Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1891

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.


02-11-1891: A tournament is held in Chicago, IL featuring Al Zimmerman, Evan “Strangler” Lewis, Tom McInerney, and John Graham with Evan Lewis winning.

06-30-1891: The second “Strangler Lewis” - Ed “Strangler” Lewis, real name Robert Friedrich is born.

07-25-1891: In what the National Police Gazette called “an intense match”, Carl Abs defeated Tom Cannon in Berlin, Germany.

10-24-1891: Evan “Strangler” Lewis injures his leg in a farm accident causing him to miss several matches.

12-31-1891: William Muldoon retires as the American Greco-Roman champion.

1891 (unspecified): Tom Jenkins has his first wrestling match battling Al Woods to a draw at a benefit show for steel mill workers families. Jenkins worked at the plant and was a last minute replacement. Jenkins only had one eye stemming from a fireworks accident as a child. Jenkins became one the the top wrestlers in the world in the 1800s into the early 1900s. Following his retirement from wrestling, then President Theodore Roosevelt appointed him as the boxing and wrestling trainer at West Point Military Academy, a position he held for 37 years.

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Tom Jenkins

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