George Hackenschmidt

1877 - 1968

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Georg Karl Julius Hackenschmidt (1 August [O.S. 20 July] 1877 – 19 February 1968) was an early 20th-century Estonian strongman, professional wrestler, author, and sports philosopher who is recognized as professional wrestling's first world heavyweight champion. Hackenschmidt launched his professional career in Reval in the Governorate of Estonia and lived most of his life in London, England, where he gained the nickname of "The Russian Lion". He is believed to be the creator of the professional wrestling version of the bear hug as well as the person who popularised the hack squat, a deadlift with arms behind the body. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Hackenschmidt has received more than 458,818 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). George Hackenschmidt is the 32nd most popular wrestler (down from 27th in 2019), the 61st most popular biography from Estonia and the most popular Estonian Wrestler.

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Among wrestlers, George Hackenschmidt ranks 32 out of 703Before him are The Miz, Darren Young, Wim Ruska, Bret Hart, Brock Lesnar, and Khabib Nurmagomedov. After him are Bill Goldberg, Eddie Guerrero, Randy Savage, Zhaksylyk Ushkempirov, Kevin Nash, and Ibrahim Moustafa.

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Among people born in 1877, George Hackenschmidt ranks 80Before him are Alice B. Toklas, Viktor Dyk, Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, Edmund Gwenn, William Hope Hodgson, and Franz Joseph Emil Fischer. After him are Buddy Bolden, Maximilian Voloshin, Elin Pelin, Shefqet Vërlaci, Georg Kolbe, and Lewis Terman. Among people deceased in 1968, George Hackenschmidt ranks 104Before him are Gabriel Hanot, Jan Johansson, Gunnar Ekelöf, Robert Z. Leonard, Zofia Kossak-Szczucka, and Mae Marsh. After him are Ali Fuat Cebesoy, Bobby Driscoll, Albert Betz, Ignatius Gabriel I Tappouni, Jón Leifs, and Ibrahim Moustafa.

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In Estonia

Among people born in Estonia, George Hackenschmidt ranks 61 out of 276Before him are Eduard von Toll (1858), Heino Eller (1887), Viktor Kingissepp (1888), Jaan Anvelt (1884), Alexei Lvov (1798), and Alfred Schmidt (1898). After him are Paul Ariste (1905), Alfons Rebane (1908), Jaan Poska (1866), Jaan Tõnisson (1868), Alexander von Benckendorff (1782), and Jüri Uluots (1890).

Among WRESTLERS In Estonia

Among wrestlers born in Estonia, George Hackenschmidt ranks 1After him are Eduard Pütsep (1898), Martin Klein (1884), Kristjan Palusalu (1908), Johannes Kotkas (1915), Voldemar Väli (1903), Osvald Käpp (1905), Indrek Pertelson (1971), and Heiki Nabi (1985).