Category Archives: 1975

Mat Champion Jim Londos Dead

Ellensburg Daily Record – August 21, 1975

ESCONDIDO (UPI) – Greek-born Jim Londos, who ruled as the world heavyweight champion when pro wrestling was in its golden age, is dead.

Born Chris Theophelos in Theophelo, Greece, Londos wrestled more than 2,500 times at the height of his career – between 1930 and 1946.  He died of a heart attack in Palomar General Hospital here Tuesday.  He lived in Escondido as a gentleman rancher. Continue reading

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Fargo, Ken Lucas Tangle Thursday

Panama City News-Herald – November 9, 1975

The Fabulous Don Fargo, one of the world’s topnotch wrestling pros, will take on Ken Lucas in the main event of Thursday night’s card at Rainbow Garden.

Fargo was a consistent winner here in the past, though his tactics drew down the ire of the local fans on his head. Continue reading

Pro Wrestler Killed, Three More Injured in Plane Crash

Workers recover wreckage of Cessna 182 that crashed into Tampa Bay

Workers recover wreckage of Cessna 182 that crashed into Tampa Bay

St. Petersburg Times – February 21, 1975
By Bill Cryer

The body of professional wrestler Bobby Shane, 29 was recovered from the wreckage of a small airplane that crashed early Thursday morning in Tampa Bay.

Wrestling commentator Gordon Solie said Shane’s foot was pinned in the wreckage. Three other wrestlers, including Buddy Colt, holder of the Title North American Champion, were able to swim to shore after the pre-dawn crash. Continue reading

Savage Meets Boyd

Eugene Register-Guard – May 1, 1975

Dutch Savage and Lord Jonathon Boyd will mix it up Friday night at Lane County Fairgrounds in the weekly pro wrestling headliner.  In the preliminaries, Bill Francis will meet the Masked Mauler, Jimmy Snuka will take on Bruiser Bob Remus and Benny Ramirez will face Norman Charles III.  Fans may reserve seats for the 8 p.m. card by calling 345-9717.

Sports Of The Times By Red Smith

The New York Times – August 24, 1975

Jimmy Londos was the professional wrestling champion of this wide, bewildered world in the days of the Great Depression, Prohibition, Repeal and the New Deal. News of his death in California the other day brought back a vivid image of his thickly muscled figure and olive oil face with gently sorrowing brown eyes. Face and figure were as familiar to Americans 40 years ago as the Blue Eagle of the National Recovery Act. Continue reading

World’s Heaviest Twin Takes Wife

Spartanburg Herald – May 28, 1975

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. (AP) – Billy McGuire, a 710-pound wrestler from Hendersonville, N. C., and his 98-pound wife, Danielle, of Montreal, began their honeymoon here Monday. Continue reading

Three Wrestlers Remain In Hospital

Greensboro News & Record – October 6, 1975

WILMINGTON- Johnny Valentine, Ric Flair, and Bob Bruggers, three professional wrestlers familiar to Carolinas and Virginia-area fans, remain hospitalized at New Hanover County Hospital following a Saturday evening plane crash near the Wilmington airport.

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Rhodes Dusts Off Stomper

The Miami News – January 1, 1975

Dusty Rhodes defeated the Mongolian Stomper in the feature wrestling match at the Miami Beach Auditorium last night.  Joe LeDuc won by disqualification over Cowboy Bill Watts for the Florida Heavyweight Championship.

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Jack Brisco Loses But Still Wins

The Miami News – May 7, 1975

Professional wrestling’s world heavyweight champion lost a match but kept his title last night at Miami Beach Convention Center.  Dory Funk Jr. won by disqualification over Jack Brisco, but a title cannot change hands on a disqualification.

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Former Resident Featured In Book

San Miguel Basin Forum – November 12, 1975

Larry Lane, a former Nucla resident, recently was featured in the Stampede Wrestling Souvenir Book.

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