International Wrestling Alliance
World Heavyweight Title [Chicago]
Albuquerque, NM *
Defeats Fred Blassie; some reports say Cholak defeats Rikidozan on 62/09/01 in Tokyo, JPN although Cholak does not wrestle in Japan for the first time until 67; already has claimed the title as early as 63/02/08.
Stripped on 63/08/10 for refusing to give Cholak a return match within the prescribed 30-day period.
George Valentine (Buddy Fuller)
Defeats the Russian Destroyer in tournament final.
World Champion in Boston, MA since 61/05, also billed as a world title claimant in Chicago since 63/03; defeats George Valentine to end the dispute; in 64/04, Houston NWA promoter Morris Sigel claims Fargo ran out of town when offered a match against NWA World champion Lou Thesz; title retired in 64 when the Chicago territory starts affiliation with Indianapolis WWA.