Tag Archives: Kurt Von Poppenheim

DiBiase Gets The Mask Sat. Night

Eugene Register-Guard – March 24, 1961

Wild Bill Savage claims he is sick of the foul treatment he has been getting from Iron Mike, and will wear his mask Sat. and make him howl for mercy. Continue reading

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Da Preem No Show; 40 Irked

The Spokesman-Review – April 13, 1956

There were 3,284 wrestling fans at the Coliseum last night and evidently 40 of them came to see Primo Carnera.

Carnera, former world heavyweight boxing champion, failed to show for his scheduled match with Quebec’s Adrien Baillargeon, but when fans were offered their money back because of Primo’s nonappearance, only “about 40” took advantage of the opportunity. Continue reading

Ivan Gorky, Poppenheim Split Match

Kelso Kelsonian-Tribune – January 21, 1952

There’s trouble a-brewing at Fairgrounds Arena.

The Gorky brothers’ claim to fame has been squelched for the second time by arrogant Kurt Von Poppenheim, as Ivan Gorky failed to win Monday night over the powerful Prussian in an action-filled one-hour battle that ended in a draw. Continue reading

Hammerlock King Taken To The Cleaners

Kelso Kelsonian-Tribune – September 13, 1951

The mighty exponent of the hammerlock, Jack O’Reilly, met his match Monday evening (Sept. 10) at Fairgrounds Arena as Carl Engstrom of Minnesota took a two out of three falls decision from the Australian grappler. Continue reading

Pedersen Meets Champ At Auditorium

Oregon Journal – April 7, 1954

A confident challenger and a capable champion come to grips in the Auditorium tonight and it’ll be Eric Pedersen as party of the first part and Lou Thesz as party of the second part when they wheel into action. Continue reading

Poppenheim Defeats Cowboy Carlson

Kelso Kelsonian-Tribune – January 17, 1952

Kurt Von Poppenheim, virtual ruler of Fairgrounds Arena until his defeat last week by Herb Parks, hit the comeback trail Monday night (Jan. 14) as he downed Cowboy Orville Carlson, the Montana bronc-buster, in an action-packed, one-hour brawl. Continue reading

Poppenheim Defeated By Ivan Gorky

Kelso Kelsonian-Tribune – January 31, 1952

Kurt Von Poppenheim, the proud Prussian, finally met his downfall Monday night (Jan. 28) at Fairgrounds Arena in the person of bewhiskered Ivan Gorky, who gained a two-fall victory via the foul route. Continue reading

Poppenheim Finally Loses

Kelso Kelsonian-Tribune – January 10, 1952

Arrogant Kurt Von Poppenheim, virtual ruler of Fairgrounds Arena for many weeks, finally met his match Monday night (Jan. 7) as he was thoroughly dumped by Herb Parks, the Canadian knee wrecker. Continue reading

Action Provided By Midget Grapplers At Fairgrounds

Kelso Kelsonian-Tribune – November 1, 1951

The mighty midgets put in their appearance Monday night (Oct. 29) at Fairgrounds Arena, giving fans a slam-bang, action-packed show. The colorful, pint-sized athletes staged a tag team match, winners being Sky Low Low and Vito Gonzales. They were pitted against Pee Wee James and Sallie Halassie. Continue reading

Macera Tops Mike Dibiase

Eugene Register-Guard – February 27, 1961

Luigi Macera and the “battling midgets” stole the show before a capacity wrestling crowd at the fairgrounds Cow Palace Saturday night.

Referee Elton Owen disqualified Mike Dibiase in the first fall of the headliner with Macera.  Macera had “Iron Mike” in a bad way in the second fall with punches and drop kicks and Wild Bill Savage avenged an out-side-the-ring trick by Savage last week and head-butted Dibiase.  Macera pinned Savage with ease.

Little Beaver, with his partner Red Taylor, beat Sky Lo-Lo with drop kicks and a flip to win the howling special event.  Tom Thumb was Lo-Lo’s partner.

The team tilt ended in a draw when Savage downed Kenny Ackles in the first fall.  Lorenzo Parente, Ackles’ partner, whip-wristlocked Savage so hard into the ropes that the top strand snapped and Savage plunged to his face and Parente scored an easy press.  Tito Kopa was Savage’s partner.

Kurt Von Poppenheim beat Pancho Valdez in the one-fall opener.