Yohio Suzuki defeated Billy Darnell in one fall in the featured wrestling match at Sunnyside Garden last night.
In other matches, Mark and Ted Lewin beat Tony Altamore and Lou Albano, two straight falls, in a tag team contest; Bobo Brazil won in two straight over Tom Bradley; Pampero Firpo scored in one fall over Luis Torres and Gregory Jarque beat Kostas Papalazaros, two out of three.
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.
Sky Hi Lee and Shag Thomas, the two-man riot squad, put their International TV tag-team title on the line tonight at the Olympic against the new combo of Bobo Brazil and Sandor Szabo. The match goes on at 7:30 p.m. and won’t be televised.
Sky Hi and Shag form a rugged duo. Lee towers 6 feet 9 inches and weighs 290 pounds. He’s an ex-pugilist. Shag, a former All-American from Ohio State, is constructed like a fire hydrant and weighs a mere 240. Continue reading →
A non-TV clash between Billy Darnell and Yohio Suzuki, and a best-of-three falls tag match pitting Mark and Ted Lewin against Tony Altamore and Lou Albano head tomorrow’s pro wrestling card at Sunnyside Garden, Darnell and Suzuki go on at 8:40 P. M. Continue reading →
What happened to the top strand of the ring rope in the Fresno Memorial Auditorium is almost as big a puzzler to DAV Club wrestling matchmaker as what happened to the usual steady crowd of mat fans last night. There were few to see the show.
When five big bruisers got into the ring last night in what was scheduled to be a singles “grudge” match between Mike Sharpe and Ilio DiPaolo, the “unbreakable” strand finally gave way under their combined weights. Continue reading →
Bob Orton and The Great Scott will clash with the Fabulous Kangaroos – Roy Heffernan and Al Costello – in the best-of-three falls tag team match which headlines a non-televised pro wrestling matinee card at Sunnyside Garden tomorrow. Continue reading →
Close to 600 pounds of muscle and brawn will be bruited about the Uline Arena ring tonight (Friday) when Bo Bo Brazil, perhaps the nation’s top colored wrestler, tangles with Cowboy Rocky Lee in the co-feature of an all-star mat card. Continue reading →
The National Wrestling Alliance may not recognize Leo Nomellini as heavyweight wrestling champion of the world. Leo has no challengers in Sacramento County after the way he manhandled Ben Sharpe in Memorial Auditorium last night. Continue reading →