Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1953

By: Karl Stern (@wiwcool)


01-1953: Vincent J. McMahon, son of boxing promoter Jess McMahon and father of Vincent Kennedy McMahon, along with Toots Mondt, form Capitol Wrestling Corporation and promote wrestling in the New York area. Capitol Wrestling Corporation evolves into the World Wide Wrestling Federation and eventually into World Wrestling Entertainment.

01-06-1953: The 1949 “Mr. California” and 1951 “Mr. Muscle Beach” bodybuilding champion Pepper Gomez makes his wrestling debut in El Paso, Texas. Gomez, who had been trained by Miguel “Blackie” Guzman injures his knee in his debut and is out of action for several months.

01-14-1953: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan is born.

01-25-1953: Honky Tonk Man (Wayne Farris) is born.

02-28-1953: Ricky Steamboat (Richard Blood) is born.

03-06-1953: Wrestling legend has the first “Brass Knux” match taking place on this date between Danny McShain and Wild Bull Curry in Houston, TX with Curry winning on the Paul Boesch promoted show.

05-10-1953: Tito Santana is born.

05-11-1953: New York State lifts the ban on tag team wrestling.

06-1953: June Byers wins a tournament in Baltimore, MD to win a version of the World Women’s title. It would be unified with the NWA World Women’s title in a historic shoot match in 1954.

07-25-1953: After unmasking the Blue Demon’s brother The Black Shadow (Alejandro Cruz) earlier in the year, El Santo now squares off against the Blue Demon seeking revenge for his brother with Santo’s NWA Welterweight title on the line at Arena Mexico. Blue Demon wins the title in two straight falls.

07-30-1953: Rikidozan starts Japan’s first full time pro wrestling group - The Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance (JWA) and names Shinsaku Nitta as President.

08-11-1953: Hulk Hogan (Terry Gene Bollea) is born.

08-16-1953: Baron Michele Leone wins the NWA World Junior title from Danny McShain in Memphis, TN.

12-06-1953: Lou Thesz defeats Rikidozan at the Honolulu Civic Auditorium in a 43 minute match with the piledriver to retain the NWA World heavyweight title.



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