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As the title of this topic suggests, I'm attempting to make a list of which countries have known professional wrestling footage from before the year 1970. I'll be using this post to list every country I come across where footage is known to exist so it's easier for those interested to locate them. Anytime anything new is added I'll also leave a reply for the same reason. Below is a list of the countries that I know for sure have some existing footage, next to each one, as a reference guide, I've written in bold the kind of footage that is currently available: 

- Argentina (newsreel clips / silent film-reel clips).
- Australia (film-reel clips / newsreel clips / silent film-reel clips / television).
- Austria (newsreel clips / silent film-reel clips).
- Canada.
- Czechoslovakia.
- Finland.
- France.
- Germany.
- Greece.
- Ireland.
- Italy.
- Japan.
- Mexico.
- New Zealand.
- Rhodesia.
- Russia.
- South Africa.
- Spain.
- Sweden.
- Switzerland.
- United Kingdom.
- United States.

If anyone knows of any countries or any available footage I'm missing from the list then please let me know!

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Pretty much most of mainland Europe. Spain, Italy and Greece all had some wrestling scene, while Austria was always connected to the German scene, and there was also wrestling in Belgium and the Netherlands. The German scene also extended into Hungary, Romanian and Russia. The German scene was the month-long tournament set-up.

Of course, the UK scene also spilled over into Ireland.

Indiana and Pakistan also had pro wrestling, as did South Africa and probably Nigeria.

South Korea as well.

In the Caribbean, the Puerto Rico/Florida scene extended into Cuba, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad & Tobago.

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Kriss wrote: Pretty much most of mainland Europe. Spain, Italy and Greece all had some wrestling scene, while Austria was always connected to the German scene, and there was also wrestling in Belgium and the Netherlands. The German scene also extended into Hungary, Romanian and Russia. The German scene was the month-long tournament set-up.

Of course, the UK scene also spilled over into Ireland.

Indiana and Pakistan also had pro wrestling, as did South Africa and probably Nigeria.

South Korea as well.

In the Caribbean, the Puerto Rico/Florida scene extended into Cuba, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad & Tobago.


Does anyone have the last Cuba result with Americans on it and is there any type of scene in Cuba or has there been since the embargo? 

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Other countries that had professional wrestling promotions before 197 include the following:

Austria
Greece
Peru-Hiro Matuda worked there in the early 1960's
Spain- Hecules Cortez & Oscar Verdu got their starts here
Turkey

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Add Venezuela in there. Sammartino appeared there twice and when I was doing research I verified both dates.

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Franchise wrote: Kriss wrote: Pretty much most of mainland Europe. Spain, Italy and Greece all had some wrestling scene, while Austria was always connected to the German scene, and there was also wrestling in Belgium and the Netherlands. The German scene also extended into Hungary, Romanian and Russia. The German scene was the month-long tournament set-up.

Of course, the UK scene also spilled over into Ireland.

Indiana and Pakistan also had pro wrestling, as did South Africa and probably Nigeria.

South Korea as well.

In the Caribbean, the Puerto Rico/Florida scene extended into Cuba, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad & Tobago.


Does anyone have the last Cuba result with Americans on it and is there any type of scene in Cuba or has there been since the embargo? 

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Thanks for all your help with this everyone!

Does anyone know if there is any known pre-1970 Brazilian footage out there?

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Now that's an interesting question. Did Russia have pro wrestling pre-Czar, Communist years, post-Communism. I don't remember coming across or seeing any results or film clips. Of course they were busy de-populating through pograms and World Wars throughout the 20th century but still an interesting question methinks.

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WongLee wrote: Now that's an interesting question. Did Russia have pro wrestling pre-Czar, Communist years, post-Communism. I don't remember coming across or seeing any results or film clips. Of course they were busy de-populating through pograms and World Wars throughout the 20th century but still an interesting question methinks.
This is the only pre-1970 Russian pro-wrestling footage I've found so far:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4JOatUfLLw

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Why is this post in every forum now?

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Kriss wrote: Why is this post in every forum now?
I don't see it anywhere else.

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srossi wrote: Kriss wrote: Why is this post in every forum now?
I don't see it anywhere else.


https://sportsandwrestling.mywowbb.com/forum2/46624.html

https://sportsandwrestling.mywowbb.com/forum17/46625.html

https://sportsandwrestling.mywowbb.com/forum5/46626.html

Plus this post makes 4.

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I wasn't sure which forum was the right place for it, as in I wanted to make sure it was read by those who would be able to contribute, next time I'll ask a moderator.

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legace wrote: I wasn't sure which forum was the right place for it, as in I wanted to make sure it was read by those who would be able to contribute, next time I'll ask a moderator.Portalesman is already ready to give friendly, and accurate advice.

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"Parts Unknown" is a country, isn't it?

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Haha!

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UPDATE: Over the coming weeks, as well as trying to list every country that has pre-1970 footage that's known to exist, as a reference tool, I'm going to be attempting to list the kind of footage that exists next to each country too, I'll continue to use the first post for the main list and will still leave a reply whenever anything new is added as before. So far Argentina, Australia and Austria have been updated, the rest are a work-in-progress. If anyone knows of any countries or any available footage I'm missing from the list then please let me know!

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