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The Canadian Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: Chris & John Tolos

John and Chris Tolos

REAL NAMES: Chris & John Tolos
BORN: In Hamilton, Ontario
ALIASES/ NICKNAMES: The Golden Greek(s), The Canadian Wrecking Crew

The Tolos brothers were among Hamilton's greatest wrestling exports. The legit gimmick of inseparable brothers, willing to defend each other to the death, headlined cards across North America. Chris Tolos explained this to Jim Freedman, in his book Drawing Heat: "We didn't need no clips, no pens or robes. We had a natural gimmick. Nobody really needs that stuff, foreign objects and all. The gimmick is to reach the fans. Understand them. Look them in the eye." They were world champions as a tag team, and also successful as singles wrestlers.


STORIES

  • John Tolos Photo Gallery
  • John Tolos Career Record
  • May 31, 2009: Let the John Tolos stories roll!
  • May 29, 2009: "The Golden Greek" John Tolos dies
  • August 13, 2005: Cancer claims Chris Tolos
    MEMORIES

      Fantastic rivalry of John Tolos & Freddie Blassie early 70's when the wrestler of the year award was being presented at KCOP studios in Hollywood,CA, when the award was granted to F. Blassie.
      From nowhere comes the Golden Greek of Wrestling, J. Tolos, with a jar of iodine. The iodine was tossed into the face of F. Blassie, blinding "Classie" in one eye.
      Many months later, in the sold out Los Angeles Colisieum, the two stars of the L.A. wrestling scene, renewed their in the ring rivalry.
      The rest, is history.
     allstate
     I remember watching the Tolos Brothers headline cards out of the CHCH-TV Telecentre in Hamilton in the 60's. Every interview ended with the Bros patting each other on the back
     Chris: "Right, Brother John?"
     John: "Right, Brother Chris."
     ittleman
      Man, that iodine incident was something! Blassie had sort of mellowed from his tooth-filing maniac stage, and I remember (I was about 6 at the time) being completely horrified and shaken about Tolos' actions. I think there was even a newspaper arcticle about the incident.
      The Golden Greek was one of the best--thanks for immortalizing him on the website.
      Ryan Oba
     As a teen in the early 70's, I remember watching the Golden Greek battle Freddie Blassie, Killer Kowalski, Pork Chop, Al Madril, Chavo Guerrero Sr., Great Goliath and Black Gordman (claiming to be from New Mexico as Jimmy Lennon would announce). I especially remember his haircut match with the legendary Earl Maynard, where the Golden one had been a face for about a year (actually teaming up with Classy Freddy Blassie). When Maynard won the match, he cut John's hair and it seemed that nothing would happen until John brutally attacks Maynard, and then carries that over to the next night at the Olympic Auditorium by showing up to the Pork Chop television title match with a towel to cover his head. He then procedes to choke Pork Chop with the towel and wins the title. One question that has perplexed me for 8 years. Was that the Golden Greek who for a short time acted as Mr. Perfect's (Curt Hennig's) manager "Coach" in the WWF in 1991? The voice sounded SO familiar, and I know that just a couple of years earlier, the Golden Greek managed Steve Strong in a California federation.
     They DON' T make them like the Golden Greek anymore!
      Jeff S Flinn
     I am a former Pro Wrestler, Johnny Angel, and I worked outlaw for 6 years. John Tolos was my role model when I was a teenager. He was absolutely the BEST worker ever in the business. Just to answer and correct a few things that your reader Jeff Flinn wrote, it was not Mr. Universe Earl Maynard that Tolos lost his hair to, it was Victor Rivera, and it's true, when Tolos lost, he took a chair and pounded Rivera senseless. That resulted in one of the longest bloodiest feuds in wrestling. That was not Pork Chop Bobby Cash that Tolos choked with the towel either, as it was an unknown jobber . Pork Chop Cash actually became known in LA when he was sitting in the audience at KCOP Channel 13 studios when Tolos was handing a beating to a young black newcomer named Bobby Mumford. Tolos had him beat early in the match, and should have finished him off with his famous kneedrop to the throat, but Tolos was not satisfied and gave Mumford several kneedrops! As Mumford was lying in the ring twitching, Pork Chop Bobby Cash charged in the ring and began throwing forearm smashes into Tolos. The security officers and Man Mountain Mike, who weighed 600 lbs, ran in and restrained Pork Chop while Tolos left the ring, and Pork Chop then challenged Tolos. The promoter Mike LeBell agreed and set the match for the Olympic Auditorium, where Pork Chop defeated Tolos for the America's Championship. Tolos would later win it back and held the belt more times then any other wrestler in history. Yes, In 1991, that was Tolos in the WWF as "Coach". Allstate writes and said that Tolos blinded Freddie Blassie with iodine, and it was not iodine, it was monsel's powder. Tolos had many a bloody feud with Blassie, but one of the bloodiest matches ever was when Tolos wrestled the dreaded Sheik. The Sheik and Tolos went at it in a cage once and sold out the Olympic. Blassie even teamed up with Tolos in the late 70's to wrestle the Sheik and Pampero Firpo in a bloody tag match. Tolos and Blassie won. Some of my memories of Tolos was when he wrestled Greg the Hammer Valentine in a Roman Gladiater death match in the Olympic and Valentine was dragged to all four corners of the ring and Tolos declared the winner, after the special no stopping for blood rules. Valentine lost a lot of blood that night, and never messed with Tolos again. In the business, it's known as a shoot.
     Soulman Rocky Johnson also knows what it is like to receive a Tolos beating in the famous 10 seconds to Doom match, when Tolos attacked Johnson hitting him with a metal piece cutting his head wide open and knocking him out even BEFORE the bell rang to start the match. Every year in LA a famous 21 man battle royal was held, and Tolos almost always finished 2nd or 3rd throwing most of the guys out of the ring. John Tolos at one time held the America's Championship, Pacific Coast Championship, Brass Knucks Championship, The Beat The Champ Channel 13 KCOP TV Title, and one half of the Americas Tag Team title, and came on TV wearing all the belts. In short, it was common knowledge, that Tolos was no one to mess with for reals, and his legacy will always live in the hearts of true wrestling fans everywhere. To quote the famous great one..."The only way to spell wrestling is T-O-L-O-S".
     Johnny Lee Clary
     Johnny Angel is absolutely 100% in his correction of 2 facts that show up erroneously under my letter. I knew that it was Victor Rivera that John lost his hair against, and that Pork Chop Cash came out of the crowd one night to attack John. I had sent the request to somehow fix the previous letter but it never got corrected. That's okay because you are right in that the ONLY way to spell wrestling is T-O-L-O-S. It's wrestlers like him that paved the way for people like the Curt Hennig's, Ric Flair's, Hollywood Hogan's, etc.
     Jeff S Flinn
     Tolos was the greatest! No-one in WWF or related ilk compares or can hope to soak up the camera (locker room interviews, etc) like the Golden Greek. You can bring on Haystack Calhoun, Eric Bloom, Handsome Dick Manitoba (lead singer of one of RnR's alltime greatest bands, The Dictators, who named his two cats: Tolos and Sausage) -- nobody compares. I named my Rott/Pit Bull mix "Mr. Tolos" and while on the topic of idol worship, I must confess that one of the highlights of my life was the filming of a video for my beat-combo, The Angry (not Wild) Samoans. Sure, Kenji Shibuya had the starring role. But it was Tolos' cameo (wearing my band's T-shirt!) that stole the 11-minute opus that MTV way back when actually aired 4 times (so they say). If any of you Tolos fans would like to check out, can order thru Triple X Records ((323-221-2204)). The entire video is like 45mins, but the "Kenji Shibuya Incident" (with Tolos' academy award performance - "how do ya spell Rock'n'Roll? Well I'LL TELL YOU HOW TO SPELL ROCK'N'ROLL: IT'S T-O-L-O-S !!!") is included.
     Anyone know where Tolos is these days, what he's up to (if still kicking)...? Gregg Turner
      PS: Y'all forgot to mention the time MR. T smashed Raoul Mata over the head with the 12-string guitar MAta was playing (some "heartfelt" song to his legions of fans on TV... Or the time TOlos was up against (I think it was) Mil Mascaras and came on camera ("locker room" interview) and stomped a burrito to death -- proclaiming that he eats feta cheese and so is the perfect specimen of health -- while "This guy" just eats a bunch of beans and cheese." That almost singularly instigated (if memory serves me) a race riot amongst the legion of Olympic Auditorium weekly ticket buyers!!!
     Who can remember John Tolos' cork screw finisher? The Golden Greek ruled Los Angeles in the 70's. He made wrestling cool before it was cool.
     Frank
     Hell yea.. the only way to spell wrestlin is T-O-L-O-S!! I loved reading what these guys had to say about Tolos.. it actually brought tears to my eyez and chills down my spine to relive those memories.. I love John Tolos. I remember tuning in on Wednesday nights with my old man to watch lucha libre with announcers Luis Magana and Miguel Alonzo in the beginning of da program u could see Victor Rivera and Tolos atop la jaola de acero de Freddie Blassie.. or to translate Freddie Blassie steel cage. they were pounding on each other atop da cage, each trying to conquer the other so as to be the first one out.. another memory I have is when Migula Alonzo was interviewing Victor Rivera and the Golden Greek came out of nowhere and conked Rivera over the forhead.. rendering him a bloody mess.. and last but not least.. that famous knee drop wit the foreign object and last but not least the time hey pick his nose and said 'moco' or booger in Spanish and licked it of his finger. lol.. only the Golden Greek.. I hope he is doing well.. his great fan
     Jorge Luis
     These people who go ga-ga over 'Stone-Cold' Steve Austin would have totally lost it had they seen the Golden Greek in his prime. John Tolos perfected a wrestling and interview style that current wrestlers only dream about. I've seen many great interviews in several promotions-notably the old Georgia Championship Wrestling and Mid-South Wrestling of the early '80's-but none compare to one that I viewed in Los Angeles (KCOP or Lucha Libre) when I was a kid in the '70's. It was early on into the Tolos-Rivera feud (precipitated by the famous haircut match), and Rivera was being interviewed concerning his plans for Tolos. Out comes the Golden Greek, or the 'Maniac Tolos' as the announcers had taken to calling him for his debilitating attacks upon a half dozen wrestlers following the big haircut, tooting a two by four plank of lumber! Whack! SMASH! Tolos hits Rivera across the forehead with the plank breaking the wood in two and causing the Puerto Rican superstar to bleed profusely! To top it all off, the doctor is called in and stitched Rivera up right there on TV! It was great! It was awful! I absolutely despised John Tolos!
     But when he was a fan favorite, there was none better. I believe that's what made Tolos so great. No one pulled off that duality so well (but they sure keep trying).
      Dwayne Patterson
     I remember sitting in the stands in Hollywood Calif. at the kcop. studios .
     I think that is where the hair Vs hair was, him and Victor.
      I remember he had arm wrestling matches against, a wrestling coach. is what he was billed at. and they would light candles and make it seem like there is lots of fire.
      Just reading these posts brings back fond memories to me and back then wrestling was FREE at the KCOP studios. You would have to send in a SASE so they will mail you tickets, if there were some left.
     This is a great site., thanks all.
     Ken
     Back in the days when every wrestler was clearly a heel or a good guy, there was no better heel than Tolos. The blinding of Blassie outdid any bad guy act at the time. Of course, the best part was in the following weeks when the "blinded" Blassie was allowed ringside only if he was handcuffed to the ringpost for his own protection. I don't think there was one time when this happened that the Golden Greek didn't get his shots in.
     As for Channel 34 announcer Luis Magana, who can forget his birthday celebration in the ring, only to have Tolos lay him out with his own birthday cake.
     Lastly, Tolos bringing a huge boa constrictor into the ring years before Jake Roberts set the stage for today's wrestling.
     Adam W.
     I, too, was facinated and mesmorized when I saw The Golden Greek wrestle in the 70's.
     It was the mid to late 80's. I was at a Racquetball Club in Canoga Park, CA. I heard on the public address system, "Phone call on line 1 for a Mr. Tolos". I watched this studly man get up, walk to the front desk, and conduct a phone call. When this man returned to a table I approached, and asked the man, "Are you John Tolos, the wrestler?" He smiled, and said yes. I told him, "Mr, this isn't going to mean anything to you, but wen I was a kid, you were my hero." He slapped his friends arm and said..."See, I used to be someone"!.
     It made my day to actually meet him.
     henryf
     I had the pleasure of watching John Tolos in his heyday in the early 70's. I remember fondly his very colorful interview style which made you feel you had to be at his next match.
     I remember his very tough matches with a young Superstar Billy Graham as well as his matches with Black Gordman and Big Cat Ernie Ladd. His big finisher was that knee drop and John also had the corkscrew to the temple,the backbreaker and the arm drags. I think that to this very day no one has that Tolos wrestling style. His matches were always entertaining and a ton of action for your buck at the Olympic auditorium.
     Tolos was also wrestling in that hardcore style of wresting long before ECW. I remember the foreign objects when Tolos wrestled as a heel as well as the smashing of his opponents heads on the ringside chairs.
     I would like to know if there are any old tapes out there of Tolos' matches and also what is John doing today?
     Tolos was an all time great and made the Olympic a hot ticket every Friday night. When John wrestled as a good guy the Olympic literally rocked with enthuasium for him to win.
     He and Mil Mascaras were the two most popular to ever wrestle at the Olympic.
     Thanks for the memories Tolos.
      KBXR34
     From days gone by, another time and another era, I remember John Tolos. It was an era of territories and great regional heels and baby faces. Though I lived in West Virginia, a state that mainly carried Detroit Big Time Wrestling and some Mid Atlantic and later Georgia Championship Wrestling, I kept up to date like many fans throughout the country on other territories with wrestling magazines. There was the Inside Wrestling and the Wrestler magazines and Wrestling Revue and Norman Krietzer's Rings wrestling. Through reading these magazines, I learned of the fantastic wrestlers who worked the west coast. None was bigger and more famous than John Tolos. Whether it was as " the Golden Greek" or as the "Mainiac" Tolos was an eye catcher. who could ever forget his feud with Freddie Blassie. "The Classie One", "the Vampire" and "the King of Men" was John's perfect opposite and greatest foe. There many gimmicks still live today.
     The great match where Tolos brought a big boa constrictor snake to the ring. The match where both men wore heavy dog collars to keep the other from biting their opponents jugular vien. And the grandadddy angle of them all when Tolos threw the medicated powder into Blassie's eyes while Blassie was receiving the wrestler of the year award. I am told by Dave Meltzer that the cage match between Tolos and Blassie still holds the indoor attendance record at the Olympic in California.
     Tolos also had many other great feuds. His matches with the brutal Shiek, Eddie Farhat, his turning on then tag team partner young Greg Valentine and their Gladiator Death Matches. And who could forget his turning on his friend and partner Victor Rivera. Tolos had agreed to face Rivera in a scientific, clean match. Whoever lost was to have their head shaved. Tolos inevitably lost to the quick as a cat youngster and unbelievably sat in the chair and had his head shaved completely bald. Rivera being Tolos's friend refused to do the job and showed great displeasure in the deed. Ring announcer Jimmy Lennon was brought in to shave Tolos. The fans were socked that Tolos sat and took his new haircut like a man and applauded wildly as he stood, his chrome dome shining in the bright lights and shook Rivera's hand and raised his arm. But then something happened. The "Maniac" in John Tolos was reborn!!! He viciously attacked Rivera and continually jumped off the top rope onto his unconcious friend. Then slammed him over and over with a chair. Rivera bled badly from his mouth and Tolos exited after cutting a brilliant Tolos interview. The feud that insued was great seeing many different angles including Tolos bringing a bottle of oxygen to the ring to inhale so he would remain fresh while Rivera fatigued.
     Anyway the next time I heard of John he was wrestling in California in a magazine and it talked about his bad smoking habit and him having a battle with cancer. Whether this was kayfabe or not I don't know for sure.
     He then showed up as "the Coach" manager in the WWF but never really got over with the "lame" early 80's gimmick. I am told by Dave Meltzer that John was not a good worker but that he was great on the stick (the mic) but back in the day where you only had the Kayfabe magazines, and your imagination to guide you "Maniac" John Tolos "the Golden Greek" was the King of Los Angeles Wrestling!!!
     " Ain't that right brother Chris?" " That's right brother John!!!!"
      John Mozuke
     Dave Meltzer says that John Tolos was not a good "worker." I agree. He wasn't good -- he was GREAT!!! When I was a kid watching wrestling at the Grand Olympic Auditorium, I was riveted by the Golden Greek. I cheered like crazy when he won the America's Title from Killer Kowalski; I cried rivers of tears when the Big Cat Ernie Ladd's taped thumb caused him to bleed from the throat; I even learned to hate him as the "Maniac" especially when he used the "corkscrew" glove. It didn't matter whether the calls came in English from the original golden voice of wrestling Dick Lane ("Whoa Nellie") or the charismatic spiel of Miguel Alonso (it must have been charismatic to influence my feelings of the in-ring activities when I couldn't understand a word he was saying). Regarding a previous letter, I have to make one correction: it was not Tolos who fought Rivera at the top of the cage during the Wednesday night Lucha Libre opening. That was from an America's Title match in which Rivera fought Black Gordman. Rivera was climbing to exit over the top for the win when Gordman's tag partner Goliath climbed from the outside to stop him. Rivera won the battle at the top of the cage knocking Goliath into the ring (the first time I ever saw anyone jump/fall from the top of the Blassie Cage). Tolos did have his share of "Lucha Libre" openings including a battle royal appearance and an eight-man tag-team match in which jobber Mando Lopez became the victim of his dreaded knee drop. Tolos was indeed the best, and I too would like to know what he's up to today.
     Martin Paul
     Most of Tolos' notoriety comes from his days in Los Angeles, but he made a major impression in New York, winning WWWF tag honours with brother Chris in 1964(?), and in his native Canada.
      The BCTV syndicated All Star Wrestling brought Tolos into our living rooms. The promoter, Sandor Kovacs, was also from Hamilton. My first recollection are of Tolos in a heel interview picking mercilessly on the figure four leglock practitioner, Bobby Shane, who was billed as being 17 years old. Tolos hit the ring on Shane's match and beat him up so bad, Shane was crying as he vowed revenge at the PNE Gardens the next Monday. Later with Dutch Savage he won the Canadian Open Tag Titles in a rare 2/3 fall TV bout, when Johnny Kostas was counted out in the third fall while defending with Don Leo Jonathon. Savage and Tolos were a great team and very intense on interviews.
      One week the opener on TV was an unheard- of heel vs. heel tag bout. After nailing Bad Boys Shields with the thunb, Savage took aim at Gene Kiniski, but nailed Tolos by mistake. Tolos went nuts and attacked Savage, with Kiniski laughing at them,and the held-up titles were decided into a showdown with Tolos and fellow Hamiltonian Steve Bolos losing to Savage and new partner Bulldog Bob Brown. This win established Brown's push in Vancouver for many years.
      Tolos was always a babyface after that turn (I think it was 1970) in Vancouver, often teamed with Duncan McTavish, and his interviews with Ron Morier were classics. The Golden Greek always looked immaculate and of course tanned, and was articulate until, oh, 2 minutes in, when he started yelling and sweating and would tear off his jacket, slamming it to the floor while describing what kind of beating was coming to Kiniski, Brown, The Brute or whomever. Tolos had a trademark white towel like Nick Bockwinkel and was a very good in ring performer. He had a brief run in 1983 against Jerry Lawler on AWA undercards but didn't get used properly. I would buy tapes of Tolos in a heartbeat.
      Dr. Marty Goldstein
     I grew up in Southern California in late '60s and early '70s, and two of my favorite spectator sports were the Roller Games (L.A. T-Birds), and Championship Wrestling from the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles. It's been over 25 years, but I still remember the phone number of the Olympic (RIchmond9-5171) because Dick Lane would announce it so often.
     My two favorite wrestlers were John Tolos and Fred Blassie. It didn't matter if either was currently a "Good Guy" or a "Bad Guy," I rooted for them against all comers. During the few times they were united in a common cause, I was in heaven! However, when they battled each other, which was usually the case, I was in a quandary. I must admit that I usually ended up supporting Mr. Blassie against the "Golden Geek," as he used to call him.
      One of my fondest memories was when my Dad took my older brother (a moderate fan) and I (a raving fanatic) to the KCOP-TV studios (in around 1973) for their weekly taped wrestling show. I think it used to be on Saturday night. In any case, I was excited to a fever pitch all week, because I knew John Tolos would be on the bill that night. And as you know, there was only one way to spell wrestling, "T-O-L-O-S!"
      At the time, although I knew that "Roller Games" was "fake," I was still trying to hold on to the belief that Pro Wrestling was "real." After all, they were bleeding, weren't they?! Looking back, it was like a child still trying to hold onto his belief in Santa Claus, yet recognizing the family wrapping paper on his presents.
      The TV studio soundstage was tiny, and there were just a few makeshift bleachers set up to face the camera. Today, we would describe it as very "intimate." As a 12 or 13 year old, it didn't occur to me that the reason for this was that KCOP was the lowest rated TV station in Los Angeles, and there probably was not a great demand for tickets to their wrestling show.
      All I knew was that TV announcer Dick Lane (a "mega-star" to my pre-teen peers and I) was sitting at a desk just a few feet away, along with his partner, "Judo Gene" LaBelle. But most importantly, my wrestling heroes were so close that you could actually touch them! I was so awestruck, it didn't even occur to me to try get some autographs that night.
      I can't remember who all was on the bill that night, but I do remember some "scientific" wrestlers, and that John Tolos' match ended in a draw because of some "disqualification" or other.
      As the show was taped, we arrived home in time to watch it on TV that night. The bleachers we sat in faced the main camera on the other side of the ring, so I was able to watch my reactions to the entire event. I vividly remember seeing myself being totally immersed in the action. There I was on TV, yelling encouragement to my favorites, screaming at the refs to "turnaround for chrissakes" because someone was up to some illegal shenanigans, and "shadow boxing" at the Bad Guys. A "heady" night, to be sure.
      As I've gotten older, I've often thought of that night. Not just with nostalgia for a by-gone era, or because I had a chance to see my boyhood idol, John Tolos. I think of it because a serious guy like my father, made the effort to take me to an event that I loved, even though he probably thought that it was one of the stupidest things that he's ever seen. He let me enjoy every tiny bit of that night without ever once appearing bored, insinuating that those contests were anything less than "on the level," or trying to interfere with my illusion that these men were true "giants," and every bit a household name like Sandy Koufax, Joe Namath, or John Wayne.
      My father was, and is, a great man.
      Kirk G. San Roman, Fullerton, California
      One of the greatest feuds while growing up in the Buffalo, NY area was the Tolos Brothers vs. Gallagher Brothers at Memorial Auditorium. Chuck Healey would call the matches every Saturday evening at 5:30 P.M. on WBEN channel 4.
      John and Chris versus Doc and Mike were classics as both teams were so called "Bad Guy Teams". Most matches ended in double disqualifications due to their brutal nature. They usually ended up as "blood baths"!
      Also remember the Tolos Brothers wrestling Dick "The Destroyer" Beyer and Bobby Brown. Beyer and Brown were the technical tag team whereas the Tolos Brothers were the heels. Tolos Brothers would always win by cheating which enraged the fans.
      Chris Tolos could also be seen on CHCH channel 11 out of Hamilton. He usually gave outstanding interviews and usually wrestled wrestlers such as Pampiro Firpo, The Sheik, The Beast, Billy Red Lyons or the British Commonwealth Champion Fred Atkins. Chris Tolos versus The Sheik were always my favorite matches.
      But the best matches ever were always the Tolos Brothers versus Gallagher Brothers.
      Donald S. Weimer
     As a kid, I watched Stampede Wrestling, which was taped in Calgary with Ed Whalen announcing. Besides Archie Gouldie the 'Stomper' my favorite was always Chris Tolos but I don't remember John. I also remember Chris being the 'Golden Greek'. Has my memory gone or did he assume that role with Stampede Wrestling? A lot of the characteristics described to John are what I remember in Chris but I'm sure that their styles were very similar anyway.
     Bob Walker
      Of all the wrestlers in the early '70s, there is no one I hated more than John Tolos. The Sheik is a close second. They were easy to hate, considering Freddie Blassie was #1 with me. My favorite memory was the Los Angeles Coliseum extravaganza. They split the first two falls, then Blassie tore him up badly. The crowd was euphoric. Great matches, great memories.
      Tony Vigil, Hawthorne, CA
      John Tolos, Mil Mascaras, Black Gorman, The Great Goliath And Freddie Blassie, Thank you for memories!
      Peace, MANNY V.
     It's been a long time since I have thought about watching Wrestling From The Olympic Auditorium on Saturday nights as a young child. I remember I had to watch it in my parents bedroom on a B&W 13" TV. I used to get so excited jumping around on their bed that my dad would come in to see what was happening. I remember the night when Pork Chop came out of the audience to attack John Tolos. Tolos was doing his usual "pull the guy up by his hair after a two count" to avoid ending the match, thereby inflicting more punishment when Pork Chop jumped into the ring and started wailing on him. The most punishing blows were head butts, not the forearms mentioned in an earlier post. Tolos came out later in a ringside interview calling out the "Black Boy" to come and fight like a man. I think this incident is when I figured out that there was some script to the wrestling gig. Even at age seven or eight it did not make sense that a spectator could come out of the audience and be contending for the title tne very next week.
     Does anyone remember Dennis Stamp?
     Ron Coulombe
     My name is Jack Dedrick. I'm 38 and lived in Southern California all my life. I saw all the great Olympic Auditorium matches on Channel 13 and 34 that the other people described. Wrestling to this day has been a big part of my life. But there is only one wrestler that will always be my favorite of all time and thats THE GOLDEN GREEK JOHN TOLOS.
     Since others have already described the matches about him, let me tell you since nobody seems so know where he is. I am currently a MTA bus driver in Los Angeles. Someone earlier mentioned in the late 80's seeing him at the racquetball place in Woodland Hill's Calif. Let me tell you I had the distinct honor of having The Golden Greek on my bus several times in the mid 90's. I can't remember the exact year, I'm going to say about 96. I knew as soon as he stepped on my bus I met my idol in wrestling. Folks the man came on my bus with a senior citizen pass, my first thought besides OMG its John Tolos, was that OMG what a shame this man has to take a bus when the guys today are making millions. THE WRESTLERS TODAY SHOULD BUY THIS MAN A CAR, he was the best interviewer I have seen to date, he was the best heel Ive seen to date. The man is a wrestling legend.
      Anyway I had John on my bus about 4 times and he got to know me he would sit across from me and we would talk a little about wrestling but I got to talk to John the man. He said he was considering moving to Florida and that he gave his truck to his son. Anyway to cut this short just had to post my memories of a great man and wrestler.
      Jack Dedrick