Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1929

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.

1929

01-04-1929: Gus Sonnenberg is awarded the World heavyweight title after knocking Ed “Strangler” Lewis out of the ring with a shoulder tackle and Lewis refuses to return.

01-28-1929: Hassen “The Terrible Turk” Nuhammed dies at the age of 38 in a car accident near Phoenix, AZ.

03-08-1929: Hugh Nichols wins the World middleweight title from Gust Kallio.

05-01-1929: After attempting a retirement to work his farm, a drop in grain prices forces Joe Stecher to return to wrestling.

07-21-1929: Bob Orton, Sr. is born.

Matty Matsuda dies of tuberculosis in Battle Creek, MI.

08-23-1929: Dick Shikat defeats Jim Londos in Philadelphia, PA. The National Boxing Association’s wrestling division (later the National Wrestling Association) recognizes Shikat as the new world champion.

09-09-1929: In what was described as one of the greatest matches ever in Phoenix, AZ, Jim Londos defeated Pete Sauer.

09-14-1929: The Arizona Republic newspaper claims that Jim Londos had wrestled in Greece in 1928 in front of 65,000 people. Londos is photographed with his father in front of the supposed crowd.

Jim Londos Greece.jpg

Jim Londos wrestling in Greece

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