Category Archives: 1947

Strangler Loses To Mat Rival

The Oregonian – March 27, 1947

Ed (Strangler) Lewis, the former world heavyweight mat champion, was upset at Civic Auditorium Wednesday night by burly Fred Atkins, Australian title claimant, who tore into the famed headlock artist from the opening bell. Continue reading

Lewis Clashes With Carnera In Mat Bout

Miami Herald – December 2, 1947

Primo Carnera, former heavyweight boxing champion, pits his 265-pound, six-foot-six-inch frame against Ed (Strangler) Lewis’ famous strangle hold tonight in the feature wrestling event at the Coral Gables Coliseum. Continue reading

In the Ring

The Canberra Times – November 24, 1947

SYDNEY, Sunday
Al Costello and Leo Jensen, wrestled a draw at the Leichhardt Stadium last night. Both had a fall each.

In the Ring

The Canberra Times – February 10, 1947

Mel Peters defeated Al Costello by two falls to one in the main wrestle at Leichhardt Stadium last night.  It was the American’s fifth successive victory.

In the Ring

The Canberra Times – December 15, 1947

SYDNEY, Sunday
Al Costello was disqualified in the seventh round of a wrestle with Bonny Muir at the Leichhardt Stadium last night.

Cox Downs Lewis In Wrestling Match

Sacramento Union – February 4, 1947

The veteran Ed (Strangler) Lewis lost in the main wrestling event here last night to Ted Cox, the Lodi rough rider. Cox won a first fall and Lewis took the second. The Lodian scored the final down in a brief but rough session. Zefko Simunovich won the special event over Hans Buesing in straight falls. Juan Humberto and Otto Kuss did a draw in the curtain raiser.

Strangler Lewis Will Meet King Kong Cox

Sacramento Union – February 3, 1947

Ed (Strangler) Lewis, former world’s heavyweight wrestling champion, and Ted (King Kong) Cox of Lodi will clash in the Memorial Auditorium tonight in a best two out of three falls main mat match. The bout will be over the one-hour time limit. Continue reading

Whip Tames Wild Bill Before Mob Of 15,000

Globe & Mail – March 7, 1947
By Allan Nickleson

Whippah Billy Watson retained his newly won world wrestling championship before a jam-packed, roaring multitude of some 15,000 fans at Maple Leaf Gardens last night – and he accomplished the feat fairly easily against the caddish chappie he beat for the bauble. Continue reading

Watson Subdues Rugged O’Donnell In Rough Match

Globe & Mail – February 28, 1947
By Jim Vipond

Whipper Billy Watson, idol of Toronto’s wrestling fandom, took 26 minutes and 21 seconds to successfully defend the initial challenge to his recently won world championship before more than 8,000 rabid supporters at Maple Leaf Gardens last night. Continue reading

Funk, Weaver Hurt; Lopez, Dorsetti Draw

Santa Fe New Mexican – January 10, 1947

Wrestling returned to Santa Fe last night without having missed a stride, as one of the largest crowds of the season saw two gladiators get carried out of the ring. Continue reading