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.