Category Archives: 1961

DiBiase Gets The Mask Sat. Night

Eugene Register-Guard – March 24, 1961

Wild Bill Savage claims he is sick of the foul treatment he has been getting from Iron Mike, and will wear his mask Sat. and make him howl for mercy. Continue reading

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Cowboy Bob Ellis, Johnny Valentine Win Mains

St. Louis Globe-Democrat – April 22, 1961

Bob Ellis pinned Wladek (Killer) Kowalski and Johnny Valentine pinned Sonny Myers in a pair of main event matches on the St. Louis Wrestling Clubs program at Kiel Auditorium Friday night. There were 6275 fans present. Continue reading

Wrestling To Resume Here

Daytona Beach Morning Journal – January 21, 1961

Professional wrestling will return to Daytona Beach next Wednesday night at a new site – the spacious Main St. Ocean Pier.

Stu Schwartz of Tampa, the promoter, arranged terms for staging weekly Wednesday night wrestling shows at the Pier. Continue reading

O’Connor Wins Feature Armory Wrestling Bout

Lakeland Ledger – February 20, 1961

Pat O’Connor retained his grappling title here Saturday night by defeating Jack Wentworth in successive falls at the Armory.

O’Connor won the first fall when Wentworth was disqualified for refusing to break a strangle hold.  O’Connor then swiftly pinned Wentworth with a submission hold in the second fall to win the match. Continue reading

Blassie Takes Wrestling Title Before 13,200

Los Angeles Times – June 13, 1961
By John De La Vega

Blond Freddie Blassie won the world’s wrestling title (honest!) at the Sports Arena Monday night by putting France’s Edouard Carpentier out of commission, and the howling mob of 13,200 wanted to crown him personally. Continue reading

Sellout Expected For Wrestling Bout

Los Angeles Times – June 12, 1961
By John De La Vega

This is it, he-man fans and little old ladies. For the world’s rassling champeenship, Edouard Carpentier of France against Freddie Blassie, the Georgia peach. Continue reading

Mat Title Match May Set Record

Los Angeles Times – June 11, 1961

A gate record for an indoor wrestling show is a cinch to be set Monday night at the Sports Arena when France’s Edouard Carpentier defends his world heavyweight mat crown against Freddie Blassie. Continue reading

Schmidt Splits On Mat; Bows To O’Connor, Beats Referee

Moline Daily Dispatch – June 27, 1961

Wrestler Hans Schmidt battled a pair of adversaries in Davenport last night – world heavyweight champion Pat O’Connor and referee Bob Sabre. Continue reading

Rougeau Beats The Great Togo

The Gazette, Montreal – December 7, 1961

Johnny Rougeau defeated The Great Togo in straight falls in their feature wrestling match at the Forum last night.  Togo was disqualified in the second fall when The Great Baba leaped into the ring to offer him assistance.

Gorgeous George Beaten By John “Gorky” Smith

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix – February 17, 1961

Gorgeous George had his platinum curls ruffled as well as his dignity Thursday night as John “Gorky” Smith put an end to the main event of the wrestling card at the Arena after only 11 minutes of action. Continue reading