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 Posted: Thu Oct 25th, 2007 10:20 pm
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I just read something about him today on ESPN "Page2" and they mentioned he was a wrestler.  Anybody know anything about his exploits in the ring other than what I'd find through a Google?

I found this link, which was basic:

http://www.teddwebb.com/wrestling_hall_of_fame/lenny_montana.html

Wickipedia stated he was a mobster.  I'd like to find out why.

Thanks!
Eric

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HBF wrote:
Wickipedia stated he was a mobster.  I'd like to find out why.

Money and chicks, I assume.



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 Posted: Thu Oct 25th, 2007 11:26 pm
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Montana was the second and less famous Chief Chewacki. I don't know all that much about Len Montana but I'll share what I do know.

He was in the AWA right at the start of the promotion. Here's the AWA's first card.

8/16/60 Minneapolis, MN
AWA Tag Team Champions Tiny Mills & Stan Kowalski no contest Verne Gagne & Joe Scarpello
Gene Kiniski beat Man Mountain Campbell
Bob Geigel beat George Grant
Len Montana beat John Swenski
Att.-6,213

Man Mountain Campbell aka The Kentuckian Big Luke Brown, George Grant was one of the Gorgeous George copies.

10/4/60 Minneapolis, MN
Hard Boiled Haggerty & Len Montana beat Tiny Mills & Stan Kowalski to win AWA Tag Title
Joe Scarpello beat Pepper Martin
Bob Geigel beat Guy Hill
Jim Hady beat Black Jack Daniels

Guy Hill aka Guy Mitchell, Jerry Valiant and a ton of other aliases

3/18/61 St. Paul, MN
Leo Nomellini & Verne Gagne beat Gene Kiniski & Len Montana 2/3
Len Montana reportedly suffers a broken leg and has to vacate his half of the AWA Tag Team Title.
Hard Boiled Haggerty then chooses Gene Kiniski as his new partner to defend the belts on future cards.
AWA US Champion Wilbur Snyder beat Hard Boiled Haggerty
Stan Kowalski beat Jim Hady
Joe Scarpello beat Vic Christy
Att: 4,896

Montana didn't break his leg. He just left the territory and began wrestling in Florida.




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Thanks Claw.
On the 3/18/61 card, there may be a typo.  I would think it should state "Hard Boiled Haggerty and Len Montona" rather than Gene Kiniski since he was chosen after.  Not to nitpick but I know you like your match results.

Did I miss something there?



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No you didn't miss anything. Haggerty & Montana were the tag champs. Kiniski was Montana's partner in that tag match. Montana suffers a broken leg. After the fact, Haggerty, one half of the tag champs, chose Kiniski to replace Montana as his championship partner.



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First off I want to say hi to all the members here and thanks to the moderators for the invite.

Don't worry, I'm not another AWA guy but I consider myself a WWA guy.

 

In Scott Teal's 'Whatever happened to?' issue with Hard Boiled Haggerty, Haggerty claims that he was first offered the role of Luca Brasi but then was passed over when the producers of the film wanted more Italian actors in the roles.

True or not? Haggerty was known to stretch the truth a little as all wrestlers do.

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Montana wrestled under the name Len Crosby in Texas. His partner on this card Gene Kelly was Gene Kiniski.

8/24/56 Houston
Pepper Gomez & Ray Gunkel vs Gene Kelly & Len Crosby
Red Donovan vs Danny McShain
Duke Keomuka vs Robin Hood
Al Smith vs Mighty Hercules
Maurice Lapointe vs Johnny Valentine

9/18/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Texas Champion Pepper Gomez beat The Sheik of Araby on a 3rd fall dq
Len Crosby & Gene Kelly beat Herb Freeman & Ray Gunkel to capture the Texas Tag Team Title 2-0
(Freeman was injured, leaving Gunkel to wrestle alone) (second fall by countout) (Gunkel battled Count Rossi outside the ring)
Duke Keomuka beat Big Humphrey
Dick Raines beat Tony Martin
Maurice LaPointe beat Chico Casasola
Jim LaRock beat two audience members willing to accept his challenge
Note:  LaRock was billed as a 1952 Olympic finalist.

9/25/56 Dallas, TX @ Sportatorium
Ray Gunkel & Lou Thesz beat Texas Tag Team Champions Len Crosby & Gene Kelly on a 3rd fall dq when when Count Rossi interfered, no title change
Sheik of Araby beat Maurice LaPointe
Dick Raines beat Cheeto Gonzales
El Medico beat Jim LaRock
Amazing Zuma beat Mighty Hercules
Jim LaRock beat two members of the audience (Oba Yancy from Fort Worth and Bill Fellis of Corsicana)





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Chitown Rich wrote: First off I want to say hi to all the members here and thanks to the moderators for the invite.

Don't worry, I'm not another AWA guy but I consider myself a WWA guy.

 

In Scott Teal's 'Whatever happened to?' issue with Hard Boiled Haggerty, Haggerty claims that he was first offered the role of Luca Brasi but then was passed over when the producers of the film wanted more Italian actors in the roles.

True or not? Haggerty was known to stretch the truth a little as all wrestlers do.

Welcome Chi-Town Rich!  I still thank you for sending me those 1963 Kohler results to categorize the old ESPN shows years ago.



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 In the mid 50's, Len Montana wrestled under a mask as "The Mask" in Minnesota. He was unmasked by Hard Boiled Haggerty, his future tag team partner.

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Welcome aboard Rich!!!



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Pretty soon the AWA crew will all be here. I'll invite OneFanGang one of these days.



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Is that the same Joe Scarpello who gained great fame as Chief Jay Strongbow?  Damn, he was old in the 1970's.

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Ultimark wrote: Is that the same Joe Scarpello who gained great fame as Chief Jay Strongbow?  Damn, he was old in the 1970's.

"Strongbow" was a guy who started his career under the name Joe Scarpa.  Scarpello was a 3 time Big Ten wrestling champ who started in the pros about the same time Verne did (they both had spots on the '48 US Greco Roman Olympic team which stayed home) and he was Verne's regular tag team partner up until probably the late 60s, and did spot tag work with him after that.  Scarpello did a ton of mid-card work for the AWA proper and AWA Omaha.



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