Gary Will's Toronto Wrestling History

Gary Will's Toronto Wrestling History

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


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


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


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


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


Frank Tunney's 30th Anniversary, 1969


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


Tunney-Crockett partnership approved, 1980

Title History

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.