Tag Archives: Verne Gagne

Ready And Waiting

The Milwaukee Journal – January 19, 1957

Angelo Poffo 1-19-57

Ready and waiting for Yukon Eric is Angelo Poffo.  Poffo will wrestle Eric in a penalty belt match at the Auditorium Saturday night in the preliminary to the tag match between the Volkoff brothers and Verne Gagne and Argentine Rocca.

Wrestling Set Saturday Night

The Milwaukee Journal – May 5, 1976

Verne Gagne will wrestle Bobby Heenan Saturday night at the Auditorium in the main event of a five bout professional card.  Mad Dog Vachon and Joe Leduc will meet in the semifinal. Continue reading

He Helped Define Wrestling

Star Tribune – April 28, 2015
By Mary Lynn Smith

Verne Gagne  1926-2015


Verne Gagne obituary photo

Wrestler Verne Gagne died Monday surrounded by family in Minnesota. He was 89.

Legendary wrestler and promoter Verne Gagne died Monday surrounded by his family in Minnesota, according to close friends. He was 89.

News of his death reverberated through the wrestling world in tweets and Facebook posts that paid tribute to the Robbinsdale High School wrestler who went on to make a mark in the worlds of both amateur and professional wrestling. Continue reading

Chargers’ Ladd Debut March 26

Chicago Defender – March 19-25, 1966

Ernie Ladd, giant Negro defensive tackle in pro football, will make his Chicago debut in wrestling March 26 when he meets Bulldog Plechas in the Amphitheatre, 43rd and Halstead Sts. Continue reading

Gal Grapplers In Washington Show

The Afro-American – September 4, 1954


Two aggressive and popular women wrestlers will inject considerable punch into Promoter Vince McMahon’s outdoor wrestling carnival headlining a best-two-of-three-falls feature involving Antonino Rocca and Verne Gagne at Griffith Stadium next Thursday night. Continue reading

Gagne Beats McClarity In ‘Sleeper’ Bout

Chicago Tribune – August 7, 1954
By Frank Mastro

Verne Gagne beat Roy McClarity in their wrestling match in International Amphitheater last night, but not before the underdog, McClarity, had put Gagne away once with Verne’s patented sleeper hold. A capacity crowd of 9,891 paid a gross gate of $26,310. Continue reading


Milwaukee Journal – March 25, 1952

Verne Gagne Tuesday requested a no time limit on his championship match with Lou Thesz at the Auditorium a week from Saturday night. In their four previous meetings, a one hour time limit has prevailed. Gagne said he felt additional time would be a factor in his favor.

Pro Mat Card At Auditorium

Milwaukee Sentinel – April 14, 1966

Big time wrestling will return to Milwaukee after a three year absence Apr. 23, with five bouts scheduled at the Auditorium starting at 9 p.m.

A double main event will highlight the card. Continue reading

Wrestling’s Dream Match: Gagne Vs. Caddock

Police Gazette – March 1957
By Stanley Weston

By far the most proficient wrestler in the world today is Verne Gagne, a beady-eyed ex-football hero with thinning black hair, two college degrees and a yearly income larger than that of the President of the United States. To those devout mat fans who longingly remember the cat-like stalking of Joe Stecher, the grimly determined Frank Gotch and the inexhaustible repertoire of Earl Caddock, young Vernon (Verne) Gagne is the lone link between wrestling’s “golden age” and the present. Continue reading

Bruiser Hurls Chair At Eric; Halt Mat Bout

Chicago Tribune – October 18, 1958

Boris and Nicoli Volkoff held Verne Gagne and Edouard Carpentier to a draw in the featured tag match in the wrestling show Friday night in the Amphitheater in the stock yards. But it was a mere warmup for what followed. Continue reading