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Harry Ekizian

Harry Ekizian

As a boy, Harry Ekizian escaped the Armenian Genocide. As if that wasn’t bad enough, a short time later he was sold as a slave to Arabs. After four years of hard labor, he escaped and eventually made his way to the United States and joined the Navy where he worked as...

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Gust Lessis and His Cannon

Gust Lessis and His Cannon

Gust Lessis, who we have covered several times on this blog, had an incredibly colorful career as a vaudeville strongman, wrestler and boxer. Very much to his credit, Lessis was constantly featured in the newspapers performing unusual feats of strength. Here' s a rare...

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The Wrestler’s Bridge

The Wrestler’s Bridge

If you are going to be a wrestler, you have to have a strong neck. Bridging, as demonstrated here by Ukranian wrestler Ivan Fridrikhson well over a century ago, might just be the only thing preventing your shoulder from hitting the mat.

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Charles Rigoulot

Charles Rigoulot

Charles Rigoulot was one of France’s greatest weightlifters and easily one of the strongest men of all time. He won a Gold medal at the 1924 Olympic Games, Cleaned and Jerked the famous Apollon Wheels and could snatch 255 pounds with one arm. After his weightlifting...

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Raoul le Boucher

Raoul le Boucher

Raoul le Boucher (The Butcher) as he looked in later 1901 as the heavyweight wrestling champion of France. This shot was taken in Paul Pons’ gym in Paris. The vast majority of the images of famous strongmen and wrestlers were taken here in the early 20th century as it...

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Paul Belling

Paul Belling

Paul Belling was billed as the national champion wrestler of Austria in the late 1800’s. He scrapped with the best of them including: Alex Aberg, George Lurich, Ursus Jankowsky, Stan Zbyszko, Ivan Poddubny, John Pohl, Tom Cannon, George Hackenschmidt, Magnus...

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Raicevich’s Neck Bridge

Raicevich’s Neck Bridge

We’ve covered  the great wrestler Giovanni Raicevich's exploits previously. Raicevich was known for his thick and very strong neck — which is obviously of great use in the mat game for a variety of reasons. Here, Raicevich performs a wrestler’s bridge with around 200...

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Wetasa

Wetasa

Cyrill Wetasa — who was often better known as simply “Wetasa” — was originally from Vienna and gave up his former trade as a butcher to become a professional strongman and wrestler, circa the late 1890’s. Wetasa’s wrestling statistics are spotty, but he did come in...

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The Russian Lion George Hackenschmidt

The Russian Lion George Hackenschmidt

George Hackenschmidt, "The Russian Lion", has the unique distinction of being a Champion wrestler, a Champion Strongman, a strength author, and and early physique star. His matches with Frank Gotch are widely regarded at the most famous wrestling matches of all time....

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John Lemm

John Lemm

Another look at John Lemm (in color!), circa 1909, when he had just made his way across the Atlantic Ocean and was looking to take on all comers. Interestingly, Lemm’s manager at this time was William Bankier, The Scottish Apollo.

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Tag:
Wrestler
Harry Ekizian

Harry Ekizian

As a boy, Harry Ekizian escaped the Armenian Genocide. As if that wasn’t bad enough, a short time later he was sold as a slave to Arabs. After four years of hard labor, he escaped and eventually made his way to the United States and joined the Navy where he worked as...

read more
Gust Lessis and His Cannon

Gust Lessis and His Cannon

Gust Lessis, who we have covered several times on this blog, had an incredibly colorful career as a vaudeville strongman, wrestler and boxer. Very much to his credit, Lessis was constantly featured in the newspapers performing unusual feats of strength. Here' s a rare...

read more
The Wrestler’s Bridge

The Wrestler’s Bridge

If you are going to be a wrestler, you have to have a strong neck. Bridging, as demonstrated here by Ukranian wrestler Ivan Fridrikhson well over a century ago, might just be the only thing preventing your shoulder from hitting the mat.

read more
Charles Rigoulot

Charles Rigoulot

Charles Rigoulot was one of France’s greatest weightlifters and easily one of the strongest men of all time. He won a Gold medal at the 1924 Olympic Games, Cleaned and Jerked the famous Apollon Wheels and could snatch 255 pounds with one arm. After his weightlifting...

read more
Raoul le Boucher

Raoul le Boucher

Raoul le Boucher (The Butcher) as he looked in later 1901 as the heavyweight wrestling champion of France. This shot was taken in Paul Pons’ gym in Paris. The vast majority of the images of famous strongmen and wrestlers were taken here in the early 20th century as it...

read more
Paul Belling

Paul Belling

Paul Belling was billed as the national champion wrestler of Austria in the late 1800’s. He scrapped with the best of them including: Alex Aberg, George Lurich, Ursus Jankowsky, Stan Zbyszko, Ivan Poddubny, John Pohl, Tom Cannon, George Hackenschmidt, Magnus...

read more
Raicevich’s Neck Bridge

Raicevich’s Neck Bridge

We’ve covered  the great wrestler Giovanni Raicevich's exploits previously. Raicevich was known for his thick and very strong neck — which is obviously of great use in the mat game for a variety of reasons. Here, Raicevich performs a wrestler’s bridge with around 200...

read more
Wetasa

Wetasa

Cyrill Wetasa — who was often better known as simply “Wetasa” — was originally from Vienna and gave up his former trade as a butcher to become a professional strongman and wrestler, circa the late 1890’s. Wetasa’s wrestling statistics are spotty, but he did come in...

read more
The Russian Lion George Hackenschmidt

The Russian Lion George Hackenschmidt

George Hackenschmidt, "The Russian Lion", has the unique distinction of being a Champion wrestler, a Champion Strongman, a strength author, and and early physique star. His matches with Frank Gotch are widely regarded at the most famous wrestling matches of all time....

read more
John Lemm

John Lemm

Another look at John Lemm (in color!), circa 1909, when he had just made his way across the Atlantic Ocean and was looking to take on all comers. Interestingly, Lemm’s manager at this time was William Bankier, The Scottish Apollo.

read more