Category Archives: 1933

Strangler Lewis On Oakland Card

The Evening News, San Jose, California – June 16, 1933

OAKLAND, June 16 (UP). – Ed (“Strangler”) Lewis, former world’s heavy weight wrestling champion, will meet “Tiny” Roebuck, 275-pound Choctaw Indian, in a two-hour time limit wrestling match here tonight.

Strangler Lewis in Win Over Ad Santel

San Francisco Chronicle – April 29, 1933

Strangler Lewis won two out of three falls from Ad Santel in their feature wrestling match last night in the Oakland Auditorium. Lewis won the first fall in twenty-four minutes with a headlock, lost the second in six minutes when he quit to a Japanese leglog, and won the third by twisting halfway out of another leglock and pinning Santel’s shoulders to the mat in seven minutes. 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

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 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

Last Night’s Mat Results At The Olympic

Los Angeles Times –  January 12, 1933

Ray Steele won over George Zaharias in the main event of Lou Daro’s wrestling match last night at the Olympic by gaining the “rubber” fall with a full nelson in 16m. and 50s. A istic fight between the gladiators followed, but Daro separated them before any bodily harm was done. Continue reading

Shadows Of The Past

Savannah Morning News – February 13, 1933
By I.C. Brenner

Ernest Roeber is seventy-three years old, yet physically fit to romp around the mat for an hour or more refereeing championship wrestling matches. He often is booed because he has slowed up a bit and cannot get out of the way of flying tackles quickly enough to suit those who think that he interferes with the wrestlers too much, but the fans admit that there isn’t an official in the game today who knows more about wrestling and is more capable than the veteran Roeber. Continue reading

O’Shocker Claims Offer To ‘Fix’ Wrestling Bout

Associated Press – April 11, 1933

ST. LOUIS – Pat O’Shocker, professional wrestler, stated here today that last September in New Haven, Conn., he had been offered $15,000 and then $25,000 if he would agree to have his match with Jim Londos, title claimant, fixed so he, O’Shocker, would win. Continue reading

Lewis Keeps Title By Pinning Meyers

The New York Times – February 7, 1933
By James P. Dawson

Ed (Strangler) Lewis, world’s heavyweight wrestling champion, had no difficulty defending his crown last night against the assault of Dr. Fred Meyers, Chicago’s grappler-dentist, in Madison Square Garden. Continue reading