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 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!