Did Muldoon Duck McMahon?

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     On March 22, 1881, Greco-Roman World Wrestling Champion William Muldoon met Collar-and-Elbow World Champion John McMahon at the Terrace Garden in New York City.  Muldoon and McMahon met in a best-two-out-of-three-falls match.      The first fall was conducted by Greco-Roman rules.  The second fall would be contested using collar-and-elbow rules.  The last fall would be decided via what The

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Jeffries KOs Corbett

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     On May 11, 1900, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion James J. Jeffries fought his former employer James J. Corbett.  Corbett held the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship in the early 1890s.  Corbett hired the powerfully built Jeffires to help him prepare for his title challengers.  Jeffries went on to win the world title from the man, who beat Corbett, Bob

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Santel Hurts Another Wrestler

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     Ad Santel entered professional wrestling a generation too late.  By the time he started wrestling in the 1910s, professional wrestling transitioned from contests to prearranged exhibitions.  Santel possessed strong submission skills, which would have allowed him to beat most of the wrestlers in legitimate wrestling contests.      Santel did take part in several legitimate contests with Japanese

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Aberg Tempts Gotch

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     Actually, Samuel Rachman, who promoted both the 1915 International Wrestling Tournament and Greco-Roman World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion Aleksander “Alex” Aberg, tried to lure retired World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion Frank Gotch into the tournament.  Rachman hoped to bolster Aberg’s claim as the successor to Gotch.      Rachman offered Gotch $20,000 to wrestle Aberg in May 1915.  Rachman’s tournament

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Ned O’Baldwin Shot

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     In early March 1873, bare knuckle prizefighter Ned “The Irish Giant” O’Baldwin was preparing for a potential match with Jem Mace, who claimed the World Bare Knuckle Prizefighting Championship.  However, before O’Baldwin could face Mace, he served as a second for a friend and fellow prizefighter named Hicken.      Professional fighting in the 19th Century enjoyed a

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