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
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
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
Posted in 1957
Tagged Antonino Rocca, Babs Wingo, Chief Big Heart, Czaya Nandor, Dr. Jerry Graham, Edouard Carpentier, Karl Von Hess, Kathleen Wimberly, Killer Kowalski, Lulu Mae Provo, Marva Scott, Ricki Starr, Roy Shire, Wilbur Snyder
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
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
Posted in 1961
Tagged Bob Ellis, Bobby Graham, Buddy Austin, Guy LaRose, Ivan Kalmikoff, John Paul Henning, Johnny Valentine, Killer Kowalski, Nikita Kalmikoff, Ray Gordon, Rip Hawk, Roy McClarity, Sonny Myers, Taro Myaki
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
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
Bergen NJ Record – October 18, 1960
By Al Del Greco
Willie (the Beard) Gilzenberg retired a year or so ago to Miami Beach but he’s not lolling under palm trees.
“The action’s up here,” said Willie, “and I’ve got to hustle for the buck. How else can I keep my wife Lil in the style to which she is accustomed and my partner, Babe Culnan, with enough scratch to throw away on the gee-gees?” Continue reading
Montreal Gazette – December 29, 1955
It’s two down and the rest of the field to go for giant Wladek Kowalski today. Last night, the big fella took the measure of Big Bill Miller in another bruising encounter that had the holiday crowd yipping throughout the three falls. Continue reading
Posted in 1955
Tagged Bill Miller, Bull Curry, Cowboy Bradley, Eddie Auger, Ivan the Terrible, Jim Bernard, Johnny Rougeau, Killer Kowalski, Larry Moquin, Little Beaver, Mad Dog Vachon, Otto Bowman, Ovila Asselin, Paul Baillargeon
The Age – December 21, 1964
Extra police were set to Festival Hall on Saturday night to control a crowd of about 2000 trying to force their way in to see the wrestling.
The building was already filled to capacity with 8000 spectators, and the doors were closed before 8 p.m.
With the overflow crowd becoming restive, Festival Hall authorities called extra police. Continue reading