Thesz Tackles Rogers In Valley Headliner

St. Louis Post-Dispatch – December 30, 1955

Lou Thesz defends his world’s heavyweight title tonight against Buddy Rogers in a one-fall-to-a-finish bout that headlines the Mississippi Valley Sports Club’s five-match wrestling program at Kiel Auditorium.

Ed (Strangler) Lewis, five times former champion, will be seconding Thesz for the last time, since he is retiring as Lou’s manager — a job he has held for the past five years — after the battle.

Likewise, the card will mark the farewell of Martin Thesz as promoter for the Mississippi Valley Sports Club. “Wild” Bill Longson, who is quitting the ring, will become the new promoter, effective Jan. 1.

Tonight’s program, incidentally, is being dedicated by the Mississippi Valley organization to the rival promoter, Sam Muchnick, who is celebrating his tenth year as mat impresario.

In the semifinal, Pat O’Connor and Ike Eakins will meet in a rematch. A four-man tag team bout finds Stu Gibson and The Mighty Atlas opposing Bobby Managoff, former champ, and Johnny Kostas.

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