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Pro wrestling has its roots in the 18th century in England but much like football, in those days the business was very different to today.

In the old days it was promoted as a sport. Different styles such as "catch as catch can", and the more basic Greco Roman dominated the early days. The Catch style in it's original form originated in Lancashire and led eventually to both the Olympic freestyle wrestling, and the catch style used predominantly in the United States.

In the old days wrestling was usually found in circus's and travelling shows. A common tactic was for the ringmaster or whoever to offer anyone money to either pin or last so many minutes with the resident "champion". This was borrowed from the most basic form of shoot wrestling which dated back to ancient Greece and ancient Rome (hence the name "Greco-Roman").

The opening collar and elbow tie up we all know today had it's roots in Ireland and was first used by Irish immigrants in the American North East in the 1830's. The American style developed during the civil war and eventually led to the first notable "title" victory in 1877 when William Muldoon defeated Christol in two straight falls - recorded by the National Wrestling Association as the first championship.

There is no indication as to when the results of matches started being fixed for entertainment purposes, although in 1856 apparently Paris banned wrestling because of "crudely fixed results". Speculation indicates that the victory obtained by Frank Gotch in 1911 was not in the way arranged as Gotch went after an injury when he wasn't supposed to. By World War 2 however, results were definitely being fixed.

In the old days, wrestling was regulated (if you could call it that) by boxing promoters. The National Wrestling Association consisted of a group of such promoters. However as the business evolved, the industry distanced itself from boxing promoters leading to the formation of the National Wrestling Alliance in 1948. This made way for arguably the first recognised gimmick in pro wrestling - provided by Gorgeous George.

The business was forced to promote itself as entertainment as well as sport, much to the chagrin of many traditionalists. The changes that have affected the business in the last twenty to thirty years have been far more pronounced than at any time in the previous decades. The fact that it is now impossible to hide the fact that the shows are by and large dramatic presentations rather than legitimate fights means that some promoters try to bring back the sporting aspect for realism while others stick to being "fake" and use it to entertain. Both aspects have their advantages and their disadvantages. The "fake" aspect relies on new ideas and the creation of excitement through good booking and writing, but a limit on such ideas without revamping old ideas makes this more difficult to achieve. The "real" aspect increases the risk of injury to wrestlers, particularly those who are not properly trained in the basics.

On this website I have the latest wrestling results from World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly the WWF) and Total Nonstop Action (TNA), and any Australian news. If you can tell me about a card thatís about to happen or has happened anywhere in Oz, let me know - unless it's from a fed that's banned from this website!

This site is divided into the following sections;

The WWE area contains links to news stories as well as all the results from Raw, NXT, Smackdown, Superstars and Main Event as well as all the pay per views - plus the current and past champions. Included in this is the archive of all the reports - these wound up in mid 2012.

The TNA area includes news stories as well as the results from Impact and the pay per views - plus the current and past champions. Included in this is the archive of the reports.

The NWA section covers the history of the NWA championship as well as news from around the NWA feds, and also has the NWA pay per view results prior to the advent of WCW.

The WCW section includes the results from the last couple of years of Nitro and the pay per view results from the end of the NWA period to WCW's closure, as well as the champions WCW had that didn't carry on beyond the closure.

The Others section covers other overseas promotions, with a focus on Ring Of Honor and the AIWF listing it's present champions.

The Australian section is called Wrestling Planet, and contains results and reports from the feds across Australia.