Saturday, December 3, 2011

Gorgeous George vs Woody Strode 1950 's wrestling match from 16mm film

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Edit: The transfer work is done and the DVD is now available.  You can find the information here Classic Wrestling From Film Vol II

I've finally been able to upgrade my transfer system for the films I have.  I was able to acquire an Elmo TransVideo 16 transfer projector and a new computer.  I can now begin to transfer my 16mm film directly into my computer and can start issuing more classic wrestling DVD's.  Here is a clip of the Gorgeous George vs Woody Strode match that I have on film.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Buffalo, NY wrestling program 11/16/1962 Ilio DiPaolo Bruno Sammartino Fritz von Erich

This is the last of my Buffalo, NY Official Wrestling Magazines. This program is for the matches from November 16, 1962.  The Official Wrestling Magazine  features short write ups on Ilio DiPaolo and Bearcat Wright.  This program also features some nice pictures of Bruno Sammartino including one of Bruno and Ilio in the ring together.  I hope you enjoy this look back at Buffalo's wrestling past.  You can click on the pages to bring up a larger picture.

 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Buffalo, NY wrestling program 1/19/1962 Ilio DiPaolo Little Beaver Dan Miller

This program is for the matches from January 19, 1962.  The Official Wrestling Magazine  features short write ups on Little Beaver, Black Panther, The Sheik, Sky Low Low and Dan Miller.  I hope you enjoy this look back at Buffalo's wrestling past.  You can click on the pages to bring up a larger picture.  I will be posting the rest of my programs over the upcoming days.

 

Buffalo, NY wrestling program 10/20/1961 Ilio DiPaolo The Sheik The Crusher Bearcat Wright

   This program is for the matches from October 20, 1961.  The Official Wrestling Magazine  features short write ups on Ilio DiPaolo and Chris & John Tolos, .  I hope you enjoy this look back at Buffalo's wrestling past.  You can click on the pages to bring up a larger picture.  I will be posting the rest of my programs over the upcoming days.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Championship analysis of the 9/1/1961 Buffalo, NY wrestling card

     I've had a chance to search for the championships won by the wrestlers on the September 1, 1961 card in Buffalo, NY.  It is an extraordinary list of wrestlers and I was surprised by the total I found.  Except for the midgets, every wrestler held a championship at least twice during their career.  I included individual and tag-team titles from across the US, Canada, Japan and Australia in the list.  There were many wrestlers that ended up holding tag-team titles together but each of those reigns were only counted once.  The wrestlers below ended up winning championships on a total of 215 seperate occasions.  I'd say that is a pretty impressive total.


     Below is the list of wrestlers and the championships they won.  I've also included any others names they might have wrestled under.  Much of the data came from Online World of Wrestling and Wrestling-Titles.com.  If you have any additions or changes, please let me know.


Ilio DiPaolo
(1) time NWA (Calgary) Canadian Tag Team Champion (w/Tex McKenzie)
(5) time NWA (Toronto) Canadian Open Tag Team Champion (w/Whipper Billy Watson (4) & w/Billy "Red" Lyons (1))
(1) time MWA Ohio Heavyweight title
(1) time MWA Ohio Tag Team titles (w/Lord Athol Layton)
(1) time AWA Canadian Open Tag Team Title Tournament (w/Joe Scarpello)

Tara (Taro) Keomuka (aka/Taro Myaki (Miyake) & Prof. Hiro)
(3) time NWA (Toronto) International Tag Team Champion (as Professor Hiro) (w/Fred Atkins)
(2) time NWA (Texas) World Tag Team titles (w/Duke Keomuka)
(1) time AWA Canadian Open Tag Team Title Champion (w/Mitsu Arakawa)
(1) time NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Champion (w/Tony Borne)
(1) time NWA (Florida) United States Tag Team Champion (w/Tojo Yamamoto)

Doc Gallagher
(2) time (Vancouver) Northwest Tag Team (w/Ivan Komeroff(1) & w/George Gallagher(1))
(1) time NWA (Mid Atlantic) Southern Tag Team Champion (w/Mike Gallagher)
(2) time NWA (Minneapolis) World Tag Team Champion (w/Mike Gallagher)
(1) time NWA (Mid America) World Tag Team Champion (w/Mike Gallagher)
(1) time NWA (Toronto) Canadian Open Tag Team Champion (w/Mike Gallagher)
(2) time MWA Ohio Tag Team Champion (w/Mike Gallagher)
(2) time AWA (Indiana) World Tag Team Champion (w/Mike Gallagher)
(1) time NWA (Ohio) United States Tag Team Champion (w/Mike Gallagher)

Mike Gallagher
(1) time NWA (Mid Atlantic) Southern Tag Team Champion (w/Doc Gallagher)
(2) time NWA (Minneapolis) World Tag Team Champion (w/Doc Gallagher)
(1) time NWA (Mid America) World Tag Team Champion (w/Doc Gallagher)
(1) time NWA (Toronto) Canadian Open Tag Team Champion (w/Doc Gallagher)
(2) time MWA Ohio Tag Team Champion (w/Doc Gallagher)
(2) time AWA (Indiana) World Tag Team Champion (w/Doc Gallagher)
(1) time NWA (Ohio) United States Tag Team Champion (w/Doc Gallagher)

Dick Beyer (aka/ The Destroyer & Dr. X)
(1) time AWA World Heavyweight Champion
(2) time WWA (Los Angeles) World Heavyweight Champion
(1) time WWA (Los Angeles) International TV Tag Team Champion (w/Dan Manoukian)
(2) time NWA Pacific Norhwest Heavyweight Champion
(3) time NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Champion (w/Art Michalik)
(2) time WWA (Los Angeles) World Tag Team Champion (w/Hard Boiled Haggerty)
(1) time AWA (San Francisco) World Tag Team Champion (w/Billy "Red" Lyons)
(1) time AJPW (All Japan) All Asia Tag Team Champion (w/Billy "Red" Lyons)
(1) time NWA (Texas) World Tag Team Champion (w/ The Golden Terror)
(1) time NWA (Hawaii) North American Heavyweight Champion
(1) time NWA (Hawaii) United States Heavyweight Champion
(3) time PWF (Japan) United States Heavyweight Champion
(1) time (Montreal) International Heavyweight Champion

Bearcat Wright
(1) time MWA Ohio Heavyweight Champion
(1) time NWA (Vancouver) Pacific Coast Tag Team (w/Whipper Billy Watson)
(1) time WWA (Los Angeles) World Heavyweight Champion
(1) time WWA (Los Angeles) International Televison Tag Team Champion (w/Mr. Moto)
(1) time NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team Champion (w/Enrique Torres)
(2) time NWA Hawaii Tag Team Champion (w/Luther Lindsay(1) & w/Sam Steamboat(1))
(2) time NWA Pacfic Northwest Tag Team Champion (w/Shag Thomas(1) & w/Billy White Wolf(1))
(1) time IWA (Australia) World Tag Team Champion (w/Mark Lewin)
(2) time IWA (Australia) World Heavyweight Champion
(1) time AWA (San Francisco) United States Heavyweight Champion
(1) time NWA (San Francisco) United States Heavyweight Champion
(1) time Arizona Heavyweight Champion
(1) time NWA Florida Tag Team Champion (w/Bobby Shane)
(1) time NWA Florida Brass Knuckles Champion

Sato Keomuka (aka Kenji Shibuya)
(2) time NWA (Mid Atlantic) Southern Tag Team Champion (w/Mr. Moto)
(1) tme NWA Texas Tag Team Champion (w/Duke Keomuka)
(1) time NWA (Minneapolis) World Tag Team Champion (w/Mitsu Arakawa)
(1) time NWA Central States Heavyweight Champion
(2) time MWA (Ohio) Tag Team Champion (as Sato Keomuka) (w/Duke Keomuka)
(3) time AWA (San Francisco) World Tag Team Champion (w/Mitsu Arakawa(1), w/Great Sasaki(1) &  w/Masa Saito(1))
(1) time Stampede International Tag Team Champion (w/Mitsu Arakawa)
(4) time NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team Champion (w/Mitsu Arakawa(1), w/Sweet Daddy Siki(1), w/Don Leo Jonathan(1) & w/John Quinn(1))
(3) time AWA (San Francisco) United States Heavyweight Champion
(1) time NWA (Amarillo) North American Heavyweight Champion
(1) time NWA (Los Angeles) Americas Heavyweight Champion
(4) time NWA (Los Angeles) Beat the Champ Television Champion
(4) time NWA (Los Angeles) Americas Tag Team Champion (w/Masa Saito(3) & w/Goliath(1))
(2) time NWA (San Francisco) World Tag Team Champion (w/Great Mephisto(1) & w/Masa Saito(1))
(1) time NWA (Vancouver) Pacific Coast Heavyweight Champion

Billy "Red" Lyons
(1) time NWA (Georgia) International Tag Team Champion (w/Ray Gunkel)
(1) time NWA Canadian Open Tag Team Champion (w/Ilio DiPaolo)
(1) time NWA (Toronto) International Tag Team Champion (w/Billy Watson)
(1) time AWA (San Francisco) World Tag Team Champion (w/The Destroyer)
(1) time JWA All Asia Tag Team Champion (w/The Destroyer)
(1) time NWA Texas Heavyweight Champion
(2) time NWA (Texas) American Tag Team Champion (w/Fritz Von Erich(1) & w/Red Bastien(1))
(2) time NWA (Tri State) United States Tag Team Champion (w/Bill Watts(1) & w/Tom Jones(1))
(1) time NWA Mississippi Tag Team Champion (w/Tom Jones )
(1) time NWA (Texas) American Heavyweight Champion
(3) time (Toronto) International Tag Team Champion (w/Dewey Robertson)

Dick "The Bruiser" Afflis
(5) time NWA (Detroit) United States Heavyweight Champion
(1) time NWA (Omaha) World Heavyweight Champion
(1) time NWA (Chicago) World Tag Team Champion (w/Gene Kiniski)
(5) time AWA World Tag Team Champion (w/Crusher Lisowsk)
(2) time AWA (Indiana) World Tag Team Champion (w/Wilbur Snyder)
(1) time WWA (Los Angeles) World Heavyweight Champion
(12) time WWA (Indianapolis) World Heavyweight Champion
(14) time WWA (Indianapolis) World Tag Team Champion  w/Wilbur Snyder(3) w/The Crusher(6) w/Bill Miller(1) w/Bruno Sammartino(1) w/Spike Huber(1) w/Jeff Van Kamp(1) w/Bobby Colt(1)
(1) time AWA World Heavyweight Champion
(1) time NWA (Ohio) United States Tag Team Champion w/Wilbur Snyder
(1) time NWA (Japan) International Tag Team Champion w/The Crusher
(1) time NWA Missouri Heavyweight Champion

Hans Herman
(1) time NWA (San Francisco) Pacific Coast Tag Team Champion (w/Killer Kowalski)
(1) time NWA (Los Angeles) World Tag Team Champion (w/Hans Schmidt)
(1) time NWA (Minneapolis) World Tag Team titles (w/Fritz von Erich)
(1) time NWA (San Francisco) World Tag Team Champion (w/Art Nelson)
(1) time WWA (Los Angeles) International Television Tag Team Champion (w/Jesse Ortega)


Wladek "Tarzan" Kowalski (aka "Killer")
(1) time NWA Texas Heavyweight Champion
(1) time NWA Texas Tag Team Champion (won the Tag Team Championship by himself)
(1) time NWA (San Francisco) Pacific Coast Tag Team Champion (w/Hans Herman)
(1) time NWA (Central States) Heart of America Heavyweight Champion
(12) time AWA (Montreal) International Heavyweight Champion
(1) time ACC (Boston) World Heavyweight Champion
(1) time NWA Central States Tag Team Champion (w/Bulldog Austin)
(2) time NWA (Vancouver) Pacific Coast Tag Team Champion (w/Ox Anderson(1) & w/Gene Kiniski(1))
(2) time NWA (Calgary) Canadian Heavyweight
(2) time Stampede International Tag Team Champion (w/Jim Wright)
(1) time WWWF United States Tag Team titles w/Gorilla Monsoon
(5) time IWA (Australia) World Heavyweight Champion
(3) time IWA (Australia) World Tag Team Champion (w/Skull Murphy(2) & w/Mark Lewin(1))
(1) time NWA (Hawaii) United States Heavyweight Champion
(1) time Iowa Tag Team Champion (w/Ripper Daniels)
(1) time NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Champion
(1) time NWA (Los Angeles) Americas Heavyweight Champion
(1) time NWA (Los Angeles) Americas Tag Team Champion (w/Kenji Shibuya)
(1) time NWA (Florida) Southern Heavyweight Champion
(1) time WWWF Tag Team Champion (as the Executioners) (w/John Studd)

"The Crusher" Reggie Lisowski
(4) time NWA (Chicago) World Tag Team Champion (w/Art Neilson(1) & w/Stan Lisowski(3))
(2) time NWA (Georgia) World Tag Team Champion (w/Art Neilson(1) & Stan Lisowski(1))
(2) time NWA Canadian Open Tag Team Champion (w/Stan Lisowski)
(2) time NWA (Minneapolis) World Tag Team Champion (w/Stan Lisowski)
(1) time NWA (Omaha) World Heavyweight Champion
(3) time AWA World Heavyweight Champion
(9) time AWA World Tag Team Champion (w/Dick The Bruiser(5), w/Verne Gagne(1), w/Red Bastien(1), w/Billy Robinson(1) & w/Baron von Raschke(1))
(6) time WWA (Indianapolis) World Tag Team Champion (w/Dick The Bruiser)
(1) time NWA (Japan) International Tag Team Champion (w/Dick The Bruiser)

Miguel Perez
(1) time NWA (Capitol) World Tag Team titles w/Antonino Rocca
(3) time WWC North American Tag Team titles w/Carlos Colon(2) w/Antonino Rocca(1)
(4) time WWC Puerto Rican Heavyweight Champion

Francois Valois
(1) time NWA Texas Tag Team Champion (w/Andre Bollet)
(1) time All Japan Tag Team Champion (w/Dan Miller)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Buffalo, NY wrestling program 9/1/1961 Ilio DiPaolo Bruiser Crusher Destroyer

     Here is the second Buffalo, NY program from my collection.  It is for the matches from September 1, 1961 and is an amazing collection of all time great wrestlers.  There are also short write-ups about Ilio DiPaolo, Mike & Doc Gallagher, Sato Keomuka, Dick "The Destroyer" Beyer, Billy "Red" Lyons and Miguel Perez.  Click on the pictures to see a larger view of the page.

     This card is a who's who of wrestling champions and I'll go through just a few right now.  There are three men who held the AWA Heavyweight Championship;  The Crusher, Dick The Bruiser and Dick Beyer (who won the belt wearing a mask as Dr. X).  Dick The Bruiser and The Crusher held the AWA Tag Team Championship. Killer Kowalski held the WWWF Tag Team Championship (along with many titles across the country) and Miguel Perez held the Capital Tag Team Championship (which Vince McMahon would turn into the WWWF) with Argentina Rocca.   Dick Beyer (under the mask as The Destoyer) & Bearcat Wright both held WWA Los Angeles Heavyweight Championship.  Those are a few just off the top of my head. I'm going to do more research and will be making a more in depth post about all the championships held by the wrestlers on this card.  When you add in DiPaolo, The Gallaghers, Lyons, the Keomukas and Herman it looks like a staggering amount of Championships that were accumulated by the wrestlers here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Buffalo, NY wrestling program March 1959 Ilio DiPaolo Bobo Brazil

     Buffalo, NY was once one of the major territories in professional wrestling.  All of the major stars came through the area owned by wrestling great Ed Don George and later Pedro Martinez.  I have a few programs from the late 50's and early 60's that I will be scanning in and posting here on this blog.  Greats such as Ilio Dipaolo, Bruno Sammartino, Whipper Watson, Doc & Mike Gallagher, Bill, Ed & Don Miller, Bobo Brazil, Dick Beyer (The Destroyer) and Billy "Red" Lyons will be featured.


     The first program is for the matches from March 6, 1959.  The program also features short write ups on Ilio DiPaolo, Bobo Brazil, Jim "The Bull" Wright and Chief Chewacki (aka Lenny "Bull" Montana & Luca Brasi from the Godfather).  I hope you enjoy this look back at Buffalo's wrestling past.  You can click on the pages to bring up a larger picture.  I will be posting the rest of my programs over the upcoming days.