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  1. Gus Sonnenberg (c) vs Joe Malcewicz AWA World Heavyweight Championship March 15, 1929 "Sonnenberg versus Malcewicz" http://mirc.sc.edu/islandora/object/usc%3A19666 Related ---------- Great to see these guys actually working holds instead of just the all-action highlights you usually get with matches from this era. I remember reading the thing that spurred on the creation of the modern working style wasn't the slow mat-work but audiences not liking the standing Greco-Roman stuff. If that's true, this match gives a nice call back to those days with them putting a lot more time and struggle in the collar-and-elbow tie-ups than we're used to seeing, and I loved that as someone who hates seeing guys treating those tie-ups as a mere formality. The mat stuff also looks cool and shooty with guys looking for submissions. Feels like a proto-shoot style match, just without the strikes.
  2. Dick Shikat vs ?? 1929 New York, NY "Wrestling Title Match" https://mirc.sc.edu/islandora/object/usc%3A39989 Related
  3. Gus Sonnenberg (c) vs Marin Plestina AWA World Heavyweight Title May 28, 1929 Boston, MA "Wrestling Champion" Related
  4. Gus Sonnenberg vs Howard Cantonwine February 3, 1929 New York, NY "Gus Sonnenberg versus Howard Cantonwine" https://mirc.sc.edu/islandora/object/usc%3A19660 Related
  5. Ed Strangler Lewis (c) vs Gus Sonnenberg World Heavyweight Championship January 4, 1929 "1928 Ed Strangler Lewis and Gus Sonnenberg Wrestling Championship" Related
  6. Dick Shikat (c) vs George Calza NYSAC World Heavyweight Championship November 25, 1929 New York, NY "Heavyweight Wrestling Championship" Related ------ Much more accessible than Caddock/Stetcher. I say this mainly because it's one of the earliest big matches we have a significant amount of from after the modern working style was developed, but it's also in surprisingly good quality for how old it is and it's much easier to tell the guys apart. It's still too clipped up to judge it as an overall match and the finish seems to be misplaced at the start of the video file, but what we see is some very interesting insight into the early working style. It's obvious they're trying to entertain the fans with flashy moves and theatrical selling, but the match still looks strongly influenced by amateur wrestling and strikes are noticeably absent. Feels like a cross between old school NWA title match and WoS style with Shikat in the role of the defensive champ. A match like this could probably get over just fine on the indies today with minimal modification.
  7. http://mirc.sc.edu/islandora/object/usc%3A28626 Awesome clip here with Shikat being presented the world title due to Sonnenberg ducking him and then doing some sparring with a young guy and then an older guy (Toots Mondt?) in front of some beautiful greenery. Highlight for me was what looked to be a kimura attempt from Shikat.
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