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 - Wrestling Card Tonight Has International Look...
Wrestling Card Tonight Has International Look IT .1, r>^_..,,— ~n'.r% t-Vtin J?iiccian c nfllH Count 'em . . . one Mexican, one Russian, one Englishman, one Texan and two "foreigners" . . . and you have six big brute professional TV All-Star wrestlers coming to the Val Verde 4-H Club Show Barn for three matches tonight. The guy from Mexico is Mil Mascaras, a massively constructed Mexican; his opponent is the Great Malenko, a stony-eyed Russian; the not-so-suave Limey Is Sir Charles Montague, England's gift to the grunt and groan game; the Texan is Ben Malta, a San Antonio favorite known as "Un-gentle Ben" along the resin route; the two 'foreigners' are from out-of-the-Lone Star State: Ron Etchison and Col. Stu Gibson, both behemoth wrestlers who are veterans in the game. IVlil Mascaras risks being 'de-frocked' at the hands of the Great Malenko in the main bout here tonight. Wrestlethon prexy Frank Brown said morning that "for some unknown reason Malenko is either jealous or envious of Mil Mascaras' recent rise in wrestling popularity." Brown added, "When I looked around for a suitable opponent for Mascaras, word got to me that the Russian was more than eager to meet the Mexican before he (Malenko) would be leaving for Japan and a tour of the oriental-arenas. Mascaras agreed to the match for Del Rio and has professed no fear of the 'Rusian Bear,' as Malenko has been called." Brown said he looked for a good match if veteran referee David Cantu, who is coming to Del Rio to be the third man in the ring tonight, can control the bout. "If Cantu keeps a sharp eye on MaJenko to see that he doesn't get away with any illegal stuff in the ring and watches the ringside so the Russian's partner, Sir Charles, doesn't try to 'assist' Malenko in any manner, Mil Mascaras ought to be able to take care of himself. Anyway it goes the Queen City fans are^in for some real rough action." Brown also pointed to the Sir Charles-Ron Etchison match "could be as interesting as the main event" since Montague is a slick, treacherous man in the ring while his opponent, Etchison relies on wrestling knowledge, scientific holds, and extreme strength in his bouts. The third match between Matta and Col. Gibson has its possibilities for some rhubarbs since Matta, a normally calm operator, can get his dander up if the ex-Air Force colonel gets out of line, pointed out Brown. "Gibson is a former heavyweight boxer and sometimes he 'forgets' which sport he is engaged in for the night. A solid kidney smash, out of the referee's range of vision, would or could turn the Matta-Gibson match into a rugged brawl." Tickets for the bouts go on sale at 3 p.m. Brown said he'd supervise the new seating arrangement plan •which would S 've reserve or ringside seat olders a more advantageous point around the entire ring. Tonight's matches are the second of a year-long plan to bring professional wrestling to Del Rio. In July Mil Mascaras gained some friends here by doing away with Johnny Valentine after the latter, enraged over his loss in the Texas State heavyweight bout to the Mexican last spring "sort of got over-zealous "" th hi< = tactics. a with his

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  1. Del Rio News Herald,
  2. 19 Aug 1970, Wed,
  3. Page 8

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