Classic Match: Earl Caddock vs Joe Stecher (1920)

Newsreel footage from the second Earl Caddock-Joe Stecher match for the professional wrestling world title, January 30th 1920. The match took place at the second Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Stecher pinned Caddock in 2:05:00 using a wristlock and his finishing hold, the body scissors. This is perhaps the earliest professional wrestling match of which film survives.

While some have argued that this style was simply a more traditional way of “working” (performing) than what would soon follow, others have claimed that Caddock-Stecher was the last great “shoot” (real) match for a world title.

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