Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1883

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.


02-22-1883: Edras Gus Lambert drew with Viro “Black Sam” Small 1 fall each in New York, NY.

03-21-1883: Evan “Strangler” Lewis billed as the Montana champion defeats Ben Knight billed as the Wisconsin champion in Dodgeville, WI.

04-07-1883: Joe Acton defeats Tom Connor to win the World Catch-As-Catch-Can title in Philadelphia, PA.

10-10-1883: Jack Carkeek throws Evan “Strangler” Lewis twice in Darlington, WI for a $250 purse.

10-11-1883: Duncan Ross wins a tournament in Rochester, NY to become recognized as the American Mixed Styles champion.

12-13-1883: H.M. Dufur wins the American Collar & Elbow title from John McMahon in Boston, MA.

1883 (unspecified): Sorakichi Matsuda, a Japanese sumo wrestler, travels to the United States and competes as a professional wrestler. Another sumo wrestler, Sangokuyama (Shokichi Hamada) also arrives.

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Edras Gus Lambert

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