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396. Joe Savoldi

Joe Savoldi had a claim at one time as the World Heavyweight Champion, which was a long way away from his humble beginnings in the hills of Italy.  Savoldi immigrated as a pre-teen to Michigan and would later play football under the famous Knute Rockne at Notre Dame.  Savoldi fell into Professional Wrestling and was praised for his dropkick, a unique move at the time.  Under the guidance of Billy Sandow, he beat Jim Londos in controversial fashion (perhaps a double-cross) in 1933 and was recognized in some circles as the Heavyweight Champion.  He would lose that claim in a match to Jim Browning but had high profile rematches against Londos to huge crowds.  He couldn’t beat Londos again but he was a draw for a decade and a half to come.

The Bullet Points

  • Billed From: Bergamo, Italy
  • Key Championships Held:

    Heavyweight Champion (disputed)

    Rocky Mountain Heavyweight

  • Why they will get in: He was a significant name in wrestling.
  • Why they won't get in: There are many ahead of him from that era.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments:
    1. Beat Jim Londos to claim the World Heavyweight Title 4/17/33.
    2. Lost that claim in a match against Jim Browning at Yankee Stadium 6/12/33
    3. Unsuccessfully challenged Londos for the World Title in Chicago 1/31/34
    4. Again tried to compete against Londos for the World Title, this time in Toronto 11/22/34
    5. Lost to Ed Don George in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match in Honolulu 8/18/36.

Should Joe Savoldi be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 100%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%

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