of Studio Wrestling
Wiic TV Channel 11
November 15, 1959 -
August 3, 1974
Studio Wrestling debuted on November 15, 1959 on
Wiic Tv Channel 11 in Pittsburgh. The show was hosted by Mal
Alberts and was the brain child of Wiic Program Manager Shelton
In the early 60's Toots Mondt
promoted wrestling at Forbes Field, The Islam Grotto and the Civic
Arena. Vincent McMahon and Fred Kohler out of Chicago also
provided some of the talent that appeared din Pittsburgh in the
Nature Boy Buddy Rogers along
with Crusher Lisouski, Waldo Von Erich, Killer Kowalski made up the
group of heels that wrestled here in the early 60's.
A young wrestler making a name
for himself was Bruno Sammartino. Ace Freeman, Haystacks
Calhoun, Arnold Skaaland & Johnny Defazio were the early
Besides the action in the ring
there was excitement in the audience in the form of Ann Buckalew,
known to fans as "Ringside Rosie". Pie Traynor did
the American Heating commercials live on the show. In the late
60's George Steele would scare the hell out of Pie Traynor while he
was reading the spots.
In 1961 Mal Alberts left Wiic Tv
and was replaced by Bill Cardille. Cardille was super as host of
Studio Wrestling and was well liked by all the fans.
When the WWWF started up in 1963
Bruno Sammartino defeated Buddy Rogers for the Title.
Studio wrestling changed some as
some of the older local guys no longer participated like Billy Fox,
T.N.T. Napolitean & Zivko Kovacic.
We saw Chief White Owl break his
leg and live Television and heard on the news wrestler Tokyo Joe
died after a match.
Around 1966 Bruno Sammartino
bought the local wrestling promotion and kept it five years selling
it to Geeto Mongol.
Studio Wrestling left Wiic in
1972 after a new Program Manager didn't want the station to have an
image of Pro Wrestling.
Channel 53 picked up the new
version of Studio Wrestling called Super Pro Wrestling from Erie
hosted by Bill Cardille. This lasted only 2 years and was
replaced by the syndicated WWWF weekly show.
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