Christmas Night Wrestling Fiasco

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On Christmas Night 1911, Stanislaus Zbyszko met Giovanni Raicievich in a much-anticipated heavyweight wrestling bout.  Zbyszko, who was campaigning for a rematch with World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion Frank Gotch, agreed to throw Raicevich 3 times in 90 minutes or be declared the loser. As the men entered the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City, Zbyszko was clearly the

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1915 New York Wrestling Tournament

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The International Wrestling Tournament occurred in two phases between May 19, 1915 and December 31, 1915.  Fifty wrestlers would compete in the first phase of the tournament including World Greco-Roman Champion Aleksander “Alex” Aberg.  The second installment had 40 wrestlers including up and coming star Ed “Strangler” Lewis, who joined a month into the tournament on November 22, 1915.  The

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William Muldoon and His Health Farm

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William Muldoon, a former New York City detective, won the World Greco-Roman Wrestling Championship by defeating Thiebaud Bauer.  Muldoon reigned for ten years before retiring as champion.  After retiring, he began to make a living as a personal trainer. Muldoon trained many wrestlers but really came to prominence after getting a woefully out of shape John L. Sullivan fit for

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Muldoon Spars With Sullivan

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William Muldoon was the reigning World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion and a noted physical culturist, when he was engaged by John L. Sullivan’s backers to get their fighter in shape.  Sullivan was the reigning World Heavyweight Bare Knuckle Prizefighting Champion.  He signed an agreement to meet his toughest challenger, Jake Kilrain, in July 1889. Sullivan admitted he was in bad shape,

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