Tag Archives: Al Smith

Starr, Smith Paired In Mat Bout Saturday

Reading Eagle – February 25, 1957

Ricki Starr, former ballet dancer and professional boxer and physically a ringer for Jimmy Londos, will be featured performer on Promoter Ray Fabiani’s semi-monthly wrestling card next Saturday night at the Armory. Continue reading

Zuma, Starr, Calhoun In Mat Bouts

Sunday Herald – August 30, 1959

Four favorites, including a newcomer, will enhance the next weekly wrestling card at the City Arena and on Channel 5 via WNEW-TV on Wednesday.  And each one has the individuality of being a strikingly-different type than the other popular contenders. Continue reading

Tolos Boys, Zuma And Starr In Mat Bouts

Sunday Herald – August 2, 1959

The rough-tough Tolos brothers, who typify wrestling villainy at its worst; the Amazing Zuma, a sensational acrobatic type; and whirling, twirling ex-ballet dancer Ricki Starr make encore appearances to feature the weekly all-star wrestling card that can be seen “live’ at the City Arena and on television via WNEW-TV, New York (Channel 5) on Wednesday. Continue reading

Smith Beat 3 Foes To Earn Windup Match

Reading Eagle – March 1, 1957

In order to “qualify” for Saturday night’s windup meeting with the sensational Ricki Starr at the Armory it was necessary for black-bearded Al Smith to defeat three mat opponents in one night. Continue reading

Ricki Starr Turned From Ballet To Mat

Reading Eagle – February 27, 1957

Wishing on a star is not prescribed as the best way of making dreams come true.  Presumably, that is, the star you wish on, is of the “star light, star bright, first star I see tonight” variety.

If your name is Ricki Starr, however, and the star you wish on is yourself, you’re getting a better break in the odds. Continue reading

Great Togo, Giant Japanese, To Wrestle Here Thursday

The News and Courier – February 15, 1953

The Great Togo and His Servant

The Great Togo and His Servant

The Great Togo, giant Japanese wrestler, will make his Charleston debut Thursday night at County Hall meeting Charlie Laye in an exhibition that should take some of the spotlight from the tag team main event. Continue reading

Bastiens Grapple To Draw

New York Post – May 1, 1960

Red and Lou Bastien retained their U.S. tag team title during Saturday night’s professional wrestling show at the Island Garden when the 11 p.m. curfew imposed by the New York State Athletic Commission halted the most grueling main event ever staged at the West Hempstead arena. Continue reading