Gary Will's Toronto Wrestling History

































Welcome to the new home of Toronto Wrestling History. Content by Gary Will. 

General:
A Brief History of Pro Wrestling in Toronto

Top drawing matches, year-by-year, 1929-1977
Toronto's Longest Runs -- The 25-Year Club

Unmasked! -- Wrestlers who lost their masks in Toronto

Toronto Ring Announcers, 1929-1986
Toronto Debuts in Main Events, 1930-1989

Pre-1929:

Artie Edmunds: The Pocket Hercules
Jack Johnson vs George Hackenschmidt, 1910

1929-1939:

Ivan Mickailoff: "The man who made wrestling in Toronto"
The First Weekly Show: May 4, 1929
Arena Gardens: Toronto's original wrestling palace, 1922-38
Stanley Stasiak: Toronto's wrestling fatality, 1931

Two Leafs wrestle, rival promoters combine for charity: 1932

Toots Mondt charged after fatal car crash, 1932
The Panther vs the Lion: A Hand-Drawn Ad, 1933
CARTOON: Henri DeGlane by Chuck Templeton, April 12, 1934

The OAC, Jack Corcoran, and the bribery scandal of 1934

PHOTO: Dan O'Mahony headlocks King Clancy, February 21, 1935
Canada's most notorious criminal gets in the ring, 1935
PHOTO: Gordon Sinclair and the Duseks, May 22, 1936

Toronto's own world title, 1938

Commission halts Masked Marvel bout, September 22, 1938

1940s:

Smiling John, The Forgotten Tunney
Everett Marshall vs King Kong Cox, 1940: A Real Contest?
Al "Bunny" Dunlop: wrestler, referee, promoter

1950s:

Grey Cup Preview: The 1952 Edmonton Eskimos
Parkhurst wrestling cards, 1954-1955
BIG BOUTS: Watson wins NWA title from Thesz, March 15, 1956
Whipper vs Gorgeous George, March 12, 1959

1960s:

Frank Tunney's 30th Anniversary, 1969

1970s:

The Sheik's unbeaten streak: 1969-1974
"The Sheik causes wrestling revival," 1970
Whipper Watson's fifth decade in wrestling, 1970

Hercules Angelo Mosca?, 1970

Indie show with Terry Yorkston, 1972
PHOTOS: Dory Funk Jr. defends NWA title, 1973

1980s:

Tunney-Crockett partnership approved, 1980





Pictured above are (L-R): Billy Red Lyons, Lee Henning, Pat Flanagan, Whipper Billy Watson, Stanley Stasiak, Jack Corcoran, The Beast, Bobo Brazil, Earl McCready, Nanjo Singh, Lou Thesz, and Frank Tunney.

*Gary's Title Histories and others are on the Title Histories page