Jess McMahon

Jess McMahon

Professional Wrestling and Boxing Promoter
Born May 26, 1882

Roderick James "Jess" McMahon was an American professional wrestling and professional boxing promoter, and the patriarch of the McMahon wrestling family. McMahon was the co-founder of the Capitol Wrestling Corporation, along with Toots Mondt.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jess McMahon.


Roderick James McMahon was born May 26, 1882, to hotel owners Roderick McMahon (1844-1922) and Elizabeth McMahon (1846-1936) from County Galway. … Read More


1909 27 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1909, the McMahon brothers were managing partners of the Olympic Athletic Club and bookers at the Empire and St. Nichols Athletic Clubs, located in Harlem.
1911 29 Years Old Because of a loss of public interest in boxing, the two McMahons expanded their affairs in 1911, founding the New York Lincoln Giants, a black baseball team, which played at Olympic Field in Harlem. … Read More


Touring with the squad, McMahon and his brother ventured to Havana, Cuba, in 1915, where they co-promoted the 45-round fight between Jess Willard and then-champion Jack Johnson. … Read More


1923 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Despite their success, the Big 5 did not attract large crowds, and the McMahons shut the team down after the 1923/1924 season, leaving the Rens to become the dominant black team of the 1920s and 1930s.


1952 70 Years Old …  He founded the Capitol Wrestling Corporation with Toots Mondt in 1952. … Read More
1954 73 Years Old 1 More Event
On November 22, 1954, as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage, Jess died at a hospital in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. … Read More
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