Tag Archives: Johnny Valentine

Tag Matches On LI Card

Long Island Star-Journal – March 24, 1960

The sensational tag team battles are listed on the mammoth second anniversary wrestling show at the Island Garden in West Hempstead, Long Island, Saturday night.

The new combination of Skull Murphy and Pat Kelly will clash with two of the popular Lewin brothers – Don and Ted – from Buffalo, in the two-out-of-three falls, 60-minute time limit.

Featuring the special card will be a battle between Antonino Rocca and Killer Kowalski, Polish giant.  Other highlights are Johnny Valentine against Gorgeous George; Argentina Zuma against Pampero Firpo, and Prince Maiava vs. Chet Wallick.

Rocca Wins, Heads Here

Long Island Star-Journal – March 28, 1960

Fresh from victory before a crowd of 5,584 which paid $17,037.74 at Island Garden Saturday night, Antonino Rocca moves into North Queens tomorrow night for the first of two mat appearances at Sunnyside Garden this week.

Rocca, who pinned Argentine Zuma in the West Hempstead feature, will take on TV champion Johnny Valentine in tomorrow’s non-televised opening bout.

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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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Valentine Wins Battle To Finish

The Victoria Advocate – August 12, 1954

Johnny Valentine won the battle to the finish at the Sportatorium last night as Ray Gunkel suffered a probable broken rib in the fifth fall and was unable to continue.

Gunkel had taken three falls in this main attraction which had no time limit and was to continue until one of the contestants was stopped. Continue reading

Firpo Wrestles At Sunnyside

Long Island Star-Journal – March 5, 1962

Argentine grappler Pampero Firpo returns to Sunnyside Garden, tomorrow night to face Jim LaRock in one of the features of the weekly pro wrestling card. Continue reading

Johnny Valentine

The Journal-Register – May 1, 2001

DALLAS – Johnny Valentine, a former professional wrestler whose career was shortened by injuries in a 1975 plane crash, died Tuesday at 72. Continue reading

Chargers’ Ladd Debut March 26

Chicago Defender – March 19-25, 1966

Ernie Ladd, giant Negro defensive tackle in pro football, will make his Chicago debut in wrestling March 26 when he meets Bulldog Plechas in the Amphitheatre, 43rd and Halstead Sts. Continue reading

Leo Retains Mat Laurels With Sharpe

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

Buck Night At Wrestling

Panama City News-Herald – December 6, 1971

Wrestling fans will not only be admitted for $1 each but will see an 11-man battle royal and five other matches Thursday night at Rainbow Garden.

Fans’ appreciation night will be observed.  Lee Fields will join 10 other wrestlers in a battle royal for $250 purse. Continue reading

11-Man Battle For Mat Fans

Panama City News-Herald – December 5, 1971

wrestlers Dick Dunn and Cowboy Bob Kelly sign their contracts alongside promoter Rocky McGuire

WRESTLERS SIGN – Two of the 11 wrestlers who will compete in the big battle royal Thursday night at Rainbow Garden sign up with Promoter Rocky McGuire. Left is Dick Dunn, right is Cowboy Bob Kelly. They usually wrestle as a team.

An 11-man battle royal for a $250 purse, featuring the return of long time favorite Lee Fields, is scheduled for next Thursday night’s wrestling card at Rainbow Gardens, when Fans’ Appreciation Night will be observed with everyone admitted for $1. Continue reading