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List Of Countries With Surviving Pre-1970 Pro-Wrestling Footage

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As the title of this topic suggests, I'm attempting to make a list of all the countries that have surviving professional wrestling footage from before the year 1970. I'll be using this post for it so it's easier for those interested to locate it. I'll also leave a reply at the bottom of the topic to notify members of any recent updates to it. Here's what I've come up with so far:

List Of Countries With Surviving Pre-1970 Pro-Wrestling Footage

A

- Argentina
- Australia
- Austria

B

- Belgium
- Bolivia
- Brazil

C

- Canada
- Colombia
- Czechoslovakia

D

- Denmark

F

- Finland
- France

G

- Germany
- Greece

I

- Ireland
- Italy

J

- Japan

M

- Mexico

N

- New Zealand

R

- Rhodesia
- Russia

S

- South Africa
- Spain
- Switzerland

U

- United Kingdom
- United States

If anyone knows of any countries I'm missing from the list then please let me know!

 

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There's a pretty good amount, between filmed highlights as well as some TV that's been released on video--maybe not full episodes, but healthy chunks of them.

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UPDATE - The latest addition to the list in the first post is Mexico.

While I'd known for some time that lucha libre footage from before the year 1970 existed, I wasn't 100% sure or not if there are only clips floating around or actual TV footage, however, last night whilst browsing YouTube I came across this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyMGlyMgSyQ&fbclid=IwAR3K3vjljnhI4f8QMhxoImZGQJVqqjTgEf99oqtA8aajpxu_yKpRP7vVdMQ

It's Rene Guajardo & Espanto Segundo -vs- Black Shadow & Rolando Vera from 1966. It's joined-in-progress but has the last seven minutes of the match without interruption and appears to have been taken from a TV show. This is the most complete pre-1970 lucha footage I've ever seen!

 

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There's a complete match in the 1962 film Santo vs. las Mujeres Vampiro. It was done specifically for the movie, but it appears to be an actual worked wrestling match and not choreographed beforehand. From what I've seen so far, 60s lucha looks awesome. Lots of gritty brawling.

 

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On 2/2/2020 at 4:18 PM, NintendoLogic said:

There's a complete match in the 1962 film Santo vs. las Mujeres Vampiro. It was done specifically for the movie, but it appears to be an actual worked wrestling match and not choreographed beforehand. From what I've seen so far, 60s lucha looks awesome. Lots of gritty brawling.

 

That's pretty cool, I didn't know that. Still I wouldn't count it as a proper match though since it isn't part of an actual show or anything in the traditional sense.

 

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It seems significant to me that the lucha footage is from Monterrey. I imagine there was some lucha on TV outside of Mexico City from 1956 onward, just as there was in the 1980s, but who knows how much? I have read that when lucha began being broadcast on TV in the 1950s, it was popular that it was on television four times a week. But that only lasted a few years until it was banned from television. 

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On 2/3/2020 at 2:05 PM, ohtani's jacket said:

It seems significant to me that the lucha footage is from Monterrey. I imagine there was some lucha on TV outside of Mexico City from 1956 onward, just as there was in the 1980s, but who knows how much? I have read that when lucha began being broadcast on TV in the 1950s, it was popular that it was on television four times a week. But that only lasted a few years until it was banned from television. 

Yeah I've been told before that there was lucha libre on TV outside of Mexico City pre-1970, I don't know how long it lasted for though. It was shown in Los Angeles in the 1960s also. Still it's heartening to know that some TV from that period does exist.

 

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UPDATE - I've decided to remove Iraq from the list of countries in the first post. I believe the three matches that are known to exist, that I originally thought were from the late 1960s, are more likely from the very early 1970s, therefore they don't actually fit the criteria of this topic.

 

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On 2/14/2020 at 10:21 PM, ohtani's jacket said:

One of the dates on YouTube for a Campbell match is 3/19/70.

That fits the timeline of Al-Kaissie returning to Iraq in 1969. 

I actually noticed that myself. On that same video in the comments section someone is claiming that year is wrong too and that it's actually from 1971 so I dunno which is the correct year.

 

On 2/14/2020 at 10:58 PM, elliott said:

Thank you all for this thread! It's really cool! Great work, everyone!

You're very much welcome!

 

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Re: Australia,

There IS a film archive there. And if you look here, it looks like they have 9 episodes from the 60s, at least:

http://colsearch.nfsa.gov.au/nfsa/search/display/display.w3p;page=2;query=wrestling Media%3A"Television" Category%3A"Sport";rec=6;resCount=10

I just don't think we can get our hands on it.

(Also a bunch of 60s World Championship Wrestling maybe?): http://colsearch.nfsa.gov.au/nfsa/search/summary/summary.w3p;page=4;query=wrestling Media%3A"Television" Category%3A"Sport";querytype=Category%3ASport;resCount=10

 
[TOP TELEVISION WRESTLING : DOCUMENTATION]   Production company: ATN 7 (Television Station : Sydney)
Media: Documentation   Produced as: Series
 
    TOP TELEVISION WRESTLING. EP. 06, 1962.09.19   (1991)   Production company: ATN 7 (Television Station : Sydney)
In match no. 01 John Devertakis weighing 215 pounds is contesting against Ron Fury weighing 225 pounds. In match no. 02 Paul Vashcon weighing 248 pounds is contesting against Johnnie Apollo weighing ... ( more )
Media: Television   Produced as: Series
 
    TOP TELEVISION WRESTLING. MATCH NO. 01, 1962.07.24   (1962)   Production company: ATN 7 (Television Station : Sydney)
In contest no. 01 The Zebra Kid weighing 337 pounds is wrestling against Dale Lewis weighing 239 pounds. In contest no 02 Paul Vaschon weighing 240 pounds is wrestling against Salvatori Saviolli ... ( more )
Media: Television   Produced as: Series
 
    TOP TELEVISION WRESTLING. MATCH NO. 02, 1962.07.24   (1962)   Production company: ATN 7 (Television Station : Sydney)
Two matches shown 1. Dale Lewis (Wisconsin) Verses Paul Vachon (the Lumberjack from Vancover 2. Salvatori Saviolli Verses the Zebra Kid Commentators : Ray Connelly and Dick Raines
Media: Television   Produced as: Series
 
    TOP TELEVISION WRESTLING. MATCH NO. 03, 1962.08.07   (1962)   Production company: ATN 7 (Television Station : Sydney)
Two matches shown. 1. Bruce Milne (Australia) Verses Salvitori Saviolli (Italy) 2. Johnnie Apollo (Greece) verses Ron Fury (Australia) Referee Ron Hanson Commentators Ray Connelly and Dick Raines
Media: Television   Produced as: Series
 
    TOP TELEVISION WRESTLING. MATCH NO. 04, 1962.08.07   (1962)   Production company: HSV 7 (Television Station : Melbourne, Vic.)   ... ( more )
Two matches shown. 1. Bruce Millner Verses Paul Vachon (the Lumberjack from Vancover, Canada 2. The Zebra Kid (Ohio) Verses Johnnie Apollo (Greece) Commentators : Ray Connelly and Dick ... ( more )
Media: Television   Produced as: Series
 
    TOP TELEVISION WRESTLING. MATCH NO. 05, 1962.08.21   (1962)   Production company: ATN 7 (Television Station : Sydney)
Tag team wrestling match. Murray Weideman (Aust) and Salvatori Saviolli (Italy)verses The Zebra Kid and Paul Vachon. Commentators : Dick raines and Ray Connelly
Media: Television   Produced as: Series
 
    TOP TELEVISION WRESTLING. MATCH NO. 06, 1962.08.21   (1962)   Production company: ATN 7 (Television Station : Sydney)
A tag wrestling match. Johnnie Apollo (Greece) and Nicoli Zagona (Bulgaria) verses Murray Weideman (Aust) and Paul Vachon (Canada) Commentators : Dick Raines and Ray Connelly
Media: Television   Produced as: Series
 
   

TOP TELEVISION WRESTLING. MATCH NO. 07, 1962.09.06   (1962)   Production company: ATN 7 (Television Station : Sydney)
Wrestling Tag match between The Zebra Kid and Paul Vachon verses Johnnie Apollo and Salvatori Saviolli The match ends in a draw. Commentators Dick Raines and Ray Connelly Referee Ron Hanson
Media: Television   Produced as: Series

 

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On 3/18/2020 at 2:16 AM, Matt D said:

Re: Australia,

There IS a film archive there. And if you look here, it looks like they have 9 episodes from the 60s, at least:

http://colsearch.nfsa.gov.au/nfsa/search/display/display.w3p;page=2;query=wrestling Media%3A"Television" Category%3A"Sport";rec=6;resCount=10

I just don't think we can get our hands on it.

(Also a bunch of 60s World Championship Wrestling maybe?): http://colsearch.nfsa.gov.au/nfsa/search/summary/summary.w3p;page=4;query=wrestling Media%3A"Television" Category%3A"Sport";querytype=Category%3ASport;resCount=10

  Hide contents
[TOP TELEVISION WRESTLING : DOCUMENTATION]   Production company: ATN 7 (Television Station : Sydney)
Media: Documentation   Produced as: Series
 
    TOP TELEVISION WRESTLING. EP. 06, 1962.09.19   (1991)   Production company: ATN 7 (Television Station : Sydney)
In match no. 01 John Devertakis weighing 215 pounds is contesting against Ron Fury weighing 225 pounds. In match no. 02 Paul Vashcon weighing 248 pounds is contesting against Johnnie Apollo weighing ... ( more )
Media: Television   Produced as: Series
 
    TOP TELEVISION WRESTLING. MATCH NO. 01, 1962.07.24   (1962)   Production company: ATN 7 (Television Station : Sydney)
In contest no. 01 The Zebra Kid weighing 337 pounds is wrestling against Dale Lewis weighing 239 pounds. In contest no 02 Paul Vaschon weighing 240 pounds is wrestling against Salvatori Saviolli ... ( more )
Media: Television   Produced as: Series
 
    TOP TELEVISION WRESTLING. MATCH NO. 02, 1962.07.24   (1962)   Production company: ATN 7 (Television Station : Sydney)
Two matches shown 1. Dale Lewis (Wisconsin) Verses Paul Vachon (the Lumberjack from Vancover 2. Salvatori Saviolli Verses the Zebra Kid Commentators : Ray Connelly and Dick Raines
Media: Television   Produced as: Series
 
    TOP TELEVISION WRESTLING. MATCH NO. 03, 1962.08.07   (1962)   Production company: ATN 7 (Television Station : Sydney)
Two matches shown. 1. Bruce Milne (Australia) Verses Salvitori Saviolli (Italy) 2. Johnnie Apollo (Greece) verses Ron Fury (Australia) Referee Ron Hanson Commentators Ray Connelly and Dick Raines
Media: Television   Produced as: Series
 
    TOP TELEVISION WRESTLING. MATCH NO. 04, 1962.08.07   (1962)   Production company: HSV 7 (Television Station : Melbourne, Vic.)   ... ( more )
Two matches shown. 1. Bruce Millner Verses Paul Vachon (the Lumberjack from Vancover, Canada 2. The Zebra Kid (Ohio) Verses Johnnie Apollo (Greece) Commentators : Ray Connelly and Dick ... ( more )
Media: Television   Produced as: Series
 
    TOP TELEVISION WRESTLING. MATCH NO. 05, 1962.08.21   (1962)   Production company: ATN 7 (Television Station : Sydney)
Tag team wrestling match. Murray Weideman (Aust) and Salvatori Saviolli (Italy)verses The Zebra Kid and Paul Vachon. Commentators : Dick raines and Ray Connelly
Media: Television   Produced as: Series
 
    TOP TELEVISION WRESTLING. MATCH NO. 06, 1962.08.21   (1962)   Production company: ATN 7 (Television Station : Sydney)
A tag wrestling match. Johnnie Apollo (Greece) and Nicoli Zagona (Bulgaria) verses Murray Weideman (Aust) and Paul Vachon (Canada) Commentators : Dick Raines and Ray Connelly
Media: Television   Produced as: Series
 
   

TOP TELEVISION WRESTLING. MATCH NO. 07, 1962.09.06   (1962)   Production company: ATN 7 (Television Station : Sydney)
Wrestling Tag match between The Zebra Kid and Paul Vachon verses Johnnie Apollo and Salvatori Saviolli The match ends in a draw. Commentators Dick Raines and Ray Connelly Referee Ron Hanson
Media: Television   Produced as: Series

 

Wow! Thanks for posting this Matt. I'm fairly sure the World Championship Wrestling stuff is already out there although I could be wrong. The other stuff pre-dates WCW though, there are several of those matches out there already too but not all of them that I'm aware of. I've got a contact in Australia who may be able to help us, leave it with me.

 

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8 minutes ago, legace said:

Wow! Thanks for posting this Matt. I'm fairly sure the World Championship Wrestling stuff is already out there although I could be wrong. The other stuff pre-dates WCW though, there are several of those matches out there already too but not all of them that I'm aware of. I've got a contact in Australia who may be able to help us, leave it with me.

 

Hey, great. There could be other things in that archive too. I just gave it a few cursory searches to see what I could find. There are probably a few more national archives out there to mine (I found that one through: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_film_archives but nothing else jumped out immediately).

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On 3/20/2020 at 11:50 PM, Matt D said:

Hey, great. There could be other things in that archive too. I just gave it a few cursory searches to see what I could find. There are probably a few more national archives out there to mine (I found that one through: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_film_archives but nothing else jumped out immediately).

I never actually thought of searching for film archives from each country, that's a great idea! Who knows what could be unearthed by doing that?!

 

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On 5/2/2020 at 1:54 PM, ohtani's jacket said:

Spain only has newsreel clips. I have been watching them the past few days. Some are silent and some have sound. 

Thanks for the info OJ! I'll add Spain to the list in the first post.

 

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UPDATE - The latest additions to the list in the first post are Bolivia and Colombia.

Also I've removed Sweden from the list. The footage that I was told is Swedish is actually Finnish so Sweden no longer fits the criteria of the topic.

 

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