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Eric Cohen

The Longest Match in Wrestling History

By July 28, 2011

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Back in November, six wrestlers in the Dayton-area took part in "The Ultimate Iron Man Match". The men were recently informed by Guinness that their 12-hour bout broke the record for the longest match in professional wrestling history. According to WTDN, the previous record was 11 1/2 hours. That match took place in the early 1900's.

The record-setting match took place on November 6 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Sidney, Ohio. The bout, which was promoted by Shockwave Impact Wrestling, saw six wrestlers rotate into and out of the match. The rules of the Ultimate Iron Man Match stipulated that the wrestler who accumulated the most pin falls and submissions during the 12 hour time period would be declared the winner. The winner was "Lightning" Tim Lutz. The five men he beat were, American Kickboxer II (Brandon Overholser), Dark Angel (Mike White), DJ Tom Sharp (Tom Crone), Logan Cross (Logan Jones), and Sid Fabulous (Mark Easterday).

For those wondering what the longest match in WWE history is, sadly, there is no definitive answer. The possible correct answer might be the 1972 battle at Shea Stadium between WWE Champion Pedro Morales and Bruno Sammartino which ended due to curfew. Unfortunately, the length of that match is listed as being between an hour-long and 90-minutes depending upon the source. If it was really 90-minutes then it would definitely hold the record. However, WWE.com has listed the bout as being on 75 minutes. If that is the case then it is possible that another match could hold the WWE record.

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July 26, 2013 at 1:22 pm
(1) shaun siemas says:

May 11, 1964 Bruno Sammartino vs Waldo Von Erich went 81 minutes and declared a draw due to curfew. Is the record for longest singles match in WWE history

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