THE AGONY OF COMMUNICATION
Stoicism does not count for much with wrestling fans, who would feel defrauded if not allowed to share the exquisite tortures of their heroes. On the opposite page Hero Wilbur Snyder grimaces as longhaired Villain John Tollas howls as he prepares to flip Snyder to the mat. At right Bobo Brazil registers alarm, though it is he who has the hold (a scissors) on Gene Kiniski. At lower right Warren Bockwinkle's face contorts in agony as Villain Bulldog Pleeches (red trunks) bears down on a wristlock, and directly below, Matt Murphy (green trunks) and Mike DeBiasie suffer the dual devastation of a double arm stretch. Actually, the pain projected from these twisted countenances was slight compared to that happily received and endured by the spectators who witnessed the matches on a recent evening at the Ocean Park Arena in Santa Monica, Calif.
A VILLAIN PUT TO FLIGHT
As every good American knows, sportsmanship and courage are inevitably allied; so, conversely, are brutality and cowardice. One nice thing about wrestling is that it wholeheartedly affirms these fundamental beliefs. Here, for example, we have the hateful Kubla Khan, snarling sadistically as he applies first a double wristlock and then a knee drop (below, left and right) to the admirable but overpowered Mike DeBiasie. What happens, though, when Mike retaliates (bottom)? Kubla flees (opposite), shrieking in terror.
A MODERN MORALITY PLAY
The plot is simplicity itself. Evil seems sure to triumph over good. The evil man uses every sinful device at his command and it appears that the long-suffering good man will never be stirred to retaliate in kind. Meanwhile, the referee appears to be blind; he makes only the feeblest of protests at the villain's outrageous conduct. The picture above is a sample. Man Mountain Dean Jr. has Sandor Szabo backed into the corner and is butting him with his big belly while Sandor emits loud cries of "Hah! Hah!" On page opposite, upper left, Dean holds Szabo with a perfectly legitimate headlock, but pulls Szabo's hair while the referee is unable to see what he is doing. Lower left, Szabo has at last rebelled; he holds Dean's shoulder down with his knee while bending a hand back. And at right, Szabo stands triumphantly, for the moment, over Man Mountain, having thrown him with a "suplex." Events up to this point have moved women at the ringside (left to right below) to clench a fist, threaten with the back of the hand, assault Dean with a shoe, and suffer exquisitely for Szabo. In reply to the question, "What do women see in wrestling?" amateur psychiatrists ask, "What do men see in burlesque shows?" For what both men and women saw at the conclusion of the Dean-Szabo match, main-event feature of the thrice-weekly card at Hollywood Legion Stadium, see page following—bearing in mind, before turning, that in wrestling, as in life, the wicked sometimes seem to prosper.
VICE IS ITS OWN REWARD
The morality play comes to a happy conclusion as men and women spectators rise to their feet to give the raspberry to the fallen Man Mountain and cheer the noble Szabo. The lesson is plain enough to the true aficionado. Any wrestler who persists in using dirty tactics, who habitually violates every precept of fair play, such a scoundrel—is sure to be on next week's card.