MLG Film 1962-1964

Up now at our friends 'Maple Leaf Wrestling Archives'  MLW VideoArchives 
Bruno vs Buddy 1962 and Reel 1 1962 listed below, and below that Reel 2 1964. 

Special Thanks to Hilda Yanoff and JoAnne F for making this happen
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Other Toronto film here under the tag Film


0.00.00 
1962/08/30 World Title Buddy Rogers vs Bruno Sammartino 
0.01.11 
1962/08/30 Little Beaver/Tiny Tim W Sky Low Low/Pee Wee James
0.04.13
1962/08/16 Bulldog Brower/Sweet Daddy Siki vs Yukon Eric/Whipper Watson (clipped)
0.05.36
1962// Little people TBD 
0.07.04
1962 Brower/Siki vs Yukon Eric/Whipper Watson (cont, then clipped)
0.09.28
1961/06/22 Ilio Dipaolo/Billy Red Lyons vs Ivan/Karol Kalmikoff
0.11.20
1962/05/17 Bulldog Brower vs Bruno Sammartino 
0.13.13 
1962/05/24 Bulldog Brower vs Sweet Daddy Siki
0.14.57 
1962/03/01 Sweet Daddy Siki vs Timothy Geohagen 
0.15.48 
1962/03/28 Bulldog Brower vs Raphael Halpern
0.16.25
1962/04/04 Tom Emperor Jones *CFL player vs Timothy Geohagen
0.16.56
1962// Whipper Watson/Billy Red Lyons vs Bulldog Brower/Sweet Daddy Siki 
0.18.27
1962 Haystack Muldoon
0.18.35
1962/05/24 Chris/John Tolos vs Jim Hady/Ray Gordon
0.19.12 
1962/06/07 Bruno Sammartino vs Sweet Daddy Siki
0.20.08
1962/06/07 Haystack Muldoon vs Frank Valois
0.20.23
1962/06/07 Ivan Kalmikoff/Nikita Kalmikoff vs Billy Red Lyons/Bill Brute Soloweyko
0.20.51 
1962// Bulldog Brower vs ? 
0.21.05
1962// Bruno Sammartino vs Sweet Daddy Siki
0.22.01 
1962/06/14 Haystack Muldoon vs Sweet Daddy Siki *Brower &Bruno come out
0.23.16
1962/06/14 Bruno Sammartino vs Great Kudo *Red Garner
0.23.55
1962/06/14 Whipper Watson vs Bulldog Brower *Siki interferes
0.25.46
1962// Mr Kleen vs ?
0.26.19
1962/06/21 Bruno Sammartino vs Great Kudo *w/mgr Sam Sullivan
0.27.40
1962/06/21 Whipper Watson vs Sweet Daddy Siki  *Roger Baker sighting 0.29.17
0.29.32
1962/06/28 Mr Kleen vs Steve Stanlee 
0.30.20
1962/06/28 Bruno Sammartino vs Ivan Kalmikoff
0.31.27
1962/06/28 Whipper Watson vs Bulldog Brower
END

Reel 2 1964 

0.00.0 
1964// Duke Noble vs Arion Lambrakis?    *Siki comes out
0.01.03
1964/09/17 The Sheik *Toronto debut vs Erich Froelich
0.01.52 
1964/09/17 Scufflin’ Hillbillies Rip Collins/Chuck Conley vs Sweet Daddy Siki/Bob Leipler
0.02.23
1964/09/17 Professor Hiro/Fred Atkins vs Whipper Watson/Johnny Valentine *Carpentier & Hady come out
0.03.45
1964/07/02 Scufflin’ Hillbillies Rip Collins/Chuck Conley vs Joe Christie?/Lee Henning
0.05.45
1964/07/02 Professor Hiro/Fred Atkins vs Whipper Watson/Yukon Eric
0.07.41
1964/06/18 Scufflin’ Hillbillies Rip Collins/Chuck Conley vs Tarzan Tyler/Ike Eakins
0.08.49
1964/06/18 The Beast *Yachetti vs Erich Froelich
0.09.37
1964/06/18 Professor Hiro vs Whipper Watson 
0.11.30
1964/06/25 Scufflin’ Hillbillies Rip Collins/Chuck Conley vs Bulldog Brower/Ike Eakins
0.13.26
1964/06/25 Professor Hiro vs Johnny Valentine
0.15.20
64/03/26 Jim Hady vs Joe Christie?
0.17.00 
64/03/26 The Beast *Yachetti w/mgr Martino Angelo vs Erich Froelich 
0.18.40
64/04/03 Professor Hiro vs Billy Red Lyons
0.20.35
64/04/03 Whipper Watson vs The Beast *Yachetti w/mgr Martino Angelo & Pat Flanagan suspended in a cage
0.24.13
64/04/03 Pancho Lopez/Sonny Boy Cassidy vs Farmer Pete/Vito Gonzales 
0.28.34
0.29.31
1962
--Whipper Watson vs Sweet Daddy Siki  same as reel 1?
--Kleen vs Stanlee same as reel 1 ?
--Bruno Sammartino vs Ivan Kalmikoff
--Whipper Watson vs Bulldog Brower

Referees 
Bert Maxwell, Tiger Tasker, Joe Gollob, Cliff Worthy, Sam Gotter, Pat Flanagan, Bunny Dunlop, Billy Stack  
Announcer Gerry Hiff, Jack Tunney   
Second Phil Lisner

Bruno vs Buddy
The first meeting between Buddy and Bruno in July 1962 ends when Bruno can't continue after hitting the mat head first and is is unable to get up before the 10 count. Two weeks later in front of 14,000 fans Bruno controls the bout and when Rogers attempts to leap over Bruno he gets hit below the belt by a charging Sammartino. Ref Tiger Tasker is ready to declare Bruno the new champ but Bruno, being the rule abiding hero, addresses the fans (in Italian) refusing to accept the title under the circumstances. A rematch is set for August. For the 3rd meeting (film clips) in front of 14,000 again (and with traffic jams outside MLG) Bruno gives Rogers a beating but Sammartino tries for another drop kick and lands badly. Tasker declares him done. Rogers though takes the win, and next returns to Toronto to lose the title to Lou Thesz in Jan 1963...

Takeaways...
7 minutes of Bruno, exciting and superhuman. Johnny Valentine and Professor Hiro beating the &*^% out of each other. Hiro another of Fred Atkins protege's. And good to see Atkins too, he and Whipper laying it on each other like the old days. Brower as nuts (and entertaining) as Roger Baker relates, and he was a great bump guy. He and Siki as a tag and solo, and their turns on each other a big part of the era. Everyone was a tough guy back then, even our refs. You can see Bunny Dunlop on the apron during a tag bout, he was as big as a house. They said he had taken down Hutton in the dressing room. And Flanagan, Gollub especially, got into the action a lot. The Sheik and his first appearance here, he had wrestled in Windsor and other towns on our side of Lake Michigan but not in Toronto. Bruno vs Kudo. Some rare Red Garner footage, he ran the CCWA promotion for many years around Toronto and finished up with a title bout vs Bruno when he returned in 1964. The bit where they attack Kudo's manager Sam Sullivan, Roger took a great photo of that from the North side of the ring. You could even tell in the photo that they were out to kill him. The fans when they had a chance were fearless, you can see why there were riots most days of the week around the circuit. The bit with Flanagan and Martino Angelo suspended over the ring in a cage, Angelo (another old style tough guy) was apparently deathly afraid of heights and had a bit of a breakdown up there, before Flanagan started beating on him..

For me, hearing Roger tell me about these bouts over the years as we look at his photos, and being invested in the history here, its cool to see it played out. Roger is there in some of the clips sitting beside the ramp looking very fit, with a fine head of hair, and his trusty camera.

-AC

-AC