Honolulu Star-Bulletin – January 20, 1966
Ripper Collins lifted Ron Reed’s Hawaiian heavyweight title last night by taking two out of three falls at the Honolulu International Center Arena.
Reed won the first fall with a reverse cradle, but Collins captured the second by applying the boots to his foe’s head and stomach. Reed then missed with a flying dropkick and Collins subdued him with an atomic drop. Continue reading
Posted in 1966
Tagged Alberto Torres, Bearcat Wright, Fuji Fujiwara, Gil Ane, Golden Terror, Joe Scarpa, Johnny Barend, Kenji Shibuya, Nick Bockwinkel, Nick Kozak, Pat Patterson, Ray Stevens, Ripper Collins, Ron Reed
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
Ocala Star-Banner – May 17, 1972
Florida heavyweight wrestling champion, Jack Brisco, meets Bearcat Wright in the main event of the mat card at the City Auditorium Saturday night.
Brisco is outweighed 231 to 272 pounds by the huge Wright, one of the few nationally-ranked black wrestlers in the pro ranks. Continue reading
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
The Miami News – May 7, 1975
Professional wrestling’s world heavyweight champion lost a match but kept his title last night at Miami Beach Convention Center. Dory Funk Jr. won by disqualification over Jack Brisco, but a title cannot change hands on a disqualification.
Posted in 1975
Tagged Bearcat Wright, Bob Graffin, Bob Roop, Chris Markoff, Danny Hodge, Dory Funk Jr., Dusty Rhodes, Eddie Graham, Hiro Matsuda, Jack Brisco, John Smith, Mark Starr, Mike Graham, Mongolian Stomper, Pepper Gomez, Rick Fields, Rocky Johnson, Tiger Conway Jr.
The California Eagle – June 13, 1963
Freddie Blassie and The Destroyer, two of wrestling biggest attractions, will have to share honors with the sensational Bearcat Wright night at the Olympic Auditorium. Continue reading
Posted in 1963
Tagged Art Mahalik, Bearcat Wright, Bobby Duranton, Chief Kit Fox, Dick Hutton, Don Duffey, Don Leo Jonathan, Don Manoukian, Enrique Torres, Freddie Blassie, Gene LeBell, Mr. Moto, Red Bastien, Tex McKenzie, The Destroyer, Wilbur Snyder
Los Angeles Times – December 13, 1963
Two former heavyweight boxers, Bearcat Wright and Freddie Blassie, clash in the main event of a wrestling card tonight at the Olympic Auditorium.
The Scufflin’ Hillbillies meet Count Billy Varga and Nikita Mulkovich. Kintaro Oki and Mr. Moto face Fritz von Goering and Bobby Duranton in co-features.
In other bouts, Edouard Carpentier meets Red Bastien, Don Savage squares off with The Mummy, the Preacher is in with Bob Stanlee, and Steve Stanlee tackles Judo Gene LeBell.
Posted in 1963
Tagged Bearcat Wright, Bob Stanlee, Bobby Duranton, Count Billy Varga, Don Savage, Edouard Carpentier, Freddie Blassie, Fritz Von Goering, Gene LeBell, Kintaro Oki, Mr. Moto, Nikita Mulkovich, Red Bastien, Steve Stanlee, The Mummy, The Preacher, The Scufflin’ Hillbillies
Los Angeles Times – December 14, 1963
Bearcat Wright really used his head to retain his claim to the world’s wrestling title at the Olympic Friday night. Wright won the first and third falls with head butts to defeat Freddie Blassie before a turnaway throng of 10,400 fans.
Count Billy Varga and Nikita Mulkovich defeated the Hillbillies, two of three falls, in a tag match; The Mummy defeated Don Savage; Kintaro Oki and Mr. Moto drew with Bobby Duranton and Fritz Von Goering, the Preacher beat Bob Stanlee and Gene LeBell went over Steve Stanlee.
Posted in 1963
Tagged Bearcat Wright, Bob Stanlee, Bobby Duranton, Count Billy Varga, Don Savage, Freddie Blassie, Fritz Von Goering, Gene LeBell, Hillbillies, Kintaro Oki, Mr. Moto, Nikita Mulkovich, Steve Stanlee, The Mummy, The Preacher