Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1906

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.


01-25-1906: Frank Gotch defeats Farmer Burns in Kansas City.

04-21-1906: A match between Frank Gotch and Emilio Pietro under Greco-Roman rules goes to a DQ in Montreal.

04-30-1906: Frank Gotch fails to pin John “Apollo” Perelli under handicap rules in Kansas City.

05-14-1906: A match between Frank Gotch and Emilio Pietro is stopped by police in Montreal and ruled a no contest.

05-23-1906: Frank Gotch defeats Tom Jenkins in two straight falls to avenge his 1903 and 1905 losses in a match that lasted just over 30 minutes in Kansas City. Gotch wins the American heavyweight title.

06-09-1906: Frank Gotch defeats Farmer Burns in St. Louis.

10-12-1906: Frank Gotch draws with Dr. Benjamin F. Roller with no falls in an hour in Seattle.

11-17-1906: Fred Beell defeats Bob Managoff in New Orleans in preparation for his title match against Gotch.

11-19-1906: Clarence Weber defeats Buttan Singh for the Australian title in Melbourne.

12-01-1906: Fred Beell upsets Frank Gotch for the American title in New Orleans, LA using the toss still known today as the “Beell Throw” to throw Gotch from the ring. Charlie Olsen is the referee. The most often told version of the match ending has Gotch striking his head on the ring post which knocked him out. Newspaper accounts state only that both men “fell off the mat” and Gotch received a bump over his left eye. Gotch was knocked out and had to be revived. He returned to the ring and was quickly pinned by Beell. Beell, who was much smaller than Gotch, some reports even say he was as much as 50 pounds lighter, was still one of the best grapplers of the day. Gotch told an interviewer years later that he was out shape and thrown “into an orchestra pit”. Gotch never again lost to Beell during his career.

12-03-1906: Stanislaus Zbyszko wins the World Greco-Roman tournament in France.

12-17-1906: Frank Gotch regains the American title from Fred Beell in Kansas City. This is the Gotch’s third reign as champion.

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Fred Beell

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