Long before it was called "sports entertainment", professional wrestling was best described as "athletic hand to hand combat between men". The ring served as the ultimate fighting ground as the differences between grapplers were settled within the ropes. Some of the men who helped establish the sport in its early days are featured in "The Golden Age of Wrestling: The 1950’s", hosted by “Mean Gene” Okerlund.
The main features a two out of three fall championship battle between two true wrestling legends. World Champion and fan favorite Pat O’Conner brought his title to Comisky Park in Chicago, IL to defend against the original “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers. This match set an all-time attendance record for professional wrestling at the time.
Lou Thesz has been called the greatest wrestling champion of all-time. He made is debut at the age of 16 and wrestled over the next 7 decades. He faced Antonio "Argentina" Rocca, an exciting, high-flying wrestler. Rocca would love to slap wrestlers in the face, only instead of using his hands, he would give them a humiliating flurry of smacks on the jaw using his feet!
Gorgeous George has been silently credited with establishing network television as a viable entertainment medium. Standing just 5'9" and weighing 215 pounds, he did not intimidate his opponents or the crowd, but instead took full advantage, when he could, to break the rules. His tactics so infuriated fans that he often caused riots.
Wladek "Killer" Kowalski was one of the most famous villains of them all. At 6 feet 7 inches tall and weighing nearly 300lbs, this wrecking machine literally stood heads above his competition and was feared as one of the meanest, most vicious and unrelenting villains the sport had ever known. He faced “The Flying Frenchman” Edouardo Carpentier, perhaps one of the most influential performers professional wrestling has ever known.
Plus, a young wrestler named Jack Adkisson who adopted a German name and the wrestling world was introduced to Fritz Von Erich and the famous Von Erich wrestling family was introduced. And a beer-guzzling, cigar-chomping, tough-as-nails, bar-room-brawling, tough guy called Dick the Bruiser. 53 minutes. Rated TV-14.