Zbyszko Knocks Out Greek Wrestler

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On June 2, 1915, the International Wrestling Tournament in New York City entered its second week of competition.  Some of the tournaments big names were wrestling on this night.  Alex Aberg, George Lurich and Wladek Zbyszko would all compete.  It was Zbyszko who made the biggest impression. The first match involved two lesser talents, Pierre Le Colosse and Wilhelm Berner. 

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Shikat Surprises O’Mahony and Promoters

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I’m writing this post to correct an earlier post I wrote about double crosses in professional wrestling.  I originally thought double crosses ended after Stanislaus Zybszko double crossed the Gold Dust Trio. Zbyszko, after agreeing to lose to Munn, defeated him in what turned into a legitimate contest for the World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship. Ed “Strangler” Lewis, who dropped the

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Zbyszko Beats Aberg for Title

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On February 26. 1914, Stanislaus Zbyszko beat Alex Aberg for the World Greco-Roman Heavyweight Wrestling Championship in Boston, Massachusetts.  Zbyszko came to the United States in 1909 to campaign for Frank Gotch’s World Catch-as-Catch Can Championship.  Wrestling insiders considered Gotch’s title the World Championship. Zbyszko could not beat Gotch in 1910.  Before they had a rematch, Frank Gotch retired in

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Martin “Farmer” Burns

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Martin “Farmer” Burns was a professional catch-as-catch can wrestler as well as wrestling and physical cultural trainer.  Despite great success as a professional wrestler, even winning the American Heavyweight Championship, he is more famous as a wrestling trainer. Martin “Farmer” Burns was born February 15, 1861 in Cedar County, Iowa.  Both then and now, wrestling is in an Iowan’s blood.

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Muldoon Meets Bibby

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In combat sports, a good big man usually beats a good little man.  If you are great, you can often make up for huge size discrepancies.  Edwin Bibby stood only 5’04” and weighed 160 pounds but defeated many larger wrestlers during his professional wrestling career.  Bibby defeated many wrestlers including the gigantic German wrestler William Heygster.   Edwin Bibby was able

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Muldoon Survives Hard Tilt With Whistler

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The powerful William Muldoon was considered invincible as Greco-Roman World Wrestling Champion.  Only one man seriously challenged Muldoon during his dominant reign.  The 165-pound Clarence Whistler consistently gave Muldoon his toughest challenges.  Muldoon and Whistler met on Thursday, November 1, 1883 in San Francisco, California in one of their several matches. William Muldoon was almost a head taller and weighed

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“Little Demon” Unable to Beat Whistler

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Joe Acton was one of England’s best wrestlers during the 19th Century.  151-pound Acton went through England’s middleweight ranks before plowing through the heavyweights.  After beating the best England had to offer including Tom Cannon, Acton decided to test his abilities in the United States. Joe Acton settled in Philadelphia at Arthur Chamber’s Champions Rest during the summer months of

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Roeber Exposes Business

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When World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion William Muldoon retired in 1889, he hoped his protege Ernest Roeber would be recognized as the new champion.  However, Muldoon won his title in Greco-Roman wrestling, which was the German-born Roeber’s expertise.  Unfortunately, the exploits of Martin “Farmer” Burns and Evan “The Strangler” Lewis catapulted catch-as-catch-can wrestling into the dominant style. Roeber did have a

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