"There Was a Man" -- Abe Lincoln Licks Jack Armstrong, by - Harold Von Schmidt, 1949, for Esquire
With Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger battling for the right's of the American people, and the movie "Lincoln" looking to sweep tonight's (Feb. 24) Oscars, 'WWE.com' has published a smart piece on Abraham Lincoln's wrestling past.
With Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger battling for the right's of the American people, and the movie Lincoln looking to sweep tonight's (Feb. 24) Oscars, it's fitting that WWE.com has published a great piece about Abraham Lincoln's wrestling past. The site enlisted Ronald C. White, Jr. -- author of The New York Times Best Seller, A. Lincoln: A Biography, to help describe one of our 16th President's most well known matches.
Of course, this wouldn't be WWE, unless they added a little pomp and flair to the proceedings.
Throughout the piece, Honest Abe is referenced to The Undertaker, Ryback, and Hulk Hogan, which shows either a tongue-in-cheek attitude, or a severe lack of internal consistency for one's metaphors. I won't give away the ending of the match, but it involved some Attitude Era shenanigans and run-ins.
Crap, now I'm doing it too.
WWE.com also has a brief video -- as in 47-seconds -- on the history and tradition of wrestling, that is well worth a minute of your time.