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Gagne was a 16-time World Heavyweight Champion, having held the AWA World Heavyweight Championship ten times, the World Heavyweight Championship (Omaha version) five times, and the IWA World Heavyweight Championship once. He holds the record for the longest combined reign as a world champion and is third (behind [[Bruno Sammartino]] and [[Lou Thesz]]) for the longest single world title reign. He is one of only six men inducted into each of the [[WWE Hall of Fame|WWE]], [[WCW Hall of Fame|WCW]], Professional Wrestling, and Wrestling Observer Newsletter halls of fame.
 
Gagne was a 16-time World Heavyweight Champion, having held the AWA World Heavyweight Championship ten times, the World Heavyweight Championship (Omaha version) five times, and the IWA World Heavyweight Championship once. He holds the record for the longest combined reign as a world champion and is third (behind [[Bruno Sammartino]] and [[Lou Thesz]]) for the longest single world title reign. He is one of only six men inducted into each of the [[WWE Hall of Fame|WWE]], [[WCW Hall of Fame|WCW]], Professional Wrestling, and Wrestling Observer Newsletter halls of fame.
   
 
* [[American Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Championship]]
 
* [[American Wrestling Association World Tag Team Championship]]
 
* [[International Pro Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship]]
 
* [[International Pro Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship]]
 
* [[National Wrestling Alliance United States Heavyweight Championship (Chicago version)]]
 
* [[National Wrestling Alliance United States Heavyweight Championship (Chicago version)]]
 
* [[National Wrestling Alliance World Tag Team Championship (Chicago version)]]
 
* [[National Wrestling Alliance World Tag Team Championship (Chicago version)]]
* [[American Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Championship]]
 
* [[American Wrestling Association World Tag Team Championship]]
 
 
* [[National Wrestling Alliance World Tag Team Championship (Minneapolis version)]]
 
* [[National Wrestling Alliance World Tag Team Championship (Minneapolis version)]]
* [[National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Championship (Omaha version)]]
 
 
* [[National Wrestling Alliance World Junior Heavyweight Championship]]
 
* [[National Wrestling Alliance World Junior Heavyweight Championship]]
 
* [[National Wrestling Alliance Texas Heavyweight Championship]]
 
* [[National Wrestling Alliance Texas Heavyweight Championship]]

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Laverne Clarence "Verne" Gagne (/ɡænjeɪ/; February 26, 1926 – April 27, 2015) was an American professional wrestler, football player, wrestling trainer, and wrestling promoter. He was the owner and promoter of the Minneapolis-based American Wrestling Association (AWA), the predominant promotion throughout the Midwest and Manitoba for many years. He remained in this position until 1991, when the company folded.

Gagne was a 16-time World Heavyweight Champion, having held the AWA World Heavyweight Championship ten times, the World Heavyweight Championship (Omaha version) five times, and the IWA World Heavyweight Championship once. He holds the record for the longest combined reign as a world champion and is third (behind Bruno Sammartino and Lou Thesz) for the longest single world title reign. He is one of only six men inducted into each of the WWE, WCW, Professional Wrestling, and Wrestling Observer Newsletter halls of fame.

See Also

WWE Hall of Fame, American Wrestling Association