The Pittsburg Press – September 8, 1910
Two thousand men and boys tried to stop a wrestling match at the Academy of Music last night between Cora Livingston, champion woman wrestler of the world, and May Nelson, of the South Side. Kicking and gouging in the match enraged the spectators and their shouts could be heard for a square. Eight policemen under Captain John Dean, were called to prevent a riot.
Soon after the match began Cora Livingston began kicking her adversary and groups in the audience shouted to Referee Archie Parker to stop the contest. When Miss Nelson was prostrate on the mat the champion struck her several hard blows. Excitement in the audience reached fever heat. While hundreds of men yelled themselves hoarse, the women fought viciously. Hair pulling was included with other rough tactics. Those in the front row attempted to climb onto the stage, but were pulled back. When the match had been on 13 minutes the theater management ordered the wrestlers off the stage and tried to pacify the mob. This did not suffice, for Miss Livingston had offered to throw any woman wrestler in the city. Frank Serry, a referee taken to the theater by Miss Nelson, was substituted for Parker and the match went on.