|Date||Location||Card||Sources, notes, dating logic.|
|1930 - 1933/34||Parris Island, SC, Panama, Nicaragua. Discharged from Marines June, 1933, Quantico, VA. Sarasota, FL, traveling carnival.||Learned boxing & wrestling basics at Parris Island, SC Marines Boot Camp in 1930, and working out with Ringling Brothers employees around 1933, at their Sarasota winter quarters. Served in Panama and Nicaragua. Carnival work with Cyclone Thompson. (1913 NYSAC World light heavyweight title...Newspaper decision from the Milwaukee Free Press) Also The Flying Dutchman (O.L. "Dutch" Tennant? Ad (Adolf?) Herman? Ed Helwig? Henry Piers?) Taking on all comers.||Dad's stories and photos. Also worked as Tarzan of the Elephants, palm reader, and strongman for Ringling Brothers B&B, and an artist's model at the Ringling Art School. (A 1945 Wisconsin carny photo also references this circus work.)|
|JMK, on the many Flying Dutchmen who graced rings in North America. There are a couple with carnival roots, though, who could fill this bill: July 14, 1945 ... George Bauman vs Karl Pojello NOTE: … In Spokane WA, where he was the previous night, Bauman was described as "a European product," aka "The Flying Dutchman"||Added to your list (all active in the early '30s) can be: Charlie Leahman, Frankie Hart, Carl (Dutch) Schultz, Cal Farley, Henry Kolln (another carnival type), Milo Steinborn, Whitey Whittler, Tom Draak, Hans Bauer, Jack Von Weigand, Joe Ernest, Ernest Mulhausen|
|1933 or 1934||Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and Taft, California||So far, only four 1934 cards have been documented.||Attended Taft Junior College, worked as an extra in "Mutiny on the Bounty" (Gable), "Jungle Princess" and "The Circus Clown" (Joe E. Brown). Trained with Dick Paxton, who would become Mickey Rooney's stand-in. Beachcomber (Pismo, Venice, Muscle), Johnny Weismuller.|
|8/6/1934||Pismo Beach, California||(Monday)|
(Pismo Stadium) ... Dr. Paul A. (Doc) Mullikin (of San Luis Obispo CA) beat Black Knight (unmasked as Jack McDonald) (2-1) ... Jack Eku (as Jacques Eku) beat Jack Toone (of Bakersfield CA, sub for Popeye Kirk) (2-1) ... Walt ZIM drew Glenn (Bulldog) Nolan (of Portland OR) (20:00) ... Promoter: Vic Trenoweth
|J Michael Kenyon NOTE: ZIM and Nolan, signed the day of the show, replaced the originally scheduled opener between Jack Gorman (of Fort Worth TX) and Vincent Anton, when Gorman brought a note from the doctor saying his hip remained on the snafu list ... These two additions are described as “Walt (Wildman) ZIM of Central America and Bulldog Nolan, lean and lanky Portland heavyweight.” – San Luis Obispo CA Daily Telegram, Aug. 6, 1934 ... Toone, also known as the Bakersfield Spider, later gained the moniker of the Texas Centipede ... Kirk's mother reportedly was ailing in Wyoming ... (advertisement) "Pismo Beach Stadium ... 2,000 Seats at 40c ... Advance Sale of Tickets – Ed Martin's – For Reservations Call Pismo 8J or 161"|
|8/20/1934||Pismo Beach, California (Zim had a sub)||(Monday) (Pismo Stadium) ... Don Hill (of Bakersfield CA) beat Jacques Eku (2-1) ... Paul Johnson beat Dr. Gene Burson (170, of Buffalo NY, sub for Rod Fenton) (2-1) ... Sandy Garrison (as Don Casanova) drew Glenn (Bulldog) Nolan (sub for Walter ZIM) (20:00)||NOTE: Billed as promoter Vic Trenoweth's first "all light-heavyweight" wrestling show ... featuring, among others, "Walter Zim, blond South American wildman" – San Luis Obispo CA Daily Telegram, Aug. 16, 1934, or "The Polish star from South America." – San Luis Obispo CA Daily Telegram, Aug. 20, 1934 ... Jacques Eku, in time, will become "Jack Eku ... Eskimo-Siwash ... dog trainer" ... Paul Johnson, "the Long Beach Hercules," is described as a "former American amateur champion" and Garrison is "a well-known Mexican boxer ... it will be the first time that Casanova has appeared on any mat in California." ... Garrison boxed such notables as Ace Hudkins and Lee Ramage ... Fenton was released from his contract to fly home to the bedside of his ailing father in Edmonton AB ... "Don Casanova made an unimpressive debut in the wrestling profession when he could get no more than a draw with Bulldog Nolan in the opener."|
|Nov/Dec 1934 placeholder||Hanford, California placeholder||(Kings AC) ... Jack Sullivan (aka Orange Kid) (sub for Wild Bill Wynder) drew Walt Zinn||From an M Zim 1 column x 1.5" undated clipping (On album page with Zim in cage with orangutan) ... Dating & place logic: Zim handwriting pointing to article "1934 One of my first" [1st clippings? 1st matches?] ... Sullivan & Zim were on a 12/13/34 Hanford card ... Zim worked Hanford on 12/27/34 ... Sullivan (Orange Kid) wrestled Strelich 11/1/34 in Hanford http://www.newspapers.com/clip/1262259/nov_1_1934_orange_kid_jack_sullivan_vs/|
|12/13/1934||Hanford, California||(Thursday) (Kings AC) ... Louie Miller beat Jack Sullivan (aka Orange Kid) (2-1) ... Walter LaCore (of Selma CA) drew Dutch Scarberry (of Fresno CA) ... Walt ZIM (as Walt ZINN) drew Ken Harmon||12/14/34 Fresno Bee The Republican 1-column article|
|12/27/1934||Hanford, California||(Thursday) (Kings AC) ... Wild Tiger Louie Miller beat Buddy O'Brien (2-1) ... Vic Hill beat Tiger Tarzan Boykin (2-1) ... Oscar "Dutch" Scarberry (of Fresno CA) drew Walt ZIM (as Walt ZINN)||12/28/34 Fresno Bee The Republican 1-column article http://www.newspapers.com/clip/864721/122734_hanford/|
JMK NOTE: The Fresno CA Bee (Dec. 28, 1934) reported that “Dutch Scarberry of Fresno wrestled to a draw with Walt ZINN.”
M Zim has a 1 col x 1.2" undated clipping, stating: "The curtain raiser will find Dutch Scarberry of Fresno meeting Walt Zinn, Adonis of Hollywood, for the one-fall 25 minutes time limit bout. Altogether the card looks to be mighty good, with plenty of action and rough stuff for the most rabid fan." ... This match had been logged as a Jul-Nov 1935 placeholder, but changed to the 12/27/34 show, per JMK's 10/8/16 perception.
|1/9/1935||Bakersfield, California||(Wednesday) (Stadium) ... Dude Chick beat Vic Hill ... Louie Miller drew Buddy O'Brien ...Tarzan Boynkin beat Walter ZIMM ... Matchmaker: Buck Buchanan ... NOTE: The venue is at Nineteenth and V Streets and will become "Strelich Stadium" before too long ... ZIMM is billed as "The Terrible Thunderbolt of Canada" at 175 pounds ... Card sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans ... Ringside seats are $1.10, balcony perches 75 cents and general admission 40 cents ... Ladies and children at ringside get in for 60 cents||M Zim 1 col x 7" undated clipping, headlined "WRESTLING Tomorrow Night". Date and results from wrestlingdata.com http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=shows&show=125404|
Also M Zim 1 col x 1.7" clipping ("Thunder and Lightning"), which has spellings of ZIMM, ZINN, and Boykin.
Note: The 9/4/34 Salem OR paper calls Rod Fenton the "Canadian Thunderbolt". Perhaps Zim copied that name?
|1/30/1935||Bakersfield, California||Paul Johnson drew Walter ZIMM (time limit) ... Buddy O'Brien defeated Vic Hill ... Dude Chick defeated Louie Miller||http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=shows&show=125401|
|4/30/1935 thru 5/5/1935||Ukiah, California||At least 8 weeks spent touring with Hilderbrand's United shows (carnival & circus) April 30 thru August 10.||Hilderbrands spelling from his notes on two unsent postcards. (Roseburg and Crater Lake are pictured.) With Wayne Stumbaugh?|
|5/21/1935 thru 7/5/1935||Oregon: Roseburg, Medford, Klamath Falls, Bend||Hilderbrand's United Shows.|
Roseburg 5/21/35 - 5/25/35
Klamath Falls 6/24/35 - 6/29/35
Bend 7/1/35 - 7/4/35
|See above links.|
|8/5/1935 thru 8/10/1935||Boise, Idaho||Walter Zim with Hilderbrand's United Show||JMK: (advertisement) “COMING TO BOISE … Hilderbrand’s United Shows … August 5th to 10th, Inclusive Gates Open 6:30 Nightly … 6-BIG DAYS-6 … Fairview Avenue – Nampa Highway … RIDES: Merry-Go-Round, Merry Mix-Up, Loop-O-Plane, Glide-De-O, Steam Railroad, Air O’Plane, Auto Go Round … SHOWS: Wrestling, Nights in Hawaii, Circus Side Show, Reptilian, Mysterious Maze, Illusions, Alaska or Bust … FOR OLD – AND YOUNG … MATINEE SATURDAY 1:00 TO 5:00 P.M. … FREE GATE TO CHILDREN ANYTIME … Free Acts Nightly … Largest, Greatest, Most up to Date Carnival in the West! – Carrying 250 People, 30 Trucks and Trailers … Hilderbrand’s United Shows.” – Idaho Statesman, Boise ID, Aug. 3, 1935|
|July to Nov 1935 placeholder #1||Bakersfield, California||(Wednesday) ... Wayne Stumbaugh vs Walter Zimm ... Excerpts: Stumbaugh, middleweight champion of California, returns to Bakersfield Wednesday night meeting Walter Zimm, Taft Junior College student, in the opening bout. Stumbaugh is home after a successful invasion of Oregon and Washington, where he met the best at his weight. Zimm, a colorful figure, is known in Bakersfield as the "Prussian thunderbolt of Nova Scotia." His friends refer to him as "Jungle Jim", and he is really a native of South America.||From a Mike Zim 1 column x 3.7" undated clipping, headlined "Taft wrestler on Bakersfield Mat Card". Date placeholder based on a. After Oregon and b. near the 11/14/35 match.|
|11/14/1935||Bakersfield, California placeholder||(Thursday) ... Sponsored by American Legion ... Frank Taylor vs Ken Hallis ... Ted Christy vs Tuffy Cleat ... Pete Becker vs Walt Zimm ... Referee: Wayne Stumbaugh ... First 3 rows $1.00, near ringside 75 c, General 50 c||From a Mike Zim 1 column x 6" clipping dated "Thursday, November 14". Dating logic: From 1933 thru 1938, only 1935 has 11/14 falling on a Thursday. Location placeholder based on an adjacent clipping (Taft wrestler on Bakersfield Mat Card), saying Stumbaugh was returning to Bakersfield to wrestle Walter Zimm.|
|11/14/35 PH||If not 11/14/35, maybe city was Taft or Santa Monica? Since the article says Zimm was "the LOCAL strong man".||Pete Becker beat Walt (Tarzan) Zimm ... Text: "Pete Becker took the opener over Walt (Tarzan) Zimm after 17 minutes and 23 seconds with a body press. It was a slow bout with Becker staying close to Zimm, so that it was impossible for the local strong man to ever get hold of him."||From a Mike Zim 1 column x 1.4" undated clipping. It's pasted in the album next to the 11/14/35 clipping, so it could be a post mortem of that match. However, it says this was an opener, whereas the 11/14/35 clipping has Becker/Zimm 3rd on the billing.|
|2/15/1936 placeholder||Santa Monica, California||Wrestling in an outdoor ring in Santa Monica, for a Douglas Aircraft lunchtime show.||Mike Zim's 6 photos. Originally listed this as 2/13/36, but moved it to the 15th. Maybe because that was a Saturday, a more leisurely work day? Could his opponent have been Ray Gedeon, aka Red Shoes Dugan? A 30s wrestling report said he was a Douglas star. ... Not likely. Gedeon wrestled in Alabama Jan and March 1936.|
|4/3/1936||Santa Monica, California||(Ocean Park Arena) ,,, STRANGLER LEWIS DOWNS BILL LONGSON ... Lewis had little trouble beating Bill Longson in 26:20 with a series of headlocks which put the young Adonis out of commission for the rest of the evening. Longson substituted for Bill Sledge who was unable to wrestle because of blood poisoning in his arm. Wild Man ZIMM more than lived up to his name in the semi-final and lost on a foul to Vic Hill in 20:20, (dq) with about one minute of it wrestling. Apparent premeditated murder on the part of ZIMM caused referee Ted Hopkins to stop the bout before Hill was put in the hospital.||Santa Monica Outlook, Saturday, April 4, 1936, courtesy J Michael Kenyon, and http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=bilanzen&wrestler=13427&jahr=1936&monat=4|
|4/8/1936||Santa Monica, California||(Olympic Aud, att. 4,000) ... Tiny Roebuck beat Paul Matan ... Referee: Max Baer ... Chief Chewacki (as King Chiwaki) beat Oki Shikina (2-1) ... Bill Longson drew Vic Christy (60:00, 1-1) ... Bill Sledge beat Bronko Valdez ... Bill Bartush beat Kimon Kudo ... Jake Patterson beat Benny Ginsberg (dq) ... Wildman ZIMM beat Mitsui Hamanake||J Michael Kenyon ... NOTE: "Lou Daro wants Max Baer to meet Man Mountain Dean at Wrigley Field in May. The poor attendance at this card may have changed his mind." – Steve Yohe, researcher. Plus http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=bilanzen&bilanzart=&wrestler=13427&jahr=1936&monat=4 plus http://wrestlingclassics.com/.ubb/cache-SYJY8SE2/ubb_files/forums/Forum10/002151.cgi|
Plus M Zim "Olympic Wrestling" clipping for 4/14 match (As Wildman ZINN), saying "Zinn won last week"
Plus Apr 8, 1936 LA Times preview, with a photo of Ted Christy on the beach "giving his training stooge rather the worst of it." https://www.newspapers.com/clip/6023439/1936_apr_8_baer_roebuck_matan_zim/
And 4/4 & 4/5 previews https://www.newspapers.com/clip/6056366/1936_apr_4_zin_zim_vs_hamanake/
|4/11/1936 (previously listed as 4/10)||Santa Monica, California||(Saturday) (Ocean Park Arena) ... Bill Sledge drew Chief Chewacki (60:00, 0-0) … Referee: Mickey McMasters ... Ed (Strangler) Lewis beat Tony Felice (1-0, utc) ... Vic Christy drew Casey Colombo (45:00) ... Wild Man ZIMM beat John (Firpo) Wilcox ... John Freberg beat Alden Brooks … Promoter: Mike Hirsch||J Michael Kenyon ... On 3/20/15, Kenyon revised date from the 10th to the 11th, and amplified considerably ... NOTE: “Wild Man ZIMM, Venice eccentric, was able to hold Firpo Wilcox down for the count when Wilcox fell while executing an overhead body slam. ZIMM’s flying dropkick, which missed and catapulted him across the ring backwards, through the air, when he landed sitting on the top rope, was a highlight.” – Santa Monica CA Evening Outlook, Apr. 13, 1936|
|4/14/1936||San Diego, California||(Coliseum) ...Vincent Lopez beat Dick Daviscourt (2 0) ... Brother Jonathan beat Jack Holland ... Dr. Fred Meyer beat Vic Hill ...Howard Cantonwine beat Stanley Pinto ... Bronco Valdez beat Wildman ZIMM (dq) ... NOTE: Lopez is defending his claim to the "California world title"||J Michael Kenyon, plus an M Zim 3/4 x 4.5 clipping from Knockout magazine, and http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=bilanzen&wrestler=13427&jahr=1936&monat=4|
Also 4/15/36 Fresno Bee http://www.newspapers.com/clip/2153195/apr_14_1936_zimm_vs_valdez/
|4/15/1936||Los Angeles, California||(Wednesday) (Olympic Aud, att. 8,500) ... Joe Savoldi beat Chief Chewacki (as King Chiwaki) (2-0, dq) ... Sandor Szabo beat Tiny Roebuck (2-1) ... Howard Cantonwine drew Vic Christy ... Bill Bartush beat Benny Ginsberg ... Bill Sledge beat Jake Patterson ... (Jiu-Jitsu Match) Mitsui Hamanake beat Wildman ZIM (as Wildman ZIN) ... Oki Shikina drew Fred Meyer||J Michael Kenyon and http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=bilanzen&bilanzart=&wrestler=13427&jahr=1936&monat=4 plus http://wrestlingclassics.com/.ubb/cache-SYJY8SE2/ubb_files/forums/Forum10/002151.cgi|
Plus M Zim clipping referring to this match and the week before match.
Also 4/10, 4/12 & 4/15/36 LA Times previews.
JMK NOTE: ”ZIN will wish that he had not become civilized enough to don a jacket after Hamanake gets through with him, the mat wiseacres say.” – Los Angeles CA Times, Apr. 12, 1936
|4/16/1936 (likely date)||Long Beach, California||(Thursday) ... Howard Cantonwine vs Sandor Szabo ... Wildman ZIM vs George Tragos (as George Kondylis) ... Tiny Roebuck vs Vic Hill ... Oki Shikina (as Shikima) vs Benny Ginsberg ... Dr. Fred Meyer vs Stanley Pinto||M Zim 4.5" x 3" undated program clipping, headlined "Long Beach Wrestling". On page 14 of indexed album.|
7/5/16 JMK: Try Thursday, April 16, 1936. ... Because:
Long Beach shows were staged on Thursdays.
All of the participants scheduled for the undated show were in the area.
But, most importantly, because Oki Shikina was on the card.
Shikina had been advertised to appear Thursday, April 16 in Oakland but bowed out of that date, plus a couple of other northern California dates that same week, in order to wrestle what appears to have been a pretty full slate in southern Cal, topped by a main event Friday night, April 17, against Ed (Strangler) Lewis in San Bernardino.
And then he went back up to San Francisco, etc., the following week and was pretty much gone from the Southland until July.
I have no FIRM proof, but the 16th is a pretty good guess ... plus it fits Tragos/Kondylis to a T, since that was -- methinks -- his first or second week in southern California. ... NOTE: “Zim a fine showman but the Greek too much wrestler for him.” – Referee Magazine (undated)
|4/17/1936||Santa Monica, California||(Friday) (Ocean Park Arena) ... Sandor Szabo drew Vic Christy ... Howard Cantonwine beat Brother Jonathan ... Stanley Pinto beat Fred Meyer (dq) ... Bobby Coleman beat Wild Man ZIMM (cor)||J Michael Kenyon and http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=bilanzen&wrestler=13427&jahr=1936&monat=4|
|4/21/1936||San Diego, California||(Coliseum) … Joe Savoldi drew Howard Cantonwine ... Stanley Pinto beat Chief Chewacki ... Bill Bartush beat Vic Hill ... Fred Meyer beat Leo Papiano ... Wild Man ZIMM beat Jack Holland||J Michael Kenyon plus M Zim 3-line clipping from KNOCKOUT magazine. Excerpt: "Zim is quite a character but Holland should win." Also http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=bilanzen&wrestler=13427&jahr=1936&monat=4|
|1936 / 37 placeholder||Pasadena, California||Wildman ZINN vs Jack Holland||M Zim 3-line clipping from Referee magazine. Excerpt: "The Wildman's the baby here."|
|1936 / 37 placeholder #2||Pasadena, California||Wildman ZINN vs Bob Managoff (as Mannagoff)||M Zim 3-line clipping from Referee magazine. "Bob too much wrestler for Zin" ... Request sent to Online Archive of California, which has Wildman Zin records. (Box 1950 Folder 9)|
|1936 / 37 placeholder #3||Ventura, California||Wild Man ZINN vs 2 men, Gege Gravante and ??||M Zim 3-line clipping from Referee magazine, headlined Ventura Wrestling ... Beneath "Wild Man Zinn 1 Fall Gege Gravante", it says "Zinn will wrestle two men. Gravante, the fighter, will be the first man. He will throw Gravante and the other fellow."|
|4/24/1936||Santa Monica, California||(Friday)|
(Ocean Park Arena) ... Bill Sledge beat Chief Chewacki … Wild Man ZIMM beat Bobby Coleman (cor) ... Fred Meyer beat Jack Holland ... Benny Ginsberg drew Buck Yocum ... NOTE: These appear to have been the actual results -- unless they have been misdated (always a possibility). ... Promoter: Mike Hirsch
|J Michael Kenyon and http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=bilanzen&wrestler=13427&jahr=1936&monat=4|
Also California Digital Newspaper Collection.
NOTE: This was the lineup advanced in the Santa Monica College Corsair (issue of April 22). JMK: What we have now, My Dear Doctor Zee, is what must be described as anomalous.
The Santa Monica College Corsair (dated Wednesday, April 22, 1936) previews Friday night’s Mike Hirsch mat show at the Ocean Park Arena … but only the ZIMM-Coleman match appears to have come off as scheduled (!)
Bill Sledge vs Fred Meyer … Vic Christy vs Benny Ginsberg … (Jr Heavy Title Tourney, first round) Wildman ZIMM vs Bobby Coleman … Jack Holland vs Allen Royer
|4/28/1936||Pomona, California||(Tuesday) (Sportatorium) ... Vincent Lopez beat Baron Benny Ginsberg (2-0) ... Bill Longson drew Al Baffert (30:00, 0-0) ... Bobby Coleman beat Mike Warks (21:30) ... Wild Man ZIN beat Jack Holland (16:40) ... Referee: Dick Rutherford ... Promoter: Patrick Denis Michael Ahern||5/1/36 Chino (CA) Champion|
JMK NOTE: Ahern was dubbed “Carnation Pat” because of his affecting the lapel flower made famous by Los Angeles promoter “Carnation Lou” Daro … "Jack Holland, Hollywood's husky school boy, was no match for Wild Man ZIN, ol' Tarzan of the Apes hisself, from Borneo-o-o-o. Zin's bare footwork was anything but a joy because he kept putting one or the other in Holland's wind section most of the match, which ended in 16 minutes 40 seconds. In fact, ZIN just about kicked Holland into submission and otherwise disported himself in a manner which brought down the wrath, ire and imprecations of the crowded house … The Baron, who favors the use of tape around his right hand and a patch on his elbow for use across his adversary’s eyes, very much to the displeasure of the crowd, which last Tuesday numbered quite a splattering of Mexicans who were out to see their idol in action. As usual, before the match ended, referee Dick Rutherford held the infuriated Baron while Lopez took off the tape. This stunt, frequently employed, is getting old now and the boys should figger up something new to cause fresh wrath among the fans.” – Chino CA Champion, May 1, 1936
|5/4/1936||Santa Monica, California||Married Shirlie Blake. In the ring, with the Three Stooges horsing around? No match that day?||Have marriage certificate, but no clipping about the Stooges. Sent inquiry to their fan website.|
|5/5/1936||San Diego, California||(Tuesday) (Coliseum) … George Zaharias beat Tiny Roebuck (2‑1) ... Clem Savoldi beat Mitsugu Hamanaka (2-1) ... Bill Bartush beat Stanley Pinto (9:24) ... Billy Hansen (sub for "Tiger Al" Thesz, of Armenia) drew Benny Ginsberg (30:00) … Billy Hansen beat Wild Man ZIMM (7:53) ... Referee: Don McDonald ... Matchmaker: Linn Platner||J Michael Kenyon ... NOTE: Clem Savoldi weighed 145 pounds ... "Tiger Al" was a Toots Mondtian publicity gaffe which misidentified the future pro wrestling legend, Lou Thesz, then just a few days past his 20th birthday ... Thesz' non-appearance had Billy Hansen doing double duty, first tossing the 189-pound "long-haired grappler," ZIMM, in short order, before, as a replacement, going to a time-limit draw with Ginsberg.|
|5/7/1936||Ogden, Utah||(Thursday) (Elks Club Arena) ... Richard Stahl beat Sherm Christensen (2-1) ... Del Kunkel beat George Bennett (sub for George Sarris) (2-0, dq) ... Ralph Morley drew Red Devil (30:00) ... Wally Thompson drew Wild Man ZIM (20:00) ... NOTE: "Wally Thompson of Colorado and Wild Man ZIM of Los Angeles also gave a thrilling performance. They wrestled at top speed over 20 minutes to a draw." – Ogden UT Standard-Examiner, May 8, 1936||J Michael Kenyon, and 7 May 1936 Ogden-Standard Examiner http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/27127649/ |
Note, this paper called him Wildman Zinn of Los Angeles.
|5/8/1936||Salt Lake City, Utah||(Friday) (McCullough's Arena) ... Joe Savoldi drew Richard Stahl (60:00, 1-1) ... Del Kunkel beat Wild Man ZIM (192, of Nicaragua) (2-0, cor) ... Wally Thompson (195, of Pueblo CO) beat Jack Nelson (205, of New York City NY, sub for George Sarris of Oakland CA) (2-0) ... Floyd Hanson (176, of Salt Lake City UT) beat George Bennett (175, of Oklahoma) (18:00) ... NOTE: "The most spectacular finish to a wrestling match yet witnessed at the arena was put on by Del Kunkel in defeating Wild Man ZIM, said to be from Nicaragua. The Wild Man attempted to live up to his name, throwing fists and knees and pulling hair and otherwise conducting himself as wild men are supposed to do. These evidences of savagery, however, failed to daunt the local dynamiter. Kunkel won the first fall with a pile driver that almost drove Zim's head through the floor, permanently waved locks and all. Del polished off the Central American in highly picturesque fashion. Leaping for and obtaining a flying headlock, Kunkel mounted to the top strand of the arena enclosure and marched, hand over hand, two-thirds of the way around, dragging the floundering Wild Man along with him. Arrived at the southwest corner, Kunkel gave his sturdy legs a twist. This served to yank Zim over the ropes and to drop him on the concrete below. He was counted out." -- Salt Lake UT Tribune, May 9, 1936||J Michael Kenyon "The Wild Man is said to be well named, although his wrestling record is mostly hearsay so far as authentic local information is concerned ... ZIM is credited with 190 pounds." – Salt Lake UT Tribune, May 3, 1936 ... There is talk, too, of the "Wild Man" having matriculated at Taft Junior College, located in Kern County, California.|
5/6/36 Salt Lake Tribune … Enter the Wild Man ... Promoter Verne McCullough saw him in LA and described him as a “glamorous lad”.
Plus M Zim 1 column x 12" preview article
Note: "A super showman and an outstanding wrestler is "Wild Man" Zim from Nicaragua ... Promoter McCullough who saw the fellow in action down on the coast last weekend, describes him as another Danny McShain, than whom there never was anybody any "whomer" around these parts."
Plus M Zim 1 column x 2.8" clipping of results.
Plus 5/9/36 report ... http://www.newspapers.com/clip/2422631/may_8_1936_zim_lost_to_kunkel/
|5/9/1936||Venice, California||Wild Man ZIM billed.||J Michael Kenyon|
Z: Logical? He's in Salt Lake City the night before, and 700 miles is a long push.
JMK: I do know that Walter Zim, when licensed the previous month (April 1936) by the state athletic commission (license No. 969) gave as his address 1410 Second Avenue, Venice CA … so it’s possible some enterprising promoter just threw his name into the hopper of some press release. As we know, there is at least 700 miles ‘twixt being “billed” and actually showing up and doing the grapple. ... ... Not that the 700 miles was insurmountable. Joe Savoldi, in the main event of that Friday, May 8, 1936 card in Salt Lake was booked the next night, against Vic Christy, at the Sportatorium in Pomona CA, which isn't all that terribly short of Venice CA. Of course, Savoldi was a main eventer and probably could charge airplane tickets not likely available to an up-and-comer such as your progenitor.
|5/15/1936||Salt Lake City, Utah||(Friday) (McCullough's Arena) ... Ray Steele beat Richard Stahl (2-1) ... Joe Savoldi beat Del Kunkel (60:00, 1-0, only fall) ... Wild Man ZIM, 179 beat Floyd Hanson, 180 (12:00) ... George Sarris (as Ted Sarris, 194, of Detroit MI) drew Wally Thompson (20:00) ... Referee: Sherm Christensen||J Michael Kenyon NOTE: "Wild Man ZIM was wild enough Friday night to suit even the most bloodthirsty. He roughed it was Floyd Hanson to such good – or bad – purpose that he won a one-fall match. Hanson attempted to retaliate in kind, but the Nicaragua wild one got in by far the most numerous punches, strangles, knees and gouges. Sherm Christensen, who was referee for the evening, had to pitch ZIM out of the ring a time or two, but even that failed to diminish the Central American's ardor." – Salt Lake UT Tribune, May 16, 1936|
Also 5/15/36 Salt Lake Tribune preview
5/16/36 St. Louis Star and Times
|5/16/1936||Ogden, Utah||(Saturday) (Ogden Elks Club) ... Joe Savoldi beat Richard Stahl ... George Sarris drew Del Kunkel ... WILD MAN ZIM, 179 lbs., beat Danny Milligan, 180 ... Wally Thompson over Floyd Hansen ... Referee: Ralph Morley ... NOTE: "Danny Milligan of Ogden tried a flying tackle against Wild Man Zim but missed his mark after 15 minutes of wrestling. Milligan was injured in the mixup." – Ogden UT Standard-Examiner, May 17, 1936||From 5/17/36 Ogden Standard-Examiner http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/27132658/ and J Michael Kenyon and 5/16/36 Ogden S-E http://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10025/newspaper-archive?s=248975471&itemId=393961764&action=showRecord which reported his weight as 179 lbs.|
|5/18/1936||Burley, Idaho||(Monday) (Arcadia Hall) ... Al Newman beat Richard (Dick) Stahl (2-1) ... Del Kunkel beat George Sarris (2-0) ... Wild Man ZIM (193, who hails from Central America) beat Dan Millikan (2-1) ... Sherm Christensen beat Wally Thompson||Kasper Christiansen of wrestlingdata.com, on 11/5/14|
|5/20/1936 (Was a 5/27/36 PH)||Evanston, Wyoming||(Wednesday) (I.O.O.F. Arena) ... Del Kunkel beat Wild Man ZIM (2-1) ... Fred (Popeye) McKenzie (sub for Sherm Christensen) beat Richard Stahl (2-1, dq)... Wally Thompson (of Pueblo CO) beat George Sarris (15:00, utc)... Roy Taylor drew Harold Taylor (15:00) … Bud Matthews (of Evanston WY) drew Chet Bruce (of Almy WY) (10:00)... Referees: Roy Hartley, Bill Salmela ... Promoter: Lyman Brown||From M Zim 1-col x 7.2" undated clipping headlined "Wrestling" ... Place logic: There's a 6/3/36 IOOF card in Evanston. ... Date logic: Most of the troupe is working Utah in May and June. Assumed Wednesday, like the 6/3/36 card. The 3 open and feasible Wednesdays were 5/13, 5/20, and 5/27. The 27th is proposed, since 6 of them work Ogden UT on 5/28. NOTE: The I.O.O.F. is the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a global altruistic and benevolent fraternal organization derived from the British Oddfellows service organizations of the 18th century.|
3/10/16, received 5/14 & 5/21/36 Wyoming Times clippings from the Evanston, WY library, which enabled dating this card.
JMK NOTE: "Del Kunkel, Salt Lake City, beat Wild Man ZIM, Tarzan of the Argentine, in one of the most lively, free-for-all bouts ever staged here. Del had to turn ‘wild’ himself, and during the course of this canto, which started in the ring and practically finished at the front door of the arena, he had his hand broken while slugging away at this Wild Man ZIM. ‘Doc’ Stafford attended to the injured member, and Del came back to win in a very sensational manner. Zim took (the) first fall in 7 minutes with a body slam. Del won (the) second fall in 10 minutes with an airplane spin, and (the) third and winning fall in 5 minutes with a drop kick that knocked the Wild Man from the Amazon for a loop." – Wyoming Times, Evanston IL, May 21, 1936 … The Taylors were plainly identified as brothers … “Wild Man ZIM is a native of South America. He has been in the wrestling game for nine years; has been in the United States for one year, for which period he has been instructing wrestling at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. ZIM is one of those men with a perfect body, beautifully muscled, and fast and lithe as a panther; he is also one of the greatest showmen in the world, and when it comes to dirty tactics, he is a past master … Many of the fans have requested a heavyweight card, so Mr. Brown secured, through Verne McCullough, Friday night, this selection of heavy men. It has been difficult to get heavyweights who can move past the slow-motion screen pictures; but this man ZIM is as fast as a welterweight and his long hair adds to this colorful wrestling … Del Kunkel has been crowded on several occasions this season, but if he gets by ZIM he will have to travel. It was fortunate last week [May 8], at Salt Lake, that he got the decision over the Argentine wrestler. – Wyoming Times, Evanston WY, May 14, 1936
|5/21/1936||Ogden, Utah||(Thursday) (Elks Club) ... Del Kunkel beat Wild Man ZIM (2-1) ... Ralph Morley drew Jungle Joe Bauer (45:00, 1-1) ... Richard Stahl drew George Sarris (of Oakland CA) ... Danny Milligan drew Tiger Nelson (9:00) ... Referee: R. Verne McCullugh ... NOTE: " Zim displayed the usual wild man tricks with a few of his own flourishes. He appeared with a Johnny Weissmuller mane and bare feet, and started the festivities by clamping a headlock on Kunkel before Del could remove his bathrobe. After taking a few rights and lefts and having his toes spread a number of times, however, the alleged South American got a great longing for the Pampas and preferred to spend most of his time out of the ring. This didn't suit Del, and the Salt Laker became quite adept before the affair was over at such cute tricks as lifting Zim over the ropes by the hair. There were other things, too, such as the Wild Man making passes at a few spectators. The match was short on wrestling but long on slaughterhouse." – Ogden UT Standard-Examiner, May 22, 1936||J Michael Kenyon "Wild Man ZIM (is) one of the most colourful wrestlers ever to perform here ... Kunkel is recognized as the junior heavyweight champion while Zim comes to Ogden minus any titles, but boasting plenty of color." – Ogden UT Standard-Examiner, May 21, 1936 https://www.newspapers.com/clip/6099604/1936_may_21_zim_kunkel_morley_bauer/|
|5/22/1936||Salt Lake City, Utah||(McCullough's Arena) ... Vincent Lopez beat Ray Steele (2-1) ... Richard Stahl drew Del Kunkel (60:00, 1-1) ... George Ted Sarris drew Fred (Popeye) Fred McKenzie (30:00) ... Wild Man ZIM beat Jungle Joe Bauer (18:00)||J Michael Kenyon NOTE: Vincent Lopez defended the California version of the "world" title ... ZIM and Bauer "roughed each other viciously. The Central American proved to have the greater power in his trusty right, and won the decision with a series of rights to the jaw, lefts to the face, kicks to the body, pulls of the hair and gouges of the eyes." – Salt Lake UT Tribune, May 23, 1936|
Also preview http://www.newspapers.com/clip/2422686/52236_zim_beat_jungle_joe/
|5/28/1936||Ogden, Utah||(Thursday) (Elks Club) ... George Sarris beat Wild Man ZIM (2-1, cor) ... Referee: Del Kunkel ... Ralph Morley beat Joe Bauer (2-1) ... Richard Stahl drew Sherm Christensen (20:00) ... Wally Thompson beat Ken Mayne (10:00) ... 5/28/36 Ogden Standard-Examiner: "Zim, a master wrestler, will rule a favorite with many fans to toss the colorful Sarris, but the Oakland wrestler has other ideas. "Now that Sarris has consented to a match, I'll toss him within 35 minutes." said Wild Man Zim. "Sarris has a reputation and victory for me over the coast athlete is sure to boost my stock."||May 24, 1936 Ogden-Standard Examiner http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/27135592/ and J Michael Kenyon NOTE: "Zim took the first fall of the best-two-of-three affair in six minutes with a double stepover toe hold. Sarris came back to take the second in 11 minutes with a reverse body slam, and tossed the Wild Man into the front-row steel chairs for the grand finale in an even 10 minutes. George failed to tie the record Kunkel made against Zim last week. According to this scribe's memory, Del tossed the South American out of the ring 329 times to George's 172. Anyhow, those are relative figures. At that, the Wild Man showed more wrestling last night than in his previous appearance. Your scribe still thinks a natural would be an 'everything goes' affair between Zim and Leo Papiano – but heaven help the ringsiders!" – Ogden UT Standard-Examiner, May 29, 1936|
Zim "champion rope jumper"
|5/29/1936||Salt Lake City, Utah||(McCullough’s Arena) ... Vincent Lopez beat Nick Lutze … Ira Dern beat Richard Stahl (1-1, utc) … Del Kunkel beat Wild Man ZIM … George Ted Sarris drew Tiger Jack Nelson ... Promoter: Verne McCullough||J Michael Kenyon NOTE: "Del Kunkel again tamed Wild Man ZIM, once more using his dropkick for the purpose. The Wild Man pursued his customary rough tactics, but this time mixed in some pretty good wrestling, mostly of the vigorous type." – Salt Lake UT Tribune, May 30, 1936 ... Also (3) M Zim clippings: A 1 col x 2" of the matchups, and 2 col x 1.8" headlined "Lopez Wins Over Lutze; Dern's Airplane Works", 2 col x 5" ad|
Also reported in the 5/31/36 in the Klamath News (Klamath Falls, OR) http://www.newspapers.com/clip/2684702/may_29_1936_zim_beaten_by_kunkel/
|5/30/1936||Cedar City, Utah||(Saturday) (Blackhawk Encampment) ... Wild Man ZIM vs Wally Thompson||Iron County Record (Cedar City UT) https://www.newspapers.com/clip/10943672/1936_jul_30_zim_kunkel/|
NOTE: "... ZIM is the long-haired wild man who appeared here on May 30th." ... Wally Thompson of Colorado is the man who met him.
|6/3/1936||Evanston, Wyoming||(Wednesday) (I.O.O.F. Arena) ... Floyd Hansen (178, of Salt Lake City UT) beat Wild Man ZIM (182, of Argentina) ... Lyman Brown beat Ken Mayne (sub for Jungle Joe Bauer, 185, of Germany) ... Barney Rollins (of Lyman WY) drew Bill Salmela (of Almy WY) (20:00, 1-1) ... Promoter: Lyman Brown ||M Zim tan 11.5-inch x 10.8-inch (trimmed) poster in the sprawling Mike Zim Collection asserts, is from Argentina.|
3/8/16 clippings (and their transcripts) provided by Evanston library. ... JMK NOTES: The Uinta County Herald of May 28, 1936 included a premonitory advance story: ”It is not likely that ZIM will have it all his own way.” ... Promoter/wrestler Lyman Brown wraps his five-month booking deal with Verne McCullough and Ira Dern of Salt Lake City UT ... Brown plans an occasional summer show and then to arrange regular bouts again in the fall ... Now a local game warden, Brown wrestled many of the nation’s top welterweights and middleweights in the wake of "the great war" ... Floyd Hansen (name, by the way spelled correctly -- for most of his career, he would be billed as Floyd HANSON) was the brother of the far more traveled "Sliding Billy" Hansen.... Salmela had been absent from the wrestling ring for some seven years prior to this card.
|6/4/1936||Ogden, Utah||(Elks Club) ... (Battle Royal Finale) Red Devil beat Wild Man ZIM (2-0) ... Richard Stahl drew Fred (Popeye) McKenzie (20:00) ... Danny Mayne beat Ken Mayne (9:00) ... Ralph Morley drew Wally Thompson (20:00) ... NOTE: "The man was down. In fact, he was not only down, but he was very nearly out, and his handsome nose was knocked askew across his face. We refer to Wild Man ZIM, who lost the final fall in the final match at the Elks Club weekly gruntfest last night to the Red Devil, masked grappler. The Red Devil employed some good stiff punches, followed by a body press, to take the event."||J Michael Kenyon Notes contd: ZIM's broken nose worried referee Del Kunkel, who called for a doctor in the house – but none appeared. ZIM took the first fall in the best two-of-three affair in one minute with a number of things that could not be classified as wrestling holds. After trying the front-row seats as a wrestling spot instead of the ring for a few seconds, the Red Devil snatched the second drop in two and one-half minutes. The two heavyweights earned the right to appear in the wind-up event by being the last two survivors of a (six-man) battle royal ..." – Ogden UT Standard-Examiner, June 5, 1936|
|6/5/1936||Salt Lake City, Utah||(Friday) (McCullough's Arena) ... Dick Daviscourt beat Richard Stahl (2-0)…Casey Colombo beat Del Kunkel (2-1)… Fred (Popeye) McKenzie beat Wild Man ZIM (18:00) …Wally Thompson beat Kenny Mayne (14:00)||J Michael Kenyon and 6/6/36 Salt Lake Tribune http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/11020173/ NOTE: "McKenzie took ZIM's rough tactics for quite a spell before he brought up his heavy artillery. When he did, he was master of the situation, and a crotch and body drop finished the Wild Man in 18 minutes. There was plenty of action in the affair, a one-faller, but not much legal wrestling." – Salt Lake UT Tribune, June 6, 1936|
Also 5/31/36 Salt Lake Tribune preview http://www.newspapers.com/image/10623766/?terms=
Also (4) M Zim clippings: 2-col x 5" ad, 1-col x 6.4" Sugarhouse, Utah preview ("Belts, Crowns and Cups), 1-col x 3" results, 1-col x 2.6" report.
|6/8/1936||Santa Ana, California||(Monday) (Orange County AC) … Tor Johnson (sub for Ray Steele) beat Mayes McLain (4:52) ... Don Juan Olaquivel (as Juan Olaquivel Pico) beat Hugo de Collelmo (as Casey Colombo) (2-0) ... George Tragos (as George Kondylis) beat Wildman ZINN (1-0) ... Billy Hansen drew Stanley Pinto ... Referee: Dick Rutherford ... Promoter: Sam Sampson … NOTE: Ticket prices for this venue, on Highway 101 between Santa Ana CA and Anaheim, were $1.00, 75 cents and 40 cents||6/8/36 Santa Ana Daily Register preview.|
(And maybe a supporting clipping in Mike Zim's Collection?)
6/9/36 Register results, referee, and color
"Scribes tired of abuse from Big Grapplers" by Paul Vissman ... Funny report of Zim's leaping, goofy look, and ability to create heat. JMK transcribed May, 2016.
|1936 PH||Long Beach, California||Howard Cantonwine vs Sandor Szabo ... Wildman ZIM vs George Kondylis (as Kondalis) ... Tiny Roebuck vs Vic Hall ... Benny Ginsberg vs Oki Shikima ... Dr. Meyers vs Stanley Pinto||M Zim 4.5" x 3" undated program clipping, headlined "Long Beach Wrestling". On page 14 of indexed album.|
|6/9/1936||Salt Lake City, Utah||(Coliseum) … Billy Hansen beat Howard Cantonwine (dq) ... Hugo de Collelmo (as Casey Colombo) beat Benny Ginsberg ... Bill Longson drew Stanley Pinto ... Juan Olaquivel (as Juan Pico) beat Rudy Skarda ... Wild Man ZIMM (as Wildman Zinn of Borneo, United Press version) beat Mitsugi Hamanaka||J Michael Kenyon|
Also WAWLI google groups ... https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rec.sport.pro-wrestling/mR3t6u4d7Vk
|6/10/1936||Los Angeles, California||(Olympic Auditorium, att. 5,000) ... Man Mountain Dean beat George Zaharias (1-1, utc) ... Nick Lutze beat Sandor Szabo (cor) ... Hans Steinke beat Lou Thesz ... Billy Hansen beat Jack McArthur ... Juan Olaquivel beat Dick Daviscourt ... Howard Cantonwine beat Bill Sledge ... Abe Goldberg beat Wildman ZIM ... Promoter: Jack Daro ... NOTE: Lou Daro continued to be absent, still reportedly in Japan.||J Michael Kenyon and http://wrestlingclassics.com/.ubb/cache-SYJY8SE2/ubb_files/forums/Forum10/002151.cgi|
Also 6/7 and 6/10/36 LA Times previews https://www.newspapers.com/clip/6056435/1936_jun_7_zin_zim_goldberg/
|6/11/1936||Bakersfield, California||(Thursday) (Stadium) ... Vic Christy vs Hugo de Collelmo (as Casey Colombo) ... Abe Goldberg beat Lou Thesz ... Bronco Valdez, 204, vs Wildman ZIM (YIMM), 195 lbs ... Promoter: Buck Buchanan||JMK Notes: This day's Bakersfield CA Californian described ZIM as "Wildman ZIMM, the rough-house thunderbolt of Detroit, at 195 pounds." ... In the accompanying advertisement, he was "Wildman YIMM." ... The future, six-time champion of the world, Thesz, was advertised as "Louis Pheez." ... Eagle-eyed Californian sports desk editors were not totally asleep ... "Knowing Buck Buchanan, the promoter, of old, we suspect there is some mix-up in his spelling and that 'Valdege' may be Valdez and that Yimm may be ZIMM. However, whatever their names are, they are a couple of wrestlers and tangle in the opener." (Mike Zim research) 6/11/36 Bakersfield Californian 1-column ad and 2-column article (The article spellings: Bronco Valdez and Wildman ZIMM.) http://www.newspapers.com/clip/823757/61136_bakersfield_yimm_and_zimm/ PLUS comments about Buchanan's spelling http://www.newspapers.com/clip/824640/61136_buchanan_spellingchallenged/|
|6/16/1936||San Diego, California||(Coliseum) … George Zaharias beat Howard Cantonwine (2-1) ... Referee: Hans Steinke ... Man Mountain Dean beat Dick Daviscourt (sub for Sandor Szabo) ... Nick Lutze beat Bill Sledge ...Billy Hansen beat Wild Man ZIMM (as Wildman ZINN of Borneo, United Press version) ... Luigi Bacigalupi drew Steve Savich ... NOTE: Szabo was prevented from wrestling by athletic commission due to infected boil on face.||J Michael Kenyon|
Also WAWLI google groups ... https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rec.sport.pro-wrestling/mR3t6u4d7Vk
|6/18/1936||Bakersfield, California||(Thursday) (Stadium, at Nineteenth and V streets) ... Joe Malcewicz (sub for Sandor Szabo) beat Bill Sledge (2-0) ... Casey Kazanjian drew Abe Goldberg ... Don Pico, 200 beat Wildman ZIMM, 195 (11:45) ... Promoter: Buck Buchanan ... NOTE: A series of forearm shivers to the head led to Pico's success ... The winner was advertised as having matriculated from the Pyrenees, probably the Spanish side, given his name and "title."||J Michael Kenyon plus 6/19/36 Bakersfield Californian http://www.newspapers.com/image/208765|
JMK: I know the date because, on Wednesday, June 17, 1936, Ed Don George "ex-campeon mundial, derroto a Joe Malcewicz, de Polonia" in the semifinal match at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles. ("Vicente Lopez derroto al Hombre Montana Dean en dos tres caidas" in the main event.) The information is courtesy of the "Entre Bufadores" column in the next day's issue of the Continental, available at some newsstands in El Paso, Texas.
Plus 6/18/36 Bakersfield Californian
Plus 6/17/36 preview http://www.newspapers.com/clip/2152104/jun_18_1936_zimm_vs_pico/
|6/19/1936||Santa Monica, California||(Friday) (Ocean Park Arena) ... Billy Hansen beat Kasmir Polaski … Man Mountain Dean beat Nick Lutze (cor) ... Steve Savich drew Casey Colombo ... Tiny Roebuck beat Jack McArthur ... Wild Man ZIMM beat Bobby Coleman||J Michael Kenyon|
|6/22/1936||Santa Ana, California||(Monday)|
(Orange County AC) … Juan Olaquivel (as Juan Olaquivel-Pico) beat Tor Johnson (2-1) … Billy Hansen beat Abe Goldberg (sub for Vic Christy) (16:58) … Nick Lutze beat Bill Bartush (18:16) … Baby Bob Coleman beat Wildman ZINN (22:46, dq) … Referee: Herb Stegeman ... Promoter: Sam Sampson
|6/20/36 Santa Ana Register|
JMK NOTE: ”Coleman should have had the decision on a foul much earlier but, as usual, referee Herb Stegeman was looking the other way. ZINN, one of the rougher detours in wrestling, staged his usual exhibition of hair-pulling, kicking and hitting low and had fans howling at him from the start.” – Santa Ana CA Register, June 23, 1936 ... Researcher J Michael Kenyon explains, ”By way of explanation, I parenthetically note ‘Juan Olaquivel-Pico’ because that's the first and only time -- and he wrestled a good many years -- I've ever seen him advertised with the second apellido (mother's surname) of ‘Pico.’ ... The reason I don't use ‘Thor Johnson’ in parentheses is because it was simply a promoter and/or newspaper error. He remains ‘Tor Johnson’ to all of history, including his lengthy career in motion pictures, up to and including George (The Animal) Steele's portrayal of him in Ed Wood. [Birth name: Karl Oscar Tore Johansson]"
Note, corrected Promoter from George Lois to Sam Sampson.
|6/24/1936||Los Angeles, California||(Wednesday) (Olympic Aud) ... Vincent Lopez beat Man Mountain Dean ... Referee: Hans Steinke ... Ed Don George beat Sandor Szabo (2-1) ... Ray Steele beat Nick Lutze (dq) ... Billy Hansen beat Buddy O'Brien ...Steve Savich beat Louis Bacigalupi ... Abe Goldberg beat Leo Papiano ... Juan Olaquivel (aka Juan Olaquivel-Pico) beat Jack McArthur ... Wildman ZIM (as Wildman ZIN) beat Steve Strelich ... Promoter: Jack Daro||J Michael Kenyon and http://wrestlingclassics.com/.ubb/cache-SYJY8SE2/ubb_files/forums/Forum10/002151.cgi|
JMK NOTES: Man Mountain Dean kept insisting this would be his final match, after receipting for more than $300,000 from gross gates in excess of $11 million since he grew a beard for a part as a double to Charles Laughton in Private Lives of Henry VIII. ... ”Wildman ZIN will try to tear Steve Strelich, the terrible Swede, into little pieces in the opener.” – Los Angeles CA Times, June 24, 1936
Also 6/24/36 LA Times preview https://www.newspapers.com/clip/6056321/1936_jun_24_zin_zim_steve_strelich/
|6/26/1936||Santa Monica, California||Nick Lutze beat Tor Johnson ... Billy Hansen beat Tiny Roebuck ... Steve Savich beat George Tragos (as George Kondylis) ... Abe Goldberg beat Wild Man ZIMM||J Michael Kenyon|
|6/29/1936||Santa Ana, California||(Monday) (Highway Horror House) ... Juan Olaguival Pico beat Dick Daviscourt (18:03) ... Nick Lutze drew Bill Hanson (1-1, 60:00) .. Count Casimir beat Rudy Skarda (16:54) ... Wild Man ZINN drew Steve Strelich (30:00) ... Referee: Bull Montana||6/30/36 Santa Ana Register|
The 6/29/36 preview said "Strelich and Zinn ought to heat up the arena with their wild tactics." http://www.newspapers.com/clip/2151583/jun_29_1936_wild_man_zinn_vs_strelich/
|6/30/1936||San Diego, California||(Coliseum) … Billy Hansen drew Sandor Szabo … Jack McArthur pinned Wildman ZIMM (as Wildman ZINN of Borneo, United Press version) … Casey Kazanjian drew Count Pulaski … Dick Daviscourt beat Leo Papiano … Steve Savich beat Nick Lutze||J Michael Kenyon and 7/2/36 Salt Lake Tribune http://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10025/newspaper-archive?s=248975471&itemId=337839851&action=showRecord|
JMK 8/1/16 NOTE: McArthur, listed at 234 pounds, appeared to have a 44-pound pull in weights.
[SLIGHTLY MORE THAN MINOR ENHANCEMENTS, as well as omitting the erroneous weight, 234, for Hansen – who was listed at the more verifiable poundage of 213 the previous night in San Diego – note Jack McArthur’s tonnage from that same presentation.]
Also WAWLI google groups ... https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rec.sport.pro-wrestling/mR3t6u4d7Vk
|Jun / Jul 1936 PH||LA area||MAc mat bout ... ?? beat McLain ... Del Kunkel beat WildmanZIM (23:57) ... Bill Longston beat McArthur (dq) ... Bill Hanson beat Count Pulaski (11:57) ... Tiny Roebuck beat Bill Bartush (4:30)||M Zim 1 col x 4.7" partial clipping (continued from page 4), headlined "Riot Ensues During MAc Mat Bout".|
|7/1/1936||Los Angeles, California||(Wednesday) (Olympic Aud, att. 5,500) ... Ed Don George beat George Zaharias (2-1, dq) ... Referee: Ted Hopkins ... Nick Lutze beat Jake Patterson (10:00) ... Juan Oliquivel beat Mike Mazurki (9:30) ... Hans Steinke beat Bob Jessen (3:02) ... Vic Christy beat Bill Longson (11:22, cor) ... Abe Goldberg drew Oki Shikina (20:00) ... Billy Hansen, 234 lbs, beat Wildman ZIM, 190 lbs (as Wildman ZIN) (3:08 ... shown as 3m, 8s) ... (Jiu-Jitsu Match) Mitsui Hamanaka beat David Addison (59 seconds!) ||J Michael Kenyon and http://wrestlingclassics.com/.ubb/cache-SYJY8SE2/ubb_files/forums/Forum10/002151.cgi and 7/2/36 Salt Lake City Tribune|
Also 6/28, 7/1, 7/2 & 7/3/36 LA Times
JMK NOTE: ”Billy Hansen calmed down Wildman ZIN with a flying head scissors.” – Los Angeles CA Times, July 2, 1936
Preview in June 28, 1936 LA Examiner, from USC Special Collections library, with the photo of Zin dropkicking Strelich.
|7/3/1936||Santa Monica, California||(Ocean Park Arena) ... Hans Steinke drew Nick Lutze ... Billy Hansen beat Tiny Roebuck, 315 lbs ...Oki Shikina, 216 lbs, beat Wild Man ZIMM, 195 lbs ... Mayes McLain beat Luigi Bacigalupi (dq) ... Promoter: Mike Hirsch||J Michael Kenyon plus (3) M Zim clippings. (Photo of Shikina on the beach putting a back breaking grip on an unidentified victim ... small clipping: "Oki Shikina, Japanese jujitsu artist, will test the speed of Wild Man Zimm, Venice enigma, in the special event." ... 1-column x7" preview headlined "German Giant Set For Matfest with Venetian Idol")|
|7/4/36 (was listed as 7/6/1936)||Pasadena, California (card expanded)||(Saturday) (Pasadena/Crown City Arena) ... Vic Christy vs Buddy O'Brien ... Steve Strelich vs Wild Man Zim ... Steve Savage vs Tiny Roebuck, 360-lb Indian ... Billy Hansen vs Jack Howland ... Referee: Hans Steinke ... Promoter: Morrie Cohan|
JMK 12/31/14: Somewhere, amid the tangled web I have woven, are the results for Pasadena, circa 1936. Some day, I shall find them and amend the Monday night, July 6, 1936 Zimmy. Until then, here is what resides in the ZimANex: Pasadena CA: July 6, 1936
|7/4/36 Arcadia Tribune|
The previous 7/2/36 Arcadia Tribune 1-column article isn't retrievable: http://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10025/newspaper-archive?s=248975471&itemId=594158643&action=showRecord NOTE: "In the semi-windup, which will be another wild and wooly affair, brings the popular Steve (Handsome) Strelich and Tarzan of the ring against Wild Man Zim, the man from Borneo. Strelich has just returned from a very successful tour of Mexico City without being defeated in over thirty matches. This match, along with the main event, will be for two out of three falls." – Arcadia CA Tribune, July 2, 1936
|7/6/1936 Match cancelled.||Santa Ana, California||(Orange County AC) ... Nick Lutze beat Juan Olaquivel-Pico (2-1, dq) ... Referee: Colonel Ted Hopkins ... Oki Shikina beat Count Casmir (12:18, dq) ... Jack McArthur beat Mayes McLain (14:38) ... Pat McGill drew Baby Bob Coleman (20:00) ... Wildman ZINN vs Steve Strelich match scratched. See Kenyon notes on 7/4/36 card.||7/6/36 Santa Ana Register|
JMK NOTE: An advertised square-off 'twixt Wildman ZINN and Steve Strelich was shelved, in favor of the McArthur-McLain set-to, but also likely because ZINN (aka Walter ZIM) was otherwise engaged at the Pasadena Arena ... Meanwhile, Paul Vissman, the Register's reporter, was full of fanciful theories ... "Maybe it was just business enterprise and then again it may have been a grim sense of humor that promoted one of Fullerton's leading undertakers to pass out his business cards last night at the Orange County Athletic Club." -- Santa Ana CA Register, July 7, 1936 ... The newspaper couldn't figure out why Olaquivel-Pico, seemingly in control of things, was obliged to go berserk ... "Why the Basque suddenly went wild and attacked the referee probably will be classed among such mysteries as 'Who Killed Cock Robin?'"
|7/7/1936||Ventura, California||(AC) … Nick Lutzke beat Dick Daviscourt … Bill longson drew Bill Bartush … Buddy O’Brien beat Jack Howland … Louie (Tarzan) Miller beat Wild Man ZIMM||J Michael Kenyon and http://wrestlingclassics.com/.ubb/cache-SYJY8SE2/ubb_files/forums/Forum10/002151.cgi|
Also M Zim 2-col x 1" ad, Ventura Wrestling ... "Zinn has hair that reaches to his knees, is a daffy one for fair, but should pin Miller" .. On page 15
|7/9/1936||Las Vegas, Nevada||(Legion Arena, att. 100) ... Hans Steinke beat Bill Longson (2-0) ..Vanka Zelesniak beat Vic Hill ... Wildman ZIM beat Bobby Coleman (utc)||J Michael Kenyon|
|7/17/1936||Santa Monica, California||(Ocean Park Arena) ... Steve Savich beat Babe Zaharias … Bill Longson beat Mayes McLain (sub for Buddy O'Brien) … Jack Holland beat Wild Man ZIMM … Oki Shikina drew Abe Goldberg||J Michael Kenyon|
|7/23/1936||Las Vegas, Nevada||(Legion Arena) ... Hans Steinke beat Vic Christy (2-0) ... Babe Zaharias drew Vic Hill (dcor) ... Del Kunkel drew Wildman ZIM (dcor)||J Michael Kenyon|
|7/31/1936||Santa Monica, California||(Ocean Park Arena) ... Nick Lutze beat Babe Zaharias ... Buddy O'Brien beat Wild Man ZIMM ... Jerry Monahan (as Black Demon & Masked Marvel) beat Vic Hill ... Steve Savage (as Savich) beat Jack Holland ... Promoter: Mike Hirsch||J Michael Kenyon|
Also M Zim 1 col x 7.5" preview clipping headlinled "Sports", which added promoter ... Excerpts: "The Masked Marvel ... is one of the two Black Demons who ganged up on Jack Holland last week with a bristling four-fisted attack." ... Lutze was to have a championship match with Vincent Lopez Aug. 7.
|8/3/1936||Santa Ana, California||(Monday)|
(OCAC, att. 2,000) … Chief Little Wolf beat Nick Lutze (1-1, utc) … Referee: Col. Ted Hopkins … Chief Chewacki drew Juan Olaquivel-Pico (30:00, 1-1) … Jack McArthur beat Billy Bartush (11:19) ... George Tragos (as George Kondylis) beat Wildman ZINN (15:24) … Promoter: Sam Sampson
|8/3/36 Santa Ana Register ... http://www.newspapers.com/clip/1489809/aug_3_1936_zinn_santa_ana/|
8/4/36 results ... http://www.newspapers.com/clip/1489925/aug_3_1936_results/
7/30/36 preview ... http://www.newspapers.com/clip/2153087/aug_3_1936_zinn_vs_kondelis/
JMK 5/26/16 NOTE: “Little Wolf won when Lutze fainted after the Indian had applied his famous ‘death grip’ to get the second fall … The third fall was given to the Indian when Lutze could not come out … Normally, Lutze would have survived the punishment inflicted through the ‘death grip’ but, while working out in a gymnasium last Saturday, he strained a muscle in his right leg and collapsed when it was subjected to severe strain … Wild Man ZINN was defeated by George (‘Naughty, Naughty’) Kondylis when the Greek dumped him in 15:24 with a body slam.” – Santa Ana CA Register, Aug. 4, 1936 … Although suspended by the state commission “for throwing a bottle of Mercurochrome in Nick Lutze’s face in a recent wrestling match in Long Beach,” Chewacki was allowed to fulfill this engagement before having to endure the ban … “Kondylis and Wild Man ZINN ought to heat up the arena in the opener,” advised the Register on the day of the show. “They’ve done it before.”
|8/4/1936||San Diego, California||(Tuesday) (Coliseum) ... Ted Cox beat Chief Chewacki ... Chief Little Wolf beat Jack Washburn ... Billy Hansen beat Jack McArthur ... Ted Key beat Jack Holland ... Ignacio Martinez beat Wild Man ZIMM||J Michael Kenyon|
|8/6/1936||Cedar City, Utah||(Thursday) (American Legion arena) ... Annual Blackhawk encampment and Cedar City roundup, Wednesday thru Friday ... Wild Man ZIM beat Del Kunkel (utc) ... Tiny Roebuck, 375-pound Oklahoma Indian, vs Bill Longson ... Ken Mayne vs Wally Thompson||8/2/36 Salt Lake Tribune 1-column article http://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10025/newspaper-archive?s=248975471&itemId=337839397&action=showRecord|
Also M Zim 1-column x 3/4" clipping: "Three weeks ago [M Zim: 8/6/36] in Cedar City, Utah, Zim sent Del Kunkel to the hospital with a smashing blow to the head. Their return match tonight is expected to be a bitter "grudge" match."
Also 7/30/36 Iron County Record, Cedar City, UT
|8/11/1936||Ventura, California||(Ventura AC) ... George Zaharias beat Nick Lutzke…Juan Oliquivel beat Bill Longson…Steve Strelich beat Wild Man ZIMM (sub for Buddy O’Brien)…Leo Papiano drew Jack Howland…Louie Eaton drew Harold Murphy (cor) ... Promoter: Mike Hirsch … NOTE: Wild Man ZIMM is described as an “eccentric ... bushy-haired brown man from South America.”||J Michael Kenyon and http://wrestlingclassics.com/.ubb/cache-SYJY8SE2/ubb_files/forums/Forum10/002151.cgi and 8/12/36 Oxnard Daily Courier http://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10025/newspaper-archive?s=248975471&itemId=593716557&action=showRecord NOTE: Strelich won in 13 minutes, 7 seconds. Match was originally given to Wild Man, but changed because of foul tactics on the part of Zim.|
|8/18/1936||Ventura, California||(Athletic Club) ... Juan Oliquivel beat Jerry Monahan (as Masked Marvel) …Wild Man ZIMM beat Steve Strelich (dq)…Steve Savich beat Bill Longson…Mayes McLain beat George Tragos (as George Kondylis) ... Referee: Mickey McMasters ... Promoter: Mike Hirsch||J Michael Kenyon and http://wrestlingclassics.com/.ubb/cache-SYJY8SE2/ubb_files/forums/Forum10/002151.cgi Also M Zim 2 column x 8-in clipping, headlined "Smiling Steve Strelich Meets Wild Man ZIMM in Semi Spot. Notes: Hirsch reportedly is the new promoter and matchmaker here ... "Wild Man ZIMM will be the favorite to beat Steve Strelich ... both men asked for the rematch after their wild struggle last week, and when ZIMM really is after an enemy, he is like a wildcat. The Wild Man doesn’t know much about the science of wrestling, but he is one of the fastest and most powerful men in the business. The methods of attack he learned from the savages of Central America carry him through effectively." – Ventura CA County Star, Aug. 18, 1936|
Plus M Zim 1 col x 9.2" clipping "Ring Postscripts, by Ray Harris", which provided referee's last name and color commentary. Excerpt: "Everything went along nicely, with little eye gouging, not much biting, very little scratching, a minimum of hair pulling until the even-tempered Mr. Strelich decided that he was being abused. After which a free-for-all ensued. In which it appears Mr. Strelich lost to the referee -- who was unable to see a number of very obvious kicks to the groin, stomach, mid riff and what have you."
|8/20/1936||Las Vegas, Nevada||(Thursday) (Legion Arena) ... Nick Lutze beat Howard Cantonwine ... Joe Varga vs Dick Schwartz ... Louie Miller beat Wildman ZIM (2-1) ... Billy Hansen vs Mayes McLain ... Promoter: Tinch? ["Tinch feels that his semi-windup engagement will steal the entire show, ..."]||J Michael Kenyon|
Also (3) M Zim clippings (1-col, 6.2" preview, 1-col, 7.6" recap, and the 8" SPORTS headline, dated Friday, August 21, 1936.) ... NOTES: Zim had a cold, used a "scientific hold", and was chased around the aisles.
|8/25/1936||Ventura, California||(Ventura AC) ... Steve Strelich beat Wild Man ZIMM … Steve Savage beat Juan Oliquivel … Nick Lutzke beat Tiny Roebuck (sub for Billy Hansen) … Bobby Coleman beat Mitsugu Hamanaka … Promoter: Mike Hirsch||J Michael Kenyon and http://wrestlingclassics.com/.ubb/cache-SYJY8SE2/ubb_files/forums/Forum10/002151.cgi|
Plus (2) M Zim clippings, a 1-col x 3" (Take along y[our ?] meat cleavers) and a 1-col x 10" ("Steve Strelich to meet Wild Man Zimm") ... Notes: "Last week, when the pair first met here, Strelich protested to Referee Mickey McMasters that he was being fouled by Zimm. "No", replied Brother McMasters. And so Strelich proceeded to whale the arbiter's head off with stunning rights and lefts. McMasters didn't go for that, and disqualified Strelich, all of which made the good-natured Swede even madder, and he immediately asked for a rematch with Zimm. ... It is reported that Strelich's request for two referees tomorrow night has been granted. He protested that one arbiter is unable to keep Zimm from gouging, slugging, kneeing and strangling." – Ventura CA County Star, Aug. 24, 1936
|8/27 to 8/30/1936 placeholder||southern California placeholder||Wild Man ZIM vs Del Kunkel||Based on a Mike Zim 1-column x 3/4" clipping: "Three weeks ago [M Zim: 8/6/36] in Cedar City, Utah, Zim sent Del Kunkel to the hospital with a smashing blow to the head. Their return match tonight is expected to be a bitter "grudge" match."|
On the same album page as a 3" x 4" autographed (green ink) photo of Kunkel. "6/6/36 To Walter Zim, Wishing you success and happiness in the future. Sincerely yours, Del Kunkle"
|9/1/1936||Ventura, California||(Ventura AC) ... Billy Hansen beat Giant Masquerader (dq) … Mayes McLain (sub for Steve Savich) drew Herbie Freeman … Referee: Bull Montana … Steve Strelich beat Juan Oliquivel … Bobby Coleman beat Wild Man ZIMM (dq)||J Michael Kenyon and http://wrestlingclassics.com/.ubb/cache-SYJY8SE2/ubb_files/forums/Forum10/002151.cgi|
NOTE: Giant Masquerader had a hooded manager.
|9/11/1936||Olympia, Washington||(Friday) (Legion Hall) … Leo Papiano beat Rudy Strongberg (2-1) … Happy Hogan beat George Kitzmiller (sub for Wild Man ZIM, as ZINN, or ZINE) … Glen Stone drew Manly Mead (190, of Oregon) (4x8m, 0-0) … Promoter Jimmy Craig presents his opening card of the fall.||9/6/36 Morning Olympian, via GenealogyBank.com|
JMK provided results, the final card, and extensive glossings. ... NOTE: “A couple of newcomers in Wildman ZINN and Happy Hogan are expected to show, too. They are heavyweights, but not of the pachyderm variety, Craig said. “I’m keeping my eyes open for new boys to show this autumn in an effort to give the fans some fast action.” – Morning Olympian, Olympia WA, Sept. 6, 1936 … “(Craig) has lined up no less than four strange grapplers who apparently do not even operate with the current Northwest herd … In the semi-windup are two newcomers with monikers giving the impression they are colorful performers. The semi-finalists are Wild Man ZINE of New Zealand and Happy Hogan (of) California. They are heavyweights, and will toil five 10-minute rounds, or two out of three falls.” – Morning Olympian, Olympia WA, Sept. 10, 1936 … Admission is 75 cents for first three rows (tax included) and 40 cents for general admission.
"Happy Hogan" -- whoever the blazes he was -- worked the next night in Victoria BC against a very young Lou (Shoulders) Newman, appeared to hang around Portland OR for a couple of months, and then was sighted, in November 1936, working in Calgary, Alberta.
|9/21/1936||Phoenix, Arizona||(Monday) (Madison Square Garden) ... Gus Sonnenberg beat Dr. Fred Meyer (2-1) ... Mike Strelich beat Herbie Freeman (2-1, dq) ... Lefty Mofford drew Wildman ZIMM (20:00) ... Referee: Harold (Millionaire) Murphy ... Promoter: Ed Murphy ||J Michael Kenyon and Mike Zim 2" x 3/4" clipping from IRISH PAT CORRIGAN / UTICA sheet. Also 9/22/36 Arizona Republic|
JMK NOTE: The advance ballyhoo produced another misinterpretation of the wild man's surname: "Lefty Mofford, popular Phoenix policeman-wrestler, returns to the mat in a 20-minute limit, one-fall match with Wildman ZINN, who claims to come from Borneo, where tradition says they really grow 'em wild. ZINN is said to have escaped from a circus." ... This had been altered slightly by Sunday's Republic advance article: ”Murphy has given Mofford one of the freaks of the mat ring to mark his return, a wild man from Borneo who does his stuff under the name of Wild Man ZIMM.” – Arizona Republic, Phoenix AZ, Sept. 20, 1936 ... When it came down to cases, the next day’s Republic thought “ZIMM produced a comical sight as he went into action. He looked like a cross between Man Mountain Dean and a mountain lion and resorted mainly to roughness to stay in the ring with Mofford.” – Arizona Republic, Phoenix AZ, Sept. 22, 1936 ... … Referee Millionaire Murphy, irked by Freeman’s repeated indiscretions, first disqualified the meanie and then laid him out cold with an overhand right to the jaw ... The main-event winner (Sonnenberg) was promised a ”title” match with Dave Levin when the regular shows of the American Legion's John C. Greenway Post resumed October 5, following a scheduled one-week hiatus.
|9/22/1936||San Diego, California||(Coliseum) … Gus Sonnenberg beat Billy Hansen (2-1) ... Howard Cantonwine beat Babe Zaharias (8:36) ... Dick Daviscourt beat Herbie Freeman (11:58) ... Dr. Fred Meyer beat Wild Man ZIMM (9:21) ... Ignacio Martinez (210, of Tijuana MEXICO) beat Frank Von Mohr (205, of Los Angeles CA, sub for Mike Strelich) (7:08) ... Referee: Dan McDonald ... Matchmaker: Linn Platner||J Michael Kenyon and Bill Johns ... NOTES: Zaharias was out like an evicted tenant ... " Hansen, a prime favorite here, put up a really great fight and had Sonnenberg guessing much of the time, frequently out-smarting him and making him miss those plunging dives. But the "Goat" had too much guile, too much mat lore, too much speed. When he launched his flying dives he did it with the lightning suddenness of an uncoiling steel spring. Hansen simply couldn't keep out of range." – Tom Akers, San Diego CA Evening Tribune, Sept. 23, 1936 ... Alleged to be from Borneo, Wild Man Zimm, "disguised as 'Little Goldilocks,' his dome ornamented with long, blond curls, made things interesting for a while but was no match for the vicious Meyer." A double toe-hold finished him in 9:21 ... Daviscourt is said to raise avocados at Vista CA when he isn't grappling ... Until this match, in 15 San Diego appearances, only the Masked Marvel had defeated Hansen ... The "broken neck" which Hansen reportedly suffered last week turned out not to be quite as serious as first thought|
|9/23/1936||Los Angeles, California||(Olympic Aud, att. 7,500) ... Vincent Lopez beat Sandor Szabo (2-0) ... Billy Hansen beat Babe Zaharias ... Gus Sonnenberg beat Tiny Roebuck ... Pat O'Shocker beat Brother Jonathan ... Hal Rumberg beat Jack McArthur ... Buddy O'Brien beat Wildman ZIM (as Wildman ZIN)||J Michael Kenyon and http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=bilanzen&bilanzart=&wrestler=13427&jahr=1936&monat=4 and http://wrestlingclassics.com/.ubb/cache-SYJY8SE2/ubb_files/forums/Forum10/002151.cgi|
Plus 9/25/36 LA Times results https://www.newspapers.com/clip/6056683/1936_sep_25_obrien_beat_zin_zim/
|9/28/1936||San Diego, California||(Monday) (Coliseum) … Gus Sonnenberg beat Billy Hansen (2-1) ... Howard Cantonwine beat Babe Zaharias (8:36) ... Dick Daviscourt beat Herbie Freeman (11:58) ... Fred Meyer (212, of Chicago IL) beat Wild Man ZIMM (190, of Borneo) (9:21) ... Ignacio (Pedro) Martinez beat Frank Von Mohr (205, of Los Angeles CA) (7:08) ... Referee: Donald MacDonald||J Michael Kenyon NOTE: Former AAU champ Meyer locked up ZIMM with a double toe-hold but not before "the Wild Man, disguised as Little Goldilocks, his dome ornamented with long, blond curls, made things interesting for a while – but was no match for the vicious Meyers." – San Diego CA Evening Tribune, Sept. 23, 1936 ... Note: The 9/28/36 Arcadia Tribune said he would wrestle Pasadena Arena that night. (Double booked?)|
|9/29/1936||San Diego, California||(Tuesday) (Coliseum) ... Jerry Monahan (as Masked Marvel) beat Howard Cantonwine (1-1, utc) ... Dick Daviscourt beat Babe Zaharias (10:33) ... Billy Hansen drew Fred Meyer (30:00) ... Ignacio Martinez beat Louie Miller (5:37, dq) ... Wild Man ZIMM beat Farmer/Bobby Stewart (188, of Missouri) (5:15) ... Referee: Dick Rutherford ... Matchmaker: Linn Platner||J Michael Kenyon NOTE: "Little Goldilocks, otherwise Wildman ZIMM, 198, of Borneo, won the opener from young Bobby Stewart, 188, of Missouri, in 5:15 with a pick-up and body slam. The bout was fast and the crowd was with Stewart, a nice-looking package." – San Diego CA Evening Tribune, Sept. 30, 1936 ... This Stewart probably is not to be confused with the 300-pound Bobby Stewart who gained considerable renown (and ignominy) as the huge, villainous, hooded giant known as the "Golden Terror." ... The "masked manager" of Monahan/Marvel did not appear, having been banned from ringside.|
|sept 1936||Venice, California||Insert details||Card color? Dimensions?|
|10/1/1936||Las Vegas, Nevada||(Legion Arena) ... Billy Hansen (sub for Dick Daviscourt) beat Babe Zaharias (2-1) ... Referee: Jack Larry ... Wildman ZIM beat Louie Eaton ... Joe Varga beat Von Mohr||J Michael Kenyon and two Mike Zim clippings from the IRISH PAT CORRIGAN IRELAND VS WALTER ZIMM UTICA page (corner match announcement) Excerpts: Pre-match: "As if the main event wasn't enough to wreck the weaker tickers of the Las Vegas fanfolk, Tinch has supplied Wildman Zim, Las Vegas' favorite wrestler, for the semi-windup and he will take aboard one Louie Eaton, who is reputed to be just as rough and tough as is the Wildman. Zim comes from Central America where most of the citizens are a bit uncouth, and Zim carries this uncouthness into the ring with him. When Zim gets under way, no matter who the opponent, he really goes to town in a mayhemistic manner."... Post-Match: " Jack Larry, referee, nearly got an assist in the third fall getting a head scissors on Zim, in attempting to break a foul hold, and Zim was in a bad way after the hold. Eaton, quick to sense Zim's ....[torn edge]."|
|10/2/1936||Los Angeles, California||(Eastside Arena, att. 3,500) ... Steve Strelich beat Wild Man ZIM (2-1, dq) ... Louie Miller beat Bill Lougie (sub for Lou Eaton, of Ventura CA) (2-1) ... Luis Mayo beat Jack Stone (of Chicago IL) ... Bobby Coleman beat Mike Works (of Alhambra CA) ... Billy Grubs beat Roos (sub for Pat McGill) ... Promoter: Frank Doyle ... NOTE: ”Wild Man ZIM will be cautioned by the referee to keep his rough stuff at a minimum ...” – Los Angeles CA Times, Oct. 1, 1936 ... This card launched a series of weekly shows probably promoted by Johnny, not Frank, Doyle ... ZIM is characterized as a ”jungle warrior from Brazil ... Strelich is a slight favorite over the Amazon River grappler but anything might happen. ZIM, who wrestles barefoot and uses an unorthodox attack, expects to overcome with sheer strength and ferocity any advantage Steve might have in skill and experience." -- Los Angeles CA Times, Oct. 2, 1936 ... "4000 seats at 40c"||J Michael Kenyon, plus (6) Mike Zim clippings, and http://www.legacyofwrestling.com/LA1936.html Research by Tim Hornbaker and http://wrestlingclassics.com/.ubb/cache-SYJY8SE2/ubb_files/forums/Forum10/002151.cgi Also http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=bilanzen&bilanzart=&wrestler=13427&jahr=1936&monat=10 Note: An undated clip from the week of this show says "another member of the Doyle family will make his debut as a sports promoter Friday night at the Eastside Arena when Frank Doyle, nephew of Jack, will present his opening wrestling card" – only this reference is probably to the man who will become quite significant in pro wrestling history, "Johnny" Doyle ... Adding to the occasion, and revealed in another undated clip from the same week, is that "Strelich has invited the cast and the staff of Victor McLaglen's picture, the 'Magnificent Brute,' to be present. Strelich did some wrestling in the production." – along with fellow grapplers Mayes McLain and Joe Varga ... The picture was due for release October 11, 1936 ... |
Plus 10/1 and 10/2/36 LA Times clippings https://www.newspapers.com/clip/6004750/1936_oct_2_zim_vs_strelich/
|10/6/1936||San Diego, California||(Tuesday) ... Sandor Szabo drew Billy Hansen (double kayo) ... Pat O’Shocker beat Fred Meyer (dq) ... Dick Daviscourt beat Jack McArthur ...Ignacio Martinez beat Roy Rigel (short for von Hellrigel) ... Floyd Hansen beat Wild Man ZIMM||J Michael Kenyon|
|10/8/1936||Bakersfield, California||(Thursday) (Stadium) ... Billy Hansen beat Babe Zaharias (sub for Buddy O'Brien) (2-0)... Referee: Ted Hopkins ... Leo Papiano drew Al Baffert (45:00, 1-1) ... Wild Man ZIMM, 170, beat Bobby Coleman ... Promoter: Buck Buchanan||Oct. 6, 1936 Bakersfield (CA) Californian |
JMK NOTE: Ring announcer Bill Powers told the assemblage O’Brien’s ”recent brawl in Pasadena was too much” for the state athletic commission to ignore;
Bloody Buddy’s been slapped with an indefinite suspension ...The Bakersfield CA Californian of Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1936 describes ZIMM – misspelled as "YIMM" in the article – as "the rough-house, long-haired wild man of wrestling game." ... At least it appeared to be a typo; however, the next-day story laid basis for a special Californian version: ”WILD MAN YIMM won over Bobby Coleman in the opener with a slingshot off the ropes in 25 minutes and 40 seconds.” (Mike Yimm, J Michael Kenyon research)
|10/9/1936||Los Angeles, California||(Eastside Arena) (Friday) ... Steve Strelich beat Wildman ZIMM … Farmer Stewart vs. Louie Miller ... Dave Orshoff vs Bobby Coleman ... Luis Mayo beat Billy (Caesar) Grubs (dq) ... Don Juan Del Rio vs Iron Mike Warks ... Tiger Nelson vs Jack Stone ... Promoter: Frank "Boy Promoter" Doyle ... Notes: Doyle's second mat show at the Eastside ... Zim was disqualified last week for kicking out two of Strelich's teeth.||Research by Tim Hornbaker http://www.legacyofwrestling.com/LA1936.html and es:|
http://www.wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=bios&wrestler=13511&bild=1&details=7&liga=297&jahr=1936 and http://wrestlingclassics.com/.ubb/cache-SYJY8SE2/ubb_files/forums/Forum10/002151.cgi and http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=bilanzen&bilanzart=&wrestler=13427&jahr=1936&monat=10
Also M Zim undated clippings: 1 column x 2.5" "Orshoff Makes Debut Tomorrow" ... This added the Orshoff/Coleman match. ... Orshoff is described as "the Russian "Rubber Man" of the mat who is said to wiggle out of the most punishing of wrestling holds, will make his debut at Eastside Arena tomorrow" ... 1 col x 4.5" "Strelich and Zim in Return Match", which added the Grubs/Mayo, DelRio/Warks, and Nelson/Stone matches and promoter. ... 1 col x 3.3" "Mexicans turn to mat" ... 1 col x 4.5" Mat Rematch
Also 10/9/36 LA Times ... https://www.newspapers.com/clip/6004822/1936_oct_9_zim_vs_strelich/
|10/12/1936||Santa Ana, California||(Monday) (Orange County A.C.) ... (Handicap) Pat O'Shocker beat Baron Benny Ginsberg (27:14) & FTT Billy Hansen (2:46) (subs for Howard Cantonwine) ... Billy Hansen drew Baron Benny Ginsberg (35:00, 1-1) ... Kaimon Kudo, 165, beat Tarzan ZIM (20:40) ... Bob Coleman beat Bobby Managoff (of San Francisco CA, as One Man Gang) ... Referee: Dick Rutherford ... Promoter: Sam Sampson||From 10/13/36 Santa Ana Register|
NOTE: "Tarzan ZIM, Hollywood artists' model, formerly known as Wild Man ZINN [sic], lost ... in one of the minor catastrophes when [Kudo] dropped ZIM on his rotunda three times in rapid succession, using a Japanese hiplock, before applying a stepover arm lock (!)" ... It was later learned that Cantonwine "was seriously injured in an automobile accident. Maybe so. We'll know tomorrow night because Cantonwine is scheduled to wrestle at the Olympic." -- Paul Vissman, Santa Ana CA Register, Oct. 13, 1936 ... O'Shocker, to vill the void, agreed to try and throw both Hansen and Ginsberg inside 30 minutes, but Ginsberg used up most of the time before submitting ... Postscript: Something apparently did happen to Cantonwine, but probably not a car wreck ... For several weeks, he got into the habit of no-showing various cards between California and Utah, prompting athletic commission officials to finally ask him to begin posting appearance bonds.
|10/16/1936||Los Angeles, California||(Friday) (Eastside Arena) ... Steve Strelich vs. Louie Miller, three falls, finish ... Wild Man ZIM vs. Farmer Stewart, three falls, hour limit ... Luis Mayo vs. Billy (Caesar) Grubs, one fall, 30 minutes ... Bobby Coleman vs. Don Juan Del Rio, one fall, 30 minutes ... Jack Stone vs. Lou Eaton, one fall, 30 minutes ... Tiger Nelson vs. Mike Warks, one fall, 15 minutes||From Mike Zim undated clippings. |
JMK NOTE: From the Mike Zim collection, undated clip reading, "The second feature sends Wild Man Zim against Farmer Stewart, a pupil of the great Farmer Burns. The jungle man, Zim, depends on butting, kicking, and forearm smashing to subdue his rivals." ... Tiger Nelson is dubbed the ”Ethiopian Terror.”
Also 10/16/36 LA Times https://www.newspapers.com/clip/6006266/1936_oct_16_zim_vs_stewart/
|10/19/1936||Santa Ana, California||(Monday) |
(Orange County A.C.) ... (Mixed Styles) Kaimon Kudo beat Pat O'Shocker (2-1, dq) ... Bob Coleman drew Tarzan ZIM ... Baron Benny Ginsberg beat Mike Strelich (19:29) ... Ray ("Upside Down") Richards beat Iron Man Louie Miller (16:58, dq) ... Referee: Mickey (Mouse) McMaster
|From report in 10/26/36 Santa Ana Register|
Excerpt: Zim and Coleman meet in an "affair that started last week [10/19] when the two fought outside the ring and were both disqualified."
10/19/36 Santa Ana Register
NOTE: "Maybe it was 'something they et' and then again maybe it was something else, but the cash customers out at the Orange County Athletic Club staged a better show than the wrestlers last night. What with Frank Vines of Fullerton daring the grapplers to come out in the aisle and John Taylor and Denny Nicholson tangling with Tarzan ZIM and Bob Coleman when they fell out of the ring, and ZIM climaxing his performance by calling the bluff of a particularly enthusiastic fan, a good time was had by all ... ZIM, who has never been too popular with the fans ... called the bluff of a noisy bleacherite, [walking] over to him and [running] him back up into the bleachers." -- Paul Vissman, Santa Ana CA Register, Oct. 20, 1936 ... "ZIM, with his long hair and bare feet, is a colorful character, none too popular, yet not exactly disliked. Coleman is a scientific performer. ZIM climbs the ring posts and in general acts like a jungle ape, but is a fair country wrestler at that." -- Santa Ana CA Register, Oct. 26, 1936
|10/20/1936||Ventura, California||(AC) … (Mixed Styles) Kimon Kudo beat Babe Zaharias (2-1) …Myron Cox of Venice Beach drew Fred Meyer … Al Baffert beat Wild Man ZIMM||J Michael Kenyon|
|10/23/1936||Los Angeles, California||(Friday) (Eastside Arena) … Louie Miller drew Wildman ZIM (1-1, utc) ... Bobby Coleman beat Don Juan Del Rio (2-1) ... Al Baffert (as The Great Unknown) beat Lou Eaton ... Caesar Grubs beat Spider Hall ... Mitsu Hamanaka beat Dave Orshoff ... Louis Mayo beat Iron Mike Warks ... Referee: Jack Allen||Research by Tim Hornbaker http://www.legacyofwrestling.com/LA1936.html and es:|
http://www.wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=bios&wrestler=13511&bild=1&details=7&liga=297&jahr=1936 and http://wrestlingclassics.com/.ubb/cache-SYJY8SE2/ubb_files/forums/Forum10/002151.cgi
Also M Zim undated clips: 1-col x 3.4" undated clip, "Ref may take a vacation", named ref Jack Allen ... 1-col x 4.5" 'League of Nations' on Eastside Card, added Mayo/Warks match ... 1-col x 6" "Miller and Zim in 2-fall draw", which provided results. ... NOTE: “The first fall went to ZIM after Miller landed outside the ring and was unable to climb back in time. His attention was distracted by a spectator, whose sole desire seemed to be as Miller’s opponent. Miller came back to win the second fall with a body press in 8:22. In the following fall, referee Jack Allen was thrown out of the ring and was unable to continue in his arduous duties. That was a signal for the beginning of a 15-minute riot. Miller and ZIM continued to slug each other about the ring, unmindful of the warnings of the half-dozen policemen who had climbed into the ring. Meanwhile, the referee lay unconscious with ushers and spectators attempting to revive him. Both wrestlers finally left under a police escort.” – Unidentified newspaper report, Oct. 24, 1936
10/23/36 LA Times preview: https://www.newspapers.com/clip/6003872/1936_oct_23_zim_and_miller_gmen/
Same page, Strangler Lewis in a shaving cream ad. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/6003917/1936_oct_23_strangler_lewis_shaving/
|10/26/1936||Santa Ana, California||(Monday) (Orange County A.C.) ... Bob Coleman beat Tarzan ZIM (180, of South America) (1-1, utc) (Zim used a hangman and body press for his fall) ... (Judo Jacket Match) Kaimon Kudo beat Baron Benny Ginsberg (11:46) ... Billy Hansen beat Louie Miller (14:17) ... Brother Jonathan beat Floyd Hansen (sub for Al Baffert) (10:29) ... Referee: Dick Rutherford ... Promoter: Sam Sampson .. NOTE: The Orange County A.C. was on Highway 101, between Santa Ana & Anaheim||10/26/36 Santa Ana Register|
Excerpt: "Zim, with his long hair and bare feet, is a colorful character, none too popular, yet not exactly disliked. Coleman is a scientific performer. Zim climbs the ring posts and in general acts like a jungle ape, but is a fair country wrestler at that."
10/27/36 Santa Ana Register ... " "Tarzan" grounded in near wrestling riot"
NOTE: Against the 168-pound world middleweight title claimant Coleman, "ZIM took the first fall with a "hangman" and body press in 16:14 after arousing the cash customers to the rioting point with his unorthodox tactics. At one point it was difficult to tell whether ZIM was wrestling the crowd or Coleman. Bob had chased the wild man through the ropes and onto the apron of the ring. Customer Vines started the festivities when he caressed ZIM's leg with a lighted cigar. Taking the cue, others in the first row contributed an offering of cigaret butts, peanuts, pop corn and other missiles." -- Santa Ana CA Register, Oct. 27, 1936
|10/27/1936||Ventura, California||(AC) … Billy Hansen beat Benny Ginsberg (2-1) … Fred Meyer beat Al Baffert … Bobby Coleman beat Mitsu Hamanaka … Louie Eaton drew Wild Man ZIMM||J Michael Kenyon|
|11/2/1936||Santa Ana, California||(Monday) (Orange County A.C.) ... Howard Cantonwine beat Pat O'Shocker (2-1, dq) ... Kaimon Kudo beat Tarzan ZIM (18:34) ... Brother Jonathan beat Bob Managoff (of San Francisco CA, sub for Al Baffert) ... Baron Ginsberg beat Roy Hallreigel (14:17) ... Referee: Dick Rutherford ... Timekeeper: Bob Singleton ... Promoter: George Lois||11/2/36 Santa Ana Register|
NOTE: Managoff, the substitute, is said to answer to designation as "The One-Man Gang" ... NOTE: "ZIM, always a playboy, aroused the ire of the fans by kicking Kudo out of the ring and then jumping on him. Later, he exchanged kicks through the ropes with one of the Anaheim boys and had his legs burned with cigaret stubs. The Anaheim gang begged Kudo to toss ZIM over the ropes to them and it was then that the Japanese proved his willinginess to oblige. Bowing in his best Japanese manner, he picked TARZAN off the floor and tossed him over the ropes. When the cash customers grew tired of playing Swedish massage they lifted ZIM back in the air and tossed him back to Kudo who stopped laughing long enough to pin ZIM." -- Santa Ana CA County Register, Nov. 3, 1936 ... This was a "President's Night" promotion ... Each man represented the Democratic or Republican candidate. Popular applause decided who would represent Governor Landon and who would fly the colors of President Roosevelt ... Results of the straw poll apparently were not of enough consequence for the Register to print them.