Tag Archives: Edouard Carpentier

Who You Calling Old-timer?

Orlando Sentinel – July 15, 2001
By Ric Russo

ESPM Classic Professional Wrestling Features Footage From The Heydays Of The Rough-and-tumble Giants.

Are you a fan of “old-school” professional wrestling?

Do you yearn for the days when grapplers with monikers such as Killer Kowalski, Moose Cholak, Gorgeous George and Andre the Giant ruled the ring? Continue reading

4 Girls Featured On Stadium Mat Card

The Washington Afro-American – June 8, 1957

BABS WINGO

BABS WINGO

Fourteen of the world’s greatest wrestling stars, including four outstanding girl athletes, will see action on the big outdoor show which features undefeated Ricki Starr and the amazing Antonino Rocca at Griffith Stadium Monday night. Continue reading

Bruiser Hurls Chair At Eric; Halt Mat Bout

Chicago Tribune – October 18, 1958

Boris and Nicoli Volkoff held Verne Gagne and Edouard Carpentier to a draw in the featured tag match in the wrestling show Friday night in the Amphitheater in the stock yards. But it was a mere warmup for what followed. Continue reading

Rocca, Great Togo Both Disqualified

The Gazette, Montreal – June 20, 1957

Argentina Rocca’s return to local matdom was spoiled last night when The Great Togo’s insistence to mix it up on the ring apron instead of inside the ropes brought a disqualification for both wrestlers. Continue reading

Blassie Takes Wrestling Title Before 13,200

Los Angeles Times – June 13, 1961
By John De La Vega

Blond Freddie Blassie won the world’s wrestling title (honest!) at the Sports Arena Monday night by putting France’s Edouard Carpentier out of commission, and the howling mob of 13,200 wanted to crown him personally. Continue reading

Sellout Expected For Wrestling Bout

Los Angeles Times – June 12, 1961
By John De La Vega

This is it, he-man fans and little old ladies. For the world’s rassling champeenship, Edouard Carpentier of France against Freddie Blassie, the Georgia peach. Continue reading

Mat Title Match May Set Record

Los Angeles Times – June 11, 1961

A gate record for an indoor wrestling show is a cinch to be set Monday night at the Sports Arena when France’s Edouard Carpentier defends his world heavyweight mat crown against Freddie Blassie. Continue reading

Wright, Blassie In Olympic Main

Los Angeles Times – December 13, 1963

Two former heavyweight boxers, Bearcat Wright and Freddie Blassie, clash in the main event of a wrestling card tonight at the Olympic Auditorium.

The Scufflin’ Hillbillies meet Count Billy Varga and Nikita Mulkovich. Kintaro Oki and Mr. Moto face Fritz von Goering and Bobby Duranton in co-features.

In other bouts, Edouard Carpentier meets Red Bastien, Don Savage squares off with The Mummy, the Preacher is in with Bob Stanlee, and Steve Stanlee tackles Judo Gene LeBell.

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.

Art (Sailor) Thomas Will Wrestle Here

The California Eagle – September 21, 1961

Art (Sailor) Thomas, considered the best Negro wrestler in the game today, will be one of the many stars on the big Friday, Oct. 6, card at the Sports Arena.

Promoter Cal Eaton announced that he has signed Thomas to meet “The Brute” in a top supporting match under the Freddie Blassie-Ricki Starr, world heavyweight title match.

Other favorites like Edouard Carpentier, Argentine Rocca, the Torres brothers and Fritz Von Goering will appear.

Tickets are now on sale at the Olympic Auditorium, 1801 S. Grand Avenue.