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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Morrissey vs. Poole Revised and On Sale

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     We recently revised my second combat sports history book, Morrissey vs. Poole: Politics, Prizefighting and The Murder of Bill the Butcher.  I enjoyed researching and writing this book more than my other titles because it crosses the 19th Century bare knuckle prizefighting world, New York City politics as well as national politics.      World Bare Knuckle Prizefighting Champion

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Zbyszko Double Crosses Trio

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     Rarely does one fundamentally alter their profession but Stanislaus Zbyszko did just that on April 15, 1925 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Zbyszko defeated Wayne Munn in one of the last shoot (not staged) professional wrestling matches in the United States.  It was a shoot or legitimate match because Zbyszko double crossed the “Goldust Trio” wrestling promotion and beat Munn

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Stetcher and Lewis At It Again

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     Ed “Strangler” Lewis enjoyed one of the most successful careers in professional wrestling.  Although Lewis wrestled in mostly staged exhibitions, he possessed legitimate wrestling skills.  Future protege Lou Thesz said many times Lewis could beat any wrestler at any time, so he was the ideal world champion in the modern era of prearranged mathces.      However, early

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Muldoon Unable to Throw Sorakichi FIve Times

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     Dominant champions like William Muldoon often had to accept handicap conditions to get fans interested in watching them wrestle.  Since only Clarence Whistler was considered skilled enough to really threaten his reign, Muldoon would often generate interest by either performing feats of strength or taking on the challenge of handicap conditions.      On May 5, 1885, Muldoon met Matsuda

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Lurich Throws Losson

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     Georg Lurich made his reputation as a professional wrestler competing in European Greco-Roman wrestling tournaments.  When Lurich travelled to the United States to ply his trade, he made the transition to catch-as-catch-can wrestling, the dominant style outside of Europe.      Lurich adapted well to this style and earned a shot at the World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, Frank

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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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