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. 

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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

Wire Fence bouts

  Before the advent of steel cage matches there was the wire-fence bout. A chicken wire type fence around the ring approx. 5.5 feet high to keep the wrestlers in. It first made an appearance in Toronto in 1942 for a Whipper Watson-Nanjo Singh bout. Their feud which lasted 25 years was in full swing after erupting in 1941. 

 Nanjo had debuted years earlier for promoter Jack Corcoran billed as a student of the famous Indian wrestler The Great Gama. In his time in Toronto he had made it a habit to scurry under the MLG ring to escape the fans wrath. Often that included throwing those old heavy pop bottles from the upper rows at the Gardens and various other items that weren't bolted down

 Due to all of the commotion Singh caused jumping from the ring to escape Watson, promoter Frank Tunney set a special stipulation for a  Feb 1942 bout. A wire fence bout described as 'a special wire enclosure around the ring,' it was to ensure that there was no escape for the hated Singh.

Main pic: Whipper vs Fritz 1960

 The two battled it out for almost 20 minutes before Nanjo flung Whipper into the cage entangling him mostly outside the ring. In those days both the ring and the apron were huge. You could walk around the ring on the apron. As Whipper tried to escape his predicament he was soon getting the ref's count to (fully) return inside the ring.

First fence bout 1942
Sam Yanaky, an area promoter who was acting as Nanjo’s ring manager attempted to stop Watson before being beset upon by the now riotous fans. In response Tunney assistant and area promoter Sammy Sobol tried to help Watson extricate himself from the fence. Singh knocked Sobol off, climbed over the fence, and promptly made a bee-line for his office below the ring. The fans were now extra hot under the collar. When Singh finally spotted a lull and tried to get to the dressing room he was met by Sobol’s younger brother (and former boxer) Eddie who took up the fight. Just another night in the Maple Leaf wrestling wars.

 Fast forward to 1948 and the fans had learned new tricks to vent their anger on Singh, including lighting papers on fire and throwing them under the ring. A recap suggested the purpose was 'to smoke him out  like a porcupine.' That led to Tunney initiating another stipulation for Nanjo-this time to protect him. Of course that was the ramp, which became  synonymous with Toronto wrestling for the next 40 years or so.

 By the late 1950s Whipper had found a new long-time feud in Gene Kiniski and they brought the fence out again. It didn't settle anything but almost guaranteed some blood flowing, not unlike the cage bouts of the 70s and 80s.

 Kiniski, like Nanjo before him (and others including Bill Longson & Hardboiled Haggerty) had also taken to finding temporary refuge under the ring until it was safe to escape down the ramp. After Tunney had announced the fence bout Whipper was said to be happy that it would keep Kiniski in the ring. Kiniski also expressed approval, hoping it would keep Whipper's rabid fans a safe distance from him. Tunney publicist Frank Ayerst in his weekly column commented that 'if they just put a lid over the ring and an arrow on top like a pressure cooker, we'll be able to tell when they're done.' Ayerst a forward thinker on the lid/roof idea

 In the 1960s Bulldog Brower was another choice for the fenced ring based on his propensity to destroy everything in his path. It didn't do much to tame the Bulldog either. He later became a fan favorite (same style!) and saw more fence bouts with now tag partner Watson.
Whipper vs Kiniski 1959. Note Frank Tunney putting up the wire fence.

 Another match stipulation that came around in the early 1960's was the manager suspended above the ring in a steel cage. Long time tough guy Martino Angelo, now manager of The Beast, was the first to be locked up to stop him from interfering on behalf of his charge. The cage was about 4x4 and was hoisted up above the ring. Angelo was not a fan of it and was lowered promptly after having a (real) near nervous breakdown.

 In that vein the wire fence evolved into the full steel cage with The Sheik entering the cage during his various feuds. In the late 1970's Bob Backlund & Superstar Graham had a WWWF Title bout in the cage. Bob Backlund and Jimmy Snuka replicated their MSG 'Snuka off the cage Superfly' here in 1982 and they often settled the Canadian Title picture with blow-off bouts and title changes in the cage.

Studd Mosca title change (Weaver helping Mosca) MLG Jan 1982

 Perhaps the biggest cage bout ever in Toronto was the 1983 NWA tag title change from Slaughter & Kernodle to Steamboat & Youngblood. In that era we had the cage in the photo above, and they kept it into the WWF years. That's the same one you see in the video of Andre-Kamala 1984.

-AC
Thanks to Roger Baker
Nostalgia mapleleafwrestling.com collection, Studd Mosca by AC
Excerpted 'From Nanjo to The Sheik: Tales From Toronto Wrestling'

What's This! Wrestling Refs In Tails? 1957


    Ontario MPP Arthur Child took offence to Gene Kiniski and pro wrestling (a farce!) back in 1957. He also claimed that wrestling referees resembled 'some third rate cook in a greasy spoon restaurant' and 'are slapped and pushed around like comedians in a two reel slapstick comedy.'

Child had asked for film from the Thursday night Gardens shows. The crusading MPP wanted to screen the matches in the Assembly to illustrate his charge. Child, of course, singled out Kiniski for particular criticism. He used phrases like 'disgusting behavior,' and 'utter brutality.' And he did not have much respect for the referees either, for allowing 'the sloppy circus-like performance' while the wrestlers 'slapped and pushed the arbiters around.'

At that time the refs wore the rather respectable (by todays standards) clean clinical looking white shirts or 'aprons' with dark pants, often with a bowtie. So as a response to the 'third rate cook in a greasy spoon restaurant' comment, the refs dressed it up a little bit! 

Besides that, there are a lot of local wrestling and boxing years represented in the photo.
  • Sam Gotter: Amateur wrestling standout from the 1930s-40s and ref from the early 50s into the early 60s. 
  • Bert Maxwell: Ref from the mid 1940s into the early 60s. Former amateur star known as the West Hill Terror and later The Little Flower of Uxbridge due to his horticulture expertise. He was a day 1 employee of MLG (1931) as a gate person and other duties. 
  • Joe Gollob: Former boxer became a referee in the early 1950s to the late 60s. Had a couple of heel ref runs around the circuit and took lots of bumps. Classic old days tough guy and Roger Baker's favorite ref!
  • Al 'Bunny' Dunlop: Former star and strongman would first don the officials attire in the early 1940s while still wrestling. He remained a fixture on the scene right up to 1972. Another tough guy of the day (most were), there are stories about his strength and of shooting on a famous name. *see Gary's bit on Dunlop below. He worked for the Toronto Parks dept. during the day. and had 'forearms like ham hocks' as per Roger. 
  • Cliff Worthy: Another former amateur standout. Refereed wrestling as early as 1934 up until the mid 60s. He also refereed boxing in the early 30s in and around Toronto. Was still around at Frank's 30th Anniversary party (1969) at the Hot Stove. 
More on Gollob at Gentleman Joe Gollob
More on Dunlop at Al 'Bunny' Dunlop
We looked at the whole story on Childs, Kiniski, Whipper at
1957 Childs goes after wrestling- on Slam Wrestling *external link opens in new window

Thanks to Roger Baker

-AC

Whipper and Kiniski: The Feud


     By the time Gene Kiniski burst onto the Toronto scene in November 1956 Whipper Watson was well into his 16th year as the reigning king of the ring at Maple Leaf Gardens. Kiniski, billed as a 'footballer of note' made an instant impact on the fans in Toronto. They hated him right away.

Publicity man Frank Ayerst remarked that Kiniski was 'sometimes referred to as Genial Gene, because he smiled once when an opponent was being carried out of the ring.' Adding that he 'is such a rugged ring operator that getting a match with him is gaily alluded to as The Point of No Return.'

Main pic: Wilf Long cartoon 1957

He rampaged over a few of the smaller types early in the cards before suffering his first loss against Shaq Thomas. He actually beat Thomas in a mere 54 seconds but was disqualified when he wouldn't stop assaulting his opponent. He finished out the year beating another newcomer Billy Red Lyons in December and returned in January 1957.

This time Kiniski trounced local favorite Pat Flanagan with his Prairie Paralyzer and returned to the ring for the main event between Whipper and Buddy Rogers. Kiniski, already not known for his quiet demeanor, stepped into the ring before the introductions and challenged Whipper. Rogers backed him up declaring 'Kiniski will pick up the pieces after I've finished with you.'

Kiniski left but returned to the ring when Whipper captured Rogers in his Canuck Commando and the future looked bleak for the Nature Boy. Kiniski attacked Watson and special ref Jersey Joe Walcott took at swing at big Gene. Pat O'Connor, who had wrestled earlier in the card came to Whipper's rescue but Walcott wasn't sure and took a couple of swings at Pat before going at Kiniski again and then disqualifying Rogers for outside interference.

That set up a tag bout for the next card with Whipper and O'Connor to face Kiniski and Rogers with Walcott and Bunny Dunlop as referees. The heroes won by dq in front of 14,000 fans when Kiniski took off under the ring a'la Wild Bill Longson and Nanjo Singh before him.

Joe Perlove in his recap the next day opined that 'he (Kiniski) had heard that Nanjo Singh had those nether regions (under the ring) fitted up with a bar and chintzy furniture.'

Perlove went on to describe that 'several hundred customers wanted to make his (Kiniski) crew cut a little shorter. By maybe a foot.' When Kiniski failed to return, Walcott gave the win to Watson and O'Connor. Kiniski still had to make his way to the safety of the dressing room having earned the fans full hatred previously shown to Nanjo and other enemies of the state - State Whipper.

Wire Fence Jan 1957 with Jersey Joe, and Hutton on the floor

That set the feud in motion with the two going to battle on the next card at MLG and later a wire fence bout, an early cage match. Dick Hutton would side with Kiniski and draw himself into the bouts and team with Kiniski against Whipper and Yukon Eric on a subsequent card as well as interfere in each others bouts.

The fence match on Jan 24 ended in a wild finish with Kiniski and Hutton going after Whip and ref Jersey Joe who was again part of the action.

A bout at East York Arena between Watson and Hutton the following week led to another incident involving Kiniski. Watson beat Hutton to win the $1000 check that Hutton had been offering to anyone who could beat him within 20 minutes. Whipper was the first in Toronto to beat Hutton, but after the bout Kiniski jumped in and tore up the check while he and Hutton attacked ref Bunny Dunlop.

This led to Kiniski being given a $500 fine, said to be the steepest penalty handed down at the time. He was additionally given a 4 week suspension from OAC Commissioner Merv McKenzie, who also curtailed the license of Tunney to promote at the Arena for 6 months. MLG was not included!

Kiniski orating after his suspension 1957
It may have been legit as Tunney didn't return to East York until Oct 1957, though they only used it when the Gardens was not available. Les Lyman and others ran the smaller Arena in that era.

Genial Gene meanwhile offered this to the fans in response to the outrage over how he treated our fan-favorites. 'Tell them from me to go to hell too ! I'll fight in Maple Leaf Gardens whenever I like. Let those chicken bums stay home if they don't like me.'

This was around the same time that Ontario MPP Arthur Child had leveled criticism at the antics of Wrestlers pushing the referee's around and called it a farce. It started a heated battle with debates over the OAC being associated with pro rasslin and involved Whipper and others around the scene. Ref Joe Gollob, no stranger to the rough stuff replied back that 'we don't need a Commission.' Whipper used his diplomacy to smooth things over in the end.

Kiniski meanwhile showed up at MLG in March and takes to the ring before the main of The Miller Brothers vs Hard Boiled Haggerty and Hutton. In his usual quiet manner Gene announced/bellowed that his suspension was over and he was back to destroy the Whipper.

They continued through the year both in singles and tag bouts, Whipper with various partners and Kiniski with Hutton. Kiniski went on to beat O'Connor for our British Empire Title and he earned a bout against NWA champ Lou Thesz at the Gardens.

Kiniski & Watson did big business here with averages of 10,000 a card. With them on top for most of the year, Tunney drew over 320,000 over 48 cards at MLG in 1957.

The feud travelled around the circuit here with some big bouts from Hamilton to London to Buffalo. They then moved across the country with stops in Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancouver with the fans following the feud on the CBC TV show.

Gene soon teamed with Fritz Von Erich to form a formidable tag and continued to battle Whipper and his partners through 1958 while the two battled in singles bouts and traded the B-E Title. The feud periodically started up again and continued into the mid 60's.

Roger Baker related his memories of these two 

Their matches will forever be a benchmark for both the length of time and many dozens of encounters that took place between these two great Canadian wrestlers. 

The only other feud that Watson had that could compare in number of years and brutality, would have been The Whipper's many grudge encounters with Nanjo Singh.

Kiniski was a very brash, in your face competitor, and he kept himself in excellent physical condition at all times. He belonged to be the headliner that he was, only the top wrestlers of his era could stay with him long enough to make for a good match, and at the same time walk out on their own two feet.

Whipper always gave Kiniski a battle whenever they met. Watson probably body slammed Kiniski at least eight to ten times in every encounter. To see Watson apply this slam was a thing of beauty. He would crotch Kiniski and lift him with his right arm and actually be able to raise him up to where Kiniski was a good foot above the Whipper's head, then Kiniski was slammed to the mat, or the wooden ramp with all of Watson's strength. This move always got the crowd excited, and had Kiniski crawling on his knees in a lot of pain.

Kiniski employed many wrestling holds to his opponents that were at times crippling. An example was his knee drop to his opponents upper chest, and sometimes to the exposed throat as well. He often delivered his big boots to their rib cage, this could result in a wrestler having many a recovery for bruised ribs.'

Kiniski had his run with the NWA Title and defended here a total of 17 times including a 1966 bout against Whipper (17 in Toronto only, Gene very busy on the circuit too). Their last bout at MLG came in June 1967 with Kiniski taking on both Whipper and Bulldog Brower in a handicap bout. The NWA title was not at stake as Whipper and Brower, working in tag rules, beat Kiniski in front of 6,200.

Whipper's career ended in 1971 but that wasn't to be the end of the feud. In 1978 Kiniski was set to battle Dino Bravo for the newly created Canadian Heavyweight Title. The night was also deemed 'Whipper Watson Appreciation Night.' Frank Tunney was to honor Whipper by donating 1$ from each ticket to the Easter Seals Timmy Scholarship Fund and to acknowledge all he had done for the sport and the charities. Watson was also set to award the new championship belt to the winner of the bout.

Still not a quiet guy by any means, Kiniski started an argument with Whipper and the fans booed him mercilessly as he lost to the new champ Bravo. At that point Whipper and Kiniski were at the 22 year mark of the feud.

Kiniski, in later years talked very highly of Watson and all of the money they made with each other, and was present at Whipper's funeral in 1990. The feud was finally over.

-AC

Photos clips and memories .com collection, thanks to Roger Baker
For more on the MP's vs Wrestling incident see 
(External Link on Slam Wrestling- opens in new window)

Sammy Sobel


 Sammy Sobel had been around the wrestling and boxing scene from the turn of the century. He was from a sporting family, he and his brothers all pursued their favorite sports with Sammy turning to wrestling. 

There isn't a lot of information on his early life. He was born in Toronto and appears to have joined Jack Corcoran's Queensbury team around the beginning of the MLG cards in 1931. Initially he was in charge of Hamilton & Ottawa as Corcoran branched out. Later he officially took over Niagara Falls and occasionally ran cards in other areas. In 1935 Corcoran sent Sobel to run some summer shows in Timmins and area, handling the books and also refereeing the bouts. 

In 1938 he was appointed as ring manager of Toronto's newest star and World champ (Toronto) Vic Christie. During a Christie bout vs Masked Marvel, Sobel attacked longtime ref Cliff Worthy earning a review from the Athletic Commission. They suspended him indefinitely so he enlisted a former Hamilton policeman named Al Reid to second Christie for his next bout. Sobel bought a ringside seat anyways. 

He was also part of the busy boxing scene in and around Toronto, at one point managing Jack Matheson, a highly touted middleweight boxer from Hamilton.

In Hamilton Sobel ran the shows at the Municipal Pool where they had the ring set up over the middle of the water. It made for some eventful action including one night when the spectator seats collapsed dropping the patrons into the drink. They were fortunate that all-round athlete and noted swimmer Mike Sharpe was on the card. Sharpe, the son of a Hamilton policeman would rescue many of them. The headline (on page 1 of the Toronto Daily Star no less) screamed 'Wrestler Saves Screaming Fur-Coated Women.' 

Sobel ran the cards as well as handling the announcing from ringside. He was known for his sharp wit and entertaining intros. He occasionally battled against George Hill who also ran cards in Hamilton (mostly lightweight affairs) but Corcoran and then Tunney stacked the cards to help bring the fans into the Queensbury shows. 

In 1942 during the first fence bout (early cage match) in Toronto Sobel tried to help Whipper Watson who was getting the worst of it vs Nanjo Singh. Sam Yanaky, another area promoter who was acting as Nanjo’s manager attempted to stop Watson from escaping the ring before being beset upon by the now riotous fans. In response Sobel attempted to help Watson extricate himself from the fence. Singh knocked Sobel off, climbed over the fence, and promptly made a bee-line for his office below the ring. The fans were now extra hot under the collar. When Singh finally spotted a lull and tried to get to the dressing room he was met by Sobel’s younger brother (and former boxer) Eddie who took up the fight. 

In a bit from 1948 it mentions Sobel as having '40 years around wrestling mats.'  When he passed away in Jan 1958 it said he had promoted wrestling 'for 30 years, the last 20 in this district (Niagara Falls).'

Lots to fill in on Sobel, if you can help please contact me 

-AC


Johnny Weaver in Toronto (external link)

 Always a pleasure to contribute to other sites and none more than the fine Mid Atlantic Gateway. This time we looked at Johnny Weaver in Toronto as part of a series they were running on the late great mat star. 

Johnny Weaver made his Toronto debut amid a flurry of re-organization for the territory. It was late 1978 and Frank Tunney had left his brief AWA association behind. A new partnership with Jim Crockett Jr. & George Scott was soon to revitalize the area....

Read more at Johnny Weaver's Important Role in Toronto During the Mid-Atlantic Years 

-AC

I took the above photo at MLG in Jan 1982 as Weaver & old foe Lord Alfred Hayes start a cage bout. That night was a double cage with Mosca vs Studd following it. Norm Kimber is making the intros while ref Terry Yorkston enters the cage. Weaver won it but didn't look like it. A lot of blood spilled at that one!

Film: World Title Buddy vs Bruno 1962


Buddy vs Bruno MLG Aug 30 1962
The first meeting between World champ Buddy Rogers and Bruno Sammartino 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 clip) 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 takes the win, and next returns to Toronto to lose the title to Lou Thesz in Jan 1963...

From our MLG Film
-AC