Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1854

By: Karl Stern (@wiwcool)

Much of the text of this entry comes from issue 82 of the DragonKing Press Newsletter available as a downloadable .pdf in the digital downloads section.


1854 (Unspecified):  Viro Small, a slave turned wrestler and boxer, is born into slavery in Buford, SC. Following the Civil War he gained his freedom and moved north. He was one of the first African-American wrestlers of renown, wrestling under the name Black Sam. He won championships including the Vermont Collar & Elbow title. He spent about fifteen years (1870-1855) as a boxer and wrestler and was once shot in the neck but survived.

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Black Sam (Viro Small)

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