Tag Archives: Mike Romano

Romano’s Death

Newark Star Eagle – June 27, 1936

The death of Mike Romano during a wrestling bout with Jack Donovan in Washington the other night should help convince the customers that the mat racket is a very tough buck, indeed. The shenanigans of the bone-crushers may be very amusing, and they may known in advance that the outcome of each match is going to be. Still the customers aren’t the real suckers.

The chumps are Romano and his kind, who take an unmerciful beating for a few dollars almost every night in the week. Even leather-necked bullet-headed wrestlers risk life and limb when they permit themselves to be tossed out of the ring onto a cement floor, or to have their heads pounded on the thin canvas. First reports on Romano who made a specialty of begging piteously for mercy from the headliners while they twisted and heaved him around the ring, had him dying of a broken neck.

He was only a stooge, but he absorbed more punishment for twenty-five bucks in a thirty-minute bout than Louis took from Schmeling, and the racket finally got him. Well, it was a living…”

Lewis Beats Mike Romano

The Milwaukee Journal – March 5, 1929

New Orleans, La. – (AP) – Ed (Strangler) Lewis, former world wrestling champion, won his return match here Monday night from Mike Romano, champion of Italy, in two falls out of three.

Romano took the first fall in 41 minutes.  Lewis took the second in 20 minutes and the third in 3 minutes.

Their previous match here was forfeited to Lewis because of injury to Romano when he dived through the ropes.

Mike Romano Easy For New Champion

The Ludington Daily News – February 19, 1925

Munn Throws Italian Wrestler Twice Last Night In Seven Minutes.

CHICAGO, Feb. 10 – Wrestling followers found a good basis for comparison of Wayne “Big” Munn, new heavyweight wrestling champion, and Ed “Strangler” Lewis, former title holder, in Munn’s appearance against Mike Romano, Italian heavyweight, in Chicago last night.

Munn lifted Romano with a crotch and half nelson and smashed him to the mat twice in less than seven minutes.  Romano lost three contests to Lewis only after hours of grueling mat work.

“Too big; too strong,” complained Romano, himself a husky of six feet and 210 pounds, as he explained his defeat by the six feet, six inches, 260-pound Munn.

Da Silva To Make Debut

The New York Times – December 20, 1922

Portuguese Wrestler Will Meet Wladek Zbyszko Tonight.

Wladek Zbyszko, Polish grappler, will engage Justiana da Silva, Portuguese heavyweight, in the main bout on the wrestling program which will be offered tonight at the Commonwealth Sporting Club.  The contest will witness the American debut of da Silva.  Another European grappler who will make his initial appearance on this card is Andreas Castano, Spanish wrestler and bullfighter.  He is scheduled to tackle John Rogalski, Polish wrestler.  Joe Ginsberg of Utica and Mike Romano, Italian, will engage in a third match.  All three mat bouts are scheduled to a finish.