Some ads from Port Perry found while researching Pat Milosh cards in these towns, look like Red Garner cards. Baron Von Sieber is a young Waldo Von Erich
Friday, November 11, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Rocky Johnson, now often referred to as 'The Rock's Dad' was himself quite an impressive wrestler in his day. He was a regular in Toronto in the late 60's and would return in 1980 under a mask as Sweet Ebony Diamond.
Most of the fans knew it was Rocky under the mask and he actually did unmask in 1981 after winning the MA TV Title. Was hard to hide his style, incredibly agile and speedy in the ring, Rocky's brother Ricky is also a local favorite working on Wildman shows in the area. Believe these photos were out of Griff Henderson's collection - thinking that may be Flair below ...or Austin Idol perhaps. Ad below Oshawa 1966
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Aug 8 1935 Program, the Program is actually 74 pages but includes other sports such as Lacrosse, Bicycling, Hockey. From the days pre-Tunney with Jack Corcoran - Promoter
Check out Gary Will's A Brief History of Pro Wrestling in Toronto
for more info on the early years of Toronto Wrestling
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Friday, August 19, 2011
Tom Jones made his name as a standout in the CFL in the late 50's, early '60's and turned to wrestling in the off-season around 1960. Apparently Jones was once wrestling at the Hamilton Municipal Pool and fell in to the water that surrounded the ring. he couldn't swim and had to be rescued by a lifeguard ! He died in 1978 while at his cottage in the Simcoe county region of Ontario. There was another Tom Jones that wrestled later in the South during the MLWP era
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Obit 1978 , Clip below 1957 , ads from MLG Mar 16 1961, May 11 1961 (tag)
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Duncan McTavish who passed away recently was a regular in Toronto in the mid 70's and would return on the Wildman circuit in the 80's. Also worked under his real name -Matt Gilmore - in other areas, these pics are from Cornwall ON Aug 1985 vs The Sheik.
There are other pics of McTavish around the MLWP sites
RIP Matt Gilmore
Thursday, July 7, 2011
According to Tim Gerrard, Norm Kimber wasn't fond of wrestlers jumping up and down in the ring while he was in the midst of Announcing duties. He must have been less than thrilled on this night! Valiant on a good night was like a jitterbug in there as it was.
In addition to holding the boom box (a giant! IPOD for you young fans) he is seen trying to escape after Jimmy Valiant and Pork Chop Cash attack Private Don Kernodle and Ivan Koloff before the bout Apr 25 1982. Ref Terry Yorkston looks on from the side.