McKeesport, Pennsylvania:  Saturday, January 5, 1963
(Palisades Arena) …. Edouard Carpentier vs. Bruno Sammartino


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  January 26, 1963
( ) … Bruno Sammartino b. Bill Scholl

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
February 4, 1963

World Heavyweight Champion Buddy Rogers and Bruno Sammartino drew



Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  Saturday, March 2, 1963
(WIIC Studios) … Bull Johnson vs. Seaman Art Thomas … Gene Kelly vs. Killer Kowalski …
Jerry Dorsic vs. The Shadow … Johnny Barend and Magnificent Maurice vs. Tony Depolo
and John Foti … (promoter:  Joe “Toots” Mondt) … (commentator:  Bill Cardille)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  Saturday, March 16, 1963
(WIIC Studios) … John Foti vs. Killer Kowalski … Fred Rodley vs. The Shadow … John
DeFazio vs. Tony DePaulo … Gene Kelly vs. Ivan Zukoff … Hurricane Hunt vs. Bull
Johnson … (promoter:  Joe “Toots” Mondt) … (commentator:  Bill Cardille)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  Monday, March 18, 1963
(Civic Arena) … Buddy Rogers b. Killer Kowalski (2/3) (Kowalski won the first fall in 7:30,
Rogers won the second in 4:40 and then the third in 1:19) (Kowalski suffered an injured left
knee) … Bobo Brazil and Dory Dixon b. Johnny Barend and Magnificent Maurice (2-0) …
Bruno Sammartino b. Buddy Austin (CO) (6:29) … The Shadow b. Seaman Art Thomas (11:
37) … Ace Freeman b. Ivan Zukoff (11:35) … Johnny DeFazio b. Bull Johnson (14:09) …
Hurricane Hunt and TNT Napolitan drew (15:00) … (promoter:  Joe “Toots” Mondt) …
(5,586 fans) … (gate:  $15,628.05)







Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  Wednesday, April 17, 1963
(Civic Arena) … Argentina Apollo, Bobo Brazil and Bruno Sammartino b. Buddy “Killer”
Austin, The Great Mortier and The Shadow (2-0) (Apollo, Brazil and Sammartino won the
first fall in 5:36, Apollo, Brazil and Sammartino won the second by disqualification in 9:11)
(Buddy Rogers was scheduled to have been apart of the heel tag team, but was prevented
from wrestling due to chest pains) … The Great Mortier b. Seaman Art Thomas by
submission … Ace Freeman b. TNT Napolitan (19:47) … Johnny DeFazio b. TNT Napolitan
(11:03) … Hurricane Hunt and Chuck Martoni drew (15:00) … (promoter:  Joe “Toots”
Mondt) … (3,200 fans) … (gate:  $7,684) … (benefit for the Easter Seals, second annual)

Jeannette, Pennsylvania:  Saturday, May 4, 1963
(Jeannette High School Gym) … Bruno Sammartino vs. The Shadow … Baron Gattoni and
TNT Napolitan vs. Jerry Dorsey and Chuck Martoni … Johnny DeFazio vs. Ivan Zukoff …
one other match … (sponsored by:  American Legion, Post 344)

*The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported that “Bruno Finally Wins Mat Title” on Saturday,
May 18, 1963, defeating Buddy Rogers at Madison Square Garden, stating that “the end
came after 48 minutes of a scheduled 60-minute match.”

*In a preview for the June 3, 1963 show on Monday, May 20, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette
reported that Sammartino was the “new Worldwide Wrestling Association’s heavyweight
champion.”

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  Monday, May 20, 1963
(North Side Grotto) … Eddie Faieta and Speedy LaRance vs. Manfenerro and Strickland
(2/3) … Apollo vs. Tiger Fred Geiger … Gardini vs. Frank Pickens … “Handsome” Bobby
Ford vs. Lou Rotkowski … (sponsored by:  Allegany County Council VFW)

*It was announced on May 29, 1963 that Pittsburgh wrestling coach Rex Peery was going
to accompany the American wrestling squad to Europe "as an observer and an aide." The
team was going to visit Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, and Greece.  The team was coached by
Myron Roderick and Richard Torio.

*In the Thursday, May 30, 1963 edition of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, in the column
“Sidelights on Sports” by Al Abrams, the sports editor, the following was printed:  “Bill
Cardille says the real success sports story of 1963 is Bruno Sammatino, the Northside
carpenter, who is now acclaimed as the heavyweight wrestling king.  Bill adds that 10,000
people were turned away at Madison Square Garden when Bruno defeated Buddy Rogers
in their title match.  Still another wrestling note:  Eddie Faieta says his group is bringing to
Pittsburgh soon the only undisputed heavy champ, Karl Kotch (sic).”

*In the Thursday, May 30, 1963 edition of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the following was
printed:  “Wrestling promoters from all over the country and Canada are coming to see the
Bruno Sammartino-Hans (The Great) Montier (sic) match for the World Wide Wrestling
Federation heavyweight championship at the Civic Arena Monday night.  Promoter Toots
Mondt has received requests for ringside seats from Frank Tunney of Toronto, Ont., Eddie
Quinn of Montreal, Jules Strongbow of Los Angeles, Morrie (sic) Segal (sic) of Houston,
Tex., Jim Crockett of Charlotte, N.C., Sam Mushnick (sic) of St. Louis, Willie Gilzenberg of
Newark, N.J., Ray Fabiani of Philadelphia and Ned Irish of Madison Square Garden, New
York.”

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  Saturday, June 1, 1963
(WIIC Studios) … WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino was a guest ...
Duke Hoffman vs. Frank Pickens ... Bobby Clark vs. Baron Gattoni ... John Galloway vs.
The Great Mortier ... The Kangaroos vs. Jerry Dorsey and Jim Martinero ... (broadcast on
channel 11 at 6:00 p.m.)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  Monday, June 3, 1963
(Civic Arena) … WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino b. Hans "The
Great" Mortier (2/3) ... Bobo Brazil b. The Shadow (DQ) (4:52) ... The Kangaroos b.
Argentine Apollo and Ace Freeman (10:14) ... Baron Gattoni b. Jerry Dorsey and Ivan
Zukoff (handicap match) ... Duke Hoffman b. Tommy O'Toole (15:53) ... Johnny DeFazio b.
Bull Johnson (12:23) ... Frank Holtz b. Bill Scholl (10:11) ... (promoter:  Joe “Toots” Mondt)
... (referees:  Paddy Grimes, Izzy Moidel) ... (5,376 fans) ... (gate:  $15,283.42)
Notes:  Mortier was said to be from Nuremberg, Germany.  Sammartino was from Allison
Park.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  Saturday, June 15, 1963
(WIIC Studios) ... Bob Boyer vs. The Shadow ... Cyclone Soto vs. The Great Mortier ...
"Cowboy" Reed vs. Baron Gattoni ... Ace Freeman vs. Bull Johnson ... Jerry Dorsey vs.
Duke Hoffman ... (broadcast on channel 11 at 6:00 p.m.)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  Saturday, June 22, 1963
(WIIC Studios) ... Baron Gattoni vs. Jose Quiones ... Buddy Austin vs. Frank Martinez ...
Cyclone Soto vs. Duke Hoffman ... Bob Boyer vs. TNT Napolitan ... (broadcast on channel
11 at 6:00 p.m.)

Washington, Pennsylvania:  Monday, June 24, 1963
(Brownson House) ... WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino vs. Duke
Hoffman ... Baron Gattoni vs. Johnny Kace ... Johnny DeFazio vs. Ace Freeman ... TNT
Napolitan vs. Chet Wallick ... Buddy Austin vs. Bob Boyer

Jeannette, Pennsylvania:  Friday, June 28, 1963
(Jeannette Post 344, American Legion) ... International Champion The Great Mortier vs.
Duke Hoffman ... Bob Boyer vs. Killer Kowalski ... Baron Gattoni vs. Frank Holtz ... Johnny
DeFazio vs. Ace Freeman ... TNT Napolitan vs. Chet Wallick

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  Saturday, July 6, 1963
(WIIC Studios) … No match listings in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  Saturday, July 13, 1963
(WIIC Studios) … No match listings in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  Tuesday, July 16, 1963
(Northside Grotto) … WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino b. Baron
Gattoni (2/3) … The Kangaroos (Al Costello and Roy Heffernan) b. Argentine Apollo and
Ace Freeman … Johnny DeFazio b. Mountain Hosley … The Shadow b. Duke Hoffman
(DQ) … Bobby “Hurricane” Hunt and Tony Simon drew (20:00)
Notes:  Sammartino was said to be the champion of the “Worldwide Wrestling Federation.”
The facility was at 107 East Montgomery Avenue.  Sammartino was a “resident of Allison
Park.” Hoffman was a “young Nebraska prospect.” Hurricane Hunt was billed as being from
East Liberty.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  Saturday, July 20, 1963
(WIIC Studios) … No match listings in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  Saturday, July 27, 1963
(WIIC Studios) … No match listings in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  Tuesday, July 30, 1963
(Northside Grotto) … Johnny DeFazio and Bruno Sammartino b. The Kangaroos (2-0)
(second fall by DQ) … Bobby “Hurricane” Hunt b. Jim Windle … Ace Freeman and Tony
Simon b. Gypsy Joe and Chet Wallick (2/3) … Baron Gattoni b. Duke Hoffman … (1,000
fans)
Note:  Hunt was originally booked to wrestle Jack Hosley of Toronto.






*In September 1963, Howard Jones promoted in Pittsburgh and offered $5,000 to anyone
who could pin his champion Karl Gotch.  Jones ran in opposition to Mondt and Capitol
Wrestling’s organization.


Research by Tim Hornbaker
October 3, 2010
Pittsburgh Wrestling Results - 1963