Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Worlds Most SCientific Wrestler! Wilbur Snyder!!

WWA and AWA fans remember this man well. Snyder, who crossover from football into the more lucrative Professional Wrestling could use more holds in seconds than most anyone during this time.
Joe Tangero and Joe brunette were his pals.
Most people couldn't see a connection in styles between him and The Worlds Most dangerous Wrestler Dick The Bruiser. Dick was a brawler and Wilbur scientific who could rough it up if need be, actually formed a business venture in 1965 and formed the WWA World Wrestling Association.
Before all this, Wilbur was well known in California, and The Hollywood Legion Stadium!
While there he was among names like Sandor Szabo, Tom Rice, and many others who would come to LA for a big break into the business.
WWA fans packed the house in Indianapolis, Hammond, and house shows in Champaign Illinois, Springfield, and Indiana Armories.
Remember Remington?
Wilbur and Blackjack Lanza would go toe to toe with memorable matches.
Snyder teamed up with The Golden Boy Paul Christy, Yukon Moose Cholak, and Pepper Gomez.
As time went on, Wilbur appeared to lose interest and his craft, and found retirement and playing tennis a better deal.
Selling his portion of the WWA to Dick The Bruiser, Wilbur tried Promoting with dismal results on his own.
Unfortunately for Wilbur, who smoked over 2 packs of cigarettes per day, his health turned for the worse.
In his family life, Wilbur's daughter married Mr. Electricity Steve Regal. His grandchildren kept him busy.
Wilbur passed away 8 weeks after dick, both in Florida.
Sam Menacker and complimented Wilbur saying he was a gentleman in and out of the ring!
We remember The Worlds most Scientific wrestler Wilber Snyder here at Classic Professional Wrestling!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Little Crusher! Little Bruiser!

No, not Little Bruiser!
William Hamilton actually Tagged with Little Bruiser.
Teaming up they took on Bobo Johnson and Cowboy Lang.
They lost the match, but CPW hasn't lost sight of them.
While Little Bruiser from Reno Nevada was a sensational hit in Indianapolis where the had a Six man Tag Match.
Dick The Bruiser, The Crusher and Little Bruiser, vs The Blackjacks and "Pretty Boy" Bobby Heenan.
In an interview I did with Blackjack Mulligan in 2012, BJM told the story of him and Lanza stopping at a small store a week after that six man tag team match, and being booed out practically by the clerks!
The clerks said how could you beat up that little guy!
 Mulligan remembered that the match just aired where they were at on TV.
Mulligan said they were glad to get out of there unscathed!
These little men of the mat had big hearts in the business and will always be remembered by Classic Professional Wrestling!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

"Wild" Red Berry!

Yes, Red was known as the manager of The Fabulous Kangaroos, and he wasn't a great big man in terms of size,but..
Red was also a professional Boxer until a injury sidelined him. Red was a Light heavyweight Champion, but he was a Big Man especially to the folks in Pittsburg Kansas.
Red was cheered at home, but he served he community as a Mayor and was a Shriner and Mason!
Red appeared on TV show but lets remember him for all of the good he did for his community as well as his ring skills.
Red is remembered by a park named after him, but let remember him at CPW by saying he was a Top Manager, and good citizen.
A manager of The Fabulous Kangaroos, Red was respected!Red will always be remembered at CPW!!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Here They Are The Medics!!

You asked for them and here they are!!
The Masked men of The Mat!
The Medics started in 1969 and based themselves in the Central States and Memphis. By 1970 the graduated med School, and now became The Interns!
Managed by my friend and longtime Manager Great, Dr. Ken Ramey, these guys battled whoever steeped into the squared circle with them!
Yes, a few changes in the lineup occurred, but these guys were as tough as nails!
I interviewed The Interns and Dr. Ken Ramey. The Interns described how not only did they have to focus on their opponants, but on protecting Dr. Ken from their opponants and fans!
Not an easy task, but they worked feverishly to keep him safe.
In the line up change, they told me how he became a Intern after a promoter tried to have him injured or unmasked to force him to leave the area.
During a match, his mask was reemoved. he went home ready to hang up his gear.
The next day his phone rang, and it was Dr. Ken, offering this stranger a job but under a mask.
Needless to say, he donned his mask and his rough tough Tag Team ran rampid to the top!
At Classic professional Wrestling, the Medics, the Interns, and my late friend Dr. Ken Ramey, CAC Great will always be remembered!!