Alex Aberg Returns to Europe

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Alex Aberg defeated many notable foes in the greatest year of his professional wrestling career.  In 1915, Aberg competed in both the Spring and Fall versions of the New York International Wrestling Tournament.  Competing exclusively in his preferred style of Greco-Roman wrestling, Aberg defeated Dr. Benjamin Roller, Wladek Zbyszko and Ed “Strangler” Lewis along with a number of journeyman wrestlers.

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Boxing’s Effect on Legitimate Wrestling

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In the 1910s, American professional wrestling permanently moved from legitimate wrestling contests to prearranged exhibitions.  Fan interest, promoter control and less wear and tear on the wrestlers all played a role in this transition.  Another less talked about pressure was outside of the sport itself. Prior to the 20th Century, professional boxing was illegal in the United States.  Bare knuckle

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Fred Beell Killed in the Line of Duty

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Fred Beell wrestled professionally from 1900 to 1919.  After developing a legendary reputation due to some of his victories over Martin “Farmer” Burns, Dan McLeod and Frank Gotch, Beell retired as he neared 43 years of age.  His post wrestling career would lead to his unexpected death at 57. Fred Beell overcame long odds to become a competent professional wrestler

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George Baptiste Meets World Champion

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On Friday, May 12, 1905, World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion George Hackenschmidt toured the United States after defeating reigning American Heavyweight Wrestling Champion Tom Jenkins.  One of Hackenschmidt’s stops was the “Gateway to the West”, St. Louis, Missouri. Hackenschmidt agreed to throw three wrestlers in under 90 minutes.  He accomplished this feat in less than 19 minutes after the third wrestler

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