The Pioneers: Sharpe Brothers Were the First Gaijin Stars in Japan

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The Pioneers is an on-going series looking at some of the earliest pioneers of professional wrestling as we know it, from the wrestlers to promoters to trainers who helped shape professional wrestling around the world. This article looks at two Canadian brothers, Mike and Ben Sharpe, who not only defined tag team wrestling in the […] READ MORE


The Pioneers: The First Masked Wrestlers

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The Pioneers is an on-going series looking at some of the earliest pioneers of professional wrestling as we know it, from the wrestlers to promoters to trainers who helped shape professional wrestling around the world. This article looks at several wrestlers from around the world, who pioneered the use of a mask in their professional […] READ MORE


The Pioneers: The Triumph & Tragedy of Luna Vachon

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The Pioneers is an on-going series looking at some of the earliest pioneers of professional wrestling as we know it, from the wrestlers to promoters to trainers who helped shape professional wrestling around the world. This article looks at a trailblazer in intergender wrestling and the creation of “bad-ass” women’s wrestlers in pro wrestling, Luna […] READ MORE


The Pioneers: Inokari – Sadako Ikari, The First Joshi

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The Pioneers is an on-going series looking at some of the earliest pioneers of professional wrestling as we know it, from the wrestlers to promoters to trainers who helped shape professional wrestling around the world. This article looks at an unintentional trailblazer in Japan’s Sadako Igari. What started as a career in vaudeville comedy launched […] READ MORE



The Pioneers: Regis Siki, The First “World Colored Wrestling Champion”

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The Pioneers is a new on-going series looking at some of the earliest pioneers of professional wrestling as we know it, from the wrestlers to promoters to trainers who helped shape professional wrestling around the world. This article looks at Reginald “Regis” Siki, the first man recorded as being the World Colored Heavyweight Champion during […] READ MORE




The Pioneers: Minerva – The First Women’s World Champion

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The Pioneers is a new on-going series looking at some of the earliest pioneers of professional wrestling as we know it, from the wrestlers to promoters to trainers who helped shape professional wrestling around the world. The early creation of a proper World Heavyweight Championship for men is the stuff of legend. European Heavyweight Champion […] READ MORE