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 Posted: Fri May 29th, 2009 10:52 pm
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He was 78.

Don't believe everything you read on the Internet ... :?



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 Posted: Sat May 30th, 2009 03:06 pm
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He was just a name jobber in his AWA 82-83 run, but at least he beat Buck Zumhofe.

RIP.

Herb's bio on him should be good for his legendary West Coast feuds with Rivera and Blassie. That's around Meltzer's home base so he should have lots of info to draw from.

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 Posted: Sat May 30th, 2009 06:24 pm
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BottomlessJack2 wrote: Always an entertaining and nasty heel, except when he played "Coach" in the WWF in 1991. :?

RIP JT

 

He turned face in All-Star Wrestling (Vancouver, pre Tomko). He & Dutch Savage
were the tag champs when it was decided to split them up. (Savage accidently "thumbed" Tolos in a match against Gene Kiniski & Bad Boy Shields).
The feud was on between Tolos & Savage. Tolos would align himself with faces
such as Dean Huiguchi, Mark lewin, Don Leo Jonathan, etc.
He was incredibly over with the fans as a face. Strange but true.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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 Posted: Tue Jun 2nd, 2009 08:22 am
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Wanna bet, there'll be some "all of a sudden" need/want by some newbie trader on CM for Tolos footage? It happens every fucking time someone somewhat noteworthy in the sport croaks. I'm telling you, watch how fast the "looking for John Tolos Comps..best quality footage" posts will be rampent on CM.;)

 

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The E writes a short, but well-researched and meticulous article about the passing of Tolos. http://www.wwe.com/inside/news/coachTolos

Here is a fun fact I didn't know culled straight from the article.

"Tolos entered the WWWF as a singles competitor in the early 1970’s and had a series of matches with WWWF Champion Pedro Morales in New York’s Madison Square Garden."

Just when you think you start getting good at the results thing, someone comes in with a new, indisputable historical fact. Thanks WWE writing staff. 



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 Posted: Thu Jun 4th, 2009 01:42 pm
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WongLee wrote: The E writes a short, but well-researched and meticulous article about the passing of Tolos. http://www.wwe.com/inside/news/coachTolos

Here is a fun fact I didn't know culled straight from the article.

"Tolos entered the WWWF as a singles competitor in the early 1970’s and had a series of matches with WWWF Champion Pedro Morales in New York’s Madison Square Garden."

Just when you think you start getting good at the results thing, someone comes in with a new, indisputable historical fact. Thanks WWE writing staff. 

I assume this is sarcasm but at first I wasn't sure.



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clawmaster wrote: lobo316 wrote:
clawmaster wrote: I saw Tolos wrestle quite a few times on Los Angeles TV from the Olympic Auditorium. He was a very good heel. His biggest feud at the time I started watching was against Victor Rivera. John's finishing hold was called the Screwdriver.

 

In Canada, the finishing hold was called the Cork Screw. Both brothers used it
with Chris using 2 fingers while John used only the forefinger.


Might have been the corkscrew in Los Angeles too. My memory ain't what it used to be.

Even as a kid, I didn't buy the cork screw as a finisher.



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 Posted: Fri Feb 14th, 2014 11:57 am
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Thanks for exhuming this 5-year old thread just to grunt a one-liner on your distaste for the Noogie, Claw. Just because Topher Tourettes left doesn't mean you get to use his repertoire! How about a rare AWA result to go with it at least?

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One Fan Gang wrote: How about a rare AWA result to go with it at least?

3/1/84 Chicago

Jumbo Tsuruta retained his AWA title with a pinfall over Blackjack Lanza. Lanza was able to apply his brainbuster (also used by the Tolos Brothers as a finisher, called "The Corkscrew") but Tsuruta got to the ropes before submitting to the move, after which he was able to make a comback and score the pinfall victory.

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Lanza's sucked and was likely just as shitty and unbelievable a move as the Tolos Brothers version was.

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 Posted: Fri Feb 14th, 2014 05:07 pm
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Saw this thread today and thought to myself "I thought he already passed away" much like I did when I read about Shirley Temple... wasn't until I looked at the dates again on a second read through to realise it was an old thread.



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 Posted: Fri Feb 14th, 2014 05:49 pm
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KHawk - You delivered the goods!

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 Posted: Fri Feb 14th, 2014 06:02 pm
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You can't make that shit up. Lanza had Tsuruta out with that move to the point people thought he had won the title, then Jumbo either got to the ropes and/or made the Superman Hogan-esque comeback (I'd have to watch it again to remember right).
I thought "The Texas Brainbuster" was one fo the dumbest finishers I'd ever seen.

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 Posted: Fri Feb 14th, 2014 09:03 pm
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Tolos also had a brief (?) run during BrunoII. He wrestled a 20 min draw with Victor Rivera at MSG 12/73 - then received an MSG title shot against Bruno July 74 - no TV, no buildup,no house shows, just an MSG title shot - wonder what that was about - also, there is footage of that match I think because the previous match, Morales-Kowalski, has been shown on 24/7

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 Posted: Sat Feb 15th, 2014 03:14 am
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That fucking Lanza/Tsuruta match drew a huge crowd in Chicago too.



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 Posted: Sat Feb 15th, 2014 03:17 am
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The whole card was loaded, that match was a part of the draw but certainly not all of it, IMO.

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