Tag Archives: Bill Longson

Chris Zaharias On The October 6th Card

Sports Pointers, St. Louis – October 6, 1944
By Earl Brady

Lieut. Chris Zaharias is on the October 6th card, his foe being Thor Morgan, ex-Marine… For excitement and thrills, don’t overlook the Warren Bockwinkel- Chief Saunooke battle… Al Massey, who made a classy debut here recently, and Wally Greb, a new face, also should furnish lots of action and thrills… Of course, we are anticipating one of the banner matches of the season when Wild Bill  Longson and Earl McCready get on the mat in their best two out of three fall scrap, and last but not least our little pal, Tuffy Truesdell, Mexican champion, sails into Dave Feldman in a battle of 178-pounders in the opener… We have just been informed that Otto (Whitey) Brexler will referee the main go…

Eagle Meets Longson On Mat Tonight

Chicago Tribune – October 15, 1954

A triple feature wrestling show will be presented in Rainbo Arena tonight with six outstanding performers as principals. These are Chief Don Eagle, Ruffy Silverstein, Bill Miller, The Great Karpozilos, Sonny Myers, and Wild Bill Longson. Continue reading

Whip Tames Wild Bill Before Mob Of 15,000

Globe & Mail – March 7, 1947
By Allan Nickleson

Whippah Billy Watson retained his newly won world wrestling championship before a jam-packed, roaring multitude of some 15,000 fans at Maple Leaf Gardens last night – and he accomplished the feat fairly easily against the caddish chappie he beat for the bauble. Continue reading

Bill Hanson Pins Bill Longson

Sacramento Union – January 12, 1937

Bill Hanson proved the winner when the Coast champion scored two successive falls with leglocks in his feud with Bill Longson after losing the first, to win the main event wrestling match last night in Memorial Auditorium. Longson scored the first fall in 20 minutes, 19 seconds after roughing Hanson all the way with plenty of “dirty” tactics. Continue reading

Around Our Town

Humboldt Standard – November 2, 1954
By Scoop Beal

With the announcement that world’s wrestling champion Lou Thesz would come to Eureka next Monday for a match at Municipal Auditorium, there came about much talk of wrestling champions through the ages – there are still a few oldtimers around that remember Frank Gotch as the greatest of them all – and there are the oldtimers who claim that “Strangler” Ed Lewis, champion during the “Golden Age” of sports, was the greatest matman that ever lived – the ruling body of wrestling in the U.S.A. is known as the National Wrestling Alliance – this organization recorded the champions of wrestling from 1905 to the present day, as follows: Continue reading

Holbrook Loses To Bill Longston

The Southeast Missourian – June 8, 1955

Wild Bill Longston used less than 20 minutes to defeat Vic Holbrook last night at the Arena and June Byers successfully defended her mat crown against Bonnie Watson.  Ray Villmer, rough Kansas City wrestler, whipped Silent George Hubert in 15:30 minutes to win their 1 fall match. Continue reading

Champ Wrestler At Arena Tonight

The Southeast Missourian – June 7, 1955

Glamorous world champion girl wrestler June Byers will defend her mat crown against Bonnie Watson, vivacious blonde, tonight at the Arena.  Miss Byers won the title from Mildred Burke last August and has proved to be a fighting champion.  She has defended her crown over 150 times and has given every worthwhile opponent a chance to beat her.  Miss Watson, shapely new mat sensation, has been wrestling for only 2 years but she has climbed to the top as a worthy challenger for Miss Byers’ title.  Bonnie looks like a model or a movie star and is a very demure young lass outside of the ring.  But her mild manner disappears the moment that she steps into the ring and she will use every hold, legal or otherwise to win a match.  Miss Byers has had 8 years of ring experience.  This championship match is scheduled to go 2 out of 3 falls with a 45 minute time limit. Continue reading

Longson Takes Roughhouse Mat Battle From Ali Baba

Minneapolis Tribune – April 1, 1942
By George A. Barton

It is said Bill Longson, new world’s heavyweight champion wrestler, learned the tricks and holds of the catch-as-catch-can pastime as a student at the University of Utah. Continue reading

Thesz Shows Old Speed Beating Buddy Rogers

Globe & Mail – February 8, 1963
By Steve York

There’s life in the old dog yet as Old Dog Trey of the old song might say.

Meaning that Lou Thesz had enough speed and agility to take care of younger opponent Buddy Rogers in the main wrestling match last night at Maple Leaf Gardens. Thesz retained the National Wrestling Alliance world’s heavyweight championship he won from Rogers two weeks ago at the Gardens by taking the match, two falls to one. Continue reading

Thelma Todd Trial Alters Wrestling Show

Salt Lake City Tribune – January 4, 1936

Eggs heaved into an electric fan could be no more scrambled than the wrestling program at the Arena Friday night. It was all due to the fact that Lord Lansdowne failed to appear for his headline bout with Benny Bolt. It was explained that Lansdowne had been subpoenaed as a witness before the grand jury investigating the tragic death of Thelma Todd at Los Angeles, and would not be permitted to leave California until the inquiry was completed. It seems that Lansdowne was one of the many who had seen Miss Todd shortly before her death. Continue reading