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World Heavyweight Title
[New York State Athletic Commission]

* Also recognized in Pennsylvania.

Dick Shikat 1929/08/23 Philadelphia, PA
Defeats Jim Londos in tournament final after the commissions in New York and Pennsylvania strip Gus Sonnenberg of the World Title in 29/07 for failing to meet "real" contenders.
Jim Londos 1930/06/06 Philadelphia, PA
Stripped on 32/09/30 for refusing to meet the winner of Ed Lewis vs. Dick Shikat match, won by Lewis on 32/06/09 in Long Island, NY; Londos continues to be recognized by the National Wrestling Association.
Ed "Strangler" Lewis 1932/10/10 New York, NY
Defeats Jack Sherry.
Jim Browning 1933/02/20 New York, NY
Jim Londos [2] 1934/06/25 New York, NY
Unified with NWA World title.
Danno O'Mahoney 1935/06/27 Boston, MA
Defeats Ed Don George on 35/07/30 in Boston, MA to unify AWA World Title.
Dick Shikat 1936/03/02 New York, NY, USA
Boston AWA continues to recognize O'Mahoney as champion.
Ali Baba 1936/04/25 Detroit, MI, USA
Dave Levin 1936/06/12 Newark, NJ, USA
Wins by disqualification; recognized by The Ring magazine as the true world champion; Baba continues to claim the title but loses to Everette Marshall on 36/06/26 in Columbus, OH; Levin also wins Los Angeles version, defeating Vincent Lopez on 36/08/19 in Los Angeles, CA.
Dean Detton 1936/09/28 Philadelphia, PA, USA
Recognized by The Ring magazine as the true world champion; has also defeated Ed Strangler Lewis in a title tournament final earlier in the year in Philadelphia, PA.
Bronko Nagurski 1937/06/29 Minneapolis, MN, USA
Recognized by The Ring magazine as the true world champion.
Jim Londos 1938/11/18 Philadelphia, PA, USA
Recognized by The Ring magazine as the true world champion; retires in 46.