In the early 1900s, Eddie and Jess McMahon
were among the top boxing promoters in the
New York City area, running three clubs at the
height of their promotions: Sultzer's Harlem
River Park on 127th street, the Manhattan
Casino on 155th street, and the Olympic on
The McMahon Brothers ran the Commonwealth
Club at Fifth Avenue and 135th Street in 1922,
promoting boxing, wrestling, basketball, and
dancing every Saturday night.
On Tuesday, April 2, 1929, the New York
State Athletic Commission approved a fight
between Kid Chocolate and Bushey Graham
for Jess McMahon at the New York Coliseum's
debut show on April 12, but would not designate the bout a championship affair.
The New York Times, on Tuesday, December 24, 1929, reported that McMahon had resigned
as the matchmaker for the New York Coliseum. Coliseum President Captain E.W. Whitwell,
announced the day before that his resignation had been accepted. No reasoning for the
move was given to the press.
Freeport, Long Island, NY: June 7, 1932
(Municipal Stadium) ... Dr. Ralph Wilson drew with Cy Williams ... Vanka Zelezniak beat Joe
DeVito (27:21) ... Benny Ginsberg beat Gene Bruce ... Tony Felice drew with John Maxos ...
(results from Golmitz files) ... (Jess McMahon’s first wrestling card)
Vincent McMahon was a very giving individual and took care of the people around him who
Bob Addie of the Washington Post called McMahon the "new wrestling czar" in his January 3,
1961 column. McMahon reportedly operated in "20 states, the District of Columbia, and
Vincent J. McMahon died on May 27, 1984 in North Miami, Florida at the age of 69. Mention of
his death was printed in the Washington Post on Wednesday, May 30, 1984.
The Winston-Salem Journal (NC) on May 1, 2004, in an article by Ron Jordan, mentioned
Vince McMahon "Jr.'s" mother, Vicky Askew, who was 83-years-old at the time. Askew
reportedly had been interviewed by the Tribune-Democrat in Pennsylvania, and said that her
son was a "showman," and had "made wrestling a big form of entertainment." Askew lived in
The Syracuse Post-Standard (12/29/2000) mentioned that McMahon "Junior" revealed in the
February issue of Playboy that he had suffered abuse as a child by his stepfather, Leo
Lupton. According to the article, his mother was "five-times married."
Research by Tim Hornbaker
|The McMahon Family Boxing & Wrestling History