1900s and 1910s

by Mark Long


14 Sep, 1900

Frank Gotch Defeats Farmer Burns

Farmer Burns - Frank Gotch - historyofwrestling.com

For the first time, Frank Gotch defeats Farmer Burns. The match took place in Winterset, Iowa, giving Gotch a record of 26-2 (his only losses occurring before Burns had trained him.

07 Nov, 1901

Tom Jenkins Wins the American Title

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Tom Jenkins defeats Dan McLeod to win the American title in Cleveland, Ohio. Both men had previously defeated Farmer Burns and were thus claiming to be the American champion. They had previously wrestled to no..Read More

25 Dec, 1902

Dan McLeod Defeats Tom Jenkins to  Recapture the American Title

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Dan McLeod defeats Tom Jenkins to  recapture the American title in a match held in Worcester, Massachusetts. Jenkins was suffering from blood poisoning in his leg and forfeited the third and deciding fall. McLeod won..Read More

15 Mar, 1905

Tom Jenkins Recaptures the American Heavyweight Champonship

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Tom Jenkins recaptures the American Heavyweight Championship by defeating Frank Gotch at Madison Square Garden in New York City in front of 10,300 fan. This was the third title reign for Jenkins and would set..Read More

01 Dec, 1906

Fred Beell Defeats Frank Gotch For The American Title

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Prussian-born Fred Beell stunned the wrestling world by defeating the American Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, Frank Gotch. The match took place in New Orleans, Louisiana with Beell throwing Gotch from the ring. Known as the “Beell..Read More

03 Apr, 1908

Frank Gotch Defeats George Hackenschmidt For The World Title

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Frank Gotch, the American Heavyweight champion, defeated World Heavyweight champion George Hackenschmidt in front of more than 10,000 raucous fans in Chicago, Illinois. Hackenschmidt entered the ring standing 5′ 9″, and weighing 208 lbs. while..Read More

01 Jun, 1910

Frank Gotch Defeats Stanislaus Zbyszko

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Frank Gotch defeated Stanislaus Zbyszko in six seconds of the first fall in a title match held in Chicago, Illinois. He followed up by gaining a second fall in just over 27 minutes with an..Read More

09 Feb, 1911

George Hackenschmidt Fails to Stanislaus Zbyszko in 90 minutes

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In a match held in Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, Stanislaus Zbyszko declared himself the victor over  George Hackenschmidt when Hackenschmidt failed to throw him in 90 minutes. The match was..Read More

04 Sep, 1911

Frank Gotch Defeats George Hackenschmidt in Rematch

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In front of a crowd of 25,000 people in Chicago, Illinois, Frank Gotch defeated George Hackenschmidt in a rematch of the 1908 fight. With a live gate of $87,000.00 in White Sox Park, the match..Read More

07 Dec, 1915

Mort Henderson Debuts as the Masked Marvel

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During the 1915 New York International Wrestling Tournament started in the Manhattan Opera House, the crowds had become a bit bored with the action and attendance began to wain when suddenly a masked man walked..Read More

09 Apr, 1917

Joe Stecher Forfeits the World Championship to Earl Caddock

Earl Caddock - Joe Stecher - historyofwrestling.com

Earl Caddock became the World Heavyweight champion when Joe Stecher forfeited their match. The match was signed in March 1917 and was held in Omaha, Nebraska in front of a sold out arena of 7,500..Read More

03 Mar, 1919

Ed “Strangler” Lewis Outlasts Joe Stecher in Chicago

Ed Lewis - Joe Stecher - historyofwrestling.com

Ed “Strangler” Lewis defeated Joe Stecher in 2:12:37. The match was set for a best out of three falls, with the provision that if no fall occurred within the fist hour and a half it..Read More

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