Category Archives: 1965

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Richmond County Journal – March 23, 1965

Speaking of hair, a blonde lady wrestler who has never lost a match in the ring in Greensboro has decided to give her opponents a break. Continue reading

Do You Remember?

Tucson Daily Citizen – March 24, 1965

10 YEARS AGO

TUCSON, March 24, 1955 – The tag team of June Byers and Penny Banner will meet Ethel Johnson and Babs Wingo in tonight’s wrestling exhibition feature at the Sports Center.

Testy Tasker Awards Bout To Sammartino

Globe & Mail – September 27, 1965

Wrestler Johnny Powers caught referee Tiger Tasker in one of his no-trifling moods last night at Maple Leaf Gardens. The result was Powers was disqualified in the main bout with Bruno Sammartino at 16:18. Tasker awarded the one-fall match to Sammartino, a mighty pleasing decision to the crowd of 4,999. Continue reading

Whipper Retains Empire Title As Curfew Ends Kiniski Bout

Globe & Mail – September 24, 1965
By Steve York

They call it all-in wrestling in Britain and a look at the ending of the main bout at Maple Leaf Gardens last night showed why. There was Gene Kiniski…

What? The result? Oh, that was a draw between Whipper Watson and Kiniski. The 11 o’clock curfew halted the one-fall match for the British Empire heavyweight championship at 30:32 and referee Tiger Tasker ruled the outcome a draw. That meant Watson retained the title. Continue reading

Thesz Retains Crown, Subjecting Valentine To Big Drop

Globe & Mail – September 17, 1965
By Steve York

Crafty and snarly as ever, Lou Thesz defeated Johnny Valentine in the main wrestling match last night at Maple Leaf Gardens. By winning, evergreen Lou retained the National Wrestling Alliance world heavyweight championship. Continue reading

Kiniski, Hiro Win Over Johnny, Whip

Globe & Mail – August 27, 1965
By Steve York

Gene Kiniski and Professor Mye Hiro defeated Whipper Watson and Johnny Valentine in the tag-team wrestling feature last night at Maple Leaf Gardens. Kiniski pinned Watson at 15:49 of the one-fall match after he and Hiro had highly agitated the crowd of 2,751.

Given those facts, what kind of snappy opening should you start with?

Should you begin by remarking that the old saying cheaters never prosper was disproved? Because it was.

Watson had his unconscious hold on Hiro near the bad guys’ corner but not close enough for Kiniski to tag the Professor, who appeared to be sinking rapidly.

Since something had to be done in a hurry, the unorthodox Kiniski did it. He climbed to the top rope and jumped on Watson, an illegal move as the partner outside the ring is not supposed to aid the partner inside.

Kiniski’s jump knocked whipper off Hiro and to the mat. Hiro had fallen also and rolled to the ropes, one hand coming up high enough for Kiniski, who had immediately left the ring after his leap, to tag it. Gene fell on top of Watson who was on his back unmoving and referee Tiger Tasker’s victory count was a formality.

Where was Valentine? Held out of the ring by Takser’s officiating associated, Joe Gollub.

Or should you get under way by saying Kiniski obeyed the square-dance injunction to change partners with successful results? Because he did.

Last Thursday, Kiniski was teamed with Johnny Powers and lost to Watson and Valentine.

Both sides in last night’s clash had one member much the worse for wear. Fred Atkins, Hiro’s interpreter and confidant, helped Kiniski to get Hiro to the dressing room. They dumped him over the bottom rope as if he were a side of beef before yanking him to his feet.

Watson lay on the mat motionless after the decision, oblivious to Valentine’s protests to the officials and his attempts to get at Kiniski. He also didn’t notice the fans, including three girls, who entered the ring to gaze at their stricken hero. Finally Andy Robin and Valentine revived the Whip, who spurned a lift to the dressing room on a stretcher. When he got to his feet the lingering customers gave a big cheer and another as he started to the runway supported by Robin and Valentine.

Mat Promoter Quinn Dead

United Press International – December 15, 1965

NORTHHAMPTON, N.H. – Edmund R. (Eddie) Quinn, 58, who promoted wrestling and boxing in Montreal for a quarter of a century, died yesterday of a cerebral hemorrhage. Continue reading

Fabulous Kangaroos Retain Tag Team Title

The Vancouver Sun – February 16, 1965

The Fabulous Kangaroos – Al Costello and Roy Heffernan – retained their Canadian tag team title Monday night before 3,000 Garden Auditorium fans. Continue reading

Olympic Stages Special Mat Show Tonight

Los Angeles Times – September 20, 1965

The Olympic Auditorium presents a special non-televised wrestling card tonight, featuring a world title bout between Luke Graham of New York and Japan’s Toyonobori. Continue reading

A Mountain Of A Man Seeks Wife To Match

Miami Herald – February 5, 1965
By Dick Meyer

FORT LAUDERDALE—Haystack Calhoun, wealthy at age 30, wants a wife.

She should be stout, a good cook and like to travel. Haystack—an ex-farmer whose square name is William—is a 620-pound wrestler who performs each season at the War Memorial Auditorium. He was there Wednesday night long enough to defeat Tarzan Tyler.

The bearded, long-haired Arkansas native says he will be back in Florida soon. However, his prompt return to Fort Lauderdale is unlikely, for promoter Red Cameron announced Thursday his decision to cancel remaining auditorium mat dates. (Red feels crowds should be larger.) It’s the uncertainty about wrestling tours that frets Haystack. After scuffling—his word for wrestling—he not always can find a restaurant nearby to serve his evening snack: five pounds of meat, a “trainload” of vegetables and three or four loaves of bread, all washed down with a half gallon of milk. Haystack loves to talk, yet now he travels alone in a station wagon with a driver’s seat twice the size of an ordinary one. “I talk quite a bit, so my wife should be a good listener,” he said.

When Calhoun married his first wife—from whom he was divorced last year—she was too fragile for his taste. By eating at the same table with Haystack, she added 100 pounds and when their daughter was born, three years ago, Mrs. Calhoun weighed 230.

The pretty little girl, of average size, now lives with Calhoun’s parents in Texas. “When I could, I’d like to spend some time in Texas with Kathy Elizabeth and her new mother,” Haystack says.

Another thing Haystack doesn’t appreciate about traveling is the lack of king-size beds. “I broke one at a motel the last time I stayed in Fort Lauderdale—I break beds wherever I go, ‘cause they are too small.”

It was especially difficult for the big fellow to sleep well when he visited Japan, in 1963, to oppose sumo wrestlers. The Japanese treated Haystack as though he were royalty—

“They respect big men over there”—but didn’t have a bed anywhere near large enough for his huge frame. The fellow may talk like the farmer he was, but he’s not dumb.

When Internal Revenue men said Haystack should limit his food consumption on expenses-claimed trips to $20 a day, he took a couple of them to a restaurant and put away a Gargantuan meal.

“They agreed I could eat far more food than that.” When an airline wanted to charge him double fare, he argued successfully that midget wrestlers don’t pay half fare. He paid for a single ticket, although an armrest had to be removed so he could use two seats.

“And,” he points out with emphasis, “I’ve been wrestling for nine years and haven’t been injured.”