Lou Thesz

1916 - 2002

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Aloysius Martin Thesz (April 24, 1916 – April 28, 2002), known by the ring name Lou Thesz, was an American professional wrestler. Considered to be one of the last true shooters (legitimate wrestlers) in professional wrestling and described as the "quintessential athlete" and a "polished warrior who could break a man in two if pushed the wrong way", Thesz is widely regarded as one of the greatest wrestlers and wrestling world champions in history, and possibly the last globally accepted world champion. Thesz was a three-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion and held the championship for a combined total of ten years, three months and nine days (3,749 days) – longer than anyone else in history. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lou Thesz has received more than 1,313,626 page views. Her biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia. Lou Thesz is the 65th most popular wrestler (down from 42nd in 2019), the 5,733rd most popular biography from United States (down from 4,434th in 2019) and the 21st most popular American Wrestler.

Memorability Metrics

  • 1.3M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 49.47

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 19

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.41

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.15

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among wrestlers, Lou Thesz ranks 65 out of 1,027Before her are Yaşar Doğu, Emil Väre, Jigjidiin Mönkhbat, Martin Klein, Rey Mysterio, and Hamit Kaplan. After her are Bertil Antonsson, Shozo Sasahara, Johannes Kotkas, The Ultimate Warrior, Buddy Rogers, and Kristjan Palusalu.

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Among people born in 1916, Lou Thesz ranks 179Before her are Fernando Lamas, Olga Lepeshinskaya, James B. Donovan, Pruden, David White, and Robert H. Dicke. After her are Van Johnson, Pierre Emmanuel, Ralph Nelson, David Douglas Duncan, Josef Gauchel, and S. Yizhar. Among people deceased in 2002, Lou Thesz ranks 189Before her are Marcel Kint, Mikhail Devyataev, Alan Lomax, Milton Berle, Luise Rinser, and Tita Merello. After her are Kristen Nygaard, Desmond Hoyte, Ramiro de León Carpio, Peter Blau, John Agar, and Lonnie Donegan.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Lou Thesz ranks 5,733 out of 20,380Before her are Mickey Marcus (1901), Christopher Guest (1948), Tyson Gay (1982), Oswald Veblen (1880), Helen Johns (1914), and Barrington Moore Jr. (1913). After her are Joanna Moore (1934), Raymond Cruz (1961), Squanto (1585), Henry Augustus Rowland (1848), Jorma Kaukonen (1940), and Edward M. House (1858).

Among WRESTLERS In United States

Among wrestlers born in United States, Lou Thesz ranks 21Before her are Eddie Guerrero (1967), Brock Lesnar (1977), Kevin Nash (1959), Bill Goldberg (1966), Randy Orton (1980), and Rey Mysterio (1974). After her are The Ultimate Warrior (1959), Buddy Rogers (1921), Shawn Michaels (1965), Darren Young (1983), Stan Hansen (1949), and Chris Jericho (1970).