Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 23 BC

By: Karl Stern (@dragonkingkarl, @wiwcool, karl@whenitwascool.com)

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.

23 BC

A book of Japanese chronicles from 712 AD called the Nihon Shoki states that in the year 23 BC the Emperor Suinin requested that an Izumo potter named Nomi-no Sukune wrestle the bully Taima-no Kehaya.  During the match, Sukune kicks Kehaya in the stomach and solar plexus, fatally injuring him and won the match.  Sukune has since been immortalized in Japan as the "Father of Sumo".  Sumo wrestling becomes the national sport of Japan over time and the term "Sumo" means "wrestling or grappling."

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The battle between Nomi-no Sukune and Taima-no Kehaya.

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