Dusek-Dillon Clash In Local Mat Fight

Lawrence Daily Journal-World – April 26, 1957

The heated rivalry existing between Joe Dusek and Black-Jack Dillon, stemming from their tag team wrestling partnership here April 9, will probably produce one of the roughest showdowns of the spring season Saturday. Continue reading

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Maybe Not

Fort Wayne News – May 20, 1916

CHICAGO, Ill. — Frank Gotch may never wrestle Joe Stecher. The world’s champion is in Chicago consulting a specialist in stomach troubles, and he is in bad shape physically. He says he will never go into the ring unless he is in perfect shape, which now seems improbable. Continue reading

Wrestler To Leave

The Age – December 28, 1937

McGill For India.

Matched With Gama.

The Irish heavy-weight wrestler, Mike McGill, who has recovered from a broken ankle sustained in a match against Fred Atkins at Broken Hill, arrived here yesterday, and announced that he will leave for India to-day. Continue reading

Foxcroft Academy Sponsors 12-Man Wrestling Match

Bangor Daily News – May 5, 1986

DOVER-FOXCROFT – The Foxcroft Academy Hockey Association will sponsor international championship wrestling at 8 p.m. Monday, May 5, at Foxcroft Academy.  This event will be a 12-man battle royal match. Continue reading

After the Bell

Beaver County Times – December 3, 2000

News and gossip from the wrestling world:

  • Stephanie McMahon has been added to the creative team that writes WWF television.
  • Since returning to WCW after suffering third-degree burns, Bam Bam Bigelow has reported no problems.
  • Jim Neidhart and the British Bulldog will be released shortly by the WWF.
  • Extreme Championship Wrestling owner Paul Heyman said he has no interest in bringing back Sabu.
  • Rob Van Dam will finally be looking to add the ECW world title to his resume when he returns to the company full time.
  • WWF officials are very impressed with Molly Holly, especially after “Smackdown.” Not only can she hit the high spots, but the WWF also considers her a good worker of matches.  A WWF Women’s Title run will probably be in the near future.
  • There were a lot of rumors circulating last week about Eric Bischoff taking steps toward developing a start-up promotion. Sources say Bischoff has already contacted Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and Ultimate Warrior to be part of the group.  He also has a WCW employee recruiting talent from within WCW, according to one source who says he was propositioned.  Bischoff is said to have had high-level meetings with Fox about airing the promotion.
  • The Dudley Boyz will compete at an upcoming ECW event on Dec. 21 in Queens, N.Y.
  • Kurt Angle’s brother, Eric, could sign a development contract with the WWF, and if he does, he will be assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling.
  • Brad Siegel is hoping to cut $16 million off WCW’s budget, say sources, by reworking the contracts of several “mid-card and lower” wrestlers. According to sources within the WCW office, Siegel is planning to exercise the 90-day review clauses in as many contracts as possible.  He plans to release those wrestlers, and then attempt to re-sign them to cheaper day-to-day contracts.

The Fascinating Tales Of ‘Curious George’

Huntsville, Ala., Times – September 8, 2000
By Mike Marshall

MADISON — Propped up by two artificial hips, the old man in a red, white and blue tie heads toward his 1992 maroon Chevrolet Caprice Classic with a South Carolina license plate and 140,000 miles on the odometer.

He walks out of Madison Baptist Church and stops about 20 feet from the front door. He reaches for his right leg and grabs the pants of his blue suit. Continue reading

Steel City Wrestling Lives On In Far North Circuit

Beaver County Times – December 3, 2000
By Brian Knavish, Times correspondent

Last spring, Steel City Wrestling closed its doors forever.

Sort of.

Steel City Wrestling was regarded by many to be the best independent wrestling promotion in western Pennsylvania.

SCW has existed in various incarnations since the early 1990s, but it wasn’t until January of 1998 that it became a full-time, highly regarded wrestling promotion. Continue reading

Lewis To Tackle Polish Star Friday

The Milwaukee Journal – March 5, 1929

Ed (Strangler) Lewis, who was butted out of his heavyweight crown by Gus Sonnenberg, comes back to Milwaukee Friday night for the first time since he lost his title to engage Joe Rogacki, undefeated Polish heavyweight star.  The match between Lewis and Rogacki will be staged at the Gayety theater and will go to a finish best two falls in three. Continue reading

Lewis to Meet Zbyszko

The New York Times – April 13, 1921

Champion Wrestler Will Defend Title in Benefit Bout for Irish.

The last important wrestling bout of the local season will be held May 6 at the Seventy-first Regiment Armory for the benefit of the Irish Relief Fund.  On that occasion Ed (Strangler) Lewis, giant Kentuckian, will defend his heavyweight championship against Stanislaus Zbyszko, veteran Polish grappler.  The men will wrestle one fall.  Promoter Jack Curley is conducting the match.  Curley expects, in view of the fact that the proceeds will be donated to the Irish cause, and also because of the championship element of the match, that the receipts will exceed any recorded here this season. Continue reading

Sporting and Athletic

The Sunday Call – January 2, 1887

Col. J. H. McLaughlin, the ex-champion wrestler, is now a conductor on a western train.

Homer Lane, once the undisputed champion collar-and-elbow wrestler of the world, is now doing exhibition wrestles every night at a resort on the Bowery, New York, with Viro Small, “Black Sam,” as a vis-à-vis.  What a terrible come down for the old man!