Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1914

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.


01-29-1914: Frank Gotch writes to a reporter at the New York Times. He again announces his retirement, stating, “Please announce positively that I am through with wrestling forever. My wife and myself have gone over the matter thoroughly and nothing will induce me to change my mind. The call of the foreigners and the offer of the big New York purses, $25,000 for three bouts, will never make me leave my farm again. I would suggest that Fred Beell and Americus (Gus Schoenlein) get together and let the winner of that match defend the world title. I will willingly waive my rights to the title in favor of the winner of the Beell - Americus match.”

12-12-1914: Influential lucha libre star and boxer Carlos “Gorilla” Ramos is born.

1914 (unspecified): World lightweight champion Ad Santel defeats 5th degree Judo black belt Takugoro Itoh and claims to be world Judo champion. Another Judoka, 4th degree black belt Daisuke Sakai, is sent to avenge his loss but is also defeated by Santel. Historian Joseph Svinth suggests that this match was possibly in 1915 or 1916 instead.

1914 (unspecified): Elmer “Pet” Brown claims to be world middleweight champion.

1914 (unspecified): Frank Gotch’s son is born. His son’s name is Robert Frederick Gotch. Robert Frederick is the real name of Ed “Strangler” Lewis.


Americus (Gus Schoenlein)

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