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Wrestling History: What happened on November 19th?
2022/11/19 6:002022/11/19 0:00
Wrestling History: What happened on November 18th?
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Wrestling History: What happened on November 17th?
2022/11/17 6:002022/11/17 0:00
Oldschool: Oldschool Updates #5: All Smiles and Power Slams
2022/11/16 12:382022/11/16 6:38
Wrestling History: What happened on November 16th?
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Wrestling History: What happened on November 15th?
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Wrestling History: What happened on November 14th?
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Wrestling History: What happened on November 13th?
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Wrestling History: What happened on November 12th?
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Wrestling History: What happened on November 11th?
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Oldschool: Oldschool Updates #5: All Smiles and Power Slams
Welcome back to Oldschool Updates where we review pre-1985 content that was added to the database in the past week.

History Nugget
Reading, Pennsylvania wasn’t exactly a hotbed of wrestling in the early 1930s, so it was with some trepidation that Joe Kennedy entered the promotional game in the city. His first show was scheduled for October 6, 1931 but was later postponed a week to secure a better group of wrestlers for his initial offering.

The original card looked like this:

30-Minute Bouts
Dr. Ralph Wilson vs. Dick Plummer
Hans Steinke vs. Willie Davis
45-Minute Bout
Floyd Marshall vs. Pat O'Shocker
One Fall to Finish
Karl Pojello vs Tom Drake

This turned out to be very different from what was presented on October 13. Of the eight scheduled wrestlers, only Pojello and Steinke, the giant German showed up. 5 of those eight appeared in New York City instead.

Kennedy was so perturbed when the shipment of grapplers arrived that he wanted to call off the show, but the Commissioners wouldn’t allow it. Kennedy had booked the wrestlers through matchmaker Ray Fabiani of Philadelphia, and announced from the ring that customers would get a refund if they didn’t want to watch the substitute matches. No one took him up on the offer.

Still, Kennedy was so disgusted with the perceived slight from Fabiani that all future wrestling offerings were cancelled and he turned his attention solely to boxing instead.

The show had to go on, and the customers, few as they were, seemed to highly enjoy the show, especially the main event.

Pojello, of Chicago, slammed Fred Carone, of New York, to the mat in 27 minutes and 21 seconds. The Chicagoan and the New Yorker squared away and clashed. They went to the mat. Pojello was trying for a toe hold. Carone snapped out of it, and they put on a tumbling act in mid-ring. They clinched and did a sort of teeter-totter that had the crowd shouting lustily.

Pojello turned what appeared to be a handspring in escaping from a body scissors. He again wriggled Carone’s toes but without serious consequence, other than to bring a few groans and grunts from the New Yorker.

The lad from Gotham appeared to be tiring and Pojello grabbed him and started a series of body slams. Carone was socked on the back of the neck and tossed all over the mat for about two minutes when he landed flush on the old shoulders and was through with that particular wrestling match.

According to Toots Mondt, Pojello was not just capable within the squared circle, as the following story from the October 16, 1931 edition of the Reading Times illustrates.

Carl Pojello, who won the headline match on the opening mat program, is not regarded by other wrestlers as a particularly strong man – although measured by normal standards he is far above the average. His greatest asset on the mat is said to be his speed.

When dressed for the street, the 190-pound Chicagoan does not show his weight. He is a natty dresser, soft spoken and habitually pleasant.

This, according to a story Toots Mondt gave newspaper men in Philadelphia the other day, led to the undoing of some New York rowdies on a recent date.

While in New York some time since Carl stepped into a small restaurant, and, because he was unfamiliar with the neighborhood, discovered that the place was about fourth rate. The spaghetti, however, was good and the former light-heavyweight champ was enjoying himself until he discovered that four rough-looking customers at a nearby table, who had evidently been breaking the law as laid down by Volstead, were looking for trouble. (Ed. Note: The National Prohibition Act, known informally as the Volstead Act, was designed to carry out the intent of the 18th Amendment, which established the prohibition of alcoholic drinks.)

Now Pojello is not a belligerent person, and so he paid no attention to the jibes flung at him, trying to look as pleasant as possible as he finished his repast. Then he started for the door and unfortunately (for the rough necks) had to pass their table on the way out.

As he did so one of them stuck out his foot, and Carl sprawled on his face. His tormentors roared with glee – for about three seconds, after which they roared no more.

For Pojello leaped, jerked the man who had tripped him to his feet, and before that worthy knew what it was all about, he had been caught in a crotch and half Nelson, raised shoulder high and “body slammed” right in the middle of his table, which collapsed in a rain of broken dishes.

Calmly wiping his hands on his handkerchief, Carl walked to the counter, flung his check and a bill on the counter, and departed, still smiling pleasantly and apparently at peace with the world. No one attempted to stop him either.

Karl Pojello would later promote shows across the globe and bring many prominent wrestlers to the US, most famously the French Angel, Maurice Tillet.

Notable new and updated shows
North Attleboro 1973, 1974
Another batch of WWWF shows from the seventies, this time from North Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Notable stars: Bobby Duncum, Chief Jay Strongbow, Larry Hennig, Blackjack Lanza, and Haystacks Calhoun.

Tulsa 1933 and 1935
More shows from Tulsa, Oklahoma from a time where promoter Sam Avey presented the top stars of the junior- and light-heavyweight divisions, while Stan Sellers put on the heavyweights at the Fairgrounds, Downtown Arena, and other venues.
Notable stars: Hugh Nichols, Frank Wolff, LeRoy McGuirk, Chief Saunooke, and Roughhouse Nelson

Vancouver, Washington 1933 and 1934
Not to be confused with its more illustrous Canadian namesake, Vancouver, Washington held weekly shows for large parts of 1933 and 1934.
Notable stars: Herman Olson, Cecil McGill, Cliff Thiede, Leo Jensen, and Pat Callahan.

Canton 1917
Don Luce writes in with yet another interesting look on the wrestling world of old. This time the lens is directed at Canton, Ohio, where many current and, especially, future megastars would present their wares during 1917.
Notable stars: Jim Londos, Alan Eustace, Billy Hallas, Ivan Linow, and George Kotsonaros

Wichita 1959 and 1963.
More updates to the happenings in Wichita, Kansas. In addition to the two years linked above, several other years had missing bits and pieces added to the database.
Notable stars: Dick Hutton, Angelo Savoldi, Mike DiBiase, Rock Hunter, and Pat O'Connor.

Notable profile updates
Four wrestlers passed the 1000 match threshold this past week: Pete Belcastro, Silent Rattan, Yaqui Joe, and Walter Stratton
A new alias was discovered for Elmer Estep.
New biographical information was added for Charlie Lutkie
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