Tag Archives: Johnny Walker

What Ever Happened To… Mr. Wrestling II?

Orlando Sentinel – September 1, 2000
By Ric Russo

It was his enjoyment of the art of pure wrestling that kept Johnny Walker in the business for 36 years.

“I competed in a lot of matches against a lot of different guys, with a lot of different styles,” said Walker of his career as wrestling legend Mr. Wrestling II. “The ones [matches] that stand out the most in my mind are the ones that featured a lot of scientific wrestling moves and countermoves.” Continue reading

Dillon, Madrid On Saturday’s Wrestling Card

Lakeland Ledger – January 14, 1960

Lakeland wrestling fans will see their favorite villain of the ’59-’60 grapple season in action again Saturday night when Black Jack Dillon tangles with Johnny (Rubberman) Walker in one of the three best-of-three falls events. Continue reading

Brisco Meets Mr. Wrestler

The Miami News – October 6, 1971

The Florida heavyweight wrestling championship is at stake when Mr. Wrestling meets Jack Brisco in the 9:30 main event tonight at the Miami Beach Auditorium.  The sub-feature pits ladies Sherry Lee and June Peterson against Bonnie Watson and Sarah Corsica. Continue reading

Wrestling On Tap

Ocala Star-Banner – May 17, 1972

Florida heavyweight wrestling champion, Jack Brisco, meets Bearcat Wright in the main event of the mat card at the City Auditorium Saturday night.

Brisco is outweighed 231 to 272 pounds by the huge Wright, one of the few nationally-ranked black wrestlers in the pro ranks. Continue reading

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

Wrestling Show Prices Cut For Thursday

Bremerton Sun – September 10, 1945

Advance sale of tickets for Thursday night’s wrestling card — marking the re-opening of the sport here after a six-week vacation — began today. Continue reading

Chief Little Wolf Wins In Mat Test

Bremerton Sun – September 21, 1945

Chief Little Wolf, full-blooded Indian, scored an unpopular victory over Johnny Walker of New York in last night’s main event wrestling bout at Civic Center. The crowd was small, but it was rewarded for its attendance by being treated to about the best mat show that has ever been staged here.

The main event result was unpopular because Little Wolf displayed dirty tactics throughout the match.

In the semi-windup, Antone Leone of New York scored a two-fall win over Kay Bell, big, handsome Seattle boy who was making his debut here.

“Dazzler Jim” Clark, a big fellow, won over Mickey Gavas, nice-looking Greek boy, in the special event which opened the card.

Another show will be offered to fans next Thursday night.