On February 24, 1931, NBA Middleweight wrestling champion Gus Kallio successfully
defended his title against Joe Parelli in what was called the "first wrestling bout in the
state of New Mexico with a title at stake."
During the 1930s, John Anthony Flaska promoted matches in Albuquerque. He was born
on January 29, 1892 and arrived in the city from Cleveland around 1920. He attended
Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Flaska was a country sheriff in New Mexico.
He promoted from at least 1934 to '37, and was a matchmaker for shows at the Armory in
1941. He died in February 1979 in Albuquerque.
Clayton Fisher promoted Albuquerque from around 1938 to '40.
The Amarillo Daily News, on Wednesday, January 15, 1941, reported that wrestling was
returning to Tucumcari, New Mexico for the first time "in many years." The show was
going to be held Wednesday night at Jacobs Skating Rink under promoter Fred Tipton.
In the main event, Ray Ryan of Manassa, Colorado was going to face Joaquin Murrieta in
two-of-three-falls. Don Hill was going to wrestle Jack LaRue and Jack Nazworthy against
Professional wrestling was returning to Santa Fe on Saturday, May 19, 1973 with "IWA"
World Heavyweight champion Ricardo Cortez of Juarez facing The Great Silo in
two-of-three-falls. Three other matches were scheduled. The IWA was the "International
Wrestling Alliance." The show was sponsored by the Santa Fe Jaycees, which planned
bi-weekly wrestling shows at the Sweeney Gym.
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