Research of Toledo, Ohio for 1938 and '39 has turned up three new title switches of the World Junior Heavyweight championship. Bob Kenaston, a well known wrestler and a veteran of the Marine Corps, entered the town billed as Sergeant "George" Kenaston, and it wasn't a newspaper mistake. He was known as George throughout his local tenure. In the middle of December 1938, he was stripped of his junior heavyweight title by Danny Savich of Utah. A week later, Paul Bozzell beat Savich for the championship in Toledo, winning two-straight falls. In his first defense on January 5, 1939, Bozzell lost his title back to Kenaston.
Toledo, Ohio: Thursday, December 15, 1938
(Civic Auditorium) … Dan Savich b. Sergeant “George” Kenaston to capture the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title (2/3) … (promoter: Cliff Maupin) … (referee: Marshall Carter)
Toledo, Ohio: Thursday, December 22, 1938
(Civic Auditorium) … Paul Bozzell b. Dan Savich to capture the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title (Bozzell won the first fall in 17:00 with a crabhold and the second in 12:00) (Bozzell bled after punches to the head) … (promoters: Cliff Maupin, Clarence Thacher)
Toledo, Ohio: Thursday, January 5, 1939
(Civic Auditorium) … Sergeant “George” Kenaston b. Paul Bozzell to capture the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title (2/3) (Bozell won the first fall in 20:00 with a crabhold, Keneston won the second in 11:00 and then the third with a rolling leg split and half jack knife in 9:00) … (promoter: Cliff Maupin) … (referee: Charley Van Wormer)
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Tim Hornbaker found three additional changes of National Wrestling Association World Junior Heavyweight Title that took place in Toledo, OH: