1939 Results: Gary Will's TWH


1939 RESULTS: Toronto debuts for Thesz, Longson, Nagurski, Sexton
This was the year that John Tunney took over the promotional duties from Jack Corcoran. Some of the wrestlers he brought to town for the first time included Lou Thesz, Wild Bill Longson, Bronko Nagurski, and Frank Sexton. Man Mountain Dean made his final Toronto appearance during the year.

Corcoran began the year with two big elimination tournaments, with the winners meeting in the third show of the year. The tournaments ended up being the biggest draws of the year, as it was a down period for wrestling in Toronto.

All shows at Maple Leaf Gardens unless otherwise noted. Jack Corcoran was the promoter through March 16, followed by John Tunney.

39/01/19  Att: 5,500+  Maple Leaf Gardens
ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT:
FINAL
Joe Savoldi W Chief Jules Strongbow 1:06
 to win the tournament
SEMI-FINALS:
Chief Jules Strongbow W Chief Little Wolf 12:05
Joe Savoldi WForf George Richards
QUARTER-FINALS:
Chief Jules Strongbow W Hardy Kruskamp 7:30
Chief Little Wolf W Jim Austeri 17:43
Joe Savoldi W Tom Mahoney 15:40
George Richards - bye
FIRST ROUND:
Hardy Kruskamp W Al Sparks 12:39
Tom Mahoney WCOR Ernie Powers 13:27
Chief Little Wolf W Housepainter Hogan 9:00
Chief Jules Strongbow W Jack McArthur 3:56
(subs for Dean Rockwell)
Joe Savoldi W Gus Zaharias 14:07
George Richards WDQ Chief Chewacki 14:15
(Richards subs for Len Hall)
Jim Austeri - bye
 
39/01/26          Att: 6,000
ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT
FINAL:
Vic Christie W Hans Steinke 20:25
    to win the tournament
SEMI-FINALS:
Vic Christie W Nanjo Singh 5:02
Hans Steinke WDQ Chief Chewaki 5:31
QUARTER FINALS:
Chief Chewacki W Cardiff Giant 7:10
Vic Christie W Chris Zaharias 7:28
Nanjo Singh WDQ Man Mountain Dean
FIRST ROUND:
Vic Christie D Chief Jules Strongbow
(Christie wins coin toss)
Chief Chewacki W George Richards 15:54
(subs for Hans Steinke, who still ends up in the tournament)
Man Mountain Dean W Dean Rockwell 1:31
(subs for Wee Willie Davis; Rockwell was scheduled to be given a first-round bye)
Cardiff Giant W Scotty McDougall 11:12
Chris Zaharias W Joe Pazandak 9:50
Nanjo Singh D Alex Kasaboski
(Singh wins coin toss)
 
39/02/09          Att: 4,500
Maple Leaf Gardens
TOURNAMENT WINNERS BATTLE FOR $1,000 AND WORLD TITLE SHOT:
Jumping Joe Savoldi
WCNC Vic Christie (1-0) 38:15
Man Mountain Dean W Jack McArthur 3:08
Chief Jules Strongbow
W Cardiff Giant 5:00
Hardy Kruskamp W Joe Pazandak 19:37
Tom Mahoney W Al Dunlop 14:00
(Subs for Chief Chewacki)
 
39/02/16          Att: 5,500
Maple Leaf Gardens
WORLD TITLE:
Jim Londos W Jumping Joe Savoldi 76:10
Sandor Szabo W Joe Pazandak 10:50
(subs for Chief Chewacki)
Chief Jules Strongbow W Al Sparks 14:36
Hardy Kruskamp W Tom Mahoney 14:55
Housepainter Hogan W Jack McArthur 8:14
 
39/02/23          Att: 5,000
WORLD TITLE:
Jim Londos W Jumping Joe Savoldi 46:15
Hans Steinke W Housepainter Hogan 15:32
Vic Christie NC Tom Mahoney
(subs for Gus Zaharias; Strongbow refuses to leave the ring after his match and attacks Mahoney, who is unable to wrestle; Joe Pasandak, George Richards, and Jack MacArthur are among the run-ins who try to get Strongbow out of the ring; Strongbow is suspended by the Ontario Athletic Commission)
Chief Jules Strongbow W Ernie Powers 13:34
Hardy Kruskamp W Cardiff Giant 17:39
 
39/03/02          Att: 2,500
Vic Christie
W Chief Jules Strongbow (2-1) 26:49
Hans Steinke WDQ Hardy Kruskamp 15:04
Jack Washburn W Tom Mahoney 9:20
Walter Sirois W Cardill Giant 10:39
Joe Pazandak D Ernie Powers 30:00
 
39/03/16
WORLD TITLE:
Jim Londos W Vic Christie (2-0) 41:13
Sammy Stein W Bad Boy Brown 14:42
(Stein subs for Hardy Kruskamp)
Gentleman Jack Washburn
W Louis Newman 8:21
Chief Jules Strongbow D Walter Sirois 30:00
Chief Saunooke W Ernie Powers 3:43
(subs for Stein)
Toots Mondt runs the show while Corcoran is in Florida recovering from pneumonia
 
39/03/23 - John Tunney
Maple Leaf Gardens
Jack Washburn W Joe Savoldi (2-1) 30:42
Sammy Stein W Chief Jules Strongbow 14:05
Scotty McDougall W Cardiff Giant 15:40
Louis Newman W Al Dunlop 14:07
Angelo Leone D George Richards
Walter Sirois vs Wild Man Zim had originally been advertised, but is dropped
 
39/05/18          Att: 3,500
King Kong Cox W Dutch Heffner (1-0) 60:00
Steve Crusher Casey W John Katan (2-1)
(Cox and Casey are advertised as world title claimants)
Gentleman Jack Washburn W Cliff Thiede 7:00
Gino Garibaldi W Walter Podolak
Tommy Nilan D Alonzo Woods 20:00
(Nilan billed as Australian champion)
 
39/05/25
Dan O'Mahony W Gentleman Jack Washburn
Tommy Nilan W Alonzo Woods
Cy Williams W Jackie James 6:30
(Williams said to be world title claimant)
Purple Mask W Len Macaluso 3:46
Ivan Rasputin W Jerry Wimpy Monohan 7:37
 
39/06/01           Att: 3,000
King Kong Cox
W Gentleman Jack Washburn 10:22
(Cox billed as world champion claimaint)
Tommy Nilan W Jim Coffield 19:50
(Nilan billed as Australian champion)
George K.O. Koverly W Jackie James 16:35
Purple Mask W Walter Podolak 10:56
Ivan Rasputin W John Katan 17:34
 
39/10/19          Att: 4,500
First show of the season
Yvon Robert W
Gentleman Jack Washburn (2-0) 7:47
Steve Crusher Casey D Everett Marshall 60:00
Cy Williams W Jackie James 20:27
Leo Numa W Jerry Monahan 11:33
 
39/11/09          Att: 4,200
NBA WORLD TITLE:
Bronko Nagurski W Dan O'Mahony 23:00
Yvon Robert WDec Frank Sexton 30:00
Wild Bill Longson DDQ Tommy Nilan
Cy Williams W Leo Numa 8:00
Elmer Eastup W Jerry Monahan 7:00
 
39/11/16          Att: 3,200
Everett Marshall W Cy Williams (2-1)
Louis Thesz W Dutch Heffner 28:31
Wild Bill Longson W Hal Rumberg 15:00
Elmer Eastup W Jackie James 14:31
(Eastup accompanied by Count Rossi)
Bobby Pearce W Al Dunlop 10:38
(Pearce is world sculling champion)
 
39/11/23          Att: 4,000
Steve Crusher Casey
W Wild Bill Longson (2-1)
Don Louis Thesz W Cy Williams 11:22
Elmer Eastup W Hal Rumberg 12:00
(Eastup managed by Count Rossi)
Frank Sexton W Mayes McClain 23:00
Tommy Nilan W Al Dunlop 10:27
 
39/11/30          Att: 4,000
NBA WORLD TITLE:
Bronko Nagurski W Ernie Dusek 45:55
Don Louis Thesz W Frank Sexton 24:36
Joe Savoldi W The Angel Pat Riley 10:00
Elmer Eastup W Jim Wright 13:00
 
39/12/07          Att: 3,800
Everett Marshall
WCOR Wild Bill Longson 52:46
(Fans attack Longson after the match)
Louis Thesz W Jerry Monahan 13:55
Ivan Rasputin W Mayes McLain 12:27
Frank Sexton D Don Evans 30:00
 
39/12/28          Att: 4,200
Wild Bill Longson W Danno O'Mahony 20:27
Elmer Eastup W Dutch Heffner
(Eastup managed by Count Rossi)
Leo Numa W John Katan 21:20
Frank Sexton D Abe Yourist 30:00

-By Gary Will
 

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