Category Archives: 1977

The Giant’s Team Beats Up Taylor’s

Eugene Register-Guard – April 30, 1977

Kris Taylor Sam Bass Jesse Ventura 4-30-77

Andre the Giant was here… leaving in his wake an astounded Kris Taylor outside the ropes, a pained Sam Bass on the ropes and a flattened Jesse Ventura on the mat
Staff photos by Brian Lanker

Crowd 4-30-77

Part of a record crowd at the matches crowds up to the ring for a closer look, or a chance to add their two cents to the proceedings

A record crowd of some 1,500 turned out at the Lane County Fairgrounds to watch big Killer Kris Taylor take on Andre the Giant in the feature match of the weekly pro wrestling card Friday night. Continue reading

…Bad Guy

The Miami News – March 18, 1977
By Bill Brubaker

Ox Baker

Ox Baker

TAMPA – On television, he seems to be serious when he tells an opponent: “I’m gonna break your back!” or something equally terrible.  In wrestling magazines, he swears, “I like to hurt people.”  But, does he really?

He is perhaps the most hated wrestler on the Florida tour – hated, that is, by the thousands of fans who gladly pay $3 or $4 to watch him dirty-punch “good guy” Dusty Rhodes and call him, as he did in one recent match, “you son of a bitch, you.” Continue reading

Good Guy…

The Miami News – March 18, 1977
By Bill Brubaker

Virtue's Triumph His arms uplifted in victory, Dusty Rhodes has vanquished another baddie.

Virtue’s Triumph
His arms uplifted in victory, Dusty Rhodes has vanquished another baddie.

TAMPA – Tuesday evening, two hours before all the fun begins at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory.

Dusty Rhodes is laying back on his four-acre spread in Lutz, a small farming community north of town.

Soon, Dusty will be winning the hearts of 4,000 professional wrestling fans at the big-city Armory.  But that’s a world away. Continue reading

Dusty Rhodes Retains Wrestling Title

The Miami News – July 7, 1977

Dusty Rhodes retained his Florida heavyweight title last night by defeating Ernie Ladd in the main event of last night’s professional wrestling card before a crowd of 3,872 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Continue reading

Dusty Rhodes Wins Feature

The Miami News – March 10, 1977

In the featured Texas death match last night on the wrestling card at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Dusty Rhodes defeated Superstar Graham. Continue reading

Dutch Savage Wins Coal Miner Match

Eugene Register-Guard – December 31, 1977

Dutch Savage defeated Kangaroo Johnny Boyd in a special Coal Miner’s Glove match, while Jimmy Snuka won on a disqualification over Ed Wiskowki in a semifinal bout, to highlight a rugged wrestling card Friday night at the Lane County Fairgrounds. Continue reading

Savage, Dr. X Paired For Miner’s Glove

Eugene Register-Guard – July 28, 1977

Dutch Savage will face Dr. X in a coal miner’s glove match in the featured event on the professional wrestling card starting at 8:30 p.m.  Friday at the Lane County Fairgrounds. Continue reading

Like ‘Em Or Not, Wrestlers Can’t Escape The Groupies

The Miami News – March 19, 1977
By Bill Brubaker

Pro wrestler Steve Keirn with a police escort

Wrestler Steve Keirn needs a police escort to keep the groupies away

A top-name professional wrestler who is married and living in Tampa recently told me: “Don’t put anything in the Miami paper about me being married.  I can get in a lot of heat down there.  I have women in Miami.” Continue reading

Two IS A Crowd

Wilmington Star-News – March 13, 1977
By Lee Weisbecker, Staff Writer

Billy (R) and Bennie McGuire dwarf Wulff's owner Gene Pontius.

Billy (R) and Bennie McGuire dwarf Wulff’s owner Gene Pontius.

Benny McGuire sat staring at a wrestling magazine, his 724-pound frame supported by two chairs.

His brother Billy, who weighs 747 pounds, was chatting with the ever-expanding group of onlookers that crowded into Wulff’s newsstand at 125 Princess St. Saturday afternoon to see the world’s heaviest twins. Continue reading

The Onetime ‘Masked Marvel’ John Bonica Now Wrestles with His Toughest Foe — Pain

People – August 29, 1977
By Jane Estes

Few medical students have shown as much ingenuity raising tuition money as Dr. John Bonica, 60, of Seattle, Wash. From 1938 to 1942 he managed to stay in med school by wrestling professionally—as the Masked Marvel, no less. Continue reading