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 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: October 21, 1961 Buddy Rogers Defends NWA World Title at The Sportatorium Dallas, TX

Rogers defends NWA World Title at The Sportatorium in Dallas Texas
Rogers defends NWA World Title at The Sportatorium in Dallas Texas

On this Date, Saturday October 21, 1961 Nature Boy Buddy Rogers defended the NWA World Championship at the World Famous Sportatorium in Dallas, Texsas.  In this news clipping the promoters explain the raise in ticket prices, because when Rogers comes to town…  its a big deal!

 

 

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On This Date: October 11, 1969 – Nature Boy Buddy Rogers vs Gordon Nelson Detroit, MI

Buddy Rogers Detroit, MI 1969
Buddy Rogers Detroit, MI 1969

Buddy Rogers Detroit, MI 1969

On this date October 11, 1969 Nature Boy Buddy Rogers defeated Gordon Nelson with the Figure-Four Grapevine Leglock as part of his comeback tour.  The card would also feature The SHEIK vs Whipper Billy Watson, Haystacks Calhoun and Lou Thesz!

 

 

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On This Date: October 9, 1979 – Buddy Rogers Teams with Jimmy Snuka – Raleigh, NC

Mid Atlantic Wrestling Rogers and Snuka vs Jones and Mulligan 1979
Mid Atlantic Wrestling Rogers and Snuka vs Jones and Mulligan 1979

On this date in 1979, Nature Boy Buddy Rogers teamed with Jimmy Snuka to face Rufus R Jones and Blackjack Mulligan for NWA Mid-Atlantic Wrestling at the Dorton Arena and Raleigh, NC.  Also on the card was Greg Valentine vs Jay Youngblood.  The following night in Greenville, SC the team of Buddy Rogers and Jimmy Snuka would defeat Blackjack Mulligan and Ric Flair!

 

 

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On This Date: October 4, 1969 Buddy Rogers vs Magnificent Maurice – Cincinnati, OH

 

Cincinnati, OH 1969 Buddy Rogers vs Magnificent Maurice
Cincinnati, OH 1969 Buddy Rogers vs Magnificent Maurice

In 1969 Nature Boy Buddy Rogers would make a comeback to the ring.  On this date October 4, 1969 Rogers faced Magnificent Maurice on a card that also featured The Sheik vs Cowboy Bob Ellis, Bobo Brazil vs Earie Ladd, Flying Fred Curry, Haystacks Calhoun, The Skull Brothers and Ali Baba.

 

 

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Buddy Rogers in Boston, MA for Charity Bout 1953

Buddy Rogers Signs Boston Guest Book
Buddy Rogers Signs Boston Guest Book

May 1953 – Buddy Rogers signs visitors book for Mayor Hynes of Boston.  Promoter Paul Bowser looks on.  Mayor promised charity bout.

 

 

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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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