Tag Archives: Antonino Rocca

Rocca, Thesz Wrestle To Draw Before 10,400

Los Angeles Times – September 11, 1952
By Don Snyder

Nobody would have guessed it, but last night’s rhapsody in black and blue at jam-packed Olympic Auditorium wound up in a one-all draw. However, it was Argentine Rocca who emerged the hero and the champ; Lou Thesz, the chump.

A bellowing gathering of 10,400 and some odd fans, some very odd, made more noise than inside a popcorn popper as they chunked in a gross gate of $33,434.75 to jeer and cheer and modern he-men of wrestling to their tie. Continue reading

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Thesz, Rocca In Nontitle Tilt Tonight

Los Angeles Times – September 10, 1952
By Don Snyder

King Louis Thesz, heavyweight champion of the wrestling world, puts all but his title on the block tonight at Olympic Auditorium where he risks his reputation, his health, his pride and other vital valuables against Argentine Rocca.

And the house will be as crammed as sardines in the can. Continue reading

Argentine Rocca Uses Feet To Land On Top Of Mat Racket

Los Angeles Times – September 10, 1952
By Jeane Hoffman

Will James Greenleaf Whittier object to a little revising, courtesy of Poetic License No. 354?

Change that line about “Blessings on thee, little man, barefoot boy with cheeks of tan.” Make it read: ” – barefoot boy with checks of green. Long green!”

Here, kiddies, we’ve been laboring under the delusion that success was achieved by using one’s head. So along comes Argentine Rocca, the Dandy of the Andes, who earns a mere $100,000 per year by using his feet. Argentine, who meets Lou Thesz at Chez Olympic tonight, may not be the first to land feet first in the top money bracket. Continue reading

Gal Grapplers In Washington Show

The Afro-American – September 4, 1954

WASHINGTON

Two aggressive and popular women wrestlers will inject considerable punch into Promoter Vince McMahon’s outdoor wrestling carnival headlining a best-two-of-three-falls feature involving Antonino Rocca and Verne Gagne at Griffith Stadium next Thursday night. Continue reading

Arena Lists Rocca, Starr In Tag Tilt

Sunday Herald – June 1, 1958

The New Haven Arena will offer another of its star-studded wrestling programs next Saturday, headed by a tag team match sending famed Antonino Rocca and Ricki Starr against the Australian pair of Don Heffernan and Al Costello, called “the Kangaroos” after the famous animals of their homeland. Continue reading

4 Girls Featured On Stadium Mat Card

The Washington Afro-American – June 8, 1957

BABS WINGO

BABS WINGO

Fourteen of the world’s greatest wrestling stars, including four outstanding girl athletes, will see action on the big outdoor show which features undefeated Ricki Starr and the amazing Antonino Rocca at Griffith Stadium Monday night. Continue reading

Rocca, Starr Team Up At Waterbury

Sunday Herald – November 3, 1957

DUE IN WATERBURY... Famed Antonino Rocca will combine with Ricki Starr to battle Prof. Roy Shire and Dr. Jerry Graham in tag team match that will feature benefit mat card to be staged by Waterbury B'nai B'rith on Nov. 18.

DUE IN WATERBURY… Famed Antonino Rocca will combine with Ricki Starr to battle Prof. Roy Shire and Dr. Jerry Graham in tag team match that will feature benefit mat card to be staged by Waterbury B’nai B’rith on Nov. 18.

B’nai B’rith Show

Waterbury’s B’nai B’rith, whose venture into wrestling promotion several months ago drew a shiny $4,600 gate, hope to top that at their next mat project on Monday, Nov. 18. Continue reading

‘Rassling Draws 3d Garden Sellout

The Spokesman-Review – March 29, 1957

NEW YORK, March 28, (AP) – Wrestling will have its third straight sellout at Madison Square Garden Saturday night, promoter Walter Johnston said today. Continue reading

Appear In State…

Sunday Herald – June 8, 1958

Fabulous Kangaroos 6-8-58Al Costello, left, and Don Heffernan, the “Australian Kangaroos,” will follow up a June 7th tag team match with Antonino Rocca and Ricki Starr at the New Haven Arena with a feature bout against Chief Big Heart and Chief Kit Fox as wrestling returns to Bridgeport via a June 16th show at the Pleasure Beach ballroom.

Waterbury Mat Bouts Click; Meriden To Run

Sunday Herald – November 24, 1957

Professional wrestling’s flood tide of prosperity in Connecticut hit one of its higher waves when a benefit card sponsored by the Waterbury B’nai B’rith drew a large attendance to Buckingham Hall which paid a gross of $3,539.50. Continue reading