WANTED! OUT OF WRESTLING – Jimmy Snuka and Buddy Rogers

Buddy Rogers and Snuka Wanted Poster
Buddy Rogers and Snuka Wanted Poster

 

WANTED!  OUT OF WRESTLING
Buddy Rogers and Jimmy Snuka

This wanted poster of Buddy Rogers and Jimmy Snuka when the Nature Boy was managing Jimmy Snuka in Mid Atlantic Wrestling late 1979.

October 17, 1979 Mid-Atlantic TV Taping

“Mr. Wrestling” Tim Woods reemerged saying he was recovering well from his injuries suffered at the hands of Buddy Rogers and Jimmy Snuka

Woods also brought out a “Wanted Poster” that said he wanted both Snuka and Rogers out of wrestling. Woods said he would be distributing these “Wanted Posters,” free of charge, at all of the arenas that he would be going to. Mr. Wrestling was also sporting a Louisville Slugger baseball bat, saying this “new friend” would be insurance for him against a possible third attack by Snuka and Rogers. Finally and quite significantly, Mr. Wrestling removed his white mask voluntarily, saying how much it meant to him and that no one had ever taken the mask off of him, and that he would leave the mask off until he evened the score with Snuka and Rogers. This gesture would show just how seriously Tim Woods was about getting even with Rogers and Snuka!

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Nature Boy Buddy Rogers with Manager Bobby Davis – 1961

Nature Boy Buddy Rogers with Manager Bobby Davis
Nature Boy Buddy Rogers with Manager Bobby Davis

Manager Bobby Davis congratulates the NWA World Champion Nature Boy Buddy Rogers following his 2nd victory over ex-champ Pat O’Connor in Comiskey Park September 1st, 1961

 

 

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On This Date: September 7, 1961 Buddy Rogers Defends NWA World Title Maple Leaf Gardens

Buddy Rogers Maple Leaf Gardens 9-7-61
Buddy Rogers Maple Leaf Gardens 9-7-61

On This Date: September 7, 1961 Buddy Rogers defended the NWA World Title against the challenge of Farmer Townsend at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario.  Also on the card Whipper Watson vs Bulldog Brower.

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Nature Boy Buddy Rogers Breaks Ankle in Montreal vs Killer Kowalski November 1962

Rogers escorted by police after breaking his ankle in Montreal against Kowalski
Rogers escorted by police after breaking his ankle in Montreal against Kowalski

In November of 1962, during a match with Killer Kowalski in Montreal, Canada Buddy Rogers suffered a broken ankle.  In this photo the Nature Boy appears dressed to the nines carrying a cane and sporting a cast on his foot while being escorted by police.

Below are the childhood memories of these events taking place from life long Buddy Rogers fan Bill Casey (now 75) who was a boy at the time.

“He was Muhammad Ali before Ali. My special moment came from watching him around 1961 from at TV outlet in Philly, where the wrestling was a set-up for coming shows at Convention Hall, this before the promotion genius of Vince McMahon. On this day, my 11-yr brother and I watched as Buddy just stopped by. He had broken his ankle in a match in Canada, and was dressed to the nines, great dark suit, expensive shirt and tie complete with cravat, and great jewelry.His cane as I recall was diamond-studded. He said to the announcer in his deep voice that he’d be back soon, as he missed the game. The announcer, who seemed like his friend, added that Buddy certainly didn’t have to come back for financial reasons. Buddy took the mike, looked straight into the camera, and said, “Jim, I just finished telling all the promoters in the Delaware Valley, if any of you fell off my bankroll, you’d break your neck” A classic sell, and my brother, with the innocence of youth said, “Billy, he means that”. Unforgettable.”

-Bill Casey
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A Day At The Beach with Buddy Rogers and The Poffo Family

Buddy Rogers and The Poffos (Lanny, Randy and Angelo) at the beach
Buddy Rogers and The Poffos (Lanny, Randy and Angelo) at the beach

In honor of Labor Day….  A Day at the Beach  with Nature Boy Buddy Rogers, Lanny Poffo (The Genius), Randy Poffo (Macho Man Randy Savage) and their father Angelo Poffo.

 

 

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Buddy Rogers vs Lou Thesz – Rogers Unloads on Thesz

Rogers catches Lou Thesz on the jaw
Rogers catches Lou Thesz on the jaw

This incredible photo shows every muscle in Lou Thesz body contract  as Nature Boy Buddy Rogers connects with a vicious right handed blow to the chin.

 

 

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Herman “Dutch” Rohde (Buddy Rogers) vs Ash Mahoney – Early 1940’s

Herman “Dutch” Rohde (Buddy Rogers) vs Ash Mahoney – Early 1940’s

This match from the early 1940’s saw a very young Herman “Dutch” Rohde face veteran Ash Mahoney.  Dutch would go on to be come the Legendary Nature Boy Buddy Rogers.

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NWA US Champion Buddy Rogers with Promoter Fred Kohler

NWA US Champion Buddy Rogers with Promoter Fred Kohler
NWA US Champion Buddy Rogers with Promoter Fred Kohler

Buddy Rogers holds the National Wrestling Alliance United States championship belt  in this photo with Chicago wrestling promoter Fred Kohler.  Kohler promoted wrestling in Chicago, IL for more than 30 years and was the promoter of the “Match of the Century” at Comiskey Park June 30, 1961 where Buddy Rogers would defeat Pat O’Conner in front of 38,622 fans…  a record that would stand for many years.

 

 

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On This Date: August 30, 1963 Buddy Rogers and Johnny Barend vs Bobo Brazil and Pedro Morales

8-30-1963 Buddy Rogers Asbury Park, NJ
8-30-1963 Buddy Rogers Asbury Park, NJ

In front of a crowd of 5,000 Nature Boy Buddy Rogers and Johnny Barend were victorious over the team of Bobo Brazil and Pedro Morales in the main event at the Asbury Park Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ.  The two out of 3 falls contest ended when Pedro Morales was unable to continue after a leg injury during the third fall.  Bobo Brazil pinned Barend at 18:16 in the first fall before Rogers was able to pin Morales in the second fall at 4:11.

8-30-63 Asbury Park, NJ Buddy Rogers
8-30-63 Asbury Park, NJ Buddy Rogers and Johnny Barend

Also on the card,  Gorilla Monsoon and Diamond Jack defeated Hans the Great Mortier and Wild Red Berry.  Lucas Pestano and Magnificent Maurice drew in their match while Killer Austin defeated Bob Boyer 2 out of 3 falls.

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