<<< Martin 'Farmer' Burns
He was born in Iowa. Due to his fathers death when Martin was only 11 he was forced to work hard labour. This was really a key to Martin's physical development as he and other athletes of that era developed their physical strength through performing hard labor rather than working out in gyms.
In his time Farmer Burns wrestled over 6,000 matches in every type of situation from grading camps to circuses and lost only 7. He won the World Wrestling Title in 1895 when he defeated Evan "Strangler" Lewis and retained the title until 1897 when he was defeated by Tom Jenkins. He later won and held the light heavy weight title until 1908. Burns weighed only 175 pound but defeated many of the great wrestlers of the day-some of which out weighed him by 50 or 100 pounds. He had a very strong neck that measured 20 inches and allowed him to perform one of his favorite stunts of doing a six foot hangmans drop which he performed many times.
<<<Karl Gotch (b. 1924)
Real Name : Karl Istaz
He used to wrestle as Karl Krauser, but in '60s, he started using the name "Gotch" after the legendary Frank Gotch. He was nicknamed the God of Pro Wrestling in Japan.
Born in 1924 in Hamburg, Germany
Debut : 1955
First Match in Japan : 45min time limit draw against Michiaki Yoshimura on May 1st, 1961 in Tokyo. Last Match : defeats Yoshiaki Fujiwara on January 1st, 1982 in Tokyo. Inducted to Puroresu Hall of Fame in May, 1996
Many people in Japan consider Karl Gotch as God of Pro-Wrestling. After being trained at the famous "Snake Pit" Billy Riley Gym in England, he won a number of big tournaments in Europe. In 1959, he moved to the United States where he was not treated well as a talent since he was simply a "shooter". In 1962, he is said to have attacked then NWA World Heavyweight champion Buddy Rogers, who had been "running away and refusing the title shot from Gotch", in a dressing room in Ohio. This uncrowned champion of pro-wrestling is also known as a great coach for training many Japanese stars such as Antonio Inoki, Hiro Matsuda, Tatsumi Fujinami, Osamu Kido, Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Satoru Sayama (the legendary Tiger Mask), Masanobu Fuchi, Akira Maeda, and many others.
Gotch, who was considered as the uncrowned champion of the sport, didn't win many titles. Some of the titles he won during his career include:
AWA (Ohio) World Heavyweight Title 62/09
WWA (Los Angeles) World Tag Team Title 67 w/ Mike DiBiase
WWWF World Tag Team Title 71/12/06 w/ Rene Goulet
"Real" World Heavyweight Title (New Japan) 72