Tag Archives: Antonino Rocca

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

A Million Groans, A Million Dollars

Associated Press – May 2, 1963
By Charles Chamberlain

CHICAGO — No Matter how you look at professional wrestling – if you look at all – there’s big money in human beings making pretzels out of each other.

“A million groans, a million dollars,” says Fred Kohler. Continue reading

For The Record

Bergen NJ Record – October 18, 1960
By Al Del Greco

Willie (the Beard) Gilzenberg retired a year or so ago to Miami Beach but he’s not lolling under palm trees.

“The action’s up here,” said Willie, “and I’ve got to hustle for the buck. How else can I keep my wife Lil in the style to which she is accustomed and my partner, Babe Culnan, with enough scratch to throw away on the gee-gees?” Continue reading

Rocca, Great Togo Both Disqualified

The Gazette, Montreal – June 20, 1957

Argentina Rocca’s return to local matdom was spoiled last night when The Great Togo’s insistence to mix it up on the ring apron instead of inside the ropes brought a disqualification for both wrestlers. Continue reading

Rocca Tosses Schmidt In Wrestling Feature

Kingston, N.Y., Daily Freeman – September 29, 1954

Antonino Rocca, 227, the barefoot boy from the Argentine, won two falls from Hans Schmidt, 251, the Man Man from Munich, in the professional wrestling exhibition last night at the municipal auditorium.

A large crowd saw the man with the educated feet rally for victory after Schmidt copped the first fall with a body slam and press at 13:27. Continue reading