Sunday, April 25, 2010

Destroyer vs Patterson 1983

The 'Original Intelligent Sensational Destroyer!' is how the legendary masked man demanded to be billed during his later tenure in Toronto in 1979-83.

Every bout was a wrestling clinic. He was well respected among the Toronto faithful vying for the local Canadian Title and also managing a WWWF title shot vs Bob Backlund in Jan 1980.

The shots are from Louisville NY June 1983 as the Quebec promotion crosses the border. He had battled with Patterson throughout Quebec 82-83 and Patterson goes for the mask in the last pic. Greg Oliver has a pic of Mr Beyer - unmasked ! - from the 2010 CAC at Slam Wrestling


Ron Hutchinson 1986

From the Ottawa Citizen , click on the pic to enlarge

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Billy Red & Reggie Love

Classic shot of Billy Red about to 'crown' Reggie Love with his International Tag Title belt at MLG circa 1975.

Gracious Thanks to Terry Dart -and Wes for scanning it for me. There will be a few of Terry's photos going up on both the MLWP and Wildman McKigney sites soon. 

Click on the photo to enlarge it.

Gene Kiniski RIP

Gene Kiniski, a great Canadian and a force in Toronto Wrestling from the 50's to the 80's. 

Ad is from March 16 1961 after Frank Townsend had interfered in Kiniski's bout on the previous card vs Primo Carnera. Kiniski would win this one by count-out and continue his winning ways through the 60's. 

He would return with his NWA title in 1966 with a big win over Johnny Valentine in his first of many defenses at MLG over his reign

Through the 70's he would return often with bouts vs The Sheik and a title shot at Dory Funk Jr. In 1978 he would pass the torch to Dino Bravo in a fictitious final of a tourny to crown the newly revived Canadian Championship. 

In 1982 he had a good series with Cdn Champ Angelo Mosca and still had some of the old spark as the vicious heel vs local hero Mosca. RIP Gene Kiniski 1928 - 2010 

NWA Title Defenses in Toronto
Results from Gary Will

66/02/27 Gene Kiniski WCNC Johnny Valentine
66/04/17 Gene Kiniski W Johnny Valentine
66/05/29 Gene Kiniski WCOR Ernie Ladd
66/10/23 Gene Kiniski W Edouard Carpentier
66/10/30 Gene Kiniski WCOR Whipper Billy Watson
66/12/04 Gene Kiniski W Edouard Carpentier
66/12/18 Gene Kiniski D Edouard Carpentier
67/01/01 Gene Kiniski WDQ Johnny Valentine
67/03/05 Gene Kiniski WDQ Mighty Igor
67/05/07 Gene Kiniski WCOR Mighty Igor
67/07/16 Gene Kiniski WCOR Bulldog Brower
67/07/23 Gene Kiniski WDQ Tiger Jeet Singh
67/09/10 Gene Kiniski W Johnny Valentine
68/04/28 Gene Kiniski WCOR Edouard Carpentier
68/06/16 Gene Kiniski WCOR Assassin
68/06/23 Gene Kiniski W Ernie Ladd
68/11/17 Gene Kiniski W Bulldog Brower

Title Shots in Toronto

57/05/16 Lou Thesz D Gene Kiniski
64/01/16 Lou Thesz D Gene Kiniski
70/01/18 Dory Funk Jr W Gene Kiniski
70/04/05 Dory Funk Jr W Gene Kiniski

Friday, April 2, 2010

April 1 1973

37 Years ago yesterday, the second appearance of Shillelagh O'Sullivan (Pat McMahon) during his short lived run at MLG. He would work just 4 more bouts but would show up on some area shows, later promoting some smaller cards around Toronto.

73/04/01 Att: 15,000
The Sheik W Chief Jay Strongbow
(second ref : Haystack Calhoun)
The Beast WDQ Great Kabuki
Shillelagh O'Sullivan WDQ Lee Henning
Pampero Firpo W Lou Klein
Tiger Jeet Singh W Mike Loren
Gino Brito/Dino Bravo D Mad Dog Vachon/Butcher Vachon
Jacques Rougeau/Raymond Rougeau D Kurt Von Hess/Karl Von Schotz
Big Brutus/Dandy Dan Miller D Tony Marino/Dominic Denucci
Tex McKenzie/Lord Athol Layton W Masked Marvel/Dandy Dan Miller
Geto Mongol/Hans Schmidt W Mighty Igor/Ivan Kalmikoff
credit Gary Will