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 Posted: Mon Aug 11th, 2014 01:22 pm
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We still have no clue when and where Graham won the IWA title from Billy Robinson at.  Most places still use Denver, CO., and August 16, 1974.  To which we all know is false for many reasons.

What we do know.

1. Title change took place in the United States.
2. Results of the match were, if you can follow Japanese writing translated to English.

Three game Superstar Billy Graham 61 minutes IWA World Heavyweight Championship bout (2-1) Bill Robinson
  (51 seconds piece shrimp compaction 12 minutes) Robinson
  (24 seconds body hardening 6 minutes) Graham
  (5 seconds body hardening 2 minutes) Graham

3. Graham wore the old IWA belt in the United States in a ring somewhere.



4. Japanese state upon arrival in Japan, Graham was instantly presented with the "new" IWA belt to defend. The belt from a distance looks like the WWWF belt. Which is why people keep asking me when did Graham start growing a beard while WWWF Champion.  He did not.  All those images are from Japan with the IWA belt.




Again that is NOT the WWWF belt. It is the IWA World belt.

A closer look.



That is not 2 guys grappling above the eagle.

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 Posted: Mon Aug 11th, 2014 01:27 pm
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Now a close up on the belt.


As you can see with a close up, it is not 2 guys above the eagle grappling, it is a picture of a man.  Who it is I do not know.  But this should at least stop the wondering of when Graham grew a beard while WWWF Champion.

Graham held both versions of the IWA belt.  But what we are lacking is the date and place of the title switch.  The Japanese have the match listing which I have placed above.

 I have no listing of Graham ever beating Billy Robinson in a 2/3 falls match.  I have one listing over 14 months before Graham went to Japan. But that is a one fall match.

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 Posted: Mon Aug 11th, 2014 01:30 pm
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Can anyone here read Japanese to see if anything is in here?  This is a japanese magazine article I have been sitting on for a few years reporting the title change, but can't figure it out cause I do not read Japanese.  If you look closely at first image and read the writing that is sideways on the image, it reports Graham beat Robinson for the title.




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