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This section features a collection of articles, photos and other items from professional wrestling history. It will be updated often and we invite you to visit regularly.

We welcome your comments and suggestions. We especially invite museum benefactors to contact us about displaying your memorabilia with us.

Click the picture to see a bigger version of the picture. The hyperlinks in the descriptions show where you can find these stars in the WrestlingClassics.com Video Store.

Professional wrestling lost one of its true legends when the King of Men, Classie Freddie Blassie passed away. One of the controversy was the erroneous report that Blassie was a ring name. Georgiann Makropoulos of 1wrestling.com offers proof that Blassie was the family name in this letter that Fred sent to her . Click the thumbnail on the left to see the letter. It will expand even further in most browsers.
Get a Grip with Buddy Rogers

Buddy Rogers was one of the first wrestlers to regularly use “flying moves” such as body slams, pile drivers, drop kicks and ricochets off the ropes into his opponents.  The action moves are commonplace today.

Buddy Rogers with U.S. Belt 

According to Lou Thesz, the motto Buddy Rogers lived by was, “use your friends and be nice to your enemies, so your enemies will become your friends, and you can use the too!”.

Young Buddy Rogers 

Buddy Rogers, a former New Jersey cop whose real name was Herman Rhode, broke into the wrestling business around 1941.  According to accounts of the time he had little more than a good body and natural charisma.

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Buddy Rogers’ ties to the McMahon family and the WWF go all the way back to that organization’s beginnings.  Rogers reign as their first champion lasted a mere 47seconds until he lost the title to Bruno Sammartino (C-2).

 Rogers interviewing Don Mauraco

Buddy Rogers (B-46) had to check himself out of the cardiac unit of a hospital to defend his title against Bruno Sammartino (B-8).  For that reason the match lasted only 47 seconds, giving fans an impression that Bruno was, by far, the better man. That stunt effectively ended Rogers’ career.

 Rogers arm bars Rocca Two of the biggest box office draws of the 1950’s, Buddy Rogers and Argentina Rocca couldn’t really wrestle a lick, but both had charisma. 
Rogers with NWA belt 

According to Lou Thesz in his book Hooker, Buddy Rogers “had a natural feel for his audience".  While he didn’t fully trust him, Thesz goes as far as to call Rogers “the best performer our business ever had.”

 Buddy Rogers with trophy

Most fans remember Buddy Rogers as a great wrestler.  Few fans of that era however, realized just how powerful he was behind the scenes as a booker.

Koloff dresses up as Dracula Ivan Koloff does his best Dracula imitation for the camera.  Several of his matches are available in our , IWA and South Atlantic Pro Wrestling Collections.
Koloff battles Jones  Ivan Koloff batters one his best friends, Paul Jones in a Mid-Atlantic confrontation.
 Koloff appearing at a Spartanburg TV taping Ivan Koloff makes his way to the ring during a Mid-Atlantic TV Taping in Spartanburg SC on Sept. 2, 1987.
koloff_hands_raised.jpg (21973 bytes)  Many fans today have forgotten that Ivan Koloff once held the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship.
Koloff up close  Before he became a mainstay for the IWA, Ivan Koloff was a star in Jim Crockett’s Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling.
 koloff_ivan_with_flag.jpg (10436 bytes) Someone once Ivan Koloff how to sound like a Russian.  “Simple,” he said, “just talk like you’ve got a mouth full of marbles!”
koloff_pulls_jones_hair.jpg (10933 bytes)  You can use our Video Search Engine to see all the matches we have featuring this week’s features wrestler, Ivan Koloff.
 Paul Jones twists Slater

In this shot, one of the biggest stars of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling, Paul Jones, faces one of the biggest stars of Georgia Championship Wrestling, Dick Slater.

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Paul Jones has wrestled every world champion from Jack Brisco to Ric Flair.

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Paul Jones' career wasn't limited to just the United States. Early on he was a frequent visitor to Japan, facing all the top stars including the Giant Baba.

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Of all the men with whom he worked, Paul Jones' favorite opponent was Johnny Valentine.

bruiser_dick_ernie_ladd.jpg (9502 bytes) As #99 for the old San Diego Chargers, the Big Cat Ernie Ladd was one of football's first "bonus babies." In Before They Were Stars1, he abuses a youngster named Terry Meeca. A few years later this same young boy broke on to the national scene as Freebird Terry "Bam-Bam" Gordy.
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Before he assumed the Magnum TA persona, Terry Allen wrestled in Texas. In Before They Were Stars1, he takes on AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkle.

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The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels thrilled fans with high high-flying tactics in & out of the ring. Early in his career however, it was a different story. In Before They Were Stars1, he's just starting to show his potential as he wrestles before the hometown crowd.

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Jake Roberts is one of the "stars" of the newly released docu-drama Beyond the Mat. In Before They Were Stars1, you can see him refining his persona as a part of Cowboy Bill Watts' Mid-South Wrestling.

Valentine elbows Stasiak

As a fan favorite in Detroit one of Johnny Valentine's early foes as Stan Stasiak.

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Ric Flair's bloody head is "ground zero" for one of Wahoo McDaniel's big chops during a title match.

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Terry won the NWA title from Jack Brisco in Miami. That match and many more are a part of the all-new the Legend of Terry Funk available now.

 

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