The Meteoric Rise & Stunning Fall Of Fred Kohler's NWA Chicago Wrestling Empire

On June 29th, 1961, the NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion Pat O’Connor stood across the ring from “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers. In front of a raucous Comiskey Park crowd of 38,622 fans, the men wrestled a Two out of Three Falls Match that lasted 21:30 minutes and ended with Rogers picking up the final pinfall, becoming… Continue reading The Meteoric Rise & Stunning Fall Of Fred Kohler's NWA Chicago Wrestling Empire

The Death Of Ray Gunkel & How It Catapulted Ox Baker Into Pro Wrestling Infamy

On June 30th, 1972, Ray Gunkel climbed into the Municipal Auditorium ring in Atlanta, Georgia to wrestle Ox Baker for the NWA Brass Knuckles Championship. He supposedly wasn’t even meant to be in the match. Four days prior, Baker had won the title from Beppo Mongol (who would go on to greater fame as Nikolai… Continue reading The Death Of Ray Gunkel & How It Catapulted Ox Baker Into Pro Wrestling Infamy

Pomp And Circumstance: The Brilliance Of Gorgeous George

I was 11 years old in 1988. I’d become a bit too much for my mom to deal with, so she shipped me off to live with my dad for awhile. By that time, I was already knee deep in my wrestling fandom and was a regular TV viewer of WWF, NWA, AWA and WCCW.… Continue reading Pomp And Circumstance: The Brilliance Of Gorgeous George

From The Gridiron To The Squared Circle: The Warring Ways Of Wahoo McDaniel

Tully Blanchard, I can beat you. You're the National Heavyweight Champion, you're coming to Cincinnati and I know you and JJ Dillon have something cooked up, but I'm just gonna go out there and do what I do best: win matches! - Wahoo McDaniel Training Camp had just started for the New York Jets and… Continue reading From The Gridiron To The Squared Circle: The Warring Ways Of Wahoo McDaniel

Sputnik Monroe’s Main Event Win Over Jim Crow – Pt. 2

Read Sputnik Monroe's Main Event Win Over Jim Crow, Pt. 1 here. Win if you can, lose if you must, always cheat, and if you have to leave the ring, leave tearing it down. - Sputnik Monroe A White Hat Rides Into Town    A few months prior to Monroe, Billy Wicks had arrived in Memphis,… Continue reading Sputnik Monroe’s Main Event Win Over Jim Crow – Pt. 2

Baby Doe: From Johannesburg, South Africa To Armourdale, Kansas?

Writer’s note: the following story concerns an arm of professional wrestling formerly, and, perhaps, currently in some areas, called midget wrestling. As we evolve as a people, so too does our language. The term ‘midget’ is not a medical term, nor was it ever recognized as an acceptable descriptor. Point of fact, the term was… Continue reading Baby Doe: From Johannesburg, South Africa To Armourdale, Kansas?

Cocaine, Cancellations And Even More Cocaine: Herb Abrams’ UWF

Colonel Red, no one has ever done anything like this to me! I am going to get you! - Herb Abrams On March 10th, 1991 in the Penta Hotel, an ever-dwindling New York City crowd had just sat through 22 wrestling matches of varying quality. The television taping they were attending had started late, was… Continue reading Cocaine, Cancellations And Even More Cocaine: Herb Abrams’ UWF