1920s and 1930s

by Mark Long


30 Jan, 1920

Joe Stecher defeats Earl Caddock in New York City

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Joe Stecher defeated Earl Caddock in New York City. The match was held in Madison Square Garden and drew a gate of $80,000 with an attendance of 10,000. The match was considered one of the..Read More

15 Feb, 1920

Aleksander Aberg Dies at 38

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Aleksander “Alex” Aberg, one of the top professional wrestlers in the world, died in Armavir, Armenia. Aberg was one of the great Estonian wrestlers of the day, along with Georg Lurich and George Hackenschmidt. A top contender..Read More

25 Jan, 1923

“Tigerman” John Pesek Defeats Olympian Nat Pendleton

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As the Gold Dust Trio (Strangler Lewis, Billy Sandow and Toots Mondt) ruled the wrestling world, promoter Jack Curley decided to  challenge the group’s supremacy. With the trio seeking a payday with boxing champion Jack..Read More

16 Sep, 1930

The National Wrestling Association Is Established

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The National Wrestling Association, professional wrestling’s first recognized sanctioning body, is established. The NWA was an outgrowth of the National Boxing Association and, like the NBA, it was a collection of state athletic commissioners who..Read More

07 Apr, 1933

“Jumping” Joe Savoldi Defeats Jim Londos in Chicago

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In one of the many double-crosses that were so prevalent during this infamous era of professional wrestling, “Jumping” Joe Savoldi defeats reigning the National Wrestling Association World champion Jim Londos in Chicago, Illinois. Referee Bob..Read More

29 Dec, 1937

Lou Thesz Wins His First World Title

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December 29, 1937: Following a victory over Everett Marshall in St. Louis, Missouri, a 21 year-old Lou Thesz wins his first World title and becomes the youngest World champion in history by capturing the American..Read More

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