Category Archives: 1941

Confusion Ends Grappling Show

The Tuscaloosa News – March 6, 1941

Excited Crowd Sees Rod Fenton Win; Becker Is Victor

The Larry Kasaboski-Rod Fenton feud grew hotter at the Fort Brandon wrestling matches here last night as an excited crowd threw local policemen into a dither and worked themselves up into a near riot.

Fortunately, however, the casualty list blanked out again.  The commotion waned as quickly as it had started.  Observers concluded that it was just a case of the spectators taking the wrestlers’ work more seriously than did the beefers themselves. Continue reading

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Grudge Battle Slated At Fort

The Tuscaloosa News – March 4, 1941

Kasaboski Meets Fenton Again; Becker Pairs With Malone

A double main event is to be staged by Promoter Joe Gunther Wednesday on the weekly American Legion wrestling show at Fort Brandon armory.

Headlining the card will be a return grudge battle between Larry (Babe) Kasaboski, alias the Killer, and Rod Fenton, the terrible torso-twister from Canada.  This watch will be the final feature of the evening. Continue reading

Miss Lee Fights At Fort Tonight

The Tuscaloosa News – February 26, 1941

Larry Kasaboski Meets Rod Fenton On Preliminary

A program of contrasts is scheduled for the American Legion wrestling show at Fort Brandon armory tonight.

A pair of the toughest matmen in the business take over the canvas in the opening event, while two girls are booked to do the wrestling in the final bout. Continue reading

Mobley Retains Mat Title

The Tuscaloosa News – January 30, 1941
By Kasey Elebash

Champ Defeats Rod Fenton; Keene Drubs Malone

Rex Mobley withered a storm of verbal disapproval hurled at him by disgruntled fans and put a damper on the ambitious Rod Fenton at Fort Brandon last night to retain his world’s light heavyweight wrestling championship. Continue reading

Crowd Expected For Mat Show

The Tuscaloosa News – January 29, 1941

Rex Mobley And Rod Fenton Appear In Title Fight

Mobley Flashes Title Belt Rex Mobley, champion of the light heavyweight wrestlers, is shown above wearing the gem-studded belt which is the prized possession of the title holder.  Mobley's claims to the title will be challenged at Fort Brandon tonight by Rod Fenton, aggressive matman.

Mobley Flashes Title Belt
Rex Mobley, champion of the light heavyweight wrestlers, is shown above wearing the gem-studded belt which is the prized possession of the title holder. Mobley’s claims to the title will be challenged at Fort Brandon tonight by Rod Fenton, aggressive matman.

Rod Fenton gets the chance here tonight that every ambitious wrestler works and strives for.

Rex Mobley, world’s light heavyweight champion grappler, will go into the ring at Fort Brandon tonight, fighting for the privilege of wearing his gem-studded title belt with Fenton trying to take that privilege from him. Continue reading

Mobley’s Title At Stake Here

The Tuscaloosa News – January 28, 1941

Fenton To Oppose Champ; Keene Meets Malone In Opener

When Rod Fenton broke one of his fellow wrestler’s arms here in a wild match last week, he didn’t know that it would automatically give him a shot at the light heavyweight grappling title tomorrow. Continue reading

Throng Sees Wrestle Royal

The Tuscaloosa News – January 23, 1941
By Kasey Elebash

Blimp ‘Deflated’ At Legion Event; Corby Whips Fenton

A terrific outside-the-ring brawl capped off a fireball wrestling show at Fort Brandon last night, as close to 1,000 fans witnessed the deflation and subsequent ascension of the “Human Blimp,” mountainous 640-pound matman. Continue reading

Wrestlers Moaning; It’s So Unusual

Seattle Post-Intelligencer – May 4, 1941
By Royal Brougham

With all the tragedy and sorrowing in the world, a good chuckle is worth the price of the newspaper.

If there isn’t a laugh in this resolution from the Wrestling Mob, then quit reading the column and turn over to Blondie and Dagwood. Continue reading

Steele Pins Terror In Olympic Tiff

Los Angeles Times – May 29, 1941

Ray Steele, the National Wrestling Association’s champion, took two out of three falls from the Golden Terror in the main event at Olympic Auditorium last night, clearing the way for a match with Jim Londos for the undisputed world crown June 11. Continue reading

Juan Juarez Wins Olympic Mat Tourney

Los Angeles Times – May 20, 1941

Disposing of four opponents in a total of slightly more than 15 minutes, Juan Juarez, Mexican champion, won the one-night elimination wrestling tourney at Olympic Auditorium last night.

Juarez was pretty sensational as he disposed of Tom Zaharias in the opening match in 5m. 48s. with an airplane spin and finished with a flashy 1m. 9s. triumph over another of the Zaharias clan, Chris, in the finals. Continue reading