Verne Gagne



Height: 5'11"

Weight: 215 lbs

Real Name: Verne Gagne

DOB: 5/10/23

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Other Names: None

Wrestler Since: 1949

Finishing Maneuver: Sleeper

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: None

History: (Under Construction)

Pay-Per-View Summary: (8 - 1, 1 NC, 1 Draw)
- AWA World Tag Team Title Tournament (January 15, '62) = Gagne & Leo Nomellini took down Ripper Collins & Aldo Bogni and Ivan & Nikita Kalmikoff, before falling in the finals to Larry Hennig & Duke Hoffman.
- AWA Comiskey Park (August 14, '70) = Gagne stayed the AWA World Champion, winning a "Three Falls" Match over Baron Von Raschke.
- AWA Soldiers Field (September 1, '72) = Gagne retained the AWA World Heavyweight Title, beating Ivan Koloff.
- AWA Comiskey Park (September 7, '74) = Gagne kept the AWA World strap, winning, via Countout, over Billy Robinson.
- IWE Sumo Hall (November 20, '74) = Gagne, as the AWA World Champion, fought to a Draw in a "Three Falls" Match with Billy Robinson.
- AWA Chicago Stadium (June 25, '76) = Gagne fought to a No-Contest with Nick Bockwinkle.
- AWA Comiskey Park (July 14, '80) = Gagne won the AWA World Title from Nick Bockwinkle.
- AWA Super Sunday (April 24, '83) = Gagne & Mad Dog Vachon defeated Jerry Blackwell & Sheik Adnan Al-Kassie.
- AWA WrestleRock (April 20, '86) = Gagne won a "Steel Cage" Match over Adnan Al-Kassie.

Title Summary:
- Big Ten (Amateur) Wrestling Champion (1944)
- Big Ten (Amateur) Wrestling Champion(2) (1947)
- Big Ten (Amateur) Wrestling Champion(3) (1948)
- NCAA (Amateur) Wrestling Champion (1948)
- NCAA (Amateur) Wrestling Champion(2) (1949)
- Big Ten (Amateur) Wrestling Champion(4) (1949)
- AAU (Amateur) Wrestling Champion (1949)
- NWA Texas Heavyweight Champion (12/16/49 - 1/13/50)
- NWA Texas Heavyweight Champion(2) (9/08/50 - 10/27/50)
- NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion (11/13/50 - 11/19/51)
- AWA Montreal World Heavyweight Champion (2/25/53 - 5/06/53)
- AWA United States Heavyweight Champion (9/03/53 - 4/07/56)
- NWA Texas World Tag-Team Champion w/ Wilbur Snyder (7/57 - ??)
- NWA Minneapolis World Tag-Team Champion w/ Bronco Nagurski (12/26/57 - 3/22/58)
- AWA United States Heavyweight Champion(2) (4/12/58 - 8/16/60)
- NWA Minneapolis World Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Leo Nomellini (5/15/58 - 58)
- Omaha World Heavyweight Champion (8/09/58 - 11/15/58)
- NWA Minneapolis World Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Butch Levy (4/28/59 - 6/59)
- NWA Minneapolis World Tag-Team Champion(4) w/ Leo Nomellini (7/19/60 - 8/60)
- AWA World Heavyweight Champion (8/16/60 - 7/11/61)
- AWA World Heavyweight Champion(2) (8/08/61 - 1/09/62)
- Omaha World Heavyweight Champion(2) (9/16/61 - 7/31/62)
- AWA World Heavyweight Champion(3) (8/21/62 - 7/09/63)
- Omaha World Heavyweight Champion(3) (8/25/62 - 2/15/63)
- AWA World Heavyweight Champion(4) (7/20/63 - 7/27/63)
- Omaha World Heavyweight Champion(4) (7/20/63 - 7/27/63)
- AWA World Heavyweight Champion(5) (8/08/63 - 11/16/63)
- Omaha World Heavyweight Champion(5) (9/07/63 - 11/16/63)
- AWA World Heavyweight Champion(6) (12/14/63 - 5/02/64)
- AWA World Tag-Team Champion w/ Moose Evans (2/09/64 - 2/23/64)
- AWA World Heavyweight Champion(7) (5/16/64 - 10/20/64)
- AWA World Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Crusher Lisowski (7/24/65 - 8/07/65)
- AWA World Heavyweight Champion(8) (2/26/67 - 8/17/68)
- AWA World Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Don Leo Jonathan (3/15/67 - 67)
- AWA World Heavyweight Champion(9) (8/31/68 - 11/08/75)
- AWA World Tag-Team Champion(4) w/ Bill Robinson (12/30/72 - 1/06/73)
- AWA World Tag-Team Champion(5) w/ Mad Dog Vachon (6/06/79 - 7/20/80)
- IWA World Heavyweight Champion (11/13/79 - 11/16/79)
- AWA World Heavyweight Champion(10) (7/18/80 - 5/19/81)

PWI Achievement Awards: (2 wins, 0 1st RUs, 3 2nd RUs, 1 3rd RU)
- 1980 Wrestler of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up
- 1980 Tag-Team of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (Gagne & Mad Dog Vachon)
- 1980 Match of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Gagne vs. Nick Bockwinkle)
- 1980 Most Inspirational Wrestler, 2nd Runner-Up
- 1986 PWI Editors' Award
- 1996 Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame