Kiniski, Hiro Win Over Johnny, Whip

Globe & Mail – August 27, 1965
By Steve York

Gene Kiniski and Professor Mye Hiro defeated Whipper Watson and Johnny Valentine in the tag-team wrestling feature last night at Maple Leaf Gardens. Kiniski pinned Watson at 15:49 of the one-fall match after he and Hiro had highly agitated the crowd of 2,751.

Given those facts, what kind of snappy opening should you start with?

Should you begin by remarking that the old saying cheaters never prosper was disproved? Because it was.

Watson had his unconscious hold on Hiro near the bad guys’ corner but not close enough for Kiniski to tag the Professor, who appeared to be sinking rapidly.

Since something had to be done in a hurry, the unorthodox Kiniski did it. He climbed to the top rope and jumped on Watson, an illegal move as the partner outside the ring is not supposed to aid the partner inside.

Kiniski’s jump knocked whipper off Hiro and to the mat. Hiro had fallen also and rolled to the ropes, one hand coming up high enough for Kiniski, who had immediately left the ring after his leap, to tag it. Gene fell on top of Watson who was on his back unmoving and referee Tiger Tasker’s victory count was a formality.

Where was Valentine? Held out of the ring by Takser’s officiating associated, Joe Gollub.

Or should you get under way by saying Kiniski obeyed the square-dance injunction to change partners with successful results? Because he did.

Last Thursday, Kiniski was teamed with Johnny Powers and lost to Watson and Valentine.

Both sides in last night’s clash had one member much the worse for wear. Fred Atkins, Hiro’s interpreter and confidant, helped Kiniski to get Hiro to the dressing room. They dumped him over the bottom rope as if he were a side of beef before yanking him to his feet.

Watson lay on the mat motionless after the decision, oblivious to Valentine’s protests to the officials and his attempts to get at Kiniski. He also didn’t notice the fans, including three girls, who entered the ring to gaze at their stricken hero. Finally Andy Robin and Valentine revived the Whip, who spurned a lift to the dressing room on a stretcher. When he got to his feet the lingering customers gave a big cheer and another as he started to the runway supported by Robin and Valentine.

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