MAYHEM FANS PACK ARENAS IN “DOG DAYS”
Montreal – Come mid-summer heat, counter attractions in outdoor parks or the fierce gestures at mayhem by the performing principals, Montreal’s wrestling business goes merrily on its way.
Throughout the summer, crowds averaging 8,000 persons have flocked to the Forum on weekly wrestling night. On some occasions attendance reached 12,000 and for a recent well bally-hooed show 15,000 wrestling fanatics jammed the winter hockey home of Montreal Canadians.
Baseball, softball and other outdoor sports claim their thousands but the Montreal wrestling addict takes his sport the hard way- indoors – with the temperature soaring.
At the Forum, beef means crowd appeal. At one recent exhibition of strength, skill and what have you, the assembled avoirdupois was terrific. Four of the eight giants on this card ran to nearly 1,100 pounds on the hoof.
That was the night big Primo Carnera, former world’s heavyweight boxing champion, was disqualified in his match with Montreal’s idol, Yvon Robert. It was a typical wrestling show with all the flourishes, and a typical wrestling crowd that roared, bellowed, and took a hand when the fighting broke out.
Main bouts have a habit of working up to a great climax. Carnera supplied the fireworks on this occasion. After a fall apiece, the 269 pound Italian reverted to his boxing days and flattened Robert with a sold right to the chin. The referee stepped in and Carnera picked him up and tossed him aside.
That disqualified Carnera but didn’t stop him. He layed about him with rights and lefts. Other wrestlers and spectators swarmed the ring. One right from Carnera popped out three teeth of wrestler Frank Valois. Carnera took on all comers, flattening them or tossing them from the ring. Then everything suddenly quieted down and ushers and police calmly cleared the ring.