Monday, July 4, 2016

Ex Show 1983 Proudfoot Columnn

33 years ago this month were the two big Ex shows put on by the newly in charge Jack Tunney after Frank's death months earlier. Jack had something to prove and the shows did well, stacked with the top stars of the day. The first show 'Night Of The Champions' and the 'Return Of The Champions' 2 weeks later drew a reported 20,000 and 14,000 respectively.

The Ex had been run before during the summer of 1977 and would later be the site of the 'Big Event' in 1986 but these shows stand as two of the biggest - and best shows of the last days of the NWA in Toronto

Note that in the end notes after the article, it mentions Jack may be interested in the boxing side. After Frank's experiences with the boxing world it's surprising Jack was interested at all.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Peterboro 1945 Poster

This poster was on ebay recently, don't see too many from the outside towns from this far back.

I spent some time years back at the Peterboro (Peterborough as its more commonly spelled) Library and did the year of 1953 when they were running weekly shows - Oshawa Wrestling History - Peterborough 1953

I haven't had time to get back but the city was a regular stop for Tunney through the 1950's with Oshawa Promoter Pat Milosh handling the shows in 1952 and 1953 at the very least. Others ran the town too, Red Garner and his Central Canadian Wrestling Alliance, Gus Marmon and the Olympic Wrestling Club, and later Dave McKigney with his Big Bear circuit

For more on the Ontario scene see Maple Leaf Wrestling - Promoters in Ontario

Monday, May 2, 2016

Thesz in Barrie 1962

Lou Thesz would make frequent appearances in Toronto as well as the major cities on the circuit, Ottawa, Hamilton, and London. The smaller towns would be more infrequent.

This ad for Barrie makes note of the fact that Thesz is getting ready for a shot at Buddy Rogers NWA crown 'next week'. The next bout between the two appears to be the one here in Toronto in Jan 1963 when Thesz won the crown.

I couldn't find the results for this night in Barrie but 3 days later at MLG Thesz fought Argentina Rocca to a double countout.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Ricky Johnson

Though not as well known as his brother Rocky or his nephew The Rock, Ricky Johnson was a pretty good wrestler here in the early 1980's. He had one appearance at MLG in 1980 and some turns on Maple Leaf TV and Cannon's Superstars before joining McKigney's Big Bear circuit through the mid '80's.

Vic Tanny's ad is from'79 , photos vs Eddy Mansfield from Cornwall 1982