Lou Thesz Defeats Buddy Rogers for NWA Title

by Mark Long

Lou Thesz - historyofwrestling.comLou Thesz defeated Buddy Rogers in a controversial match to win the NWA World Championship. Because most title matches require a best out of three falls, Rogers disputed the title change. As well, Capital Wrestling, headed by Vincent J. McMahon, protested the title change and refused to recognize Thesz as the new title holder. Months later, after withdrawing from the NWA, Capitol formed the World Wide Wrestling Federation and named Rogers as its first champion.