Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1904

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.


01-28-1904: Frank Gotch wins his first American title from Tom Jenkins. Gotch wins two straight falls, the second one by foul. The January 24 edition of the Seattle Post Intelligencer newspaper proclaims this match is to determine the “champion of the Anglo-Saxon race!” The match was for a $2000 purse and $1000 side bet.

03-30-1904: Frank Gotch defeats Farmer Burns in Des Moines, IA.

6-13-1904: Frank Gotch defeats Farmer Burns in Sioux City, IA.

07-02-1904: Tom Jenkins loses to George Hackenschmidt in England. The New York papers print a scathing review of the match by George Lurich, a wrestler who had defeated Hackenschmidt in Moscow and the two hated each other. Lurich claimed the match was “not on the level”. The article goes on to say that Lurich had passed out a flier to expose Hackenschmidt. The flier said, “In the vital interest of good sport and self protection I am obliged to expose a so-called world championship match…” Lurich went on to attempt to discredit Tom Jenkins for getting the match in the first place but said of Hackenschmidt, “Hackenschmidt then led me to understand that Jenkins was not only prepared to go down to him in Greco-Roman, but also in Catch-As-Catch-Can, and that he, Hackenschmidt, would go down in Catch-As-Catch-Can to Jenkins in America and pretended that he was in a dilemma, adding, “Jenkins is prepared to go down in both styles and what am I to do?”

08-06-1904: Frank Gotch defeats Dan McLeod in Vancouver, BC.

10-05-1904: Frank Gotch defeats Dan McLeod in Vancouver, BC again.

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Frank A. Gotch

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