November 3, 1957
Waterbury’s B’nai B’rith, whose venture into wrestling promotion several months ago drew a shiny $4,600 gate, hope to top that at their next mat project on Monday, Nov. 18.
And the prospects are bright, judging by the all-star program lined up for staging at Buckingham Hall and proudly labeled by Co-Chmn. Robert Kosowsky and Sol Bernstein as “good enough for Madison Square Garden.”
The Bras City lodge of the national Jewish fraternal order holding the show to raise funds for its charitable foundation, has a quartet of “big names” in a feature tag team match – Antonino Rocca and Ricki Starr vs. Prof. Roy Shire and Dr. Jerry Graham. This tussle will be two out of three falls, with a one-hour limit.
Rocca, from the Argentine, rates as America’s No. 1 grappling attraction via his unique form of acrobatic technique. Starr, a nimble onetime ballet dancer, delights fans with his clever maneuvers and elusiveness. The two will combine their varied talents against two of the game’s more notorious villains in the persons of Professor Shire and Dr. Graham.
A growing Puerto Rican fan element will have a chance to root for countryman Luis Martinez when he tackles another badman, Danny McShain, self-styled “world’s toughest wrestler,” in a semi-final set for two out of three falls, with a 45-minute limit.
Rounding out the slate will be a one-fall 30-minute opener and another bout set for the same route pairing two other well-known matmen, Sandor Kovacs of Hungary and Chief Don Eagle.
The New Haven Arena, running two mat cards a month on every other Saturday, has its next show coming up on Nov. 9.
The most recent Arena presentation finished up with a net gate of $4,400 (gross receipts minus taxes) as the New Haven offerings continued to enjoy prosperity.
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