Friday, February 25, 2011

Nice guy 'Billy Red'

From the Oshawa Times on the July 28 1981 show at the Oshawa Civic. Billy Red was indeed a nice guy in what can be a very harsh business. Truly one of the all-time legends of Toronto Wrestling, his career spanned several generations of fans and he will be forever remembered fondly by the MLW faithful

Windsor '60 & Kingston '54: Classic Clippings

Windsor 1960 from the Newspaper Archives, below the Windsor are some of the Kingston 1954 sent over by Greg Oliver of Slam! Wrestling

Kingston , ON 1954 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Farmer Boy 1957

A feature article on Maritimer 'Farmer Boy' Frank Townsend from the Toronto Daily Star Sept 28 1957. Also known as 'Singing' Frank as he cut a few sides for Regency Records in his time and would sometimes sing before a bout. He had a successful wrestling career but it was cut short in when he was killed in a boating accident in 1965. Click on pics to see full size

Friday, February 4, 2011

Whipper Goes Berserk!

Not the image normally associated with the perennial 'good guy' Whipper Watson. During his feud with The Great Togo in Oshawa in 1953 Whipper let his emotions get the better of him and attacks Togo with a chair 'cutting him for 11 stitches'. 

The feud helps revitalize Oshawa Wrestling setting attendance records with a high of 3500+ to see the third bout in the series on July. The match-up was so popular they came back in August for a 2 card series

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53/06/23 Oshawa, ON Oshawa Arena
B-E Title: Whipper Watson D The Great Togo
*Ref calls a draw, Watson goes berserk and hits Togo with a chair

53/07/07 Oshawa, ON Oshawa Arena (Att: 3000 * Largest crowd to date in Oshawa)
The Great Togo W/DQ Whipper Watson

53/07/14 Oshawa, ON Oshawa Arena (Att: 3527 * Largest crowd to date in Oshawa)
Whipper Watson W The Great Togo

53/08/18 Oshawa, ON Oshawa Arena
Whipper Watson W The Great Togo

53/08/25 Oshawa, ON Oshawa Arena (Att; 3000)
Whipper Watson W/COR The Great Togo