Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1893

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.


03-02-1893: Evan “Strangler” Lewis unifies the American Greco-Roman title and the Catch-As-Catch-Can titles into the American heavyweight title which is seen as one of American pro wrestling’s first true major championship. Evan Lewis defeats Ernest Roeber in New Orleans, LA in a best of five falls match.

1893 (unspecified): Dr. Benjamin F. Roller is recognized as the first light heavyweight champion of the world, a title he claims until 1911.

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Evan “Strangler” Lewis

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