This website was established in February 2010 with the intentions of preserving professional
wrestling history and keeping an accurate record of its past. With contributions from other
historians, this site will feature a wide range of information to include biographies, articles, and
results from the 1800s to present day.
As illustrated in my book, National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly that
Strangled Pro Wrestling, I will maintain a level approach in my research and the content on this
site. It seems that in the wrestling field, even going back to Fall Guys: The Barnums of Bounce,
published in 1937, writers have tackled this subject with a severe taint toward one person or
another. This leaves a drastic hole in the narrative, I believe, and hurts the piece as a historical
record. A writer and researcher who is wanting to present an even documentation can't be biased
for whatever reason, and has take all things into consideration. There is a way to celebrate many
of these legends like Ed "Strangler" Lewis, Lou Thesz, Jim Londos, and even Frank Gotch without
being a total mark, and specifically putting down the other players from an era. That was one of
the reasons I wrote the biography on Dr. Roller. I think many other guys have gotten a real bad
name because of the interpretations put out there by writers with an agenda.
I'll be the first to admit, a lot about this sport is still a mystery to me, and I learn new things about its
crazy history all the time. There are some truly great people working to document and preserve
the history of pro wrestling. Among them are Don Luce, J Michael Kenyon, Scott Teal, Mark Hewitt,
Tom Burke, Steve Yohe, Libnan Ayoub, Fred Hornby, Koji Miyamoto, Chuck Thornton, Haruo
Yamaguchi, Greg Oliver, Steve Johnson, Dan Anderson, Kit Bauman, Jeff Leen, Becky Taylor, Jim
Zordani, and, of course, the late Jim Melby, who set a very high standard for writers in this
business. Others like Burt Ray, Bob Nitsche, and Tom Gannon were pioneers that we all have
learned so much from.
Legacyofwrestling.com is also looking for new contributors to the site, and anyone interested can
e-mail me at THornbaker@aol.com.
Everyone will be credited for their work, which is very important, I believe, because studying the
history of any topic can be remarkably tedious. Anyone willing to spend the kind of time needed to
document this subject should be acknowledged properly.
Thanks for coming to this site. Please report any broken links.
Additionally, please e-mail me with any corrections, commentary about one of the featured
subjects, or questions.
Author of National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly that Strangled Pro