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 Posted: Sat Aug 21st, 2010 08:07 am
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Inspired by the current wrestling bear story.

When is the last listed pro-wrestling bear match? It was quite common in the 60s, but was much less so in the late 60s to early 70s. I was surprised to find a wrestling bear in 1974 when I was researching Middlesboro, KY

Sunday, December 8, 1974 – National Guard Armory – Middlesboro, KY
1) Cecil Strong vs. Little Koko
2) Sampson the Bear vs. The Mummy
3) Kandy Kane vs. Brenda Walker
4) Chuck Conners & George Strickland vs. The Interns
5) Dale Martin vs. Pepe Lopez

Also, were wrestling bears confined to the south? Are there any wrestling bears in, say, WWWF, AWA or Mid-Atlantic?



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Olympian Roland Bock promoted for some time here after 1975. He used bears, women and lots of blood. He let Danny Lynch from the UK gig on national tv. WORST. IDEA. EVER. Also quite possibly one of the worst promoters ever.

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Why?  Was the audience appalled by the blood?



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Wasn't Eddie Gilberts last match against a Wrestling bear?



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Terrible Ted was schedule to wrestle in SF in 1977 but was killed in an auto accident the nite before.

 

I will guest around 1978. That year the trainer's bear killed his girlfriend while she had her period and the bears were taken away from him.

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Victor the wrestling bear made several Milwaukee appearances as well as what seemed to be an annual visit to the Milwaukee Sports Show where he took on all comers. This would be the late 60s.

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Heretic wrote: Why?  Was the audience appalled by the blood?

Imagine Farhats routine in a show like ESPN Sportscenter on CBS in the 1970. Just an awful idea. It didn't happen at a wrestling event. The audience was in terror, the host asked for a doctor. For the longest time I was unaware of this incident, I bet it was never rebroadcasted

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Wildman McKigney in Ontario had a wrestling bear up from the late 50's up to 1988,

for the last 5-6 years he had to fight sometimes to use it after several incidents of chewing off fingers and such, also the incident in 1978 where the bear killed Dave's girlfriend and was absent for as couple tours

86/12/26 - Community Centre; Thornhill, ON
Gentle Ben, the wrestling bear b. two opponents

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The Destroyer versus Victor the Bear, narrarated by Dick Beyer himself ( I think).

Has to be early 70s, I would think.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjnuVFmiDfM&feature=related



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I think both Dennis Condrey and Bobby Eaton wrestled bears before the Midnight Express. This would have been the mid/late 1970s.

I wouldn't be shocked if in more rural areas, you still had the occasional bear match through mid 1980s. Tennessee, in particular.



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Worked a show where the genius promoter still used the wrestling bear gimmick. Was for the first group I worked for when I broke in, 1988. Horrendous

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Andyo wrote: Victor the wrestling bear made several Milwaukee appearances as well as what seemed to be an annual visit to the Milwaukee Sports Show where he took on all comers. This would be the late 60s.


My HS Principal wrestled Victor in Michigan.  If you could beat Victor you won a Caddy.  This would have been closer to the 80's.  I wonder if it was the same bear. 

He said the bear let him push him around a little bit, but then the trainer said, "Supper time Victor" and it was over in seconds.



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NCJames wrote: Worked a show where the genius promoter still used the wrestling bear gimmick. Was for the first group I worked for when I broke in, 1988. Horrendous
Beau James used a bear?



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No this was WAY farther back than that. Rocky Mills in Monroe circa 1988

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ivan koloff wrestled george south in 2007



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