Acrobatic Matman Subdues Adversary By Sudden Kick; Cox and Thesz Wind Up Even

Buffalo Courier-Express – January 27, 1940
By Ray Ryan

Elmer Slagel squared accounts with his hirsute nemesis, Ivan Rasputin, by virtue of an ancient but effective wrestling dodge last night in Broadway Auditorium. His triumph, achieved in 29 minutes 56 seconds, proved entirely to the liking of 5,018 Buffalo Sporting Club customers. Continue reading

Russell In Opener On Mat Card

Rochester Times-Union – April 2, 1940

The card completed by the addition of a Rebel Russell-Mark Hosely opener and the substitution of King Kong Cox for Wild Bill Longson in the semi-final, mat impresarios today sat back to wait the verdict of the addicts on the “all roughhouse” card they’ve rigged up for the Convention Hall ring tomorrow night. Continue reading

Russell Is Aspirant To Wrestling Crown

The Gazette – May 23, 1944

“Rebel Bob” Russell may become a figure in the battle to decide whose going to meet Sandor Szabo next, first chapter of which will be staged at the Forum Wednesday night, with Yvon Robert meeting Leo Numa, and the Masked Marvel tackling clever Regis Siki, the Sengalese star, in one-fall matches both to a finish. Continue reading

Wrestles Tonight

Long Island Daily Press – January 25, 1945

Rebel Russell 1-25-45

REBEL RUSSELL

REBEL RUSSELL, one of the roughest giants in the wrestling game, makes his debut at the Ridgewood Grove tonight with Georgie Becker as his foe in best two out of three falls to a finish.  In other bouts, Pat McKay and William Hall, also newcomers, will meet Tony Martinelli and Jimmy Austeri, respectively.

Russell At Camden

The Philadelphia Inquirer – January 29, 1945

Rebel Russell opposes Gino Garibaldi in a 90-minutes’ wrestling bout at Camden Convention Hall tonight.  Michele Leone tackles George Becker.  Don Evans faces Dutch Rohde.  Bibber McCoy meets Pat Welsh.  Rudy Dusek clashes with Jim Austeri with early bouts.

Strangler Lewis In Title Campaign

Seattle Times – January 11, 1933

Ed (Strangler) Lewis, many-time heavyweight champion wrestler of the world, is campaigning for undisputed possession of that title once again, in “wrestling matches” rather than the present-day “exhibitions.” The veteran heavyweight made that declaration here yesterday. Continue reading

Strangler Lewis Had It All Mapped Out

Referee – August 19, 1937

Ed (Strangler) Lewis, mastodon of the mat and five times heavyweight wrestling champion of the world, is due in Sydney at the end of the month. Lewis is under engagement to Stadiums Ltd. Continue reading

Strangler Lewis Got Double X In Mix At NY, Is Charge

Seattle Post-Intelligencer – March 5, 1933
by Mark Kelly, Universal Syndicate

LOS ANGELES, March 4 — The most interesting sports story that could be written is that of the rise and fall of Ed (Strangler) Lewis, five times heavyweight champion of those beeg, strong fellas, Mr. Lewis will not oblige.   He could, but the union rules say he musn’t.   His is a game that the light of “pitiless publicity” cannot stand, yet there are times in the ups and downs of every rassler when he wants to hire himself the town lot, a loudspeaker and the radio rights while he tells the cock-eyed world what a frowsy, lousy game rasslin’ really is. Continue reading

Wrestle Tonight

Long Island Star-Journal – May 13, 1960

Pampero Firpo Skull Murphy 5-13-1960

Pampero Firpo (left) will team with one of the riot-provoking Graham brothers against Skull Murphy (right) and Pat Kelly, mayhem-minded Irishmen, in the best-of-three falls mat feature of Sunnyside Garden’s special non-televised card tonight.

Pro Wrestler Talked Out Of Tackling Plane Hijacker

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle – February 11, 1969

MIAMI (UPI) – A fat, chatty gunman forced a San Juan-to-Miami Eastern Airlines jet with 119 persons aboard to fly to Havana yesterday while a nervous steward talked a wrestler named Abdullah the Butcher out of pouncing on the 300-pound hijacker. Continue reading