Sunday, March 21, 2010

Bruno vs Buddy 1962

Bruno Sammartino came into Toronto quite early in his career and became one of the big stars of the era. After debuting at MLG in Mar 1962 Bruno earned a title bout vs NWA Champion Buddy Rogers on July 12 losing the bout when he could not continue. 

The rematch on Aug 2 saw the same result but in reverse. Bruno caught Rogers with a low blow but wouldn't accept the belt on those terms. A second rematch on Aug 30 saw the same result as the first bout. 

Bruno would also face Thesz for the NWA belt in Toronto but would ultimately end up catching Rogers in NYC with the famous 48 second WWWF Title win in May 1963. 

62/07/12 Maple Leaf Gardens , Toronto, ON
NWA TITLE: Buddy Rogers WCNC Bruno Sammartino 15:00
Sweet Daddy Siki WCOR Gino Marella 11:48
Yukon Eric W Big Bob Stanlee 9:13
Mr. Kleen W Nikita Kalmikoff 11:09
Taro Sakuro D Tony Marino 20:00
Stan Stasiak D Ray Gordon 20:00

*credit Gary Will

"Rogers Recovers-Just In Time"
Over 10,000 fans roared, cheered and jeered, and had themselves a ball as promoter Frank Tunney ended his mid-summer pro wrestling season last night at Maple Leaf Gardens with an outstanding card. World champion (NWA) Buddy Rogers recovers from the blind staggers in time to beat the ten count after he and the challenging Bruno Sammartino knocked each other out when they crashed head on. To the delight of the Italian fans, Bruno gave The Champ a rough time with his reverse headlock and body-slams. Bruno matched Rogers' recoveries with several nifty movements of his own. The Champ's ability to take it and come back, plus his experience, made the difference.


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