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The Montreal Gazette – August 11, 1958

A return team match between Killer Kowalski, Don Leo Jonathan and Argentina Rocca, Edouard Carpentier will highlight tonight’s wrestling at Delormier Stadium.  Mr. Moto and Pat O’Conner will square off for the semi-final bout.

Manuel Cortez will meet Sandor Kovacs in the opener.  Completing the card are Paul Baillargeon vs. Chet Wallick, Claude Dessary vs. Joe Killer Christie and Mr. Hito vs. Johnny Rougeau.

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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Who You Calling Old-timer?

Orlando Sentinel – July 15, 2001
By Ric Russo

ESPN Classic Professional Wrestling Features Footage From The Heydays Of The Rough-and-tumble Giants.

Are you a fan of “old-school” professional wrestling?

Do you yearn for the days when grapplers with monikers such as Killer Kowalski, Moose Cholak, Gorgeous George and Andre the Giant ruled the ring? Continue reading

Reed Wins Hawaiian Mat Crown

Honolulu Star-Bulletin – January 6, 1966

Ron Reed of Baltimore captured the Hawaiian heavyweight wrestling championship at the Civic Auditorium last night when Luther Lindsey was unable to continue after a head butt. Continue reading

4 Girls Featured On Stadium Mat Card

The Washington Afro-American – June 8, 1957



Fourteen of the world’s greatest wrestling stars, including four outstanding girl athletes, will see action on the big outdoor show which features undefeated Ricki Starr and the amazing Antonino Rocca at Griffith Stadium Monday night. Continue reading

Waterbury Mat Bouts Click; Meriden To Run

Sunday Herald – November 24, 1957

Professional wrestling’s flood tide of prosperity in Connecticut hit one of its higher waves when a benefit card sponsored by the Waterbury B’nai B’rith drew a large attendance to Buckingham Hall which paid a gross of $3,539.50. Continue reading

Cowboy Bob Ellis, Johnny Valentine Win Mains

St. Louis Globe-Democrat – April 22, 1961

Bob Ellis pinned Wladek (Killer) Kowalski and Johnny Valentine pinned Sonny Myers in a pair of main event matches on the St. Louis Wrestling Clubs program at Kiel Auditorium Friday night. There were 6275 fans present. Continue reading

Schenectady Getting Ready To Rumble

Schenectady Gazette – February 16, 2001
By Bill Buell

The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame is going to become a reality, according to Tony Vellano, and its home will be in Schenectady.

Vellano, a Schenectady native and Rotterdam resident who sits on the board of directors for the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, just east of Syracuse, first proposed the idea for a professional wrestling museum in May of last year. If things go as expected, he hopes to hold the inaugural induction ceremony sometime in May of 2002 at a site in downtown Schenectady. Continue reading

A Million Groans, A Million Dollars

Associated Press – May 2, 1963
By Charles Chamberlain

CHICAGO — No Matter how you look at professional wrestling – if you look at all – there’s big money in human beings making pretzels out of each other.

“A million groans, a million dollars,” says Fred Kohler. Continue reading