Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1880

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.


01-18-1880: William Muldoon wins the American Greco-Roman wrestling championship from Thiebaud Bauer in New York City at Gilmore Gardens in front of 3000 fans.

01-19-1880: William Muldoon participates in what is believed to be the longest wrestling match in American history, a nine hour thirty-five minute draw with Professor William Miller in New York.

03-16-1880: John McMahon wrestles H.M. Dufur to a six hour draw without a fall in Boston, MA.

07-01-1880: Allgeme Sport Zeitung, a sporting magazine out of Austria begins publication covering wrestling in Europe.

07-16-1880: John McMahon defeats his cousin Jim Owens for the World Collar & Elbow title.

10-11-1880: Duncan C. Ross wins the American Collar & Elbow title from H.M. Dufur in Providence, RI.

11-18-1880: H.M. Dufur recaptures the American Collar & Elbow title from Duncan C. Ross.

12-16-1880: John McMahon wins the American Collar & Elbow title from H.M. Dufur in Boston, MA.

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Professor William Miller

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