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Re: The Origins Of Wrestling
I don't know any books, but here's what I know.
It all started in mid XIX century. Originally, pro wrestling was called carnival (or carney) wrestling and was practiced on various carnivals as a part of the sideshows. Then, somewhere around 1870, it evolved into something, that became known as catch-as-catch-can wrestling. Catch wrestling shows usually consisted of only one match. It was real, matches were 6- 7 hours long and usually ended without winners an a draw. The people, who came to see the wrestlers didn't like that and were even throwing stuff, like tomatoes, to wrestlers. As the real nature of wrestling wasn't very popular with the fans, somewhere around 1920s early promoters tought, that if matches were scripted, the people would like it more. Somewhere around that time it dropped the 'catch' and became known as 'pro' wrestling. Only after few years, they decided to make the outcomes of the matches pre-determined. Also around that time, first gimmicks were started, such as Dr. X, etc. In 1950s, wrestling started to catch up with the fans, as the Television Era started. Probably the most notable star of the era, was Gorgeous George. Since then, wrestling has changed just a litte.
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