Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1856

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.


1856 (Unspecified):  Paris, France bans wrestling and Savate’ (a French martial art known for it’s spectacular kicks) due to several matches being uncovered as “fixed”.

03-04-1856: In Richford, VT at a town exhibition, wrestler Eliphalet Dufur defeats his sons in exhibition matches - Noah, John, and David, but had a difficult time throwing his thirteen year old youngest son Henry Moses “H.M.” Dufur, who later becomes one of the most successful wrestlers of the 1800s. H.M. Dufur supposedly recorded 127 consecutive wins at one point in his career. Collar & Elbow rules during most of the later 1800s were called “Dufur Rules” after Henry Moses.

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Henry Moses “H.M.” Dufur

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