Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1941

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.


01-21-1941: Ivan Putski is born.

01-23-1941: In Hillsboro, TX, Billy Edwards, 51 years old, whom the newspaper reporter called “one of pro wrestling’s most picturesque figures for twenty years,” was killed in a car accident.

02-19-1941: Dory Funk, Jr. (Dorrance Funk, Jr.) is born.

02-24-1941: Roy Dunn claims a version of the World title by claiming Ray Steele will not face him. This title is called the “National Wrestling Alliance” World title and is based out of Wichita, KS.

03-11-1941: Bronko Nagurski defeats Ray Steele in Minneapolis, MN for the National Wrestling Association World title.

04-04-1941: The Black Panther (Frank Sexton) defeats Bobby Managoff for the Pacific Coast title in Oakland, CA.

04-17-1941: Lee Wyckoff defeats Orville Brown in Kansas City for the Midwest title.

06-05-1941: Sandor Szabo defeats Bronko Nagurski in St. Louis, MO for the National Wrestling Association World title.

06-19-1941: Though she claims to have began her career in 1939 (and that is possible), the oldest match results I could ever find for Mae Young was from J. Michael Kenyen’s WAWLI Papers with this date which gave her a loss to Mildred Burke in Jacksonville, FL.

08-25-1941: Danny McShain defeats Paavo Ketonen in Hollywood, CA for the World lightweight title.

08-29-1941: Former World boxing champion Primo Carnera announces he will become a professional wrestler.

09-01-1941: Wild Red Berry defeats Danny McShain for the World lightweight title in Hollywood, CA.

09-02-1941: Jack Claybourne wins the Kentucky Negro title from Hallie Samara in Louisville, KY. Many states including Kentucky and Texas had laws on the books during this time period where African-Americans could not wrestle against white wrestlers and, much like baseball, were segregated into competing among themselves.

09-17-1941: Yvon Robert wins his sixth Montreal AWA title defeating Lou Thesz.

09-21-1941: Jack Brisco is born.

10-16-1941: Orville Brown wins his second Midwest title defeating Lee Wyckoff in Kansas City.

12-05-1941: Adrian Street is born.

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Orville Brown

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