Antonino Rocca, best known wrestler of the past decade, and Haystacks Calhoun, 600-pound country-boy, battle in a single fall match highlighting tonight’s card at Sunnyside Garden. The contest will open promoter Manny Heicklen’s program at 8:30 P. M.
Bearcat Wright, 6-7 Negro sensation from Jamaica, West Indies, will clash with Chet Wallick and Bruno Sammartino, Italian strongman, will engage Larry Simon.
Nature Boy Buddy Rogers makes his first appearance at Sunnyside Garden tonight in one of the features of an all-star professional wrestling card. Rogers has been matched with Pedro Godoy in a one fall test.
Combining brute strength with baseball agility, basketball quickness and the violence of football and boxing, pro wrestling is one of the most popular of the spectator sports. One reason is television. Another is a handful of Negro wrestlers which includes Edward (Bearcat) Wright, Reggie (Sweet Daddy) Siki, Bobo Brazil, Seaman Art Thomas, Dory Dixon and at least two women, Dinah Beamon and Sweet Georgia Brown. Skill with such torture tactics as the step-over toe hold, the flying kick and the back-breaker has grossed them up to $60,000 a year. Wrestling as often as six times a week in spectacles billed in some states as exhibitions rather than sporting events, the wrestlers must keep in peak physical condition the year-around. Bearcat, for instance, refuses to eat anything fattening and is seriously thinking of becoming a vegetarian. Neither he nor Sweet Daddy eat after two on day of a match.
Bearcat Wright, giant Negro mat favorite, meets Pampero Firpo, bewhiskered South American Wildman, in the non-TV highlight of tonight’s professional wrestling card at Sunnyside Garden. Continue reading →
Gorgeous George, spectacular blond grappler, will take on Bearcat Wright, giant ex-boxer from Kingston, Jamaica, in the non-televised feature of Sunnyside Garden’s pro wrestling program next Tuesday. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →