Category Archives: 1969

Pro Wrestler Talked Out Of Tackling Plane Hijacker

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle – February 11, 1969

MIAMI (UPI) – A fat, chatty gunman forced a San Juan-to-Miami Eastern Airlines jet with 119 persons aboard to fly to Havana yesterday while a nervous steward talked a wrestler named Abdullah the Butcher out of pouncing on the 300-pound hijacker. Continue reading

Top Match Scheduled This Week

Florence Times—Tri-Cities Daily – February 23, 1969

An unusual type match will be held Tuesday night at the weekly wrestling matches at the National Guard Armory.

Len Rossi will team up with Cowboy Lang, a midget wrestler, to wrestle Little Bruiser, another midget, and Mack York. Continue reading

Texan Funk Defeats Kiniski In Feature

St. Petersburg Times – February 12, 1969

TAMPA – Dory Funk Jr., former West Texas State tackle from Amarillo, Tex., defeated Gene Kiniski in the feature match of last night’s wrestling show at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory. Continue reading

Lord Littlebrook Keeps Midget Grappling Title

The Press-Courier – October 28, 1969

Lord Littlebrook defeated Little Bruiser in two straight falls to retain the midget championship at the Ventura Wrestling Club matches Monday night. Continue reading

Savage Has No Time To Squander On Dean

The Vancouver Sun – February 11, 1969

Dutch Savage didn’t waste any time in proving his wrestling mastery over Dean Higuchi Monday night before a turn-away house of 3,000 fans at Exhibition Gardens. Continue reading

One-Time Wrestling Idol Going Strong

Los Angeles Times – January 27, 1969
By Dwight Chapin

There were 100,000 people in the Athens Olympic Stadium that night in 1934 when Jim Londos defended his world’s heavyweight wrestling title against the Russian champion, and another 30,000 were turned away. Continue reading

Negro And Brutus Win

St. Petersburg Times – September 11, 1969

TAMPA – Cyclone Negro and Beautiful Brutus took the feature over the Great Malenko and Dale Lewis Tuesday night at Tampa’s Homer Hesterly Armory.  Sam Steamboat went to a draw with Hiro Matsuda.  Duke Keomuka and El Mongol defeated the Bastien Brothers.  Big Cat King smashed Eduardo Parez and Bob Roop won over the masked Red Shadow.