On This Day: November 22, 1979 – The Battle of The Nature Boys. Nature Boy Buddy Rogers and Nature Boy Ric Flair met one on one in the ring for this Thanksgiving Night showdown at the Scope Coliseum in Norfolk, Virginia. The two Nature Boys would meet on a few occasions during this feud, but on this night The Original Nature Boy Buddy Rogers would have his hand raise in victory after Ric Flair was counted out of the ring.
Here is incredible hand-held film footage of the Battle of the Nature Boys. The reaction from the crowd for these two legends is tremendous!!
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!
Inside Wrestling Magazine – May 1963
Antonino Rocca vs. Buddy Rogers February 17, 1963 – New York City
‘My Toughest Bout” Written and approved by Antonino Rocca
The one thing Buddy Rogers could not stand was to have an opponent twist and bend his legs. I learned that the first time I was in the ring with Rogers, and everytime I was in with him after that I centered my attack on his legs. The reason i call this particular match in NEW York with Buddy “the toughest I haver had” is because he was ready for me then as he had never been ready before. He had figured out a defens for his legs and he bugged me with it all night. Every time I even looked at his legs he took a step towards me and brought his knee up into my body. During that whole bout I was never able to touch his legs. Of course he was fooling me all the time, and I kept asking the referee to disqualify him. But the referee let him get away with it. When I got back to the dressing room my body was covered in lumps and every time I look a breath it felt like somebody was sticking a knife into me. This a bouth a want to forget.
Rogers was a master at choking opponents in such a way that the referee seldom caught him in the act. I spit blood for a whole month after this bout. I worked a lot on Buddy’s arms with the idea of neutralizing his attacks. The stragegy slowed him down only a little. I knew I had him when I raised him to my shoulders bounced him up and down a few times, spun around as fast as I could to make him dizzy, then slammed him to the mat just as hard as I could. The first fall was mine. You can see the condition Rogers was in after he hit the floor. I should have walked away with his title that night and I would have had it if it had not been for a referee whom I still say was blind.
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.
The cover of Glory Days of Wrestling DVD featuring Nature Boy Buddy Rogers. This DVD contained the NWA World Heavyweight title match between Nature Boy Buddy Rogers and champion Pat O’Connor from Chicago IL where Buddy would become the world champion.
Nature Boy Buddy Rogers and The Great Scott (George Scott) held the Mid West Wrestling Association Tag Team Titles on three occasions. The title belt in this photo appears to be the belt that would go on to become the NWA United States championship and later the very first World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF – WWF- WWE) heavyweight title held by the Nature Boy.