Chicago Promoter Fred Kohler Awards Verne Gagne The NWA United States Championship

by Mark Long

Fred Kohler - historyofwrestling.comChicago promoter Fred Kohler defiantly awards his top star, Verne Gagne, the newly-created NWA United States championship. Gagne was seen coast-to-coast on Kohler’s powerful Dumont Network television program, “Wrestling from Marigold,” and was, arguably, the most popular wrestler in the country. At the time, many of Kohler’s fellow NWA promoters viewed the new title as a direct threat to the value & prestige of the NWA World Heavyweight championship, causing even more problems for the maverick promoter