Tag Archives: Killer Kowalski

Who You Calling Old-timer?

Orlando Sentinel – July 15, 2001
By Ric Russo

ESPM 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

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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

BABS WINGO

BABS WINGO

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

For The Record

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

Miller Poses No Problem To Kowalski

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

Police Called to Wrestling

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