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Sports Front

The Sydney Morning Herald – July 25, 1951
By Hugh Dash

At a recent Sydney Stadium wrestle I made a sneak survey among 20 ringside regulars, men and women.

Two were convinced they were seeing a genuine life-and-death struggle between the bone-and-muscle men. Continue reading

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Wrestler To Leave

The Age – December 28, 1937

McGill For India.

Matched With Gama.

The Irish heavy-weight wrestler, Mike McGill, who has recovered from a broken ankle sustained in a match against Fred Atkins at Broken Hill, arrived here yesterday, and announced that he will leave for India to-day. Continue reading

Thesz Retains Crown, Subjecting Valentine To Big Drop

Globe & Mail – September 17, 1965
By Steve York

Crafty and snarly as ever, Lou Thesz defeated Johnny Valentine in the main wrestling match last night at Maple Leaf Gardens. By winning, evergreen Lou retained the National Wrestling Alliance world heavyweight championship. Continue reading

Dick Hutton Captures Lou Thesz’ Mat Crown

Globe & Mail – November 15, 1957
By Steve York

Dick Hutton became a good guy again to 9,099 wrestling fans at Maple Leaf Gardens last night.

All the Oklahoma strong boy did was win over Lou Thesz to become National Wrestling Alliance world’s heavyweight champion.

Hutton forced the veteran to concede when he applied his fearsome abdominal stretch at 35:15 of the one fall, no time limit match. Continue reading

Sandor Kovacs for Wrestling

The Age – June 30, 1959

Powerfully built Hungarian wrestler Sandor Kovacs, victor by a two falls to one decision over Fred Atkins last Saturday, has been matched with rugged Lee Henning in the main bout at the stadium next Saturday night. Continue reading

Kangaroos to Split, Perform in 2 Single Wrestling Matches

The Fredonia Censor – March 6, 1958

The fantastic Kangaroos, Al Costello and Roy Heffernan, the world’s most traveled wrestlers, will return to Dunkirk’s Floral Hall Saturday night to feature the weekly mat card. Continue reading

Hutton Retains Laurels, Holding Thesz To Draw

Globe & Mail – August 22, 1958
By Ken McKee

Dick Hutton is still champion of Oklahoma and the National Wrestling Alliance’s world – and nothing Lou Thesz can say or do is going to change it.

Lou, who somehow manages to be the people’s cherce hereabouts as long as he isn’t facing Whipper Watson, did his best to talk Hutton into an extra five minutes of grappling last night after the main event – a one-fall affair – had been tolled to a halt by the curfew after 36 minutes of skill, science and Hutton’s canny rewrites of the NWA rule book, if there is one.

Special referee Wilbur Snyder checked with Hutton. Oklahoma’s Dick would have none of it. Snyder’s decision hadn’t been announced, and the champ was “quite sure” he had won anyhow, and couldn’t see any reason for wasting five more minutes of his valuable time.

Since the commissioner wasn’t in the house of 5,555, ring officials couldn’t waive the 11:15 p.m. curfew, so the result stood.

While the main go produced plenty of the more scientific aspects of the game, it remained for a lowly preliminary bout to bring the fans in droves to ringside, mayhem in their eyes, rotten eggs in their hands.

The cause of their ire? Ah, yes, mother, you guessed it. Gentle Gene Kiniski, as gracious and kind a character as ever graced a Charles Addams cartoon, was in against Tarzan Tourville. And in spite of the fact that Tarzan is a Montrealer, he was popular.

Kiniski spent about 10 minutes and some seconds tearing him up, and after the bout, Gentle Gene engaged in some crowd baiting, interspersed with frequent trips back to the ring where a slightly foggy Tarzan was looking for daylight.

Finally, after he had seen enough from his seat in the stands, one Whipper Billy Watson – there is only one! – came upon the scene, and without so much as mussing his hair, sent the Gentle One upon his way.

In fact, Kiniski’s braggadoccio changed to cringing fear as soon as Whipper hove into view.

The Whip, along with the Miller clan, Ed, Big Mill and their iddy, biddy brother, Dan, were on hand later to hurl challenges. It ended up this way: The Millers, any or all, will face any tag team which promoter Frank Tunney can sign for the task, and will beat them – they say.

And Watson, rarin’ to go after a hospital and recovery period of idleness, will team with Bo-Bo Brazil in a bid to lift the tag team crown off the blond heads of the Lisowski brothers in next week’s main event.

Watson also challenged the winner of the title match – but he’ll have to wait for that one, since there wasn’t a winner, and Hutton reportedly headed back to Oklahoma.

Other prelims: Guy Brunetti, 236, and Joe Brunetti, 233, defeated Lee Henning, 250, and Fred Atkins, 248. Joe Brunetti pinned Lee Henning with drop kick and top spread at 12:46 of scheduled 30-minute bout; Frenchy Vignal, 240, defeated Abe Zvonkin, 250, with airplane spin and top spread at 10:45 of scheduled 20-minute bout; Maurice Lapointe, 232, and Carl Kulaski, 238, wrestled 20 minutes to a draw.