Black Panther


Title History


Career Highlights

  • Jim “The Black Panther” Mitchell was a popular wrestler said to be from Louisville, KY, as well as several other locations.
  • Jim Mitchell began wrestling in the late 1930s. He was a regular in Southern California.
  • Jim Mitchell was the first African American in modern professional wrestling.
  • During the initial years of his career, Jim Mitchell wore a mask and kid gloves, and he was only allowed to wrestle Japanese and Hindu wrestlers. He did away with the mask in the 1940s.
  • In 1949, Jim Mitchell fought against Gorgeous George and was declared the loser. There were audience members who felt that Gorgeous George had delivered cheap shots and bad sportsmanship, and a riot erupted at the Olympic Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles.  A rematch was attempted in the early 1950s.
  • Jim Mitchell continue to wrestle until about 1955, he is listed among the greatest top ten Black Wrestlers.

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