Greatest Professional Wrestling Champions Before Vince McMahonSome of pro wrestling's greatest champions before the sport fell victim to VMS (Vince McMahon Syndrome).
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While I respect Bruno Sammartino, I feel that Thesz did more for wrestling on a global scale than Bruno did. He was the first Undisputed World Champion and the youngest. He helped out Rikidozan to get AJPW started, and established the NWA as the dominant organization in the U.S. Even Vince McMahon Sr. looked at the NWA Title as THE WORLD Title in wrestling.
2-time WWWF Champion, holds longest reign as champion. Also a 211-time headliner at Madison Square Garden, including 187 sellouts.
10-time AWA Champion, 4-time AWA Tag Team Champion, and also won numerous NWA regional titles
Pro Football Hall Of Famer with 2 NWA World Titles to his name
First WWWF Triple Crowner (WWWF, WWWF Intercontinental and WWWF Tag Team titles)
NWA and AWA World Champion and numerous regional titles
2-time NWA Junior Heavyweight Champion
4-time WWWF Junior Heavyweight Champion
Early pioneer of the sport, second longest World Heavyweight title reign (1908-1913) behind Bruno Sammartino
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