Tag Archives: Ed “Strangler” Lewis

Strangler Lewis In Title Campaign

Seattle Times – January 11, 1933

Ed (Strangler) Lewis, many-time heavyweight champion wrestler of the world, is campaigning for undisputed possession of that title once again, in “wrestling matches” rather than the present-day “exhibitions.” The veteran heavyweight made that declaration here yesterday. Continue reading

Strangler Lewis Had It All Mapped Out

Referee – August 19, 1937

Ed (Strangler) Lewis, mastodon of the mat and five times heavyweight wrestling champion of the world, is due in Sydney at the end of the month. Lewis is under engagement to Stadiums Ltd. Continue reading

Strangler Lewis Got Double X In Mix At NY, Is Charge

Seattle Post-Intelligencer – March 5, 1933
by Mark Kelly, Universal Syndicate

LOS ANGELES, March 4 — The most interesting sports story that could be written is that of the rise and fall of Ed (Strangler) Lewis, five times heavyweight champion of those beeg, strong fellas, Mr. Lewis will not oblige.   He could, but the union rules say he musn’t.   His is a game that the light of “pitiless publicity” cannot stand, yet there are times in the ups and downs of every rassler when he wants to hire himself the town lot, a loudspeaker and the radio rights while he tells the cock-eyed world what a frowsy, lousy game rasslin’ really is. Continue reading

Wrestling Fake At Last Is Exposed

The Pittsburg Press – April 28, 1916
By Robert Edgren

“Masked Marvel” Henderson Under Weekly Salary, With Date Of His Defeat Known In Advance

New York, April 28 – A new attempt is being made to make a popular “mystery” of a wrestler called the “Masked Marvel” and identified as Mort Henderson, a clever western mat artist who lacked the bulk necessary to make him actually first class.  Two of the officials told me there were no less than three men in the so-called “tournament” held at the Manhattan Opera House who could throw him at any time.  They were Aberg, Zbyszko and Lewis. Continue reading

Steele v. Strangler

Time – December 12, 1932

Two of the ugliest professional athletes in the U. S. last week crawled through the ropes of a ring at Madison Square Garden. One was blubbery Ed (“Strangler”) Lewis, recognized by the New York State Athletic Commission as the heavyweight wrestling champion of the world. The other was crook-nosed Ray Steele, whose challenge the Commission had ordered Lewis to accept. Continue reading

Strangler Lewis vs. Stecher

The Independent, St. Petersburg, Florida – April 25, 1918

New York, April 25.–It will be the “strangle hold” vs. the “scissors pinch” when “Strangler” Ed Lewis of Lexington, Ky., and Joe Stecher, the Nebraska wrestling marvel, come together in Madison Square Garden tomorrow night in another effort to determine the question of their relative supremacy in the grappling game.  It will be the third time Lewis and Stecher have met on the mat.  The previous two matches ended without a decisive victory for either grappler.

Strangler Loses To Mat Rival

The Oregonian – March 27, 1947

Ed (Strangler) Lewis, the former world heavyweight mat champion, was upset at Civic Auditorium Wednesday night by burly Fred Atkins, Australian title claimant, who tore into the famed headlock artist from the opening bell. Continue reading

Grunts in a Bowl

Time – June 20, 1932

Robert Friedrich (“Strangler”) Lewis is the oldest able professional wrestler in the U. S. He is almost 50, with the figure of a porpoise, a partially bald head, swollen ears and pig-eyes dulled by trachoma. Last week Strangler Lewis waddled proudly into a New York ring for a match with Richard Shikat, a limber and powerful young German who has been trying to get a return match for the title ever since Champion Jim Londos won it from him two years ago. The match between Shikat and Lewis was important because Champion Londos had been ordered by the New York State Boxing Commission to wrestle the winner; also because it was the first sports event held in Madison Square Garden’s new stadium at Long Island City. Continue reading

Sports Front

The Sydney Morning Herald – July 25, 1951
By Hugh Dash

At a recent Sydney Stadium wrestle I made a sneak survey among 20 ringside regulars, men and women.

Two were convinced they were seeing a genuine life-and-death struggle between the bone-and-muscle men. Continue reading

Wrestler To Leave

The Age – December 28, 1937

McGill For India.

Matched With Gama.

The Irish heavy-weight wrestler, Mike McGill, who has recovered from a broken ankle sustained in a match against Fred Atkins at Broken Hill, arrived here yesterday, and announced that he will leave for India to-day. Continue reading