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Pro Wrestler Killed, Three More Injured in Plane Crash

Workers recover wreckage of Cessna 182 that crashed into Tampa Bay

Workers recover wreckage of Cessna 182 that crashed into Tampa Bay

St. Petersburg Times – February 21, 1975
By Bill Cryer

The body of professional wrestler Bobby Shane, 29 was recovered from the wreckage of a small airplane that crashed early Thursday morning in Tampa Bay.

Wrestling commentator Gordon Solie said Shane’s foot was pinned in the wreckage. Three other wrestlers, including Buddy Colt, holder of the Title North American Champion, were able to swim to shore after the pre-dawn crash. Continue reading

Mat Fans

The Evening Independent – March 28, 1975
Jon Wilson

Alike Only In That They Dig The Wrestling

Two women stood outside Tampa’s Sportatorium, the operations base of area professional wrestling, and spoke of a match one week old.  In that one, a favorite had fallen on evil times.  He was victimized by dirty tactics, the women said. Continue reading

Rematch Heads Pro Mat Action

Spokane Daily Chronicle – November 29, 1968

There’ll be no time limit in effect tonight when Bobby Shane and John Tolos meet in a rematch as the main event on the professional wrestling card at the Coliseum.  Shane recently scored a two-fall win. Continue reading

Tolos Helps Mat Victor

Spokane Daily Chronicle – November 9, 1968

Tom Andrews got a little help from John Tolos outside the ring and put an atomic drop on Bobby Shane to win the eight-man Inside the Ropes Battle Royal on last night’s pro wrestling card at the Coliseum.

Tolos, the sixth man eliminated, stuck around and distracted Shane momentarily, allowing Andrews to get the upper hand.  Police were needed to separate Shane and Tolos afterward.

Jack Bence, subbing for injured Dutch Savage, was the first eliminated.  He was followed by John Kostas, Dean Higuchi, John Heideman, War Eagle and Tolos.

In warmup bouts, Kostas beat Bence, Shane defeated Heideman, War Eagle won on a disqualification over Tolos and Andrews and Higuchi drew.

Next Coliseum card will be Nov. 29, promoter Harry Elliott announced.

Shane Beats John Tolas

The Spokesman-Review – November 30, 1968

Bobby Shane beat John Tolas by referee’s disqualification Friday night at the Coliseum in the featured professional wrestling match.

The semifinal saw John Leo Jonathan win two out of three over Soldat Gorky.  Bob Beasley was defeated by Jack Bence and Dutch Savage was able to get one fall and the win over Eric Froelich in other matches.

Battle-Royal Go Is Mat Feature

Spokane Daily Chronicle – November 8, 1968

It’ll be every man for himself tonight when an eight-man Inside the Ropes Battle Royal headlines the professional wrestling card at the Coliseum.

Signed for the first “Inside Royal” in almost a year in Spokane are John Tolos, Bobby Shane, Johnny Kostas, Tom Andrews, John Heideman, War Eagle, Dean Higuchi and Dutch Savage.

Four single bouts coming from the main event performers, will go on before the feature.  First bout is set for 8.

Savage, Tolos Capture Title

The Vancouver Sun – December 10, 1968

Dutch Savage and John Tolos captured the Canadian tag-team wrestling championship by defeating Don Leo Jonathan and Johnny Kostas Monday night at the Garden Auditorium.

In other bouts, Bobby Shane beat Tom Andrews, Dean Higuchi defeated Soldat Gorky, Vic Rostani topped John Heidemann and Eric Froelich and Jack Bence wrestled to a draw.

Shane Triumphs In Mat Rematch

Spokane Daily Chronicle – November 30, 1968

A disqualification ended the featured professional wrestling match last night at the Coliseum, with Bobby Shane given the decision over John Tolos.  It was Shane’s second straight win over Tolos and came in a rematch the latter requested.

In other matches Don Leo Jonathan defeated Soldat Gorky, Bob Beasley beat Jack Bence and Dutch Savage won over Eric Froelich.

Savage To Get Mat Title Shot At Reed

St. Joseph News-Press – February 7, 1965

Ronnie Reed, in keeping with his desire to be a busy Central States champion, has another title assignment Friday night.  The classy Baltimore pro will be opposed by Dutch Savage, a giant 260-pound heavyweight from Oklahoma City.

Reed, who scored a cleancut decision over Tom Clark last Friday night, reiterated his desire to meet all comers, including the biggest and roughest of the pro grappling ranks in this section.

Savage, who stands 6-4, will be making his first appearance here.

Reed hopes to maintain a busy championship pace in an effort to force a rematch with world wrestling kingpin Lou Thesz.  In a clash with Thesz a few weeks ago, Reed managed to hold the champ to a draw and immediately sought a return pairing.  Thesz has not yet agreed to this.

Reed plans to take this case to the Missouri Athletic Commission at its next meeting in hopes of forcing a showdown with Thesz as long as the champion is wrestling in Missouri.

In a continuation of what was one of the rowdiest matches of the season here last Friday, Larry Hamilton and Harry Madison are expected to pick up where they left off.  The two beefy heavyweights clashed both inside and outside the ring in a power struggle that produced no decision.

This week they’ll meet in a “death match” in which falls won’t count.  One or the other will have to be unable to answer the bell or be carried from the ring before the outcome is determined.

Sonny Myers takes his turn at the giant Clark this week in another event.

Doug Gilbert, who caught the fancy of the fans last Friday in a scientific-styled battle with Bobby Shane, will take on the Great Hercules this Friday.  Hercules weighs 260 and stands 6-1.  Reputedly, he is one of the strongest heavyweights in the mat game.

Shane will oppose Frank Hickey in the opener.

Added to the program again this week will be a battle between Tom Brown and Richard Moody, who opposed one another after last Friday’s main event.  Moody generally serves as the referee of Auditorium matches.

The two will meet in a scheduled five-round boxing match.