Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Hutton wins NWA Title 1957: From The Scrapbook

Nov 14 1957 Dick Hutton beats Lou Thesz at MLG to take the NWA Title  in front of 10,000 fans. This was the 2nd of 4 NWA Title changes to take place in Toronto between 1949-1984. Hutton had been unbeatable in Toronto with his 1000$ challenge and would double it for this bout. If he lost he would give 1000$ to Thesz and 1000$ to charity. With NWA President Sam Muchnick in attendance Hutton beat Thesz after 35 minutes with an abdominal stretch to begin his reign as NWA champ.

Over the next year Hutton would defend the title at MLG 9 times including twice against former champ Thesz. After losing the title to Pat O'Connor in St Louis in early 1959 Hutton would remain here and continue his 1000$ challenge until he departed the area for good in Aug of that year.

Thanks to Roger Baker