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Thesz Unveils The Red Mask And Finds Hefner

Globe & Mail – June 12, 1953
By Steve York

If that don’t beat the Dutch!

Champion Lou Thesz defeated the Red Mask last night at Maple Leaf Gardens and he turned out to be Dutch Hefner. Continue reading

Circuses And Kings

The Canadian Forum – August, 1950
By D.M. Fisher

Several years ago Time magazine hinted that the large crowds drawn by wrestling in Toronto reflected the gullibility of the citizens. Now, with the surge of television, wrestling has come to the fore in the States; the top men are national figures, and the critics and publicists are debunking or glorifying the show. This is one matter where Canada has kept pace with America. We have the chance, even in the smaller towns, of seeing wrestling, and the attendance has risen until it probably stands behind only hockey and baseball as an athletic draw. No populated area fails to support the grapplers; Toronto, Montreal, and Hamilton turn out supporters enough to gross nearly a million and a half dollars a year. What does wrestling offer for the husky admission it charges? Continue reading

Yukon Beaten By Dick Hutton

Niagara Falls Gazette – July 31, 1956

For the second week in a row Yukon Eric missed out on winning the $1,000 offered by Dick Hutton for a fall in the first 20 minutes of their bout.  Hutton also failed to collect the same amount offered by Yukon on the same basis in their feature clash in the Niagara Falls, Ont., Arena wrestling ring last night. Continue reading

Kowalski Drives Primo To Defeat As 13,000 Watch

The Globe and Mail, Toronto – February 27, 1953
By Al Nickleson

Killer Kowalski, as a mat butcher, fully realizes the high price of beef. Last night, he attempted to rustle a month’s supply by galloping off with Primo Carnera’s leg. (This is a leg?) He didn’t succeed, but he did force the Italian strongman into conceding the main maul at Maple Leaf Gardens. Continue reading