On This Date: September 7, 1961 Buddy Rogers defended the NWA World Title against the challenge of Farmer Townsend at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario. Also on the card Whipper Watson vs Bulldog Brower.
In November of 1962, during a match with Killer Kowalski in Montreal, Canada Buddy Rogers suffered a broken ankle. In this photo the Nature Boy appears dressed to the nines carrying a cane and sporting a cast on his foot while being escorted by police.
Below are the childhood memories of these events taking place from life long Buddy Rogers fan Bill Casey (now 75) who was a boy at the time.
“He was Muhammad Ali before Ali. My special moment came from watching him around 1961 from at TV outlet in Philly, where the wrestling was a set-up for coming shows at Convention Hall, this before the promotion genius of Vince McMahon. On this day, my 11-yr brother and I watched as Buddy just stopped by. He had broken his ankle in a match in Canada, and was dressed to the nines, great dark suit, expensive shirt and tie complete with cravat, and great jewelry.His cane as I recall was diamond-studded. He said to the announcer in his deep voice that he’d be back soon, as he missed the game. The announcer, who seemed like his friend, added that Buddy certainly didn’t have to come back for financial reasons. Buddy took the mike, looked straight into the camera, and said, “Jim, I just finished telling all the promoters in the Delaware Valley, if any of you fell off my bankroll, you’d break your neck” A classic sell, and my brother, with the innocence of youth said, “Billy, he means that”. Unforgettable.”
In front of a crowd of 5,000 Nature Boy Buddy Rogers and Johnny Barend were victorious over the team of Bobo Brazil and Pedro Morales in the main event at the Asbury Park Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ. The two out of 3 falls contest ended when Pedro Morales was unable to continue after a leg injury during the third fall. Bobo Brazil pinned Barend at 18:16 in the first fall before Rogers was able to pin Morales in the second fall at 4:11.
Also on the card, Gorilla Monsoon and Diamond Jack defeated Hans the Great Mortier and Wild Red Berry. Lucas Pestano and Magnificent Maurice drew in their match while Killer Austin defeated Bob Boyer 2 out of 3 falls.
On this date August 23, 1962 NWA World Champion Nature Boy Buddy Rogers teamed with Johnny Barend to face the challenge of The Hill Billes at the Capitol Arena in Washington, DC.
Also on the card Antonio Rocca vs Pierre Lasalle. The Kangaroos battled Arnold Skaaland and Paul Diamond. Slave Girl Moolah (Fabulous Moolah) vs Brenda Scott. Plus Angelo Savoldi taking on the Golden Terror and Hans Schmidt tangled with Bud Cody.