Tag Archives: Ethel Johnson

Capacity Crowd Expected As Girls Wrestle Again

The Progress-Index – August 23, 1957

ANOTHER CAPACITY CROWD like the one shown above at last week's Richmond wrestling show is expected tonight as the same girls, Babs Wingo, challenger, (left) and Ethel Johnson, Negro girls champion, tangle in the ARE show tonight.

ANOTHER CAPACITY CROWD like the one shown above at last week’s Richmond wrestling show is expected tonight as the same girls, Babs Wingo, challenger, (left) and Ethel Johnson, Negro girls champion, tangle in the ARE show tonight.

An extra 500 seats will help take care of an expected capacity gathering tonight at the State Fair Grounds for promoter Bill Lewis’ professional wrestling program which features a pair of Negro girl wrestlers in a Texas-rules match. Continue reading

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Do You Remember?

Tucson Daily Citizen – March 24, 1965

10 YEARS AGO

TUCSON, March 24, 1955 – The tag team of June Byers and Penny Banner will meet Ethel Johnson and Babs Wingo in tonight’s wrestling exhibition feature at the Sports Center.

Gorgeous George And Red Berry In Auditorium Ring Tuesday

The Kansas City Times – December 3, 1954

GORGEOUS GEORGE

GORGEOUS GEORGE

WILD RED BERRY

WILD RED BERRY

Wrestling’s Two Fabulous Personalities Will Collide in Colorful Feature Match – Negro Girl Stars Also Share Spotlight on the Big 4-Match Card.

Gorgeous George’s ostrich feathers will be plucked out if “Wild Red” Berry is able to fulfill his vow to give the “Darling” of the wrestling world “the beating of his life.”  The two fabulous wrestling personalities will collide head-on in the big featured match on the star-packed card Tuesday night (Dec 7) in the Municipal Auditorium arena. Continue reading

Funk-Shire And Gal Match Heads Mat Program Monday

Pampa Daily News – April 10, 1955

BABS WINGO... on local mat card

BABS WINGO… on local mat card

The Dory Funk-Roy Shire wrestling rivalry, strong sample of which was seen in the course of a tag match at the Pampa arena last week, is to be resumed at the Top o’ Texas Sportsman’s Club Monday night. Continue reading

Lady Wrestlers

Jet – February 21, 1952

Billy Wolfe, a former wrestler turned manager-booker, broke color line in lady wrestling.

Billy Wolfe, a former wrestler turned manager-booker, broke color line in lady wrestling.

While most women spend hours on end perfecting glamour in an effort to land a husband or a good-paying white collar job, there is today a new corps of women who, forsaking glamour, devote their entire time to building muscles and brawn in order to compete in the age-old sport of wrestling.  Theirs is admittedly a rugged calling – one which sometimes results in bruises and broken bones – yet, they love it for: 1) thrills; and 2) the income.  For although Negro lady wrestlers are relatively new to sportsdom, they earn an average of $300 per week. Continue reading

Top Wrestlers In Coliseum Bouts

The Baltimore Afro-American – October 15, 1957

One of the most exciting wrestling shows ever staged on the local scene is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Coliseum, at 8:30 p.m.

Under the sponsorship of the Baltimore Chapter of the Frontiers of America, the show will offer six bouts and will feature four of the top women wrestlers in the country. Continue reading

Bo Bo Versus Cowboy Lee A ‘Battle Of Behemoths’

The Baltimore Afro-American – February 25, 1956

WASHINGTON

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

Joe Louis To Referee 2 Bouts On Uline Card

The Washington Afro-American – January 24, 1956

JOE LOUIS

JOE LOUIS

A rematch of the Buddy Rogers and Cowboy Rocky Hi-Lee bout which ended on a riotous note at a recent show is on tap for the Uline Arena wrestling card Friday night.

Promoter Ray Fabiani has lined up Joe Louis former world heavyweight champion, to referee this match. Continue reading

Wrestling Cards To Help In Polio Drive In Girardeau

The Southeast Missourian – January 16, 1956

The march of Dimes Polio Fund will receive a financial lift Friday night at the Arena when the Odd Fellows turn over their share of gate receipts of the wrestling matches to this worthy cause.  Leonard Thomas, local wrestling promoter said that this polio benefit card has the greatest array of wrestling talent that he has ever been able to assemble for a single night’s wrestling. Continue reading

Negro Girls Will Wrestle

The Southeast Missourian – September 22, 1955

An amateur match will open the bill Friday night when the wrestling clan gathers at the Arena, with the doors to swing open at 7:15, the matches to get underway at 8:15. Continue reading