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When It Was Cool Wrestling (DragonKingKarl)

Looking for pro wrestling history? WWE, WCW, NWA, AEW, NXT, NJPW, Impact, ROH, AWA, ECW, and much more. Karl Stern (DragonKingKarl) is a pro wrestling historian who has produced the DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show for over 10 years at Wrestling Observer. He is currently putting together the massive Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling Zone at When It Was Cool. This is the free version of ... more

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Wrestling historian Karl Stern returns with a detailed look at the month of May 1984 in pro wrestling history. It was one of the most significant months ever: Kerry Von Erich wins the NWA World title from Ric Flair in the largest show in Texas histor... more

34 hours ago

I have recently spent many hours digging through hundreds of pages of 1870 newspapers from Detroit, Chicago, Ontario, and beyond chronicling the real story of the biggest tournament in history of American pro wrestling in the pioneer era. The 1870 De... more

35 hours ago

Karl Stern returns to his roots on this edition of the DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Show by discussing 1980s Southeastern and Continental wrestling. What made it so great? What are some of the myths about it? What did Ron Fuller get wrong recentl... more

8 days ago

The latest in the 1000 Hours Podcast series looking back at the pioneer (pre-1900) era of pro wrestling takes a look at the pioneer era of wrestling in Australia. Believe it or not, there was pro wrestling in the 1800s in Australia and one of America... more

16 days ago


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4.7 out of 5 stars from 16 ratings
  • This is awesome

    The amount of research that must have gone into the early history episodes... wow! This is just what I was looking for. So much that I didn’t even know I wanted to know. Can’t believe there aren’t more reviews. Also, Karl seems like a really good dude and is easy to listen to.

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    United States3 years ago
  • if you want to learn history, Karl is your man

    I have listened to Karl (with the letter K) for several years now, and even as a 35 year fan of pro wrestling from all over the world, each show teaches this old fan something new. more

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    Art Vandelay IV
    United States4 years ago

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