10 Landmark Firsts in Wrestling That Fans Should Know About

Pro wrestling started off as a sideshow at carnivals, but the “Gold Dust Trio” of Ed “Strangler” Lewis, Billy Sandow and Joseph ‘Toots’ Mondt were the first to turn it into an industry in the 1920s. Their travelling promotion was the first to include staples of modern pro wrestling such as exclusive contracts, storylines, wrestling events (as opposed to one-off exhibition matches) and getting wrestlers “over”. The trio eventually fell apart in 1928, but history was made.