Hack, in 1941 we have Gregory defending his British Hwt Championship v Baer. Is it known which promotion it was? And what was the name of the wrestling style?
I saw Tony Baer in the 50's. He was a very competent, hard wrestler, But at that time anyway, he was never a heavyweight.
I would have thought Light to Mid heavyweight then.
I am assuming Gregory got title in the early 1939, during 39 and 40 he is usually billed as British Hwt Champion, also because of the fact that in 1937/38 Alan Muir is usually called champion. They had a match in Feb 1939, I don't know the outcome of it. Before that 35/36 Bill Garnon is called champ very often. So I am assuming it was so-called Oakeley's Lineage (BWAssn).
Interesting as it describes a 60 minute match with only one fall scored. In North America at that time that would not have been a title change (They used that on occasions to set up a rematch).
Yes, I makes perfect sense, info is sure missed, I think it's related to the rules which governed that particular contest. Sadly newspaper report wasn't specific on this subject, around that time in Britain different promotions practiced different pro wrestling rules (even styles). I am trying to figure out who was organizer of Gregory v Baer title change.
But sadly I don't even know whose champion was George. Calling him British Heavyweight Champion made sense only for his promoter and his fans. But for the historical research, and objective evaluation it's not enough. We have to know exactly whose champion he was, and when and where he was awarded or won that championship title. And which rules were in use by the organization which recognized him a champion.
In America there were quite a few organizations around that time as well, and terms and conditions also varied . AWAssn of Boston so-called most 'historical' organization recognized title change if the match was 2 of 3 falls only. But there were also Haft's MWAssn of Ohio...and sure huge NWAssn.
Also some State Athletic Commissions which weren't 'members' (or related) of any of those 3 major organizations, had their own rules. And yes sometimes it was time limit and one fall.
Summary. Very complex subject and lack of info.