Sunday Press March 7, 1982 -Atlantic City, NJ – Nature Boy Buddy Rogers – Playboy Hotel and Casino

Sunday Press March 7, 1982 -Atlantic City, NJ - Nature Boy Buddy Rogers - Playboy Hotel and Casino
Sunday Press March 7, 1982 -Atlantic City, NJ – Nature Boy Buddy Rogers – Playboy Hotel and Casino

Newspaper article from March 7, 1982 Sunday Press Atlantic City, NJ

Buddy Rogers, now a host for the high rollers at the Playboy Hotel & Casino, began a flamboyant wrestling career on July 4, 1940, at the old Garden Pier in Atlantic City.



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Nature Boy Buddy Rogers -vs- Killer Kowalski – November 1962 Montreal, Quebec

Buddy Rogers vs Killer Kowalski 1962 Montreal, Quebec
Buddy Rogers vs Killer Kowalski 1962 Montreal, Quebec

Magazine coverage of a battle between Nature Boy Buddy Rogers and Killer Kowalski from Montreal, Quebec – November 1962

Killer Kowalski dominates his match against Buddy rogers from the beginning. He’s using every legal and illegal trick in his vast repertoire. In a matter of minutes Rogers has become a bloody mess.

Kowalski keeps battering away at Rogers until the referee finally ends the punishment. But Rogers, whose pride is hurt much more than his body, isn’t about to let it stop at this.

Buddy has grabbed a chair and is assaulting Kowalski with it! Killer is down, but Rogers refuses to stop. Men are pouring into the ring, trying to pull Rogers off the fallen wrestler!

Rogers is being dragged away from his victim but Kowalski isn’t moving. The referee has called for the stretcher and they’re holding Rogers back as Kowalski is carried to the waiting ambulance.


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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 Date: August 21, 1961 Buddy Rogers defended NWA World Title against Johnny Valentine

8/21/1961 Capitol Wrestling Corporation – Freeport, NY – Freeport Stadium (attendance 2,695)

Rogers Tops Valentine
Buddy Rogers defends World Title against Johnny Valentine

Rogers Tops Valentine

Yesterday’s early Inclement
weather did not deter 2.695
wrestling fans from appearing
at the second outdoor show’ of
the season at Freeport Stadium
last night. These hardy aficianados
were treated to a wild
main event in which Nature
Boy Buddy Rogers defeated
Johnny Valentine In 18 minutes
and 25 seconds.

Antonio Rocca and Bruno
Sammartino drew with Mark
Lewin and Don Curtis in one of
the tag team co-features. Bob
Orton and Bobby Davis defeated
Sweet Daddy Siki and
Sailor Art Thomas.

In other bouts Skull Murphy
wrestled to a 20-minute draw
with Billy Darnell. Bill Zbyszko
pinned Angel Savoldi and
Arnold Skaaland pinned Tony


Full Card Results

08/21/1961 CWC – Freeport, NY – Freeport Stadium (2,695)
Arnold Skaaland (pin) Tony Altimore
Bill Zbyszko (pin) Angelo Savoldi
Skull Murphy (20min limit draw) Billy Darnell
Bob Orton & Bobby Davis def Sweet Daddy Siki & Sailor Art Thomas
Antonino Rocca & Bruno Sammartino draw Mark Lewin & Don Curtis
NWA World Heavyweight Title: Buddy Rogers* (18:25) Johnny Valentine


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Golden Moment – Nature Boy vs Nature Boy – Wrestling 87

An article from Wrestling 87 magazine covering the Battle of the Nature Boys

AS A YOUTH, Ric Flair idolized “Nature Boy” Buddy
Rogers, one of the greatest NWA champions of all
nme. Flair not only admired Rogers’ considerable ralent,
but his charisma. F1air promised himself that he would be
be same type of wrestler that Rogers was.

When he finally turned pro, F1air took Rogers’ nick·
name as his own and committed himself to perfecting the
maneuver that Rogers claimed to invent: the dreaded
figure-four leglock. Rogers was angry that the brash rook·
ie had stolen his name and adopted his trademark He
hoped they would meet in the ring, where he would end
the comparisons and prove that no one could imitate the
onginal “Nature Boy.”

The two did meet in Charlotte, North carolina, in No·
ember 1979. Flair had recently surrendered his U.S. title
to devote more time to defending his NWA World tag
team title with Blackjack Mulligan, Even so, Flair would
gladly accept Rogers’ challenge. A fall favorite at the
time, Flair hated everything that his old idol had come to

Rogers, who managed John Studd and Ken Patera, was
in the midst of a comeback. As a manager, he had
carefully scrutinized the competition and decided he
could defeat any man in the sport, Flair included. Despite
being more than a decade past his prime, Rogers was
convinced he could score an easy victory.
F1air was considered by some to be overly cruel in this
match. He pounded Rogers bloody, showing the world
that he had finally become a worthy successor to the
Rogers legacy. The long-awaited figure-four . leg lock
showdown did come about, but it was inconclusive: both
men applied the hold, but both reached the ropes to
break it.

Two years after that fateful encounter, Flan: matched
Rogers’ title success by becoming NWA World champion.
He later said he regrerted ever having that match
because of the respect he once held for Rogers. But he
felt it was neccesary. Rogers came away from the match
realizing that it was time for one “Nature Boy” to recog·
nize the greatness of another.

Buddy Rogers Coolest Person of the 20th Century

An article by Bob Green of the Chicago Tribune

Sturgis, SD — When Northwest Airlines drops you off in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and then doesn’t come back to pick you up, you are presented with the challenge of how to kill time.

One way is to talk to people here about the big pay-per-view World Championship Wrestling show that was telecast from Sturgis over the summer. The show featured the usual current-day assortment of wrestling stars — Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Sting, Disco Inferno, Diamond Dallas Page — as well as “Tonight” show host Jay Leno wrestling in a tag team, and a current superstar of pro wrestling, a man who goes by the single name “Goldberg” (don’t ask)

The nationally telecast show, as you can imagine caused quite a stir around here. And perusing the current array of famous wrestlers, I am more convinced than ever about the identity of the coolest person of the 20th century.

That would be Buddy “Nature Boy” Rogers.

Buddy “Nature Boy” Rogers was my first hero. He was a wrestling star in the early days of coast-to-coast television; because TV was new and wrestling was a cheap way to fill airtime, professional wrestling became among the first people to find out about the amazing impacr of television fame. One year they’d been wrestling almost anonymously and dingy local arenas– the next year their faces were known in tens of thousands of cities and towns they’d never visited. And Buddy Rogers’ face. . .

Well, the blonde hair, the sneer, the gaze of absolute confidence — Nature Boy Rogers was to wrestling what Elvis Presley was to music: electric jolting, incandescent. Sometimes he was the good guy, sometimes he was the bad guy — it didn’t seem to matter much, he filled arenas either way. The Buddy Rogers strut was a work of art — he would saunter across the ring with a kind of cocky stutter-step that in itself was worth the price of a ticket.

Which for me, when I was 10 years old, was 50 cents. Because of an accident in geography, Nature Boy came to my hometown all the time. The big paydays for wrestlers were in New York and Chicago. But they’d stop in central Ohio on their way between the big cities, to make a little extra money appearing on “Lex’s Live Wrestling” a TV show hosted by local Chevrolet dealer Lex Mayer.

Most of the wrestlers wee saw in central Ohio where not marquee names — we’d get guys like Frankie Talaber and Leon Graham and Fritz von Goering and Oyama Kato. And then Nature Boy himself would show up in town, and Old Memorial Hall in downtown Columbus — site of “Lex’s Live Wrestling,” home of the 50-cent-ticket — would feel like Madison Square Garden.

Make that Carnegie Hall — the thrill of a Nature Boy performance was so sublime that it belonged there, not in some mere sports arena. Unfortunately, this was a minority opinion — wrestling had no cachet back then, it was considered a gutter entertainment — and Nature Boy was virtually unknown to the more educated echelons of society.

But has there ever been a studlier human being? I got to know Nature Boy in his later years (he died at the age of 71 in 1992) and even then that sneer, that strut, that voice . . . he sounded like Robert Mitchum, but Buddy’s voice had even more authority, if you can imagine that. near the end of Nature Boy’s life we went to dinner in a south Florida restaurant near his home, and on that night I found out that even a man using a cane can strut like an ego crazed pony through a crowded room, turning heads with every step.

That Classic Sports cable TV network occasionally fills the early-morning hours on weekends with old wrestling matches, and Nature Boy’s power is undiminished over the years. The video advances utilized to gives sports events high impact today had yet to be developed then — there was no color, no crystal-clear closeups, no slow-motion replays. The wrestlers were mostly seen from middle distance in black, white and gray. Yet Nature Boy still in that grainy old footage, burns through the screen like a hypnotic flame.

The coolest person of the century?

Nature Boy’s only real competition would seem to be Elvis himself — and an impartial judge long ao awarded the title to Buddy. That judge was Debbie Rogers, Nature Boy’s wife. as a young woman, she dated both Elvis Presley and Buddy Rogers (what a woman — it staggers the imagination). She chose Nature Boy. She thought he was cooler.

Meanwhile, the Black Hills are lovely this time of year, but the professional wrestlers are all gone from Sturgis now, having been wise enough to arrive and depart before the airline strike. I look at the hills and try to imagine what Nature Boy would have made of Dennis Rodman.