Friday, March 26, 2010

April 1, 1981
May 5, 1981 Big and Nasty Angelo Mosca headlines cards in the Nations capital

April 26, 1982

April 1, 1981 MAple Leaf wrestling comes to the Civic Centre Ottawa

July 14, 1980 AWA card

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mean and Nasty Jr and Sr. Mosca Sr., a star in Canada in the ring and gridiron with the Hamilton Ti Cats, was sucessful in Florida and the Mid Atlantic. Mosca Jr had moderate success in the Mid Atlantic and Canada before leaving the mat game.

The one and only Wildman, Ontario legend

A fixture in Ontario the crazed Sheik.

Always labelled ahead of his time Chris Colt was if nothing an attraction for the Wildman in Ontario.

Program cover and contents from a Wildman show.

Wrestler August 1979
Wrestler March 1979

Wrestler November 1976

Toronto's wrestling scene received coverage in the famous Apter family of magazines during the 70's and 80's.


Before Vince McMahon changed the landscape of professional wrestling Toronto was home to some dream matches including this title vs title matchup. Nick Bockwinkel AWA kingpin vs WWF champion Bob Backlund. This match received coverage in major newspapers and magazines including this article from the Wrestler August 1979 Apter Magazine.

Hamilton Spec clips

As the territories died, independent shows were few and far between promoting in Ontario was a tough go. Tony Atlas was the main attraction on this show but the card wasn't able to draw and ICW only held a couple of shows before disapearing from Ontario.

Hulkster running wild in T.O.

MLG clips

I never got to see a MLW show live but followed it through the Toronto Star. I was able to clip most of the match ads and results during the time JCP was finishing up with the Tunney's and Vince and Hulkamania were taking over T.O.