Category Archives: 1957

Lee And Thomas Tangle With Brazil, Szabo

Los Angeles Times – April 24, 1957

Sky Hi Lee and Shag Thomas, the two-man riot squad, put their International TV tag-team title on the line tonight at the Olympic against the new combo of Bobo Brazil and Sandor Szabo. The match goes on at 7:30 p.m. and won’t be televised.

Sky Hi and Shag form a rugged duo. Lee towers 6 feet 9 inches and weighs 290 pounds. He’s an ex-pugilist. Shag, a former All-American from Ohio State, is constructed like a fire hydrant and weighs a mere 240. Continue reading

Co-Features Top Wrestle Card Tonight

Buffalo Courier-Express – November 8, 1957

One of the most attractive wrestling programs of the current season will be presented by the Buffalo Wrestling Club tonight at 8:15 in Memorial Auditorium.

Fritz von Erich will face Ronnie Etchison and Gene Kiniski will go against Joe Blanchard in the co-features. Continue reading

Tag Team Go Ends In Riot As Rope Snaps

Fresno Bee – December 7, 1957

What happened to the top strand of the ring rope in the Fresno Memorial Auditorium is almost as big a puzzler to DAV Club wrestling matchmaker as what happened to the usual steady crowd of mat fans last night. There were few to see the show.

When five big bruisers got into the ring last night in what was scheduled to be a singles “grudge” match between Mike Sharpe and Ilio DiPaolo, the “unbreakable” strand finally gave way under their combined weights. Continue reading

Yukon Loses Last 2 Falls To O’Connor

Utica Observer-Dispatch – September 12, 1957
By Bob Wilbur

Clinton – Yukon Eric won the first fall, but Pat O’Connor rallied to take the next two to gain a popular decision over Yukon in last night’s wrestling feature at the Arena.

Only 750 fans turned out for the card which also saw Fritz Von Erich of Germany and Joe Blanchard of Vancouver winning their bouts.  As a result of last night’s victory, Von Erich plans to challenge O’Connor. Continue reading

Woman Wrestler’s Big Night

Buffalo Evening News – October 9, 1957

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 9 (UP) polished off four other grapplers in a “rassle royal” Monday night and then went out on a date with singer Elvis Presley, a ringside admirer.

Ready And Waiting

The Milwaukee Journal – January 19, 1957

Angelo Poffo 1-19-57

Ready and waiting for Yukon Eric is Angelo Poffo.  Poffo will wrestle Eric in a penalty belt match at the Auditorium Saturday night in the preliminary to the tag match between the Volkoff brothers and Verne Gagne and Argentine Rocca.

Dusek-Dillon Clash In Local Mat Fight

Lawrence Daily Journal-World – April 26, 1957

The heated rivalry existing between Joe Dusek and Black-Jack Dillon, stemming from their tag team wrestling partnership here April 9, will probably produce one of the roughest showdowns of the spring season Saturday. Continue reading

Capacity Crowd Expected As Girls Wrestle Again

The Progress-Index – August 23, 1957

ANOTHER CAPACITY CROWD like the one shown above at last week's Richmond wrestling show is expected tonight as the same girls, Babs Wingo, challenger, (left) and Ethel Johnson, Negro girls champion, tangle in the ARE show tonight.

ANOTHER CAPACITY CROWD like the one shown above at last week’s Richmond wrestling show is expected tonight as the same girls, Babs Wingo, challenger, (left) and Ethel Johnson, Negro girls champion, tangle in the ARE show tonight.

An extra 500 seats will help take care of an expected capacity gathering tonight at the State Fair Grounds for promoter Bill Lewis’ professional wrestling program which features a pair of Negro girl wrestlers in a Texas-rules match. Continue reading

Top Wrestlers In Coliseum Bouts

The Baltimore Afro-American – October 15, 1957

One of the most exciting wrestling shows ever staged on the local scene is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Coliseum, at 8:30 p.m.

Under the sponsorship of the Baltimore Chapter of the Frontiers of America, the show will offer six bouts and will feature four of the top women wrestlers in the country. Continue reading

‘Bull’ Curry Roars To Aid Police Pals

Sunday Herald – February 17, 1957

ON YOUR MARK... Just for kicks, of course.  Police Sgt. Edward Garrity, right, is just kidding as he makes to tackle the villain of the police VFW past annual wrestling show.  Peace-maker in center is Ptlmn William Kearns.

ON YOUR MARK… Just for kicks, of course. Police Sgt. Edward Garrity, right, is just kidding as he makes to tackle the villain of the police VFW past annual wrestling show. Peace-maker in center is Ptlmn William Kearns.

Hartford’s own “Bull” Curry returned briefly to his home town from his mid-West haunts, to stage a roaring exhibition of wrestling for the benefit of his former police buddies’ VFW post. Continue reading