Information about Ohio Wrestling History


  • This site will be a many year project to catalogue the history of wrestling in Ohio.


  • My plan is to research cities with extensive online newspaper archives.


  • Toledo and Sandusky are the current cities being researched.


  • The next few cities to be added will be Youngstown/Warren, Lima, Elyria/Lorain, and Mansfield. Columbus has fairly extensive archives, but has been thoroughly researched by Don Luce (available at Crowbar Press). Hopefully, archives for Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Dayton will become available in the future.


  • The Title Histories section lists Ohio-based championships. Also included are The Sheik's Big Time Wrestling titles since they were defended throughout the state for their entire existence. Nationally defended titles such as the various pre-NWA World Titles, Georgia Championship Wrestling, WWE, WCW, ECW, and TNA will not be listed as they are well documented elsewhere.


  • Only major promotions will be listed. Small independents will not. However, a couple that I attended regularly are listed in the Indies section.