[Article: Portrait of a Hooker]
||Ed "The Strangler" Lewis
||Robert H. Friedrich
||June 30, 1890
||Nekoosa/Port Edwards, Wisconsin
|Height & Weight:
||5' 10" 265 lbs.
||Sleeper Hold (varition)
Undisputed World Heavyweight Championships (five times between 1920-1931)
A.W.A. (Boston) World Heavyweight title..
New York State Athletic Commission (N.Y.S.A.C.) World Heavyweight title in 1932
Wrestling Association World Heavyweight title defeated Orville Brown (November 26, 1942)
Friedrich started wrestling at the age of 14 at small carnivals and in farm towns throughout middle America..
1904: At the age of 14, Friedich carried his 200-pound frame into a wrestling ring in Madison, WI on won his first match!
Friedich became known as "Ed Lewis" as a disguise because his parents did not approve of wrestling..
Ed Lewis was a true pioneer of the sport and one of its earliest and most dominant champions..
Ed Lewis helped establish pro wrestling at a time when it was somewhat unestablished..
July 4, 1916: Ed Lewis was involved in the longest running wrestling match in history, wrestling Joe Stecher to a 5½ hour draw..
Ed Lewis got his "Strangler" nickname, from a reporter who saw a resemblence between Lewis Evan "The Strangler" Lewis..
Ed Lewis and boxing champ Jack Dempsey had a long-running "feud" throughout their simultaneous reigns... coerced by the press..
~~~Jack admitted the match would never happened because he knew that he didn't stand a chance against a Wrestling Champion..
Ed Lewis is probably the most accomplished submission wrestler in the sport during the early 1900's..
Ed Lewis was feared and respected both inside and outside of the ring for his extensive knowledge of crippling submission holds..
Ed Lewis easily could (and sometimes did) injure and legitimately cripple any wrestler that crossed him, anytime he felt like it.
January 4, 1929: Gus Sonnenberg defeted Ed "Strangler" Lewis for the World's Heavyweight title..
June 9, 1932: Ed Strangler Lewis defeated Dick Shikat for the NWA Heavyweight Wrestling title..
1937: Ed Lewis returned to the United States after a tour around the world, Lewis declared that he was quitting the ring..
~~~Ed Lewis did not approve of the new 'style' wrestling had adopted, but he kept wrestling dispite that announcement..
November 26, 1942: Ed Lewis beat Orville Brown for the Midwest Wrestling Association World Heavyweight title in Kansas City..
1947: Ed Lewis wrestled his last match, marking the end of a career that spanned 4 decades..
Ed Lewis (by his own records) wrestled in over 6,200 matches and lost only 33..
In retirement, Ed Lewis trained and occasionally managed protege and N.W.A. World Champion Lou Thesz..
Ed Lewis became a restaurant operator, a rancher and athletic director of a health club..
Ed Lewis acted in such films as "Stranglehold" and "That Natzy Nuisance."
Ed Lewis lost his sight after a siege of trachoma early in his career but recovered and credited the recovery to prayer..
Ed Lewis once again lost his eyesight during the last few years of his life..
August 6, 1966: Ed "Strangler" Lewis died at the age of 76 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Muskogee, OK..
~~~Reports of his passing were in newspapers on August 8 which may account for this date being incorrectly used..