Masked Marvel Throws Berner

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Wrestling promoter Samuel Rachman created the International Wrestling Tournament in Spring 1915 to highlight the abilities of Aleksander “Alex” Aberg.  Aberg was the Russian Greco-Roman Wrestling Champion.  Rachman believed Aberg could beat any wrestler. Rachman also wanted to lure Frank Gotch, the last undisputed World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, out of retirement to wrestle with Aberg.  Gotch wrestled George Lurich in

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Terrible Turk’s Horrible Foul of Roeber

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     Ernest Roeber was an accomplished Greco-Roman wrestler.  William Muldoon, the World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion from 1880 to 1889, wanted Roeber to take over from him as World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion.  However, the world title would continue to be disputed until George Hackenschmidt won several Greco-Roman Tournaments in Europe during 1901.      Yusuf Ismail, the Terrible Turk, was

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Lewis Takes Title Back from Munn

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     On the same day Joe Stetcher wrestled Stanislaus Zbyszko for the recognized version of the World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship in St. Louis, Ed “Strangler” Lewis challenged “Big” Wayne Munn for his disputed Michigan-Illinois World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship.  Lewis dropped the title to Munn in February 1925.  In April 1925, Zbyszko defeated Munn in a famous double-cross.  The match between

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Hack and Zbyszko Battle to Draw

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     At the beginning of 1911, the wrestling public considered three men to be the greatest challenge to reigning World Champion Frank Gotch.  Former champion George Hackenschmidt, Stanislaus Zbyszko and “The Terrible Turk” Yussif Mahmout wanted the chance to beat Gotch.      Gotch, who was nobody’s fool, decided to take some of the starch out of his challengers

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Stetcher and Zbyszko Complete Deal

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     On December 13, 1920, Ed “Strangler” Lewis defeated Joe Stetcher for his World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship.  Professional wrestling was a staged exhibition by 1920.  However, such was the strong feelings between the men that the match may have been a “shoot” or legitimate match in which Lewis took the belt.      Whether the outcome of the match

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Heenan Loses to King in Last Bout

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     John Camel Heenan was known to 19th Century bare knuckle prizefighting fans as “the Benicia Boy”.  Despite an 0-1-1 record as a professional fighter, Heenan claimed the World Prizefighting Championship based on a draw with Tom Sayer in an 1860 English prize-fight.      Heenan’s first professional fight had been with the reigning World Heavyweight Prizefighting Champion John

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