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Gorgeous George Beaten By John “Gorky” Smith

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix – February 17, 1961

Gorgeous George had his platinum curls ruffled as well as his dignity Thursday night as John “Gorky” Smith put an end to the main event of the wrestling card at the Arena after only 11 minutes of action. Continue reading

George Here On Thursday

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix – February 14, 1961

Gorgeous George, one of the big names in the wrestling world, comes back to the Saskatoon Arena ring on Thursday night for a match against John Smith.

It will be the headliner of the card.  Mat fans are asked to note the change in date for this week only.

George, who is decked out in fancy costumes and platinum blonde curls, created quite a sensation in wrestling with his appearance.  He is accompanied by his wife, who acts as his valet.

Two new faces will be introduced.

One of them will be The Mongol, a new arrival from Manchuria who will trade holds with Rubberman Johnny Walker.  The other newcomer is Larry Henning, a former University of Minnesota footballer, who will run up against Torri Torres.

Rounding out the card will be an Australian tag team match.  Gentleman Ed Francis and Gino Marella will tangle against Dave Ruhl and Mighty Ursus.

Ed Francis Main Event Mat Winner

The Calgary Herald – February 18, 1961

Gorgeous George may have been the most gorgeous guy on view during Pavilion wrestling shenanigans Friday night but he didn’t come out of the scrambling a winner.

Gentleman Ed Francis dumped the famed mat dandy in straight falls in about 25 minutes, the first on a disqualification and the second via the sleeper hold.

A near-capacity crowd watched Mighty Ursus and Dave Ruhl take a come-from-behind best-of-three fall victory over Alberto Torres and Johnny Walker in one of the two tag matches.  The Brunetti brothers, Joe and Guy, also came from behind to defeat the fiendish duo of John Smith and The Mongol.  The winning teams clash next week with the international tag crown at stake.

Eric The Red lost $50 in his forfeit challenge to pin Gino Marella within 10 minutes.  His money boosts the pot to $150 and another grappler will go after that prize next week.

It’s also likely that promoter Stu Hart will give Smith another crack at Francis in what would be a main event battle.

Battlers In Thursday’s Giant Wrestling Card

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix – February 15, 1961

Gorgeous George and Jack Benny

Saskatoon fans have seen some really big wrestling action in recent weeks, but here’s a card that tops them all.  It includes Mr. “Golden Locks” himself, Gorgeous George, in a one-fall one-hour time limit match against John “Gorky” Smith (below).  “Gorgeous,” who is shown here with Jack Benny, and Smith are two of the meanest customers in the business, and there’s no love lost between them – which all adds up to plenty of action and excitement this Thursday at 8.30 in the Arena. Continue reading