Well, let me kick off this area of the board by saying that I've been a fan of Memphis/Tennessee wrestling since about 1967. I can remember all the great tag teams that came out of this area. Don and Al Greene, the Interns, the Von Brauners, the Mighty Yankees, Tojo and Jarrett, Len Rossi and Bearcat Brown. Many great memories and I watched them all up until when they stopped running the Lexington/Louisville TV markets back in the 90's. Looking forward to hearing from others that remember this era or just from others that might have questions about it.
I heard that all the new boys that came through the area were always booked against Tojo during this era. I am familiar w/ Tojos work later in his career, mostly as a part time wrestler and manager. As everyone knows, Tojo was no big guy. Does anyone know if he was legit tough? I know he was Hawaiian, not Japanese as he was billed, but was he skilled in any martial art? Any info on his early career would be greatly appreciated i.e. were he started, how he got his start, who he worked for besides Gulas/Jarrett, etc. Most of this era was abit before my time as I became a huge fan around 1974.
I think I remember hearing that Tojo's chops were extremely painful to his opponents. He never pulled them. Tojo is truely one of the sad stories in wrestling. The business was his life and without it he became a recluse and eventually took his life.
I have been a wrestling fan starting back in the 1970's Iremember all of the good ones that came through the louisville ky. area. I spent many Tuseday nights at louisville gradens. Watching all of the great ones.From my farorite Jacky Fargo to all that follwed him. Jerry the King Lawer,Bill Supper Star dundee. ANd the list could go on for ever. Any info on any of those guys that wrested at the louisville gardens woul be nice.
i went to the louisville gardens from about 1978-1984 very rarely missed a week,think i went about 4 years without missin a week.i was a youngster then,started goin at 12 years old,still have my wrestlin ticket from1 st show.the wrestlers that i remember most were,course,lawler,dundee,jimmy valiant,joe leduc,sonny king,ken lucas,dream machine,hart,some cool nights were when bobo brazil came in,billy robinson,andre the giant,these were all hyped up pretty big.it was cool when our local newspaper,the courier journal had the matches in the sports page every sunday.i know when your a kid,things seemed better,but local wrestlin around here in the 70'2 azn early 80's was the absolute best.i wish i ahd very good video's of the days.i did buy a dvd set over the internet,12 dvd's.an although it is cool,video isnt great.shows alotta austin idol,id like to see some master quality old tv shows.i also found an old vhs tape from about 1995 when uswa wa son its way out.i taped it,has the old monday night memories video on it.that was the best.memroies i have had from memphis wrestlin,will last a lifetime,an was a huge part of me growin up.ill always be grateful to jerry jarret,mrs.jarrett,jerry lawler for discovering so many wrestlers.