Tag Archives: Johnny Kace

Wright, Firpo In Sunnyside Mat Clash

Long Island Star-Journal – May 7, 1960

Bearcat Wright, popular Negro grappler from Kingston, Jamaica, and Pampero Firpo, bewhiskered Argentine giant, clash in the non-televised opener of next Tuesday’s pro mat bill at Sunnyside Garden.

Promoter Manny Heicklen, who also has scheduled a pair of tag team matches and two single contests, will put the Wright-Firpo tussle on at 8:30 P. M.

The team events send Prince Maiava and Johnny Walker against Chet Wallick and Jack Vansky, and Miguel Perez-Eugene Marin vs. Al Smith-Johnny Kace.

Rocca Captures Sunnyside Mat Test

Long Island Star-Journal – April 13, 1960

Antonio Rocca defeated Taro Sakura in 10:25 of the wrestling feature at Sunnyside Garden last night.  Rocca’s scheduled opponent, Dr. Jerry Graham was unable to appear, but is expected to see action at the Queens boulevard club on Saturday afternoon.

Skull Murphy and Pat Kelly, also booked for the Saturday matinee card, won two of three falls from Donn Lewin and Arnold Skoaland last night, while Red and Lou Bastien polished off Chet Wallick and Johnny Kace.

Pampero Firpo whipped Pete Sanchez and Prince Maiava won over Jack Vansky.

Nature Boy Godoy Grapples At Sunnyside

Long Island Star-Journal – May 17, 1960

Nature Boy Buddy Rogers makes his first appearance at Sunnyside Garden tonight in one of the features of an all-star professional wrestling card.  Rogers has been matched with Pedro Godoy in a one fall test.

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Rocca-Valentine In Sunnyside Mat Feature

Long Island Star-Journal – March 29, 1960

Professional wrestling’ s No. 1 attraction Antonino Rocca, and TV champion Johnny Valentine clash tonight in the non-televised opening match of promoter Manny Heicklen’s star-studded mat card at Sunnyside Garden.

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Bearcat Wright Grapples Firpo At Sunnyside

Long Island Star-Journal – May 10, 1960

Bearcat Wright, giant Negro mat favorite, meets Pampero Firpo, bewhiskered South American Wildman, in the non-TV highlight of tonight’s professional wrestling card at Sunnyside Garden. Continue reading

Gorgeous George Meets Wright At Sunnyside

Long Island Star-Journal – March 19, 1960

Gorgeous George, spectacular blond grappler, will take on Bearcat Wright, giant ex-boxer from Kingston, Jamaica, in the non-televised feature of Sunnyside Garden’s pro wrestling program next Tuesday. Continue reading

Firpo, Graham Mat Victors

Long Island Star-Journal – May 14, 1960

Pampero Firpo and Eddie Graham won two of three falls from Skull Murphy and Pat Kelly in the slam-bang feature of last night’s pro wrestling card at Sunnyside Garden.

Promoter Manny Heicklen announced that his next special non-TV card, “a really sensational show,” will be held on Saturday afternoon , May 28. Continue reading

Daddy Lipscomb Returns To Baltimore As Rassler

The Washington Afro-American – March 8, 1960


Gene “Big Daddy” Lipscomb, giant All-Pro tackle who has been outstanding with the World Champion Baltimore Colts for the past two years, returns to Baltimore in a new role next Monday night. Continue reading

Wrestling Bill Is Completed

The Milwaukee Journal – December 27, 1967

Two more acts, added Tuesday, complete the professional wrestling card to be staged Saturday night at the Auditorium.  Reg Parks and Doug Gilbert will meet Black Bart and Barron Von Roschke in a tag match and Eddie Sharkey will pair off with Johnny Kace in the curtain raiser.  In other exhibitions, Harley Race will meet Igor Vodik in what is billed as the main event and Hard Boiled Haggerty will appear with Rene Goulet in the semifinal.

Rogers-Orton Team Beaten In Tag Match

Chicago Tribune – October 21, 1961

The tag team of Johnny Valentine and Bruno Sammartino beat Buddy Rogers and Bob Orton last night in the feature event of a wrestling show in the Amphitheater at the stockyards.

The show drew 5,706 who paid $15,293.49. They saw Sammartino end the match with a bear hug on Rogers, the world’s champion, in the third and deciding fall. Other results:

Mark Lewin and Don Curtis and Jim Hady and Luis Martinez were disqualified in a tag team match; The Crusher beat Carl Engstrom; Mr. Sato and Great Togo beat Billy Goelz and Johnny Gilbert; Shohei Baba beat Jack Allen, and Sweet Daddy Siki beat Johnny Kace.