Antonino Rocca of Argentina sent his followers home happy by defeating “Lord” Leslie Carlton of Oxford, England, in 24 minutes, 23 seconds in one of the feature wrestling exhibitions that attracted 14,246 to Madison Square Garden last night. The program drew gate receipts of $42,311, well below the figures at the last two shows at the Eighth Avenue arena.
New York Daily News – July 11, 1950 By Til Ferenzi
Approximately two tons of wrestling’s men of distinction, all equipped with a variety of biff bop, brought grab and grappling back to Yankee Stadium last night after an absence of 16 years. And like the unexplainable revival of the Charleston and Dixieland jazz, the crowd of 11,328 reveled in its return.
Although held down considerably by intermittent showers in the afternoon and a prediction of more of the same last night, the gross gate was a tidy $33,746, a portion of that sum benefitting the Free Milk Fund for Babies, Inc.
Vic Christy, California Adonis, meets Emil Dusek of the Omaha wrestling tribe, in the feature match at the Ridgewood Grove tonight. They will grapple best two out of three falls. In the semi-final, Yvon Robert, the former world’s champion, meets Arthur Le Grand. Other 30-minute bouts pair Tony Martinelli and Nanjo Singh, Fred (Poker Face) Grubmier and Pat Welsh and Reinhold Metzker, newcomer from Glendale, and Murray Rothenberg.
Arena Scene of High Class Heavyweight Professional Wrestling Every Tuesday Night. – See the Big Pachyderms in Action. – Popular Prices.
After last Tuesday’s exciting bouts at the Arena, the fans now realize that the promoters mean business by bringing the cream of the lot to Three Rivers.
Next Tuesday, Yvon Robert, the popular coming world’s champion, will provide the highlight in the final against Henry Biers. The latter has been seen in action here twice, he is a most promising prospect for the title, so that he and Robert should put on one of the classiest bouts ever seen at the Arena.
The St. Maurice Valley Chronicle – October 22, 1936
Big Crowd Saw Robert-Mercier Bout. – Eugene Tremblay Defends Lightweight Crown At Arena Next Sunday.
The wrestling fans of this district are being given ample opportunity to see some of the top-notchers in action, and judging by the crowd which turned out Wednesday night to see Champion Yvon Robert defend his crown against Al Mercier, they appreciate the efforts being made on their behalf by Promoter Gus Gruninger.
Next Sunday evening, there will be another feature programme when Eugene Tremblay, veteran light-weight champion will be featured in the final of Ray Lamontagne’s card with Bill O’Brien, the only man ever to have defeated Tremblay.
Al Mercier in Final Next Tuesday, Against Rudy Laditzi. – Opener Was Thrilling. – Poor Attendance on Account of Rain.
Wrestling fans are breathing easier – wrestling has been resumed in Three Rivers, and the same big mat shows which are seen in Montreal weekly will be staged locally.
Last Tuesday’s opener was dampened, somewhat, by the downpour of rain which kept many fans away, but in spite of that, it could be seen that wrestling will regain some of its former popularity this season.
Michele Leone replaces Yvon Robert against George Lenihan in tomorrow night’s feature wrestling bout at the Broadway Arena. Other bouts pair Abe Yourist and Bob Russell, Pat McKay and Tony Martinelli, Jim Austeri and Frank Bruce, Murray Rothenberg and Fritz Ziegfried.
Yvon Robert and Larry Moquin will wrestle in an unlimited time bout at the Ridgewood Grove tomorrow night. Georgie Becker and Chuck Ross clash in the semi-final. In other bouts, Tony Martinelli opposes Charley Straak, Bibber McCoy faces Jimmy Austeri and Billy Klein tackles Murray Rothenberg.
For better or for worse, the hilariously maligned science of Grunt and Groan has been parlayed into big business in Montreal. Local enthusiasts there contributed more than $300,000 to wrestling during 1947. This all-time record box office gross, amassed during 40 shows at the Forum and exceeding even the previous turnstile feat of $240,264 in 1946 at the same Forum, has firmly entrenched the Canadian metropolis as wrestling mecca of the world and a reformed Boston taxi-driver as Pachyderm Promotional Peer.
Executives of more prosaic business enterprises are often surprised to learn that Grunt and Groan Inc. operates more by guide than by guess.
With three title-seeking opponents anxious for cracks at Yvon Robert. Matchmaker Jack Ganson will travel to Boston in an effort to sign the French-Canadian youth to defend his world mat crown in Montreal. Eddie Quinn, the champion’s manager, has declined to match the Montrealer against any of the three men, Ganson announced last night.