Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1935

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.


01-23-1935: In a match in Portland, OR, wrestler Jack Washburn places a metal plate in his knee pad to use against Paul Boesch. Police investigate and arrest Washburn following the match.

02-02-1935: The Missouri State Athletic Commission bars Jim Londos’ “strangulation hold.”

02-05-1935: In Portland, OR municipal Judge Donald E. Long gave judgement against wrestler Jack Washburn, 35, who was fined $250 for conviction of using a metal plate in his knee pad in a wrestling match on January 23. Washburn was arrested following his match with Paul Boesch and then released on $50 bail. Washburn failed to appear in court and Judge Long refused to accept forfeiture of his bond and ordered his arrest.

06-27-1935: Danno O’Mahoney defeats Jim Londos in Boston, MA to win the New York State Athletic Commission recognized World heavyweight championship. The National Wrestling Association also recognizes him as champion at their annual meeting.

Everette Marshall defeats Young Gotch in Denver, CO and is recognized by the Colorado Athletic Commission as world champion and is presented a belt by the Governor of Colorado.

07-03-1935: Everette Marshall gains recognition as the Mid-West Wrestling Association champion.

07-24-1935: Vincent Lopez defeats Man Mountain Dean in a tournament final to win recognition as World champion in California.

07-30-1935: Danno O’Mahoney defeats Ed “Strangler” Lewis for the World heavyweight title in Boston, MA by count out. James Braddock is special referee. O’Mahoney is recognized not only for that title but also holds recognition as world champion in New York and by the National Wrestling Association, creating the closest thing to a universally recognized world champion in years (though there is Vincent Lopez on the West Coast and Everette Marshall in the Mid-West who also claim the championship of the world).

07-31-1935: Ed “Strangler” Lewis announces he will retire from wrestling to train Vincent Lopez.

09-05-1935: Ray “Crippler” Stevens is born in Point Pleasant, WV.

10-06-1935: Bruno Sammartino is born in Abruzzi, Italy.

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Everett Marshall

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