Tag Archives: Eddie Graham

Dusty Objected Royally To King

St. Petersburg Independent – March 14, 1979
By Gene Taylor

TAMPA – Grudges die hard in professional wrestling, and sometimes the matches arranged to settle them don’t.  That was probably the case last night at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, as an overflow crowd watched Dusty Rhodes and Sonny King attempt to pound out a solution to their differences. Continue reading

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Arena Lists Rocca, Starr In Tag Tilt

Sunday Herald – June 1, 1958

The New Haven Arena will offer another of its star-studded wrestling programs next Saturday, headed by a tag team match sending famed Antonino Rocca and Ricki Starr against the Australian pair of Don Heffernan and Al Costello, called “the Kangaroos” after the famous animals of their homeland. Continue reading

Girls Return On Mat Card

St. Petersburg Independent – April 17, 1960

ELLA WALDEK

ELLA WALDEK

A change is on tap for viewers of the grunt and groan sport this Wednesday night, as Miss Ella Waldek and Miss Bonnie Watson return to the local scene to highlight weekly wrestling action at the new Armory. Continue reading

Calhoun Tops Wrestling Card

The Miami News – December 25, 1960

Haystacks (Country Boy) Calhoun, one of the biggest wrestlers in the business, tops the Miami Beach Auditorium card next Friday.

Calhoun will team with Chief Big Heart in a tag team match against Eddie Graham and Hans Schmidt.  The affair will be a two of three fall one hour bout. Continue reading

For The Record

Bergen NJ Record – October 18, 1960
By Al Del Greco

Willie (the Beard) Gilzenberg retired a year or so ago to Miami Beach but he’s not lolling under palm trees.

“The action’s up here,” said Willie, “and I’ve got to hustle for the buck. How else can I keep my wife Lil in the style to which she is accustomed and my partner, Babe Culnan, with enough scratch to throw away on the gee-gees?” Continue reading

Jack Brisco Loses But Still Wins

The Miami News – May 7, 1975

Professional wrestling’s world heavyweight champion lost a match but kept his title last night at Miami Beach Convention Center.  Dory Funk Jr. won by disqualification over Jack Brisco, but a title cannot change hands on a disqualification.

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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

Two Wrestling Crowns At Stake Tuesday Night

St. Petersburg Times – January 20, 1963

Tampa – Southern heavyweight wrestling champion Eddie Graham and world tag team champions Roy Heffernan and Al Costello, the Kangaroos managed by Wild Red Berry, will defend their titles at the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory Tuesday night. Continue reading

Bastiens Grapple To Draw

New York Post – May 1, 1960

Red and Lou Bastien retained their U.S. tag team title during Saturday night’s professional wrestling show at the Island Garden when the 11 p.m. curfew imposed by the New York State Athletic Commission halted the most grueling main event ever staged at the West Hempstead arena. Continue reading