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Memories of Studio Wrestling
Wiic TV Channel 11
November 15, 1959 - August 3, 1974

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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 Weaver.

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 early days.

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 babyfaces.

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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