WRESTLING became a popular competitive sport in BC in the 1880s when organizations such as the St Andrew's and Caledonian Society held "Scotch Backhold," "Collar and Elbow," and "Graeco-Roman" events. By 1888, the Opera houses of VANCOUVER, NEW WESTMINSTER and VICTORIA staged popular professional wrestling bills and the sport was already gaining a reputation for putting on rigged matches for the sake of entertainment. This spectator-oriented brand of the sport peaked in popularity in Vancouver...

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