Robert M. Russell, 77, wrestled As Masked Marvel, Boris Fabian

The Boston Globe – June 14, 1984

Robert M. Russell Sr. of Revere, who wrestled for 30 years in Boston, throughout New England and in several foreign countries, died of pneumonia yesterday in the Sea View Nursing Home in Rowley after a short illness.  He was 77.

He began his professional wrestling career after the 1932 Olympics and continued to wrestle in the early 1960s. Continue reading

Orton, Kangaroos In Mat Matinee

Long Island Star-Journal – June 8, 1962

Bob Orton and The Great Scott will clash with the Fabulous Kangaroos – Roy Heffernan and Al Costello – in the best-of-three falls tag team match which headlines a non-televised pro wrestling matinee card at Sunnyside Garden tomorrow. Continue reading

Natureboy Rogers At Auditorium Tonight

The Kingston Daily Freeman – May 23, 1962

Pro Mat Show

Buddy (Natureboy) Rogers will head a star studded cast as professional wrestling makes another appearance tonight at the Kingston Municipal Auditorium.  Rogers, who will be making his first appearance in this city, will meet Pompero Firpo in one of five bouts which are expected to attract a top crowd.  Action will begin at 8:40 p. m. Continue reading

Firpo, Graham Mat Victors

Long Island Star-Journal – May 14, 1960

Pampero Firpo and Eddie Graham won two of three falls from Skull Murphy and Pat Kelly in the slam-bang feature of last night’s pro wrestling card at Sunnyside Garden.

Promoter Manny Heicklen announced that his next special non-TV card, “a really sensational show,” will be held on Saturday afternoon , May 28. Continue reading

Bastiens Win Mat Clash

Long Island Star-Journal – July 16, 1960

Red and Lou Bastien retained their U.S. tag-team championship last night by scoring two-out-of-three falls over John Gaber and Jack Vansky in one of the featured matches at the Island Garden, West Hempstead. Continue reading

3 Tag Matches Top Sunnyside Card Tonight

Long Island Star-Journal – August 16, 1960

Three tag team matches highlight tonight’s pro wrestling card at Sunnyside Garden, with the non-televised opening match at 8:30 P.M., pitting Dr. Jerry Graham and Pampero Firpo against the Bavarian Boys. Continue reading

Referee Mason Loses To Irish Enemy

Seattle Times – January 3, 1933

As a heavyweight wrestler, Charlie Mason is an excellent referee. That was decisively proved last night in the main event of the wrestling smoker before the largest Monday night audience of the season. “Rough House” Pat Reilly, the Boston Irishman, carried too many guns for Mason, who showed flashes of his oldtime form but who couldn’t match Reilly for gameness and stamina. Reilly took two straight falls. Continue reading

Referee Gives Sonnenberg Decision

Washington Post – December 9, 1933

It was somewhat of an off night at Mons. Joe Turner’s rassling circus at the Auditorium last night, the card not being particularly good and the cash customers seeming to sense the fact and so staying away in larger numbers. Only about 2,500 showed up. Continue reading

Opera Glitters, But Matmen Just Grunt

United Press – December 17, 1935
By Jack Diamond

NEW YORK – Not to be outdone by the glittering premiere of the opera last night, Promoter Jack Curley staged a rival, and repeat, performance of that stirring drama, Danno O’Mahoney versus Ed Don George, once again wrestling for what so many people believe to be the heavyweight championship of the world. Continue reading

Pilakoff Wants Return Match

The New York Times – January 25, 1911

Pilakoff, the Finnish lion, is not at all satisfied with the result of his wrestling match with Zbyszko, and having entirely recovered the use of his right arm, which was injured, he is anxious to meet the Polish champion again, under the same conditions that governed the last contest, or to a finish under mixed style rules.  Pilakoff will be on hand at the Grand Central palace tomorrow night to publicly challenge Zbyszko.