On this episode of the World Champions Podcast, the hidden side of Joe Stecher and Ed "Strangler" Lewis's battles come to the fore. Jack Curley, boxing impresario Tex Rickard, the dastardly Billy Sandow and others battle for control of professional wrestling and its world heavyweight championship. Pro wrestling continues to grow in style and sophistication as its big matches go from small Midwestern towns to the big lights of New York City and Madison Square Garden.
In this episode of the World Champions Podcast, journey back to the days after Frank Gotch had left professional wrestling without a shining light. It was up to a totally new star to rise to the fore and keep audiences engaged. Joe Stecher and his amazing 'trick legs' caught the nation's attention, the first man after Gotch himself to do that. Ed 'Strangler' Lewis and other luminaries also enter the scene, ready to prove their mettle.
This week on The World Champions, two legends of the pro wrestling ring are set to do battle with the greatest prize of them all on the line: the world heavyweight champions. For the first time in history there will be no credible dispute. But with two such diametrically opposed personalities as Frank Gotch and Georg Hackenschmidt there was no way things would go quite smoothly.
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In the second episode of the World Champions Podcast, join a discussion about the developing world of pro wrestling in the 1880s and 90s, a time when national styles were changing, when wrestlers began to adopt gimmicks, and when "The Solid Man" William Muldoon ruled the roost.
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Photograph of Martin "Farmer" Burns hanging without damage from a noose.