Category Archives: 1985

Pro Wrestling Invades Wildwood Gym Tonight

Orlando Sentinel – June 6, 1985
By Creig Ewing

Wildwood High School will play host to a National Wrestling Alliance professional wrestling card tonight at 8 in the school gym. The featured match is between Chief Wahoo McDaniel and Bruiser Brody. Also on the card are Hector Guerrero vs. Wild Bill Irwin and a tag-team match pitting Jesse Barr and Rick Rude against Bugsy McGraw and Tiger Conway Jr. Tickets are $7 for ringside seats and $5 for general admission. They are available at the school office and the door. Proceeds will benefit the school basketball program.

Osceola Will Hold Pro Wrestling Show To Help Raise Funds

Orlando Sentinel – August 27, 1985
By Frank Carroll

KISSIMMEE — Osceola High School will give professional wrestling a try in the hope of raising money for its basketball program.

The International Wrestling Alliance brings a six-match card to the OHS gymnasium on Thacker Avenue Wednesday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 ringside, $5 general admission and $2 children. They are available at the school or at Don Olson Firestone on Vine Street. The Kowboys net $1 for every advance ticket sold. Continue reading

Ask Not For Whom The Bell Tolls…

Sunday Star-News – June 16, 1985
By Ben Steelman

A gleeful Cowboy Ron Bass puts pressure on Avalanche Buzz Tyler...

A gleeful Cowboy Ron Bass puts pressure on Avalanche Buzz Tyler…

...Tyler, thrown from the ring, works himself into a frenzy...

…Tyler, thrown from the ring, works himself into a frenzy…

...and exacts his revenge on Bass with a mighty elbow launched from the top of the ring ropes.

…and exacts his revenge on Bass with a mighty elbow launched from the top of the ring ropes.

It was a Friday night, and I went to Legion Stadium to see the wrestling and write about courage and about fights cleanly done, the way Papa Hemingway wrote about bull-fighting.

Perhaps it was not the best night to go.  Already Ivan Koloff, the growling Russian, had been scratched from the card. Continue reading

Pro Wrestling Has The Ring Of Truth – Or Just Of Fun

Sunday Star-News – June 16, 1985
By Ray Belew

It takes all kinds to make a professional wrestling crowd.

The recent bout at Legion Stadium had them all – teeny-boppers, bikers, farmers, rock ‘n’ rollers, blacks, whites, grandmothers, grandfathers… you name it.  And then some. Continue reading

Wrestling Returns To Fronton

Ocala Star-Banner – October 12, 1985

I.W.A. Pro Wrestling returns to Ocala Thursday night at the Jai Alai Fronton with Bugsy McGraw and Tiger Conway Jr. teaming up in the main event against “Pretty Boy” Doug Somers and “Ravishing” Randy Rose. Continue reading

Golden Corral Hosts Wrestler

Ocala Star-Banner – August 14, 1985

The Golden Corral Restaurant on 2426 East Silver Springs Blvd. will host pro wrestler Vern Henderson for an autograph session from 11:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. Thursday. Continue reading

Five Matches Highlight CFCC Card

Ocala Star-Banner – October 27, 1985

Wrestler "Playboy" Buddy Rose

Playboy Buddy Rose will challenge Tyree Pride for the Bahamas title at the CFCC gym Thursday night.

 

Championship Wrestling from Florida returns to the Central Florida Community College gym Thursday night with a five-match card on tap.

Match time is 8 p.m. Continue reading

Sports Around The Area

Milwaukee Sentinel – December 9, 1985

Jerry Blackwell defeated Michael Hayes in the strap match main event on Saturday night’s pro wrestling card at the Auditorium.  Blackwell won the match when Hayes fled from the ring and was counted out. Continue reading

Blackwell Wins Feature

The Milwaukee Journal – December 8, 1985

Jerry Blackwell beat Michael Hayes in the main event on the professional wrestling card at the Auditorium Saturday night before a crowd of 2,648.

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Pro Wrestling Card Tonight

The Ledger – November 23, 1985

LAKELAND – Championship wrestling returns to the Lakeland Civic Center Arena tonight at 8:30. Continue reading