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Becker, Russell To Battle In Passaic

The Bergen Evening Record – March 15, 1945

The Armory in Passaic will open its doors to wrestling tonight with an all-star show arranged by promoter Jimmy Austeri.  The card is headed by a bout between Gorgeous Georgie Becker, the Newark defense worker, and Rebel Bob Russell, a roughneck from Texas.  The match is slated for two out of three falls with a time limit of an hour.

As a wrestler Becker has no peers, but he is not a roughneck, while Russell can slug it out with the best of them.  The match is expected to provide plenty of excitement, especially if Russell doesn’t behave.

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Leone Replaces Robert

Brooklyn Eagle – February 2, 1945

Michele Leone replaces Yvon Robert against George Lenihan in tomorrow night’s feature wrestling bout at the Broadway Arena.  Other bouts pair Abe Yourist and Bob Russell, Pat McKay and Tony Martinelli, Jim Austeri and Frank Bruce, Murray Rothenberg and Fritz Ziegfried.

Becker Hopes To Hand Russell His First Local Mat Setback

The Herald-News – March 13, 1945

George Becker, the popular Newark defense worker who in his last appearance here battled Emil Dusek, of Omaha, to a draw at Kanter’s Auditorium, will wrestle in the feature bout on Thursday night’s wrestling show at the Armory.  He will meet Rebel Bob Russell, the roughneck from Texas who hasn’t lost a bout since he arrived in the East two months in the two out of three falls, one hour time limit bout.

Dusek in Semi-Final

Becker is one scientific gripster who has always been able to more than hold his own with a roughneck and that is the reason why Jim Austeri picked him to oppose the Texas bad man.  No matter how rough Russell gets, Becker will know how to cope with him and the Texan, who has won every bout except two in which he finished even, may have his streak broken.

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Bob Russell Will Tackle Tough Foe

Madera Daily Tribune And Madera Mercury – June 11, 1935

When Bob “Rebel’’ Russell, the Georgia Hurricane, climbs Into the ring at Hyan’s auditorium Wednesday night, hundreds of valley wrestling fans will be pulling for him to dole out a decisive lacing to King Kong Ted Cox, the Lodi slugger.

Russell in his past two bouts here has proved himself big enough and rough enough to give the Lodi Larruper a dose of his own medicine. After Cox’s rough-house work last week when he subdued Wee Willie Davis scores of irate fans beseeched Matchmaker Don Price to put him against Russell. Hence, the match, which will be decided two out of three falls, two hour limit.

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O’Mahony Pins Russell After Absorbing Much Punishment

Trenton Evening Times – February 10, 1938

Danno O’Mahony, former world’s champion, won the feature wrestling match at the Arena last night when he gained two successive falls over Rebel Bob Russell, berserk Southerner, in a best two falls out of three match.

Referee John Scaman awarded O’Mahony the first fall in 38 minutes after disqualifying Russell for unnecessary roughness.  The Rebel, exponent of the rougher tactics employed in the game, had O’Mahony at his mercy for some 10 minutes as he proceeded to treat the former titleholder to an unmerciful drubbing.  Seaman repeatedy warned Russell to desist from using foul tactics, but the rowdy Southerner continued to pummel O’Mahony.  Seaman finally asserted his authority and sent Russell to his corner and raised O’Mahony’s hand to designate that he had won the fall.

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O’Mahony And Russell Clash In Windup At Arena Tonight

Trenton Evening Times – February 9, 1938

Danno O’Mahony

Who is the better matman and which can stand up longer under the punishment dealt out in a grueling contest will be settled tonight when Danno O’Mahony, former world’s champion, and Rebel Bob Russell, wild Southerner, meet in the feature bout of Johnny Ipp’s mat tourney at the Arena.

The public, which has seen both of these grappling firebrands in action, likes the Irishman’s chances to the extent of making him a slight favorite.

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Danno To Meet Villain Of Mat

Trenton Evening Times – February 8, 1938

Rebel Bob Russell Menaces Popular Irishman at Arena

Danno O’Mahony, streamlined Irishman and former titleholder, and Rebel Bob Russell, wild southerner, will display nothing in common, except courage and a desire to win, when they clash in the wrestling feature on Johnny Ipp’s weekly mat party at the Arena tomorrow night.

They will bring together the extremes in grappling.  O’Mahony, winner over Jimmy Londos, Don George, and Jim Browning, will represent the school of mat sciences.  Russell, ace villain, will represent no school and no science.

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Newcomer on Mat Program

San Pedro News-Pilot – April 22, 1946

George Becker, one of the east’s top matmen, tomorrow night will make his Wilmington Bowl debut when he grapples with “Rebel” Russell in the feature bout.

George Temple, brother of Shirley, will meet Armand Tanny in the special event.

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Mat Champs Risk Titles

San Pedro News-Pilot – February 19, 1946

Two wrestling champions ‘tonight risk titles in bouts at Wilmington Bowl.

Tony Martinez, state titleholder, takes on Bomber Kulkovich in the final of a four-bout program. Jim (Mighty) Casey, coast champion, meets Tug Carlson in the semi-windup.

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The Angel Throws Sexton Quickly Before Capacity House

Buffalo Courier-Express – March 2, 1940
By Ray Ryan

The Angel Applies a Toehold: Maurice Tillet, the Frenchman who’s breaking wrestling box-office records as The Angel, knows considerably more about the finer angles of the game than does the usual run of physical “freaks.”  Here he is shown bearing down on Frank Sexton with a toehold, preparatory to tossing the former Ohio State athlete with a body slam, in Broadway Auditorium last night.  The Angel’s first Buffalo bout attracted 7,528 spectators.

Neanderthal Man Trounces Sexton With Body Slam As Crowd Of 7,528 Sees Bout

The Angel, the man whose face is his fortune, came to Buffalo last night.  Maurice Tillet, known to the wrestling faithful as The Angel, threw Frank Sexton with consummate ease in nine minutes sixteen seconds of the Buffalo Sporting Club’s topline bout in Broadway Auditorium, as a capacity crowd of 7,528 spectators – socialites and mat fans alike – gasped in awe at his Neanderthal build and inhuman strength.

Working implacably as barrages of flashlights were set off by batteries of ringside cameramen, The Angel proved that pictures don’t do him justice, insofar as plain and fancy ugliness is concerned.  He has the largest head of any living man, a tremendous undershot jaw, folds of muscle across the back of his neck, a jutting nose.  He’s five feet nine inches tall, weighed 285 pounds last night.  This bady-legged man must be the answer to the old question – “What do pink elephants see after they’ve had a few too many?”

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