AWA JUNIOR Heavyweight Title?

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Bushinyou
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AWA JUNIOR Heavyweight Title?

Post by Bushinyou » 2006/12/30 Sat 2:02 am

I have a listing with Danny Hodge as "Junior champion" from a 12/12/1964 card in St. Paul.

Seems odd because I've never heard of this title, and Hodge was not NWA World Junior Heavyweight champion at the time, having lost that particular title about a month before the 12/12/1964 card.

Any ideas? :?:

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Post by clawmaster64 » 2006/12/30 Sat 3:33 am

Whenever Hodge appeared on AWA cards, he was billed as the Junior Heavyweight Champion whether he held the NWA version or not.

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Post by clawmaster64 » 2006/12/30 Sat 3:43 am

Tuesday, January 26, 1965, Moline, IL (Wharton Fieldhouse)
AWA World’s Heavyweight Championship: Mad Dog Vachon © vs. Verne Gagne
World’s Jr. Heavyweight Championship: Danny Hodge © vs. Bob Boyer
tag team match with Igor the Superman.

That's from the original newspaper advertisement for the Moline card.

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Post by Bushinyou » 2006/12/30 Sat 11:08 pm

The listing I have for the 01/26/1965 card doesn't have Hodge listed as champion. Thanks for the info.

Was he billed as both AWA Junior Heavyweight champion and NWA World Junior Heavyweight champion when he held the NWA version?

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Post by clawmaster64 » 2006/12/31 Sun 12:33 pm

It wasn't AWA or NWA. Just the generic World's Junior Heavyweight Champion.

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Post by Heretic » 2007/02/24 Sat 12:17 am

And what's more, using the old school possessive form ("world's").

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