Sunday, March 3 on this day in Wrestling history……….
Written By Kurt Brown
Sunday, March 3 marks the 51st Anniversary of the debut of the TV show “Titanes En El Ring” on Channel 9 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and remained a Saturday night TV staple for years to come. Aside from founder Martin Karadagian, the 1962 troupe included future TEER icons Caballero Rojo, Benito Durante, Ararat, as well as icons like commentator Rodolfo DiSarli and iconic heel referee, Cananda’s “Señor William Boo,” whose devious officiating is still referenced in the world of soccer when a lousy ref call is made (“that was a William Boo call” is whole they phrase it.) Other names taking part in that debut season included Pedro Goitia, Primo Carnera and Mister Chile. Karadagian went on to create hit characters that drew mega-ratings like El Vampire, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Black Ants, The Wrestling Executive, The Devil (as in THE Devil!), Pepino The Clown, Don Quixote & Sancho Panza, and his all time perpetual box office hit “La Momia” (The Mummy). Aside from a three year TV hiatus from 1974-76 (a rival promotion procured the airwaves in ’74, but lasted only one season), Titanes En El Ring was a TV and box office hit until 1983. One last season emerged in 1988. This was when Karadagian’s health was declining after losing a leg to diabetes. The last episode had the famous terjerking moment when, aware that the show was now canceled, a one-legged Karadagian labored to walk to the ring for one final time, walking with a cane. He managed to get in the ring, threw away the cane, and standing on his sole leg, told the audience “Thanks, I am well because I am with you. I am alive! I don’t need the cane because the ring and the fans keep me standing.”