Heavyweight title and became the first undisputed World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion since the days of Frank Gotch and Georg Hackenschmidt.
Published author.
At the approximate age of 19, the young Thesz was taken under the wing of All Time Great and many times Champ, Ed "Strangler" Lewis.
Was known in the Pro Wrestling game as a "Hooker"; that being a legitimate Wrestler ("Shooter")who possessed the ability and skills to seriously damage his opponents arm or leg joints by applying certain hold.
At around age 19, Thesz was taken under the wing of All Time Great and many times Champ, Ed "Strangler" Lewis; under whose tut-ledge, Lou became the unprecedented 6 times legitimate World's Heavyweight Wrestling Champion.

Personal Quotes (1)

The reality, or substance, of professional wrestling is the ability to perpetuate a fantasy. I never distinguished between fantasy and reality. I made my fantasy reality for over 60 years.

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