Frank Gotch by Rob Schamberger © 2012 Rob. All rights reserved.

Frank Gotch

Frank Gotch painting by Rob Schamberger

Acrylic and spray on 24″ x 48″ wood

Frank Gotch was the second ever wrestling world heavyweight champion, back when the stuff was a sport and not for show, a reign that is one of the ten longest in history. He was one of, if not the, biggest sports stars of the early 1900’s and elevated wrestling to heights never before dreamed of.

Because he competed in legitimate competitions, he had far fewer matches in his 14 year career than today’s professional wrestlers, only 160 official bouts. 154 of those he won. Think about that and compare it to the ‘legitimate’ MMA fighters of today. Georges St Pierre? 22 and 2 in 9 years.

Gotch was a tough sum’bitch.

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