Inside Wrestling Magazine May 1969 Issue – Nature Boy Buddy Rogers vs Antonino Rocca

Inside Wrestling Magazine May 1969 Issue - Nature Boy Buddy Rogers vs Antonino Rocca
Inside Wrestling Magazine May 1969 Issue – Nature Boy Buddy Rogers vs Antonino Rocca

Inside Wrestling Magazine – May 1963
Antonino Rocca vs. Buddy Rogers

February 17, 1963 – New York City

‘My Toughest Bout”
Written and approved by Antonino Rocca

The one thing Buddy Rogers could not stand was to have an opponent twist and bend his legs. I learned that the first time I was in the ring with Rogers, and everytime I was in with him after that I centered my attack on his legs. The reason i call this particular match in NEW York with Buddy “the toughest I haver had” is because he was ready for me then as he had never been ready before. He had figured out a defens for his legs and he bugged me with it all night. Every time I even looked at his legs he took a step towards me and brought his knee up into my body. During that whole bout I was never able to touch his legs. Of course he was fooling me all the time, and I kept asking the referee to disqualify him. But the referee let him get away with it. When I got back to the dressing room my body was covered in lumps and every time I look a breath it felt like somebody was sticking a knife into me. This a bouth a want to forget.

Rogers was a master at choking opponents in such a way that the referee seldom caught him in the act. I spit blood for a whole month after this bout. I worked a lot on Buddy’s arms with the idea of neutralizing his attacks. The stragegy slowed him down only a little. I knew I had him when I raised him to my shoulders bounced him up and down a few times, spun around as fast as I could to make him dizzy, then slammed him to the mat just as hard as I could. The first fall was mine. You can see the condition Rogers was in after he hit the floor. I should have walked away with his title that night and I would have had it if it had not been for a referee whom I still say was blind.

 

 

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On This Day: November 13, 1979 – Nature Boy Buddy Rogers and Jimmy Snuka vs Blackjack Mulligan and Mr Wrestling Tim Woods – Raleigh, North Carolina

Rogers and Studd vs Mulligan and Woods
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On This Day: Nature Boy Buddy Rogers and Jimmy Snuka (subbing for Big John Studd) faced Blackjack Mulligan and Mr Wrestling Tim  Woods at the Dorton Arena, Tuesday November 13, 1979.  NWA Mid-Atlantic Wrestling.  Mulligan and Woods would win when Rogers and Snuka were disqualified.

 

 

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Glory Days of Wrestling DVD Cover – Nature Boy Buddy Rogers

Glory Days of Wrestling DVD Cover
Glory Days of Wrestling DVD Cover

The cover of Glory Days of Wrestling DVD featuring Nature Boy Buddy Rogers.  This DVD contained the NWA World Heavyweight title match between Nature Boy Buddy Rogers and champion Pat O’Connor from Chicago IL where Buddy would become the world champion.

 

 

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American Tag Team Champions – The Great Scott and Buddy Rogers

American Tag Team Champions - The Great Scott and Buddy Rogers
American Tag Team Champions – The Great Scott and Buddy Rogers

Nature Boy Buddy Rogers and The Great Scott (George Scott) held the Mid West Wrestling Association Tag Team Titles on three occasions.  The title belt in this photo appears to be the belt that would go on to become the NWA United States championship and later the very first World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF – WWF- WWE)  heavyweight title held by the Nature Boy.

 

 

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NWA Champions – Nature Boy Buddy Rogers and Pat O’Connor

2 NWA World Champions Pat O'Connor and Buddy Rogers
2 NWA World Champions Pat O’Connor and Buddy Rogers

Nature Boy Buddy Rogers poses with the man he defeated for the National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Title. Rogers and O’Connor wrestled in front of over 38,000 fans in Chicago, IL when The Nature Boy defeated O’Connor in 2 out of 3 falls.

 

 

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Nature Boy Buddy Rogers vs Whipper Billy Watson – Maple Leaf Gardens – Toronto 1956

Nature Boy Buddy Rogers vs Whipper Billy Watson - Maple Leaf Gardens - Toronto 1956
Nature Boy Buddy Rogers vs Whipper Billy Watson – Maple Leaf Gardens – Toronto 1956

Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario Canada 1956 Whipper Watson with the ‘Canuck Commando’ on Buddy Rogers.  Watson had just lost the NWA title back to Lou Thesz 3 weeks earlier.  When Rogers had made the challenge for the match, watson was still champion but would lose the title to Thesz the next day.

The Nature Boy and Watson would finally meet for the NWA World Title at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1961 when Buddy defended his championship winning via disqualification.

Rogers would make 8 successful title defenses at the Maple Leaf Gardens before losing the title to Lou Thesz there on January 24,  1963

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Rogers Corner – Nature Boy Buddy Rogers interviews Captain Lou Albano – What Happened to Lou?

On this episode of the Rogers Corner, Nature Boy Buddy Rogers’ guest is Captain Lou Albano.  Buddy gives Lou is best ‘This is Your Life” treatment as only he can with What Happened to Lou?

 

 

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On This Date: November 1, 1979 – Rogers, Studd, Snuka, Patera vs Flair, Mulligan, Steamboat and Mystery Partner – Norfolk, VA

The Rogers Army in 8 Man Tag Team Action
The Rogers Army in 8 Man Tag Team Action

On This Date: November 1, 1979 Nature Boy Buddy Rogers and the Rogers Army (Big John Studd, Ken Patera and Jimmy Snuka) we set to battle with Ric Flair, Blackjack Mulligan, Ricky Steamboat and a Mystery Partner when Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling came to the Scope Coliseum and Norfolk, VA.  Due to injury Jay Youngblood would fill in for Steamboat and the big news “Mr Wrestling” Tim Woods returning to action to get his revenge on Rogers and his army.

 

 

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On This Date: October 31, 1961 – Nature Boy Buddy Rogers Defends NWA Title Against Duke Keomuka – Dallas Texas

Buddy Rogers defended NWA World Title against Duke Keomuka
Buddy Rogers defended NWA World Title against Duke Keomuka

On this date: Tuesday October 31, 1961 Nature Boy Buddy Rogers successfully defended his National Wrestling Alliance World Heavy Weight Championship against the challenge of Duke Keomuka (Hisao Tanaka) at the legendary Sportatorium in Dallas, Texas.

 

 

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