If I told you that today’s look back at the pioneer era of pro wrestling involved a bear eating a kid and a funeral invaded by corpse eating cats, you might think me ridiculous.
Well, welcome to the world of Richard K. Fox: pioneer era pro wrestling influencer.
It was Fox, via his National Police Gazette publication, that distributed championship belts, promoted matches, and popularized the famous wrestlers of the era.
It’s impossible to compare him to a modern counterpart. He was no Dave Meltzer. He was no Bill Apter. He was more if Vince McMahon and Vince Russo had a kid and you gave it a wrestling magazine to publish.
You will learn a lot on today’s show, some of which you will wish you hadn’t. This is hour 27 of my 1000 Hours series looking at the pioneer era.