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Lou Thesz

Born April 24, 1916
Died April 28, 2002
He was 86 years old

Nearly everyone in the wrestling business will name Lou Thesz as the greatest wrestler who ever lived. He was one of the most respected men in and out of the ring by his peers. I could clearly see the pain in their faces as those who called him friend remembered Lou Thesz just after his death when I was at the Pro-Wrestling Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2002.

I definitely reccommend the biography of Lou Thesz, "Hooker." This book gives a great deal of insight into the origins of wrestling as Thesz takes you through each step the sport's evoloution. My library of Thesz footage is sorely lacking.

ES 129 tributes to Lou Thesz and Wahoo McDaniel (Smackdown 5/2/02)

NWA

BC1: v Tom Rice (Chicago, 1948)
v. Don Leo Jonathan (Chicago, 2/26/55)
v. Gene Kiniski (1967)
v. Rocky Silverstien (1951)
v. Hans Schmidt (1955)
FJ1/FL18/ES36 vs. Argentina Rocca *
MK15 vs. Osamu Nishimira (NWA Title Tournament 11/19/94)

ALL JAPAN

FL5 Race, Ted DiBiase vs. Terry, Dory Funk Jr. (Lou Thesz as special guest referee)
Race vs. Tsuruta (4/22/88, NWA United National Title Match, Lou Thesz as special guest referee)
Race, Stan Hansen vs. Baba, Tsuruta (special guest ref. Lou Thesz)
Race vs. Ricky Steamboat (12/7/82, Lou Thesz as special guest ref.)
Race, Slater vs. Terry, Dory Funk Jr. (12/9/82, Real World Tag League, Lou Thesz special guest ref.)
Race, Slater vs. Baba, Tsuruta (12/13/82, Real World Tag League, Lou Thesz as special guest ref.)

NEW JAPAN

FL16 Shinya Hashimoto vs. Big Van Vader (IWGP Heavyweight Title Tournament Final, Lou Thesz as special guest ref.)
Inoki, Seiji Sakaguchi vs. Hashimoto, Masahiro Chono (Lou Thesz as special guest ref.)

WWF

#25 Roddy Piper vs. Jimmy Snuka (No D.Q., Lou Thesz ref)
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