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Lou Thesz vs Buddy Rogers (06/21/50)

June 21 1950 Chicago Lou Thesz Buddy Rogers

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#1 Phil Schneider

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Posted 16 September 2014 - 09:53 AM


This is from Wrigley Field and was uploaded in glorious quality by the Chicago Film Archives, I am pretty sure this was unavailable before this week, and it is a treat. Really simple but effective matwork starts the match out, both guys really no how to make a headlock grind. Really picked up when the got on their feet, I love the way Rogers runs the ropes, he really looks completely out of control and make as rope running exchange look like a highspot. Rogers is also an athletic bumper in the Hennig, Michaels vein and he takes a couple of violent spills out of the ring, and the finish of the third fall is a loony Foley ear loss hangman where he gets counted out. I also loved when he got nasty, throwing some sick uppercuts and a snap piledriver. Thesz was more subdued, clearly the grandfather of the Briscoes and Dory Funk Jr., I did love when he got chippy too, he caught Rogers with a huge kneelift which was probably the highlight of the match. I liked they did 3 falls in about 35 minutes, didn't drag, kept a nice pace and it felt like a big deal. Really great piece of history and a hell of match

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Posted 16 September 2014 - 10:18 AM

Do you have the link for this? I searched and can't find it. 

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Posted 16 September 2014 - 10:47 AM

Pretty sure this is it though it isn't dated. The other one up there is dated.




EDIT: The commentary says this one is from the ampitheater. So is the other one. Those are the only two I can see listed. Colour me confused.

#4 Phil Schneider

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Posted 16 September 2014 - 11:25 AM

Commentary says from the amphitheater but the wrestling classics guys say it is the wrigly match

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Posted 16 September 2014 - 11:47 AM

Weird Davis would make that mistake, unless (a) he dubbed the commentary in afterwards or (B) it was such a common entrance statement/phrasing from him that he said it without thinking.

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Posted 17 September 2014 - 07:19 PM

This was the Buddy Rogers Show and it was a joy to watch it. In fairness, Lou was very good, but the straight man tends to get overshadowed when the show piece is that good. I loved that Lou did those subtle heel tactics from the Silverstein match and threw them in Rogers' face to the joy of the crowd. Rogers outcheated him, but Thesz gave as good as he got. It was interesting there was not much of a babyface shine instead Rogers controlled with headlocks. Thesz applied a sweet, sweet drop toe hold. I loved Rogers' burst of energy and the piledriver finish for the first fall. The second and third fall were crazy heated. The knee lifts to the head were nasty. The punches on the ropes and the bumps over them were awesome. 




The highlight of the match to me was at the beginning of the third fall Rogers is about to walk into a Thesz move puts on the brakes and struts. It was crazy cool. "I don't like him either, mother" - Russ Davis, made me laugh out loud. 


The ending with Rogers head caught in the ropes shows that pretty much everything has been done before. This is a perfect way to do an intense mat-based contest, but blending in color and showmanship. 

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 06:31 PM

Wrigley Field didn't have lights in 1951.


Comiskey hosted some big matches back then, but not Wrigley.

#8 Moonsault Marvin

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 12:38 AM

In the 1951 match between Thesz and Rogers, Rogers occasionally doesn't make a clean break or throws a punch, but in this match, he is an out and out heel.  He cheats every chance he gets.  I definitely agree that this one was more of a Buddy Rogers showcase.

#9 Lee Casebolt

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 11:05 PM

Shocked someone who loves good punches as much as Phil didn't have more to say about Buddy's uppercuts. Those were amazing.

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 03:42 PM

I would agree on this feeling more like a Rogers heel showcase than an attempt at a great match. I love all the mileage these guys get with a simple headlock throughout from the all the escapes when it's being worked straight early on to Thesz's selling of the accumulated damage from Roger's punches in the 2nd half. Also a nice dynamic here with Thesz playing more of a crafty guy not afraid to try Rogers's own tactics against him instead of just being a clean fighting face playing to the crowd. Of course the finish is nuts and Rogers also takes a hard bump to the outside off a Thesz forearm prior to that, but the hard knee he takes off one of Thesz's dropkick is getting slept on. ***3/4

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