British S.P.C.A. Vetoes Wrestling Bear Stunt

By Dave Cameron

New Zealand Sports Digest, April 1963

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N.Z. SPORTS DIGEST Page 33 . ’1’ V‘\ i» g -’ r .17 mils“ waismne ROUND-UP. specially written by m Cameron, a New Zeaiand wrestler in England after how deiormed or freakish in key in British wrestling rings. But hy Australian wrestler Dennis Dean into trouble when he arrived back in England from a s J(our of Scandinavia with a wrestling bear. a huge an animaI weighing Jtwice his own poundage. UMAN beings. no m or appearance. are c als are out. That's w However, this was too much for the animal-lovers of Britain and they raised such a storm of protest that the R.S.P.C.A. joined in and denounced the proposed “bout" as a “degrading “ms was all set to appear in a 1mg act with the bear at 3'0“- The bruin was to be muzzled held on a chain by someone out- ‘ille ring. its paws padded. N.Z. SPORTS DIGEST Page 33 . ’1’ V‘\ i» g -’ r .17 mils“ waismne ROUND-UP. specially written by m Cameron, a New Zeaiand wrestler in England after how deiormed or freakish in key in British wrestling rings. But hy Australian wrestler Dennis Dean into trouble when he arrived back in England from a s J(our of Scandinavia with a wrestling bear. a huge an animaI weighing Jtwice his own poundage. UMAN beings. no m or appearance. are c als are out. That's w However, this was too much for the animal-lovers of Britain and they raised such a storm of protest that the R.S.P.C.A. joined in and denounced the proposed “bout" as a “degrading “ms was all set to appear in a 1mg act with the bear at 3'0“- The bruin was to be muzzled held on a chain by someone out- ‘ille ring. its paws padded. spectacle.” Next (lay, the announce- ment appeared: “The bout is off.” Dennis may take his grizzly to the United States, where they’re not so fussy. At least. they once allowed “Two-Ton Tony” Galento not only to box a kangaroo and wrestle a bear butueome to grips With an octopus as we . ' Top. Wrestlers Killed In latter months two of Europe’s outstanding wrestlers havefieen killed, but not in the ring. Leading German heavyweight Mathiau Roesges was shot by a drunken Frenchman and died instantly. Just a few weeks later, Hungarian champion Josef Kovacs. probably the best wrestler in all Europe, perished in a. ear crash in Germany while travelling at 120 mph. in a Mercedes. Kovacs won the big international tournament in Germany last year after having had to beat men like Ian Campbell. from Scotland, Sky—H1 Lee from Texas and all the top European heavies. Both Roesges and Kovaps recenty were in British rings and Will be missed. over here. ' “Dr Death" Many of the wrestlers working for Dale Martin promotions, who have had a monopoly on all UK. televised wrestling for some years. are waking up to the fact that the manual: raking in the money but pa' performers lit‘lle more than- 7 getting for ordinary non-to shows. ' _ The result is that these are breaking off‘ relations Wu: Martins and Jommg the indepe amonfiwhom former Sydney wr Paul incoln, the leading prom trying to get the independ'en their own shows on TV Lincoln, known in Australi years a Gas Elmo Lincoln, one of ritam’s to active Ina wrestling in _a ma as “Dr 13 London Italian Mike Marin “Golden Boy", who was inv New ’Zealand several years b another of the independents drawcards, along With KlW Hunter of New Zealand, Jud Hayes and “Gorgeous” Terry or Canada. ’Thesz In U.K.? Ex-world champion Lou Tiles, coming to_ San Moritz for a w. skiing holiday and there is chance of his appearing in I: for Dale Martins. Lou. one of America’s for breeders of Doberman Pineer dog a wealthy man these days although now _1nto_ his early; ‘ finds himself still able to hold 1115: With the younger lot on the 'ma spectacle.” Next (lay, the announce- ment appeared: “The bout is off.” Dennis may take his grizzly to the United States, where they’re not so fussy. At least. they once allowed “Two-Ton Tony” Galento not only to box a kangaroo and wrestle a bear butueome to grips With an octopus as we . ' Top. Wrestlers Killed In latter months two of Europe’s outstanding wrestlers havefieen killed, but not in the ring. Leading German heavyweight Mathiau Roesges was shot by a drunken Frenchman and died instantly. Just a few weeks later, Hungarian champion Josef Kovacs. probably the best wrestler in all Europe, perished in a. ear crash in Germany while travelling at 120 mph. in a Mercedes. Kovacs won the big international tournament in Germany last year after having had to beat men like Ian Campbell. from Scotland, Sky—H1 Lee from Texas and all the top European heavies. Both Roesges and Kovaps recenty were in British rings and Will be missed. over here. ' “Dr Death" Many of the wrestlers working for Dale Martin promotions, who have had a monopoly on all UK. televised wrestling for some years. are waking up to the fact that the manual: raking in the money but pa' performers lit‘lle more than- 7 getting for ordinary non-to shows. ' _ The result is that these are breaking off‘ relations Wu: Martins and Jommg the indepe amonfiwhom former Sydney wr Paul incoln, the leading prom trying to get the independ'en their own shows on TV Lincoln, known in Australi years a Gas Elmo Lincoln, one of ritam’s to active Ina wrestling in _a ma as “Dr 13 London Italian Mike Marin “Golden Boy", who was inv New ’Zealand several years b another of the independents drawcards, along With KlW Hunter of New Zealand, Jud Hayes and “Gorgeous” Terry or Canada. ’Thesz In U.K.? Ex-world champion Lou Tiles, coming to_ San Moritz for a w. skiing holiday and there is chance of his appearing in I: for Dale Martins. Lou. one of America’s for breeders of Doberman Pineer dog a wealthy man these days although now _1nto_ his early; ‘ finds himself still able to hold 1115: With the younger lot on the 'ma