Tag Archives: Masked Marvel

‘Masked Marvel’ Ready For Big Wrestling Bout

Elmira Star-Gazette – September 2, 1916

Giant Heavyweight Returned to Elmira After Strenuous Training—Announces Himself Fit to Meet the Swedish Champion Labor Day Afternoon.

Masked Marvel Mort Henderson 9-2-1916 copy

Masked Marvel Who Wrestles Here Labor Day
Above are two likenesses of Mort Henderson, the “Masked Marvel,” who created a sensation in the New York wrestling tournament. The pictures show Mr. Henderson with and without his mask. He will unmask after his match here.

The “Masked Marvel,” who will wrestle Charles Oleson at the Maple avenue park Monday afternoon for the American heavyweight championship, arrived in Elmira last night.  He has been in training at Rochester, and with a few finishing touches announces that he will be in prime condition for the coming mat argument. Continue reading

“Masked Marvel” May As Well Discard His Hood

New York Herald – January 5, 1916

Photographs of Mort Henderson Show Remarkable Resemblance in Poses to the Mysterious Wrestler.

Masked Marvel Mort Henderson 1-5-1916

There is no reason why the “Masked Marvel,” who has caused wrestling “fans” and many others in all walks of life to do a lot of guessing since he first appeared in the tournament at the Manhattan Opera House, should not remove his mask, as it interferes with his work and his identity is conceded to be as good as proved. Continue reading

Big Russian Will Wrestle Masked Marvel

Elmira Star-Gazette – October 20, 1916

Ivan Michaloff, Who Wears His Native Costume On The Street, Booked To Appear At The Lyceum Theater Next Wednesday.

Ivan Michaloff 10-20-1916

COMING HERE TO WRESTLE MASKED MARVEL AT THE LYCEUM THEATER NEXT WEDNESDAY
IVAN MICHALOFF
Famous Russian Cossack, who has met all the best wrestlers in Europe, South America and this country, will wrestle to finish against the Masked Marvel at Lyceum next week – Michaloff is acknowledged the best mat artist in Russia.

Elmirans will enjoy a big carnival of wrestling at the Lyceum theater next Wednesday evening, when Mortimer Henderson, better known to wrestling fans as, “The Masked Marvel,” will meet Ivan Michaloff, the Russian Cossack champion, in a finish match, catch-as-catch-can, best two falls out of three. Continue reading

Wrestling Fake At Last Is Exposed

The Pittsburg Press – April 28, 1916
By Robert Edgren

“Masked Marvel” Henderson Under Weekly Salary, With Date Of His Defeat Known In Advance

New York, April 28 – A new attempt is being made to make a popular “mystery” of a wrestler called the “Masked Marvel” and identified as Mort Henderson, a clever western mat artist who lacked the bulk necessary to make him actually first class.  Two of the officials told me there were no less than three men in the so-called “tournament” held at the Manhattan Opera House who could throw him at any time.  They were Aberg, Zbyszko and Lewis. Continue reading

Yukon Eric Wins 2 Falls; Midgets Amuse Mat Fans

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle – February 6, 1958

Marvel Unmasked

They unmasked ‘The Masked Marvel” last night at the War Memorial before an assemblage of about 1,000 fans but his identity was not divulged. After unmasking, the loser covered his face with his hands and ran into the dressing room. Continue reading

Greek Latest Victim Of Masked Marvel

Arizona Republic – April 14, 1931

A couple of heavyweight tornadoes descended upon the ring of Phoenix Madison Square Garden last night, crowded more wrestling into about 25 minutes of work than is actually seen in a dozen bouts and sent the biggest crowd of 1931 into a frenzy of excitement unparalleled in the history of wrestling here. Continue reading

Lewis Takes Seventy-Two Minutes To Beat Marvel

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot and the Norfolk Landmark – February 18, 1916

With amazing swiftness, Ed (Strangler) Lewis, the world’s catch- as-catch-can champion, got a crotch and wrist lock on the Masked Marvel, the sensation of the recent tournament in New York, and slowly but surely brought his shoulders to the mat at the Colonial Theatre, ending a conflict of seventy-two minutes of wrestling. Continue reading

The Original Masked Marvel

Reminisce – February/March 2014
By Len West – Newnan, GA

CLETE KAUFFMAN cuts an imposing figure in this photo taken in 1920.  He parlayed a need for tires into a career as a pro wrestler.

CLETE KAUFFMAN cuts an imposing figure in this photo taken in 1920. He parlayed a need for tires into a career as a pro wrestler.

His uncle stepped into the ring at a carnival and became a wrestler.

The promoter at the carnival offered $50 to any man who could stay in the ring with the company wrestler for three 3-minute rounds.  My uncle Clete Kauffman needed new tires, which cost $50 each, so he stepped into the ring. Continue reading

No Doubting The Fact That Masked Marvel Is Henderson

Brooklyn Daily Eagle – December 27, 1915

Sensational Wonder of the International Wrestling Tournament is an American Mat Artist, Who Was Born in Rochester of Scotch Parents–Has Been Staying at the Hotel Victoria, in Manhattan–Once Trailed to the Crescent A. C. and Lost. Continue reading

Ed (Strangler) Lewis: The Early Days In Norfolk

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot and the Norfolk Landmark – February 13, 1916

A wrestling bill which presents the feature of the one which will be put on at the Colonial Theatre next Thursday has not been seen in Norfolk in a long time; in fact, there has never been one here in which the acknowledged catch-as-catch-can champion of the world appeared. Continue reading