Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1952

By: Karl Stern (@wiwcool)


01-29-1952: In San Francisco, CA NWA World tag team champions Mike & Ben Sharpe wrestle just a few hours after their father had been killed in a fall at his home in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The Sharpes defeated Leo Nomellini & Hombre Montana at Winterland Arena before a standing room only crowed that grossed $12,159. Digby Sharpe, 58 year old father of the champions, slipped on the basement steps the day before while going to tend the furnace and was killed.

02-03-1952: Rikidozan travels to Hawaii and trains with Oki Shikina.

02-17-1952: Rikidozan wins his first United States match by defeating Chief Little Wolf at Honolulu Civic Auditorium.

05-21-1952: Lou Thesz, NWA World champion, defeats Baron Michele Leone in Los Angeles, CA for another version of the World title, unifying yet another championship with the NWA World title. The match drew a gate of $103, 277 which is believed to be the first over $100,000 gate in pro wrestling history.

10-14-1952: Don Sugai is killed in a car accident in Ontario, Canada at the age of 39.

11-15-1952: Randy Savage (Randy Poffo) is born. He is the son of wrestler Angelo Poffo.

11-17-1952: One of the most famous mask vs mask matches in Mexican wrestling history takes place at Arena Coliseo in Mexico City where El Santo defeats Black Shadow (Alejandro Cruz) in a 70 minute match.

11-1952: Don Eagle vacates the AWA World title due to a back injury.

12-02-1952: Buddy Rogers defeats Killer Kowalski for the former AWA World title, now billed as the AWA Eastern States title in Boston, MA.

12-13-1952: The Junkyard Dog (Sylvester Ritter) is born in Wadesboro, NC.



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