Saturday, December 10, 2016

Gorgeous George is Coming ! 1948

The Gorgeous one wrestled in Toronto quite a few times from his first appearance here in 1948 to his last in 1961, including the famous Retirement (Whipper Watson) vs Hair (George) bout in 1956 covered at Gary Will's TWH - Watson vs George

On his first appearance at MLG in 1948 there was quite a bit of anticipation for his bout against Larry Moquin.

In a sidebar in the Sports pages it mentioned Frank Tunney sidekick and Promoter Sammy Sobel saying about George 'He's completely marvelous, in 40 years around wrestling mats I ain't seen anything like him' to which Tunney replied 'Wait until he taps you for 30% of the gross and see if you still consider him marvelous' to which the author adds 'Sammy fainted and was borne away by grinning servitors'

9,000 fans came out to see him beat Moquin and Frank Tunney announced he would 'take a chance' by matching George against his top man Whipper.

A week later he would meet Whipper for the first time. Attendance wasn't listed but this time George was on the losing end to the 'top man' in Toronto.  Whipper wins the bout with a backslam off the ropes at just over 11 minutes into the bout.
































































1 comment:

  1. I have an autograph from Whipper Watson that he signed in the book Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George. There are three photos of the hair cutting ordeal.

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