60 years ago Aug 30 1962 MLG Toronto: The third Buddy Rogers vs Bruno Sammartino matchup ends when Bruno misses a dropkick and lands awkwardly on the ropes. Captured in a clip from our MLG Film at Toronto Classic Wrestling on YouTube youtu.be/4nkUFI86bnY
Film from Maple Leaf Gardens Aug 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 on the ropes. Tasker declares him done. Rogers takes the win, and next returns to Toronto to lose the title to Lou Thesz in Jan 63. Film courtesy mapleleafwrestling.com
On This Day: June 20, 1950 – Lou Thesz defends NWA World Championship against Nature Boy Buddy Rogers – Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL
by Michael Tereshko
On this day 68 years ago Lou Thesz and Nature Boy Buddy Rogers met in a historic match in Wrigley Field, Chicago where almost 10,000 fans were privileged to see what I believe is the first time a missed flying tackle resulted in a wrestler’s head tangled in the ropes.
Buddy and Lou were asked by promoter Fred Kohler to come up with a spectacular ending for their NWA World Championship Match which headlined a charity show for the Chicago Heart Association. The turnout for this historic match was disappointing. Kohler predicted a record attendance of 38,000. The actual attendance of just under 10,000 might be attributed to the fact the show was on a Wednesday workday in the middle of the week. Another deterrent might have been the expensive price of the tickets. The best seats went for $6.50 which was a lot of money back in the day in 1950.For those who are interested in seeing this match in its entirety go to the link below. To see the spectacular climax of the bout go to 33:45 on the video.
From my collection the original vintage program from the show and a complete ticket for a ringside seat:
From my collection the June 17, 1950 copy of “WRESTLING AS YOU LIKE IT” with a first page article on the upcoming Thesz/Rogers Wrigley Field match in which Kohler predicts an attendance of 37,000 fans (see last paragraph of article).