Nature Boy Buddy Rogers vs Whipper Billy Watson – Maple Leaf Gardens – Toronto 1956

Nature Boy Buddy Rogers vs Whipper Billy Watson - Maple Leaf Gardens - Toronto 1956
Nature Boy Buddy Rogers vs Whipper Billy Watson – Maple Leaf Gardens – Toronto 1956

Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario Canada 1956 Whipper Watson with the ‘Canuck Commando’ on Buddy Rogers.  Watson had just lost the NWA title back to Lou Thesz 3 weeks earlier.  When Rogers had made the challenge for the match, watson was still champion but would lose the title to Thesz the next day.

The Nature Boy and Watson would finally meet for the NWA World Title at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1961 when Buddy defended his championship winning via disqualification.

Rogers would make 8 successful title defenses at the Maple Leaf Gardens before losing the title to Lou Thesz there on January 24,  1963

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Nature Boy Buddy Rogers Teams with Big John Studd

Nature Boy Buddy Rogers Teams with Big John Studd
Nature Boy Buddy Rogers Teams with Big John Studd

Big John Studd was a member of The Rogers Army headed by  Nature Boy Buddy Rogers

 

 

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The Rogers Strut – Japan

The Buddy Rogers Strut
The Buddy Rogers Strut

Nature Boy Buddy Rogers displays his perfect cocky arrogance with the Rogers Strut while in Japan.  The Rogers Strut would influence many future wrestlers and it is still commonly used today.  Many say Vince McMahon models his walk to the ring in the arrogant style of Buddy Rogers.

 

 

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NWA World Heavyweight Champion Nature Boy Buddy Rogers

NWA World Heavyweight Champion Nature Boy Buddy Rogers
NWA World Heavyweight Champion Nature Boy Buddy Rogers

The National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Champion – The Nature Boy Buddy Rogers is introduced to the crowd ahead of his title defense.

 

 

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Nature Boy Buddy Rogers vs Bearcat Wright – Washington, DC 1960

Rogers begs off from the attack of Bearcat Wright
Rogers begs off from the attack of Bearcat Wright

Nature Boy Buddy Rogers and Bearcat Wright feuded in the DC area during the early 1960’s.  A feud that would end up seeing boxer Jersey Joe Walcott as a special referee.

 

 

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Buddy Rogers Wearing His Fabulous Cape

 

Buddy Rogers wearing fabulous cape
Buddy Rogers wearing fabulous cape

Nature Boy Buddy Rogers is seen here with a masked manager helping to remove this ornate ring cape prior to a match.

 

 

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Buddy Rogers vs Lou Thesz – Rogers Unloads on Thesz

Rogers catches Lou Thesz on the jaw
Rogers catches Lou Thesz on the jaw

This incredible photo shows every muscle in Lou Thesz body contract  as Nature Boy Buddy Rogers connects with a vicious right handed blow to the chin.

 

 

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Nature Boy Buddy Rogers vs Cowboy Bob Ellis

Nature Boy Buddy Rogers grimace in pain as Cowboy Bob Ellis reverses his Figure Four Grapevine Leg Lock.
Nature Boy Buddy Rogers grimace in pain as Cowboy Bob Ellis reverses his Figure Four Grapevine Leg Lock.

In this photo during a classic battle between Nature Boy Buddy Rogers and Cowboy Bob Ellis, Rogers screams out in pain as Ellis has reversed his patented Figure Four Grapevine Leg Lock.

 

 

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On this date: 8-18-1962 Newark, New Jersey Armory Nature Boy Buddy Rogers defended the NWA World Heavyweight Title against Bobo Brazil.

Buddy Rogers defends NWA Title against Bobo Brazil
Buddy Rogers defends NWA Title against Bobo Brazil

08/18/1962 CWC – Newark, NJ – Armory
NWA World Heavyweight Title*: Bobo Brazil def Buddy Rogers
* Rogers claims a groin injury; Brazil refuses the victory; however, it is announced on 09/06/1962 that Brazil is the new champion because nothing has been found wrong with Rogers by the doctor. (This title change is not recognized by the NWA)

On October 30, 1962: Buddy Rogers defeated Bobo Brazil in the rematch to reclaim his NWA World Championship!

Also on this card…
Cousin Alfred & Scufflin’ Hillbillies: Chuck Conley & Rip Collins vs Red Berry & Fabulous Kangaroos: Al Costello & Roy Heffernan
plus 4 other matches

 

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