Friday, June 9, 2017

Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat takes on Randy "Macho Man" Savage with Miss Elizabeth at Maple Leaf Gardens.
 Savage pushing Miss Elizabeth towards Steamboat. 
 Lots of blood flowed afterwards.
 Savage at the mercy of Steamboat.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

You might think once you are retired, there is nothing to do but there are plenty of things.  Sorting out over 20+ years of photos, magazines, films (yea 8mm and Super 8 that I haven't even started on) does take its toll.  I scanned most of my wrestling magazines, still a bunch to do, and hopefully looking for someone to purchase all the magazines eventually.  I have a partial list so if anyone is interested please let me know and I can send you the list.  

Also I guess it is poster time.  Here are some of my posters that I collected over the years.  

In Cobourg, Ontario on Thursday June 17, 1971.
 
 In Newmarket, Ontario on Saturday July 17, 1971.
Up in Midland, Ontario on Monday August 02, 1971.
In the Midland Armoury on Sunday May 07, 1972.
Back in Newmarket, Ontario on Saturday May 20, 1972. That was a hot and exiting show.  Former Hamilton Ti-Cat player Angelo Mosca fighting Eric the Red a Grimsby local.   Dave McKigney participating, along with Rachel DuBois, and favourite Newmarket wrestler Ron Doner.  
The card in Newmarket was so great, it repeated many times.  On Tuesday June 06, 1972 the action arrived at the Midland Arena.  
Up at the Sharon Arena, just east of  Keswick, Ontario the posters had some of the wrestlers covered up and also a different date.  Tuesday July 18, 1972 the matches went ahead at the arena.  
Going back to Saturday July 29, 1971 at the Newmarket Arena saw the midgets, The Beast and Eric the Red.  Rachel Dubois in a tag team match which pretty well filled the house.  Local Ron Doner also appeared. 
 Monday July 31, 1972 at the Midland Arena in Midland, Ontario. Carlos Rocha, Tony Parisi, The Love Brothers, Dewey Robertson, Ivan Kamikoff and others.  Weren't all these guys at Maple Leaf Gardens a few months or years later?   Carlos Rocha had  numerous fights against The Sheik at MLG.  McKigney did his best and wow did he do a great job. All these stars went on to Tunney's promotion. 
Monday August 14, 1972 in Midland again Dave brings out all the stars.  No wonder Jack Tunney would work with Dave but in the long run Dave's shows were true and dedicated.  WWF I think ruined Jack Tunney.  Commercialism, drives the interest way down. 
Saturday August 19, 1972.  Dave McKigney's wrestlers showed up in all their glory at the Bradford Arena in Bradford, Ontario. Most appeared recently at MLG and CHCH wrestling television programme from the Hamilton Forum had everyone interested.
On Tuesday August 22, 1972 a show in Sharon, Ontario had the audience in awe. 

 


 

 
 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Saw this photo of The Sheik in the Japanese GONG Magazine from 1993.

Friday, March 24, 2017

When I was a young kid, my father always watched wrestling on the television and I hated it.  It had a profound affect on me as I did not like violence at all.  Then one Saturday afternoon a school mate dropped by, he sat on the couch and watched the wrestling with my dad and I.  
For some strange reason, I started liking it.  This was in 1971 and I got totally hooked.  I started to take the subway down to Carlton Street and walked over to Maple Leaf Gardens.  Wow it was awesome.  I sat way up in the blues and my voice was horse after every show.  
Looking through Wrestling Monthly from March 1973, I saw an article about The Beast.  
It was actually Dave McKigney.  At the end of the article, it mentions that "Frequently, he teams with his good friend, Farkas, the Wolfman, and the consequences are doubly frightening for everybody."  
Glenn and I started going to Dave's shows in Southern Ontario around '74 or so.  I think we racked up over 30,000 miles in one year in travel. But it certainly was worth it. 
Dave was a friend, as were all his personnel guys who set up the ring, Conrad Gargus being referee at times, Joyce Farhat at the ticket booth, Wilf Jennings and his wife,  it was an ultimate experience.  
 
 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Among dedicated wrestling fans, it is no secret that Lou Klein would drive multiple wrestlers in his van to Dave's show in Ontario.  I witnessed on a few occasions, he would drop of Mark Lewin around the block from the arena and then drop The Sheik off at the back door of the arena.  
I saw an article in this Wrestling Revue magazine from March 1974 written by George Arnold about Linda Klein a new "glamour queen" to the squared circle.  'Linda Klein was in reality the daughter of Lou Klein from Detroit, Michigan'.  Unknown to me, Lou had wrestled with his half brother Red Bastien and they held the worlds tag team championship.  Kind of interesting. 
This is a photo that was in the magazine showing Lou with his daughter in a recent mixed tag team match in Detroit. 

 
 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Big Book of Wrestling's October 1973 edition had a photo of Willie Farkus on the cover but no mention of him in the article.  There was a mention of Farmer Pete teaming up with Cowboy Lang, defeating Billy the Kid and Little Tokyo.  Cowboy Lang and Billy the Kid were on Dave's shows numerous times.  
What I did find interesting in this edition, there was an article from a match at Olympia Stadium.  Terrible Teddy the Wrestling Bear taking on Bobby Hennan and Baron Von Raschke.  
Anyone there to see who held the rope attached to Terrible Teddy?  Interesting. 
 
 
While going through a huge carton of old wrestling magazines, I came across a January 1975 edition of "KEY TO TORONTO". It is a magazine catering to visitors to Metro Toronto. An article titled, Love & Hisses by Clive Hobson is about the wrestling scene at Maple Leaf Gardens.
In the two page article, the first page shows a 'cut out' of six different wrestlers.  
While all did appear in the square ring at the famous Maple Leaf Gardens, it appears that Tony Parisi (wrestler #6 at the bottom) seems to have The Fabulous Moolah with her knee on his neck, and wrestler #4 with his foot in an awkward position on Parisi.   Just my thought, but did Clive Hobson not like Tony Parisi?  
Wrestlers from the top down, #1 Hartford Love. Wonder where Reginald was.  #2 Killer Kowalski, one of the original best.  #3  Tiger Jeet Singh, a great wrestler who has a public school named after him here in the GTA.  #4  A young looking Dick The Bulldog Brower.  #5  The best woman wrestler of all times, The Fabulous Moolah.  She knew her craft and inspired countless of others to follow her footsteps.  #6  Tony Parisi,  I guess under rated but brought in lots of fans to Maple Leaf Gardens and of course to Dave McKigney's shows as well.  
Not a bad write up of the wrestling scene at the Gardens in January of 1975.