Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1925
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.
01-08-1925: Wayne “Big” Munn wins the World heavyweight championship from Ed “Strangler” Lewis in Kansas City, MO. This is the beginning of a promotional war with Lewis claiming to have been fouled when thrown over the top rope by Munn. Strangler Lewis keeps the physical belt and continues to be promoted as World champion by Billy Sandow and Ed White. The whole war was a booking angle to reunify the two titles in a big money match scheduled for May. However, a shoot double cross by Stanislaus Zbyszko and promoter Tony Stecher messes things up in April. The two World titles end up being unified anyway in 1928.
03-17-1925: Ike Robin defeats Mohammad Ali Sunni for the New Zealand title in Auckland.
04-15-1925: Stanislaus Zbyszko defeats Wayne “Big” Munn for the World heavyweight championship in Philadelphia, PA when promoter Tony Stecher double crosses promoters Billy Sandow and Ed White. Zbyszko shoots on Munn to take the title. The referee, who was on the Sandow-White-Lewis payroll, is forced to count two falls after Zbyszko pins Munn numerous times in the match just to keep the crowd from rioting. Munn remains recognized in some areas as champion.
04-16-1925: Wayne Munn is hospitalized with “severe tonsillitis and influenza.” Munn’s manager, Gabe Kaufman, says that Munn had entered his world title defense against Stanislaus Zbyszko with a high fever. Munn is said to have a “104 degree” fever.
05-30-1925: Stanislaus Zbyszko drops the World title to Joe Stecher in St. Louis, MO.
Ed “Strangler” Lewis takes the off-shoot World title from Wayne Munn. This would have been for the reunification of the titles had Zbyszko not double crossed Munn and taken the real championship.
07-05-1925: Stanislaus Zbyszko tells the Spokane Spokesman-Review that, “When I am more than 60 years old I will do my best wrestling.”
07-15-1925: To demonstrate how much wrestling has changed since 1925 consider this quote from turn of the century wrestler Emil Klank, now a referee, following a Portland, OR match where Ira Dern knocked out Billy Edwards. “I have been wrestling for 31 years and I have never seen a more deliberate foul than Dern committed. He hit Edwards in the face with a clenched fist. Edwards is still unconscious, so I declare Edwards the winner.”
12-11-1925: Jess McMahon along with Tex Rickard begin promoting boxing matches at Madison Square Garden in New York with a light-heavyweight championship match between Jack Delaney and Paul Berlenbach.
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