Professional Wrestling in the Pacific Northwest

A History, 1883 to the Present

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About the Book

 Introduced in the Pacific Northwest in 1883, professional wrestling has a long and storied history in the region and has contributed significantly to Northwest culture. This entertaining account of the wrestling industry in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia provides a detailed look at more than 130 years of events in the ring and behind the scenes. The author draws connections between developments in wrestling and the changing identity of the Pacific Northwest.

About the Author(s)

Steven Verrier has previously written works of short drama, fiction, and nonfiction published in the United States, Canada, and Japan. He lives in Bonney Lake, Washington.

Bibliographic Details

Steven Verrier
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 230
Bibliographic Info: 26 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7002-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2967-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface 1

Introduction 3

 1. Early Decades of Wrestling in the Northwest 7

 2. Beginning of the Owen Dynasty 14

 3. British Columbia, 1930–1949 17

 4. Major Developments, Early 1930s–Early 1950s 25

 5. Golden Age and Connections to the Northwest 31

 6. Regional Promotions on Television 55

 7. The ­Parker-Fenton Era 63

 8. Dominance of the NWA 67

 9. ­All-Star Wrestling’s Golden Age, 1968–1977 71

10. New Home of Portland Wrestling 94

11. Life of an “Outlaw” Territory, 1973–1975 120

12. The Tomko Takeover 127

13. Portland Wrestling’s Last Hurrah 144

14. British Columbia, 1989–2017 174

15. Washington and Oregon: The Last Two Decades 189

16. Another 130 Years? 201

Bibliography 205

Index 211