Category Archives: 1956

Bo Bo Versus Cowboy Lee A ‘Battle Of Behemoths’

The Baltimore Afro-American – February 25, 1956

WASHINGTON

Close to 600 pounds of muscle and brawn will be bruited about the Uline Arena ring tonight (Friday) when Bo Bo Brazil, perhaps the nation’s top colored wrestler, tangles with Cowboy Rocky Lee in the co-feature of an all-star mat card. Continue reading

Joe Louis To Referee 2 Bouts On Uline Card

The Washington Afro-American – January 24, 1956

JOE LOUIS

JOE LOUIS

A rematch of the Buddy Rogers and Cowboy Rocky Hi-Lee bout which ended on a riotous note at a recent show is on tap for the Uline Arena wrestling card Friday night.

Promoter Ray Fabiani has lined up Joe Louis former world heavyweight champion, to referee this match. Continue reading

Wrestling Cards To Help In Polio Drive In Girardeau

The Southeast Missourian – January 16, 1956

The march of Dimes Polio Fund will receive a financial lift Friday night at the Arena when the Odd Fellows turn over their share of gate receipts of the wrestling matches to this worthy cause.  Leonard Thomas, local wrestling promoter said that this polio benefit card has the greatest array of wrestling talent that he has ever been able to assemble for a single night’s wrestling. Continue reading

Glamor Approach Versus Rough Guys On Mat Card Here Saturday

The Dispatch – November 16, 1956

Glamour boys of wrestling go against traditional roughnecks in one of the best rounded cards presented here in months at the Lexington YMCA tomorrow night.

Heading the popular guys is the big television favorite Ricki Starr who returns here for the second straight week at his own request. Continue reading

Ricki Starr On Dual Main Event At YMCA Saturday

The Dispatch – November 5, 1956

Mills Boys Disqualified

A Veterans’ Day special that packs plenty of wallop and offers two main events is slated in wrestling action at the Lexington YMCA Saturday night.

Ricki Starr, one of the rapid-rising young stars of the ring today and a fellow fans have been asking to see, makes his debut this week.  The former Purdue University amateur great who once aspired to ballet dancing and who has been seen time after time on television, takes on the “Denver Destroyer” Tom Bradley in one of two main events. Continue reading

Thesz’s Aerial Maneuvers Whip Eakins

Chicago Tribune – January 8, 1956

Lou Thesz, world heavyweight wrestling champion, and Ike Eakins spent half of their Marigold Arena match being propelled thru the air by one another last night. When they came down, Eakins was on the bottom the two decisive times. Continue reading

Lou Thesz Wins In Coliseum Test

The Spokesman-Review – May 11, 1956

Lou Thesz, former heavyweight wrestling champion of the world, took two out of three falls to win his match with Adrian Baillargeon last night at the Coliseum. Continue reading

Donovan Takes Win In ‘Wrestle To Finish’

The Spokesman-Review – April 6, 1956
By Danny May

More than 2000 wrestling fans warmed up last night at the Interstate Fairgrounds arena for next week’s Coliseum headliner between Primo Carnera and equally huge Adrien Baillargeon. Continue reading

There’s New Mat Champ – Or Did You Know?

The Spokesman-Review – March 23, 1956
By Bill Boni

Somehow I seem to have missed this. But back east in Toronto just a week ago last night, one Whipper Billy Watson won (that’s what it says in three different newspapers) the world heavyweight wrestling championship by beating Lou Thesz. Continue reading

Photographer Flees As Whip Wins

Toronto Star – April 27, 1956
By Jim Proudfoot

Whipper Watson outpointed Hans Schmidt and Hardboiled Haggerty by a matter of two feet in last night’s wrestling headliner at Maple Leaf Gardens.

A cryptic statement, you say? Confusing? Leave us explain. Continue reading