Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dewey In The News 2004


As with the Zicarelli columns from the MLW era posted elsewhere on this blog, Tim Baines has had a regular wrestling column in the Sun for several years. Usually not much for me so a real treat when on occasion he covers one of the classic stars. RIP Dewey. 
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June 16 1974 Whitby, ON


Found this one recently in the Whitby Library, another bout to add to the N.A. Title Record on the Wildman McKigney site. There are also a few other Whitby in with the Oshawa section on the MLWP site, see the links below. At this time most of McKigney`s stars were also appearing on Tunney`s MLG shows when not touring the circuit towns of Ontario.

In the bouts Mosca and Stomper were both disqualified, Luis Martinez and Rachel Dubois beat The Beast and Tanya West in a mixed tag, Wolfman drew with Vic Rossitani, and midget action saw Bobo Johnson over Billy the Kid.



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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Andre - A Giant Loss


Frank Zicarelli's wrestling column from the Saturday Sun in Toronto Jan 30 1993 on the event of Andre the Giant's death at the age of 46.
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Andre was a regular both at MLG and on the Ontario circuit for Dave 'Wildman' McKigney and in Ottawa for the Quebec side promotions. 

It was always a special night when Andre came to town, when he got out of the car on Wood St (the whole side of the car would pop up once unencumbered by the weight) and rise up and walk through the crowd. I saw him once at Toronto International Airport around 1980 and everyone just stopped what they were doing as he walked by.

Andre wrestled at MLG between 1971 and 1986. A series of bouts vs The Sheik in 1974 saw Andre with a rare defeat when The Sheik threw fire at the Giant. He would often take on two men and once faced The Kelly Twins in a handicap bout at the Gardens.

below is my favorite poster in the collection, featuring Andre in Port Elgin Ontario 1977



Saturday, July 3, 2010

London 1953



Always on the lookout for old clippings, found this one above and a couple other London area in a batch in a little store in Fenelon Falls, ON. Layton still a bad guy at this point, Watson teaming with Don Leo and no children allowed ! 

The London Majors are still going strong, have seen them in Oshawa in the past (the Oshawa Dodgers unfortunately are not active this year) and the Majors are still at Labatt Park. Tickets still a respectable 6$ to see some good baseball and according to an entry online "Labatt Park is the oldest continually operating baseball grounds in the world, with a history dating back to 1877"

Edit July 6 2010
Greg Oliver sent along a note 
-->Liked the clips with the baseball, but you missed a connection. The London Majors are co-owned by Scott Dart, the son of Terry Dart, London's second greatest wrestling fan (after Ma Pickles, of course).