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Wrestling: Lou Thesz
The greatest ever. Period.

Born Lajos Tiza in Banat, Michigan, Lou Thesz (1916-2002) was an American Professional Wrestler. He is best known for his six reigns as NWA World Heavyweight Champion and for inventing such moves as the Lou Thesz Press, later used by everyone from "Stone Cold" Steve Austin to Mickie James, the STF, popularized by Masahiro Chono and used today by John Cena, and the powerbomb, popularized by Sid Vicious and by Big Van Vader and used by too many wrestlers to start listing them here. He started his career in the 1930s and had his last match, against Chono, one of his students, in 1990. While he was primarily a singles wrestler, he also held the NWA (Vancouver) Pacific Coast Tag Team Title with the Outlaw (Dory Funk Sr.), and the NWA Southern (Tennessee) Tag Team Title with Jackie Fargo. He also competed for the UWA promotion in Mexico, for Jerry Lawler's CWA promotion in Memphis and won the Legends Battle Royal at a WWE house show at the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ on November 6, 1987. He was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 1996.

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