Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1961

By: Karl Stern (@wiwcool)


07-01-1961: Giant Baba leaves Japan to tour the United States.

07-11-1961: Gene Kiniski defeats Verne Gagne to win the AWA World heavyweight title.

07-18-1961: Art & Stan Neilson win the Indianapolis AWA tag team titles from Red & Lou Bastien.

07-19-1961: Hard Boiled Haggerty & Gene Kiniski win the AWA World tag team championship for the second time from Wilbur Snyder & Leo Nomellini.

Dr. Jerry Graham wins the Gulf Coast title from Chief Little Eagle in Mobile, AL.

08-08-1961: Verne Gagne regains the AWA World heavyweight title from Gene Kiniski.

08-18-1961: Buddy Rogers retained the NWA World heavyweight by defeating The Sheik (Ed Farhat) at the Cincinnati Gardens. Rogers wins the third fall with the figure four leglock.

08-22-1961: Kurt & Karl Von Brauner win the Florida version of the NWA World tag team titles from Eddie Graham & Ike Eakins in Tampa, FL.

Tex Riley & Len Rossi defeat Great Mephisto (Lou Papneau) & Dante (Hans Steiner) for the Southern tag team titles in Nashville, TN.

09-25-1961: Nikolai Volkoff defeats Luther Lindsay for the Pacific Northwest title.

10-17-1961: Jackie Fargo & Lester Welch defeat Great Mephisto & Dante for the Southern tag team titles in Nashville, TN.

10-23-1961: Ron & Don Harris are born

11-16-1961: Tojo Yamamoto & Taro Myaki win the Florida U.S. tag team titles from Eddie Graham & Dick Steinborne in Jacksonville.

11-23-1961: Bob Geigel & Otto Von Krupp (Boris Malenko) win the AWA World tag team titles from Dale Lewis & Pat Kennedy (Bobby Graham).

11-30-1961: Eddie Graham & Dick Steinborne regain the Florida U.S. tag team titles from Tojo Yamamoto & Taro Myaki in Jacksonville.

12-01-1961: Fritz Von Erich defeats Dick the Bruiser for the NWA U.S. title in Detroit.

12-29-1961: Don Curtis defeats Karl Gotch for the Eastern States title in Columbus, OH.

1961: Dale Lewis wins the NCAA championship in the heavyweight division and places as an All American for the University of Oklahoma.

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Dale Lewis

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