Knotted Up

July 2nd, 2012, 12:00H · Topics: Famous And Not So..., Guys, Professional Wrestling, Sports · Print

I know the guy on the left is professional wrestler Hiro Matsuda but I can’t identify the wrestler he is tangled up with during a match in the old Jacksonville Coliseum.  Let me know if you can help identify the other wrestlers in the photograph.  I’m sure someone out there has encyclopedic knowledge of professional wrestling from the 1960′s that they would like to share.

Update:  Thanks for the prompt feedback!  It looks like who we have in the ring with Hiro Matsuda is none other than Don Curtis who first wrestled in Jacksonville in 1961 as the “Buffalo Bomber” and later made Jacksonville his home.  You can read more about him in his obituary published by The Florida Times-Union after his death in 2008.  He was quite a guy!

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  1. 1 John Hardy July 3rd, 2012 22:21H

    I think the individual wrestling against Matsuda is Eddie Graham. He was a long time wrestler and then promotor of the sport.

  2. 2 Bob / Vintage Jacksonville July 5th, 2012 11:06H

    Most of the photos I have showing Eddie Graham show him with longer blond hair. http://vintagejacksonville.net/2012/02/02/eddy-graham-with-haystacks-calhoon/ I think we have someone else here.

    • 3 Scott Teal September 2nd, 2012 15:52H

      Hiro Matsuda is wrestling Don Curtis. The man on the ring apron is Tim Woods, who later wrestled under a mask as Mr. Wrestling.

  3. 4 Richard Gainey July 5th, 2012 16:09H

    The wrestler on right is local legend, Don Curtis.

  4. 5 Kenny July 5th, 2012 17:35H

    Don Curtis

  5. 7 Dennis Hamilton July 5th, 2012 18:44H

    Isn’t that Don Curtis, who later became a wrestling promoter and Coliseum manager?

  6. 8 Mary Jo Trenkler July 5th, 2012 21:22H

    Left to right: Hiro Matsuda, Tim Woods, Don Curtis.
    (Courtesy of the wonderful Dotty Curtis)

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