by J Michael Kenyon through WRESTLING AS WE LIKED IT.
Without question the most important lines of type to appear on
a newspaper sports page about wrestling made its appearance June
15 (1957) in the Chicago American:
"Professional wrestling has a new World Champion today . . . at
long last. He is the popular Frenchman, Edouard Carpentier, who
defeated Lou Thesz in two out of three falls at the Amphitheatre
The Thesz-Carpentier title match in Chicago June 14th saw Thesz
battling valiantly to win quickly from the Frenchman, finally mustering
enough wily ring generalship to take the first fall with a flying
body press at 17:22. But, in winning the first fall, Thesz had extended
himself to the very limit.
Carpentier saw his advantage and as the crowd screamed in near
hysteria, he smothered Thesz in the second fall with dynamic aerial
maneuvers -- pinning the champion in center ring in a record 3:39
with a powerful reverse body press.
In the third fall it was all Carpentier. In a brilliant offensive
-- ebbing Thesz' strength with a relentless, vicious onslaught.
Finally, unable to defend himself further, Thesz reeled from corner
to corner in an effort to stave off inevitable defeat. At 4:42 referee
Ed Whalen signaled the end of the match, disqualifying Thesz and
raising Carpentier's hand in victory.
As far as the state of Illinois is concerned an era ended June
14 which opened some twenty-odd years ago when Lou Thesz first defeated
Everett Marshall and zoomed into the top ranks among world wrestlers.
At midnight June 14, the state of Illinois recognized Edouard Carpentier,
a cousin of Georges Carpentier, the famous boxer, as world heavyweight
The claim has been sent to the National Wrestling Alliance and
will be given consideration at the next meeting of the NWA.
The NWA however is not likely to recognize Carpentier as they've
gone on record a number of times in the past stating that they would
never recognize a new titleholder on a disqualification victory
and that's how the Frenchman won when Thesz was disqualified by