Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1881

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.


03-03-1881: William Muldoon defeats Edwin Bibby in New York. The match was supposed to start at 3:30 PM but Muldoon was unable to get off patrol for the New York Police Department until 7:00 pm. When he arrived he quickly won two falls. He soon quit the police force to concentrate on wrestling full time.

04-1881: Mike Horagan defeats Viro Small in New York and decides to become Small’s trainer. Between 1882 and 1892 Viro Small won 63 matches and the Vermont Collar & Elbow title.

12-09-1881: Joe Acton defeats Tom Connors to become the European Catch-As-Catch-Can champion.

1881 (unspecified): William Muldoon wrestles to an eight hour draw with Clarence “The Kansas Demon” Whistler in New York. In this 1881 match which the New York Herald called a “torture marathon”, Muldoon and Whistler were both left bloody and Whistler lost part of his ear. Muldoon accused Whistler of purposely wearing his fingernails long to inflict cuts to Muldoon and he also accused him of wetting his hair with ammonia.

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Clarence “The Kansas Demon” Whistler

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