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 Posted: Thu Oct 25th, 2007 11:26 pm
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Montana was the second and less famous Chief Chewacki. I don't know all that much about Len Montana but I'll share what I do know.

He was in the AWA right at the start of the promotion. Here's the AWA's first card.

8/16/60 Minneapolis, MN
AWA Tag Team Champions Tiny Mills & Stan Kowalski no contest Verne Gagne & Joe Scarpello
Gene Kiniski beat Man Mountain Campbell
Bob Geigel beat George Grant
Len Montana beat John Swenski
Att.-6,213

Man Mountain Campbell aka The Kentuckian Big Luke Brown, George Grant was one of the Gorgeous George copies.

10/4/60 Minneapolis, MN
Hard Boiled Haggerty & Len Montana beat Tiny Mills & Stan Kowalski to win AWA Tag Title
Joe Scarpello beat Pepper Martin
Bob Geigel beat Guy Hill
Jim Hady beat Black Jack Daniels

Guy Hill aka Guy Mitchell, Jerry Valiant and a ton of other aliases

3/18/61 St. Paul, MN
Leo Nomellini & Verne Gagne beat Gene Kiniski & Len Montana 2/3
Len Montana reportedly suffers a broken leg and has to vacate his half of the AWA Tag Team Title.
Hard Boiled Haggerty then chooses Gene Kiniski as his new partner to defend the belts on future cards.
AWA US Champion Wilbur Snyder beat Hard Boiled Haggerty
Stan Kowalski beat Jim Hady
Joe Scarpello beat Vic Christy
Att: 4,896

Montana didn't break his leg. He just left the territory and began wrestling in Florida.




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