A Brief History of Pro Wrestling in Toronto
Top drawing matches, year-by-year, 1929-1977
Toronto's Longest Runs -- The 25-Year Club

Unmasked! -- Wrestlers who lost their masks in Toronto
Toronto Ring Announcers, 1929-1986
Toronto Debuts in Main Events, 1930-1989

Artie Edmunds: The Pocket Hercules
Jack Johnson vs George Hackenschmidt, 1910

Ivan Mickailoff: "The man who made wrestling in Toronto"
The First Weekly Show: May 4, 1929
Arena Gardens: Toronto's original wrestling palace, 1922-38
Stanley Stasiak: Toronto's wrestling fatality, 1931

Two Leafs wrestle, rival promoters combine for charity: 1932
Toots Mondt charged after fatal car crash, 1932
The Panther vs the Lion: A Hand-Drawn Ad, 1933
CARTOON: Henri DeGlane by Chuck Templeton, April 12, 1934

The OAC, Jack Corcoran, and the bribery scandal of 1934
PHOTO: Dan O'Mahony headlocks King Clancy, February 21, 1935
Canada's most notorious criminal gets in the ring, 1935
PHOTO: Gordon Sinclair and the Duseks, May 22, 1936

Toronto's own world title, 1938
Commission halts Masked Marvel bout, September 22, 1938

Smiling John, The Forgotten Tunney
Everett Marshall vs King Kong Cox, 1940: A Real Contest?
Al "Bunny" Dunlop: wrestler, referee, promoter

Grey Cup Preview: The 1952 Edmonton Eskimos
Parkhurst wrestling cards, 1954-1955
BIG BOUTS: Watson wins NWA title from Thesz, March 15, 1956
BIG BOUTS: Whipper vs Gorgeous George, March 12, 1959

Frank Tunney's 30th Anniversary, 1969

The Sheik's unbeaten streak: 1969-1974
"The Sheik causes wrestling revival," 1970
Whipper Watson's fifth decade in wrestling, 1970

Hercules Angelo Mosca?, 1970
Indie show with Terry Yorkston, 1972
PHOTOS: Dory Funk Jr. defends NWA title, 1973

Tunney-Crockett partnership approved, 1980

The photos on these pages

Welcome to my work-in-progress (and there hasn't been much progress lately) on the long and extraordinary history of professional wrestling in Toronto. I've been wanting to devote a site to Toronto for some time, but I've had to accept that it would be a long time before I'd be able to come out of the gate with a full site like the ones that have been dedicated to some other territories.

So this will be a site where I add material as I have time. I have thousands of results, ads, feature stories, and more -- mostly from the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail -- covering pro wrestling in Toronto from its early days in the 19th and early 20th centuries, through to the beginning of the regular weekly shows in 1929, right to the present.

--Gary Will

Discuss Toronto wrestling history on the Toronto wrestling message board.

Results Lists:
1876, 1929, 1939, 1949, 1959, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1988, 1989, 1999, 2003

I have near-complete results of all shows from the major promotions for every year from 1929 to the present. I plan to add them all to the site gradually.

Title Histories:
Canadian Title
World Title
British Empire Title
Canadian Open Tag Title
International Tag Title
United States Title

Related Links:

  • Andrew Calvert's Maple Leaf Wrestling Pictorial site
  • Kayfabe Memories message board
  • Greg Oliver's SLAM! Wrestling story about this site

    For links to sites devoted to other territories, see Wrestling History.