Sam Muchnick vs. Lou Thesz in St. Louis.




The National Wrestling Alliance was just beginning to reach out to the sport's biggest players,
trying to form stronger connections and fortify their union.  One of the most important bookers
seemingly playing both sides of the Thesz-Muchnick war was Morris Sigel of Houston, and
Sigel's allegiance was considered very important.  However, he was remaining somewhat
undecided.

A major meeting was arranged for Chicago in October 1948 to attempt to come to a mutual
agreement.  During the meeting, according to a letter from Muchnick to Sigel, Thesz told the
group gathered that he was representing Sigel.  This confused Muchnick because he thought
Sigel was still independent in the conflict.  Muchnick also said that all proposals offered up by
the Thesz group were "ridiculous and would tend to crush me very fast," he wrote.

Muchnick also noted that Quinn said, "Jews are always complaining and have the persecution
complex." Muchnick told Sigel in his letter that "If fight for what you believe is right is persecution
complex, well, Eddie is right about the Jews."
The St. Louis Wrestling War