Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1928

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.


02-20-1928: Ed “Strangler” Lewis defeats Joe Stecher to finally unify the World heavyweight championship in St. Louis, MO. Strangler Lewis had been recognized as World champion in various areas while Joe Stecher held the linear championship belt. This match had been put off several times since 1925. While Ed “Strangler” Lewis now has the strongest claim as world champion, the New York State Athletic Commission decides to recognize Hans Steinke as champion.

09-1928: William Muldoon, now the President of the New York State Athletic Commission tells Ring Magazine, “Boxing is the greatest form of entertainment known to man.”

11-10-1928: Clarence Eklund wins a tournament in Melbourne, Australia to become World lightweight champion.

11-31-1928: The famous match between Stanislaus Zbyszko and Gama the Great takes place in Paddulo, India where Zbyszko is pinned by Gama in four seconds of the first fall.

Stanislaus Zbyszko verses Great Gama in India

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