Tag Archives: Bill Melby

Wrestling’s ‘Dream Girl’ Takes Coliseum Victory

The Deseret News – November 19, 1954

Blond Bonnie Watson of West Virginia showed as modern wrestling’s “dream girl” at the Coliseum Thursday night but her rough stuff earned the ire of the crowd as she slugged and kicked her way to victory over the Mexican star, Senorita Olga Zepada of Houston. Continue reading

Melby Defeats Tarzan Zimba In Mat Show

Idaho State Journal – October 2, 1954

Handsome Bill Melby dropped Tarzan Zimba with a body press for the third fall Friday night to win the evening’s feature match in promoter E.R. Reynolds’ first wrestling show of the season. Continue reading

Mat Men Who Know Best, Go Pressed

Chicago Tribune – April 7, 1956
By Cooper Rollow

With men who know wrestling best, it’s the body press, 4 to 3.

There are many ways of winning on the professional mat, most of them suspect in one way or another. But the true and tried body press – mayhem in a lethal, but legal, dose – won the popularity test last night in the International Amphitheater. Continue reading

Thesz, Snyder Meet Tonight On Mat Card

Chicago Tribune – July 6, 1956
By Frank Mastro

The sixth wrestling show of the year will be held in International Amphitheater tonight, headed by Lou Thesz and Wilbur Snyder, and attended by an expected 8,000. The bout is booked for two of three falls with a one-hour time limit. Continue reading

Snyder, Thesz Battle To Draw Before 8,853

Chicago Tribune – July 7, 1956
By Frank Mastro

Wilbur Snyder, national television wrestling champion, and Lou Thesz, former National Wrestling Alliance titleholder, battled to a one-hour draw last night in the International Amphitheater. Continue reading

Snyder Beats Schmidt, And 7,132 Cheer

Chicago Tribune – June 2, 1956

Wilbur Snyder retained his national television wrestling title last night in International Amphitheater much to the delight of 7,132 spectators who saw him win two of three falls from Hans Schmidt of Montreal. Continue reading

Foreign Gals Cop Mat Win

Deseret News And Telegram – November 26, 1954

Senioritas Olga Zepada and Ida Mae Martinez triumphed  in the all-girl tag team match Thursday night at the Fairgrounds Coliseum before  the largest crowd of the indoor season.

The attractive Mexican girls downed Misses Mary Jane Mull and Bonnie Watson in a modern mat thriller.

Bill Melby defeated rugged Tony Borne in the co-feature.  A near riot developed during the closing moments as “Treach” Phillips was losing to Earl Lacy via disqualification.

Promoter Dave Reynolds announced that next week’s main attraction will be the tag team of Melby and George Strickland against Gypsy Joe and Big Ted Christy.

Villains Lose To Right Guys In Mat Match

Chicago Tribune – April 27, 1957

Verne Gagne and Edouard Carpentier, two of the finest straight men in the wrestling business, defeated villains Reggie and Stan Lisowski in an Australian tag team match featuring last night’s show in International Amphitheater.

Carpentier gained the only fall in the encounter, booked for two of three falls, when he pinned Stan with a reverse cradle hold in 56 minutes. When time expired four minutes later, Reggie had Gagne in a most uncomfortable position with a full nelson.

The crowd of 9,130, which contributed to a gross gate of $23,642.44, cheered vociferously when Gagne was saved by the bell. Other results:

Wilbur Snyder won from Dick the Bruiser by disqualification; Angelo Poffo beat Jerry Christy, 9:27; Sheik of Araby and Bill Melby drew, 30:00; Miss Caroline Bennet beat Baby Doe, 7:18; Billy Goelz beat Zack Malkov, 20:04.