On This Day: January 12, 1951 – Nature Boy Buddy Rogers vs Lord Pinkerton – St Louis, MO

Newspaper ad Buddy Rogers vs Lord Pinkerton 1-12-51
Newspaper ad Buddy Rogers vs Lord Pinkerton 1-12-51

On This Date:  January 12, 1951 – Nature Boy Buddy Rogers vs Lord Pinkerton headlined this event that took place at the Kiel Auditorium in St Louis, Missouri.  Legendary Sam Muchnick was the promoter for this event.  General Admission was 75 cents!!!

 

 

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On This Day: December 25, 1960 – Nature Boy Buddy Rogers defeated Johnny Valentine in Washington, DC

Buddy Rogers vs Johnny Valentine on Christmas Night 1960 in Washington DC
Buddy Rogers vs Johnny Valentine on Christmas Night 1960 in Washington DC

On this Day – Christmas Night December 25, 1960 Nature Boy Buddy Rogers defeated Johnny Valentine in Washington DC.

 

 

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On This Date: December 22, 1979 – Nature Boy Buddy Rogers Appears With Andy Kaufman on Saturday Night Live (SNL)

Buddy Rogers makes and appearance on Saturday Night Live with Andy Kaufman
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE — Episode 8 — Pictured: (l-r) Diana Peckham, Bob Zmuda, Andy Kaufman, Buddy Rogers during the guest performance on December 22, 1979 — (Photo by: Alan Singer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)

On This Date: December 22, 1979 Nature Boy Buddy Rogers appeared along side the legendary Andy Kaufman during this skit for Saturday Night Live.

 

 

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On This Day: December 10, 1957 – Nature Boy Buddy Rogers vs Ike Eakins – Eua Gallie Civic Center Florida

12-10-57 Buddy Rogers vs Ike Eakins Eau Gallie, Florida
12-10-57 Buddy Rogers vs Ike Eakins Eau Gallie, Florida

On This Date:   60 year ago tonight Tuesday December 10, 1957  Nature Boy Buddy Rogers faced Ike Eakins in a No Time Limit – Falls Don’t Count “Texas Death Match” at the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Eau Gallie /  Melbourne, Florida.

This newspaper ad for the event at Eau Gallie says the civic center is “ALWAYS HEATED when necessary”  You can bet they didn’t need any added heat that night when Buddy Rogers came to town and burned the roof off!

 

 

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On This Date: November 26, 1960 – Buddy Rogers and Johnny Valentine vs Bearcat WRIGHT and Sweet Daddy SIKI – Newark New Jersey

Poster Rogers and Valentine vs Wright and Siki
Poster Rogers and Valentine vs Wright and Siki

A rare advertising glossy paper poster from The Newark Armory, Newark New Jersey – under the promotional auspices of the well-respected Babe Culnan & Willie Gilzenburg.

November 26, 1960 – Buy Your Tickets Early – This Is It! “The Best Wrestling Match of All Times” – If only we had a time machine!

Buddy ROGERS and Johnny VALENTINE

VS.

Bearcat WRIGHT and Sweet Daddy SIKI

This vintage glossy paper poster measures 14 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches.

http://www.ringmemorabilia.com/WrestlingMemorabilia.htm

 

 

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On This Day: November 22, 1979 – Battle of the Nature Boys – Nature Boy Buddy Rogers defeats Nature Boy Ric Flair – Norfolk, VA

Battle of the Nature Boys
Battle of the Nature Boys

On This Day:  November 22, 1979 – The Battle of The Nature Boys.  Nature Boy Buddy Rogers and Nature Boy Ric Flair met one on one in the ring for this Thanksgiving Night showdown at the Scope Coliseum in Norfolk, Virginia.  The two Nature Boys would meet on a few occasions during this feud,  but on this night The Original Nature Boy Buddy Rogers would have his hand raise in victory after Ric Flair was counted out of the ring.

Here is incredible hand-held film footage of the Battle of the Nature Boys.  The reaction from the crowd for these two legends is tremendous!!

 

Ric Flair vs Buddy Rogers event poster
Ric Flair vs Buddy Rogers event poster

 

 

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On This Day: November 20, 1953 Buddy Rogers vs Don Eagle – Kiel Auditorium – St Louis, MO

On this date:  Friday November 20, 1953 – Buddy Rogers faced Don Eagle One fall to a finish.  on this event at the Kiel Auditorium in St Louis, MO promoted by Sam Muchnick.

Rogers met the winner of a match between Don Eagle and Wild Bill Longson

In an interview for the events program, Buddy Rogers demands a World Heavyweight Title match with Lou Thesz.

“I’m positive this figure-four leglock can take me to the world’s heavyweight championship.” The blond bomber announced “That is, of course if I am successful in getting this bout with Thesz. I want it definitely understood that if and when I beat either Don Eagle or Longson… or BOTH… that should qualify me for a title bout. I have so notified Promoter Muchnick, but he only talks about other guys like Ray Eckert, Bobby Managoff, Joe Tangaro and such. I don’t go along with that idea at all!”

 

 

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On This Day: November 18, 1950 – Nature Boy Buddy Rogers vs Lone Eagle – Kiel Auditorium – St Louis, MO

On This Day: November 18, 1950 - Nature Boy Buddy Rogers vs Lone Eagle - Kiel Auditorium - St Louis, MO
On This Day: November 18, 1950 – Nature Boy Buddy Rogers vs Lone Eagle – Kiel Auditorium – St Louis, MO

On This Date: November 18, 1950 – 67 years ago tonight, Nature Boy Buddy Rogers wrestled Lone Eagle in the main event of this Sam Muchnick wrestling event at the Kiel Auditorium in St Louis, Missouri.   General admission tickets could be had for 60 CENTS!

 

 

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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
Advertisement for Rogers and Studd vs Mulligan and Woods

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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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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