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  1. This was a seriously great match; naturally, these 1950s bouts have a high degree of intensity and struggle over basic holds, so it feels like you are watching a shootstyle match built around hammerlocks and headscissors. Then you also have Billy Goelz in the match, who looked like a master grappler in the vein of a Blue Panther or Ken Joyce, adding all these cool little touches. Such as turning himself into a turtle, constantly going for Verne's arm from any position, breaking Verne's arm over his own leg to keep control etc. The running and leapfrog spots where also fantastic, honestly. Verne is a former football guy, and Goelz would do these awesome bumps where it looks like Verne just ran right through him. At 20 minutes this also a pretty trim match, and they show a great sense for the subtleties of wrestling; Verne lands a big flying headscissor after being controlled by Goelz that gets a huge reaction, and the battle fiercely over the pinfall just as the time runs out. Excellent, pure wrestling match.
  2. Purchase: US | UK | Canada Wrestling's Greatest Heroes - The Golden Era VHS comm No review yet. Antonino Rocca vs Benito Gardini (Kohler Chicago February 3, 1950; Chicago, IL) (Discuss) Lou Thesz vs Vic Christy (NWA Hollywood Late 1950s; Santa Monica, CA) (Discuss) Edouard Carpentier vs Mike Valentino (Details Unknown) Bruno Sammartino vs Magnificent Maurice (Steel Belt Wrestling 1963; Buffalo, NY) (Discuss) Ricki Starr vs Karl Von Hess (CWC; Washington, DC) Verne Gagne vs Butcher Boy Henning (Steel Belt Wrestling October 24, 1958; Buffalo, NY) (Discuss) Gene Stanlee vs Kola Kwariani (Kohler Chicago February 3, 1950; Chicago, IL) (Discuss) WWWF U.S. Title: Bobo Brazil (c) vs Johnny Barend (CWC July 9, 1963; Detroit, MI) (Discuss) Sam Steamboat vs Mike Sharpe (NWA Hollywood August 26, 1961; San Bernadino, CA) (Discuss) Great Scot & Antonino Rocca vs Kurt Von Hess & Karl Von Hess (Details Unknown) Bold matches are PWO recommended.
  3. https://soundcloud.com/jerryvonkramer/titans-of-wrestling-48-verne-gagne-tribute (PTBN link to follow) On this episode Pete, Johnny and Kelly celebrate the career of pro wrestling legend Verne Gagne. They look at six matches from his career, tracing his journey from young lion to grizzled veteran. On the docket: vs Hans Schmidt 10/10/52 Chicago vs Don Leo Johnathan 4/15/55 Chicago vs Edouard Carpentier 5/2/58 Chicago vs Billy Robinson 11/20/74 Japan vs Nikolai Volkoff 8/29/77 MSG vs Nick Bockwinkel 2/10/79 Chicago Also on the show: -A look at Verne's history wrestling at MSG -Johnny's one man bonus tribute to announcer Russ Davis -Memories and opinions of Verne -Surprise appearances, blood soaked mats, full moons, and much more! Also, here's a playlist of matches discussed on the show. If nothing else, I highly recommend watching the Gagne vs Robinson match. It's a classic: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLp4lsXgSXkFDQS8JnpYZV-M4mah0y0pAM
  4. This is an attempt to unify Verne's AWA Title with Baba's PWF Title, so the finish is almost blatantly obvious. But, this winds up being a fun match, even more so when you consider that both Baba and Gagne had age, and other factors, catching up with them. The first fall is a bit dull, with Verne keeping things on the ground, but, Verne does bust out a nice pair of dropkicks. The second and third falls are more like sprints, with Baba bumping Verne, and Verne doing a surprisingly nice job of stooging, but not overdoing it, until they eventually go to the double count out.
  5. https://soundcloud.com/jerryvonkramer/titans-xtra-chicago-film-archives-gagne-thesz All four Titans reunite to watch Haystack Calhoun vs. Buddy Rogers (04/14/1961) and Verne Gagne vs. Lou Thesz (01/25/52) and generally mark out like school girls about the 50s footage recently uploaded by the Chicago Film Archives.