Tag Archives: Maurice Tillet

Gino Garibaldi To Meet ‘Mask’

Washington Post – January 31, 1945

Gino Garibaldi, the venerable Italian, meets Yellow Mask tonight in the headline grapple on the Turner Arena card, with “Dutch” Rohde, fair haired idol of the Arena mat faithful, opposing rough, snorting Angelo Savoldi in another banner scramble. Continue reading

Rock Island Mat Program Attracts 600

Davenport IA Leader – February 2, 1941

With 600 cash customers howling their approval, Maurice Tillet, the grotesque Frenchman known as “The Angel,” threw Hans Steinke, Los Angeles, in 18 minutes of their scheduled 90-minute match Friday night at the Rock Island Armory. Continue reading

‘Angel’ Wins From Turkish Champ Easily

Davenport Democrat & Leader – December 31, 1940
By Neuman Kerndt

Maurice Tillet, alias “The Angel,” continued on his unbeaten parade of the U.S. by disposing of one Charlie Manoogian, billed as the Turkish title holder (there were no other Turks to dispute his title among the 1,000 who crowded into the Grand Theater Monday night). Continue reading


Oelwein (Ia.) Daily Register – September 9, 1954

Famed as the “ugliest” man in wrestling ring, Maurice Tillet, 31, is dead in Chicago after more than 15 years entertaining audiences in the mat sport.  Tillet, known as “The Angel,” died 13 hours after his discoverer and manager, Karl Pojello, also a wrestler, succumbed at the age of 61.  Tillet, discovered in Paris in 1940, was suffering from heart disease and was heart-broken over Pojello’s death.

The Angel Dies

St. Petersburg Times – September 8, 1954

Maurice Tillet, known widely in wrestling as “the French Angel,” died Sunday in Chicago.

Tillet Wins Benefit Wrestling Bout

Chicago Tribune – January 30, 1941

Maurice (The Angel) Tillet last night threw the heavyweight wrestler billed as Lord Albert Mills of England in 14 minutes and 26 seconds of their match in the Ashland Boulevard auditorium. Profits of the show were donated to the infantile paralysis fund. Other results: Continue reading

Tillet Victor In Mat Match

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – March 22, 1941

Maurice Tillet of France won over Bibber McCoy of Boston in the main event of the wrestling exhibitions last night in the upstairs arena of The Gardens.  The end came after 32 seconds of the fourth round.  Tillet weighed 276 pounds while his foe scaled 237. Continue reading

Any Questions?

Toronto Daily Star – September 27, 1945

Maurice Tillet, “the French Angel,” has been barred from wrestling in the state of Washington, where the Dukes, after looking at him, classified him as a “freak.”

Grable and Wright Matched for Friday Wrestling Card

Spokane Daily Chronicle – July 30, 1945

The two men who lost to Maurice Tillet (the Angel) in recent bouts here will headline the Spokane Wrestling club’s show Friday, Promoter Hat Freeman said today. Continue reading

‘Angel’ Maurice Tillet to Show Here Saturday Night

The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon – July 27, 1943

French Freak At Local Arena; Twin Main Event

Maurice Tillet, the Frenchman who became a professional wrestler and later replaced the “goblins’ll get you” in questionable child psychology, will be the feature attraction at the Pearl Street arena Saturday night, according to a definite announcement made Tuesday by Matchmaker Don Owen. Continue reading