Category Archives: 1976

Wrestling Set Saturday Night

The Milwaukee Journal – May 5, 1976

Verne Gagne will wrestle Bobby Heenan Saturday night at the Auditorium in the main event of a five bout professional card.  Mad Dog Vachon and Joe Leduc will meet in the semifinal. Continue reading

Wins Match

Panama City News-Herald – September 25, 1976

Bobby and Ricky Fields successfully defended their Gulf Coast tag team wrestling belts by defeating the former champions, Eddie Sullivan and Rip Tyler, Thursday night at Rainbow Garden. Continue reading

Dusty Rhodes, The Assassin Disqualified

Sarasota Herald-Tribune – April 26, 1976

Referee Stu Schwartz ended the feature match on Saturday night’s wrestling card at Robarts Sports Arena by calling a double disqualification on Dusty Rhodes and The Assassin at 12:41. Continue reading

Rhodes Bull Ropes Funk In Wrestling

The Miami News – April 8, 1976

Dusty Rhodes beat Terry Funk in a Texas bull rope match last night in the main event of the professional wrestling matches at Miami-Dade Community College North. Continue reading

Savage Captures Pro Mat ‘Fight’

Eugene Register-Guard – August 7, 1976

Dutch Savage kayoed Jesse Ventura in the fifth round as the professional wrestlers turned boxers Friday night at Willamette High. Continue reading

Ramos, Savage Meet In Mat Headliner

Eugene Register-Guard – January 22, 1976

Bull Ramos and Dutch Savage will clash in a Texas Death Match Friday night in the pro wrestling feature at Lane County Fairgrounds. Continue reading

Rhodes Wrestles Baker For Win

Palm Beach Post – November 16, 1976

Dusty Rhodes defeated Ox Baker last night to win the main event of the professional wrestling meet held at West Palm Beach Auditorium. Continue reading

Wrestling Bear Tough To Beat

Lodi News-Sentinel – February 26, 1976

Has Won 10,000 Matches

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) – Why would anyone want to wrestle a 643-pound, 8-3 opponent who hasn’t lost in 10,000 matches?

“For excitement,” says bear trainer George Allen.  “It’s something people can tell their grandkids about.” Continue reading

This May Be The Nadir, But…

Village Voice – May 17, 1976
By R. Meltzer

Just another usual Wednesday night on LA’s KMEX Channel 34, an interminable half hour to an hour or so of Spanish-lingo wrestling coverage from the Olympic – punctuated by an occasional Anglo-decipherable expression like “Wow!” or “Bakersfield Stadium” – before finally we get to the meat of the broadcast, King’s English interview time with Judo Gene LeBell, brother of Olympic lucha libre (Sp. For “free fight”) promoter Mike LeBell and son of Aileen Eaton, the most successful female entrepeneur in the history of boxing. Tonight smiling carrot-topped Gene has something IMPORTANT to announce: Ernie Ladd has over the weekend won the AMERICAS’ TITLE, Southern Cal’s version of the champeenship shebang. Ernie, the only major matman of Afro genes who’s ever been allowed to perform as a bonafide non-chickenshit villain (as well as the only decent footballer since Bronko Nagurski to become an equally decent wrestler), walks in from stage right with his gaudily bejeweled crown and Americas’ belt a-glistening. Perfunctory congrats from Gene followed by a GREAT calculated who’s-your-first-defense-gonna-be-against? Sequence involving a good 10-15 names: “How about Andre the Giant?” “No, Andre is NOT a worthy contender.” “Okay, how about John Tolos?” “No, HE is not worthy, either.” “Pork Chop (a “real” name: wife’s moniker is Lamb Chop!)?” “You gotta be KIDDING.” Etc., etc., on down the list until ultimately the non-awesome Chavo Guerrero is suggested almost rhetorically. “Yes, I will fight Chavo Guerrero, he is worthy, I will in fact fight him right now for all in TV-land to see.” O-right! Continue reading

Mongolian Stomper On Mat Program

Rome News-Tribune – September 23, 1976

A new face, the Mongolian Stomper, appears on the weekly professional wrestling program which will be presented tonight at Rome’s Memorial gymnasium.

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