Tag Archives: Rito Romero

Rocca, Thesz Wrestle To Draw Before 10,400

Los Angeles Times – September 11, 1952
By Don Snyder

Nobody would have guessed it, but last night’s rhapsody in black and blue at jam-packed Olympic Auditorium wound up in a one-all draw. However, it was Argentine Rocca who emerged the hero and the champ; Lou Thesz, the chump.

A bellowing gathering of 10,400 and some odd fans, some very odd, made more noise than inside a popcorn popper as they chunked in a gross gate of $33,434.75 to jeer and cheer and modern he-men of wrestling to their tie. Continue reading

Thesz, Rocca In Nontitle Tilt Tonight

Los Angeles Times – September 10, 1952
By Don Snyder

King Louis Thesz, heavyweight champion of the wrestling world, puts all but his title on the block tonight at Olympic Auditorium where he risks his reputation, his health, his pride and other vital valuables against Argentine Rocca.

And the house will be as crammed as sardines in the can. Continue reading

Romero Defeats Levin On Valley Garden Mat

Los Angeles Times – June 15, 1952

Rito Romero added another victim to his growing list last night on the Valley Garden Arena wrestling mat, where he downed Dave Levin in two out of three falls.

Sandor Szabo made Antone Leone say uncle in another match. Ray Piret bounced Bob Corby in the opener.

Thesz Defeats Leone For World Mat Crown

Los Angeles Times – May 22, 1952
By Jack Geyer

There was one less heavyweight wrestling champion in this neck of the woods last night after Lou Thesz of St. Louis, Mo., took two of three falls and the bout from Baron Michele Leone of Santa Monica, Pacific Coast pretender to the throne. Continue reading

Leone, Thesz Tangle Tonight At Gilmore

Los Angeles Times – May 21, 1952
By Jack Geyer

One of the nation’s foremost television comedians – oops – wrestlers, Baron Michele Leone, will face Lou Thesz at Gilmore Field tonight in an affair d’cauliflower billed as a world’s heavyweight wrestling championship match. Continue reading

Tolos Boys, Zuma And Starr In Mat Bouts

Sunday Herald – August 2, 1959

The rough-tough Tolos brothers, who typify wrestling villainy at its worst; the Amazing Zuma, a sensational acrobatic type; and whirling, twirling ex-ballet dancer Ricki Starr make encore appearances to feature the weekly all-star wrestling card that can be seen “live’ at the City Arena and on television via WNEW-TV, New York (Channel 5) on Wednesday. Continue reading

A Statement From Jack Vansky…

The Victoria Advocate – September 12, 1954

About Bobby Sox Idol Ricki Starr

Ricki Starr 9-10-54

RICKI STARR

Vansky Says;

“I think that Victoria is lucky to have a wrestler of my capabilities on the card this Wednesday.  I am one of the top men in my profession in the country and I don’t believe that children, the likes of Ricki Starr, should even be on the same card with me.  I will take care of Mr. Starr in the main event match Wednesday.” Continue reading

Ricki Starr Crashes And Loses Bout

The Victoria Advocate – September 23, 1954

Ricki Starr missed a flying head hold and crashed through the ropes onto the cement floor where he remained dazed long enough for Referee Julius Johnson to count him out and give big Jack Adkisson the victory in the main event at the Sportatorium last night. Continue reading

Ricki Starr Beats Vansky; Fan Clashes With Adkisson

The Victoria Advocate – September 16, 1954

Popular Ricki Starr used a Chinese crab hold to pin Jack Vansky in the third fall of the main event at the Sportatorium last night.

Vansky didn’t think the third fall was necessary, for he proclaimed himself winner of the match after taking the second of this best-of-three contest.  Vansky stepped out of the ring after pinning Starr with a backbreaker, but Referee Marvin Jones finally convinced him a third fall was needed since Starr had won the first one with an airplane spin and a body press. Continue reading

John Valentine Turns Traitor In Team Match

Houston Chronicle – June 12, 1954

Johnny Valentine turned traitor in the eight-man tag match Friday night at City Auditorium, helping his opponents pin Larry Chene for the final loss.

The winning quartet was composed of Danny McShane, Bull Curry, Don Evans and Bill McDaniels. The losers were Ray Gunkel, Rito Romero, Chene and Valentine. Continue reading