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!
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!”
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.