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DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Show: The first World Champion

We enter 1905 and finally get a true World Heavyweight Champion of professional wrestling on today's episode of Karl Stern's longform look at the industry's history -- but not without significant shenanigans.

Topics covered on this week's episode of the DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling show:

  • American Champion Tom Jenkins loses to Frank Gotch.
  • Tom Jenkins gets involved in a worked matches scandal with George Hackenschmidt.
  • Tom Jenkins regains the American title amid cries of fakery.
  • Tom Jenkins meets the European Champion George Hackenschmidt to determine the champion of the world.
  • Frank Gotch dominates the North American wrestling scene except for...
  • The bizarre match between Fred Beehl and Frank Gotch featuring an early wrestling high spot.

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