Tag Archives: Lee Henning

Second-Rate Talent Killing Mat Game Here

Norfolk Ledger-Dispatch – May 17, 1937

The repeated use of second-rate talent is slowly but surely killing the professional wrestling game in Norfolk.

There was a time when $1,200 and $1,300 houses were not uncommon. Continue reading

Acrobatic Matman Subdues Adversary By Sudden Kick; Cox and Thesz Wind Up Even

Buffalo Courier-Express – January 27, 1940
By Ray Ryan

Elmer Slagel squared accounts with his hirsute nemesis, Ivan Rasputin, by virtue of an ancient but effective wrestling dodge last night in Broadway Auditorium. His triumph, achieved in 29 minutes 56 seconds, proved entirely to the liking of 5,018 Buffalo Sporting Club customers. Continue reading

Russell In Opener On Mat Card

Rochester Times-Union – April 2, 1940

The card completed by the addition of a Rebel Russell-Mark Hosely opener and the substitution of King Kong Cox for Wild Bill Longson in the semi-final, mat impresarios today sat back to wait the verdict of the addicts on the “all roughhouse” card they’ve rigged up for the Convention Hall ring tomorrow night. Continue reading

Weaver Fighting Mad At Mention Of Nelson

Richmond County Daily Journal – February 23, 1971

Johnny Weaver George Becker 2-23-1971

Johnny Weaver and George Becker
…will appear at Rohanen Thursday night

Johnny Weaver and Art Nelson are much like the mongoose and the cobra.  They’re enemies to the very end and each meeting becomes a savage encounter.  They’ll clash once again in the Rohanen High School gym on Thursday night. Continue reading

Mat Show Set Tonight

Utica Daily Press – October 5, 1957

Fritz Von Erich 10-5-1957

FRITZ VON ERICH

Clinton – Promoters of tonight’s wrestling card at the Clinton Arena are billing it as a triple-threat attraction.  Action starts at 8:30. Continue reading

Wrestling Game Is On The Upswing

Sacramento Union – February 23, 1949
By Bill Conlin

The remarkable resiliency of the wrestling business is being demonstrated on a weekly basis at Memorial Auditorium. Business has never been better, at least in the last five years, and the grapplers are playing to profitable houses every Monday night. Continue reading

Ambling Alp Brings Gate Of $3,291

Sacramento Union – February 15, 1949

Primo Carnera, former world’s heavyweight boxing champion, proved a magnate to Sacramento’s wrestling industry last night as he attracted approximately 3,000 fans to Memorial Auditorium in a match against Dan O’Connor, Boston Irishman. Continue reading

Sandor Kovacs for Wrestling

The Age – June 30, 1959

Powerfully built Hungarian wrestler Sandor Kovacs, victor by a two falls to one decision over Fred Atkins last Saturday, has been matched with rugged Lee Henning in the main bout at the stadium next Saturday night. Continue reading

Thesz-Fraley Match Heads Tuesday Card

Dallas Morning News – September 1, 1942

Hot on the comeback trail, former world heavyweight champion Louis Thesz, who lost the title only two years ago in Houston, rules a slight favorite over Pat Fraley, colorful Irish heavyweight, in their two-out-of-three-fall battle that will headline the Dallas Wrestling Club’s weekly program Tuesday night at the Sportatorium. Continue reading

Roland Kirchmeyer Disqualified In Battle With “Crusher” Casey

The Evening Citizen, Ottawa Ont. – November 11, 1941 

Irish Matman Delights Fans With Sensational Opening Fall. Earl McCready Shows Power in Win Over Lee Henning. Tom Casey, Bill Hanson in Draw. 

Corporal Steve “Crusher” Casey, U.S. Army, staged a minor “blitz” at the Auditorium last night and gave big Roland Kirchmeyer a wrestling lesson to the delight of a crowd of about 2,000 fans. After the Irish grappler won the first fall. Kirchmeyer came back to take the second but he was disqualified after five minutes of the third session and lost the bout.  Continue reading