This is a match you won’t find on Youtube or anywhere else. It has probably been erased.
This is a match from either the late 1950’s or early 1960’s. Argentina Apollo is already a polished, muscular gymnastic star. Roberto Soto, by contrast, was very young, lean and muscular. But as a wrestler he was no match whatsoever for the powerful Apollo.
Most of the commercial wrestling programs always had a “back & forth” between opponents, with the exception of some “squash” matches. In this case, however, Robert Soto was pitifully outmatched.
From the get-go, it was obvious that Apollo was stronger not only in the leg department, but with his arms and hands as well. Apollo immediately put Soto in a variety of standard “normal” professional wrestling holds–and let go of him only because he wanted to. No tap-outs’s! Just a superior man vs. something who looked fairly muscular, but not strong enough!
The entire match looked like a lion playing with a little mouse. Poor Robert Soto! He succumbed to Apollo in every single encounter, no matter what. Headlock, arm strength, full nelson–it looked more like a gym work-out for Apollo.
This was an opportunity for Apollo to demonstrate a full catalog of his more unorthodox moves. In one move, both wrestlers grasped each other’s hands. Both twisted in opposite direction to see who had the greater hand and arm strength. Apollo swung Soto’s arms upward, downward, and side-ways with ease. Poor Soto winced and grimaced but to no avail. Apollo then played a humiliating trick on Soto. He forced both his arms to swing out, and then proceeded to kick his armpits with alternate left-right-left-right karate-type high kicks. All the while, Apollo held each hand firm so his opponent could not escape. Soto looked like he was going to cry.
Apollo then engaged in one of his classics: he held both of Soto’s hands, and pulled him downward, while falling backward on his own back. At the same time, he whipped both legs through and under each arm (held in position with his own hand grip) so that he was able to hook each leg with his feet. With the right positioning and the necessary strength in his feet, which acted like giant fish hooks, he is able to suspend the opponent upside-down, his legs spread-eagled by Apollo’s mighty legs, and each leg snared by one of those powerful feet. The opponent can only wriggle and suffer!
There are a few Youtube examples of this exclusive wrestling “hold,” which to the best of my knowledge has no name. You can see an excellent example here.
In this (mis)-match, Apollo was so much stronger than Robert Soto that he humiliated him further by emulating a bicycling motion. Poor Soto could do nothing, whilst upside down and at the mercy of Apollo’s legs and feet.
Finally Apollo released Soto from the hold. Soto just crumpled to the mat like a beaten rag doll.
Apollo then picked him up bodily. He had him stand, wobbly as he was–and (oh no!) the concluding humilaiton: he pulled him in front of himself…kicked each leg out from underneath Mr. Soto with a karate kick to the back of his knee cap area, and (as could well be predicted swing a mighty leg over the back of Soto’s neck, and clamped on that killer leg lock chokehold, which is described in detail elsewhere on this blog. Hardly 3 seconds passed when Soto waved his hand in surrender for the referee.
The victory bell sounded. Apollo bounced to his feet, upright, with hardly any sweat on his body. He reached down to shake the hand of the vanquished Mr. Soto. Unfortunately all that lay there was the mere remnants of a man. Mr. Soto look more like a puddle on the mat–so defeated, so humiliated, so disgraced. He was still unconscious from the leg chokehold–so Apollo simply bounded out of the ring, fully confident but not at all smug or self-congratulatory. He was not that kind of person.
More to come–if you want.