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Clarence Whistler

Name: Clarence Whistler
Born: February 24, 1856
From: Delphi, Indiana, USA
Died: November 6, 1885 (Pneumonia)
Trained by: Andre Christol
Debut: February 1879

Also known as: Kansas Cyclone, Kansas Demon, Wonder of the West, Omaha Demon

Clarence Whistler was a strongman who began wrestling in 1879, had a high profile fued with William Muldoon. He was billed as a Catch-as-Catch-Can champion. After winning the St Louis World tournament, Whistler travelled to Melbourne for a match with Professor William Miller for the World Championship. On September 26, 1885 at the Theatre Royal he beat Miller in a match that went two hours. During celebrations of his victory, Whistler demonstrating a party trick drank a glass of champagne, and then ate the glass. This pierced his gullet and combined with excessive alcohol consumption and pneumonia, led to his untimely death. He was buried in Melbourne Cemetery.

Major titles held: Catch-as-Catch-Can Heavyweight Championship, St Louis International Wrestling Tournament winner (Greco-Roman), World Heavyweight Championship

Credit: 100 Years of Australian Professional Wrestling by Libnan Ayoub, Chris Dalgleish, Wikipedia
Photo credit: Wikipedia (public domain), Geoff Brown