Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1926
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.
02-01-1926: After allegedly being undefeated for 25 years, French wrestling champion Ivan “The Terrible” Maximovich Poddubny loses to Joe Stecher in New York.
02-10-1926: Ted Thye wins the World lightweight title in Columbus, OH from Clarence Eklund.
05-12-1926: Clarence Eklund regains the World lightweight title from Ted Thye in Los Angeles, CA.
10-06-1926: A match is set up in Los Angeles to unify the World titles between Joe Stecher and Ed “Strangler” Lewis. Lewis no-shows and is replaced by John Pesek. The match is split at one fall each going into the final fall Pesek gets Stecher in a wrist lock. Stecher is obviously beaten but the referee steps in and disqualifies Pesek for using an illegal choke, thus saving Stecher’s title.
12-01-1926: A match to finally unify the two world titles between Ed “Strangler” Lewis and Joe Stecher falls apart when Lewis again no-shows and forfeits a $2,500 bond.
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