Today in Pro Wrestling History (June 30): Buddy Rogers becomes NWA World Champion

Today in Pro Wrestling History: On June 30th, 1961, Buddy Rogers defeats Pat O’Connor 2-1 in a best of three falls match to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

Today in Pro Wrestling History (June 30): Buddy Rogers becomes NWA World Champion

Today In Pro Wrestling History June 30

Dubbed "The Match of the Century", it drew a then-record crowd of 38,622, with $148,000 in gate receipts.

This historic victory marked the beginning of a new era in the wrestling world, solidifying Rogers’ status as a top star and setting the stage for future developments in the industry.

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