Sunday, January 31, 2010

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Whipper Jr & Pollard



From a British Flyer circa 1971 with a young Whipper Jr on the front and his tag partner Tom 'Red' Pollard on the back promoting their tour with Wryton Promotions.

The only MLG appearance I see for Pollard is Sept 9 1971 in a mixed tag with the midgets vs Whipper Jr. and then some '71 Brantford area, and a '75 Midland, On card. Though it mistakenly says Pollard debuted in 1956 - if 19 in 1971 he was born in 1952 and must have been one tough 4 yr old ! - can't find much info on him, if you can please comment below.

Edit Sept 2011 
Regarding Red Pollard: He was a young wrestler who frequently wrestled Whipper Jr on Ontario cards in the early 70's. He was very good and Whipper Jr and he had excellent bouts with Jr going over. 

For some reason Red and Whip Jr didn't appear on Hamilton/Toronto tv. Red may have also wrestled in Vancouver & Calgary.


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Williams & War Eagle


 
In the mid 80's when the landscape of Toronto Wrestling was changing, there were several local stars on the Wildman's circuit may have made it to stardom at MLG had the times not changed so drastically. Jake 'Snake' Williams and Joey War Eagle were two of the more exciting stars on the local scene along with others like Jet Star and Ron Hutchinson

Pics above with Snake being introduced to the Cage by The Wildman from Aug 1985, War Eagle and high flying against Super Destroyer from Aug 1983


Thunderbolt Patterson

Thunderbolt Patterson holds the US Title on Dec 5 1976 during one of the rare times The Sheik would lose the belt here, never mind lose a bout at all. In his heyday The Sheik ran 127 bouts without a loss 1969-74 and since his return as US Champ in 1974 had not lost the belt at MLG.


Thunderbolt however, debuted in Toronto Oct 1973 in a tag with Bearcat Wright but would not return again untill Sept 1976. After only 2 bouts Patterson would earn a shot for The Sheik's title and beat him to the surprise of fans, At this time in Toronto the wrestling faithful were tiring of the Sheik, and the scene was viewed as getting stale. In a move perhaps as a try to revitalize, The Sheik would lose his belt twice in the final 2 years of his tenure but win it back shortly thereafter - At least Thunderbolt had a re-match bout before losing it back on the following card (1 defense), Bobo Brazil in 1977 would lose it back on the very next card. 

Thunderbolt would never work again at MLG but did come back to Ontario to battle The Sheik on Wildman cards in 1981. Meanwhile The Sheik would make his final appearance for Tunney at the big Exhibition Stadium show in July 1977 in a losing cause vs NWA Champ Harley Race. He was advertised for the next card but did not appear.

TWH - Sheik's Streak

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Hossein The Arab



Hossein The Arab/The Iron Sheik defeated Dewey Robertson to win the Canadian Heavyweight Title on May 25 1980 to begin his first run as Cdn champ. Earlier in the month he had won the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title from Jim Brunzell by the same means (the loaded boot gimmick) and while taking a few pics with both belts would only be billed as the Cdn Champ when here in Toronto.

 

He would lose the Cdn belt to Angelo Mosca in July only to regain it in August but would manage to hold on to the M-A Title until November losing to Ricky Steamboat. Hossein's second run with the Cdn Title would end in Dec losing again to Mosca.

Not sure if he carried the belt or was recognized as such in the Mid-Atlantic area during his second run as both Dewey and Dino Bravo had previously. Would assume they would only want to recognize the M-A belt on local appearances but if anyone has other info please add a comment below

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MLG, Varsity, & The Singh's


In 1974 'World Cup Wrestling' came to MLG featuring a mix of International stars and a few of the local heroes. The show drew 7,000 to see Dara Singh beat Danny Lynch. In addition to Tiger Jeet, Tony Parisi, Chris Tolos, and Terry Yorkston would round out the appearing-in-partnership-with-Tunney card.

The World Cup would return to Varsity in 1979 promoted by Sona Entertainers to see Dara Singh go against Toronto semi-regular Brute Bernard. Both Bernard and Bob Marcus (also on this card) would be busy, appearing the next night on the MLG show (Backlund vs Patera), and again in Oshawa on the 20th.

Unfortunately don't have the ad for this one but below is a poster that was on E-Bay recently.




The Singh's all had ties to Toronto over the years, Dara appearing in the late 50's and Tiger Jeet holding court from the 60's through to the mid 80's. Another Singh - Nanjo - had a long tenure in Toronto from the 30''s to the 60's including big battles with Whipper Watson over the British Empire Title.

Below is a 1943 illustration from the Toronto Telegram on an upcoming battle between Nanjo and the Pride of East York.




Gary Will's Toronto Wrestling History

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Kelly Twins


Wildman Dave McKigney proves he was ahead of his time with this shot of The Masked Destroyers in 1983. Long before the days of Photoshop he would paste a masked face (the same one!) over each Pat & Mike Kelly for his summer Programs. Likely using a photo left over from previous tours with the Kellys as themselves.

A similar shot to the one he used -below


The covers of his programs were creative too featuring a slew of famous names that never worked shows for him. Mil Mascaras, Terry Funk, Superstar Graham, Dick The Bruiser, Ric Flair, and Bob Backlund among others.



The Kelly Twins meanwhile would appear regularly over the summer of 1983 with manager The General taking on Bobo Brazil, Sweet Daddy Siki, Tiger Jeet Singh and others. The brothers would re-surface in the area on the 1986 Mosca-Mania card facing Angelo Mosca and Vic Rossitanni


















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Lighter Side

While Pro-Wrestling didn't always get respect in the mainstream media, around Southern Ontario we had decent and regular coverage of both Tunney & McKigney's cards in the local papers.

This 1982 Oshawa preview adds a bit of humor with the addition of some 'Titles' based on the towns around Oshawa. Thanks to Todd Cummer for these















Oshawa Clippings

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Stan Stasiak


 














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Stan 'The Man' Stasiak was a regular at MLG from 1961-1978 and one of the few to vie for all three 'World Titles' at MLG while facing many of the stars across the era's.
During a brief run as a 'good guy' here in the late 70's he would team with Chief Jay Strongbow, and because of the proximity fans in the Northeast were wondering why two known foes were teaming up against the heels. A couple of bouts teamed with Strongbow pitted Stasiak vs another former WWWF Champ Ivan Koloff in tags.
Notable bouts at MLG
61/04/06 Whipper Billy Watson (B-E Title) W Stan Stasiak
62/09/27 Stan Stasiak DW Gino Marella (Gorilla Monsoon)
63/03/14 Gene Kiniski W Stan Stasiak
66/09/25 Stan Stasiak DW Johnny Powers
75/03/23 Jack Brisco (NWA Title) WCOR Stan Stasiak
75/05/11 Stan Stasiak DCOR Johnny Valentine
75/09/07 The Sheik (US Title) WDQ Stan Stasiak
76/01/11 Terry Funk (NWA Title) W Stan Stasiak
77/02/06 Stan Stasiak/Chief Jay Strongbow W Ivan Koloff/Wolfman
77/11/30 Superstar Graham (WWWF Title) W Stan Stasiak
78/01/08 Nick Bockwinkel (AWA Title) W Stan Stasiak
Results credit Gary Will