Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1895

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.


01-30-1895: Ernest Roeber is given a certificate with “Championship of Europe” on it by the National Police Gazette.

02-28-1895: European wrestling great Carl Abs dies.

04-20-1895: Martin “Farmer” Burns wins the American title from Evan “Strangler” Lewis in Chicago, IL winning the last two of three falls. The match was blasted by the press. The match had been advertised as winner take all but the papers later found out that Lewis took a portion of the gate. The next day the Milwaukee paper said, “Throughout Burns seemed to be clearly outclassed in physical ability. Lewis is doing all the aggressive work. At times the Farmer was rushed against, or almost thrown through the ropes. He tried various schemes by which to throw his burly antagonist but it appeared that he might as well have attempted to move a ton of coal. He finally got a hammer lock and Lewis rolled over seemingly without protest. Shouts of ‘fake, fake!’ went up all over the house. True, the men may have wrestled honest on one point and dishonest on all others.” One paper described Lewis as looking “fat as a prized pig".”

10-24-1895: Francisco “El Charro” Aguayo is born in the U.S. Aguayo, no relation to later Mexican star Perro Aguayo, becomes one of the most influential forces in the early days of Mexican lucha libre.

11-11-1895: The Milwaukee Journal runs this interesting note, “John Kline of Beloit has $1000 which he wants to place on Evan Lewis against any wrestler in the world, Burns or McLeod preferred. It is a hard matter to secure a match for Lewis after the fiasco with Burns” referring to their April 20 American title match.

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Carl Abs

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