Pro Wrestling History Nerds

Pro Wrestling History Nerds

Greco Roman and Catch as Catch Can, epic battles and Carny scams. Why were there two Strangler Lewises? What’s a Hippodrome? Find out when you listen, learn, and party with Nick and Heidi Howitzer: The Pro Wrestling History Nerds!

Episodes

February 12, 2024 120 mins

The end of an era, the decline of the Howard Theater, the Bowsers enjoy the success of their Boston promotion, and of course a few arrests, rumors, and drama. It's the conclusion of our look at the life and times of Cora Livingston!

Venmo research donations accepted at @nicholas-gossert

Primary sources: Sited articles from American and Canadian Newspapers.

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Returning to Boston, a pretender to the title, an audience member gets slapped, and more.

Nick and Heidi continue the story of Cora Livingston!

Venmo research donations accepted at @nicholas-gossert

Primary sources: Sited articles from American and Canadian Newspapers.

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January 9, 2024 74 mins

Nick and Heidi discuss the dawn of the 1920s, the impact of the Great War on women's wrestling, The origin of masked wrestling, the purpose of submission holds, and Cora's marital status in advertisements.

It's the story of Cora Livingston, Part 9!

 

Venmo research donations accepted at @nicholas-gossert

Primary sources: Sited articles from American and Canadian Newspapers.

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December 26, 2023 76 mins

Circus wrestling, Freak show questions, Intergender challenges, Angry Women's groups, and an idiot who gambled a fortune on a wrestling match.

All this and more, as Nick and Heidi continue the story of Cora Livingston.

 

Venmo research donations accepted at @nicholas-gossert

Primary sources: Sited articles from American and Canadian Newspapers.

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December 14, 2023 66 mins

Cora joins the circus! Are charity shows a scam? Why did Cora's matches lose their viciousness? Why was the Howard Theater's ad department so good? Listen up and learn, as Nick and Heidi continue the story of Cora Livingston.

Venmo research donations accepted at @nicholas-gossert

Primary sources: Sited articles from American and Canadian Newspapers.

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November 21, 2023 58 mins

Changing the finish, a light house, getting thrown through a painting, women's suffrage, and ref bumps. Nick and Heidi continue the wild story of Cora Livingston.

 

Venmo research donations accepted at @nicholas-gossert

Primary sources: Sited articles from American and Canadian Newspapers.

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November 8, 2023 56 mins

A big match against Laura Bennett! DQs galore! Why toe-holds got so popular! Why wouldn't Lottie Oliver wrestle men? Why did church groups protest wrestling? Listen to Nick and Heidi continue the story of Cora Livingston to find out!

Venmo research donations accepted at @nicholas-gossert

Primary sources: Sited articles from American and Canadian Newspapers.

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October 24, 2023 57 mins

More strangling, more violence, near riots, a drunken woman on a rampage, and more!

Nick and Heidi continue the exciting and strange tale of Cora Livingston.

 

Venmo research donations accepted at @nicholas-gossert

Primary sources: Sited articles from American and Canadian Newspapers.

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October 10, 2023 81 mins

More challenges, more strangling, a possible vacation for marriage and motherhood, and an outraged police officer who shut down a match.

All this and more, as Nick and Heidi talk about Cora Livingston!

Venmo research donations accepted at @nicholas-gossert

Primary sources: Sited articles from American and Canadian Newspapers.

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September 29, 2023 65 mins

Strangling! Mysterious challenges from the balcony! A wrestler who saw a Ghost!

All this and more as Nick and guest host Heidi Howitzer continue the story of Cora Livingston.

Venmo research donations accepted at @nicholas-gossert

Primary sources: Sited articles from American and Canadian Newspapers.

 

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September 12, 2023 61 mins

From life as an orphan in a convent, to the cirus as a runaway, to the theater stage as a champion.

Today Nick and guest Heidi Howitzer talk about the early life of Cora Livingston.

 

Venmo research donations accepted at @nicholas-gossert

Primary sources: Sited articles from American and Canadian Newspapers.

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August 29, 2023 67 mins

Let's look at the rematch between Hackenschmidt and Gotch, and how it affected the wrestling world. Tom Jenkins has his final run as a wrestler, but a longer run as a coach at west point. Two world wars, the loss of his greatest rival, and the end of the story of Tom Jenkins.

Venmo research donations accepted at @nicholas-gossert

Primary sources: Sited articles from American, Canadian, and British Newspapers.

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August 15, 2023 62 mins

Gotch wants to retire, Jenkins can't get days off work, Zbyszko learns not to shake hands after the bell, Jack Carkeek goes to Jail, the Fight of the Century drives racists to violence, checkers are in the sports pages, and Hackenschmidt might not be taking the biggest match of his life very seriously.

All this and more!

Venmo research donations accepted at @nicholas-gossert

Primary sources: Sited articles from American, Canadian, ...

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August 1, 2023 58 mins

From Holiday matches in Montreal, to living in the shadow of Gotch vs Hackenschmidt, and a showdown with another Terrible Turk. It's the story of Tom Jenkins, Part Nine!

Venmo research donations accepted at @nicholas-gossert

Primary sources: Sited articles from American, Canadian, and British Newspapers.

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July 17, 2023 61 mins

Tom Jenkins took the American championship with him to West Point, where he coached wrestling and boxing. The sporting world and his top challengers were outraged! What would it take to get Tom Jenkins back in the ring, and against whom? Listen up and find out!

 

Venmo research donations accepted at @nicholas-gossert

Primary sources: Sited articles from American and British Newspapers.

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July 3, 2023 54 mins

The aftermath of Tom Jenkins vs Fred Beell, another visit to England, an Advertisement for "medicinal" whiskey, and a job offer from President Theodore Roosevelt

Venmo research donations accepted at @nicholas-gossert

Primary sources: Sited articles from American and British Newspapers.

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June 20, 2023 57 mins

George Hackenschimdt comes to America, Frank Gotch talks trash to the press, Fred Beell calls out Tom Jenkins, and so much more!

Venmo research donations accepted at @nicholas-gossert

Primary sources: Sited articles from American Newspapers.

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June 13, 2023 60 mins

Tom Jenkins returns to the US with a loss to Hackenschmidt and without the pay to make it worth while. How will he return to the American spotlight, and will he be able to regain the title from Frank Gotch?

Listen up and find out!

 

Thanks to Lydia, Mark, and Kyle for reseach donations!

Venmo research donations accepted at @nicholas-gossert

Primary sources: Sited articles from American Newspapers.

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May 23, 2023 54 mins

How do you wrestle a boxer? How do you protect the title when facing a man who only wrestles for real? How can everything go wrong on a trip to England? Listen up and find out in part four of our look at Tom Jenkins' career!

 

Venmo research donations accepted at @nicholas-gossert

Primary sources: Sited articles from American Newspapers.

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May 9, 2023 46 mins

Jenkins begins his title reign by... asking for a boxing match? What's with all the handicapped match? Did he nearly lose a leg? Who was the "Klondike Champion" he took on?

Listen and learn about this, and so much more.

 

Venmo research donations accepted at @nicholas-gossert

Primary sources: Sited articles from American Newspapers.

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