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#10 The Last Gunslinger

On this episode of the World Champions Podcast take a look at the incredible career and achievements of the man who would forever epitomize the role of world heavyweight champion, Lou Thesz. So great that he never needed a tagline, never needed a costume, needed nothing but his own skills. By being who he was and where he was Thesz changed what pro wrestling was and allowed it to evolve from a sport into a smartly-worked and engaging art.

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#9 Alliance

In this episode, perhaps the most influential organization in pro wrestling history–the National Wrestling Alliance–finally comes together. This doesn’t happen in a vacuum. St Louis kingpin Tom Packs and his control of pro wrestling did a lot to spur this on, alienating fellow promoters to the point where banding together seemed their best recourse. Small-time Iowa promoter Pinkie George would be the soul of this young organization, but its brain was a young newspaperman who took on the daunting task of breaking into St Louis: Sam Muchnick.

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#8 King of St Louis

On this episode of the World Champions Podcast, find out just how deeply affected professional wrestling was by World War II. Not only reeling from the after-effects of Shikat’s double-cross and Jack Pfefer’s blabbing, wrestling had a much depleted base of stars to work with. Though old stars like John Pesek and Ed “Strangler” Lewis made mild returns, the stage was set for a crop of new ring heroes like “The Blonde Bear” Everett Marshall and perhaps the top wrestler during the war, “Wild” Bill Longson.

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