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

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

When I first launched the DragonKing Press Newsletter in 1999, the publication quickly gained notoriety for our focus on the history of professional wrestling.  While most publications were keeping fans updated on the latest happenings in WWE (and at that time ECW and WCW as well), we decided to focus on the more forgotten stars of the past.

Since our start, we have been used as resource material for such major publications as the Los Angeles Times and USA Today.  Our newsletters (available for download by our Patreon supporters in the digital downloads section) have served as research material for specials on ESPN and FOX News, as well as featured in the Florida Sun-Sentinel and other newspapers.  We have also been credited in several books including Death of WCW and Chokehold.

This Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History, is the culmination of research, not only by me, but by many of the greatest historians in wrestling.  I must make mention of several of these by name because, without their research and work, much of the history of wrestling would not be known.  They are:  Steve Yohe, Mark Hewitt, J. Michael Kenyon, Libnan Ayoub, Gherardo Bonini, Mike Chapman, Hisaharu Tanabe, Don Luce, Dave Meltzer, Seth Hansen, Joseph Svinth, Dan Cerquitella, Vance Nevada, Robert Rothhaas, Greg Oliver, Evan Ginzburg, Tim Hornbaker, David Williamson, Beau James, and many others.

I have often been cited as a "wrestling historian" but a better term for me would be "chronicler", because the true crux of research was done by the people listed above.  Thank you for preserving a history for pro wrestling, one of the greatest forms of entertainment over the last two hundred years.

Many of the early years of this time line were originally published in the DragonKing Press The Pioneers of Wrestling Special (still available as a .pdf booklet in the digital downloads section) which I published in 2002.  I have since added much to the original publication and corrected a few things.  

This is a work in progress.  New information will be added to the time line when verified and corrections will be made a needed.  If you would like to correct anything please drop me an email or contact me on social media.  All of our contact information is listed elsewhere on this page.  Please enjoy, print out, save, and share the Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History but please credit WhenItWasCool.com when doing so and please (most importantly) if you find this information useful and entertaining, then support us for as little as $1 per month on Patreon.  Thank you. - Karl Stern (DragonKingKarl)

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