New York Daily News – July 11, 1950
By Til Ferenzi
Approximately two tons of wrestling’s men of distinction, all equipped with a variety of biff bop, brought grab and grappling back to Yankee Stadium last night after an absence of 16 years. And like the unexplainable revival of the Charleston and Dixieland jazz, the crowd of 11,328 reveled in its return.
Although held down considerably by intermittent showers in the afternoon and a prediction of more of the same last night, the gross gate was a tidy $33,746, a portion of that sum benefitting the Free Milk Fund for Babies, Inc.
Posted in 1950
Tagged Antonino Rocca, Don Eagle, Emil Dusek, Ernie Dusek, Frank Hewitt, Gene Stanlee, Johnny Barend, Kola Kwariani, Primo Carnera, Sammy Berg, Tony Galento, Yvon Robert
Fresno Bee – May 25, 1958
Ramon Torres and Nick Warren still are the National Wrestling Alliance tag team champions but the latter is a little worse for wear following a technical draw with grid stars Leo Nomellini and Don Manoukian in the Memorial Auditorium last night.
The match was deadlocked at one fall each when Nomellini, the San Francisco Forty Niners star tackle, and Warren collided head-on in the center of the ring after each missed a flying tackle.
The Cincinnati Enquirer – August 14, 1959
Johnny Barend takes on Fritz von Goering in the opening match in tonight’s Quality A. C. outdoor wrestling show at Parkway Arena.
In the double feature, Paul de Galles goes against Ralph (Ruffy) Silverstein, with Ruffy offering $1000 if de Galles can pin him within 30 minutes.
Sacramento Union – March 29, 1955
By Bob McCarty
The National Wrestling Alliance may not recognize Leo Nomellini as heavyweight wrestling champion of the world. Leo has no challengers in Sacramento County after the way he manhandled Ben Sharpe in Memorial Auditorium last night. Continue reading
Posted in 1955
Tagged Ben Sharpe, Bobo Brazil, Enrique Torres, Frank Malcewicz, Jesus Ortega, Johnny Barend, Johnny Valentine, Leo Nomellini, Lu Kim, Mike Sharpe, Steve Stanlee
Honolulu Star-Bulletin – March 3, 1966
Former world champion Lou Thesz and Luther Lindsey wrestled to a draw in one of the triple main events last night on the Civic Auditorium mat card.
Thesz took the first fall with a body scissors, but Lindsey was awarded the second with a flying arm lock. Time ran out before either grappler could gain the deciding three-second count. Continue reading
Honolulu Star-Bulletin – February 24, 1966
Nick Bockwinkel and Johnny Barend wrestled to a draw in a professional wrestling match last night at the Civic Auditorium.
Bockwinkel took the first fall with an abdominal stretch and Barend the second with an atomic drop. Time ran out before either matman could gain the decider. Continue reading
Honolulu Star-Bulletin – February 17, 1966
Former world’s heavyweight wrestling champion Lou Thesz won by a disqualification over Dick the Bruiser Afflis last night in one of the feature matches at the Honolulu International Center Arena. Continue reading
Posted in 1966
Tagged Bill Watts, Dean Higuchi, Dick the Bruiser, Golden Terror, Johnny Barend, Lou Thesz, Neff Maiava, Nick Bockwinkel, Nick Kozak, Pat Patterson, Ray Stevens, Rene Goulet, Ripper Collins, Tosh Togo
Honolulu Star-Bulletin – February 10, 1966
Ripper Collins and Tosh (Oddjob) Togo grappled to a standoff against Neff Maiava and Gil Ane in a tag team wrestling match at Civic Auditorium last night.
Collins scored the first fall, pinning Ane with an atomic drop. Then Maiava subdued Collins with head butts to even the score. Time ran out before the third fall could be marked up and the match ended in a draw. Continue reading
Honolulu Star-Bulletin – February 3, 1966
Ripper Collins and his valet, Beauregarde, were disqualified, as usual, at the Civic Auditorium last night and thereby lost their tag team match with Lord Blears and Nick Bockwinkel. Continue reading
Posted in 1966
Tagged Beauregarde, Dean Higuchi, Golden Terror, Harold Sakata, Johnny Barend, Lord James Blears, Neff Maiava, Nick Bockwinkel, Nick Kozak, Ripper Collins, Tosh Togo
Honolulu Star-Bulletin – January 27, 1966
There was extra-curricular action in the wrestling ring last night at Civic Auditorium.
Nick Kozak was supposed to meet Ripper Collins in a feature match. But before things got under way, Johnny Barend sneaked into the ring and attack Kozak with a cane. Kozak was rendered hors de combat and Nick Bockwinkel had to substitute for him. He and Collins split two falls and no one could get a second pin before the time limit. Continue reading