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THE HISTORY OF PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING My I-Search paper is on the history of professional wrestling I chose this topic because I am a huge wrestling fan and I was interested in where it started how it started and just some facts about it that Ive never known Wrestling is the oldest sport It even goes back to the caveman days Greeks and Romans used the violent wrestling method Ankraction Wrestling was a world-wide sport extending to Japan India even the early Native Americans Wrestling was a show of manhood back then Wrestling in America started in the early 1900s The Irish settlers brought it with them when they immigrated to America In America the first real experienced wrestlers were post civil war veterans It was the biggest sport in America because baseball was very new and basketball and football werent popular People liked to see it live because they felt it showed grace and dignity In the early hundreds wrestling spread its popularity by having a world champion Newspapers and sportswriters would publish wrestlings world champion The first world champion was George Hackinsmit a huge man who was a great crowd pleaser He was the world champion and a man named Frank Gotch was the American champion They had many title fights some exceeding over two hours In the first fight Gotch won and became the American and world champion Gotch was the Hulk Hogan of the early days In their next match 33000 attended But Gotch had Hackinsmit assaulted so he had a blown knee for the fight Of course Gotch won again When Frank Gotch retired many sports writers stopped covering wrestling The popularity was dying off but pro wrestling would stay alive Once the events stopped selling wrestling would stay alive by becoming a carnival act Promoters would give characters exciting costumes and would stage exhibition matches to gain interest Wrestlers would challenge any audience
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