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 Posted: Tue Apr 29th, 2014 09:06 pm
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clipcorner wrote: There was a time limit draw between Paul Jones & Mad Dog Vachon held in Vancouver BC on 10/10/66 while Vachon was the AWA Champion; however, I don't know if it was listed as a World Title match or not. Jones was defeated by Pedro Morales in Atlanta Ga on 5/25/73 in a WWWF title match, and Paul had numerous NWA World title matches against the likes of Kiniski, Funk Jr, Brisco, Race & Terry Funk.
If the Vancouver match was an AWA title match, then you can add Paul Jones to the list.
I noticed that, but according to Clawmaster's AWA results, Vachon was not referred to as the AWA champion.  I decided against including Jones.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 29th, 2014 10:55 pm
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There were a few other wrestlers who received definite title matches in two of the Big Three and had non-title matches against a standing champion of the other Big Three.

Ed Francis- I included Francis and then deleted him. He had NWA title matches against Lou Thesz & Pat O'Connor. He opposed Verne Gagne for the AWA title on November 14, 1973 in Honolulu.. Francis met WWWF champion Pedro Morales on August 22, 1973. According to Graham Cawthon it was a non-title match. He lists the date of the card as August 22, 1972 but Ken Patera appears on the card and his professional wrestling career begun yet, Patera made his pro debut in December 1972.  I'm not really sure he qualifies or not.

Toru Tanaka- Received several title matches in the NWA & WWWF. Had a non-title AWA match against Verne Gagne in San Antonio on July 21, 1971.

Steve Keirn- Had several NWA title matches, an out-of-area WWWF title shot in Florida against Superstar Graham in 1977 and a non-tile match against AWA champ Nick Bockwinkel in Florida in 1976.

Art Thomas- Had several NWA title matches, an AWA title contest against Nick Bockwinkel and a non-title match in Japan in early 1967 against Bruno Sammartino.

Otto Von Krupp/Boris Malenko- Had a few NWA title matches, mostly in the Kansas City area as Otto Von Keupp. Later had several NWA title shots as Boris Malenko. Had a few AWA title shots as Otto Von Krupp, mostly in the Omaha territory. Had a televised march, most likely non-title, against Bruno Sammartino in the WWWF in early 1964,while competing in the WWWF as a preliminary wrestler.




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 Posted: Wed Apr 30th, 2014 01:39 am
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Hiro Matsuda is in the same category as the wrestlers above. He had a few NWA title matches. A WWF title shot against Bob Backlund in Florida on April 5, 1981. He had a non-title contest against AWA champ Nick Bockwinkel on October 22. 1976 in Tallahassee.

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Possibly fat boy Buddy Rose?

Faced Verne Gagne 8/16/75 as Paul Perschmann

Faced Backluned 8/30/82 for WWWF title

Faced Flair 4/13/82 for NWA title.

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Principal_Raditch wrote: Possibly fat boy Buddy Rose?

Faced Verne Gagne 8/16/75 as Paul Perschmann

Faced Backluned 8/30/82 for WWWF title

Faced Flair 4/13/82 for NWA title.
Probably not, the match against Gagne was from a television taping.  Highly likely that it was a non title match.

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