Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1884

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.


01-14-1884: Sorakichi Matsuda has his first Catch-As-Catch-Can wrestling match and is defeated by Edwin Bibby, losing the first of three falls in just 32 seconds and losing the second fall in 2 hours and 19 minutes.

01-29-1884: Col. James H. McLaughlin recaptures the American Collar & Elbow title from H.M. Dufur in Detroit, MI and $2,500 in winnings.

05-03-1884: H.M. Dufur defeated Col. James H. McLaughlin for the American Collar & Elbow title in Chicago, IL.

06-06-1884: Col. James H. McLaughlin regains the American Collar & Elbow title from H.M. Dufur in Boston, MA.

07-30-1884: H.M. Dufur regains the American Collar & Elbow title from Col. James H. McLaughlin in Boston, MA.

08-01-1884: Edras Gus Lambert defeated Dick Pennell in a Catch-As-Catch-Can match in Philadelphia, PA. Lambert set up shop in Philadelphia from August to November 1884 offering to take on all comers.

10-15-1884: John McMahon becomes the last American Collar & Elbow champion defeating H.M. Dufur in Boston, MA.

Edras Gus Lambert.jpg

Edras Gus Lambert

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