I know there's no footage of either of the 2 famous matches between Frank Gotch & George Hackenschmidt but I was wondering were both matches definitely filmed? Also were the matches a work or a shoot?
quote:Originally posted by Crimson Mask from FL: Both matches were filmed. I am 99.99% certain both matches were worked.
Sorry to bump such an old thread, but can you point me in the direction of info on whether the Hackenschmidt/Gotch matches were works? I've been using the search and can't find much, but it's probably there and I'm just missing it.
The 1908 match was a shoot. I don't know what the agreement was going in, but it turned into a contest. They wrestled for two hours with Gotch not locking up and fouling a lot. At that point the two went to the mat & Gotch realized he had nothing to worry about & was starting to go after Hack. Hack realized it too, and to avoid the embarrassment, he just quit.
The 2nd match was going to be a work. They wanted to make Hack look good & for it to be a good match, so there would be rematches. Hack got hurt in training, and once in the ring looked terrible. Gotch, as always, was worried about his image with the public, so he took it home. Winning two straight. Hack's knee was bad so there was nothing he could do about it.--Steve Yohe