Arthur Nelson is one of the least known pioneers of professional wrestling. He invented many of the submission holds that we still see today, and two of them bear his name: the half Nelson and the full Nelson. According to numerous sources, he also created many of the variations of the chokehold.
After the various pro wrestling organizations exploded onto the scene in the 70s and 80s, Artie would travel to training schools and make sure that his techniques were being taught properly. Sometimes he would even demonstrate them himself.
Back in 2014, he made an appearance at a fundraiser in the parking lot of HEB, a grocery store in Laredo, Texas. Now, most wrestling organizations didn’t hold events like this, but this was a special case. One of the female wrestlers had become extremely passionate about keeping music and the arts in the school curriculum, and Artie agreed to help her out. Her goal was to raise $5,000 by 4:00 that afternoon.
A number of her fellow wrestlers stopped by throughout the day to keep her company. Even at 87 years old, Artie was still quite capable of showing off the various chokeholds and submission maneuvers he had created, and they were all happy to help him out.
By 3:45, they had raised $4,995. Some of her fans wanted Artie to demonstrate the moves on them, and he agreed, choking out six of them in the span of the next fifteen minutes. A newspaper reporter who had dropped by a few times during the day heard her tell Artie that they met her goal of $5,000.
His headline the next day was
**ARTIE CHOKES SIX FOR FIVE DOLLARS AT HEB**
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