Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1905

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.


01-01-1905: Frank Gotch fails to pin Emil Maupas in Montreal, Canada.

01-21-1905: Frank Gotch defeats John McMahon. If this is the same John McMahon of pioneer wrestling fame he would have been 64 years old. Research on the original John McMahon indicates the retired in 1891.

02-01-1905: Frank Gotch again defeats Tom Jenkins. Gotch lost the first fall and won the last two.

03-15-1905: Tom Jenkins defeats Frank Gotch to recapture the American title at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This was Tom Jenkins’ 3rd reign as American champion and sets up the world title match with George Hackenschmidt.

05-04-1905: George Hackenschmidt defeats American champion Tom Jenkins in New York to finally become recognized as undisputed world champion in the United States.

05-19-1905: Despite his loss to George Hackenschmidt just two weeks earlier, Tom Jenkins defeats Frank Gotch winning the first and third falls in a match that lasted over two hours at Madison Square Garden in New York. An exhausted Gotch had to be carried from the ring.

08-1905: J.C. “Kid” Nichols is recognized as U.S. Middleweight champion after beating Jimmy Parr in Iowa City, IA.

09-11-1905: Col. James H. McLaughlin dies in Fairbanks, AK. The Post-Standard newspaper out of Syracuse, NY runs the following: “Col. James H. McLaughlin, whose widow and one daughter, Mrs. Grace Ingelbrit, are making their home at Durhamville, dies at Fairbanks, Alaska on September 11. He was born at Oriskany Falls about sixty years ago and in his day was famous as a wrestler, giving exhibitions all over the country and being the winner of notable matches. Colonel McLaughlin’s military title was earned in the Civil War. First a sergeant in the 26th New York Infantry, he was afterwards a Captain in the 24th New York Cavalry and upon the consolidation of that regiment with the 10th New York Cavalry into the 1st Provisional Cavalry, Captain McLaughlin was promoted to Major and brevetted Colonel. Upon his retirement as a professional wrestler he was, for some time, a conductor on the Flint & Pere Marquette Railroad and at the time of discovery of gold in Alaska was living at Seattle, Washington. From there he went to Fairbanks. Besides his widow and daughter, Col. McLaughlin is survived by two brothers and two sisters.

10-24-1905: Evan “Strangler” Lewis visits a friend in Milwaukee, WI and tells the newspaper there he is retired and will never wrestle another match.

12-27-1905: Frank Gotch wins a supposed fifty-man tournament in Montreal in Greco-Roman defeating Emil Maupas in the finals.

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Frank A. Gotch

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