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‘Angel’ Triumphs in First U. S. Bout

The Pawtucket Times – January, 25 1940

BOSTON (UP) — Maurice (The Angel) Tillet, self-styled world’s ugliest wrestler, looked today for new opponents to crush after his successful American debut here. The massive-headed Angel, imported from European rings by former Wrestler Karl Pojello, required only a total of 8 minutes, 9 seconds to “bear hug” Luigi Bacigalupi of Italy for two falls before 7000 fans last night.

The Angel Throws Sexton Quickly Before Capacity House

Buffalo Courier-Express – March 2, 1940
By Ray Ryan

The Angel Applies a Toehold: Maurice Tillet, the Frenchman who’s breaking wrestling box-office records as The Angel, knows considerably more about the finer angles of the game than does the usual run of physical “freaks.”  Here he is shown bearing down on Frank Sexton with a toehold, preparatory to tossing the former Ohio State athlete with a body slam, in Broadway Auditorium last night.  The Angel’s first Buffalo bout attracted 7,528 spectators.

Neanderthal Man Trounces Sexton With Body Slam As Crowd Of 7,528 Sees Bout

The Angel, the man whose face is his fortune, came to Buffalo last night.  Maurice Tillet, known to the wrestling faithful as The Angel, threw Frank Sexton with consummate ease in nine minutes sixteen seconds of the Buffalo Sporting Club’s topline bout in Broadway Auditorium, as a capacity crowd of 7,528 spectators – socialites and mat fans alike – gasped in awe at his Neanderthal build and inhuman strength.

Working implacably as barrages of flashlights were set off by batteries of ringside cameramen, The Angel proved that pictures don’t do him justice, insofar as plain and fancy ugliness is concerned.  He has the largest head of any living man, a tremendous undershot jaw, folds of muscle across the back of his neck, a jutting nose.  He’s five feet nine inches tall, weighed 285 pounds last night.  This bady-legged man must be the answer to the old question – “What do pink elephants see after they’ve had a few too many?”

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French Angel Downs Rohde

Long Island Daily Press – May 13, 1944

The French Angel was forced to the limit last night to down Dutch Rohde after 24:54 of grappling in the feature match-to-a-finish on the weekly Jamaica Arena wrestling card last night.  Following his triumph, the Angel was challenged by Mike Orloff, Russian mat specialist.

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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