Tag Archives: Antonino Rocca

Bavarian Boys On Garden Mat

Long Island Star-Journal – September 28, 1960

The original Mr. America, Hollywood Adonis, teams with Don Stevens against The Bavarian Boys in one of the feature matches to precede the Rocca-Perez vs. Rebel-Firpo combat at Madison Square Garden Saturday Night.

Antonina Rocca Heads Show For Haverstraw Next Week

The Rockland County Journal-News – July 20, 1960

Madison Square Garden wrestling is coming to the Haverstraw Little League Stadium off Gurnee Avenue on July 28.  The show will be under the lights and proceeds will go to the Haverstraw L. L. Continue reading

Big Mat Show At Sunnyside Tonight

Long Island Star-Journal – July 5, 1960

The biggest mat show of the season is scheduled tonight at Sunnyside Garden, with three tag team matches and three individual bouts involving a total of 18 grapplers. Continue reading

Sammartino Faces Firpo At Sunnyside

Long Island Star-Journal – September 3, 1960

Bruno Sammartino, giant Italian strongman, will battle Pampero Firpo, bewhiskered South American, in the non-televised opening bout of next Tuesday night’s pro wrestling show at Sunnyside Garden, promoter Manny Heicklen announced today. Continue reading

Bruno, Firpo Mix Tonight At Sunnyside

Long Island Star-Journal – September 6, 1960

Bruno Sammartino of Italy and Pampero Firpo of Agentina clash in the non-televised opening bout of tonight’s pro wrestling card at Sunnyside Garden.  Sammartino, a 6-4 360-pounder, claims he’s the world’s strongest man, while Firpo a bewhiskered giant, is one of the roughest matmen currently active. Continue reading

Bruno, Rocca Mat Victors At Sunnyside

Long Island Star-Journal – October 12, 1960

Bruno Sammartino defeated The Rebel, and the tag team of Antonino Rocca and Miguel Perez won from Dr. Jerry Graham and Pat Kelly in co-featured wrestling bouts at Sunnyside Garden last night. Continue reading

3 Tag Matches Top Sunnyside Card Tonight

Long Island Star-Journal – August 16, 1960

Three tag team matches highlight tonight’s pro wrestling card at Sunnyside Garden, with the non-televised opening match at 8:30 P.M., pitting Dr. Jerry Graham and Pampero Firpo against the Bavarian Boys. Continue reading

Ready And Waiting

The Milwaukee Journal – January 19, 1957

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Ready and waiting for Yukon Eric is Angelo Poffo.  Poffo will wrestle Eric in a penalty belt match at the Auditorium Saturday night in the preliminary to the tag match between the Volkoff brothers and Verne Gagne and Argentine 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

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