1860s and 1870s

by Mark Long


10 Mar, 1870

Col. James H. McLaughlin Wins the Diamond Championship Belt

Colonel James McLaughlin - historyofwrestling.com

  Col. James H. McLaughlin, a former defeated Barney Smith for the “Diamond Championship Belt.” The match took place in Detroit, Michigan under collar & elbow rules as part of a tournament. The winner of..Read More

23 Nov, 1878

John McMahon Defeats Col. James H. McLaughlin

John McMahon - historyofwrestling.com

John McMahon faced Collar & Elbow champion Col. James H. McLaughlin in Chicago, Illinois in a title match. The two also put together a side bet of $1,000.00 on the match on the title unification..Read More

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