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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Blackburn and Langford Go Distance

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      Charles Henry “Jack” Blackburn achieved his greatest fame as the trainer of World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Louis from 1934 to 1942.  Louis is widely considered to be one of the top three to five heavyweights in professional boxing history and some consider him the best heavyweight fighter.  “Jack” Blackburn developed the talents of the young champion

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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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