Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1911

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.


01-11-1911: Frank Gotch marries Gladys Oesrich in Humboldt, IA.

01-16-1911: Frank Gotch wrestles his first match since June 1910 defeating Fred Erler in Chicago, IL.

02-1911: A wrestler known as McRay dies in Texas following a match with Charley Olsen. He was reportedly the second person to die wrestling Olsen.

03-11-1911: Frank Gotch defeats Fred Beell in Duluth, MN

03-17-1911: Frank Gotch defeats Charlie Cutler in Lincoln, NE.

03-20-1911: Frank Gotch defeats Fred Beell in Wichita, KS.

03-25-1911: Frank Gotch defeats Tom Jenkins in Denver, CO.

04-03-1911: Wrestling pioneer John McMahon dies age 69.

04-18-1911: Frank Gotch begins a tour of the Southwest which stretches until April 26 passing through Phoenix, Tucson, Bisbie, El Paso, San Antonio, Waco, Dallas, and Kansas City.

05-05-1911: Frank Gotch defeats Fred Beell in Knoxville, TN.

09-04-1911: Frank Gotch again defeats George Hackenschmidt in their rematch from 1908. Gotch wins two straight falls with a live gate of over $87,000 in front of a reported crowd of 25,000 in White Sox Park (Comiskey, whom the park was later named after was President of the ball field at the time). Hackenschmidt badly injures his knee prior to the match, allegedly at the hands of Ad Santel. Supposedly, and this is one of pro wrestling’s great unsolved mysteries, Santel was paid a sum of money to hook Hackenschmidt in training. Lou Thesz alleged in the 1998 A&E television special The Unreal Story of Professional Wrestling, that Santel was paid to injure Hackenschmidt. Historian Mark Hewitt stated on the old DragonKing Wrestling Pioneers of Wrestling message board, “I tend to think that Ad Santel aka Adolph Ernst did the deed. We’ve proven that Ernst was in Hack’s training camp before the bout and had previously been on Gotch’s training team. He was certainly capable of doing it. Gotch hated Hack and didn’t want to give him a rematch, mostly because he didn’t want the “Greaseball” (Gotch’s words) to make any money. The rumors flew from the start that Doc Roller took out Hack’s knee. I wouldn’t put it past Gotch or his backers to hurt Hack even before the bout. Ad Santel explained to Thesz that’s just the way it was back then.” Gotch was paid $21,000 for the match and Hackenschmidt $9,000.

10-14-1911: Frank Gotch defeated Fred Beell in St. Joseph, MO.

12-27-1911: Frank Gotch defeated “British champion” Alex Monroe in Kansas City. Gotch again announces his retirement. Gotch stated that the only American he wished to face was Dr. Benjamin F. Roller and stated that he would pin Roller “six times in an hour”.

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