1950

The scope of this site is to cover the Gulf Coast territory from 1953 to January 1978. However I have come across earlier results and have widened the scope to the year 1950. Along with towns would become major towns for the Gulf Coast territory, I will also include cities in Mississippi and Louisiana that would at one point or another be part of the Gulf Coast circuit. Prior to the formation of the Gulf Coast Wrestling Association, there was a circuit that covered Alabama, Northwest Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana that featured many of the same wrestlers. Many of the wrestlers that appeared on these cards would also work for the Gulf Coast promotions. The cards were promoted by Joe Gunther (Mobile, Dothan and Panama City), Sidney Goltsman , Joe Gunther and Charles Guercio in Montgomery, Albert Wadley & Al Bragg (Anniston), Vic Kalfus (Pensacola), Tony Everts (Gulfport), Billy Romanoff (Jackson), Gus Kallio (Monroe), Jimmie Thompson (Alexandria), Ernestine Murtagh (New Orleans), Mrs. Jimmy Kilshaw in Baton Rouge and Gladden Harrison (Shreveport). The only titles recognized with any continuity were the World Light-Heavyweight and World Jr. Heavyweight titles.

 

JANUARY:

 

The year opened with a card held on Monday January 2, 1950 in Shreveport, Louisiana at the Municipal Auditorium. Promoter Gladden Harrison presented a card that opened with Rex Mobley defeating Mike (Rodeo Red) Ryan in a one fall bout. In the second event Joe Wolfe won over Wild Bill Steddum in another one fall bout. In the final one fall preliminary match, The Black Phantom pinned Charlie Laye after flattening him with a piledriver. Laye was left unconscious and had to be carried to the dressing room.

The main event was to have been a six-man tag team match but with Laye unable to compete it became a handicap tag team match with Mobley & Wolfe facing off with the threesome of Steddum, Ryan & the Black Phantom. With the odds on their side, the trio scored two straight falls to win the match handily.

The following evening, promoter Gus Kallio presented a card at his Kallio’s Arena in Monroe, Louisiana. On that card a recovered Charlie Laye battled Wild Bill Steddum to a 30 minute draw in the opener. The Black Phantom defeated Bobby Lane in 8 minutes to win the second event.

The main event saw Laye & Lane teaming to take on Steddum & the Black Phantom in a tag team match. Laye won the first fall for his team as he pinned Steddum after 8 minutes. In the second fall, the Phantom worked over Laye with forearm and elbow blows using a pad that he was wearing on his right elbow. Finally referee Bill Barney stopped the action and summonsed Dr. J.T. French, the wrestling commission doctor, to examine the pad. The doctor gave it a look over, stated that he found no irregularity and the match resumed. The Phantom continued to punish Laye before tagging in Steddum. Steddum applied a hammerlock on Laye and forced him to the mat. Steddum then began stomping Laye’s arm while maintaining the hammerlock. Laye was finally forced to submit after 18 minutes of action. Laye & Lane spent much of the third and final fall working over the Phantom. The masked man managed to knock Lane to the mat with a bodyblock and stomped him in the throat. The Phantom then applied his piledriver and pinned Lane after 8 minutes to win the fall and the match. It took several minutes for Lane to regain consciousness, but he was able to walk back to the dressing room under his own power.

That same Tuesday evening in Baton Rouge, Mrs. Jimmy Kilshaw presented her first card of the year in Baton Rouge at the VFW Hall. The card opened with a women’s match with Celia Blevins, a last minute substitute for an ailing Ellen Olsen, taking on Juanita Coffman. Blevins won the first fall with a backbreaker and pin on Coffman in 13 minutes. Coffman came back and pinned Blevins in 17 minutes to win the second fall. Blevins used some rough tactics in the third and deciding fall. She hit Coffman with a flying tackle and pinned her to win the fall and the match.

In the main event featured Jack (Sockeye) McDonald, the current World’s Jr. Heavyweight Champion, taking on Billy (Cue Ball) Rush in a non-title match. McDonald used a series of snap-mares on Rush and pinned him to win the first fall. Rush applied his cobra sleeper hold on McDonald in the second fall. The hold was illegal in the state of Louisiana and referee Jake Guercio attempted to force Rush to break but McDonald gave up before that could happen and Rush won the fall. Rush tried again to use the cobra hold in the third and deciding fall, again with Guercio trying to prevent it. McDonald used another series of snap-mares on Rush and pinned him to win the third fall and the match.

On Wednesday January 4, 1950 at Thompson’s Arena in Alexandria, Louisiana was the site of a card presented by promoter Jimmie Thompson. That card opened with a match featuring lady wrestlers as Celia Blevins, again a substitute for Ellen Olsen, took on Juanita Coffman in a best two out of three falls match. Coffman was disqualified by referee Jake Guercio after 30 minutes of rough action in the first fall. Blevins won the second fall after 25 minutes to take the match in straight falls.

The main event featured another match between Jack (Sockeye) McDonald and Billy (Cue Ball) Rush. McDonald scored the first fall with his abdominal stretch after 30 minutes. Rush evened the score when he pinned McDonald after a series of bodyslams to win the second fall. McDonald used his stretch hold once more to win the third and deciding fall to take the match.

Billy Rush slugs Jack McDonald

 

Sockeye Jack McDonald applies a body scissors on Billy (Cue Ball) Rush

 

Jack McDonald applies his stretch hold on Billy Rush

The next night, Thursday January 5 a card was held at the Coliseum in New Orleans, Louisiana promoted by Ernestine Murtagh. Mrs. Murtagh was the wife of long-time New Orleans promoter Jim Murtagh who had turned the promotion over to his wife due to illness. The card opened with Billy Rush defeating George Cologne in a one fall match.

The semi-final was a ladies match with Celia Blevins, again substituting for Ellen Olsen, taking two out of three falls from Juanita Coffman to win the match.

The main event was a tag team match with Sockeye Jack McDonald teaming Billy Rush to defeat the team of George (Lefty) Thomas & George Cologne in two straight falls.

On Friday January 6, a card presented by Joe Gunther was held in Mobile, Alabama at the American Legion Arena. That card saw lady wrestlers meet as Cecilia Blevins defeated Juanita Coffman in the opening match. The main event saw Billy (Cue Ball) Rush defeat Nick Kapitan.

Also on Friday promoter Sidney Goltsman presented a card at the Lee Street Arena in Montgomery, Alabama. That card opened with Nick Carter taking on George (Lefty) Thomas.

Sockeye Jack McDonald faced George Cologne in the second match of the evening.

The main event was a tag team match with Carter & McDonald teaming up to take on the twosome of Thomas & Cologne.

No results are known for this card.

That same night in Jackson, Mississippi promoter Billy Romanoff held a card at the Municipal Auditorium. Rex Mobley defeated Bobby Lane to win the one fall opening match.

In the semi-final match Joe Wolfe teamed with Charlie Laye to take on Wild Bill Steddum & the Black Phantom. Each team had a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. Wolfe caught the Phantom in a rolling cradle but the two assigned referees, Pat Willis and Red Ryan, were busy arguing with one another and didn’t see the pin. Steddum rushed in and kicked Wolfe off of his masked partner and helped the Phantom cover Wolfe. Willis counted the fall and awarded the match to Steddum & the Phantom.

In the main event, World Light-Heavyweight Champion Balk Estes put his title on the line against the challenge of Henry Harrell. Harrell pinned Estes with a jackknife to take the first fall. Estes came back and applied his alligator clutch to Harrell to win the second fall and even the score. During the third and deciding fall, Estes grabbed Harrell and rammed him headfirst into the ringpost. Instead of going down, Harrell went into a blind rage and tossed Estes and referee Pat Willis from the ring and would not let either man re-enter. Charlie Laye and Bobby Lane came out and tried to calm Harrell down, but they too were sent flying from the ring. Even promoter Billy Romanoff got the rough treatment when he entered the ring to try and restore order. Things finally calmed down until Estes got back into the ring. Harrell tore after him again and it took Laye, Lane, Romanoff and several policemen to separate the two and get them back to the dressing room. The match was declared a no contest.

The following week on Monday in Shreveport, the card opened with Joe Wolfe defeating Rodeo Red Ryan in the one fall opener.

The semi-main was a tag team match featuring the team of Balk Estes & Joe Wolfe taking on Wild Bill Steddum & Red Ryan. Estes won the first fall for his team while Wolfe scored the second fall, giving Estes & Wolfe the match in straight falls.

The main event saw Rex Mobley facing the Black Phantom. The Phantom pinned Mobley to win the first fall and turned up the rough tactics in the second. He tossed Mobley from the ring and turned his attention to referee Conway Baker. The masked man applied his dreaded piledriver on Baker and left him lying near unconsciousness. The Phantom then dragged Mobley into the ring and flattened him with the piledriver. Baker came too long enough to count Mobley out before passing out again, giving the Black Phantom the match in two straight falls.

The following night in Monroe, Charlie Laye & Joe Wolfe teamed to take on the Black Phantom & Wild Bill Steddum in the main event tag team match. Bobby Lane, still recovering from the results of the Black Phantom’s piledriver the week before, was assigned as the referee. The match was even at a fall apiece going into the third fall when Laye managed get Steddum into a pinning combination. Lane, a bit woozy, failed to make the count. The Phantom dashed into the ring and stomped Laye in the head, allowing Steddum to counter and pin Laye. Lane regained his senses and counted Laye out and awarded the match to Steddum & the Phantom. Promoter Gus Kallio announced that he would let the decision stand, but Lane would no longer be allowed to officiate matches in Monroe. Wrestling Commissioner Dave Silverstein also announced that he was holding up the purse of both teams.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge the card opened with a 5 Man Battle Royal. The participants were Jack McDonald, George Cologne, Garza Lozano, Nick Kapitan and George (Lefty) Thomas. Kapitan was the first eliminated and was assigned as the referee for the final two matches. The next two out were Jack McDonald and George Cologne. They met in the second match of the evening. George Thomas and Garza Lozano were the last men left and they were matched in the main event of the night.

In the match between McDonald and Cologne, McDonald won the first fall when he pinned Cologne in 16 minutes. Cologne came back with a series of bodyslams and pinned McDonald to win the second fall in 18 minutes. McDonald used a series of kangaroo kicks on Cologne and pinned him in 21 minutes to win the third fall and the match.

In the main event, Garza Lozano won the first fall when he pinned George Thomas after a series of bodyslams. George Thomas was well on his way to winning the second fall when Lozano tossed him from the ring. Thomas landed on a ringside chair and suffered a deep cut on one ear and injured his leg. Referee Nick Kapitan disqualified Lozano and awarded not only the fall but the match to Thomas, despite the fact that the match had only gone two falls.

That same night wrestling promoted by Joe Gunther opened at the Wiregrass Sports Arena in Dothan, Alabama, lady wrestlers Juanita Coffman and Cecelia Blevins met again in the opening match. In the main event Nick Carter faced The Green Shadow.

No results are known for this card.

The next night on Wednesday, in Alexandria, George Cologne faced George (Lefty) Thomas in the opening match. Cologne won the first fall with a dropkick and pin on Thomas. Thomas came back with a series of flying mares and a bodyslam to pin Cologne to take the second fall. Cologne used bodyslams himself as he slammed Thomas three times and pinned him to take the deciding fall and the match.

George Cologne bodyslams George (Lefty) Thomas

The semi-main event had Nick Kapitan facing Garza Lozano in a best two out of three falls match. Lozano got a little rough with referee George Thomas in the first fall and Thomas joined Kapitan to work Lozano over, which allowed Kapitan to pin him to win the first fall. Lozano came back and pinned Kapitan to win the second fall and tie the match. In the third and deciding fall Kapitan sent Lozano hurdling into a corner and as the Mexican was on his knees and member of the audience rushed up and punched him in the face several times. That riled Lozano up and he tore out after the fan and chased him from the arena and into the arms of a deputy sheriff and a state trooper. Returning to the ring, Lozano also tore into Kapitan with every dirty trick he could muster. Finally referee Thomas stopped the match and disqualified Lozano, giving the fall and the match to Kapitan.

The main event featured a 10 round boxing match between Sockeye Jack McDonald and Phil Brummett. Brummett, an Alexandria native, had the decided advantage as he had been a pro boxer for a brief period on the West Coast. The match came about from a brewing feud between him and McDonald that had started several weeks prior during a wrestling match. Brummett easily outscored McDonald in the first two rounds and was doing much the same in the third. McDonald finally swung a wild haymaker that landed squarely on the jaw of Brummett and sent him crashing to the mat. Brummett was down for the count and McDonald was awarded the match.

Phil Brummett lands a punch on Sockeye Jack McDonald

 

Sockeye Jack McDonald lands a knockout punch on Phil Brummett

The next night in New Orleans, the card opened with George Cologne scoring a victory over Jack Wentworth. Billy Rush defeated Nick Kapitan in the second event of the evening. In the main event the Green Shadow defeated Sockeye Jack McDonald.

On Friday, on the card in Mobile, the Green Shadow defeated Billy (Cue Ball) Rush in the opener. Sockeye Jack McDonald defeated George Cologne in the main event.

Also on Friday in Montgomery, Celia Blevins and Juanita Coffman opened the card in a ladies match.

The main event was a match between George Cologne and Garza Lozano.

No results are known for this card.

That same night in Jackson, Joe Wolfe and Wild Bill Steddum battled to a 30 minute draw in the opening match.

The semi-final was a 5 man Wrestle Royal. Besides Wolfe and Steddum, the other participants were the Black Phantom, Charlie Laye and Rex Mobley. The Phantom was the first man eliminated, followed by Steddum. Mobley and Laye were both put out at the same time and this left Wolfe as the victor, as awarded by referee Bobby Lane.

The main event was a return title match for the World Light-Heavyweight title, with champion Balk Estes defending against Henry Harrell. Harrell pinned Estes to take the first fall and was well on his way to winning the second when he missed a flying tackle aimed at Estes. Harrell sailed through the ropes and into the ringside chairs. He managed to climb back into the ring but was favoring his back. Estes tossed him out onto the floor once again, further aggravating the injured back. Estes finally brought him back into the ring and easily pinned him to win the second fall.  Many fans in attendance figured that Harrell would be unable to continue but he managed to come back out for the third and deciding fall. Harrell had Estes close to being pinned with referee Claude Skidmore reaching the count of two of four different occasions. Finally Estes was able to turn the tide and pinned Harrell to win the fall and the match and retain his title.

The following week there was no wrestling scheduled in Shreveport on Monday due to the Municipal Auditorium being used for the Shrine Circus.

On Tuesday in Monroe, the main event was a tag team match that featured Charlie Laye & Joe Wolfe facing Wild Bill Steddum & the Black Phantom in a rematch. There were also two singles matches prior to the main event.

No results are known for this card.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge, the card opened with a match between George Cologne and Garza Lozano. Lozano used a series of snap-mares on Cologne and pinned him in 15 minutes to win the first fall. Cologne flattened Lozano with a series of kangaroo kicks and pinned him in 19 minutes to win the second fall and even the score. In the third and deciding fall, Lozano got into an argument with referee Jake Guercio and punched him. Lozano then tossed both Thomas and Guercio from the ring. Guercio disqualified Lozano and awarded the third fall and the match to Cologne.

In the main event, World Jr. Heavyweight champion Jack McDonald faced the Green Shadow in a non-title match. McDonald hit the Shadow with a series of flying tackles and pinned him to win the first fall in 23 minutes. The Shadow came back and forced McDonald to submit to a single leg Boston Crab to win the second fall in 17 minutes. The Shadow used the same hold on McDonald and forced him to submit once again in 16 minutes to win the third fall and the match.

That same evening in Dothan, a masked wrestler known as Mr. X faced Johnny Gallagher in the opening match. Billy (Cue Ball) Rush faced Jack Wentworth from Canada in the second match. The main event had Gallagher & Wentworth teaming to face Rush & Mr. X.

Again, no results are available for this card.

On Wednesday in Alexandria the card opened with the Green Shadow taking on George Cologne. In an odd twist, the rugged masked man was the fan favorite in this match as Cologne was most unpopular with the Alexandria locals. The Shadow won the first fall and then chased Cologne back to the dressing room. Cologne came back and pinned the masked man to win the second fall after using several dirty tactics on him to wear him down. The Shadow used an alligator clutch to score the third and deciding fall to win the match.

The Green Shadow sends George Cologne flying with a monkey flip

 

The Green Shadow applies an Alligator Clutch on George Cologne

In the main event, popular Sockeye Jack McDonald faced the equally unpopular Garza Lozano. Lozano had McDonald blinded after rubbing something into his eyes in the first fall. Referee Phil Brummett searched Lozano several times but could not find whatever substance Lozano was using. McDonald managed to clear his vision and caught Lozano in an abdominal stretch and forced him to submit to win the first fall. Lozano floored McDonald with a crushing right hand blow to the jaw and pinned him to win the second fall. Lozano resorted to gouging McDonald’s eyes before again dropping him with a punch to the jaw in the deciding fall. The huge Lozano then attempted a diving splash on McDonald in order to pin him, but McDonald rolled out of the way at the last possible second. Lozano crashed to the mat and was easily pinned by McDonald, giving the fall and the match to the popular Sockeye. Lozano also got into a round of fisticuffs with some ringside fans on his way back to the dressing room.

On Thursday in New Orleans, Billy Rush defeated Garza Lozano in the opening match while the Green Shadow won over Henry Harrell in the semi-final.

In the main event Jack Curtis and Sockeye Jack McDonald each scored a fall apiece but the match ended in a 60 minute draw when neither could score the deciding fall.

On the Friday night card in Mobile two nights later, George Cologne and Sockeye Jack McDonald met in a rematch, which ended in a draw. In the second event Billy (Cue Ball) Rush and the Green Shadow also battled to a draw. The main event saw Cologne & the Green Shadow defeat McDonald & Rush in a tag team match.

That same evening in Montgomery, Johnny Gallagher and Garza Lozano met in the opening match. Jack Wentworth and George Thomas battled in the second event of the evening.

In the main event, Gallagher & Wentworth took on Lozano & Thomas in a tag team match.

No results are known for this card.

Also on Friday, in Jackson, Joe Wolfe and Wild Bill Steddum battled to a 30 minute draw in the opening match. In the two semi-final matches Charlie Laye defeated Rodeo Red Ryan, while the Black Phantom used his piledriver to beat Rex Mobley.

The main event was a match for the World Light-Heavyweight title with champion Balk Estes defending against the challenge of Jack Curtis. Estes had ended the 7th reign of Curtis as champion and Curtis was anxious to regain the title. The two struggled mightily with each other before Curtis scored a pin to take the first fall after 41 minutes. Estes came back and took the second fall after 28 minutes. The 90 minute time limit expired with neither man able to score the winning fall. The match was declared a draw.

Curtis immediately issued a challenger for another title match, but with no time limit involved. Balk balked, however, and stated that he had taken the title from Curtis with a 90 minute time limit and that Curtis would have to do so in the same manner.

Wrestling returned to Shreveport the following Monday after a week off. On that card Henry Harrell won two out of three falls to win the match over Wild Bill Steddum.

In the second match, Joe Wolfe took on Balk Estes. Estes was a replacement for Rex Mobley, who was scheduled to face Wolfe but was still out of action due to the piledriver of the Black Phantom. As it were, Estes scored the first fall while Wolfe came back and won the second. The 60 minute time limit expired before either man could win another fall. The match was declared a draw.

In the main event Charlie Laye took on the feared Black Phantom. Laye, like Mobley, had been injured previously by the Phantom’s piledriver and was seeking some payback. Nearing the 30 minute mark of the first fall the Phantom attempted to apply the piledriver on Laye. Laye was alert to the maneuver and upended the Phantom and pinned him to take the fall. After the fall, the Phantom grabbed Laye and applied the piledriver and knocked him unconscious. Referee Conway Baker immediately disqualified the Phantom and awarded the second fall and the match to Laye before the fall actually started. The incensed Phantom slugged Baker and was about to do further damage when Commissioner Charlie Oliver entered the ring and stopped him. Oliver announced that the Phantom would be fined and his purse for the night withheld, Furthermore, Oliver stated, the Phantom would be suspended from wrestled in Shreveport for an indefinite time.

The following evening in Monroe featured a double main event. In the first event Bobby Lane would face Wild Bill Steddum in a best two out of three falls match with a 75 minute time limit.

The second main event would be between Joe Wolfe and the Black Phantom with the same number of falls and the same time limit.

Bill Barney, the local West Monroe garage owner would officiate both matches.

No results are known for this card.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge, Johnny Gallagher took on veteran Rex Mobley in the opening match of the evening. Gallagher used an airplane spin on Mobley and pinned him to win the first fall in 14 minutes. Mobley won the second fall in 16 minutes when he forced Gallagher to submit to a Boston Crab. Mobley used another Boston Crab on Gallagher to force him to submit in 19 minutes to win the third fall and the match.

In the main event Jack Curtis made his return to Baton Rouge as he faced George Cologne. Curtis pinned Cologne after a series of bodyslams to win the first fall. Cologne came back with a series of body blocks and a pin on Curtis to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall Cologne was handling Curtis quite well until he decided to jump on him from the corner turnbuckle. Just as Cologne perched himself on the top turnbuckle, Curtis caught him with a dropkick. Cologne fell to the arena floor and was counted out, giving the fall and the match to Curtis.

That same Tuesday night in Dothan, Jack Wentworth met the Green Shadow in the opening match. The main event saw Sockeye Jack McDonald take on Garza Lozano.

Again, no results are known.

On Wednesday night in Alexandria, Rex Mobley and Johnny Gallagher met in a clean, scientific opener. Mobley won the match when Gallagher missed a dropkick and slammed his head on the mat. Mobley pinned him and took the match.

Rex Mobley applies a stepover toehold on Johnny Gallagher

 

Johnny Gallagher applies a double wrist lock on Rex Mobley

In the main event Jack Curtis faced off with George Cologne. Cologne scored the first fall when he kicked Curtis in the face while jumping from the ropes. Cologne then pinned the stunned Curtis to take the fall. In the second fall, Curtis got into a shouting match with referee George (Lefty) Thomas which led to blows being thrown. Thomas disqualified Curtis, giving the match to Cologne in two straight falls.

Jack Curtis threatens George (Lefty) Thomas as Phil Brummett tries to calm things down

The following evening in New Orleans, Johnny Gallagher defeated George Cologne in the opening match. Cologne garnered a little revenge in the semi-final when he teamed with the Green Shadow to defeat Gallagher & Rex Mobley by taking two out of three falls.

The main event was a return match between Jack Curtis and Sockeye Jack McDonald. The two had wrestled to a 60 minute draw the previous week and both were anxious to prove their superiority. McDonald won the first fall when he pinned Curtis but that was the only fall scored in the match. McDonald resorted to foul tactics while Curtis fought back in kind. Finally the match was stopped by a member of the Louisiana state wrestling commission and declared a no contest.

On Friday in Mobile, Rex Mobley defeated Johnny Gallagher in the opening match. George Cologne and Sockeye Jack McDonald met for the third week in a row with McDonald defeating Cologne in the main event.

Also on Friday in Montgomery, promoter Sidney Goltsman staged his annual March of Dimes Benefit Card. The proceeds for this card were donated to the Infantile Paralysis Fund.

The card opened with a one fall match between Billy Rush and the Green Shadow. The second match of the evening, also a one fall match, featured Jack Wentworth taking on Garza Lozano.

The main event was a tag team match with Rush & Wentworth teaming to take on Lozano & the Green Shadow.

No results are known for this card.

This would be the final card promoted by Sidney Goltsman in Montgomery.

That same night in Jackson, a round robin tag team event was featured. Two opening tag team matches would be held and the winning team of each of those bouts would meet in the main event.

In the opening tag match, Jack Curtis & Henry Harrell, both from Vicksburg, Mississippi, defeated Balk Estes & Bobby Lane. In the second match the Black Phantom & Wild Bill Steddum defeated Joe Wolfe & Charlie Laye when the Phantom flatted Wolfe with his piledriver.

In the main event the Phantom & Steddum continually worked over Harrell and could have pinned him at any time to win the fall. They much preferred punishing him and wound up being disqualified for their efforts. In a surprise move, Curtis flattened Steddum with a piledriver and pinned him to win the second fall, giving the match to Curtis & Harrell in two straight falls.

The final week of January opened with a card in Shreveport on Monday. Henry Harrell met Balk Estes in the first match of the evening. Harrell was trying to secure another match for Estes’ World Light-Heavyweight title and hoped a victory in this non-title match would do the trick. Surprisingly, Estes stuck to the rules in the first fall and managed to upend Harrell and pin him to take the fall. Harrell won the second fall, but things got a little testy between the two and punches were exchanged during the fall. In the third and deciding fall, both men were wrapped in a stalemate when both applied the same hold to one another. Both agreed to release the hold and try again from scratch, but Estes sucker punched Harrell on the break. He then pinned the stunned Harrell and won the fall and the match.

The main event was a grudge match between Charlie Laye and the Black Phantom. Laye convinced promoter Gladden Harrison to have the Phantom’s suspension lifted so he could gain revenge for the two injuries he had suffered at the hands of the masked man’s deadly piledriver hold. Laye pinned the Phantom to score the first fall of the match while the Phantom came back to win the next two falls by forcing Laye to submit. The Phantom never even attempted to apply the piledriver.

On Tuesday, the next night, in Monroe the feature bout was a tag team match between Henry Harrell & Joe Wolfe and the team of the Black Phantom & Wild Bill Steddum. To ensure that there would be some semblance of order, promoter Gus Kallio assigned two referees to the match, one of which was himself. Bill Barney was the other referee on duty. Each team had won a fall apiece going into the deciding fall, when Steddum & the Phantom tossed Harrell & Wolfe from the ring. Not satisfied they also tossed out Barney and Romanoff. Romanoff called for an immediate disqualification and awarded the fall and the match to Harrell & Wolfe.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge, the opening match between Jack Wentworth and George Cologne ended in a draw.

In the second bout of the evening Jack Curtis won over Billy Rush when Rush was disqualified by referee Eddie Gossett for using illegal tactics.

The main event was a tag team match with Curtis & Wentworth taking on Cologne & Rush. Cologne pinned Wentworth in 18 minutes to win the first fall for his team. Wentworth returned the favor when he pinned Cologne in 20 minutes to win the second fall. Curtis pinned Cologne in 22 minutes to win the third fall and the match for his team.

That same Tuesday in Dothan, the lady wrestlers made another appearance as Juanita Coffman wrestled Mae Weston in the opening match. In the main event Rex Mobley & Johnny Gallagher faced Garza Lozano & the Green Shadow.

No results are known for this card.

 

FEBRUARY:

 

The first card in February was held on Wednesday the 1st in Alexandria. Canadian Jack Wentworth faced Billy Rush in the opening bout. Wentworth used a backbreaker on Rush and pinned him to win the first fall. Rush pinned Wentworth after flooring him with a punch to the jaw to take the second fall. There was only 6 minutes left of the 60 minute time limit at the beginning of the third and deciding fall, but Wentworth managed to score a quick pin to win the fall and the match.

Jack Wentworth used a wrist lock to keep Billy (Cue Ball) Rush on the mat

 

Jack Wentworth applies a backbreaker on Billy (Cue Ball) Rush

The feature match was a return match between Jack Curtis and George Cologne. Curtis took the first fall when he applied a neckbreaker on Cologne and pinned him. Cologne came back and used a flying head scissors on Curtis and pinned him to win the second fall. Cologne had Curtis reeling throughout much of the third and deciding fall but Curtis managed another neckbreaker and pinned Cologne to win the fall and the match. After the match Cologne punched referee Eddie (Choo-Choo) Gossett, but the man from Chattanooga fought back and chased Cologne from the ring.

George Cologne attempts to pin Jack Curtis as referee Eddie Gossett move in

 

Jack Curtis body slams George Cologne

The following night in New Orleans the card opened with Eddie Gossett defeated Billy Rush in the first preliminary match.

In the second preliminary match Jack Wentworth scored a victory over the Green Shadow.

The main event was another return match between Jack Curtis and Sockeye Jack McDonald. As was the case with their previous two encounters, this one was a wild one. After 35 minutes of action in the first fall Dr. Edrington, the Louisiana state commission doctor, called for referee Joe Gunther to stop the match. The doctor examined the deep cut over McDonald’s left eye and declared him unable to continue. Gunther awarded the match to Curtis.

A night later, on Friday in Mobile the card saw Eddie Gossett defeat George Cologne. The main event was a best two out of three fall match between Jack Wentworth and Sockeye Jack McDonald. Wentworth won the first fall by pin and was awarded the second fall when McDonald was unable to continue due to a cut suffered over his eye.

It was announced that the Goltsman family had sold the promotional rights for wrestling in Montgomery to Joe Gunther. Gunther would continue to present his wrestling cards at the Lee Street Arena, which was owned by the Goltsman family. Gunther held his first card in Montgomery on this same Friday night.

That card opened with a 60 minute ladies match with Juanita Coffman facing Mae Weston.

The main event was a tag team match with Rex Mobley & Johnny Gallagher taking on Garza Lozano & the Green Shadow.

No results are known for this card.

That same Friday night in Jackson, Joe Wolfe scored a victory over Rodeo Red Ryan in the one fall opening match.

In the semi-final match, Charlie Laye & Henry Harrell faced off with Balk Estes & Wild Bill Steddum. Each team had a fall apiece when the 45 minute time limit expired in the deciding fall. The match was declared a draw.

In the main event Jack Curtis took on the Black Phantom. With both men being proponents of the piledriver, the match was a natural rivalry. The Phantom switched tactics a bit when he used a series of backbreakers on Curtis before pinning him to win the first fall. Curtis flattened the masked man with a series of dropkicks and pinned him to take the second fall. In the deciding fall the two were battling it out at ringside when referee Claude Skidmore started counting both men out. Curtis managed to get back into the ring at the count of 18 and the Phantom was counted out. The fall and the match went to Curtis.

The following Monday in Shreveport, Charlie Laye faced Wild Bill Steddum in the one fall opening match. The match featured very little wrestling as the two spent most of the match slugging each other. Both men were bloodied by the time the 30 minute time limit expired and the match was declared a draw.

In the semi-final match Henry Harrell & Joe Wolfe teamed up to take on Balk Estes & the Black Phantom in a tag team battle. The Phantom pinned Harrell to score the first fall and was himself pinned by Wolfe in the second fall. In the third and deciding fall Estes & the Phantom had a falling out when Estes refused to use the dirty tactics that the masked man was using. As a result, the Phantom left the ring and returned to the dressing room, leaving Estes to carry on alone. Harrell & Wolfe easily overwhelmed him and he was pinned to give the fall and the match to Harrell & Wolfe.

The main event saw the first appearance in the area of The French Angel, the world famed grappler billed as “the ugliest man alive.” His opponent was Paul Amnotte from Buffalo, New York. The Angel pinned Amnotte to score the first fall and came back to take the second with a bone-crushing bear hug, winning the match in straight falls.

On the following night in Monroe Joe Wolfe defeated Paul Amnotte in 22 minutes of the one fall opening match.

The semi-final match featured the French Angel taking on Wild Bill Steddum. The Angel used his bear hug to force Steddum to submit to win the first fall in 8 minutes. The second fall also went to the Angel, this time in 5 minutes and again by the use of the bear hug.

In the main event, Henry Harrell faced the Black Phantom in a best two out of three falls match. The Phantom forced Harrell to submit to a rocking chair hold after 13 minutes. Harrell came back and rocked the masked man with a series of flying tackles and pinned him to win the second fall in 10 minutes. Harrell was again using flying tackles on the Phantom when the masked man side-stepped one and again locked Harrell in the rocking chair hold. Harrell was forced to submit, giving the third and deciding fall to the Phantom in 5 minutes.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge, former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Primo Carnera made his first appearance in the area. Carnera teamed with Jack Wentworth to take on the team of Rex Mobley & Garza Lozano. Mobley pinned Wentworth to win the first fall for his team. During the second fall Lozano made the mistake of trying to trade punches with Carnera and came out on the losing in of that exchange. Wentworth pinned Mobley to win the fall and even the score. In the third and deciding fall Mobley was tossed from the ring and Carnera laid another haymaker on Lozano and knocked him to the mat. Carnera & Wentworth both covered Lozano and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

The card opened with a one fall match between Wentworth and Lozano but no result is known of that match.

There was no wrestling held in Dothan on Tuesday.

On Wednesday in Alexandria, Rex Mobley and Jack Wentworth battled to a 30 minute draw in the one fall opening match.

Both men returned for the main event which saw Mobley teaming with Primo Carnera to take on Wentworth & Garza Lozano. Wentworth had been Carnera’s partner the previous night in Baton Rouge and Mobley had been on the opposing team. Wentworth & Lozano used some rough tactics on Mobley to wear him down and pin him to take the first fall. In the second fall, Lozano was holding Mobley in a full-nelson when Wentworth threw a forearm. Mobley ducked and the blow floored Lozano, who was quickly pinned by Mobley to take the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, Carnera and Wentworth were battling mid-ring with Carnera getting the best of it. Wentworth tried to tag Lozano, but the big Mexican refused to take the tag. George Cologne came to ringside and convinced Lozano to go to his partner’s aid. Lozano jumped into the ring and flattened everyone in sight. Carnera, Mobley referee Phil Brummett and his own partner Wentworth felt the wrath of his fists. Wentworth got back to his feet and floored Lozano which allowed Carnera to pin him, giving the fall and the match to Mobley & Carnera.

Jack Wentworth applies a hammerlock on Primo Carnera

Wrestling promoted by Vic Kalfus opened on Thursday night in Pensacola, Florida at the Legion Arena. The first match on the card saw Balk Estes, the reigning World Light-Heavyweight Champion take two out of three falls to defeat Charlie Laye. Estes’ title was not on the line.

The main event in Pensacola featured the French Angel taking on Wild Bill Steddum. The Angel won the first fall when Steddum was disqualified. In the second fall the Angel trapped Steddum in a bear hug and forced him to submit, giving the match to the Frenchman in straight falls.

The same night in New Orleans Sockeye Jack McDonald defeated Rex Mobley taking two out of three falls to win the opening match.

In the main event Jack Curtis teamed with Primo Carnera to take on the team of Garza Lozano & the Green Shadow. The Shadow pinned Curtis to win the first fall for his team. Carnera came back to win the next two falls, the second by pinning Lozano and the deciding fall over the Shadow, giving the team of Carnera & Curtis the match.

The next night in Mobile, Rex Mobley defeated the Green Shadow in the opening match. In the main event, Primo Carnera teamed with Mobley to defeat Garza Lozano & the Green Shadow.

That same evening in Montgomery, Eddie Gossett and Billy (Cue Ball) Rush wrestled in a 60 minute opening match.

In the main event Jack Wentworth and Sockeye Jack McDonald met in a 90 minute match.

No results are known for this card.

That same Friday evening in Jackson, Henry Harrell defeated newcomer Jim Howell in the one fall opening match.

In the semi-final match, Joe Wolfe took on the Black Phantom in a best two out of three falls match. Each man had won a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Wolfe hit the Phantom with a series of flying tackles, but tried it one time too many. The Phantom managed to drive a knee into the face of Wolfe and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

The French Angel took on Wild Bill Steddum once again in the main event. The Angel defeated Steddum using the bear hug in 16 minutes to win the first fall. Steddum was unable to continue and the Angel was awarded the second fall by forfeit, giving him the match in two straight falls.

The following week on Monday in Shreveport, Charlie Laye took on Wild Bill Steddum in the one fall opening match. At one point Laye tossed Steddum out of the ring and would not let him return. Referee Paul Amnotte tried to push Laye back into a corner, but was tossed out of the ring as well. Amnotte disqualified Laye and awarded the match to Steddum while they were both on the floor.

The semi-final match was a bout between Joe Wolfe and Balk Estes. Estes won the first fall when he forced Wolfe to submit to an Indian Death Lock. Wolfe came back and used a rolling cradle to pin Estes to win the fall and even the score. In the third and deciding fall, Estes once again tried to apply the Indian Death Lock, but Wolfe managed to reverse it and applied a leglock of his own. Estes was forced to submit to give the fall and the match to Wolfe. Following the match Wolfe challenged Estes to meet him with the World Light-Heavyweight title on the line. Estes accepted the challenge and promoter Gladden Harrison announced that the match would take place the following week in Shreveport.

In the main event, the French Angel faced the Black Phantom in a best two out of three falls match. The Phantom used every dirty trick he knew to punish the Angel, but the Frenchman managed to apply his bear hug and forced the Phantom to submit to win the first fall. The Phantom spent much of the second fall gouging the Angel’s eyes. Finally referee Conway Baker stopped the match, disqualified the masked man and awarded the match to the French Angel.

The next evening in Monroe, Charlie Laye and Paul Amnotte met in a best two out of three falls opening match. Laye won the first fall in 8 minutes and took the second fall in 11 minutes, taking the match in straight falls.

In the main event, the French Angel returned and teamed with Henry Harrell to take on Wild Bill Steddum & the Black Phantom. Steddum & the Phantom had been running roughshod over nearly everyone in Monroe but would face stiff competition in Harrell & the Angel. The Phantom scored the first fall for his team when he forced Harrell to submit in 14 minutes. In the second fall, the Angel weakened Steddum with his bear hug and tagged Harrell in. Harrell easily pinned Steddum to win the fall and even the match. The Phantom & Steddum appeared to have won the third and deciding fall when the masked man had Harrell ready to be pinned after a series of stomps to the throat. Rather than pin Harrell, however, the Phantom continued stomping him until referee Bill Barney disqualified him and awarded the fall and the match to Harrell & the French Angel.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge, Eddie Gossett and Jack Wentworth met in the opening match of the evening. The match was tied at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. The 60 minute time limit expired before either man could score the decisive fall. The match was declared a draw.

In the main event was a match for the World Jr. Heavyweight title with champion Jack McDonald defending the title against Jack Curtis. McDonald used a series of bodyslams on Curtis and pinned him in 20 minutes to win the first fall. Curtis came back with bodyslams of his own and pinned McDonald to win the second fall in 33 minutes. In the third and deciding fall, McDonald continually whipped Curtis into the ropes and hit him with bodyblocks each time he rebounded from them. Suddenly Curtis came off the ropes with a flying tackle and flattened McDonald. Curtis pinned the stunned McDonald to win the fall and the match and become the new World Jr. Heavyweight champion.

Again there was no wrestling in Dothan on Tuesday.

On Wednesday in Alexandria, the card opened with a match between Eddie Gossett and Jack Wentworth. Each man had won a fall apiece when the 60 minute time limit expired. Neither man was able to gain a winning fall so the match was declared a draw.

The main event was a return title match for the World Jr. Heavyweight title between new champion Jack Curtis and the man he had taken the title from the previous night, Jack McDonald. Curtis won the first fall in 20 minutes with a series of neck breakers and a pin. McDonald caught Curtis in an airplane spin and pinned him to win the second fall in 5 minutes. In the third and deciding fall McDonald whipped Curtis into the ropes to try and catch him with a bodyblock. Curtis ducked and hit McDonald with a flying tackle and jumped onto him. Referee Hubert Wright counted the fall and awarded the fall and the match to Curtis, who retained his title.

 

Sockeye Jack McDonald attempts to smother Jack Curtis as referee Hubert Wright looks in

On Thursday in Pensacola, Vic Kalfus, Jr. took on John (Preacher) Smith in the opening match. Kalfus was the son of Pensacola promoter Vic Kalfus. The second match of the evening had Balk Estes facing Wild Bill Steddum.

Estes teamed with The French Angel in the main event as they faced Steddum and the Black Phantom.

No results are known for this card.

The same night in New Orleans, Jack Wentworth and Frankie Hill met in the opening match. Each man had scored a fall apiece with Hill was disqualified in the third and deciding fall, giving the match to Wentworth.

The main event saw Jack Curtis & Primo Carnera team once again, this time taking on the Green Shadow & Sockeye Jack McDonald. To try and maintain order two referees, Hubert Wright and Eddie Gossett, were assigned to the match. Each team had scored a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. In that fall, Curtis was tossed from the ring and McDonald & the Shadow began double teaming Carnera. Once they got the huge former champion on the mat they repeatedly stomped and kicked him. Wright and Gossett tried to restore order only to be punched and kicked as well. Finally the match was stopped and Curtis & Carnera were awarded the third fall and the match on a disqualification.

The next night in Mobile, Frankie Hill defeated the Green Shadow in the opener. In the main event Jack Wentworth defeated Sockeye Jack McDonald.

Also on Friday in Montgomery, Eddie Gossett wrestled Rex Mobley in a 60 minute opening match.

The main event featured Al Massey & Billy Rush teaming to take on the team of Primo Carnera & Garza Lozano in a 90 minute tag team match.

No results are known for this card.

That same Friday night in Jackson, Charlie Laye defeated Jim Howell in the one fall opening match.

The semi-final match was between Balk Estes and Henry Harrell. Estes scored two out of three falls to win the match.

In the main event, the French Angel returned to team with Joe Wolfe to face Wild Bill Steddum & the Black Phantom. The Angel forced the Phantom to submit to his bear hug to win the first fall. Wolfe pinned Steddum in the second fall, to give the match to the Angel & Wolfe in straight falls.

The following Monday in Shreveport, George Cologne made his Shreveport debut in a one fall opening match against Wild Bill Steddum. Cologne pinned Steddum to win the match.

Cologne teamed with Charlie Laye in the semi-final match to face Steddum & the Black Phantom in a tag team match. The Phantom pinned Laye to win the first fall for his team. Laye & Cologne pinned both of their opponents to score the second fall. The Phantom forced Cologne to submit to a Boston Crab hold to with the third fall and the match for his team.

The main event had Balk Estes defending his World Light-Heavyweight title against the challenge of Joe Wolfe. Estes pinned Wolfe to win the first fall after some clean action by both men. Wolfe used a rolling leg scissors to pin Estes to take the second fall and even the score. In the third and deciding fall, Wolfe again caught Estes in the leg scissors but Estes made it to the ropes. Referee Conway Baker forced a break, which both men cleanly complied with. The same scenario happened again with Baker calling for the break. Expecting another clean break, Baker turned his attention away from the action. Estes took advantage of that situation and hit Wolfe with sucker punch. He then pinned Wolfe to win the fall and the match and retain his title.

On Tuesday in Monroe, the opening match on the card was between Henry Harrell and George Cologne. Cologne scored the first fall in 12 minutes when he pinned Harrell. Harrell roared back and beat Cologne in just over 1 minute to take the second fall. The third and deciding fall went just 5 minutes when referee Bill Barney disqualified Cologne for illegal tactics.

In the main event Balk Estes faced off with the Black Phantom. Estes pinned the Phantom in 20 minutes to win the first fall. The Phantom won the second fall in 5 minutes when he forced Estes to submit to a leglock. In the third and deciding fall, the Phantom once again caught Estes in the leglock but this time used the ropes to apply added leverage. At first referee Bill Barney counted Estes out, but then noticed the masked man using the ropes. Barney was about to disqualify the Phantom when Estes floored the masked man with a kangaroo kick. Estes then pinned the Phantom to win the fall and the match.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge the card Eddie Gossett was scheduled to meet Rex Mobley in the opening match.

The main event was scheduled to be Jack Curtis, the new World Jr. Heavyweight champion, facing the Green Shadow in a non-title match.

Both matches were to be best two out of three falls with a 60 minute time limit.

The card was cancelled at the last minute by promoter Mrs. Jimmy Kilshaw.

That same Tuesday, wrestling returned to Dothan. That card saw Garza Lozano take on Sockeye Jack McDonald in a best two out of three falls match. In another best two out of three fall match, Jack Wentworth met Frankie Hill.

No results are known for this card.

The next evening, on Wednesday, in Alexandria the card opened with two one fall 15 minute matches. In those matches Jack Curtis drew Rex Mobley while Eddie Gossett drew the Green Shadow. Phil Brummett refereed both matches.

Those same four men squared off in the main event, a tag team match with Curtis & Gossett facing Mobley & the Green Shadow. The Shadow pinned Curtis to win the first fall after coming close to being disqualified by referee Jack Bloomfield for choking. Gossett won the second fall for his team when he pinned the Shadow to even the match. Mobley pinned Gossett to score the third fall and the match for his team.

Jack Curtis gets ready to punch The Green Shadow as referee Jack Bloomfield moves in

 

Jack Curtis applies a backbreaker on The Green Shadow

The following night, Thursday, in Pensacola, Balk Estes faced the Black Phantom in the opening match. Joe Wolfe faced Wild Bill Steddum in the second match on the card.

The main event featured Estes & Wolfe facing Steddum & the Black Phantom in a tag team match.

No results are known for this card.

That same night in New Orleans, the Green Shadow defeated Eddie Gossett in the opening match.

In the semi-final match Al Massey and Rex Mobley battled to a draw. Each man had won a fall apiece when the 60 minute time limit expired before either could gain the winning fall.

The main event was match with World Jr. Heavyweight champion Jack Curtis defending the title against the man he had defeated for the title, Sockeye Jack McDonald. A special referee was also assigned to the match in the form of Man Mountain Dean. Dean, a former wrestler who had one of the biggest attractions from the 1920 through the mid-1940s, was a massive 350 pounder and quite capable of maintaining order. Dean had also appeared in the movie Mighty Joe Young the previous year. Curtis won two out of three falls over McDonald to win the match and retain his title.

The following night in Mobile, Rex Mobley and Jack Bloomfield battled to a draw in the opener. In the main event the Green Shadow defeated Sockeye Jack McDonald. Once again McDonald suffered a cut and was unable to continue after the first fall.

Also on Friday in Montgomery, Eddie Gossett wrestled Frankie Hill in the 60 minute opening match.

The main event featured a grudge match between Al Massey and Garza Lozano.

No results are known for this card.

That same Friday night in Jackson, Joe Wolfe defeated Wild Bill Steddum in the one fall opening match.

The semi-final match was a tag team match with Henry Harrell & Charlie Laye facing George Cologne & the Black Phantom. Each team had scored a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Neither team was able to score the deciding fall before the 60 minute time limit expired and the match was declared a draw.

In the main event, Jack Curtis, the World Jr. Heavyweight champion, was hoping to become a double champion as he challenged Balk Estes for the latter’s World Light-Heavyweight title, a title Curtis once held. Estes won the first fall when he forced Curtis to submit to a leglock. Estes used some less than legal tactics on Curtis during the second fall and Curtis tossed Estes from the ring. Curtis also left the ring and the two battled it out on the floor. Curtis grabbed Estes and applied a piledriver on him. Curtis was disqualified for the act and Estes was awarded the match after two straight falls. Promoter Billy Romanoff announced that he would sign a rematch between the two in the near future.

There was no wrestling card held in Shreveport on the following Monday due to the Municipal Auditorium in use for another event.

On Tuesday in Monroe, the card opened with a best two out of three falls match between Charlie Laye and George Cologne. Laye won two straight falls over Cologne, both in 13 minutes, to win the match.

The main event was another World Light-Heavyweight title match between champion Balk Estes and former champion Jack Curtis, now the reigning World Jr. Heavyweight champion. Curtis won the first fall by forcing Estes to submit to a toehold at the 50 minute mark. Estes forced Curtis to submit to a half Boston Crab hold in 16 minutes to win the second fall. In the deciding fall Estes tossed Curtis from the ring and kicked him each time he tried to get back in. Finally Curtis grabbed Estes and pulled him from the ring. As they battled at ringside, referee Bill Barney started counting them out. They both managed to make it back into the ring before the count of 20 and continued slugging away inside the ring. The bell signaling that the 90 minute time limit had expired and Barney declared the match a draw.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge Jack Bloomfield faced newcomer Lee Savoldi in the opening match. Savoldi was a replacement for Jack McDonald who was originally scheduled to face Bloomfield. Savoldi won the first fall in 18 minutes following a series of bodyslams and a pin. Bloomfield used a series of bodyblocks and pinned Savoldi to win the second fall in 17 minutes. Savoldi only needed 4 minutes to pin Bloomfield after a series of kangaroo kicks to win the deciding fall and the match.

In the main event Don Keene made his first appearance of the year as he faced Jack Wentworth. The match was tied at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. The two went at each other tooth and nail for 33 minutes before Keene managed to pin Wentworth to win the fall and the match. Wentworth felt that he’d received a fast count and went after Keene again. The two continued to battle until Wentworth floored Keene. Suddenly Jack Bloomfield ran into the ring but Wentworth floored him as well.

The same evening in Dothan, the Green Shadow wrestled Hubert Wright in the opening match. Rex Mobley met Garza Lozano in the second match of the evening. In the main event, Mobley & Wright teamed to take on Lozano & the Green Shadow in a tag team match.

No results are known for this card, which was the final card held in Dothan.

 

MARCH:

 

March opened with a card in Alexandria on Wednesday the 1st. The card opened with a 5 man Battle Royal. Cowboy Jack Purdin, Lee Savoldi and Jack Bloomfield were eliminated in that order. That left Don Keene and Jack Wentworth as the last two men and they would return to face each other in the main event. Phil Brummett of Alexandria refereed the match. By being the first man eliminated, Jack Purdin was assigned referee duties for the final two matches.

In the semi-final, Lee Savoldi and Jack Bloomfield, both making their debuts in Alexandria, met in a best two out of three falls match. Savoldi, billed as the nephew of the famed Jumpin’ Joe Savoldi, won the first fall when he forced Bloomfield to submit to a Boston Crab. In the second fall, Bloomfield was tossed from the ring and upon coming back in he rolled Savoldi up and pinned him to win the fall. Savoldi used a flying headlock and cover to pin Bloomfield to win the deciding fall and the match.

Jack Bloomfield applies a headlock on Lee Savoldi

In the main event Don Keene, making his return to Alexandria after a lengthy absence, took on Jack Wentworth, the rugged Canadian. Wentworth won the first fall after 40 minutes when he pinned Keene after a series of bodyslams. Keene also used bodyslams and pins to take the next two falls over Wentworth to win the match.

Referee Jack Purdin checks on Jack Wentworth

Two main events were featured on Thursday in Pensacola as George Cologne took on Charlie Laye in the first event. The second event featured Joe Wolfe facing Wild Bill Steddum.

No results are known for this card.

That same Thursday night in New Orleans Lee Savoldi defeated Jack Wentworth in the opening match.

In the semi-final match Al Massey and Don Keene squared off. The match was even at a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. At one point the two men were fighting outside the ring on the arena floor. Referee Charlie Cure counted both men out and declared the match a no contest.

The main event saw Jack Curtis, the current World’s Jr. Heavyweight champion, facing the Green Shadow in a non-title match. The match was even at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. At one point in the final fall, Curtis had the Shadow trapped in the ropes and was refusing to back away. Referee Jack Purdin disqualified Curtis and awarded the fall and the match to the Green Shadow.

The following night In Mobile, Don Keene took two out of three falls to defeat Jack Bloomfield in the opening match.

In the main event, the Green Shadow defeated Jack Wentworth in two straight falls.

Also on Friday in Montgomery Rex Mobley met Garza Lozano in a one fall opening match. The second preliminary match, also one fall, featured Al Massey taking on Lee Savoldi.

In the main event the veteran team of Mobley & Massey took on the odd twosome of Lozano & Savoldi.

No results are known for this card.

That same Friday in Jackson, Charlie Laye and George Cologne wrestled to a 30 minute draw in the one fall opening match.

In the semi-final, Joe Wolfe faced the Black Phantom, who had his tag team partner Wild Bill Steddum in his corner. The Phantom took the first fall when he pinned Wolfe. Before the next fall began, the Phantom complained that Wolfe had a foreign substance on the knee bandage he was wearing. He claimed that Wolfe was using it to blind him. Steddum took it upon himself to investigate by grabbing Wolfe and dragging him from the ring. He removed the bandage from Wolfe’s knee and by doing this caused the Phantom to be disqualified. Wolfe was injured in the melee and was unable to continue the match, but was awarded the match due to Steddum’s actions.

The main event was yet another match between Balk Estes and Jack Curtis with Estes’ World Light-Heavyweight title up for grabs. Curtis took the first fall when he applied a piledriver on Estes and pinned him. Estes came back and used his Indian Death Lock to force Curtis to submit to win the second fall. As in their past matches both men wound up fighting outside the ring. Before they were counted out, both men made a dash to return to the ring. Curtis entered first and grabbed Estes as he was coming through the ropes. Curtis lost his footing and Estes fell on him and pinned him to win the fall and the match and thus retained his title.

The following Monday wrestling returned to Shreveport after a week off. In the opener George Cologne defeated the Black Phantom by disqualification.

In the second match of the night Charlie Laye and Balk Estes wrestled to a 30 minute draw in a one fall match. After gaining a draw with Estes Laye, a former World Light-Heavyweight champion, challenged Estes, the current champion to a title match. Estes accepted under the condition that promoter Gladden Harrison guarantee him a $500 purse.

The main event in Shreveport was a six-man tag team match with Joe Wolfe, George Cologne & Charlie Laye taking on Balk Estes, Wild Bill Steddum & the Black Phantom. Laye won the first fall when he pinned Estes using a rolling cradle. The Phantom forced Wolfe to submit to a leglock to win the second fall for his team. Wolfe gained some revenge when he pinned the Phantom with a rolling key lock to win the third fall and the match.

On Tuesday, the following night, in Monroe, the card opened with Henry Harrell and George Cologne battling to a draw in a one fall match. Jack Curtis and Wild Bill Steddum also fought to a draw in the one fall second match.

In the main event Curtis & Harrell teamed to take on Cologne & Steddum in a tag team match. Cologne pinned Curtis after 16 minutes to win the first fall. In the second fall Cologne and Harrell were the two men in the ring when Cologne got too close to Curtis in the corner. Curtis slugged him and Harrell covered Cologne for the pin after 4 minutes. All four men spent much of the third and deciding fall battling it out when Cologne tossed Harrell from the ring. Steddum had Curtis draped by the throat over the top rope and was strangling him as referee Bill Barney struggled to break it up. Harrell managed to get back into the ring and knocked Steddum off of Curtis. Curtis regained his senses and went after Steddum with wild swinging punches. He floored Steddum for good and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge the card featured a double main event. In the first event Lee Savoldi faced Rex Mobley. Savoldi pinned Mobley after a series of bodyslams to win the first fall in 18 minutes. Mobley came back and forced Savoldi to submit to a Boston Crab to win the second fall in 10 minutes. In the third and deciding fall Savoldi attempted to leap on Mobley from the ropes but slipped and fell to the mat. Mobley quickly pinned him to win the fall and the match.

In the second event Don Keene took on Garza Lozano. Lozano used a series of snap-mares on Keene and pinned him to win the first fall in 9 minutes. Keene used a rolling cradle to pin Lozano to take the second fall in 19 minutes to even the score. The match went back and forth in the deciding fall but neither man could take the fall before the 60 minute time limit expired. Referee Kelly Mixon declared the match a draw.

On Wednesday the card in Alexandria opened with Lee Savoldi meeting Rex Mobley in a best two out of three falls match. Mobley won the first fall a rocking chair cradle and pin. Savoldi came back to take the second fall by pinning Mobley after a series of flying head scissors and dropkicks. Mobley used an alligator clutch to pin Savoldi to win the third fall and the match.

Lee Savoldi pins Rex Mobley

In the main event Don Keene squared off with huge Garza Lozano again in a best two out of three falls match. Lozano battered Keene with punches and kicks throughout the first fall. He finally flattened Keene with a chop to the neck and pinned him to take the first fall. Keene gave Lozano a taste of his own medicine throughout the second fall, finally driving a knee into Lozano’s back and pinning him to take the second fall. Keene forced Lozano to submit to a leglock to win the third fall and the match.

Don Keene applies an armbar on Garza Lozano

 

Garza Lozano is exhausted after being beaten by Don Keene

Also on Wednesday, the matches were held in Jackson instead of the regular Friday night card. Henry Harrell and George Cologne fought to a rough draw in the opener.

In the main event Jack Curtis & Joe Wolfe teamed to take two out of three falls over Wild Bill Steddum & the Black Phantom to hand that duo a rare defeat.

In Pensacola the following night George Cologne defeated Wild Bill Steddum in the opening match.

Joe Wolfe faced the Black Phantom in the main event. The masked man took the first fall when he forced Wolfe to submit to a Boston Crab hold. Wolfe came back in the second fall and hit the Phantom with a flying tackle and pinned him to even the match. In the third fall, the Phantom dropped onto Wolfe with both knees to his chest and pinned him to take the match. Wolfe had to be driven to the hospital by referee Vic Kalfus, Jr. Test results saw that although his chest was badly bruised, no serious injury had occurred.

That same night in New Orleans Garza Lozano defeated Rex Mobley in the one fall opening match.

The semi-final saw Jack Curtis & Mobley defeat the Green Shadow & Lozano by winning two out of three falls.

The main event was a return match between Al Massey and Don Keene. Both men had been counted out in their match the previous week. In the return match Keene scored the deciding fall to win the match. Referee Lee Savoldi got an earful from the ringside fans who claimed that Keene had used some questionable tactics to score the win.

The next night, Friday, in Mobile, Garza Lozano defeated Don Keene by winning two out of three falls in the opening match. Rex Mobley also took two out of three falls to defeat Lee Savoldi in the main event.

That same evening in Montgomery featured Charley Keene, the older brother of Don Keene, taking on Jack Bloomfield in a 60 minute opening match.

The main event in Montgomery was a 90 minute match with Al Massey taking on the Green Shadow.

No results are known for this card.

The following week on Monday in Shreveport, Henry Harrell and Wild Bill Steddum battle to a 30 minute draw in the opening match.

In the semi-final match, Joe Wolfe faced the Black Phantom in a best two out of three falls match. The masked man won the first fall when he applied a backbreaker on Wolfe and pinned him. Wolfe came back and pinned the Phantom to win the second fall and even the match. In the third and deciding fall the Phantom again applied a backbreaker on Wolfe but instead of pinning him, he repeated kicked him. The match was stopped and the Phantom was disqualified, giving the fall and the match to Wolfe.

The main event was a match for the World Light-Heavyweight title with champion Balk Estes defending against Charlie Laye, a former title holder himself. Laye won the first fall when he forced Estes to submit to a rolling armlock. Estes came back and used a reverse stepover leglock to pin Laye to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall Laye again went for the rolling armlock, but Estes managed to reverse it and pinned Laye to win the fall and the match and retain his title.

On Tuesday in Monroe, Henry Harrell and Wild Bill Steddum battled to a draw in the opening one fall match, with Jack Curtis and the Black Phantom did the same in the one fall second match.

In the main event, Curtis & Harrell faced Steddum & the Phantom in best two out of three falls tag team match.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge the card opened with a women’s match between Marilyn Martin and Beverley Lehmer. Martin won two straight falls over Lehmer to win the match.

In the main event Rex Mobley, substituting for Don Keene, took on Garza Lozano. Mobley pinned Lozano to win the first fall in 21 minutes. Lozano came back and pinned Mobley to win the second fall and even the score. Mobley was disqualified by referee Kelly Mixon after 17 minutes in the third and deciding fall, giving the match to Lozano.

The following night on Wednesday in Alexandria, the ladies opened the card as Beverly Lehmer defeated Marilyn Martin in a one fall opening match.

Marilyn Martin tosses Beverly Lehmer with a snap mare

 

Beverly Lehmer bodyslams Marilyn Martin

In the second event Rex Mobley and Garza Lozano fought to a 30 minute draw.

The main event was a mixed tag team match with Mobley & Martin teaming to take on Lozano & Lehmer. Mobley forced Lozano to submit to a Boston Crab to win the first fall for his team. In the second fall, Lozano rammed Mobley headfirst into the ringpost and then slammed him to the mat. Lozano then pinned Mobley to score the second fall. The third and deciding fall was decided by the ladies as martin pinned Lehmer to win the fall and the match for her team.

On Thursday in Pensacola, George Cologne faced Charlie Laye in the opening match. The main event was a grudge match between Joe Wolfe and the Black Phantom.

No results are known for this card.

That same evening in New Orleans Beverly Lehmer and Marilyn Martin met in a on fall ladies match as the opener. Lehmer pinned martin to win the match.

The ladies returned in the second match of the evening as Martin teamed with Rex Mobley to face Lehmer & Garza Lozano in a mixed tag team match. Mobley & Martin scored two out of three falls to win the match.

Al Massey and Don Keene met in another return match in the semi-final event of the evening. The two tore into each other at the opening bell. Both men were bleeding profusely when Commissioner Tom Littleton order the match stopped and declared a no contest.

The main event in New Orleans was a return match between Jack Curtis and the Green Shadow. Each man had scored a fall apiece when the 60 minute time limit expired. Since neither man had won the deciding fall the match was declared a draw.

The next night in Mobile, Rex Mobley wrestled the massive Garza Lozano in the opening match. The lady wrestlers returned as Marilyn Martin faced off with Beverly Lehmer. The main event featured a mixed tag team match as Mobley & Martin teamed to take on Lozano & Lehmer.

No results for this card are known.

Also on Friday in Montgomery, veteran Charley Keene faced Lee Savoldi in the 60 minute opening match.

In the main event, younger brother Don Keene took on Al Massey in the 90 minute main event.

No results are known for this card.

That same evening in Jackson, Henry Harrell and the Black Phantom fought to a draw in the one fall opening match.

In the second match of the evening Charlie Laye used a surfboard hold to force George Cologne to win the one fall match.

The main event was a six man tag team match featuring the team of Jack Curtis, Joe Wolfe & Henry Harrell taking on the threesome of Balk Estes, Wild Bill Steddum & the Black Phantom. Wolfe was pinned by the Black Phantom to give the first fall to the masked man and his companions. Wolfe pinned Estes with a rolling body scissors to take the second fall and even the score. In the deciding fall the Black Phantom worked over Jack Curtis, concentrating on his shoulder. The masked man had Curtis up for a slam but was too close to the opposition’s corner. Wolfe reached over the ropes and slammed a forearm into the Phantom’s back and sent him to the mat with Curtis on top of him. Curtis pinned his masked foe to win the fall and the match for his team.

The following week the Monday card in Shreveport opened with a one fall match between Charlie Laye and the Black Phantom. Laye had recently become a newlywed and the marriage obviously brought him luck as he pinned the Black Phantom to hand the masked man his first defeat in a solo bout.

The second match of the evening was a ladies match between Marilyn Martin and Beverly Lehmer. Lehmer scored a pin to win the first fall, but Martin came back and won the next two straight to take the match.

In the main event Joe Wolfe & Charlie Laye teamed to face the stiff duo of Wild Bill Steddum & the Black Phantom. Steddum & the Phantom double teamed Wolfe throughout much of the first fall and the Phantom pinned him to win the fall. Wolfe came back and pinned Steddum to win the second fall and even the match. In the third and deciding fall, Steddum & the Phantom double teamed Wolfe once again and tied his head in the ropes. When referee Pat Willis tried to free Wolfe, he was also tied into the ropes by the Phantom & Steddum. A second referee, Conway Baker, came out to free the tied twosome as Steddum & the Phantom worked over Laye. Willis was finally free and he disqualified Steddum & the Phantom and awarded the fall and the match to Laye & Wolfe, who had to be helped back to the dressing room.

The next evening, Tuesday, in Monroe Henry Harrell and George Cologne met in a best two out of three fall opening match. Cologne won the first fall in 12 minutes, while Harrell evened the match by winning the second fall after 6 minutes. Neither man could win a deciding fall before the 40 minute time limit ran out and the match was declared a draw.

The second match of the evening was a ladies match between Marilyn Martin and Millie Stafford. Martin had Stafford caught in a body scissors but Stafford managed to twist around enough to pin martin to win the first fall after 7 minutes. Martin roared back in the second and pinned Stafford after a series of flying mares to win the fall in 2 minutes. Martin also scored a pin after 8 minutes in the third fall to win the fall and the match.

In the main event Joe Wolfe took on the Black Phantom. The Phantom scored the first fall when he pinned Wolfe in 13 minutes after a series of throat stomps. Wolfe scored the win in the second fall when he pinned the masked man after 10 minutes. In the third and deciding fall, Wolfe had the Phantom reeling with a series of flying tackles until the masked man sidestepped one and applied a piledriver to Wolfe and pinned him to win the fall in 4 minutes.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge the card opened with a match between Lee Savoldi and Jack Bloomfield. Bloomfield pinned Savoldi in 18 minutes to win the first fall. Savoldi used a Boston Crab to force Bloomfield to submit to take the second fall in 21 minutes. Bloomfield pinned Savoldi in 14 minutes to win the third fall and the match.

The main event featured a match between Rex Mobley and Don Keene, with the winner promised a title match with World Jr. Heavyweight champion Jack Curtis. Mobley and Keene, both former holders of the World Light-Heavyweight crown, were anxious to get back into the title picture. During the first fall the two were tussling along the ropes when the middle rope broke and both men tumbled to the arena floor. Keene landed on his arm and was favoring it as they both returned to the ring. Mobley clamped a hammerlock on Keene and forced him to submit to win the fall. Keene came back and pinned Mobley in 19 minutes to win the second fall and even the score. The 60 minute time limit expired before either man could gain the deciding fall. The match ended in a draw.

On Wednesday in Alexandria the card opened with a match between Lee Savoldi and Jack Bloomfield. Bloomfield won the first fall when his caught Savoldi with a back bodydrop and pinned him. Savoldi used a series of flying head scissors and a pin on Bloomfield to win the second fall. Bloomfield hit Savoldi with a series of forearms to the chin and pinned Savoldi to win the fall and the match.

Lee Savoldi punishes Jack Bloomfield with a headlock

In the main event Don Keene took on Rex Mobley in a best two of three falls match. Keene used a jackknife hold to pin Mobley to win the first fall. Mobley came back and used his rocking chair split to pin Keene to take the second fall. In the third and deciding fall Mobley hit Keene three times with bodyblocks but Keene sidestepped the fourth one and pushed Mobley into the ropes. He then rolled Mobley up in a jackknife and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

Rex Mobley lifts Don Keene in an attempt to escape a hammerlock

On Thursday on the Pensacola card the ladies were featured again as Millie Stafford faced Beverly Lehmer in the opening match. In the main event Joe Wolfe faced George Cologne.

No results are known for this card.

The same evening in New Orleans Rex Mobley defeated Jack Bloomfield in the opening match.

The semi-final event was yet another return match between bitter rivals Al Massey and Don Keene. Massey finally got a clear cut victory over Keene as he took two out of three falls to win the match.

The main event was another return match, this one between Jack Curtis and the Green Shadow. As a special stipulation, the Shadow agreed to unmask should he lose the match. Each man had a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. The Shadow surprised Curtis and pinned him to win the fall and the match, thus maintaining his hidden identity.

The next night in Mobile, Lee Savoldi defeated Jack Bloomfield in the opening match. The main event saw Al Massey defeat Rex Mobley.

Also that evening in Montgomery, Charley Keene took on Garza Lozano in the one fall opening match while little brother Don Keene faced the Green Shadow in the second one fall bout.

In the main event the Keene Brothers joined forces to take on Lozano & the Green Shadow in a tag team battle.

No results are known for this card.

That same Friday night in Jackson Henry Harrell and George Cologne battled to a draw in the opening match.

In the semi-final match Joe Wolfe faced Wild Bill Steddum. Wolfe used a rolling body scissors on Steddum to pin him and win the first fall. Steddum was disqualified in the second fall to give the match to Wolfe in two straight falls.

The main event featured a mixed tag team match between the team of Jack Curtis & Marilyn Martin and the duo of the Black Phantom & Beverly Lehmer. The Phantom pinned Curtis to win the first fall while Curtis came right back and pinned the masked man to win the second. Martin pinned Lehmer to win the third and deciding fall. After the match the Phantom blamed the loss on Lehmer and issued a challenge for Curtis & Martin to face him and another partner the following week.

Beverly Lehmer drapes Marilyn Martin across the top rope and drives a knee into her back

The final week of March opened with a card in Shreveport on Monday. The one fall opening match was won by Joe Wolfe when his opponent, the Black Phantom, was disqualified by referee Conway Baker.

In the second match on the card, Millie Stafford defeated Marilyn Martin in a one fall ladies bout.

The semi-final match was a best two out of three falls match between Henry Harrell and George Cologne. Cologne forced Harrell to submit to a Boston Crab to win the opening fall. Harrell pinned Cologne to take the second fall and even the match. In the third and deciding fall, Cologne forced Harrell to submit to a stepover toehold to win the fall and the match.

The main event was a mixed tag team match with Joe Wolfe & Marilyn Martin facing the Black Phantom & Millie Stafford. The Phantom took the first fall for his team when he pinned Wolfe after a throat stomp. Wolfe came back and pinned the Phantom with a rolling split cradle to win the second fall and even things up. Martin pinned Stafford after a series of bodyslams to win the third and deciding fall to take the match for her team.

The following night in Monroe, the card opened with a one fall ladies match between Marilyn Martin and Beverly Lehmer.

Jack Curtis faced off with Wild Bill Steddum in a one fall match in the second event of the evening.

In the semi-final match, Charlie Laye and the Black Phantom squared off in a best two out of three falls match with a 60 minute time limit.

The main event was a mixed tag team match with Jack Curtis & Marilyn Martin facing the team of Wild Bill Steddum & Millie Stafford in another 60 minute, best two out of three falls match.

No results are known for this event.

That same Tuesday in Baton Rouge Bill Demetrious faced Paddy Mack in the first match of the evening. Both men were making their first appearance in the area. Mack used a series of flying mares on Demetrious and pinned him to win the first fall in 19 minutes. Demetrious came back and forced Mack to submit to an armlock to win the second fall. Demetrious used a Boston Crab to force Mack to submit to win the third fall and the match.

The main event was a return match between Rex Mobley and Don Keene. Mobley pinned Keene in 14 minutes to win the first fall. After 10 minutes of the second fall, Keene smashed into Mobley with a bodyblock that sent him flying from the ring. Mobley was counted out and the fall was awarded to Keene. In the third and deciding fall Keene had Mobley reeling with a series of flying dropkicks until Mobley surprised him and caught him in a Texas cartwheel hold. Keene was pinned and Mobley won the fall and the match in 19 minutes.

On Wednesday in Alexandria the card opened with a best two out of threes falls match between Bill Demetrious and Paddy Mack. Demetrious won the first fall by pinning Mack after a series of bodyslams. Mack came back and forced Demetrious to submit to a wristlock to win the second fall. Demetrious won the third and deciding fall by disqualification when Mack got into a hassle with referee Rex Mobley after initially winning the fall.

Paddy Mack slugs referee Rex Mobley

In the main event Jack Curtis, World Jr. Heavyweight champion facing Don Keene in a non-title match. Curtis pinned Keene after an airplane spin to win the first fall. Keene pinned Curtis with a rocking chair cradle to take the second fall and even the match. The time limit expired before either man could gain a deciding fall. The match was declared a draw.

Don Keene punishes Jack Curtis with a hammerlock as referee Rex Mobley looks on

The next evening in Pensacola, Joe Wolfe defeated Bill Barney in the opening match.

The Black Phantom returned and faced George Cologne in the main event. The masked man won the first fall after using some rough tactics on Cologne to wear him down. Cologne came back with a body slam and cover to pin the Phantom and take the second fall. The Phantom continued his rough tactics in the third fall and opened a cut over one of Cologne’s eyes. Promoter Vic Kalfus, who was serving as the referee, stopped the action and awarded the fall and the match to the Black Phantom.

That same evening in New Orleans Al Massey and the Green Shadow battled to a 15 minute draw in the one fall opening match.

In the semi-final match of the evening, Rex Mobley defeated Paddy Mack by beating him in two straight falls to win the match.

The main event featured the team of Jack Curtis & Al Massey taking on Don Keene & the Green Shadow. Curtis & Massey won two out of three falls to win the match.

On Friday night in Mobile, Bill Demetrious defeated Paddy Mack in the opening match. The main event featured a match between Rex Mobley and Don Keene. Mobley pinned Keene to win the first fall and Keene was disqualified in the second to give Mobley the win in two straight falls.

Also on Friday in Montgomery the card opened with a 60 minute bout between Jack Bloomfield and Lee Savoldi.

The main event was a no time limit grudge match between Charley Keene and the Green Shadow.

No results are known for this card.

That same evening in Jackson the card opened with a one fall match between Charlie Laye and Wild Bill Steddum. Laye scored the pinfall to defeat Steddum and win the match.

In the semi-final match, Joe Wolfe met Henry Harrell in a best two out of three falls match. The match was even at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Harrell caught Wolfe in a wheelbarrow spin and was spinning Wolfe around in circles. Wolfe managed to reverse matters when he locked Harrell in a body scissors and rolled him into a pinning combination to win the fall and the match. Following the match, Wolfe offered promoter Billy Romanoff a $500 fee to get another match with World Light-Heavyweight king Balk Estes. Estes, however, was holding out for not only a $1000 guarantee but a healthy cut of the gate as well.

The main event was yet another mixed tag team match with Jack Curtis & Marilyn Martin taking on the Black Phantom & Millie Stafford. The Phantom had blamed Stafford for losing their previous match with Curtis & Martin and threatened to bring in another partner but the pair patched thing up during the subsequent week. Each team had scored a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. During the fall Curtis picked up Stafford and tripped the Phantom simultaneously. He then tossed Stafford on top of the masked man and proceeded to pin them both, winning the fall and the match. Once again, the Phantom ranted and raved, blaming Stafford for the loss of the match.

 

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April opened in Shreveport on Monday with the Black Phantom defeating Charlie Laye in the one fall opening match.

In the semi-final match Henry Harrell met Joe Wolfe in a best two out of three falls match. Wolfe won the opening fall when he pinned Harrell after flattening him with a flying tackle. Harrell came back and used his spinning wheelbarrow hold on Wolfe and pinned him to take the second fall. Harrell used a series of dropkicks on Wolfe and pinned him to win the third fall and the match.

The main event featured the return of Balk Estes, who put his World Light-Heavyweight title on the line against the challenge of World Jr. Heavyweight champion Jack Curtis. Each man had won a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. During the fall Estes tied Curtis in the ropes and was giving him a good pasting when Henry Harrell came to ringside. He managed to free Curtis from the ropes and then proceeded to battle hammer and tongs with Estes. Curtis regained his senses and joined in and the two Vicksburg grapplers gave Estes quite a beating. This led to Curtis being disqualified, giving the final fall and the match to Estes and allowing him to keep his title.

On Tuesday in Monroe the card opened with a 5 man Battle Royal. The participants were Jack Curtis, the Black Phantom, Wild Bill Steddum, Joe Wolfe and newcomer Max Bazzello. The first wrestler eliminated would serve as the referee for the semi-final and main event matches. The next two eliminated would meet in a 60 minute, best two out of three falls semi-final match. The last two remaining wrestlers would meet in the main event, a 90 minute best two out of three falls match.

No results are known for this card.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge Charley Keene and Paddy Mack battled to a 15 minute draw in the opening match of the evening.

In the second match Bill Demetrious forced Rex Mobley to submit to a hammerlock to win their one fall match.

The main event was a tag team match with Keene & Demetrious joining forces against the duo of Mack & Mobley. Keene & Demetrious were disqualified by referee Kelly Mixon in the first fall for double teaming Mack. Mack pinned Keene to win the second fall in 21 minutes to win the match for his team in two straight falls.

The following night in Alexandria the card opened with Charley Keene meeting Bill Demetrious in a best two out of three falls match. Keene scored the first fall when he pinned Demetrious after a series of bodyslams. Demetrious quickly evened the score when he forced Keene to submit to a leglock in less than 45 seconds to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, Demetrious missed a flying dropkick and slammed to the mat. Keene quickly grabbed him in a Boston Crab and forced him to submit to win the fall and the match.

Charley Keene slams Bill Demetrious

In the main event veteran Rex Mobley took on Paddy Mack in a best two out of three falls match. Mack won the first fall when he wore down Mobley with a series of headlocks and pinned him. The ringside fans screamed at referee Phil Brummett that Mack was using a stranglehold, but the decision stood. Mobley came back in the second fall and knocked Mack from pillar to post with a series of fists. Mack finally left the ring in disgust and was counted out to give the fall to Mobley after 5 minutes. In the third and deciding fall, Mobley spent much of the fall punishing Mack’s left arm before tossing him out of the ring. Mobley came back and forced Mobley to submit to a leglock to win the fall and the match in 15 minutes. Mack continued to work over Mobley’s left leg after the match and got into a scuffle with Brummett. Jake Guercio, who was a second referee, tried to restore order, but gave up when Brummett and Mobley joined forces to chase Mack from the ring.

Rex Mobley slugs Paddy Mack as he tries to return to the ring as referee Phil Brummett looks on

On Thursday in Pensacola the card opened with a match that saw Joe Wolfe defeat Max Bazzello in one fall 45 minute match.

The main event featured World Light-Heavyweight champion Balk Estes taking on the Black Phantom in a non-title match. The Phantom won two out of three falls to win the match.

That same evening in New Orleans the card opened with Rex Mobley and the Green Shadow battling to a 15 minute draw in the one fall opener.

Jack Curtis and Don Keene also battled to a 15 minute draw in the one fall second event.

In the third match Charley Keene took the single fall over Bill Demetrious to win the match.

The main event was an eight man tag team match with Mobley, Curtis & Demetrious teaming with Al Massey to take on the foursome of the Green Shadow, the Keene Brothers & Paddy Mack. Curtis scored the deciding fall over the Green Shadow to win the match for his team.

The following night in Mobile, Charley Keene defeated Paddy Mack in the opening match. Younger brother Don Keene wrestled to a 90 minute draw with Al Massey, which each man scoring one fall apiece before the time limit expired.

Also in Montgomery that same evening, Bill Demetrious wrestled Jack Bloomfield in the 60 minute opening match.

The main event featured Lee Savoldi meeting the Green Shadow in a 90 minute bout.

No results are known for this card.

That same Friday evening in Jackson George Cologne defeated Wild Bill Steddum in the one fall opening match.

In the semi-final match the Black Phantom defeated Charlie Laye by taking two out of three falls. Following this match promoter Billy Romanoff announced that he had received a phone call from Dallas, Texas from a wrestler who identified himself as the “original” Black Phantom. He informed Romanoff that he was the original and owned a copyright on the name and that the man currently competing in the area was an impostor.

The main event in Jackson featured a World Light-Heavyweight title match with champion Balk Estes putting his title on the line against the challenge of Joe Wolfe. As an extra added prize the winner of the match would also receive $1000 as a bonus. The match was even at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Finally Wolfe grabbed Estes around the waist and lifted him into the air. Wolfe then dropped backwards, holding Estes in a pinning combination. Both men’s shoulders were on the mat when referee Pat Cronin started to make the count. Wolfe managed to lift one shoulder off the mat when the count reached three. Cronin called for the bell and awarded the fall and the match to Wolfe, who became the new World Light-Heavyweight champion. Estes was beside himself and tried to prevent commissioner Sherman Minnis from presenting the title belt to Wolfe. Unable to stop the proceedings, Estes immediately issued a challenge for a return title match, which Wolfe heartily accepted.

On Monday the following week in Shreveport the card opened with George (Cool Cat) Cologne defeating Charlie Laye in a one fall match.

The semi-final match Laye teamed with Joe Wolfe, the new World Light-Heavyweight champion, taking on the team of Cologne & the Black Phantom. Before the match, Commissioner Charlie Oliver made the announcement that the Black Phantom would henceforth be considered an impostor due to the challenge from the wrestler claiming to be the original. Regardless of that bit of information Cologne & the Phantom took two out of three falls to win the match.

The main event featured a grudge match between Henry Harrell and former World Light-Heavyweight champion Balk Estes. These two had gotten into a confrontation the previous week in Shreveport when Harrell got involved in a title match between Estes and Jack Curtis. The two men tore into one another at the opening bell, but Harrell managed to upend Estes to win the first fall. Estes tossed Harrell from the ring several times during the second fall before pinning him to even the score. Estes used the same tactic during the third and deciding fall but this time Harrell hit him with an elbow smash while climbing back into the ring. Estes went down and was pinned by Harrell, giving him the fall and the match.

On Tuesday the card in Monroe opened with a 60 minute, best two out of three falls match between Joe Wolfe and George Cologne. Wolfe was the new World Light-Heavyweight champion but this was to be a non-title match.

The main event was a match between Jack Curtis and the Black Phantom. The two had gotten into a scuffle during the Battle Royal held in Monroe the previous week and the Phantom issued a challenge for the match. Curtis agreed but requested that the match carry no time limit and the Phantom would be forced to unmask if beaten. The masked man wouldn’t agree to those terms so the match would be a best two out of three falls match with a 90 minute time limit.

No results are known for this card.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge Lee Savoldi met Paddy Mack in the opening match. Savoldi won the first fall when he forced Mack to submit to a Boston Crab. Mack forced Savoldi to submit to an armlock to win the second fall and even the match. Mack pinned Savoldi after a series of snap-mares to win the third fall and the match. The two men continued to slug one another after the match until they were separated by the police.

In the main event Don Keene won the first and third falls over Bill Demetrious to win the match between the two of them.

On Wednesday, the following night, in Alexandria the card opened with a match between Lee Savoldi and Paddy Mack. Mack scored the first fall by pinning Savoldi with a rolling cradle. Savoldi came back and used a series of flying headlocks on Mack before pinning him to win the second fall. Mack forced Savoldi to submit to a hammerlock to win the third and deciding fall.

Lee Savoldi punches Paddy Mack as he tries to enter the ring

 

Lee Savoldi stands on Paddy Mack in the corner

In the main event Jack Curtis put his World Jr. Heavyweight title on the line against the challenge of Don Keene. Keene scored the first fall when he made Curtis submit to a Boston Crab. Curtis came back and forced Keene into submission with a reverse chinlock. Both men went all out during the third and deciding fall with Curtis hurling Keene through the ropes several times. Finally Curtis managed to get Keene into a pinning combination as referee Bill Demetrious counted the fall, giving the fall and the match to Curtis who retained his title. Surprisingly several ringside fans were upset at the decision and protested that the referee had purposely missed the fact that Keene managed to get a shoulder off the mat before the three count was made.

Jack Curtis and Don Keene both attempt a dropkick at the same time

Wrestling expanded in Mississippi that same evening as the sport opened in Gulfport, Mississippi under promoter H.S. (Tony) Everts. The first card held at the Legion Arena featured Charlie Laye meeting the Black Phantom in the opening match. The Phantom used a piledriver on Laye and pinned him to win the first fall. Laye was unable to continue after the rest period and promoter Everts awarded the match to the Phantom.

The main event in Gulfport had Joe Wolfe, World Light-Heavyweight champion taking on Henry Harrell in a best two out of three fall non-title match. Wolfe won the first fall when Harrell submitted to a Boston Crab after 13 minutes. Harrell came back and won the second fall in 10 minutes when he pinned Wolfe with a jackknife to even the match. Wolfe used a rolling split cradle to pin Harrell in 2 minutes to take the third and final fall and win the match.

The next night in Pensacola, George Cologne defeated Charlie Laye in the opening match.

The main event featured a return match between Balk Estes and the Black Phantom. Prior to the start of the match, George Cologne entered the ring to issue a challenge to whichever man won the match. Estes shook hands with Cologne and agreed but when Cologne approached the Phantom the masked man punched him in the face and kicked him from the ring. The Phantom continued his foul mood into the match with Estes, which he lost due to a disqualification in the deciding fall.

That same Thursday evening in New Orleans, Jack Curtis defeated Charley Keene in the one fall opening match.

In the second event Paddy Mack scored a one fall victory over Rex Mobley.

In the main event Don Keene faced Lee Savoldi in a best two out of three falls match. Keene won the first and third falls to take the match.

On Friday, the next night, in Mobile, Lee Savoldi and Charley Keene battled to a draw in the opener. Each man had scored a fall apiece when the 45 minute time limit expired before a deciding fall could be made.

Younger brother Don Keene challenged Al Massey to a 15 round boxing match in the main event in Mobile. Massey, who had been a professional boxer prior to his wrestling career, knocked out Keene in round 6 to win the match.

Also on Friday in Montgomery, a newcomer from Canada named Frank (Scotty) Thompson made his first appearance in the area. Thompson faced Bill Demetrious in the 60 minute opening match.

In the main event veteran Rex Mobley took on the rugged Bostonian Paddy Mack in a 90 minute match.

There are no known results for this card.

That same evening in Jackson, Henry Harrell and George Cologne battled to a draw in the one fall opening match.

Harrell teamed with Vicksburg buddy Jack Curtis to face Cologne & the Black Phantom in the semi-final match. That match also ended in a draw with each team having scored a fall apiece before the time expired.

The main event was a return title match for the World Light-Heavyweight championship with champion Joe Wolfe defending against the man he had taken the title from, Balk Estes. Estes gained an early advantage when he won the first fall be forcing Wolfe to submit to a Boston Crab. In the second fall Wolfe was outside on the ring apron when he flattened Estes with a wild punch. The momentum forced Wolfe to lose his footing and he fell to the arena floor. Referee Pat Cronin counted Wolfe out and awarded the fall and the match to Estes. Estes began demanding the title belt but it was determined that since Wolfe had lost on a countout, the title would not change hands.

The following week in Shreveport Don Keene won the one fall opening match over the Black Phantom when the masked man was disqualified for foul tactics. Following the match Commissioner Charlie Oliver made an announcement that the Phantom would continue to be considered an impostor until he faced the original Phantom to settle the claim.

Those same two men met in the semi-final as Keene teamed with Joe Wolfe to take on the Phantom & George Cologne. Cologne & the Phantom won the first fall while Keene & Wolfe took the second. The match ended in a draw as the 60 minute time limit expired before either team could score a deciding fall.

The main event was a return grudge match between Henry Harrell and Balk Estes. Estes pinned Harrell to win the first fall. Harrell pinned Estes to win the second fall and even the score. During the third and deciding fall Harrell tossed Estes from the ring and wouldn’t allow him to return. Referee Pat Willis tried to push Harrell back to allow Estes to return to the ring, but Harrell tossed Willis out as well. Willis immediately disqualified Harrell and awarded the fall and the match to Estes.

Balk Estes lies on the floor after being thrown from the ring by Henry Harrell

The following evening in Monroe Don Keene faced the Black Phantom in the semi-final match of the evening.

The main event was a special challenge match between Jack Curtis and George Cologne. Cologne had interfered in Curtis’ match the previous week and Curtis was anxious to get his hand on him.

No results are known for this card.

That same Tuesday evening in Baton Rouge Charlie Laye won the opening match over Paddy Mack when Mack was disqualified.

In the main event Rex Mobley faced off with the Green Shadow, who was making his first appearance in Baton Rouge. The Shadow won the first fall by forcing Mobley to submit to a Boston Crab. Mobley won the second fall when he pinned the masked man with a Texas Pinwheel hold. The Shadow came back to forced Mobley to submit once again with a Boston Crab to win the third fall and the match.

On Wednesday in Alexandria Charlie Laye made his debut in the city as he and Paddy Mack battled to a draw in the 30 minute one fall opening match.

In the second one fall 30 minute match, Rex Mobley defeated the Green Shadow. Following the match Mobley got into a scuffle with Frank (Scotty) Thompson, who was assigned as the referee for the match.

Rex Mobley and referee Frank (Scotty) Thompson scuffle

In the main event Laye & Mobley teamed to take on Mack & the Shadow in a best two out of three falls tag team match. In the first fall Mack dragged Mobley over towards the corner where the Shadow reached over the ropes and flattened him with a forearm. Mack then pinned Mobley to win the fall. In the second fall Mobley & Laye took turns bodyslamming the Shadow until Laye covered him for the pin to win the fall. The third and deciding fall ended just as the opening fall had with the Shadow nailing Mobley with a forearm from outside the ropes and Mack pinning him to win the fall and the match.

The Green Shadow applies a hammerlock on Rex Mobley

 

Rex Mobley stands on The Green Shadow as referee Phil Brummett tries to break things up

That same evening in Gulfport, Don Keene and George Cologne battled to a draw in the opening match. Joe Wolfe also went to a draw with the Black Phantom in the second match.

The main event saw a tag team match between odd pairings. Joe Wolfe teamed with rough Don Keene to take on popular George Cologne & the equally rough Black Phantom. The Phantom pinned Wolfe after 14 minutes to win the first fall for his team. Wolfe used a rolling split cradle to pin the Phantom to take the second fall for his team after 10 minutes. Wolfe used the same hold on Cologne after 7 minutes in the third fall to win the fall and the match for himself and Keene.

The next night in Pensacola, George Cologne faced off with the very man who had been his partner the night before in Gulfport. The Black Phantom had punched Cologne in the face the week prior in Pensacola when Cologne had issued a friendly challenge to the Phantom and Balk Estes to face the winner of their match. Cologne requested a match with the masked man and the two were match in the one fall, 10 minute opener.

Estes was also on the card as he faced a new masked man calling himself The Black Cat in the one fall, 10 minute second match of the evening.

No results are known for the opening matches.

Cologne & Estes teamed together to take on the Black Phantom & the Black Cat in the main event of the night. Each team had scored a fall apiece going into the third and final fall. Estes & Cologne managed to remove the mask from the Phantom but he quickly left the ring and ran to the dressing room, covering his face with his shirt and thus concealing his identity. Left alone, the Cat was kicked from the ring several times and was also battered by some ringside fans. One fan was hitting him with a chair until he rolled back into the ring. Once back inside the ring, the lone masked man was easily pinned, giving the fall and the match to Estes & Cologne.

The same night in New Orleans, Al Massey and Charlie Laye battled to a draw in the opening match of the evening.

Rex Mobley took two out of three falls over Paddy Mack to win the semi-final match.

The main event was yet another bout between Jack Curtis and the Green Shadow. For this match Curtis agreed to put his World Jr. Heavyweight title on the line. The Shadow also agreed that he would unmask following the match win, lose or draw. Joe Gunther would serve as the special referee. The Shadow scored two out of three falls to defeat Curtis and win the World Jr. Heavyweight title. As promised he removed his mask and revealed himself to be Pat Malone.

The next night in Mobile, Rex Mobley faced Paddy Mack in the opening match, while Al Massey took on the Green Shadow in the main event.

No results are known for this card.

Also in Friday in Montgomery, the card started with a 5 man Battle Royal. The first man eliminated would serve as the referee for the remainder of the evening. The next two men eliminated would meet in a 60 minute match following the Battle Royal. The final two men would meet in a 90 minute bout. The participants were Charlie Laye, Bill Demetrious, Frank (Scotty) Thompson, Charley Keene and Lee Savoldi.

No results are known for this card.

That same evening in Jackson, Don Keene made his first appearance in the city as he took on George Cologne in the one fall opening match. Keene pinned Cologne with a jackknife to win the match.

In the semi-final match Joe Wolfe, the reigning World Light-Heavyweight champion, faced Henry Harrell in a non-title match. The two fought a clean match throughout and Wolfe scored two out of three falls to score the win.

In the main event, old rivals Jack Curtis and Balk Estes squared off. Estes was also claiming the World Light-Heavyweight title after his victory by countout over Wolfe the previous week. Each man had won a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Estes was continually fouling Curtis during the final fall and had him in bad shape. Henry Harrell came to ringside and wound up in the ring coming to the aid of Curtis. Curtis was disqualified and the fall and the match were awarded to Estes.

The next night in Monroe featured a double main event with each match being a 90 minute best two out of three falls match. In the first Don Keene faced the Black Phantom. In the second the match was between Jack Curtis and Joe Wolfe.

No results are known for this card.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge both opening preliminary matches ended in draws as Frank Thompson drew Paddy Mack and Charlie Laye drew with the Green Shadow.

In the main event Laye & Thompson teamed to take on the twosome of Mack & the Green Shadow. Each team had won a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Laye wound up facing Mack & the Shadow on his own in that final fall because Thompson had been injured at the end of the second fall. Laye managed to kick the Shadow from the ring and pinned Mack to win the fall and the match.

On Wednesday in Alexandria, the Green Shadow faced Scotty Thompson in a best two out of three falls opener. The masked man won the first fall with a rolling cradle to pin Thompson. In the second fall Thompson went to apply a head scissors on the Shadow but the masked man grabbed the ropes. This caused Thompson to fall awkwardly to the mat. The Shadow then applied a jackknife and pinned him and referee Blondie Stracener counted the fall, giving the match to the masked man in two straight falls.

In the main event at Alexandria Charlie Laye faced Paddy Mack. Laye used an alligator clutch to pin Mack to win the opening fall. Mack weakened Laye with a series of chin locks and occasional chokes and pinned him to win the second fall. Laye pinned Mack with a rolling cradle to win the third and deciding fall. After the match Mack took a poke at referee Phil Brummett, who in turn chased the Irishman back to the dressing room.

Charlie Laye applies a headlock on Paddy Mack

 

Paddy Mack drives a knee into the midsection of Charlie Laye

 

Charlie Laye applies a chinlock on Paddy Mack

That same night in Gulfport, Balk Estes faced Don Keene in the opening match. Keene won the first fall in 15 minutes when he pinned Estes with a jackknife. Estes came back and forced Keene to surrender to a Boston Crab hold to win the second fall in 7 minutes. Neither man was able to gain an advantage long enough to score the deciding fall before the 45 minute time limit expired. Referee Claude Skidmore declared the match a draw.

In the main event in Gulfport, Joe Wolfe squared off with George Cologne. Wolfe used his rolling split cradle to pin Cologne to win the first fall in 16 minutes. Cologne was upset over losing the fall and began to use some rough tactics during the second fall. He battered Wolfe severely and pinned him to win the fall, but continued to kick and punch Wolfe after the fall was over. Referee Skidmore reversed his decision and disqualified Cologne and awarded the match to Wolfe in two straight falls.

The next night in Pensacola, a return match was held between the teams of Balk Estes & George Cologne and the masked duo of the Black Phantom & the Black Cat. Estes fell victim of the masked pair in the first fall, especially absorbing a beating from the Cat. The Cat finally pinned Estes to win the fall for the masked pair. Estes was unable to continue going into the second fall so Cologne attempted to take on the masked duo alone. The pair quickly subdued Cologne and won the match in straight falls.

That same night in New Orleans, Charlie Laye defeated Al Massey in the opening match. Rex Mobley downed Billy Rush to win the second match of the evening.

In the main event Pat Malone, the former Green Shadow and reigning World Jr. Heavyweight champion, defeated Paddy Mack in a non-title match.

The following night in Mobile, Al Massey, defeated Frank (Scotty) Thompson in two straight falls to win the opening match.

The main event in Mobile saw the Green Shadow defeat Rex Mobley in two straight falls to win the match.

Also on Friday in Montgomery the 60 minute opening match featured Bill Demetrious taking on a new masked wrestler called The Red Shadow.

The main event was a 90 minute grudge match between Charlie Laye and Charley Keene.

No results are known for this card.

That same Friday night in Jackson the opening match was a draw between Lee Savoldi and the Black Phantom.

The semi-final match was a tag team match with Don Keene & Henry Harrell teaming to take on George Cologne & the Black Phantom. Cologne & the Phantom won two out of three falls to win the match.

After the match it was announced that the “original” Black Phantom had sent word that he was on his way to the area and wanted a match with the man currently campaigning as the Black Phantom.

The main event in Jackson was the long awaited title match between World Light-Heavyweight champion Joe Wolfe and the man he stripped of the title, Balk Estes. Estes got ahead when he forced Wolfe to submit to a Boston Crab to claim the first fall. Wolfe applied a rolling leg scissors on Estes and pinned him to take the second fall. The third and deciding fall was a slugfest for much of the fall. Just seconds before the time limit was set to expire the two collided mid-ring. Both men went down and Estes was barely draped over Wolfe. The referee counted the fall and awarded the fall and the match to Estes, who was once again the World Light-Heavyweight champion.

 

MAY:

 

The month of May opened with a card on Tuesday in Monroe. That card featured Rex Mobley facing newcomer Bobby Segura in the opening match. Segura was a replacement for Joe Wolfe, who was injured in his match against Balk Estes in Jackson the previous Friday.

The main event was Jack Curtis meeting Balk Estes, the new (and once again) World Light-Heavyweight champion, in a non-title match.

No results are known for this card.

That same Tuesday evening in Baton Rouge Paddy Mack faced the Red Shadow in the opening match of the evening. Mack tossed the Shadow to the mat several times and pinned him to win the first fall. The masked man came back with a series of flips of his own and pinned Mack to take the second fall and tie the match. The third and deciding fall was a rough one with Mack spending much of the time trying to rip the mask off of the Shadow. Referee Kelly Mixon tried to stop his actions and Mack argued with him about it. The Shadow took advantage of this distraction and rolled up Mack and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

The main event featured a shadow of another color as Charlie Laye took on the Green Shadow. Laye used a pinwheel hold on the Shadow to win the second fall. The Shadow came back and used a series of punches to the head and pinned Laye to take the second fall. In the third and deciding fall Laye had the Shadow in the ropes and attempted a bodyblock. The masked man moved and Laye crashed into the ropes and sent repelling back onto the mat. The Shadow then covered him for the pin although Laye had his feet draped across the bottom rope. Referee Kelly Mixon failed to see Laye’s feet in the ropes and counted the pinfall, awarding the fall and the match to the Green Shadow.

The Wednesday night card in Alexandria saw the opening match in which the Red Shadow who faced Charlie Laye in a best two out of three falls match. Laye forced the Red Shadow to submit to an arm scissors to win the first fall. In the second fall the masked man slammed Laye into the corner turnbuckle three times and pinned him to win the fall. During the third and deciding fall, Laye tossed the Shadow from the ring and punched him every time he tried to get back in. Referee Blondie Stracener tried to back Laye up but was shoved aside each time. Then Laye tried to toss Stracener from the ring but he floored Laye with a punch instead. The Red Shadow took advantage of that turn of events to scramble back into the ring and pin Laye to win the fall and the match.

Referee Blondie Stracener tries to pull The Red Shadow off of Charlie Laye

In the main event, the shadow of another color, the Green Shadow, took on Paddy Mack. The Green Shadow took the first fall when he pinned Mack with a head scissors. Mack hit the masked man with a series of body tackles and pinned him to win the second fall and even the match. In the third and deciding fall, the Shadow forced Mack to submit to a Boston Crab to win the fall and the match and give the night’s victories to the masked Shadows.

In Gulfport that same evening, Rex Mobley took on Henry Harrell in a best two out of three fall opening match. Mobley won the first fall in 7 minutes when he forced Harrell to submit to a Boston Crab. Mobley used a rolling split cradle to pin Harrell in 8 minutes to take the second fall and win the match in straight falls.

The main event in Gulfport was a return match between Balk Estes and Don Keene. The two had battled to a 45 minute draw the previous week and each requested a match with a 90 minute time limit. Estes won the first fall in 6 minutes when he used a Boston Crab to force Keene to submit. Keene came back and pinned Estes with a jackknife in 9 minutes to win the second fall. Keene won the third and deciding fall when he applied a Boston crab on Estes, the same hold Estes used to win the first fall. Estes submitted and the fall and the match were awarded to Keene.

The next evening in Pensacola, the Black Phantom defeated George Cologne in the opening match.

The main event in Pensacola was a challenge match between Balk Estes and the Black Cat. The Cat had injured Estes in a tag team match the previous week and Estes was anxious to get revenge. The match was tied at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. During the final fall Estes managed to remove the mask from the Cat, revealing Pat Cronin. Cronin was so stunned following the loss of his mask that he was easily pinned by Estes, who won the fall and the match.

That same evening in New Orleans, the one fall opening match saw Lee Savoldi take the win over Paddy Mack. Mack suffered an injured ankle during the match.

The semi-final match was a six man tag team match with Al Massey, Rex Mobley & Savoldi taking on the threesome of Charlie Laye, Billy Rush & Charley Keene, who was substituting for the injured Mack. Laye, Rush & Keene won two out of three falls to win the match.

The main event was a World Jr. Heavyweight title match with champion Pat Malone defending against the man he had relieved of the title, Jack Curtis. The match was a best three out of five falls with no time limit. Lee Savoldi served as the special referee. Each man had scored a fall apiece going into the third fall. Curtis flattened Malone with a series of flying dropkicks and pinned him to win the third fall and go up two falls to one. Malone was unable to continue and referee Savoldi awarded the fourth fall by default, giving him the match. Jack Curtis was once again the World Jr. Heavyweight champion.

The following night in Mobile saw the debut of a new masked man known as The Red Terror defeated Bob Feeley, also making his Mobile debut, in two straight falls. In the main event the Green Shadow won two out of three falls to defeat Paddy Mack.

Also on Friday in Montgomery, Lee Savoldi faced Charley Keene in the 60 minute opener. Al Massey and Charlie Laye wrestled in the 90 minute main event. Promoter Joe Gunther served as the special referee for both bouts.

No results are known for this card.

That same Friday evening in Jackson, the one fall opening match saw Rex Mobley and George Cologne battle to a draw.

In the semi-final match the team of Jack Curtis & Don Keene faced the rugged team of Bobby Segura & the Black Phantom. In the first fall Keene whipped Segura toward the corner. Segura managed to jump up on the ropes, turn around and jump feet first into the chest of Keene. Keene was flatted and Segura tagged the Phantom who pinned Keene to win the opening fall. Curtis & Keene spent much of the second fall working over the Phantom until he was weak enough for Curtis to pin him to take the fall. In the third and deciding fall Segura scaled the ropes again but this time Curtis attempted to dropkick him from his perch. Curtis mistimed his kicked and missed Segura, crashing to the mat instead. Segura easily pinned him to win the fall and the match.

The main event in Jackson was a 10 round boxing match between Henry Harrell and Balk Estes. These two were bitter rivals and most of their matches ended up in fisticuffs so a boxing match was a natural way for them to meet. During the third fall Estes threw a wild swing and his glove flew off and out of the ring. George Cologne, serving as Estes’ second, retrieved the glove and placed it back on Estes’ hand. Estes then proceeded to lay Harrell flat with a crushing blow to the jaw. Joe Wolfe, in Harrell’s corner as his second, protested to referee Claude Skidmore to check the glove. Estes refused until Wolfe climbed into the ring and grabbed him from behind. Skidmore stripped the glove from Estes and discovered that it had been packed down with plaster of Paris. Skidmore immediately disqualified Estes and awarded the match to Harrell, who was still unconscious on the mat.

The following week opened in Monroe on Tuesday. The main event was a tag team match with Rex Mobley teaming with Don Keene to face the team of Bobby Segura & George Cologne. Prior to the main event there were two singles matches involving those same four wrestlers.

No result is known for this card.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge the Red Shadow scored a victory over newcomer Maurice Laverne by winning two out of three falls.

The main event was a return match between Charlie Laye and the Green Shadow. The match was tied at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Laye was attempting to unmask the Shadow while referee Kelly Mixon tried to stop him. Laye shoved Mixon to the mat which brought a second referee, Jake Guercio, out to the ring. Laye also shoved him to the mat. The Shadow used the distraction to secure his mask and slide out of the ring. Mixon disqualified Laye and the fall and the match were awarded to the Green Shadow.

Wrestling returned to Shreveport after a two week absence with a rare Wednesday card. The card started with Joe Wolfe, former World Light-Heavyweight king, facing Bobby Segura in the one fall opening match. The advantage went back and forth until Segura tossed Wolfe from the ring and kept kicking him each time he tried to reenter the ring. Finally referee Conway Baker disqualified Segura and awarded the match to Wolfe after 18 minutes.

Segura was also pressed into action in the semi-final match. In that match Jack Curtis was scheduled to face the Black Phantom, but the masked man was kept from competing by a court order filed with the Louisiana State Athletic Commission over the use of the Black Phantom name. So Segura stepped in and took his place against Curtis. Curtis used an abdominal stretch to force Segura to submit to take the first fall in 12 minutes. Segura came back and pinned Curtis after applying a backbreaker to win the second fall in 13 minutes. In the third and deciding fall the two were battling on the arena floor when Segura rammed Curtis headfirst into the ring post. Segura then returned to the ring as the dazed Curtis lay on the area floor. Referee Conway Baker counted Curtis out and awarded the fall and the match to Segura.

The main event was another 10 round boxing match between Henry Harrell and Balk Estes. The match was even for the first two rounds until Estes knocked Harrell down for an 8 count in round 2. Harrell knocked Estes down for a 6 count in the third and a 7 count in the fourth. Finally Harrell kayoed Estes in round 5 to win the match.

Also on Wednesday in Alexandria the card featured the two Shadows, Green and Red in the double main event. In the first match the Green Shadow faced Bill Barney, the Wild Cajun from West Monroe. The Shadow forced Barney to submit to an arm scissors to take the first fall. Barney came back and used a head scissors on the masked man to pin him to take the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, the Green Shadow used a rocking chair cradle to pin Barney to win the fall and the match.

In the second main event Charlie Laye met the Red Shadow in a return match. Laye scored the first fall when he pinned the masked man after a series of flying mares. The Red Shadow came back to win the second fall by pinning Laye in 23 minutes after applying a backbreaker. The Shadow took the third and deciding fall with the same hold and pin after 15 minutes to win the match.

Charlie Laye tosses The Red Shadow across the ring as referee Phil Brummett watches the action

In Gulfport the same night, Rex Mobley defeated Pat (Bad Boy) Cronin with a Boston Crab in 6 minutes in the opening match.

In the second match of the night Don Keene and George Cologne battled to a 15 minute draw.

In the main event in Gulfport, Mobley & Keene teamed to take on Cronin & Cologne in a tag team match. Keene caught Cronin in a jackknife and pinned him to win the first fall in 20 minutes. Keene was the main target of Cronin & Cologne in the second fall as they focused on punishing his left leg. Finally Cologne applied a step-over toehold on Keene and forced him to submit after 36 minutes of the second fall. Instead of ending the fall, Cronin & Cologne continued to punish Keene until referee Claude Skidmore disqualified them and awarded the match to Keene & Mobley in straight falls.

The next night in Pensacola, George Cologne was matched with Rex Mobley in a best two out of three falls opening match

In the main event, a strange match was presented. The Black Phantom, who had been the scourge of Pensacola fans, was facing The Black Phantom, a new masked man who claimed to be the original.

No results are known for this card.

The same evening in New Orleans Lee Savoldi & Bill Barney teamed to take on Billy Rush & Paddy Mack in the tag team opener. Savoldi & Barney won the match when Rush & Mack were disqualified for their illegal activities.

The semi-final saw Pat Malone winning two out of three falls to take the match from Al Massey.

In the main event Jack Curtis faced Charlie Laye in a best two out of three falls match. Each man had scored a fall apiece but the 60 minute time limit expired before either could gain the deciding fall. The match was declared a draw.

The following evening in Mobile, Lee Savoldi and Paddy Mack battled to a 45 minute draw in the opening match.

The main event in Mobile was a battle of masked men as the Green Shadow faced the Red Terror. The Green Shadow won two straight falls to win the match and unmasked the Red Terror along the way. Billy (Cue Ball) Rush was revealed to be the man behind the mask of the Red Terror. After the match Rush pulled the mask from the Green Shadow and revealed Pat Malone.

It was announced following this card that wrestling in Mobile would take a hiatus until after the summer.

Also on Friday in Montgomery, Bill Barney and Charley Keene wrestled in the 60 minute opening match.

The main event was a return match between Al Massey and Charlie Laye. Promoter Joe Gunther served as the special referee.

No results are known for this card.

That same evening in Jackson, Henry Harrell and Don Keene battle to a fast paced draw in the one fall opening match.

Rex Mobley took two out of three falls over George Cologne to win the semi-final match of the evening.

The main event featured World Light-Heavyweight champion Balk Estes putting his title on the line against the challenge of Bobby Segura. Segura took the first fall in 30 minutes when he forced Estes to submit to a Boston Crab. The second fall mainly consisted of the two men standing toe to toe and slugging it out. Both men wound up bloody from the multiple cuts on their heads. Segura finally tossed Estes from the ring causing the champion to injure an arm as he slammed into the ringside chairs. Estes managed to return to the ring but was severely weak. Segura locked a hammerlock on the injured arm and forced Estes to submit, taking the match and the title in two straight falls. Bobby Segura was now the new World Light-Heavyweight champion.

Referee Claude Skidmore tries to restrain a bloody Bobby Segura

Wrestling in Shreveport returned to its regular Monday slot the following week. In the opening match Rex Mobley defeated George Cologne by taking the single fall.

In the semi-final match Mobley teamed with Pat (Bad Boy) Cronin to take on Cologne & Bobby Segura. Segura & Cologne won the first fall when Segura pinned Cronin. During the second fall Segura & Cologne continually double teamed Mobley. Each time Mobley attempted to tag Cronin, Cronin turned his back to him. Mobley finally slugged Cronin and sent him scurrying to the dressing room. Segura & Cologne continued to double team Mobley until he was easily pinned to give the fall and the match to Segura & Cologne.

The main event was scheduled to be another long awaited showdown between the two Black Phantoms. When the time arrived for the match to start, only one masked man was in the ring. This was the Phantom that had claimed to be the original, making his first appearance in the area. The masked man who had been wrestling in the area as the Black Phantom for months was nowhere to be found. Joe Wolfe came to ringside and challenged the new man to a match, but under the stipulation that he unmask if beaten. The Phantom agreed and the match went on. The Phantom won the first fall but Wolfe came back and won the next two to take the match. After the loss the Phantom tried to hedge on his promise to unmask, but Wolfe didn’t give him a choice. He grabbed the Phantom and stripped the mask from his head. This Black Phantom, who claimed he was the original, was revealed to be Leo Jensen.

The following evening in Monroe, Don Keene and George Cologne squared off in the first half of a double main event. Cologne won the first fall but Keene came back to take the next two straight to win the match.

The main event had Bobby Segura, the World Light-Heavyweight champion, facing Rex Mobley in a non-title match. Mobley, who had held the same title 4 times previously, was anxious to get back into the title picture and was hoping a win over the current champion would put him there. Segura scored the opening fall when he pinned Mobley after using some rough tactics. In the second fall Segura opened a gash on Mobley’s forehead. Referee Pat Cronin stopped the match and searched Segura, finding what appeared to be a small knife. Segura was disqualified and the second fall was awarded to Mobley. Commissioner Dave Silverstein called promoter Gus Kallio to ringside and informed him that he was fining Segura $25 for the use of the foreign object. Mobley wasn’t caring about Segura being fined and tore into him at the opening bell of the third and deciding fall. The enraged Mobley tossed Segura out of the ring and then got into a scuffle with referee Cronin. Mobley also tossed Cronin from the ring resulting in a disqualification and giving the fall and the match to Segura.

On the same Tuesday night in Baton Rouge popular Lee Savoldi took on Charley Keene in a best two out of three falls match. Savoldi pinned Keene to win the first fall. Keene came back and won the next two falls to win the match.

In the main event Charlie Laye switched his attention from the Green Shadow to the Red Shadow. The Shadow forced Laye to submit to an arm wringer to win the first fall. Laye came back with a series of neck breakers and pinned the Shadow to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall Laye used a pinwheel hold on the masked man and won the fall and the match. The Red Shadow was unmasked and revealed to be Billy (Cue Ball) Rush.

The following night in Alexandria, Charlie Laye met Charley Keene in the opening match of the evening. Keene won the first fall when he pinned Laye using a rolling cradle. Laye came back and pinned Keene, also using a cradle, to win the second fall. The 60 minute time limit expired before either man could win a deciding fall. Referee Lee Savoldi declared the match a draw.

Charlie Laye takes a piggyback ride on Charley Keene

The main event was a match between Jack Curtis and the Red Shadow. In this match Curtis was placing his World Jr. Heavyweight title on the line against the mask of the Shadow. Curtis won the first fall by pinning the masked man after a series of flying mares. Curtis used an Alligator Clutch to pin the Shadow to take the second fall, giving him the match in two straight falls in 14 minutes. Curtis retained his title and the Red Shadow attempted to escape without revealing himself. It took the combined efforts of Curtis, referees Lee Savoldi, Phil Brummett and Blondie Stracener along with Commissioner Emile Delcomyn to remove the mask. The Red Shadow was revealed to be Billy (Cue Ball) Rush.

The same evening in Gulfport, Joe Wolfe met Don Keene in a 45 minute, best two out of three fall match.

The main event saw Rex Mobley taking on Bobby Segura in a best two out of three falls, 90 minute time limit match.

No results are known for this card.

The following night in Pensacola the card began with a match between Vic Kalfus, Jr. and Pat (Bad Boy) Cronin.

The main event had Rex Mobley taking on the Black Phantom. This particular Phantom was the one who arrived the previous week claiming to be the original. To sort this all out, promoter Vic Kalfus stipulated that win, lose or draw that this masked man would have to unmask after the match.

No results are known for this card.

The same night in New Orleans, Charley Keene defeated Bill Barney in the opening bout.

Paddy Mack proved to be too much for Lee Savoldi and defeated the popular Italian to win the semi-final match.

In the main event Jack Curtis and Charlie Laye met in a return match. Laye scored two out of three falls to win the match.

On Friday in Montgomery, the card opened with a 60 minute match between Bill Barney and Charlie Laye.

The main event saw Henry Harrell taking on Pat Malone in a 90 minute match.

No results are known for this card.

That same evening in Jackson, Rex Mobley and Joe Wolfe battled to a draw in a fast paced scientific opening match.

The semi-final was a tag team match with Jack Curtis & Don Keene teaming to take on Bobby Segura & George Cologne. Curtis & Keene took two out of three falls to win the match. Following the match, Curtis issued a challenge to Segura, the World Light-Heavyweight champion, to meet him in a title match.

The main event was another match between the two Black Phantoms. The one who been in the area claimed that he had missed the scheduled match in Shreveport because he had been injured. The original Phantom claimed that it was because he was afraid, but either way the match would take place in Jackson. The Black Phantom wound up taking two out of three falls to defeat the original Black Phantom. It took every referee and wrestler on the card along with a squad of policemen to strip the mask from the original’s face, once again revealing him to be Leo Jenson.

The following week in Shreveport the card opened with a one fall grudge match between Rex Mobley and Pat Cronin. The two had been partners in a tag team match the previous week in Shreveport and Cronin abandoned Mobley and cost him the match. Mobley won the match in 14 minutes when he forced Cronin to submit to a rolling leg lock.

Mobley gained further revenge in the semi-final match as he teamed with Don Keene to defeated Cronin & George Cologne in two straight falls to win the match.

The main event was a match between Joe Wolfe and Bobby Segura. Wolfe was a former World Light-Heavyweight champion and Segura was the current titleholder. This match was a non-title match and was scheduled for best two out of three falls with a 90 minute time limit. Segura used a backbreaker on Wolfe and pinned him to win the first fall in 22 minutes. Wolfe caught Segura in a rolling cradle and pinned him after 4 minutes to take the second fall. The third and deciding fall was an all-out war as Segura used every dirty trick he knew and Wolfe gave back in much the same manner. Finally referee Conway Baker stopped the match and declared it a no contest. Segura grabbed Wolfe and tossed him out of the ring and into the ringside chairs before departing for the dressing room.

The next night in Monroe, Don Keene met Pat Cronin in the first half of the double main event. The second match featured Rex Mobley taking on Bobby Segura in a return match.

No results are known for this card.

That same Tuesday evening in Baton Rouge, the card opened with a match between veterans Charlie Laye and Charley Keene. Laye won the first and third falls over Keene to win the match.

In the main event Paddy Mack took on the Green Shadow. The Shadow won the first fall but Mack came back to win the next two to take the match. The conditions of the mask called for the Shadow to remove his mask should he lose. After much hesitation, he finally removed the mask but refused to reveal his name.

On Wednesday in Alexandria Charley Keene and Paddy Mack met in the one fall opening match. Keene was awarded the match on a disqualification when Mack attacked Keene and referee Phil Brummett with a chair.

Paddy Mack attacks Charley Keene with a chair

In the main event, Jack Curtis was after another mask to add to his collection as he faced off with the Green Shadow. Curtis had defeated and unmasked the Red Shadow the previous week in Alexandria and he was anxious to add to his collection. The Green Shadow had unmasked himself earlier in the year in New Orleans after a match with Curtis but was still competing incognito everywhere else. The Shadow got off to a good start when he pinned Curtis to win the first fall after 10 minutes. Curtis came back and pinned the masked man to take the second fall and even the score. In the third and deciding fall, the Shadow pinned Curtis again, but used the ring ropes for unfair leverage. Just as referee Jack Purdin was about to award the fall to the masked man, the ringside fans yelled to him about what had happened. Purdin restarted the match and Curtis quickly grabbed the Shadow and pinned him to take the fall and the match. The Shadow argued with Purdin but slowly began to unmask, revealing himself once again to be Pat Malone.

Jack Curtis hits The Green Shadow with a forearm

 

The Green Shadow removes his mask to reveal himself as Pat Malone

Also on Wednesday in Gulfport, the card began with a match between Don Keene and Pat Cronin. Keene won the first fall in 15 minutes when he hit Cronin with a dropkick and pinned him. The dropkick hit Cronin square above his left eye and opened a cut. During the second fall Cronin was caught using brass knuckles by referee Claude Skidmore, who promptly disqualified him giving the fall and the match to Keene.

In the main event, Rex Mobley continued his chase of World Light-Heavyweight champion Bobby Segura as they met in another non-title match. Mobley won the first fall with a rolling split cradle and pin in 18 minutes. Segura slammed Mobley and pinned him in 4 minutes to win the second fall. Segura used a Boston Crab to force Mobley to submit in 10 minutes to win the deciding fall and the match.

The following night in Pensacola, Vic Kalfus, Jr. squared off with Pat Cronin in a 10 round boxing match. Kalfus was a former amateur boxer and he issued the challenge to Cronin who claimed to be the bare-knuckles champion of Mississippi.

In the main event Rex Mobley was matched with Don Keene in a best two out of three falls, 90 minute match.

No results are known for this card.

The same night in New Orleans, the card opened with a ladies match between Violet Viann and Dot Dotson. Dotson pinned Viann to win the one fall match. By winning this match Dotson was promised a chance to face Women’s World Champion Mildred Burke in the near future.

In the semi-final match, Pat Malone took two out of three falls to defeated Paddy Mack in a rousing roughhouse match.

The main event was a mixed tag team match with Jack Curtis teaming with Violet Viann to face Charley Keene & Dot Dotson. Keene was a last minute substitute for an ailing Charlie Laye. Curtis & Viann won the match when they took two straight falls.

On Friday in Montgomery, Henry Harrell took two out of three falls to defeat Billy (Cue Ball) Rush in the opening match.

The main event was a ladies match featuring Vivian Viann and Dot Dotson. Viann took two out of three falls to win the match.

That same night in Jackson, the card opened with a clean scientific match between Rex Mobley and Joe Wolfe. The one fall match ended in a draw.

In the semi-final match Don Keene defeated George Cologne by taking two straight falls over him.

The main event was a match between the World Jr. Heavyweight champion Jack Curtis and World Light-Heavyweight king Bobby Segura. Only Segura’s title was on the line. Each man had taken a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. The two slugged away at each other throughout the fall, with neither man paying particular attention to the rules. Finally referee Claude Skidmore stopped the made and declared it a no contest.

The last week in May opened with a card held in Shreveport. In the opening match George Curtis, younger brother of Jack, made his first appearance of the year as he faced Rex Mobley. The two battled to a 30 minute draw.

In the semi-final match Don Keene beat George Cologne in two straight falls.

In the main event World Light-Heavyweight champion Bobby Segura laid his title on the line against former champion Joe Wolfe. Wolfe caught Segura in a rolling leg scissors and pinned him to take the first fall. Segura came back and applied a backbreaker on Wolfe and pinned him to even the score. In the third fall the two started slugging each other. Referee Conway Baker tried to restore order but Wolfe tossed him from the ring. Wolfe continued to batter Segura and had him down for the pin before he realized that he’d tossed the referee out of the ring. Wolfe went over and was helping Baker get back into the ring when Segura slugged him from behind. Segura then pinned Wolfe to win the fall and the match and retain his title.

The following evening in Monroe George Curtis met Bobby Segura in the first match of the double main event. Curtis pinned Segura with a body scissors to win the first fall in 15 minutes. Segura spent much of the second fall stomping the arm of Curtis before forcing him to submit to an armlock to win the fall in 5 minutes. Segura pinned Curtis to win the third and deciding fall in 5 minutes to take the match.

The main event was a 10 round boxing match between Don Keene and Pat Cronin. Cronin, the former professional fighter, would seem to have the advantage but Keene knocked him out in round 6 to win the match.

That same Tuesday evening in Baton Rouge Charlie Laye and George Cologne wrestled to a draw in the opening preliminary match.

The main event was scheduled to be a mixed tag team match with Bobby Lane teaming with Violet Viann to face George Cologne & Dot Dotson. But it was changed due to Dotson being injured earlier in the week. Lane instead teamed with Charlie Laye to take on Cologne & Maurice Laverne. Laye pinned Cologne with a shoulder slide to win the first fall. During the second fall Lane sustained an injury and was unable to help Laye as he was double teamed by Cologne & Laverne. Cologne finally pinned Laye to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall Lane was able to return and he and Laye battered Cologne & Laverne all over the ring. Laverne managed to catch Laye in a full nelson and was holding him while Cologne went to punch him. Laye ducked at the last moment and Cologne slugged Laverne instead. Laye quickly pinned Laverne to win the fall and the match for his team.

On Wednesday in Alexandria, the opening match was to have been a ladies match between Violet Viann and Dot Dotson. However Dotson was still injured and the match was cancelled. The substitute match was between Bill Barney and Charlie Laye. Kaye score the first fall when he pinned Barney with a head scissors. Barney came back and pinned Laye after a series of bodyslams to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall Laye caught Barney with a rolling cradle to pin him to win the fall and the match.

Charlie Laye applies a headlock on Bill Barney

The main event featured a match between Jack Curtis and George Cologne. Curtis used a series of flying mares on Cologne and pinned him to win the first fall. Cologne came back and used an Alligator Clutch on Curtis and pinned him to win the second fall. In the deciding fall, Curtis tossed Cologne from the ring and followed him out. Curtis chased Cologne around the ring and proved to be his downfall. Cologne got into the ring just ahead of referee Phil Brummett counting to 20. Curtis didn’t make it back in time and was counted out. Cologne was awarded the fall and the match.

That same night in Gulfport, Rex Mobley met Joe Wolfe with the winner promised a match with Bobby Segura, the World Light-Heavyweight title holder. Mobley scored the first fall in 12 minutes by pinning Wolfe with a rolling split cradle. Wolfe used a variation of the same hold to pin Mobley to take the second fall in 9 minutes. Mobley pinned Wolfe using the rolling split cradle in 6 minutes to win the deciding fall and the match.

The main event saw Pat (Bad Boy) Cronin once again donning boxing gloves, this time with Don Keene as his opponent in a 10 round boxing match. In round 4 Cronin backed Keene into the ropes and attempted to land a haymaker on him. Keene moved and Cronin’s wild swing caused him to miss and fall through the ropes. Cronin landed hard on the arena floor and was unable to return to the ring before being counted out, giving the match to Keene.

 

JUNE:

 

The first card in June was held on Thursday in Pensacola. Vic Kalfus, Jr. and Pat Cronin met in a rematch demanded by Cronin after Kalfus had knocked him out in a boxing match the previous week. This time they met in a best two out of three falls, 90 minute wrestling match.

The main event on the Pensacola card saw Billy (Cue Ball) Rush make his first appearance in the city. He faced Don Keene in another best two out of three falls, 90 minute match.

No results are known for this card.

The same night in New Orleans, the card opened with a one fall match between Charlie Laye and George Cologne. Laye wound up with cuts over both eyes but was awarded the match when Cologne was disqualified.

In the semi-final match Pat Malone faced a new masked wrestler called The Black Panther. The Panther won two out of three falls to defeat Malone and win the match.

The main event featured Jack Curtis meeting Paddy Mack. Each man had won a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. At one point the two were struggling near the ropes when they both fell through to the arena floor. Mack managed to return to the ring before the count of 20, but Curtis was counted out. Mack was awarded the fall and the match.

The next evening in Montgomery, the card was made up of three matches. In the opening match Henry Harrell facing Pat Malone.

The second event of the evening was a ladies match with Violet Viann facing Dot Dotson.

The main event featured a mixed tag team match with Harrell & Viann going against Malone & Dotson.

No results are known for this card.

That same Friday in in Jackson, the card featured 3 singles matches with George Curtis meeting Bobby Segura, Don Keene taking on Rex Mobley and Joe Wolfe facing the Black Phantom.

The main event was an 8 man tag team match with Jack Curtis teaming with his brother George Curtis, Don Keene & Joe Wolfe to meet the foursome of Bobby Segura, Rex Mobley, the Black Phantom & Billy (Cue Ball) Rush.

No results are known for this card.

The following week in Shreveport Rex Mobley met Don Keene in the opening match. Mobley won the first fall when he pinned Keene after a series of bodyslams. In the second fall Mobley tossed Keene from the ring. Keene hit his head on a ringside chair and was unable to return to the ring. Mobley was awarded the fall by countout and took the match in two straight falls. With this victory Mobley was promised a shot at the World Light-Heavyweight title held by Bobby Segura.

In the semi-final match the Green Shadow was matched with Ginger the wrestling bear. The masked man was no match for the bear and lost the match.

The main event saw George Curtis taking on Bobby Segura in a non-title match. Each man had won a fall apiece entering the third and deciding fall. Segura was disqualified during the third fall and the fall and the match was awarded to Curtis.

The next night in Monroe George Curtis and Billy Rush wrestled to a draw in a one fall match. Jack Curtis and Bobby Segura also went to a draw in a second one fall match.

The Curtis Brothers joined forces in the main event tag team match to take on Rush & Segura. Jack Curtis pinned Segura to win the first fall in 15 minutes. Segura came back to take the second fall when he pinned George Curtis in 5 minutes. In the third and deciding fall the Curtis Brothers tossed Rush & Segura from the ring where they were counted out, giving the fall and the match to the Curtis combo.

That same Tuesday evening in Baton Rouge the remaining Black Panther made his first appearance in that city as he faced George Cologne in the main event.

Also making his first appearance in Baton Rouge was Bill Barney who took on Paddy Mack in the opening match.

No results are known for this card.

On Wednesday in Alexandria, the Black Phantom and Paddy Mack met in a rough match in the opener. The Phantom whipped Mack into the corners several times and then forced him to submit to an armlock to win the first fall. Mack was unable to continue so referee Phil Brummett awarded the second fall and the match to the Phantom on a forfeit.

Referee Phil Brummett forces The Black Phantom to break his hammerlock after Paddy Mack concedes

The main event was a title match with World Jr. Heavyweight champion Jack Curtis defending his title against the challenge of George Cologne. Cologne took the first fall when he forced the champion to submit to a punishing leglock. Curtis used a series of flying mares on Cologne and pinned him to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall the two were battling on the arena floor as referee Jake Guercio began to count them out. Curtis managed to return to the ring just before the count of 20 but Cologne was counted out. Curtis was awarded the fall and the match and retained his title.

George Cologne strangles Jack Curtis in the ropes as referee Jake Guercio tries to break it up

That same night in Gulfport the Green Shadow made his debut in Gulfport a successful on by defeated newcomer Lester Welch in a one fall match.

The Shadow had less luck in the second event on the card, in which he also competed. His foe in that match was Ginger, the wrestling bear. After a bit of a slow start Ginger pinned the masked man and then was awarded with two bottles of cola, which she guzzled down quickly.

In the main event in Gulfport Don Keene faced Billy (Cue Ball) Rush, with Pat Cronin serving as the special referee. Keene took the first fall when he nailed Rush with a dropkick and pinned him. Rush came back and applied a series of backbreakers on Keene and pinned him to take the second fall. Keene forced Rush to submit to a leg twist to win the deciding fall and the match. Afterwards Keene, Rush and Cronin all got into a free-for-all before they could be separated and sent from the ring.

The next night in Pensacola, Billy (Cue Ball) Rush and Pat Cronin met in the first match of the evening. The match promised to be a rough one as neither man was known to care much for the rules.

The main event saw the first appearance in Pensacola of Bobby Segura since winning the World Light-Heavyweight title. His opponent was Don Keene, but it was a non-title match.

No results are known for this card which was the final card held in Pensacola in 1950.

That same Thursday evening in New Orleans the Black Panther defeated Charlie Laye by countout in the opening match.

George Cologne took two out of three falls over Joe Wolfe to win the semi-final event.

Jack Curtis and Paddy Mack met in a return grudge match in the main event. Curtis took two out of three falls to win the match.

On Friday in Montgomery, the card opened with Joe Wolfe facing the Black Panther. Both men were making their first appearance in Montgomery.

The main event featured Henry Harrell taking on George Cologne.

No results are known for this card.

Also on Friday in Jackson, the card opened with Don Keene and Billy Rush battling to a draw in a one fall match.

Rex Mobley defeated Lester Welch in the second match of the evening.

In the semi-final match George Curtis was awarded the decision over Bobby Segura when Segura was disqualified for hitting referee Claude Skidmore.

A new masked grappler made his debut in the main event. Hailing from Cuba The Green Ghost faced Ginger the wrestling bear. Despite his massive size, the Ghost was no match for the bear, who easily won the match.

The next week in Shreveport Don Keene defeated Lester Welch by pinning him after a series of dropkicks to win the one fall opening match.

In the semi-final Ginger the bear returned, this time facing two men Billy Rush & the Green Shadow. Ginger pinned the Shadow to win the match in 24 minutes.

In the main event World Light-Heavyweight champion Bobby Segura met challenger Rex Mobley in a title match. Each man scored a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. The third fall was a wild brawl that resulted in both men bleeding. They were fighting outside on the area floor when referee Conway Baker counted them out and declared the match a no contest.

On Tuesday in Monroe, the Green Ghost defeated Lester Welch in 8 minutes to win the one fall opening match.

The Ghost didn’t fare as well when he returned in the semi-final to face Ginger the bear. Ginger pinned the masked man in 5 minutes to win the match.

In the main event Jack Curtis faced off with Billy (Cue Ball) Rush. Curtis took the first fall when he pinned Rush in 12 minutes. 12 minutes was also all it took Rush to pin Curtis to win the second fall. Curtis pinned Rush again to win the third fall and the match. When the match was over Rush offered to shake the hand of Curtis but punched his instead. Curtis fought back and the two battled for several minutes before referee Pat Willis could restore order.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge, Charlie Laye and Charley Keene battled to a 10 minute draw in the opening match.

The second match of the night also ended in a 10 minute stalemate when George Curtis drew the Black Phantom.

In the main vent Keene & the Black Phantom joined forced to defeat Laye & Curtis in two straight falls to win the match.

The next night in Alexandria, Charlie Laye and Charley Keene met in the first half of the double main event. Laye won the first fall when he hit Keene with a series of body blocks and pinned him after 20 minutes. In the second fall Keene used a series of bodyslams on Laye and covered him for the pin to take the fall. During the third fall both men fell through the ropes and onto the arena floor. The 60 minute time limit expired before either man could return to the ring or take the decisive fall. Referee Phil Brummett called the match a draw.

Charlie Laye has Charley Keene in a body scissors and is about to slam him to the mat

In the second main event George Curtis faced the Black Phantom. Curtis pinned the Phantom after a series of dropkicks to win the first fall. In the second fall the Phantom used his dreaded piledriver for the first time in months and laid Curtis out with it. The masked man pinned Curtis to win the second fall and tied the match. Curtis was unable to continue in the deciding fall so the fall and the match were awarded to the Black Phantom on a forfeit.

George Curtis hits The Black Phantom with a flying dropkick

That same night in Gulfport Joe Wolfe pinned Lester Welch with a rolling split cradle to win the one fall match in 12 minutes.

Ginger the bear made another appearance in the semi-final match. This time she faced the Green Shadow & Joe Wolfe. The Shadow & Wolfe spent as much time arguing with each other as they did wrestling the bear. Finally they ganged up on Ginger, which referee Pat Willis took exception to. He disqualified the two of them and awarded the match to the bear.

In the main event Rex Mobley was matched with Billy Rush. Mobley took the first fall when he forced Rush to submit to a Boston Crab after 9 minutes. Despite receiving a vicious beating by Rush in the second fall, Mobley managed to catch him in a rolling split cradle to pin his and win the match in two straight falls.

The next evening in New Orleans the card opened with George Curtis and George Cologne battling to a 15 minute draw.

Charlie Laye took two out of three falls to defeated Paddy Mack in the semi-final match.

In the main event Jack & George Curtis teamed to take on George Cologne & the Black Panther in a tag team match. The Curtis Brothers won two out of three falls to win the match.

On Friday in Montgomery, the card opened with a 60 minute match between Charlie Laye and Paddy Mack.

The main event featured George Curtis facing George Cologne in a 90 minute match.

No results are known for this card.

Also on Friday in Jackson the Green Ghost defeated Lester Welch in the opening match.

In the second match of the night Don Keene defeated Billy Rush.

In the semi-final Ginger the bear faced the Green Ghost & Rex Mobley. Mobley was a last minute replacement for Billy Rush. Rush refused to get into the ring with the bear so Mobley was recruited to take his place. The Ghost & Mobley both jumped on the bear at the same time and wound up being disqualified for their troubles.

In the main event World Light-Heavyweight champion Bobby Segura put his title on the line against Joe Wolfe, a former champion. Segura forced Wolfe to submit to a Boston Crab to win the first fall. Wolfe had his best opportunity to take the second fall when he tried to apply a body scissors on Segura. Segura managed to escape from it and it seemingly took all the wind out of Wolfe’s sails. Segura battered him mercilessly before pinning him to win the fall and take the match in straight falls to retain his title. Following the match, World Jr. Heavyweight champion Jack Curtis issued a challenge to Segura to face him in a future match.

The next week in Shreveport Don Keene defeated Billy Rush by disqualification in the one fall opening match.

The semi-final match was a tag team match with Jack Curtis & Don Keene taking on Billy Rush & the Green Shadow. Curtis & Keene won the match in two straight falls.

In the main event World Light-Heavyweight champion Bobby Segura put the title up for grabs against the challenge of Rex Mobley, another former champion. Before the match Jack Curtis issued a challenge to the winner of the bout. Segura used a backbreaker on Mobley and pinned him to win the first fall. The second fall turned into a slugfest with Mobley getting the better of it. He floored Segura with a right to the jaw and pinned him to win the fall. In the third and deciding fall Mobley tossed Segura from the ring. While Mobley was arguing with referee Conway Baker, Segura climbed back in and tossed Mobley out. Each time Mobley got back into the ring Segura would toss him back out. On the third time Mobley landed awkwardly and injured his ankle. He managed to get back in the ring but was too hobbled by the injury to put up much of a defense. Segura battered him around and pinned him to win the fall and the match and retain the title.

The next evening in Monroe the card opened with George Curtis meeting Billy Rush in a one fall 10 minute match. Rush was disqualified after 6 minutes of action to give Curtis the match.

The main event was a tag team match with Jack & George Curtis taking on Rex Mobley & Billy Rush. The Curtis Brothers took the first fall in 14 minutes. Rush & Mobley came back to score the second fall in 9 minutes. The Curtis team took only 8 minutes to win the third and deciding fall to take the match.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge Charlie Laye took on Lester Welch in the opening match. Laye pinned Welch with a shoulder slide to win the first fall in 27 minutes. Welch won the second fall in 16 minutes when he forced Laye to submit to an abdominal stretch. Laye used a series of bodyslams and pinned Welch in 18 minutes to win the third fall and the match.

Ginger the bear defeated Charley Keene in the main event. Keene managed to last 35 minutes with the bear before losing the match.

On Wednesday in Alexandria Charlie Laye defeated Bill Barney in 23 minutes of the one fall opening match.

Charley Keene and Lester Welch met in the semi-final match of the evening. Keene used a series of bodyslams on Welch and pinned him to win the first fall. Welch came back and used a dropkick to flatten Keene and pinned him to win the second fall. Welch went for another dropkick in the deciding fall but Keene sidestepped it. Welch crashed to the mat and Keene pinned him to take the fall and the match.

Charley Keene tosses Lester Welch over the ropes

In the main event Ginger the bear made another appearance, this time facing three opponents, Charlie Laye, Charley Keene & Bill Barney. Even three men were no match for the bear and Ginger handled them easily for the win.

Charley Keene struggles with Ginger the Bear

That same night in Gulfport Don Keene and Joe Wolfe met in the opening match on the card. Wolfe took the first fall in 12 minutes when he pinned Keene with a rolling body scissors. Keene came back and won the next two falls by landing dropkicks on Wolfe and pinning him to win the match.

The main event in Gulfport was another World Light-Heavyweight title match between champion Bobby Segura and challenger Rex Mobley, himself a former holder of the crown. Mobley won the first fall in 14 minutes with his rolling split cradle used to pin Segura. Segura came back and applied a backbreaker on Mobley and pinned him to win the second fall. Segura forced Mobley to submit to a Boston Crab hold to take the third fall and win the match, thus retaining his title.

On Thursday in New Orleans Ginger the bear used a bear hug to win over Paddy Mack in the opening match of the evening.

Newcomer Chico Ortiz teamed with the Black Panther to defeated Charlie Laye & Lester Welch in the semi-final tag team match.

In the main event George Cologne won two out of three falls over Jack Curtis to win the match.

The next night in Montgomery, the opening match featured Lester Welch taking on the Black Panther.

In the main event, Ginger the bear was matched with Paddy Mack.

No results are known for this card.

That same evening in Jackson, Don Keene and Rex Mobley battled to a draw in a clean, scientific opening match.

Joe Wolfe won the semi-final event of the evening when his opponent, Billy Rush, was disqualified in the deciding fall for punching referee Pat Willis.

In the main event Jack & George Curtis teamed to take on Bobby Segura & the Green Ghost in a tag team match. Jack Curtis pinned Segura to take the opening fall. All four men were battling it out in the ring at the same in the second fall. The Green Ghost was knocked from the ring so Segura tried to take on both brothers at the same time. He was holding his own until George Curtis applied a flying head scissors on him and pinned him to give the match to the Curtis Brothers in two straight falls.

The final week of June started on Monday in Shreveport. On that card Joe Wolfe and Rex Mobley battled to a draw in the opening match.

In the semi-final match Don Keene took on Billy Rush. Rush was disqualified in the first fall for raking Keene’s eyes. Despite being nearly blinded Keene came back on caught Rush in a reverse cradle to pin him and win the match in straight falls.

In the main event World Jr. Heavyweight and former World Light-Heavyweight champion Jack Curtis face current World Light-Heavyweight kingpin Bobby Segura in a non-title match. Curtis was hoping to beat Segura and force him to meet him in a title match. Segura won the first fall when he applied a backbreaker on Curtis and pinned him. Curtis came back to caught Segura in a hangman’s hold to force him to submit to win the fall. In the third and deciding fall, Curtis hit Segura with a series of body tackles and then a dropkick. He quickly pinned Segura to take the fall and the match.

On Tuesday in Monroe George Curtis met Joe Wolfe in the opening match. Curtis won the first fall in 20 minutes. Wolfe came back to take the second fall in 7 minutes to even the score. Curtis won the third and deciding fall in 4 minutes to win the match.

Older brother Jack Curtis met Rex Mobley in the main event. Mobley won the first fall when he pinned Curtis in 10 minutes. Curtis came back to win the second fall in 7 minutes. Mobley came close to pinning Curtis several times in the third and deciding fall but Curtis managed to escape each time. Finally Curtis managed to pin Mobley in 11 minutes to win the fall and the match.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge Charlie Laye faced Jack (Stinger) Steele in the opening match. Steele was a veteran campaigner and former World Light-Heavyweight champion and was returning to the area after an absence. Steele pinned Laye after applying a neckbreaker to win the first. Laye came back with a pinwheel hold to pin Steele to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall the two men spent much of the time fighting outside the ring until referee Joe Gunther threatened to disqualify them. Once back in the ring, Steele flattened Laye with a series of punches and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

The main event featured a match between a pair of ruffians as Paddy Mack took on the Black Phantom. The Phantom pinned Mack with a shoulder slide to win the first fall in 17 minutes. Mack used a series of snap mares on the Phantom and pinned him in 16 minutes to win the second fall. The Phantom used a series of bodyslams on Mack and pinned him to win the third fall and the match after 22 minutes.

On Wednesday in Alexandria Charlie Laye faced Jack (Stinger) Steele in the opening match. Steele pinned Laye after a series of bodyslams to win the first fall. Laye forced Steele to submit to a leglock to come back and win the second fall. Steele won the third fall and the match when he forced Laye to submit to a hammerlock.

In the main event Paddy Mack took on the Black Phantom once again. Mack used bodyslams and flying mares on the masked man before pinning him to win the first fall in 15 minutes. In the second fall the Phantom applied his piledriver on Mack and pinned him to win the fall. It took referee Phil Brummett and four other men to carry Mack to the dressing room for the rest between falls. When the third and deciding fall began Mack was unable to continue and the fall and the match were awarded to the Black Phantom.

Paddy Mack stomps The Black Phantom

 

The Black Phantom backs into the ropes to get away from Paddy Mack

On the same night, the Gulfport card opened with Pat Newman and Billy (Cue Ball) Rush battling to a 15 minute draw,

In the second match Bobby Segura pinned Don Keene with the help of his feet on the ropes to win the match. Segura’s infraction went unnoticed by referee Claude Skidmore.

Skidmore also made a controversial decision in the first fall of the main event, which was a tag team match between the teams of Newman & Keene and Rush & Segura. For most of the 12 minutes the fall lasted all four men were in the ring battling it out. Skidmore lost track of who was the legal men in the ring. When both Segura and Rush wound up flattened on the mat, Skidmore counted them both out and awarded the first fall to Newman & Keene. The second fall ended pretty much the same way with Segura & Rush being counted out, giving the match to Newman & Keene in two straight falls.

On Thursday in New Orleans the main event was an eight man tag team match with Jack Kelly, Jack Purdin, Charlie Laye & Charley Keene taking on the foursome of Paddy Mack, Jack Steele, Chico Ortiz & the Black Panther. The match was tied at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Jack Purdin had injured his neck in the second fall and was unable to compete in the final fall. With the odds of four against three in their favor Mack, Steele, Ortiz & the Panther won the final fall and the match despite Steele suffering a cut over his eye.

On Friday in Montgomery, the opening match featured newcomer Chief Little Fox making his first appearance and facing Jack Kelly.

In the main event Jack Steele squared off with the Black Panther.

No results are known for this card.

The final card of June was held on that same Friday evening in Jackson. The card opened with a match between Don Keene and Billy Rush. The two battle furiously but the match ended in a draw.

In the main event George Curtis took on Bobby Segura, the World Light-Heavyweight champion, in a non-title match. George’s older brother Jack Curtis was in his corner despite protests lodged by Segura to referee Pat Willis. Segura was disqualified by Willis in the first fall to give Curtis the leg up. In the second fall Segura continued to batter Curtis with questionable tactics. Jack Curtis could take no more and enter the ring to complain to referee Willis. Segura turned his attention to Jack Curtis and did not see George Curtis coming up behind him. George applied his flying head scissors on Segura and pinned him to take the fall and the match.

 

JULY:

 

The first card in July was held in Shreveport. That card opened with a one fall match between George Curtis and Billy Rush. Referee Conway Baker disqualified Rush for illegal tactics and awarded the match to Curtis.

Rush teamed with Rex Mobley in the semi-final match to face George Curtis & Don Keene in a tag team match. Curtis & Keene took two out of three falls to win the match.

The main event in Shreveport was a World Light-Heavyweight title match between champion Bobby Segura and challenger Jack Curtis. The match was tied at a fall apiece when Curtis appeared to pin Segura. Just as referee Conway Baker was awarding the match and the title to Curtis, Commissioner Charlie Oliver entered the ring. He stated that George Curtis, Jack’s brother, had tripped Segura from outside the ring which allowed Jack to pin him. Oliver declared the match a no contest and held the title up.

The night next in Monroe, a Fourth of July card was held. Jack & George Curtis teamed to face Billy Rush & the Green Ghost in the main event. The four would be split into 2 singles matches to open the card.

No results are known for this card.

No wrestling was held in Baton Rouge on Tuesday due to the Fourth of July Holiday.

On Wednesday night in Alexandria Chief Little Fox and veteran Jack Steele wrestled to a 30 minute draw in the opening match.

Chief Little Fox takes a ride on the back of Jack Steele

George Cologne and the Black Phantom also battled to a 30 minute stalemate in the semi-final match.

In the main event Little Fox & Cologne teamed to face the duo of Steele & the Black Phantom in a tag team match. Steele & the Phantom won the first fall handily and were well own their way to doing the same in the second fall when thing went awry. Steele seems to have done something that upset the Black Phantom and the masked man turned on his partner, giving him a bloody nose. The Phantom then exited the ring, as did Little Fox & Cologne. With the bloody Steele the last man standing in the ring, referee Phil Brummett raised his hand in victory. Steele wasn’t satisfied, though, and continued to scream for 10 minutes for the Phantom to return to the ring. Finally promoter Jimmie Thompson and Commissioner Emile Delcomyn convinced Steele to leave the ring by promising him a match against the masked man.

Jack Steele and The Black Phantom engage in an unscheduled battle

That same night in Gulfport, the opening match saw Pat Newman and the Green Shadow battle to a 15 minute draw.

The second match on the card saw George Curtis and Rex Mobley also wrestle to a 15 minute stalemate.

The main event in Gulfport was a tag team match with Curtis & Newman taking on Mobley & the Green Shadow. The Shadow won the first fall for his team when he forced Curtis to submit to an armlock after 16 minutes of action. Curtis hit the masked man with a series of dropkicks and pinned him in 7 minutes to win the second fall and even the score. The Shadow used a Boston Crab hold on Newman in the third and deciding fall but refused to release after Newman submitted. Referee Claude Skidmore disqualified the Shadow and awarded the fall and the match to Newman & Curtis.

The Thursday night card in New Orleans opened with Chief Little Fox and newcomer George O’Hara wrestling to a draw in the 30 minute preliminary match.

The second event of the evening also went to a 30 minute draw as George Cologne and Chico Ortiz fought to a stalemate.

In the semi-final match Charlie Laye and Jack Steele battled in a wild melee. Steele sustained a cut above one of his eyes, but was able to score the deciding fall to win the match.

In the main event Irish Jack Kelly faced the Black Panther in a best two out of three falls match. This was another rough match as the Panther managed to toss Kelly from the ring during the first fall. Kelly hit the area floor hard and was unable to get back to his feet before getting counted out. After being helped to the dressing room, Kelly was unable to continue the match. The Black Panther was awarded the second fall by forfeit to win the match in straight falls.

The next evening in Montgomery, Jack Steele took two out of three falls over George O’Hara to win the opening match.

In the main event was a rematch between Chief Little Fox and Jack Kelly. Kelly had been disqualified in their previous meeting and Little Fox wanted another match. The match was tied at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. In the final fall, Little Fox missed a flying tackle and rammed into the corner post. Little Fox was unable to continue so the fall and the match were awarded to Kelly. Initially it was reported that Little Fox had suffered a broken collarbone, but it turned out just to be a severe bruise.

Also on Friday in Jackson the opening match had George Curtis, substituting for Billy Rush, taking on the Green Ghost. The Ghost controlled the match throughout and had Curtis in bad shape but could not score a fall. The match ended at the 30 minute time limit and was declared a draw.

In the semi-final match Don Keene squared off with Rex Mobley. Each man had won a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. Keene tossed all rules aside and he battered Mobley with every dirty trick in his arsenal. Finally referee Claude Skidmore disqualified Keene and awarded the fall and the match to Mobley.

The main event was a match between bitter rivals Jack Curtis and Bobby Segura. Segura took the first fall as he pinned Curtis after some rough tactics. In the second fall Segura knocked referee Skidmore to the mat as he and Curtis tore into one another. They wound up fighting on the arena floor until both were counted out and the match declared a no contest. Curtis got the final word, however, when he slammed Segura to the arena floor. Segura lay writhing in pain as Curtis walked back to the dressing room.

The next week in Shreveport, the card opened with a match between Don Keene and the Green Shadow. Referee Conway Baker disqualified the Shadow for illegal tactics and awarded the match to Keene.

Rex Mobley defeated George Curtis after 18 minutes in the semi-final match.

In the main event Jack & George Curtis teamed to face Bobby Segura & Rex Mobley in a tag team match. The Curtis Brothers scored two out of three falls to win the match.

On Tuesday in Monroe George Curtis & Don Keene combined to face the team of Rex Mobley & the Green Ghost in the main event tag team match. The same four were split into single matches to open the card.

No results are known for this card.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge Chief Little Fox defeated Chico Ortiz in the opening match by winning two out of three falls.

In the main event Jack Steele faced the Black Phantom. The Phantom forced Steele to submit to a Boston Crab to win the first fall. Steele used a series of snap mares on the masked man and pinned him to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall Steele had the Phantom tied in the ropes and was attempting to unmask him. He then back up and ran at the masked man planning on hitting him with a tackle. The Phantom managed to free himself from the ropes and moved out of the way. Steele went flying over the top rope and onto the arena floor. Stunned, he was unable to return to the ring and the Phantom won the fall and the match on a countout.

That same evening action returned to Northwest Florida as wrestling debuted in Panama City, Florida. A card held presented by promoter Joe Gunther at the Civic Center saw George O’Hara defeat Charley Keene while Charlie Laye defeated George Cologne in matches that went nearly an hour each.

On Wednesday night in Alexandria the colorful Chief Little Fox returned and again met rugged Chico Ortiz in the opening match. Each man had won a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. During the final fall, Ortiz tossed Little Fox from the ring and kicked him several times as he tried to climb back in. Finally Little Fox made his way back into the ring and went into a war dance. He flattened Ortiz several times with tomahawk chops and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

The main event was a grudge match between Jack Steele and the Black Phantom. The two had been tag team partners the previous week until the masked man turned on Steele and bloodied his nose. Steele was anxious to exact some revenge but each time he got his hands on the Phantom the masked man managed to get in the ropes. The Phantom finally unleashed a full out assault on Steele and pinned him after 30 minutes to win the first fall. The fisticuffs continued in the second fall until Steele grabbed up the Phantom with a series of bodyslams and pinned him to win the fall. Steele spent much of the third and deciding fall trying to strip the mask from the Phantom’s head. Steele also tossed the masked man from the ring during the fall. As the Phantom tried to return to the ring, Steele rushed at him headfirst, hoping to butt him in the stomach. The Phantom managed to avoid the blow and Steele went sailing from the ring. Referee Phil Brummett counted Steele out and awarded the fall and the match to the Black Phantom.

That same night in Gulfport, Don Keene was scheduled to face Rex Mobley in a 45 minute preliminary match. The main event was to be a match between Pat Newman and the Green Shadow.

The card was cancelled due to inclement weather.

On Thursday in New Orleans, Prince Alo Leilani, a colorful Hawaiian, made his debut as he battled to a draw with George O’Hara in the opening preliminary match.

George Cologne defeated Chico Ortiz in the second match of the evening, while Jack Steele defeated Charlie Laye in the semi-final match.

In the main event the Black Panther took two out of three falls over Chief Little Fox to win the match.

The following evening in Montgomery Jack Kelly won the first and third falls to defeat Jack Steele in the opening match.

In the main event George O’Hara defeated Chico Ortiz, also by winning the first and third falls.

Prior to the start of the wrestling matches it was announced that Sidney Goltsman, who had promoted wrestling in Montgomery with his father Ben Goltsman, had been killed in an airplane crash in Louisiana near the Texas state line. This was the first of two airplane crashes related in 1950 that related to the wrestling world.

That same evening in Jackson a return match was staged between Rex Mobley and Don Keene. Mobley had suffered quite a beating from Keene the previous week before being awarded that match on a disqualification. Mobley wasn’t satisfied with the win and wanted another chance at Keene. Going into the third and deciding fall, each man had won a fall apiece. The action was fast and furious in the final fall and both men were bleeding from their foreheads. At one point Mobley found himself lying on the arena floor being counted out. Mobley managed to make it back into the ring before the count and upended Keene to pin him to take the fall and the match.

In the main event, Jack & George Curtis joined forces to take on Bobby Segura & the Green Ghost. The Ghost scored the first fall for his team as he forced George Curtis to submit to a Boston Crab. The Curtis Brothers came back and swept the next two falls to win the match.

The following Monday in Shreveport, George Curtis faced the Green Shadow in a 30 minute opening match. In the 60 minute semi-final match, Don Keene was scheduled to face Rex Mobley

The main event featured Jack & George Curtis taking on Bobby Segura & the Green Shadow in a 90 minute tag team match.

No results are known for this card.

On Tuesday in Monroe the opening match was between George Curtis and Rex Mobley. Mobley won the first fall in 13 minutes when he pinned Curtis. Curtis and Mobley spent much of the second fall tossing each other from the ring. Curtis then caught Mobley in a flying headscissors and pinned him to win the fall in 8 minutes. Neither man was able to score the deciding fall before the 60 minute time limit expired and the match was declared a draw.

In the main event Don Keene faced off with the Green Ghost. The Ghost pinned Keene after 7 minutes to win the first fall. Keene came back to take the second fall after 12 minutes. The Ghost pinned Keene with a rocking chair cradle to win the fall and the match in 5 minutes.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge Jack Steele and Charley Keene faced off in the opening match. Steele forced Keene to submit to a Boston Crab to win the first fall. Keene flattened Steele with a flying tackle and pinned him to win the second fall. Steele used a shoulder slide to pin Keene to win the third fall and the match.

The main event was a women’s match with Lilly Bitter facing June Byers. Byers used a series of bodyslams and pinned Bitter to take the first fall in 16 minutes. Byers hit Bitter with a kangaroo kick and pinned her in 14 minutes to win the second fall, taking the match in two straight falls.

The same evening at Tommy Oliver Field in Panama City, Prince Alo Leilani met Chico Ortiz in the opening match on the card. George O’Hara faced the Black Panther in the main event.

No results are known for this card.

On Wednesday in Alexandria, Charley Keene and Jack Steele met in the opening match. Steele pinned Keene after ramming him in the face with a knee to win the first fall. Keene needed only 3 minutes to win the second fall when he slugged away at Steele and pinned him. In the third and deciding fall, Steele tossed Keene from the ring and punched and kicked him each time he tried to return. Referee Phil Brummett kept trying to keep Steele back but his instructions were ignored. Finally Steele stayed out of the way long enough for Brummett to count Keene out. Brummett initially awarded the fall and the match to Steele, but was shoved by Steele for his troubles. Brummett reversed his decision and awarded the fall and the match to Keene by disqualification.

The main event in Alexandria was a women’s match as June Byers faced Lilly Bitter once again. Byers won two out of three falls over Bitter to win the match.

That same evening in Gulfport Don Keene and Rex Mobley met in a best two out of three falls opener. Mobley won the first fall when he forced Keene to submit to a Boston Crab. Keene used the same hold on Mobley to force him to submit to take the second fall. The 45 minute time limit expired before either man could win the deciding fall, thus the match was declared a draw.

In the main event in Gulfport, Jack Curtis challenged World Light-Heavyweight champion Bobby Segura in a title match. The belt had been held up after a match between the two earlier in the month in Shreveport, but had since been returned to Segura. Curtis was a 7 time former champion and was anxious to regain the belt. Segura got carried away with slamming Curtis into the corner turnbuckle head first and was disqualified by referee Claude Skidmore after 15 minutes of action. Curtis came back and flattened Segura with a dropkick and pinned him in 11 minutes to take the second fall. Skidmore awarded the match and the title to Curtis after two straight falls. Segura lodged a protest because he had lost the first fall by disqualification and a title was not supposed to change hands as a result of a disqualification. Jack Curtis left the ring with the title belt, but it was later returned to Segura by the state commission.

On Thursday in New Orleans, George O’Hara defeated Chico Ortiz in the one fall opening match. Jack Steele defeated George Cologne in the second event of the evening, also a one fall match.

In the semi-final match, the Black Panther faced Jack Kelly. The masked man pinned Kelly to win the first fall when Kelly was injured during the action. Kelly was unable to continue and the Panther was awarded the second fall and the match by forfeit.

The ladies were featured in the main event in New Orleans as a five woman Battle Royal was staged. Participating in the Battle Royal were Millie Stafford, Mars Bennett, Dot Dotson, Lilly Bitter and June Byers. The final two remaining were Byers and Bitter, who battled it out until Byers managed to pin Bitter to win the match. By way of her win over Bitter, Byers was promised a match with Women’s World Champion Mildred Burke by promoter Ernestine Murtagh.

On Friday in Montgomery Jack Kelly defeated Alo Leilani by taking the first and third falls to win the opening match.

The main event was a mixed tag team match with George O’Hara teaming with Lilly Bitter to take on Chico Ortiz & June Byers. O’Hara & Bitters won the first and third falls to win the match.

Also on Friday in Jackson, George Curtis and Don Keene battled to a 30 minute draw in the opening match.

Older brother Jack Curtis faced the Green Ghost in the semi-final match. Curtis forced the Ghost to submit to a Boston Crab to win the deciding fall and the match.

In the main event, Rex Mobley faced off with World Light-Heavyweight champion Bobby Segura a non-title match. Each man had scored a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Mobley opened a cut over Segura’s eye in the final fall and then tossed him out of the ring. When Segura climbed back into the ring he nailed Mobley with a blow to the jaw with what appeared to be a piece of steel in his hand. Segura quickly pinned Mobley but before referee Claude Skidmore could raise his hand the ringside fans presented a railroad spike that they claimed Segura had tossed from the ring. Skidmore reversed his decision and awarded the fall and the match to Mobley on a disqualification.

On Monday in Shreveport, Rex Mobley and the Green Shadow wrestled to a 30 minute draw in the opening match.

Lady wrestlers were featured when June Byers and Lilly Bitter met once again in the semi-final match. Bitter took two out of three falls over Byers to win the match.

In the main event Don Keene faced Bobby Segura, World Light-Heavyweight champion, in a non-title match. Keene took the first fall when he pinned Segura with a jackknife after 18 minutes. Segura came back and forced Keene to surrender to a Boston Crab after 14 minutes to win the second fall. During the third and deciding fall, Keene suffered a cut over his eye and became enraged. He tossed both Segura and referee Conway Baker out of the ring. Baker disqualified Keene and awarded the fall and the match to Segura.

On Tuesday in Monroe, the card featured a double main event. In the first match George Curtis faced Don Keene in the first match. No result is known for this match.

In the main event World Light-Heavyweight Champion Bobby Segura put his title on the line once again against top challenger Jack Curtis. Curtis won two out of three falls to take a solid victory over Segura and became the World Light-Heavyweight champion for the eighth time. Curtis would have been a double champion with this victory but he had lost the World Jr. Heavyweight title the previous night to Tarzan White in Birmingham, Alabama.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge Jack Steele and George Cologne squared off in the opening match. Steele won the first fall when he pinned Cologne after a series of snap mares. Cologne came back with bodyslams and a pin on Steele to win the second fall. Steele flattened Cologne with a flying tackle and pinned him to win the third fall and the match.

In the main event Tarzan White, the new World Jr. Heavyweight champion, took on the Black Phantom in a non-title match. The Phantom pinned White with a shoulder slide to win the first fall. White used his famous football tackles to flatten the masked man and pinned him to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall the Phantom got into a scuffle with referee Blackie Harrelson and was disqualified, giving the fall and the match to White.

That same evening in Panama City, once again at Tommy Oliver Field, the card featured Chief Little Fox meeting Chico Ortiz in the opening match.

In the main event Jack Kelly was to face Charlie Laye. Both matches were scheduled at two out of three falls with a 60 minute time limit.

No results are known for this card.

The next night in Alexandria, the opening match featured World Jr. Heavyweight champion Tarzan White. White was a former All-American football player at the University of Alabama as well as a former professional player with the New York Giants. White’s opponent in this match was George Cologne, himself a former college standout footballer at Tulane University. The match was a non-title bout. Cologne won the first fall when he forced White to submit to a step-over toehold. White used a series of football tackles and a pin on Cologne to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, Cologne tried using football tackles himself but White side-stepped him and lifted Cologne up onto his shoulders. White spun Cologne a few times, slammed him to the mat and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

The main event was another return match between Jack Steele and the Black Phantom. Steele won the first fall when he pinned the Phantom after dropping across the masked man’s chest with both knees. In the second fall, Steele became preoccupied with removing the Phantom’s mask. The Phantom managed to toss Steele from the ring and followed him out. The masked man rammed Steele’s head into the steel ringpost, opening a bloody gash on his forehead. Steele sank to the arena floor as the Phantom climbed back into the ring. Referee Phil Brummett counted Steele out and awarded the fall to the Phantom. Steele was helped back to the dressing room and was unable to continue at the start of the third and deciding fall. The fall and the match were awarded to the Black Phantom by default.

That same Wednesday night in Gulfport George Curtis and Rex Mobley met in the opening match. Mobley used a rolling split cradle to pin Curtis to win the first fall in 10 minutes. Curtis used a backbreaker to force Mobley to submit after 8 minutes to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, Mobley got into a shoving match with referee pat Newman which resulted in a disqualification and the fall and match given to Curtis.

The main event in Gulfport saw the return of lady wrestlers as Lilly Bitter faced June Byers. Byers pinned Bitter in 14 minutes to take the first fall. Bitter came back and scored the second fall with a pin after 8 minutes. In the third and deciding fall, Bitter pinned Byers after 9 minutes to win the fall and the match.

On Thursday in New Orleans, George Cologne defeated Charlie Laye in the one fall opening match.

World Jr. Heavyweight champion Tarzan White defeated Chico Ortiz in a non-title match in the second event of the evening.

In the semi-final match Jack Kelly won over the Black Panther when referee Chief Little Fox disqualified the masked man in the deciding fall.

The main event featured World Light-Heavyweight champion Jack Curtis taking on Jack Steele in a non-title match. Each man had won a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. The 90 minute time limit expired before either man could win the deciding fall. The match was declared a draw.

The following evening in

Montgomery Prince Alo Leilani faced Jack Kelly in the one fall opening match.

In the second event, also a one fall bout, George O’Hara faced Chico Ortiz. Ortiz was upset at being part of a losing team in the mixed tag team match the previous week and challenged O’Hara to a singles match.

The main event featured a tag team match with Leilani & O’Hara teaming to take on Kelly & Ortiz.

No results are known for this card.

The same evening in Jackson, Rex Mobley and Bobby Segura met in a one fall opening match. Segura pinned Mobley to take the match.

Jack & George Curtis teamed up to face the team of Don Keene & the Green Ghost in a tag team match for the first half of a double main event. Each team won a fall apiece but neither scored the deciding fall when the 60 minute time limit expired. The match was declared a draw. After the match Keene approached the Curtis Brothers and offered a handshake, only to get punched in the nose by Jack Curtis for his troubles.

The main event featured the lady wrestlers as yet another match between Lilly Bitter and June Byers was staged. The match was tied at a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. At one point the ladies battled it out among the ringside chairs but managed to get back into the ring before referee Pat Willis counted them out. Once back in the ring, Bitter caught Byers in a back slide and pinned her to win the fall and the match.

The final card of July was held the following Monday in Shreveport. George Curtis and the Green Shadow fought to a draw in the opening match.

In the semi-final match Don Keene and Bobby Segura met in a return match. Keene won the first fall when he pinned Segura. Segura came back to win the next two falls to take the match.

The main event was another 5 woman Battle Royal featuring Mars Bennett, Cora Combs, Lilly Bitter, June Byers and Caroline Copeland. Combs was eliminated first, then Bitter was triple teamed by Byers, Copeland and Bennett and tossed out. Bennett, the former Ringling Brothers circus performer, then surprised Byers and Copeland and eliminated both of them to win the match.

 

AUGUST:

 

The first card in August was held on Tuesday in Monroe. The card opened with a ladies match between June Byers and Mars Bennett.

The semi-final match saw Jack Curtis, World Light-Heavyweight champion, facing Rex Mobley, a former champion, in a non-title match.

The main event was a mixed tag team match with Jack Curtis & June Byers teaming to take on Rex Mobley & Mars Bennett.

No results are known for this card.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge, Prince Alo Leilani and the Black Phantom met in the opening bout of the evening. Leilani pinned the Phantom to win the first fall in 23 minutes. The masked man evened the score when he forced Leilani to submit to a Boston Crab to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall the Phantom used a series of bodyslams on the Hawaiian prince and pinned him in 19 minutes to win the fall and the match.

The main event featured World Jr. Heavyweight champion Tarzan White taking on Jack (Stinger) Steele in a non-title match. Steele won the first fall when he applied a neck breaker on White and pinned him in 17 minutes. White came back with his famous flying football tackles to flatten Steele and pin him in 19 minutes to win the second fall. The third and deciding fall was wild and wooly and Steele wound up being disqualified by referee Blackie Harrelson, giving the fall and the match to White. Steele protested the decision as did the Black Phantom who came out to the ring to support Steele. White tossed them both from the ring.

The same evening at Tommy Oliver Field in Panama City, Jack Kelly met Charley Keene and George O’Hara faced Billy (Cue Ball) Rush in a pair of two out of three falls, 60 minute time limit matches.

No results are known for this card.

The next night in Alexandria, Prince Alo Leilani faced Jack Steele in the opening match. Steele won the opening fall when he pinned Leilani after dropping a knee across his chest. The popular Hawaiian came back to score the second fall in just over a minute when he flipped Steele with monkey flips several times and pinned him. Leilani tried the monkey flip again in the third and deciding fall but Steele managed to block it. He then dropped across Leilani’s throat with a forearm and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

Prince Alo Leilani gives Jack Steele a pounding in the corner

 

Prince Alo Leilani twists the head of Jack Steele as referee Phil Brummett looks on

The main event featured World Jr. Heavyweight champion Tarzan White facing the Black Phantom in a non-title match. White nailed the Phantom with a series of football tackles and pinned him to win the first fall. During the second fall the Phantom tossed White from the ring and followed him out. He picked White up and applied a piledriver on the former football star onto the concrete floor. For some reason referee Phil Brummett didn’t disqualify the Phantom but counted White out and awarded the fall to him. The fans booed Brummett loudly for the decision as some fans decided to take matters into their own hands. The Phantom was hit in the head with a chair and cut with a knife as he made his way back to the dressing room following the fall. At the beginning of the third and deciding fall, promoter Jimmie Thompson entered the ring and announced that White was unable to continue. The fall and the match were awarded to the Black Phantom, who never returned to the ring. Thompson also announced that he was not pleased with Brummett officiating and would bring in a new referee for the next card in Alexandria.

That same evening in Gulfport, both opening matches ended in stalemates as Don Keene and Rex Mobley battled to a 15 minute draw. The second match featuring lady wrestlers Lilly Bitter and Mars Bennett also ended in a 15 minute draw,

The main event was a mixed tag team match with Keene & Bitter facing Mobley & Bennett. Bennett pinned Bitter after 17 minutes to win the first fall for her team. Keene pinned Mobley after 15 minutes to win the second fall and even the score. Mobley was upset at this decision and tried to continue the action only to wind up tied in the ropes with Bitter giving him a spanking. The third and deciding fall saw all four wrestlers in the ring at the same time when Bitter rolled up Bennett and pinned her to win the fall and the match.

On Thursday in New Orleans, George O’Hara defeated Charlie Laye and Charley Keene battled George Cologne to a draw in the two opening matches.

In the semi-final match, the Black Panther took two out of three falls to defeat Chief Little Fox.

In the main event World Jr. Heavyweight champion Tarzan White faced Jack Steele in a non-title match. The match was tied with a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Steele pinned White to take the fall and the match.

On Friday in Montgomery, Chief Little Fox took the first and third falls to win the opening match from Chico Ortiz.

In the main event George O’Hara met Jack Kelly. Kelly won the first fall and O’Hara came back to win the second. In the third and deciding fall, referee Billy Rush stopped the match and awarded the fall and the match to Kelly. O’Hara complained bitterly which brought a member of the state commission out to ringside. The match was declared a no contest and the purse for both wrestlers was held up.

The same evening in Jackson, Rex Mobley and the Green Ghost battled to a rough and tumble draw in the opening match.

In the second event of the evening Bobby Segura defeated George Curtis, while big brother Jack Curtis defeated Don Keene in the semi-final match.

The main event was another 5 woman Battle Royal featuring Lilly Bitter, June Byers, Caroline Copeland, Carol Cook and Mars Bennett. Byers was the winner of the match.

The following Monday in Shreveport, Charlie Laye met Rex Mobley in the one fall opening bout. Mobley was disqualified by referee Conway Baker, giving the match to Laye.

In the semi-final match George Curtis faced Don Keene. Curtis took the first fall and Keene came back and grabbed the second. Neither man could score the deciding fall before the 60 minute time limit expired. The match was declared a draw.

The main event was World Light-Heavyweight title match between Jack Curtis the widely recognized champion, and Bobby Segura. Curtis had defeated Segura to win the title in Monroe the previous week, but Segura found a sympathetic ear in Shreveport promoter Gladden Harrison, who refused to recognize Curtis’ claim until the two met in a rematch in his city. Curtis pinned Segura to score the first fall of the match. Segura came back and forced Curtis to submit to a reverse leglock to win the second fall. Segura was actually close to be awarded the third and deciding fall by referee Conway Baker, when Baker reversed his decision and ordered the match to continue. Segura once again caught Curtis in the reverse leglock but Curtis managed to turn the tables and forced Segura to submit to a leglock of his own. Baker awarded the fall and the match to Curtis, who was now the undisputed World Light-Heavyweight champion.

On Tuesday in Monroe, the card opened with Charlie Laye taking on the Green Ghost. Laye pinned the Ghost after 11 minutes to win the first fall. The Ghost was disqualified after 8 minutes in the second fall, giving Laye the match in straight falls.

In the main event, World Light-Heavyweight champion Jack Curtis faced Don Keene in a non-title match. Keene won the first fall after 11 minutes after bashing Curtis with a series of closed fist punches and pinning him. Keene continued with the rough tactics in the second fall but Curtis fought back in like manner. Curtis scored the pin to win the second fall in 12 minutes. In the third and deciding fall, Curtis grabbed Keene from behind and lifted his up in a waist lift at the five minute mark. Curtis then dropped backwards into a pinning combination, but both men had their shoulders on the mat. Curtis managed to get a shoulder up just before referee Claude Skidmore counted to three, but Keene was pinned. Despite Keene’s vehement protest, Skidmore awarded the fall and the match to Curtis.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge Jack Steele defeated Charley Keene by taking two out of three falls to win the opening match.

In the main event, Tarzan White, World Jr. Heavyweight champion, faced the Black Phantom in a non-title match. White used a series of flying tackles and pinned the masked man in 23 minutes to win the first fall. White attempted to do the same in the second fall but missed his mark and flew through the ropes and onto the arena floor. White was injured and unable to return the ring before being counted out, giving the second fall to the Black Phantom. White was carried to the dressing room between falls and was unable to return for the third and deciding fall. The fall and the match were awarded to the Phantom on a forfeit.

That same evening in Panama City, George O’Hara faced Chico Ortiz in the opening match. O’Hara won the first and third falls to win the match.

The main event was a match between George Cologne and Jack Kelly. Cologne used a toehold to force Kelly to submit after 18 minutes to win the first fall. Kelly came back and won the next two falls to win the match.

On Wednesday in Alexandria, the card opened with a match between Charley Keene and Jack (Stinger) Steele. Steele pinned Keene after a knee drop to win the first fall. Steele had given referee Norman Guillory such a hard time during the fall that Guillory initially refuse to officiate the second fall. Guillory finally relented and entered the ring for the second fall which went to Keene when he pinned Steele after a series of bodyslams. Again Steele gave Guillory a hard time after the fall and this time Guillory quit for good. Phil Brummett was brought in to referee the third and deciding fall, which he awarded to Keene after constant fouling by Steele.

In the main event Tarzan White faced the Black Phantom. White used a series of football tackles on the Phantom and pinned him to win the first fall. The Phantom came back in the second fall and weakened White with a series of choke holds, which he kept hidden from referee Phil Brummett. White was sufficiently worn down and pinned to give the second fall to the masked man. The 60 minute time limit expired before either man could score the deciding fall, the match was declared a draw.

That same evening in Gulfport, Don Keene and Rex Mobley met in the opening match. Mobley used a neckbreaker on Keene and pinned him after 32 minutes to win the first fall. Mobley looked like he’d take two straight falls when he caught Keene in his rolling split cradle. Keene managed to escape the hold and caught Mobley in an Indian Death Lock and forced him to submit to win the second fall. The 60 minute time limit expired before either man could win a deciding fall.

The main event featured popular Gulfport resident Pat Newman taking on The Green Shadow. Newman hit the Shadow with bodyblocks and dropkicks and pinned him in 15 minutes to take the first fall. Referee Claude Skidmore disqualified the Shadow after 12 minutes of the second fall, giving Newman the match in two straight falls.

On Thursday in New Orleans, the card opened with two preliminary matches. Chico Ortiz defeated Prince Alo Leilani in the first prelim.

In the second match George O’Hara defeated Charley Keene, who was a substitute for Chief Little Fox.

In the semi-final match the Black Panther took two out of three falls to take the match over George Cologne.

The main event was a World Jr. Heavyweight title match with champion Tarzan White putting his title on the line against Jack Steele. Each man had scored a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Steele managed to pin White after some highly questionable tactics and was awarded the fall and the match by referee Charlie Cure. Commission Chairman Tom Littleton entered the ring and announced that he was allowing Cure’s decision to stand but would meet with the commission to decide the fate of the title. He further stated that he was fining Steele $100 for his illegal tactics.

On Friday in Montgomery, Chico Ortiz wrestled Prince Alo Leilani in the opening match. Ortiz won the first and third falls to take the match.

The main event was a return match between George O’Hara and Jack Kelly. In order to maintain order Eddie Paquette, a well-known veteran wrestler, was assigned as the referee. Kelly won the first fall in what had become a very bloody brawl. Paquette also awarded the second fall to Kelly, but his decision was reversed by a state commissioner who gave the fall to O’Hara. Both wrestlers were bleeding profusely in the deciding fall and the match was stopped and declared a no contest.

Also on Friday in Jackson, Charlie Laye defeated the Green Ghost in the one fall opening match.

In the semi-final match George Curtis faced Don Keene. Each man had won a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. The final fall was nip and tuck until Curtis sidestepped one of Keene’s flying tackles. Keene sailed over the ropes and into the ringside chairs. The landing left Keene unconscious and he was counted out. The fall and the match were awarded to Curtis. Keene had to be carried to the dressing room and it was 30 minutes before he regained consciousness.

The main event was yet another World Light-Heavyweight title match between champion Jack Curtis and former champion Bobby Segura. The match was tied at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Before the start of the final fall, Segura got into a heated discussion with referee Claude Skidmore over what he felt was some biased decisions made by the arbiter. Nacho Martinez, who was at ringside serving as Segura’s second and adviser, also gave Skidmore an earful. When the fall finally got underway the two battlers tore into one another with everything they had. After a long back and forth battle, Curtis managed to pin Segura to win the fall and the match to retain his title. Both men were totally exhausted as they collapsed in their perspective dressing rooms. Segura even inquired as to who had won the match.

The third week in August started on Monday in Shreveport. That card opened with a match between George Curtis and Nacho Martinez. Curtis pinned Martinez to win the one fall match.

In the semi-final Charlie Laye and Rex Mobley met in a rematch. Laye forced Mobley to submit to a surfboard hold to win the first fall. Mobley came back and forced Laye to submit to a stepover toehold to win the second fall. Laye pinned Mobley to win the deciding fall and take the match.

In the main event Jack & George Curtis teamed to face the Mexican duo of Bobby Segura & Nacho Martinez. Segura forced George Curtis to submit to a crab hold to win the first fall. George came back and pinned Segura after a series of flying dropkicks to take the second fall. Segura scored the third and deciding fall for his team when he pinned Jack Curtis to win the match.

On Tuesday in Monroe the entire card was a family affair involving the Curtis Brothers and the Keene Brothers. The two sets of siblings squared off in singles matches to start the card, with George Curtis meeting Don Keene and Jack Curtis facing Charley Keene. Both matches ended in a draw. The foursome also met in the main event tag team match. The first fall went to the Curtis combine in 9 minutes, while the Keene Brothers took the second fall in 16 minutes. At the end of the second fall the angry crowd surrounded the ring and expressed their ire at the tactics of the Keene Brothers as well as the refereeing of Pat Willis. Promoter Gus Kallio came to ringside and explained to the angry mob that the Keene duo had stated before the match that they would not compete in regular referee Claude Skidmore as assigned the match. Willis had been inserted in Skidmore’s place so the match could take place. Things finally settled down and the match continued. The Curtis Brothers scored the deciding fall and the match, but the action wasn’t over. The Keene Brothers jumped George Curtis and rendered him unconscious before leaving the ring.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge Jack (Stinger) Steele was disqualified by referee Blackie Harrelson for illegal tactics and thus lost the match to George Cologne.

The main event saw George Cologne teaming with Joe Gunther to take on Jack Steele & the Black Panther. Gunther was a last minute substitution for Tarzan White, who was unable to appear. Bullet Joe, as he was known in his prime, had been a top notch wrestler for two decades before moving into the promotion end in the late 1940s. He was still in tip-top shape, thought, and would prove to be a worthy fill-in for White. The match was tied going into the third and deciding fall, as each team had scored a fall apiece. During the fall the Phantom was tossed from the ring and Gunther & Cologne went out after him. They quickly removed the mask from his head, but he managed to keep his face hidden until Steele could retrieve the mask and put it back on him. The 60 minute time limit expired before a deciding fall could be scored by either team and the match wound up a draw.

That same evening saw a record crowd at Tommy Oliver Field in Panama City as Women’s World Champion Mildred Burke successfully defended her title against the challenge of June Byers. Burke won the bout in two straight falls to retain her crown.

June Byers stomps Mildred Burke

On the same card Jack Kelly defeated George O’Hara in a best two out of three falls bout.

The next night in Alexandria featured a double main event. The first saw Jack Steele and the Black Phantom square off in a battle of roughnecks. The match was tied at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. In the final fall Steele was a little too preoccupied with removing the Phantom’s mask and it cost him. At one point Steele had the mask halfway off, but the Phantom managed to slip away and pull the mask back in place. Next Steele tossed the Phantom from the ring and followed him out. The two battled among the ringsiders briefly before Steele climbed back into the ring. As the Phantom tried to reenter the ring, Steele once again grabbed the mask and began trying to yank it off. The Phantom was caught in the ropes as Steele tugged away, ignoring the orders to break from referee George Cologne. Finally the Phantom escaped and Cologne disqualified Steele, giving the fall and the match to the masked man.

Jack Steele tries to remove the mask of The Black Phantom as referee George Cologne moves in

The final match was another Women’s World title match between champion Mildred Burke and challenger June Byers. Burke pinned Byers to win the opening fall after a series of bodyslams. Byers came back and caught Burke in a bridging maneuver to pin her for the second. The third and deciding fall was back and forth until Burke managed to pin Byers to take the fall and the match to remain champion.

Mildred Burke monkey flips June Byers

That same evening in Gulfport, Don Keene was scheduled to face the Green Shadow in the opener with Pat Newman and Rex Mobley due to meet in the second bout.

The main event was to see Keene & Newman facing Mobley & the Green Shadow in a tag team match. Unfortunately severe weather caused the card to be cancelled.

On Thursday in New Orleans, George O’Hara and Jack Kelly battled to a 30 minute draw in the opening match.

The semi-final was a tag team match with the team of Tarzan White & George Cologne facing Jack Steele and the Black Panther. Each team scored a fall apiece but the 60 minute time limit expired before either team could gain the deciding fall. Referee Red Byrd declared the match a draw.

In the main event Mildred Burke, Women’s World champion, once again put her title up for grabs against the challenge of June Byers. Burke took two out of three falls to win the match and retain her title.

On Friday in Montgomery, the opening match was a ladies match between Mildred Burke, Women’s World Champion, and June Byers. Burke had beaten Byers to retain her title the three straight previous nights. In this one, the title would not be at stake. Title match or not, Burke proved her superiority once more by winning the match in two straight falls.

The main event featured George Cologne taking on Jack Kelly. Kelly had challenged George O’Hara to a boxing match after their previous two meetings had ended in controversy. Promoter Joe Gunther agreed to make the match, but wanted the two to take a week off from their feud. Cologne won the first fall of this match by forcing Kelly to submit to a stepover toehold. Kelly came back with a series of bodyslams and pinned Cologne to take the second fall. Cologne used a flying body press on Kelly to win the third fall and the match.

The same evening in Jackson, Rex Mobley and the Green Ghost wrestled to a 30 minute draw with neither man scoring a fall.

Charlie Laye took two out of three falls over Don Keene to win a close match in the semi-final event.

The main event was a tag team match with Jack & George Curtis taking on the rugged Mexican team of Bobby Segura & Nacho Martinez. Two referees, Pat Willis and Rex Mobley were assigned to the match to try and maintain some semblance of order. The match was even at a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. In the final fall all four men were battling it out in the ring at the same time when Segura tossed Willis from the ring. The Curtis Brothers, expecting their opponents to be disqualified, dropped their guard. Segura then tossed Jack Curtis out of the ring, leaving George Curtis to be double teamed and pinned. Mobley awarded the fall and the match to Segura & Martinez and then ran with them back to the dressing room to escape the irate fans.

The following Monday in Shreveport, George Curtis defeated Nacho Martinez in the one fall opening match.

In the semi-final, Don Keene took two out of three falls over Charlie Laye to win the match.

In the main event Jack & George Curtis took on Bobby Segura & Nacho Martinez once again. Jack Curtis pinned Segura to win the opening fall while George Curtis pinned Martinez to take the second fall. The match went to the Curtis Bothers in two straight falls for a convincing win.

On Tuesday in Monroe the card opened with a match between Rex Mobley and the Green Ghost. The Ghost won the first fall after 18 minutes and the second in 13 minutes, taking two straight falls over Mobley to win the match.

The main event featured another title match for the World Light-Heavyweight championship with Jack Curtis defending the title against former champion Bobby Segura. To maintain order promoter Gus Kallio, a former World Middleweight wrestling champion, handled the referee duties himself. Segura pinned Curtis to win the first fall in 14 minutes. Curtis came back to score the second fall in 8 minutes. Segura came very close to scoring the deciding fall several times before Curtis was able to overpower him to win the third and final fall to take the match and retain the title.

That same Tuesday evening in Baton Rouge George Cologne and Jack Steele met in the opening match of the evening. Each man had won a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. During that fall the two men wound up outside of the ring and were slugging away until both were bloody. Referee Blackie Harrelson stopped the match and declared it a draw.

In the main event newcomer Herb Welch faced off with the Black Phantom. Welch was the older brother of popular Lester Welch, who had made a few appearances in the area earlier in the year. Welch was also a former World Jr. heavyweight champion and would prove to be a good opponent for the dreaded Phantom. The match was even at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Like many before him, Welch became obsessed with removing the mask from the Black Phantom’s head. Referee Blackie Harrelson forced him to stop but the Phantom was enraged. He slugged both Welch and Harrelson, which resulted in his disqualification. The fall and the match were awarded to Welch.

The same evening in Panama City, Chico Ortiz met Red Byrd in the opening match. Jack Kelly met Charley Keene in the main event.

No results are known for this card.

The next night in Gulfport, Don Keene and the Green Shadow battled to a 15 minute draw in the opening event.

No wrestling was held in Alexandria on Wednesday.

Pat Newman and Rex Mobley squared off in the second event of the evening. Mobley was disqualified for hitting referee Pat Willis giving the match to Newman.

In the main event Keene & Newman teamed up to face Mobley & the Shadow. Keene pinned the masked man in 9 minutes to win the first fall. Mobley used a rolling split cradle to pin Newman in 9 minutes to take the second fall. Newman hit Mobley with a dropkick and pinned him in 5 minutes to win the third and deciding fall.

On Thursday in New Orleans George O’Hara defeated Jack Kelly in the one fall opening match.

The semi-final was a tag team match with Herb Welch & George Cologne taking on Charley Keene & the Black Panther, subbing for Chico Ortiz. The Black Panther was pinned by Welch in the opening fall, sustaining an ankle injury in the process. The masked man was unable to continue in the second fall, so Keene went it alone. He was over matched completely and was pinned by Cologne to give the match to Cologne & Welch in straight falls.

In the main event, Tarzan White took on Jack Steele, with the winner of the match to be presented with the held-up World Jr. Heavyweight championship. The title had been held up following a match between the two in which Steele scored a controversial decision. Steele took two out of three falls over White and won the match. Commissioner Tom Littleton, who had confiscated the belt after the earlier match, presented the title to Steele and declared him the new World Jr. Heavyweight Champion.

On Friday in Montgomery, Herb Welch, a former World Jr. Heavyweight Champion, met Jack Steele, the current champion in the opening match. This was a non-title match.

The main event was the long awaited 10 round boxing match between George O’Hara and Jack Kelly.

No results are known for this card.

Also on Friday in Jackson, Don Keene defeated the Green Ghost in the one fall opening match.

Charlie Laye and Rex Mobley battled to a one hour draw in the semi-final match.

The main event was a unique handicap match with Jack & George Curtis taking on three opponents, Bobby Segura, Nacho Martinez & Rex Mobley. Despite the odds, the Curtis Brothers took two out of three falls to win the match.

On Monday in Shreveport, Charlie Laye took the one fall opening match by beating the Green Shadow.

In the semi-final match Rex Mobley beat Nacho Martinez in two straight falls.

In the main event, Jack Curtis put his World Light-Heavyweight title on the line against Don Keene, a former World Jr. Heavyweight champion. Keene was anxious to get another title and was confident he could defeat Curtis and take his title. He started out strongly in that theory when he pinned Curtis after a series of body tackles to take the first fall. In the second fall Keene blinded Curtis by raking his eyes. With Curtis fumbling blindly along the ropes, Keene went for another flying tackle. Keene’s momentum sent both men through the ropes and onto the arena floor with Keene getting the worst of it as his head slammed into the floor. Referee Conway Baker began counting both men out buy Curtis managed to beat the count and climb back into the ring. Keene was counted out and the second fall went to Curtis. Keene was still unconscious and had to be carried to the dressing room between falls. Commission doctor, Dr. Ruffin Paine, examined Keene who had suffered a couple of cuts on his head. Paine declared that Keene was unable to continue. Referee Baker returned to the ring and announced the doctor’s decision and awarded the deciding fall and the match to Curtis by default, allowing Curtis to retain his title.

On Tuesday in Monroe, George Curtis & Rex Mobley teamed to face Bobby Segura & Nacho Martinez in a tag team match in the main event. The four were split into two singles matches for the preliminaries.

No results are known for this card.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge the card opened with a match between Charley Keene and Chico Ortiz. Keene used a series of snap mares on Ortiz and pinned him to win the first fall in 16 minutes. Keene used a shoulder slide on Ortiz and pinned him in 22 minutes to take the match in two straight falls. Ortiz attacked Keene after the match but was chased from the ring as Keene fought back.

In the main event George Cologne faced Jack Steele, the new World Jr. Heavyweight champion, in a non-title match. Steele applied a series of bodyslams on Cologne and pinned him to win the first fall. Cologne came back and caught Steele in an airplane spin and pinned him to win the second fall and even the match. In the third and deciding fall Cologne once again attempted the airplane spine but Steele managed to shift his weight. Both men crashed to the mat with Steele on top of the stunned Cologne. Steele got the pin and won the fall and the match.

A card was scheduled in Panama City for the same evening that was to have Herb Welch take on Red Byrd and Jack Kelly meeting Johnny Gallagher. However threatening weather forced the cancellation of the card.

There were no more matches held in Panama City in 1950.

Wrestling returned to Alexandria on Wednesday after a week off. The opening match saw George Cologne take two out of three falls to defeat Chico Ortiz in the opening match.

George Cologne and Chico Ortiz are tangled by the legs

 

George Cologne reaches for the ropes as Chico Ortiz goes for a pin. Referee Phil Brummett moves in to break them up

In the main event Charley Keene faced Jack Steele, the new World Jr. Heavyweight champion, in a non-title match. Steele won the first fall when he dropped his knees across the chest of Keene and pinned him. Keene came back and used an alligator clutch to pin Steele and win the second fall. Steele used a series of neck breakers on Keene and pinned him to win the third fall and the match.

On Wednesday in Gulfport the card matched George Curtis against Charlie Laye in the opening match. Pat Newman meeting Bobby Segura was the main event.

Severe weather caused this card to be cancelled as well.

Matches were held on Thursday, the last day of the month, in New Orleans. Herb Welch defeated Chico Ortiz in the opening match. Tarzan White and Johnny Gallagher battled to a torrid 30 minute draw in the second event.

In the semi-final match, George Cologne took on the Black Panther. Each man won a fall apiece and the match was even going into the third and deciding fall. During the third fall Cologne sustained cuts over his eyes and Charley Keene, serving as referee for the bout, stopped the match. He called for commission doctor, Dr. Edrington, to examine Cologne. Edrington decided that Cologne could no longer continue so Keene awarded the third fall and the match to the Panther.

In the main event, World Jr. Heavyweight champion Jack Steele faced Don Keene, who had held the same title at one point, in a non-title match. Keene won two out of three falls over Steele to take the victory.

 

SEPTEMBER:

 

The first card held in September was on Friday in Montgomery. In the opening match Herb Welch was awarded the third and deciding fall over the Black Panther by disqualification to win the match.

In the main event Tarzan White, still trying to force a title match with World Jr. Heavyweight champion Jack Steele, faced Steele in a non-title match. Steele took an early lead win he pinned White to win the first fall. White came back and won the final two falls to win the match and keep his title hopes alive.

That same evening in Jackson Charlie Laye defeated the Green Ghost in the opening match.

In the semi-final Rex Mobley took on Don Keene. Each man had won a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. At one point Keene tossed Laye from the ring and grabbed a ringside chair. It brought the chair crashing down across Laye’s head, which opened a cut on Laye. The two got back into the ring and Keene took advantage of Laye’s near unconsciousness to tie his boot laces together. Referee Pat Willis started warning Keene about his foul tactics and was punched in the face for his efforts. Willis quickly called for the bell and disqualified Keene, giving the final fall and the match to Laye.

The main event was a World Light-Heavyweight title match between bitter rivals Jack Curtis and Bobby Segura. Curtis was the current champion and Segura was the man he had taken the title from. Both men were anxious to score a decisive victory and end the rivalry for good. Curtis scored the first fall when he pinned Segura following a series of bodyslams. Segura came back and used some very questionable tactics to wear Curtis down before pinning him to even the score. Segura and referee Claude Skidmore got his to a screaming match several times during and after the second fall. The third and deciding fall was all out warfare and after 20 minutes both men were bleeding profusely. Finally Curtis dropkicked Segura, sending him over the ropes and onto the arena floor. Segura tried to get back into the ring only to be hit with a dropkick by Curtis again. Referee Skidmore pushed Curtis back into a corner which allowed Segura to make it back into the ring. Once he was back in the ring, Segura tore into Curtis and was working him over viciously.  Skidmore tried to restore order as Curtis fought back. As both men were rolling around on the mat throwing punches, Skidmore called for the bell. He disqualified Segura and awarded the fall and the match to Curtis, who retained his title. Neither man was satisfied with the results of this match. Each demanded yet another return match. Curtis went so far as to tell promoter Billy Romanoff that he would not only put his title on the line, he would put up $500 against Segura’s $500 in a winner takes all match.

That same Friday evening, wrestling expanded back into Alabama with promoter Albert Wadley presenting matches at the Bynum Theater in Anniston, Alabama. The card opened with Charley Keene taking a victory over Chico Ortiz.

In the main event, Keene teamed with George Cologne to take on Ortiz & Cowboy Jack Purdin in a tag team match. Purdin pinned Cologne to win the first fall, while Cologne came back and pinned Ortiz to score the second. During the third and final fall, Ortiz & Purdin got into an altercation among themselves. Purdin floored Ortiz with a stinging right hand and the Filipino terror was pinned by Keene for the fall and the match.

The following Monday in Shreveport, the card opened with a one fall preliminary match between the returning Henry Harrell and Garza Lozano. Lozano was disqualified by referee Conway Baker giving the match to Harrell.

In the semi-final match Charlie Laye won two out of three falls over the Green Shadow to win the match.

The main event was scheduled to be a match for the World Light-Heavyweight title between champion Jack Curtis and challenger Don Keene. Keene arrived at the arena with his head swathed in bandages as the result of an automobile accident he was involved in outside of Birmingham. Since Keene was unable to compete he was replaced in the match by Rex Mobley, himself a former champion. Mobley took the first fall when he caught Curtis in his rolling cradle and pinned him. During the second fall a melee broke out between the two combatants. Referee Conway Baker had his shirt torn from him during the action and Mobley used part of the shirt to choke Curtis with. Curtis managed to slide from the ring and Mobley followed him out. Curtis grabbed Mobley and applied a piledriver on him, leaving hi9m lying on the arena floor as he climbed back into the ring. Mobley was counted out and the second fall was awarded to Curtis. Mobley was still unconscious when they carried him back to the dressing room between falls. The third and deciding fall began and only Curtis returned to the ring. Referee Baker announced that Mobley was unable to continue and the fall and the match were awarded to Curtis, who retained his title. Following the match Don Keene reappeared and issued a challenge to Curtis for a title match and put up a $200 guarantee that he would be there the following week.

On Tuesday in Monroe Rex Mobley pinned Bobby Segura in 8 minutes to win the opening one fall match. In the second one fall singles match, Jack Curtis and Nacho Martinez battled to a 30 minute draw. Following the match Martinez got into an altercation with referee Bill Barney but Curtis broke it up.

In the main event, an unusual turn of events took place. Jack Curtis & Rex Mobley, who had battled the previous night in Shreveport, teamed to tag on the team of Bobby Segura & Nacho Martinez. Surprisingly they worked well together despite losing the first fall when Segura pinned Mobley with a rolling leglock. Mobley returned the favor and pinned Segura with a rolling cradle to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall all men were in the ring at the same time after 6 minutes of regular tag team action. Curtis finally pinned Segura to win the fall and the match for his team.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge George O’Hara took on veteran Cowboy Jack Purdin in the opening match of the evening. O’Hara won two out of three falls to defeat Purdin and win the match.

The main event saw Jack (Stinger) Steele defending his World Jr. Heavyweight title against the man he’d beaten for it, Tarzan White. Each man had taken a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. During the third fall the two engaged in a wild ruckus in which referee Kelly Mixon was knocked to the mat. Steele then tossed White from the ring. White returned to the ring and grabbed Steele and pinned him, but the referee was still lying on the mat. Steele managed to reverse the pin just as Mixon regained his senses, pinning White to win the fall and the match. State Athletic Commissioner Dick Cointment came out to ringside and stated that he was ordering a rematch to be held the following week in Baton Rouge and that Joe Gunther would serve as the special referee.

On Wednesday in Alexandria George O’Hara defeated Cowboy Jack Purdin in the opening bout. Purdin had scored the pin in the opening fall but O’Hara came back to win the second and third falls with dropkicks to take the match.

The main was a non-title match between World Jr. Heavyweight champion Jack (Stinger) Steele and former champion Tarzan White. White was out to defeat Steele and earn a chance to regain the title. White won two out of three falls over Steele to take the match. White immediately issued a challenge for a title match but Steele refused. Steele argued with promoter Jimmie Thompson who said that he would demand that the Louisiana commission force Steele to sign for the match.

That same Wednesday evening in Gulfport featured George Curtis meeting Nacho Martinez in the opening match. Curtis showed vast improvement in his ring style as he won the match in two straight falls. Curtis won the first fall in 12 minutes with a flying mare and body press to pin Martinez. Curtis needed just 3 minutes to wrap things up as he floored Martinez with dropkicks and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

The main event was a rematch of sorts between Pat Newman and Bobby Segura. The two men had been scheduled to meet the previous week, but the card was rained out. Segura forced Newman to submit to a Boston Crab in 15 minutes to take the first fall. Newman came back to force Segura into submission with a surfboard hold in 11 minutes to take the second. In the third and deciding fall, Segura used a backbreaker on Newman and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

On Thursday in New Orleans the card featured a double main event, both matches with two out of three falls and no time limit. In the first main event George Cologne was scheduled to meet the Black Panther.

The main event was a World Jr. Heavyweight title match between champion Jack Steele and challenger Don Keene. Billy Mitchell, a special referee from Atlanta, was scheduled to officiate the title match.

No results are known for this card but Steele was still the recognized champion following the match with Keene.

Wrestling in Anniston moved to Thursday that same evening. Charley Keene and Red Byrd wrestled in the best two out of three falls opening match. Each man scored a fall apiece but the 60 minute time expired before either could score the deciding fall.

The main event Johnny Gallagher took on Jack Kelly. The match was tied at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. The third fall was a complete brawl with Gallagher bleeding profusely when the match was stopped after 4 minutes of the final fall. Gallagher was deemed unable to continue due to cuts so the fall and the match were awarded to Kelly.

On Friday in Montgomery, Johnny Gallagher made his first appearance in Montgomery as he took on Irish Jack Kelly once again in the opening match. In the third and deciding fall Kelly was in the corner as Gallagher attempted to ram his with his head. Kelly sidestepped the maneuver and Gallagher rammed his head into the corner post. Kelly then pinned Gallagher to win the fall and the match.

The main event was yet another match between Tarzan White and Jack (Stinger) Steele. Once again Steele’s World Jr. Heavyweight title was not on the line. Each man had won a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. Referee Red Byrd disqualified Steele for using foul tactics and awarded the fall and the match to White.

Also on Friday in Jackson, George Curtis scored a pin on Nacho Martinez to win the one fall opening match.

In the semi-final match, Rex Mobley & Charlie Laye teamed to take on Garza Lozano & the Green Ghost in a tag team match. Each team had scored a fall apiece heading into the final fall. Lozano & the Ghost wound up being disqualified by referee Claude Skidmore in the deciding fall, giving the fall and the match to Mobley & Laye. Following the match a spectator in a sailor suite punched Lozano in the back of the head as he was headed to the dressing room. The blow failed to faze Lozano and when the assailant saw the Green Ghost headed his way he ran for the exit.

The main event was another return match for the World Light-Heavyweight title between champion Jack Curtis and former champion Bobby Segura. Besides the title, each man put up $500 with the winner taking all, title and money. Segura won the opening fall when he pinned Curtis after some highly suspect tactics. Curtis was highly agitated and blamed referee Claude Skidmore over allowing Segura to foul him repeatedly during the fall. Curtis also followed Segura from the ring and grabbed him from behind. He applied a piledriver on Segura, driving his head into the arena floor. Garza Lozano ran to ringside to aid Segura while Curtis returned to his dressing room. Lozano carried Segura to the dressing room to try to revive him. At the start of the second fall, Skidmore entered the ring and stated that Segura was unable to continue and thus he was awarding the remainder of the match to Curtis on a forfeit. Not only would Curtis retain his title, he would be awarded Segura’s $500. Lozano came back to the ring and grabbed the microphone from Skidmore. He said that he would make sure nobody took Segura’s money until Segura was conscious and able to speak for himself. That is where things stood at the end of the evening.

The following week in Shreveport George Curtis defeated Nacho Martinez in the one fall opening match.

In the semi-final match Charlie Laye met Bobby Segura in a best two out of three falls match. Laye pinned Segura with a flying body press to win the first fall. Segura pinned Laye following a backbreaker to take the second fall and even the match. In the third and deciding fall, Laye was hitting Segura with a series of bodyblocks when Segura sidestepped on and drove his elbow into the throat of Laye. Laye crumpled to the mat and Segura pinned him to win the fall and the match.

The main event featured Jack Curtis defending his World Light-Heavyweight crown against the challenge of Don Keene. Keene was still sporting the bandage covering stitches he received following a car accident the previous week. Curtis scored the first fall when he forced Keene to submit to an abdominal stretch. In the second fall Keene attempted a rolling cradle on Curtis but the champion managed to roll through and reverse it to pin Keene. Curtis took the match in two straight falls to retain his title.

On Tuesday in Monroe the card featured a double main event with two best two out of three falls matches. In the first match Rex Mobley faced Garza Lozano. Lozano roughed up Mobley sufficiently enough to pin him to take the first fall. In the second fall Lozano attempted to ram Mobley with his shoulder, but Mobley dodged him. Lozano sailed from the ring and onto the arena floor. Referee Bill Barney counted him out and awarded the fall to Mobley. Mobley controlled most of the third and deciding fall until Lozano caught him by surprise and slammed him to the mat. Lozano then pinned Mobley to apparently win the fall. Lozano kept kicking and stomping the prone Mobley so referee Barney reversed the decision and awarded the fall and the match to Mobley on a disqualification.

In the second main event Don Keene and Bobby Segura met in a rousing battle. Segura used his experience to take two straight falls over Keene to win the match.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge, Johnny Gallagher made his first appearance in the city as he took on newcomer Angelo Austeri. Austeri flattened Gallagher with a dropkick and pinned him to win the first fall. Gallagher used a series of snap mares and pinned Austeri to win the second fall and even the score. Austeri won the third and deciding fall when he used a series of bodyslams on Gallagher and pinned him to win the match.

The main event was a return match between Tarzan White and Jack Steele with Joe Gunther serving as the special referee. Despite the announcement from Commissioner Dick Cointment the previous week, Steele was refusing to put his World Jr. Heavyweight title on the line. Steele won the first fall in 13 minutes with a series of flips and a pin on White. Despite Steele spending much of the second fall trying to avoid White, the former football star managed to hit him with a flying tackle and pinned him to win the fall. White also used a flying tackle on Steele and pinned him in 16 minutes to win the third fall and the match.

The following evening in Alexandria, the card opened with a best two out of three falls match between Johnny Gallagher and Angelo Austeri. Gallagher scored the opening fall, but Austeri came back to take the next two falls to win the match.

Angelo Austeri twists the head of Johnny Gallagher as referee Phil Brummett checks the hold

The main event featured World Jr. Heavyweight champion Jack Steele placing his title on the line against the man he took the title from, Tarzan White. Steele got an early advantage when he used a series of flying mares and a kneedrop on White and pinned him to take the first fall. White scored a pin to take the second fall in just over a minute to even the score. White was hitting Steele with a series of football tackles in the deciding fall and appeared well on his way to winning the match and regaining the title. The wily Steele, however, sidestepped a tackle and White went flying through the ropes and onto the arena floor. Referee Phil Brummett counted White out and awarded the fall and the match to Steele, allowing him to retain his title.

Tarzan White has Jack Steele in the ropes as referee Phil Brummett tries to break it up

That same Wednesday evening in Gulfport, Don Keene and Bobby Segura opened the card by battling to a 15 minute draw. Pat Newman and Garza Lozano also fought to a 15 minute stalemate in the second bout of the evening.

In the main event Keene & Newman teamed to take on Segura & Lozano in a tag team match. Segura used a backbreaker on Keene and pinned him in 10 minutes to win the first fall. Segura had Keene ready to submit to a Boston Crab in the second fall when Lozano entered the ring and stomped on Keene. Referee Arthur Skidmore disqualified Segura & Lozano and awarded the fall to Keene & Newman. In the third and deciding fall, Segura once again caught Keene in a Boston Crab. This time Keene surrendered and the fall and the match went to Segura & Lozano.

On Thursday in New Orleans the card opened Charley Keene taking on Angelo Austeri in a one fall match. Austeri proved the better man as he pinned Keene to take the match.

In the second preliminary bout, also a one fall affair, the Black Panther pinned Johnny Gallagher to win the match.

In the semi-final match Jack Kelly took two out of three falls over Don Keene to win the match.

The main event was to be Tarzan White meeting World Jr. Heavyweight champion Jack Steele in a non-title match, however Steele failed to appear. He was replaced in the match by Angelo Austeri who pulled double duty for the night. White took two out of three falls from Austeri to win the match.

No wrestling was presented in Anniston on Thursday due to the Bynum Theater being closed for remodeling.

On Friday in Montgomery, the card opened with a match between veteran Red Byrd and the Black Panther. The Panther won two straight falls over Byrd to win the match.

The main event was a match for the World Jr. Heavyweight title with champion Jack Steele defending the title against the man he took it from, Tarzan White. The match was tied at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. During that fall both men left the ring and were fighting on the arena floor. The referee began counting both men out but Steele managed to get back into the ring before the count of 20. White was unable to beat the count and was counted out, giving the fall and the match to Steele who retained his title.

The Friday night card in Jackson featured two tag team matches in a double main event. The first match had the team of Charlie Laye & Don Keene taking on Rex Mobley & the Green Ghost.

The featured main event saw Jack & George Curtis joining forces to face the rough team of Bobby Segura & Garza Lozano.

No results are known for this card.

The following Monday in Shreveport the card opened with local Shreveport grappler Fuzzy (Glamour Boy) Huff taking on the Green Shadow. Despite having a decidedly weight advantage, the Shadow was unable to put Huff down for the count. The local lad made quite a showing and held the Shadow to a draw.

In the semi-final match Billy Sandow made his first appearance in the area as he took on veteran Rex Mobley. Sandow scored an early advantage when he pinned Mobley to win the first fall. Mobley came back to win the next two falls in straight order to win the match.

In the main event Jack & George Curtis met the Mexican duo of Bobby Segura & Garza Lozano once again. George Curtis fell victim to a sneak punch by Lozano in the first fall and was pinned by Segura. The second fall was an all-out brawl with all four men throwing punches. Lozano upended a surprised Jack Curtis and forced him to submit to a Boston Crab, giving the match to the Latin pair in straight falls.

On Tuesday in Monroe George Curtis took two out of three falls over the Green Ghost to win the opening match.

In the main event older brother Jack Curtis, the World Light-Heavyweight champion putting his title on the line once again against the man he defeated for the title, Bobby Segura. In order to secure the title match, Segura also put up $100. Segura won the first fall in 16 minutes when he pinned Curtis. Curtis came back in a hurry as he grabbed Segura and pinned him in 2 minutes to take the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, Segura spent most of his time arguing with referee Bill Barney, who Segura had himself requested to referee the match. Curtis took advantage of the distraction and pinned Segura to win the third fall and the match to retain his title and take Segura’s money.

That same Tuesday evening in Baton Rouge Don Keene and Jack (Stinger) battled to a draw in the opening match.

Tarzan White beat Angelo Austeri in the second match of the evening when Austeri was disqualified by referee Kelly Mixon.

White & Keene joined forces in the main event to take on Steele & Austeri in a tag team match. White pinned Austeri after a flying tackle to win the first fall for his team. Steele used a shoulder slide to pin Keene to win the second fall and even the score. Keene used a series of kangaroo kicks on Steele and pinned him to win the third fall and the match for his team.

On Wednesday in Alexander the card opened with Don Keene and Jack Steele battling to a draw in a singles match. Tarzan White and Angelo Austeri also battled to a draw in the second preliminary match.

In the main event, White & Keene teamed to take on Steele & Austeri in a tag team match. Austeri used a series of knee drops across the chest of White and pinned him to take the first fall. In the second fall White had both Steele & Austeri reeling from a series of football tackles, while Keene was doing the same with a series of dropkicks. Then White & Keene tied Steele in the ropes and used Austeri as a battering ram against him. Steele was then slammed to the mat and White pinned him to take the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, Steele & Austeri turned the tables as they tied Keene in the ropes and double teamed him mercilessly. Referee Phil Brummett called for the bell and disqualified Steele & Austeri for their tactics and awarded the fall and the match to White & Keene.

That same evening in Gulfport, Pat Newman was anxious for another shot at Bobby Segura & Garza Lozano and recruited Charlie Laye as his partner to face them in a tag team match. Laye and Lozano battled to a 15 minute draw in the opening match on the card. Newman used a surfboard hold to gain a submission win over Segura in 10 minutes of the second match.

In the main event, Segura & Lozano got off to a good start when Segura forced Laye to submit to a Boston Crab in 12 minutes to take the first fall. Laye came back and pinned Segura in 10 minutes of the second fall after a series of flying tackles. Newman & Laye had both Segura & Lozano in the ring and captured them in rowboat style leglocks and rowed away until they submitted, giving the fall and the match to Newman & Laye.

On Thursday in New Orleans Angelo Austeri defeated Johnny Gallagher in the opening match. In the second event Tarzan White defeated the Black Panther.

The semi-final match was a 10 round boxing match between Don Keene and Jack Kelly. Keene kayoed Kelly in round four to win the match.

The main event was a six man tag team match with Tarzan White, Johnny Gallagher & Billy Sandow taking on the threesome of Angelo Austeri, the Black Panther & Jack Steele. Austeri, Steele & the Panther took two out of three falls to win the match.

That same Thursday evening in Anniston the card was scheduled to have a one fall 15 minute match between Tommy Bell and Jack Wentworth in the opener. The second event was scheduled to be a one fall 15 minute match between Charley Keene and Red Byrd.

The main event was to be a tag team match with Red Byrd & Tommy Bell taking on Charlie Keene & Jack Wentworth

No results are known for this card. This was the last card presented in Anniston under promoter Albert Wadley.

On Friday in Montgomery the card opened with a match between Jack Wentworth and Angelo Austeri. Each man won a fall apiece but neither was able to score the deciding fall before the 60 minute time limit expired. The match was declared a draw.

In the main event, Jack Kelly took two out of three falls from Don Keene to win the match.

Also on Friday in Jackson, Billy Sandow faced the Green Ghost in the opening match. The Ghost was a last minute substitute for Rex Mobley, who had been injured in a Battle Royal in Vicksburg earlier in the week. Sandow and the Ghost battled to a draw.

Charlie Laye had been scheduled to face the Green Ghost in a singles match as well, but with the Ghost filling in for the injured Mobley Laye was left without an opponent and got the night off.

Following the opening match ring announcer Bob Neblett introduced lady wrestler Lilly Bitter to the audience, who received her warmly. Bitter said that she was in training with Jack Curtis for her upcoming series of matches.

The main event featured another tag team match with Jack & George Curtis taking on Bobby Segura & Garza Lozano. The match was tied at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. That fall was a wild melee as all four men spent much of the fall in the ring at the same time, punching and clawing away. Suddenly both Segura & Lozano were knocked to the mat. The Curtis Brothers then pounced on their opponents and locked them both in a hold they called the “Mississippi Mud Crab”. Lozano & Segura both screamed in pain and submitted, giving the fall and the match to the Curtis pair.

The next week began on Monday in Shreveport. That card opened with Billy Sandow and Charlie Laye battling to a draw.

The semi-final match featured the return of the lady wrestlers as Lilly Bitter took on Millie Stafford. Stafford won the opening fall when she used a series of bodyslams on Bitter and pinned her. Bitter used a series of dropkicks and a pin on Stafford to take the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, Stafford caught Bitter in an airplane spin then slammed her to the mat and pinned her to win the fall and the match.

The main event was yet another tag team match between the Curtis Bothers and the team of Bobby Segura & Garza Lozano. George Curtis flattened Lozano with dropkicks and pinned him to take the first fall. In the second fall the Curtis Brothers tied Lozano in the ropes and grabbed up Segura. They used Segura as a battering ram, slamming his head into the ample belly of Lozano. They then slammed Segura to the mat and George Curtis pinned him to take the second fall, giving the match to the Curtis Brothers in two straight falls.

On Tuesday in Monroe Jack Curtis continued his domination of Bobby Segura as he defeated him in 15 minutes in a one fall opening match.

The main event was a mixed tag team match with Jack Curtis teaming with Lilly Bitter to take on the team of Bobby Segura & Millie Stafford. Segura & Stafford won the first fall in 6 minutes, but Curtis & Bitter came back to take the second fall in 14 minutes. Curtis & Bitter scored the third and deciding fall in 12 minutes to win the match.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge Jack Wentworth faced Angelo Austeri in the opening match of the evening. Austeri pinned Wentworth with a shoulder slide to win the first fall. Wentworth used a series of snap mares on Austeri and pinned him to win the second fall. Austeri was disqualified by referee Kelly Mixon in the third fall and the match was awarded to Wentworth.

In the main event Tarzan White took on the Black Phantom. During the first fall White tossed the masked man from the ring. When the Phantom climbed back in White nailed him with a vicious flying tackle. The Phantom was knocked from the ring and counted out to give the first fall to White. The Phantom was helped to the dressing room where it was discovered that he had suffered two broken ribs. He was unable to continue and the match was awarded to White on a forfeit.

The next evening in Alexandria a double main event started with Angelo Austeri facing the Black Phantom, his broken ribs heavily taped, in the first event. The Phantom pinned Austeri after applying a piledriver to win the first fall.

The Black Phantom stretches the arm of Angelo Austeri

Austeri came back and pinned the Phantom to take the second fall and even the match. In the third and deciding fall, Austeri had the Phantom draped over the top rope and was trying to remove his mask. The Phantom was actually outside on the ring apron so referee Phil Brummett counted him out, awarding the fall and the match to Austeri. It had been agreed on prior to the match that if the Phantom lost the match he would unmask. But after arguing briefly with Brummett the Phantom leapt from the ring and raced to the dressing room. Despite the demands of Austeri, Brummett, the fans and promoter Jimmie Thompson that the Phantom return to the ring and remove his mask, he refused to leave the dressing room.

Ringside fans surround promoter Jimmie Thompson to demand the removal of The Black Phantom’s mask

Finally Commissioner Emile Delcomyn came out to ringside and demanded that he return to the ring and take off the mask. Still, the Phantom refused to leave his sanctuary. Delcomyn then announced that due to his refusal, the Phantom would be suspended in the city of Alexandria and he would recommend that the state commission suspend him from the entire state of Louisiana.

The main event in Alexandria featured a match between Tarzan White and Jack Wentworth. White entered the ring wearing the World Jr. Heavyweight title belt and it was announced that he had defeated Jack Steele for the title two nights earlier in Birmingham. The match with Wentworth would be a non-title match. The match was tied at a fall going into the third and deciding fall. After a wild brawl with each man throwing punches, Wentworth caught White in an alligator clutch and pinned him to take the fall and the match.

That same Wednesday evening in Gulfport Charlie Laye met Billy Sandow in the opening match. Sandow used a series of dropkicks on Laye and pinned him to win the first fall in 20 minutes. Laye came back and pinned Sandow after a series of monkey flips to win the second fall in 9 minutes. Laye used a Boston Crab to force Sandow to submit after 3 minutes to win the third fall and the match.

The main event was a ladies match between Lilly Bitter and Millie Stafford. Stafford won the first fall in 9 minutes when she wore Bitter down with forearm blows and pinned her. Bitter came back with a series of flips and pinned Stafford to win the second fall in 8 minutes. Stafford complained bitterly to Pat Newman, who was serving as the referee. She finally grabbed Newman by the hair and hit him with a forearm. Stafford kept up her aggressive behavior in the third and deciding fall. She tossed Bitter from pillar to post and pinned her to take the deciding fall in 5 minutes.

On Thursday in New Orleans the card featured three matches. In the opener Jack Wentworth defeated Charley Keene, who was a substitute for Angelo Austeri who was unable to compete.

In the second match of the evening Don Keene took on Jack Steele. Each man had won a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Keene used a flying tackle and a bodyslam on Steele and pinned him to win the third fall and the match.

In the final event, World Jr. Heavyweight champion Tarzan White took on the Black Panther in a non-title match. White scored two out of three falls to win the match.

The final card held in September was held on Friday in Jackson. The card opened with a one fall match between George Curtis and Billy Sandow. It was a fast, clean and scientific match that ended in a draw.

The second match of the evening was also a one fall match between Charlie Laye and Garza Lozano. Laye won the match when Lozano was disqualified for his illegal tactics.

The semi-final was yet another match between World Light-Heavyweight champion Jack Curtis and former champion Bobby Segura. Although the title was not on the line in this match they went at it hammer and tongs. Curtis scored two out of three falls to win the bout.

The main event was a ladies match with Lilly Bitter facing Millie Stafford. Jack Curtis, who had been serving as the 19 year old Bitter’s trainer, accompanied her to ringside. Stafford was to be seconded by Segura & Lozano, but neither felt up to accompanying her to the ring. Stafford won the first fall when Bitter tripped herself up when bouncing from the ropes and was pinned. Bitter came back and scored the next two falls to win the match. Afterwards Stafford complained that referee Arthur Skidmore had shown extreme bias, but the decision stood. Stafford also told ring announcer Bob Neblett that she had a training partner coming in and she would challenge Bitter and a partner of her choice to a tag team match.

 

OCTOBER:

 

The first card in October was held on Monday in Shreveport. The card opened with a one fall ladies match. Millie Stafford defeated Lilly Bitter in that match.

In the semi-final George Curtis and Charlie Laye met in a best two out of three falls match. Curtis scored the opening fall after he pinned Laye. Laye came back and won the next two falls straight to win the match.

In the main event Jack Curtis teamed with his protégé Lilly Bitter to take on the Black Phantom & Millie Stafford in a mixed tag team match. The Phantom pinned Curtis after stomping him in the throat to win the first fall. Curtis evened the score when he pinned the Phantom after a series of flying mares to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall Bitter hit Stafford with a series of dropkicks and pinned her to win the fall and the match.

On Tuesday in Monroe, George Curtis faced Billy Sandow in the first of a double main event. Curtis took two out of three falls from Sandow to win the match, which was a hard fought but clean match.

In the main event Henry Harrell made his first appearance in Monroe in months as he took on the Black Phantom. The Phantom took the first fall when he pinned Harrell in 12 minutes. Harrell came back and scored the second fall with a pin in 8 minutes. In the third and deciding fall Harrell had the Phantom up against the ropes and was attempting to unlace his mask. Referee Bill Barney tried in vain to break up the action only to be shoved by Harrell. Barney disqualified Harrell and awarded the match to the Phantom, who quickly left the ring with his mask in place. Harrell and Barney squared off and were about to go at it until promoter Gus Kallio interceded.

That same Tuesday evening in Baton Rouge the opening match of the evening ended with a draw between Don Keene and Angelo Austeri.

Charley Keene pinned Jack (Stinger) Steele to win the second match of the night.

In the main event, Charley & Don Keene teamed up to take on Austeri & Steele in a tag team match. Charley Keene pinned Steele after a series of bodyslams to win the first fall. Austeri used a single leg Boston Crab to force Don Keene to submit to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, Don Keene flattened Steele with a dropkick and quickly tagged his brother. Charley Keene applied the pin to win the fall and the match for the Keene Brothers.

Also on Tuesday, wrestling in Montgomery was presented instead of the regular Friday night card. On that card Jack Wentworth took the first and third falls to defeat Pat Malone in the opening match.

The main event featured a match between Tarzan White taking on Jack Kelly. Each man had won a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Kelly was disqualified for using a foul, giving the fall and the match to White.

The following evening in Alexandria Don Keene and Angelo Austeri battled to a draw in a one fall opening match.

Big Brother Charley Keene faced Jack Steele in a second one fall match. Steele got a little too carried away with his fists and was disqualified, giving the match to Keene.

The Keene Brothers joined forces in the main event as they faced off with Austeri & Steele in a tag team match. In the first fall Austeri had Charley Keene up in the air for a bodyslam, but Keene wrapped up Austeri’s arms and rolled him into a pinning combination to take the fall. Don Keene was the victim of double teaming in the second fall and was pinned by Austeri who used a jackknife to score the fall. In the third and deciding fall the match went back and forth several times until the Keene Brothers tied Austeri in the ropes. They then battered Steele and picked him up and used him as a battering ram into Austeri. Steele was then slammed to the match and Don Keene pinned him to win the fall and the match.

That same evening in Gulfport George Curtis and Charlie Laye battled to a draw in a one fall preliminary match.

The second preliminary match was a ladies match between Lilly Bitter and Millie Stafford. Stafford used a jackknife to pin Bitter and win the match.

The main event was a mixed tag team match with George Curtis & Lilly Bitter teaming to take on Charlie Laye & Millie Stafford. Laye won the first fall for his team when he forced Curtis to submit to a Boston Crab in 11 minutes. Curtis returned the favor when he forced Laye to submit to an abdominal stretch to take the second fall in 14 minutes. During the third and deciding fall Bitter had scooped Stafford up for a bodyslam but Stafford grabbed the ropes and held on for dear life. Referee Arthur Skidmore moved in to force Bitter to put her foe down and break the hold. Bitter simply tossed Stafford into the arms of Skidmore, who set her down gently on the mat. Bitter then hit Stafford with a series of dropkicks and pinned her to win the fall and the match for her team.

Wrestling also returned to Mobile that same Wednesday evening. Pat Malone defeated Jack Wentworth in the opening match by winning two out of three falls. Malone, the erstwhile Green Shadow, had once again shed the mask and was wrestling barefaced under his own name.

Jack Kelly took two out of three falls to defeat Tarzan White in the main event of the evening.

The next evening in New Orleans Charley Keene and Jack Steele battled to a draw in the one fall opening match.

Jack Wentworth defeated Pat Malone in the second preliminary match, which was also a one fall match.

The semi-final match was a 15 round boxing match between Don Keene and Jack Kelly. In round five Kelly knocked Keene from the ring and referee Charlie Cure counted him out. The bout was awarded to Kelly in five rounds.

The main event had World Jr. Heavyweight champion Tarzan White facing Angelo Austeri in a non-title match. White won two out of three falls over Austeri to win the match.

On Friday in Jackson, George Curtis and Charlie Laye battled to yet another draw in the one fall opening match.

In the second event of the evening Henry Harrell defeated Billy Sandow in a clean, scientific one fall match.

The main event was another mixed tag team match with Jack Curtis & Lilly Bitter taking on the Black Phantom & Millie Stafford. Curtis used a series of bodyslams on the Phantom and pinned him to take the first fall. The masked man came back did likewise to Curtis to win the second fall and even the score. The third and deciding fall found all four combatants in the ring at the same time. At one point Curtis scooped up Stafford and spun her in an airplane spin. Referee Claude Skidmore demanded that Curtis put the lass down so Curtis simply tossed her at Skidmore, who caught Stafford in his arms. Curtis then grabbed the Phantom and held him in a corner while Bitter flattened the dizzy Stafford and pinned her to win the fall and the match.

The following week in Shreveport the card opened with three preliminary matches. In the first Charlie Laye defeated Billy Sandow by pinning him in 18 minutes after a series of dropkicks and bodyslams.

The second match of the evening had George Curtis going against the Black Phantom. The Phantom was disqualified by referee Conway Baker for use of fists, giving the match to Curtis

In the third preliminary match Jack Curtis faced Paddy Mack, returning after several months’ absence. Curtis used a series of bodyslams and pinned Mack in 17 minutes to win the match.

The main event was a six man tag team match with Billy Sandow joining forces with Jack & George Curtis to face the threesome of Charlie Laye, Paddy Mack & the Black Phantom. George Curtis pinned Laye after a series of bodyslams to take the first fall. Laye came back and roughed up Sandow and pinned him to win the second fall. George Curtis won the third and deciding fall for his team when he flatted Mack with a series of flying dropkicks and pinned him.

On Tuesday in Monroe, George Curtis and the Black Phantom battled to a draw in the one fall opening match. The second match of the evening, also a one fall affair between Henry Harrell and Garza Lozano also went to a time limit draw.

In the main event George Curtis & Henry Harrell teamed to take on Garza Lozano & the Black Phantom in a tag team match. Lozano pinned Harrell to take the first fall for his team. In the second fall Curtis and Lozano took turns trading elbow smashes while Harrell and the Phantom battled in a corner. Curtis knocked Lozano from the ring while Harrell rolled the Phantom into a pinning cradle. Referee Claude Skidmore, not sure who was legal and who wasn’t, counted the Phantom out and awarded the second fall to Harrell & Curtis. During the third and deciding fall an argument erupted between Lozano and Skidmore, with the referee chasing Lozano from the ring. The Phantom finally pinned Curtis to take the fall and the match for his team.

That same Tuesday evening in Baton Rouge the card opened with a pair of singles matches, both involving the Keene Brothers. Charley Keene pinned Angelo Austeri in 9 minutes to win the opening match.

Don Keene was awarded the single match of the evening when his opponent, Pat Malone, was disqualified by referee Blackie Harrelson for excessive roughness.

In the main event the Keene Brothers joined forces to face Austeri & Malone in a tag team match. Don Keene took the first fall for his team when he pinned Malone. Malone came back and forced Charley Keene to submit to a Boston Crab to win the second. Austeri used a series of backbreakers on Don Keene and pinned him to win the third fall and the match.

For the second week in a row the Montgomery wrestling card was also held on Tuesday. On this card Charley Keene faced Jack Steele in the opening match.

Don Keene, the younger of the two Birmingham brothers, faced Irish Jack Kelly in the main event of the evening.

No results are known for this card.

On Wednesday in Alexandria Charley Keene and Angelo Austeri battled to a draw in a one fall opening match. Don Keene won over Pat Malone in the second match of the evening, also a one faller. Malone was disqualified by referee Phil Brummett for using a low blow on Keene.

Charley & Don Keene teamed up to face Austeri & Malone in a tag team match in the main event. Don Keene pinned Malone to take the first fall for his team. In the second fall Malone used a series of flying mares on Charley Keene and pinned him to take the fall. Austeri managed to duck a flying tackle by Don Keene and pinned him to win the third fall and the match.

That same Wednesday evening in Gulfport the Black Phantom and Paddy Mack wrestled to a 15 minute draw in the opening match. Pat Newman and Charlie Laye also battled to a 15 minute draw in the second event of the evening.

In the main event Newman & Mack teamed together to face Charlie Laye & the Black Phantom in a tag team match. Newman pinned the Phantom to win the first fall in 15 minutes. In the second fall, Laye & the Phantom tied Mack in the ropes and were double teaming him. Referee Arthur Skidmore tried to break thing up and wound up being knocked to the mat for his troubles. Newman managed to get Mack free and all four men started swing at each other. Skidmore got some blows in as well. Newman & Mack took the second fall when they just beat their opponents into submission, winning the match in straight falls.

Also on Wednesday in Mobile, Jack Wentworth took two out of three falls over Red Byrd to win the opening match.

In the main event Tarzan White and Jack Kelly met in a rematch from the previous week. Each man had won a fall apiece when both were disqualified in the deciding fall.

On Thursday in New Orleans Don Keene and Pat Malone battled to a 30 minute draw in the one fall opening match.

Older brother Charley Keene took the nod over veteran Cyclone Burns in the second match of the evening, also a one fall affair.

In the semi-final match Jack Wentworth and Jack Kelly met in a best two out of three falls match. Kelly bloodied Wentworth on his way to winning two falls to win the match.

The main event was a return match between World Jr. Heavyweight champion Tarzan White and Angele Austeri. White had defeated Austeri the previous week and Austeri asked for the rematch. White’s title was not on the line. Austeri took two out of three falls to win the match.

The Friday night wrestling matches in Jackson were not held due to the Municipal Auditorium in use for another event.

The following Monday in Shreveport the card opened with the Black Phantom defeating Billy Sandow in 17 minutes of the one fall preliminary match.

George Curtis faced Paddy Mack in the second event of the evening. Curtis used a series of flying dropkicks on Mack and pinned him to take the first fall. In the second fall Mack got angry with referee Conway Baker and tossed him from the ring. Baker disqualified Mack and awarded the fall and the match to Curtis.

In the main event World Light-Heavyweight champion Jack Curtis put his title on the line against challenger Charlie Laye. Laye, a one time champion himself, was anxious to regain the title he once held. The match was even at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Laye had Curtis on the verge of defeat after applying a series of snap mares on him. Laye tried it one time too many when Curtis surprised him with a rolling cradle and pinned him to win the fall and the match to retain his title.

On Tuesday in Monroe George Curtis and Charlie Laye battle to a draw in the opening bout. Jack Curtis and the Black Phantom also fought to a draw in the second event of the evening.

In the main event, Jack & George Curtis face Laye & the Phantom in a tag team match. George Curtis slammed a fist into the head of the Phantom and pinned him to win the first fall. In the second fall the Phantom & Laye worked over Jack Curtis’ arm throughout the fall. Although Curtis never submitted, referee Bill Barney stopped the fall and awarded it to the Phantom & Laye. The Phantom & Laye used the same tactics on George Curtis in the third and deciding fall, twisting his arm throughout. George finally made it to his corner and tagged brother Jack who promptly flattened the Phantom and Laye with elbow smashes. Jack Curtis then pinned Laye to win the fall and the match.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge the card featured a double main event. In the first event Charley Keene faced Pat Malone. Keene won the first fall when he pinned Malone following a series of bodyslams. Malone used a Boston Crab to force Keene to submit to win the second fall and even the score. In the third and deciding fall Malone used a backslide on Keene and pinned him to win the match.

In the second main event Jack Wentworth took on Angelo Austeri. Austeri pinned Wentworth after a series of snap mares to win the first fall. Wentworth controlled much of the second fall until Austeri started taking some shortcuts. He floored Wentworth with some body blows and then pinned him following a bodyslam to take the match in two straight falls.

On Wednesday in Alexandria the card featured a double main event. In the first event Charley Keene faced Pat Malone. Malone scored two out of three falls to get a highly disputed win.

The second main event was a World Jr. Heavyweight title match. Angelo Austeri, who had beaten Tarzan White the previous night in Birmingham to become champion, was defending the title against Jack Wentworth. The match was an exciting one, but Austeri defeated Wentworth in two straight falls.

Jack Wentworth punishes Angelo Austeri with an armbar

The card scheduled for Gulfport the same evening was to have featured Pat Newman & Paddy Mack, both now making their home in Gulfport, taking on the Black Phantom & newcomer Sheik Ali Khan. The same four were scheduled to square off in two opening preliminary singles matches as well.

Unfortunately the card was cancelled due to severe weather conditions.

The matches in Mobile did take place that same Wednesday evening. The opening match saw newcomer Miguel Torres defeat George (Lefty) Thomas in two straight falls.

The main event was a grudge match between Tarzan White and Jack Kelly. This was the third match in a row between the two and the one the previous week had ended in a double disqualification. White took two out of three falls to win the match and finally gained a clear victory over Kelly.

On Thursday in New Orleans the four match card opened with Charley Keene and Pat Malone fighting to a draw in a one fall bout.

In the second event Angelo Austeri defeated Jack Wentworth in another one fall match.

The third match of the evening, also a one fall match, saw Tarzan White take the victory over Jack Kelly.

The main event was an eight man tag team match with Keene, Wentworth & White teaming with Miguel Torres to meet the foursome of Malone, Austeri, Kelly & George Thomas. The match went to Malone, Austeri, Kelly & Thomas when they took two out of three falls.

On Friday wrestling returned to its regular night in Montgomery after a week off. Miguel Torres faced George (Lefty) Thomas in the opening match of the evening.

In the main event, World Jr. Heavyweight champion Angelo Austeri took on Jack Wentworth in a non-title match.

No results are known for this card.

Wrestling also returned to Jackson on Friday after a week’s absence. George Curtis and Paddy Mack fought to a draw in the opening preliminary match.

In the semi-final match, Charlie Laye took two straight falls to defeated Billy Sandow, using an abdominal stretch to force Sandow to submit in each fall.

The main event featured the Vicksburg trio of Henry Harrell & Jack & George Curtis taking on Paddy Mack, the Black Phantom and Sheik Ali Khan, finally making his debut, in a six man tag team match. Khan was impressive in his initial start as he carried the bulk of the match for his team. He pinned Jack Curtis to take the opening fall while Harrell defeated the Phantom to win the second fall and evened the score. The Sheik once again dominated the action throughout the third and deciding fall, until turning things over to Mack. Mack was almost immediately pinned by Jack Curtis to give the fall and the match to the popular threesome from Vicksburg. Following the match, Al Khan called for announcer Bob Neblett to enter the ring. He called promoter Billy Romanoff to ringside and issued a challenge to Jack Curtis for the World Light-Heavyweight title. Khan also said that he was willing to put up any amount of money in order to secure the title match.

The following Monday in Shreveport Sheik Ali Khan continued to press Jack Curtis into action when he took on younger brother George Curtis in the first match of the evening. Khan was disqualified by referee Conway Baker for unnecessary roughness. George Curtis was awarded the match, but Khan felt certain that he had made his point with big brother Jack.

In the semi-final match Paddy Mack took two straight falls over Billy Sandow to win the match. Sandow was a last minute substitute for Henry Harrell who was unable to appear. Mack claimed that Harrell was afraid of him and thus skipped out on the match.

Jack Curtis put his World Light-Heavyweight title up for grabs against Charlie Laye in the main event. Laye forced Curtis to submit to an armlock to win the first fall. Curtis came back and pinned Laye after applying a piledriver to win the second fall. Following the pin, Curtis kicked Laye from the ring and he had to be carried back to the dressing room. At the start of the third and deciding fall, Laye was still unconscious in the dressing room and was unable to return to the ring. Curtis was awarded the fall and the match by way of a forfeit and kept in title in place.

On Tuesday in Monroe Billy Sandow met Charlie Laye in the opening match. Sandow’s woes continued as Laye took two straight falls to defeat him for the match.

In the main event World Light-Heavyweight champion Jack Curtis faced the Black Phantom in a non-title match. Billy Romanoff was assigned as the special referee. Curtis had the masked man reeling with a series of flying mares in the first fall. Curtis flattened the Phantom with an elbow smash and pinned him to take the fall. The Phantom worked over Curtis’ arm throughout the second fall, at one point ramming it into the metal bolt that attached the turnbuckle to the top rope. Despite the pain in his arm, Curtis turned his attention to trying to remove the Phantom’s mask. He was tugging away on it until the Phantom tossed him from the ring. The masked man followed him out and was attempting to slam him on the arena floor when referee Romanoff forced him to get back in the ring. Curtis also managed to reenter the ring, but was too weak to keep the Phantom from pinning him for the second fall. In the third and deciding fall the Phantom rammed Curtis’ arm into the corner turnbuckle once again. The masked man continued to work on Curtis’ arm until he was forced to submit. Romanoff awarded the fall and the match to the Phantom as the audience sat in stunned silence.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge the card opened with a women’s match between popular Lilly Bitter and Millie Stafford. Stafford won the first fall of the match when she pinned Bitter in 11 minutes after a series of bodyslams. Bitter evened things when she pinned Stafford in 13 minutes following a kangaroo kick. Bitter used a series of snap mares and a pin to defeated Stafford in 16 minutes to win the third fall and the match.

In the main event Miguel Torres took on rough Angelo Austeri. Torres forced Austeri to submit to a leg twist to win the first fall. Austeri used a series of slams on Torres and pinned him to win the second fall. The third and deciding fall went back and forth several times before Torres upended Austeri and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

The following night in Alexandria featured a double main event. In the first event Miguel Torres, new to the area but quickly becoming a favorite, faced off with the rugged Angelo Austeri. The match was even at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Torres forced Austeri to submit to a stepover toehold to win the third fall and the match.

Prior to this match it was announced that Austeri had defeated Tarzan White two nights earlier in Birmingham to win the World Jr. Heavyweight title, but this match was a non-title event.

The second main event was a ladies match with popular Lilly Bitter facing her main nemesis Millie Stafford. Stafford used rough tactics on her way to pinning Bitter to take the first fall. Bitter came back with a series of dropkicks and a pin on Stafford to win the second fall. Bitter also took the third and deciding fall when she whipped Stafford from the ropes and onto her head.

That same Wednesday evening in Gulfport the featured card was a repeat of the card that had been cancelled the previous week due to weather. Paddy Mack and Sheik Ali Khan wrestled to a 15 minute draw in the opening match. Pat Newman and the Black Phantom also fought to a 15 minute draw in the second match.

In the main event Newman & Mack teamed to take on the Panther & Khan. Mack used a series of body tackles and pinned the Phantom to win the first fall in 9 minutes. Newman continually whipped Khan from corner to corner and pinned him to win the second fall in 12 minutes, giving Mack & Newman the match in straight falls.

Also on Wednesday the Mobile card saw Charley Keene and Jack Kelly battle to a draw in the opener. Tarzan White and Pat Malone also fought to a draw in the second event.

The main event was a tag team match with Keene & White taking on Kelly & Malone. Kelly & Malone won two out of three falls to win the match.

In New Orleans the following night, Miguel Torres defeated Jack Kelly in two straight falls in the opening match. Torres used and armlock on Kelly to force him to submit to take the first fall. Kelly’s arm was injured during the fall and he was unable to continue giving the second fall to Torres on a forfeit.

The semi-final match was a match between bitter rivals Tarzan White and Angelo Austeri. Austeri had beaten White the previous week to claim to the World Jr. Heavyweight crown, although this was a non-title match. The match was even at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. White had Austeri reeling with a series of football tackles and dropkicks and appeared to be close to victory until he missed a dropkick and was pinned. Austeri took the final fall and the match.

On Friday in Montgomery the card opened with a ladies match between Lilly Bitter and Millie Stafford. Bitter won the first and third falls to earn the victory over Stafford.

In the main event Charley Keene took two out of three falls to win his match with Jack Kelly.

Also on Friday in Jackson Henry Harrell and Charlie Laye battled to a terrific 45 minute draw in the opening match.

The Black Phantom continued to add to Billy Sandow’s problems as he defeated him fairly quickly in the second event of the evening.

The main event was the much anticipated match between World Light-Heavyweight champion Jack Curtis and Sheik Ali Khan. Although this was a non-title match the fans were eager to see what Curtis could do with the sensational Arabian. Khan won the first fall when he used a hammerlock on Curtis’ sore arm and forced him to submit. Despite the advantage, the Sheik never got back into the match. He lost both the second and third falls by countout, giving Curtis a decisive victory.

Watching the main event with great interest was Paddy Mack, seated in the upper seats of the Auditorium. Mack later stated that he could have beaten Curtis with one eye closed and threw his hat in the ring for a title bout.

The following Monday in Shreveport the card featured a double main event.

In the first bout Henry Harrell face off with Paddy Mack in a redo of the match they were scheduled to have the previous week. Mack won the first fall when he forced Harrell to submit to a stepover toehold in 18 minutes. Mack made it two straight when he used a series of bodyslams on Harrell and pinned him in 20 minutes to take the fall and the match. Mack issued a challenge to Jack Curtis for a title match following the victory.

In the second event Jack & George Curtis faced Sheik Ali Khan & the Black Phantom in a tag team match. The Phantom pinned Curtis after a series of bodyslams to win the first fall in 18 minutes. Jack Curtis pinned Khan to take the second fall in 8 minutes to even the score. George Curtis flattened the Phantoms with dropkicks and pinned him in 30 minutes to take the third fall and the match for the Curtis Brothers.

The final cards of October were held on Tuesday, Halloween night. In Monroe, the card featured a double main event with George Curtis facing Charlie Laye in the first event. Each man had won a fall apiece going into the final fall. During the third fall Curtis had Laye up on his shoulders but got too close to the ropes. Laye grabbed the top rope and Curtis dropped him over and out of the ring. Laye dragged Curtis out with him and the two battled briefly on the arena floor. Laye then reentered the ring with Curtis not far behind him. Laye then grabbed Curtis and tossed him out once again. Special referee Rex Mobley decided that Laye had overstepped the line and disqualified him, giving the fall and the match to Curtis.

The main event was a World Light-Heavyweight title match between champion Jack Curtis and challenger the Black Phantom. It was announced that should the Phantom win the title he would have to unmask and reveal his name in order to keep the title. Rex Mobley, himself a former champion, was assigned as the special referee. The Phantom wore Curtis down with a chokehold and pinned him to take the first fall. Curtis came back and simply outslugged the masked man and pinned him after a flying mare to take the second fall and even the score. The Phantom worked over Curtis’ arm throughout the third and deciding fall. Finally with Curtis sufficiently weakened, the Phantom pinned Curtis for a real upset. Referee Mobley brought the title belt into the ring and told the Phantom to remove his mask. The Phantom balked at the idea and left the ring, refusing to reveal himself and leaving the title in the hands of Commissioner Dave Silverstein.

The same Tuesday evening in Baton Rouge Lilly Bitter, the teen sensation of the women’s wrestling ranks, faced veteran Mae Young in the opening match of the evening. Bitter won the first fall when she used a backslide on Young and pinned her. Young used a series of kicks to Bitter’s stomach and pinned her to win the second fall and even things up. In the third and deciding fall, Young tried to use a kangaroo kick on Bitter but missed. This caused her to injure her back and she was easily pinned by Bitter to win the fall and the match.

In the main event Miguel Torres faced off with Irish Jack Kelly. Kelly used a series of bodyslams on Torres and pinned him to win the first fall. Torres came back and took the second fall when he forced Kelly to submit to a single leg Boston Crab. Kelly flattened Torres with a series of dropkicks and a body slam to pin him to win the third fall and the match.

 

NOVEMBER:

 

November opened with three cards held on the first day of the month. In Alexandria the card featured a double main event. The first event was a women’s match with popular young Lilly Bitter taking on Mae Young. Young was a bit more experienced than Millie Stafford, who Bitter had recently scored victories over so Bitter would have quite a hill to climb. Despite the disadvantage, Bitter used her speed and agility to score two out of three falls to gain the victory of Young.

Lilly Bitter traps Mae Young in the corner

 

Mae Young trips referee Phil Brummett as Lilly Biter tears off his shirt

In the final event Miguel Torres squared off with rugged Jack Kelly. It was a rough match between the two and Kelly wound up bleeding from repeated blows to his forehead by Torres. Torres scored two straight falls over Kelly to win the match.

Miguel Torres applies a leglock on Jack Kelly

Also on that Wednesday in Gulfport was another double main event. In the first event Paddy Mack took on newcomer Bill France. France was a last minute substitution for Charlie Laye and proved to be no match for the veteran Mack. Mack won the first fall in 10 minutes with a rolling headlock. Mack caught France in an airplane spin and pinned him to take the second fall in 12 minutes, winning the match in straight falls.

In the main event popular Gulfport resident Pat Newman faced Sheik Ali Khan. Newman scored a pin after catching Khan in a backdrop to win the first fall in 12 minutes. Khan used the same maneuver to pin Newman to win the second fall, also in 12 minutes. Khan went for a backdrop again in the third and deciding fall but Newman caught him in a flying head scissors and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

This was the final card of 1950 in Gulfport.

Ladies made another appearance when Eva Lee met Millie Stafford in the opening match on a card in Mobile on that same Wednesday evening. Lee took two straight falls over Stafford to win the match.

In the main event Pat Malone defeated The Killer, a new masked man making his debut in the area, by taking two out of three falls. The Killer was disqualified in the third and deciding fall.

On Thursday in New Orleans the card opened with another match between Pat Malone and the Killer. Malone was victorious in the one fall bout as the Killer was once again disqualified.

The semi-final match was a ladies tag team match with Lilly Bitter & Eva Lee teaming to take on the duo of Millie Stafford & Mae Young. Bitter & Lee took two straight falls to win the match.

The main event had Miguel Torres taking on Angelo Austeri. The match was tied at a fall apiece heading into the third and deciding fall. Austeri used a hangman’s hold to force Torres to submit to win the third fall and the match.

On Friday in Montgomery, the card opened with a ladies match with Lilly Bitter taking on Mae Young.

The main event of the evening was a match between Miguel Torres and Irish Jack Kelly.

No results are known for this card.

Also on Friday in Jackson the card opened with a fast paced one fall match between Henry Harrell and Bill France. The two battled back and forth until the 30 minute time limit expired and the match was declared a draw.

The semi-final match featured Charlie Laye taking on Sheik Ali Khan in a best two out of three falls match. The match was even at a fall apiece going into the finale. The 60 minute time limit expired before either man could win the deciding fall.

The main event had Jack & George Curtis teaming to do battle with the fearsome duo of Paddy Mack & the Black Phantom. Mack seemed to have a real Jekyll & Hyde personality as he was a popular figure in his adopted hometown of Gulfport but was a hated villain everywhere else. He was determined to earn a title shot at World Light-Heavyweight champion Jack Curtis by any means necessary. In the tag team match George Curtis laid the Phantom low with dropkicks and pinned him to take the first fall for the brothers from Vicksburg. In the second fall, Mack took total control of the match. At one point he knocked Jack Curtis from the ring and followed him out. His flying fists sent Curtis sprawling among the ringside chairs. Mack got back into the ring and began smothering George Curtis with his hands over Curtis’ nose and mouth. Referee Claude Skidmore tried to break things up but Mack grabbed him and hurled him over the ropes and onto the arena floor alongside Jack Curtis. When Skidmore managed to get back to his feet he called for the bell. He disqualified Mack & the Phantom and awarded the match to the Curtis Brothers in two straight falls.

Also on Friday wrestling returned to Anniston with a new promoter and a new location. Promoter Al Bragg presented his first card at the VFW Hall featuring a double main event. In the first event Lilly Bitter took on Millie Stafford in a ladies match.

In the final event Angelo Austeri, still claiming to be the World Jr. Heavyweight champion despite no official recognition, faced off with Charley Keene.

No results are known for this card.

The following week in Shreveport, Charlie Laye wrestled Bill France in the opener. Laye used a swinging key lock to force France to submit to win the one fall match.

In the semi-final match George Curtis faced the Black Phantom. Curtis won the first fall as he pinned the Phantom with a cartwheel and spin into a cradle. The Phantom came back and worked over Curtis’ arm throughout the second fall, finally forcing Curtis to submit to a hammerlock to win the fall. The Phantom won the third and deciding fall when he forced Curtis to submit to a stepover toehold.

In the main event Paddy Mack got his long awaited shot at the World Light-Heavyweight title held by Jack Curtis. Curtis scored the first fall when pinned Mack with a body press. Mack came back and forced Curtis to submit to a swinging key lock to take the second fall. Mack received a deep cut on his forehead during the third and deciding fall. The cut was deemed too deep for Mack to continue by referee Conway Baker. Baker stopped the match and awarded the fall and the match to Curtis, allowing him to retain his title. Mack raged about the decision and it took a promise of a rematch from promoter Gladden Harrison to get him to calm down and leave the ring.

On Tuesday in Monroe the card featured a double main event. In the first event Henry Harrell took on Charlie Laye. At one point during the opening fall Harrell tossed Laye from the ring. Laye returned to the ring and spent the next several minutes dancing away from Harrell’s grasp. Harrell was so frustrated that Laye was able to surprise him with a pin to win the first fall. Laye seemed on the verge of winning the second fall as he was punishing Harrell with a series of body slams. Harrell managed to catch Laye in a cradle, however, and pinned him to win the fall and even the score. In the third and deciding fall Laye tossed Harrell out of the ring and then dragged him back in by the hair. Laye then tossed Harrell out of the other side of the ring. This time as Harrell attempted to get back in Laye kicked him and sent him sprawling to the arena floor. Referee Rex Mobley quickly disqualified Laye and awarded the fall and the match to Harrell. The action didn’t end there, however, as Harrell grabbed the timekeeper’s hammer and chased Laye back to the dressing room.

The main event was a return match for the World Light-Heavyweight title between champion Jack Curtis and the Black Phantom. The Phantom had actually defeated Curtis for the title the previous week in Monroe but reneged on an agreement to unmask should he gain the title. The title was returned to Curtis and the rematch was signed with the same stipulations. Promoter Gus Kallio informed the crowd that the stipulation was in place, but the Phantom grabbed the microphone and stated that if they wanted to know who he was they would have to guess. Kallio then stated that win, lose or draw the Phantom would unmask following the match. The Phantom won the first fall when he pinned Curtis after 13 minutes. Curtis came back with a series of snap mares and pinned the Phantom to take the second fall. In the third and deciding fall Curtis trapped the Phantom in a corner and was butting him in the stomach with his head. The Phantom reversed the situation as he whipped Curtis into the opposite corner and twice rammed him in the stomach with his head. The Phantom tried it once more only to have Curtis leap over him, with the masked man slamming his head into the corner post. Curtis then bodyslammed the Phantom and pinned him to win the fall and the match to retain the title. Curtis then slid out of the ring and took up a seat and waited for the Black Phantom to finally reveal his identity. The Phantom hemmed and hawed until Kallio returned to the ring and forced the situation. The Phantom did remove his mask and turned to face all four sides of the ring so the audience could get a good look at him. He still refused to reveal his name and left the ring, maintaining at least a small amount of his mystery.

That same Tuesday evening in Baton Rouge Pat Malone and Charley Keene met in the opening match of the evening. Malone won the first fall with a series of flying mare and a shoulder slide. In the second fall referee Blackie Harrelson caught Keene using a bar of soap to rub into the eyes of Malone. Keene was disqualified and Malone awarded the match in two straight falls.

The main event featured a return match between Miguel Torres and Irish Jack Kelly. Kelly used a series of bodyslams on Torres and pinned him to win the first fall. Torres came back and forced Kelly to submit to an arm wringer to take the second fall and even the match. Torres won the second fall when he used a series of body slams on Kelly and pinned him with a shoulder slide.

On Wednesday in Alexandria the card opened with Pat Malone defeating Charley Keene by taking two out of three falls to win the match.

The main event matched Miguel Torres with Jack Kelly in a rematch that promised to be a wild one. Kelly took an early advantage when he took the first fall over Torres. Torres came back and scored the next two falls to win the match.

Also on Wednesday in Mobile, the card opened with Angelo Austeri defeating Chico Ortiz by winning two straight falls.

In the main event the Killer battled Hans Hermann, a giant German newcomer. Each man had won a fall apiece when the 60 minute time limit expired. The match was declared a draw.

In New Orleans on Thursday the opening match was a one fall match between Charley Keene and Pat Malone. The two battled back and forth until the 30 minute time limit expired and the match declared a draw.

The second preliminary match featured two ruffians squaring off as Chico Ortiz faced the Killer. The Killer proved to be a little rougher than Ortiz and pinned him to win the one fall bout.

Hans Hermann proved to be way too strong for Jack Kelly as he beat him two straight falls to win the semi-final match.

In the main event Miguel Torres faced a stiff test in Angelo Austeri. Torres scored two out of three falls to win the match and hand Austeri a rare loss in New Orleans.

On Friday in Montgomery Hans Hermann faced Irish Jack Kelly in the 60 minute opening match of the evening.

In the main event Miguel Torres and Pat Malone met in a 90 minute match.

No results are known for this card.

Also on Friday in Jackson the opening match was a one fall affair between George Curtis and Charlie Laye. It was a surprisingly clean and scientific match and ended in a 30 minute draw.

In the second event of the evening, Henry Harrell went up against the Black Phantom, the mystery man back behind his mask. The Phantom scored the pin over Harrell to win the one fall match.

The main event was another match between Jack Curtis, World Light-Heavyweight champion, and Paddy Mack with the title up for grabs. Curtis took the first fall in the wild match while Mack came back and evened things by winning the second fall. In the third and deciding fall Mack tossed Curtis from the ring which turned out to be a mistake. Curtis was seething when he made his way back into the ring. He tore into Mack and soon had him bleeding from the forehead once again. Mack started to battle back and suddenly flattened Curtis and fell across him for the pin. Referee Claude Skidmore called for the bell and awarded the fall and the match to Mack. As he raised the victor’s hand and handed him the championship bell, a small blackjack fell to the mat. Skidmore took one look at it, determined that he belonged to Mack and grabbed the belt back. He announced that he was throwing out the decision, calling the match a no contest and turning in the belt to the commission to be held up pending their decision. Mack flew into a rage. He took swings at both referee Skidmore and promoter Billy Romanoff but missed. He did manage to flatten Curtis once again and stormed from the ring, declaring himself the champion belt or no belt.

That same Friday evening in Anniston, the first event was a match between Chico Ortiz and the Killer. The masked man took the first fall in 18 minutes when he pinned Ortiz. Ortiz came back to pin the Killer in 16 minutes to win the second fall and even the score. The match went back and forth in the deciding fall, with neither man paying much attention to the rules. Finally at the 9 minute mark the Killer pinned Ortiz to win the fall and the match.

The main event featured George Thomas facing Angelo Austeri. Just had been the case in the previous event, neither man concerned themselves with wrestling by the rules. Austeri proved to be a little rougher as he won the first fall in 32 minutes. Austeri took the second fall in 23 minutes, winning the match in two straight falls with 5 minutes to spare before the time limit expired.

No matches were held in Shreveport the following Monday as the Auditorium was in use for another event.

On Tuesday in Monroe, both of the one fall preliminary matches ended in a stalemate as George Curtis and George Thomas drew as did Jack Curtis and Charlie Laye.

In the main event, the Curtis Brothers joined forces against Thomas & Laye in a tag team match. Thomas, who was making his first appearance in Monroe, dominated George Curtis throughout much of the first fall. George was finally able to tag in big brother Jack who entered the ring in a flurry. He had Thomas reeling with a series of snap mares until Thomas managed to scoot from the ring. Thomas motioned for Laye to take over for him, but Laye declined to do so. Thomas got back into the ring and managed to back Jack Curtis into the corner where Laye was perched. Laye punched Curtis in the back of the head, which brought George Curtis leaping over the ropes and into the ring. George flattened both Thomas and Laye and dragged Jack back into their corner. George Curtis and Laye were then tagged in legally but it didn’t take long before all four men were in the ring at the same time, slugging away. Finally George flattened Thomas with a dropkick and pinned him to win the first fall.  In the second fall, Laye worked over George Curtis’ arm until he submitted to an arm twist to give the second fall to Laye & Thomas. In the third and deciding fall, George Curtis was getting his revenge by working over the arm of Laye. Thomas was leaning over the top rope hoping to reach his partner for a tag. Across the ring Jack Curtis jerked the top rope, which caused Thomas to catapult into the ring flat of his back. Laye scooted from the ring, leaving Thomas in as the legal man. George Curtis quickly slapped a hammerlock on Thomas and forced him to submit to win the fall and the match for the Curtis Brothers.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge Pat Malone took on Chico Ortiz in the opening match. Malone pinned Ortiz following a backbreaker to win the first fall. Malone totally outwrestled Ortiz in the second fall and pinned him to take the match in two straight falls.

In the main event Miguel Torres was hoping to keep his winning streak in Baton Rouge alive as he took on Angelo Austeri. Things looked good as Torres pinned Austeri after a series of flying mares to win the first fall. Austeri used a series of flips on Torres and pinned him to win the second fall. Austeri used the same tactics in the deciding fall and pinned Torres to win the fall and the match.

The next evening in Alexandria the double main event opened with Pat Malone meeting Chico Ortiz in the first feature. Ortiz won the first fall when he pinned Malone after a series of bodyslams. Malone came back with bodyslams of his own after which he pinned Ortiz to win the second fall. The third and deciding fall was a blaze of action as Malone grabbed Ortiz and pinned him with a jackknife cradle in 30 seconds to win the fall and the match.

The feature event was another match between popular Miguel Torres and the unpopular Angelo Austeri. Austeri won the first fall in 30 minutes after slugging and kicking Torres and forcing him to submit to a leglock. In the second fall Torres hit Austeri with a series of bodyblocks. After one Austeri crashed into referee Phil Brummett and they both fell to the mat. Torres jumped on Austeri for the pin, but Brummett was dazed and unable to make the count. After what he felt was a long enough time covering Austeri to gain the pin, Torres got to his feet. Austeri recovered and gave Torres a vicious bodyslam and pinned him. Brummett regained his composure and counted Torres out, awarding the fall and the match to Austeri. Despite the protests of Torres and the ringside fans, the decision stood.

Angelo Austeri tosses Miguel Torres

 

Angelo Austeri has his foot on the throat of Miguel Torres as referee Phil Brummett tries to break it up

That same Wednesday evening in Mobile card had Charley Keene faced the Killer in the opening match. Once again the Killer found himself getting disqualified in the deciding fall to give Keene the match.

The main event saw Hans Hermann taking on Jack Kelly. Kelly scored two out of three falls to earn the victory over Hermann.

On Thursday in New Orleans the card opened with a tag team match as Chico Ortiz teamed with Jack Kelly to take on Angelo Austeri & the Killer. It was a rough match with neither team caring to much about the rules. Austeri & the Killer proved to be a bit too rough as they took the victory.

The semi-final was a return match between Charley Keene and Pat Malone. The two had battled to a 30 minute draw the previous week so this match had a 60 minute time limit. Malone won two out of three falls to gain an unpopular victory over Keene.

The main event had Miguel Torres facing Hans Hermann, the giant German. Hermann was just too large and too strong for Torres as he tossed Torres from the ring several times in the first fall. Torres was unable to get back into the ring before the count of 20 and was counted out, giving the fall to Hermann. Torres was unable to continue and the second fall and the match were awarded to Hermann by forfeit.

On Friday in Montgomery, the card opened with two one fall preliminary matches. In the first match of the evening Miguel Torres faced Chico Ortiz.

In the second event Hans Hermann met the Killer.

The main event was a tag team match with Miguel Torres & Han Hermann, who had wrestled each other the previous night in New Orleans, teaming to take on Chico Ortiz & the Killer.

No results are known for this card.

Also on Friday in Jackson George Curtis and George (Lefty) Thomas fought to a draw in the one fall opening match.

In the semi-final match Charlie Laye faced the Black Phantom. Laye spent most of the match preoccupied with removing the Phantom’s mask and it cost him. The Phantom scored two out of three falls to take the match.

The main event was a return match for the World Light-Heavyweight title which had been held up and in the hands of the state commission since the previous match between champion Jack Curtis and Paddy Mack the previous week in Jackson. Curtis gained an early edge when he pinned Mack after a series of snap mares to win the first fall. In the second fall Mack was dominant until Curtis floored him with a right hand. Curtis then went to apply a piledriver on Mack but was interrupted when George Thomas rushed into the ring to break it up. That brought George Curtis out to the ring as well and a melee ensued. Referee Claude Skidmore was knocked down in the fracas. When Skidmore regained his senses he disqualified Mack for due to the interference by Thomas and awarded the match to Jack Curtis in two straight falls. The World Light-Heavyweight title was returned to Curtis as well.

The same Friday evening in Anniston, now at the Municipal Auditorium, the card was scheduled to open with a best two out of three falls match with a 60 minute time limit between Pat Malone and Jack Kelly.

The main event was a 90 minute time limit match, also best two out of three falls, between Tarzan White and Angelo Austeri. Both men were now being billed as former World Jr. Heavyweight champions, but no further mention was made of the title and who the title holder currently was.

No results for this card are known.

Wrestling returned to Shreveport the following Monday after a week off. George Curtis defeated Bill France in the one fall opening match.

In the semi-final match the Black Phantom took two out of three falls to defeat Charlie Laye.

In the main event Jack Curtis put his World Light-Heavyweight title on the line once again against the challenge of Paddy Mack. Mack won the first fall when he forced Curtis to submit to a Boston Crab in 12 minutes. Curtis came back and applied a piledriver on Mack and pinned him in 14 minutes to win the second fall. The third and deciding fall was a wild and wooly one with a bloody Mack tossing referee Conway Baker from the ring in a fit of rage. Commissioner Charlie Oliver stepped in and stopped the match, awarding the fall and the match to Curtis on a disqualification.

On Tuesday in Monroe a double main event featuring both Curtis Brothers was staged. In the first event George Curtis took on Bill France, who was yet to win a match during his time in the area. Curtis continued France’s woes as he used a series of bodyslams on France and pinned him in 12 minutes to take the first fall. France, apparently frustrated with his lack of success had spent most of the opening fall clawing at Curtis’ eyes before Curtis scored the pin. Curtis hit France with a series of dropkicks and pinned him once again to win the second fall and the match. As Curtis was leaving the ring following his victory, a frustrated France aimed a well-placed kick at him. Curtis returned to the ring and started slugging France before referee Rex Mobley could calm things down. France finally left the ring and ran to the dressing room.

In the final event, Jack Curtis continued to be a fighting champion as he put his World Light-Heavyweight title on the line against Charlie Laye, who had held the same title in the past. Laye punished Curtis’ arm throughout much of the first fall before forcing him to submit to a hammerlock. Laye used some highly suspicious tactics in the second fall and he twisted Curtis’ fingers and punched him several times. Curtis fought back in a like manner with fists and elbows. Laye, sensing he was losing the fight, yelled to referee Mobley that he conceded and to give the fall to Curtis. The third and deciding fall was 8 minutes of wild action as the two men slugged away at each other with wild abandon. Finally Curtis got the edge when he opened a cut on Laye’s head and drove him to his knees. Mobley stepped in and stopped the bout due to Laye’s injury and awarded the fall and the match to Curtis. Laye refused to quit, however, and continued to fight until he was too weak to continue. Curtis left the ring still World Light-Heavyweight champion.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge Hans Hermann took on Irish Jack Kelly in the opening match of the evening. Kelly used a piledriver on Hermann and pinned him to win the first fall. Hermann came back and won the next two falls to take the match. Afterwards Hermann issued a challenge to the winner of the main event to wrestle him the next week in Baton Rouge.

The main event was a return match between Miguel Torres and Angelo Austeri. Austeri was disqualified in the first fall by referee Blackie Harrelson. Austeri had Torres in a bad way during the second fall and came close to pinning him several times. Torres fought back and finally pinned Austeri to win the match in two straight falls.

In Alexandria on Wednesday, Hans Hermann made his debut in the city by taking on Jack Kelly in the opening match. Hermann’s winning streak continued as he was too large and strong for Kelly and defeated him in two straight falls to win the match.

The main event was a return match between Miguel Torres and Angelo Austeri. The first fall went back and forth for 30 minutes until Austeri was disqualified by referee Blondie Stracener. Torres took the second fall in 10 minutes when he ducked a bodyblock by Austeri, slammed him after an airplane spin and pinned him. Torres won the match in two straight falls just as Austeri had done in their previous encounter.

On that same Wednesday evening, the Mobile card began with Pat Malone taking two out of three falls to defeat Charley Keene in the opening match.

The main event saw the ladies return as Mars Bennett faced Ella Waldek. Bennett won two out of three falls to win the match.

The Thursday night card in New Orleans was the biggest of the year that had been presented in that city. Prior to the matches legendary wrestling champion Ed (Strangler) Lewis gave a talk about juvenile delinquency and took questions from the large audience. The opening wrestling event was a tag team match with Miguel Torres & Charlie Laye taking on Angelo Austeri & Pat Malone. Each team had one a fall apiece going into the deciding fall and Laye had been injured at the conclusion of the second fall. Torres valiantly tried to go it alone but Austeri & Malone were just too much for just one man. Austeri pinned him to win the final fall and the match.

The semi-final bout was a ladies match between Mars Bennett and Ella Waldek. Despite the rough tactics used by Waldek throughout the match, Bennett scored two out of three falls to win the bout.

The main event featured NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz, accompanied by his manager Ed (Strangler) Lewis, defending his title against the German giant Han Hermann, who was undefeated thus far in his campaign through the area. Despite the size difference between the two, Thesz used his vast experience to master Hermann, taking the victory in two straight falls and retained his title.

The following night in Montgomery, Mars Bennett and Ella Waldek met again in a 60 minute preliminary ladies match.

The main event was a match for the NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz, accompanied by Ed (Strangler) Lewis, once again defending his title against Hans Hermann in a 90 minute match.

No results are known for this card, but Lou Thesz remained NWA World Heavyweight Champion.

Also on Friday in Jackson Henry Harrell returned after a brief absence and battle Paddy Mack to a furious draw in the one fall opening match.

The Black Phantom continued his winning ways as he handedly defeated George Curtis by taking two out of three falls to win the semi-final match. Since word had not spread from Monroe, where the Phantom had been forced to unmask but refused to reveal his true name, speculation was running high in Jackson as to his true identity. Many were convinced that he was the famed George Becker, a wrestler who had once held the World Light-Heavyweight title.

That very title was up for grabs in the main event in Jackson. Jack Curtis, the current champion, was defending it against the challenge of George (Lefty) Thomas. Thomas had interfered in Curtis’ title defense against Paddy Mack the previous week and Curtis was wanting a little payback. Thomas and Mack had formed a cabal of sorts and Mack was at ringside to coach his new found friend. Curtis won the first fall when he forced Thomas to submit to an abdominal stretch in 20 minutes. In the second fall the desperate Thomas pulled a tape wrapped object from his wrestling trunks and slipped it brass knuckles style around his fist. Before he could use it, though, Curtis knocked it from his hand and it fell to the mat. The two struggled over the weapon but Curtis came up with it. He slugged Thomas, opening a deep cut across his forehead. Thomas sank to the mat and Curtis pinned him to take the fall and the match and thus retain his title. It was only the local police that kept Mack out of the ring and let the action play out without interference. Following the match, Curtis addressed the crowd and stated that he had made several successful title defenses lately and that if Mack or Thomas wanted another title shot it would cost them a large amount of money as an incentive.

The following Monday in Shreveport, the card opened with George Curtis and Charlie Laye battling to a draw in the one fall match.

In the semi-final, the Black Phantom continued his win streak as he beat George Thomas in two straight falls, forcing Thomas to submit to a leglock in both. With this victory, the Phantom moved into contention for a shot at the World Light-Heavyweight title held by Jack Curtis and was promised a match the following week in Shreveport.

Curtis, however, needed to get past arch-rival Paddy Mack who he was defending that very title against in the main event. Mack made it hard on Curtis when he won the first fall to get an early edge. In the second fall Mack tried to smother Curtis by placing his large hands over the champion’s nose and mouth. An enraged Curtis fought back and applied a piledriver on Mack and pinned him to win the second fall. The maneuver left Mack unconscious and he had to be carried back to the dressing room. Mack was still in dreamland at the start of the third and deciding fall and was unable to continue. Curtis was awarded the fall and the match on a forfeit and retained his title.

On Tuesday in Monroe things were scrambled a bit between what had been scheduled and what actually took place. The first event of the evening was to be a match between Henry Harrell and the Black Phantom. Prior to the matches, however, the masked man had gotten into a scuffle with George Curtis. So the main event was changed to Curtis and the Phantom meeting. The first event would see Harrell taking on Curtis’ originally scheduled opponent, Charlie Laye. Harrell scored two out of three falls over Laye to win the match.

At the start of the final event, George Curtis was pointing out the fact that the Black Phantom had lost his match to George’s brother Jack Curtis earlier in Monroe. This had been the source of the scrap they had had previous to the night’s activities. The Phantom began the match strong and kicked Curtis into submission in 5 minutes to win the first fall. Curtis did likewise in the second fall as he kicked the Phantom into submission in 5 minutes to win the fall and even the score. In the third and deciding fall the Phantom managed to catch Curtis in his deadly leglock. The agile Curtis was able to reach up and grab the mask of the Phantom and began unlacing it. The Phantom let go of his hold, but Curtis pulled the hood down across the masked man’s eyes where he was blinded. Curtis continued to try and remove the mask while the Phantom fought back. He backed Curtis into the ropes and continued to punch him. Referee Rex Mobley tried to break things up but the Phantom refused to break on the ropes. Mobley disqualified him and awarded the fall and the match to Curtis but the fight continued. Curtis managed to flatten the Phantom, but the masked man slid from the ring and got away with his mask intact.

That same Tuesday evening in Baton Rouge the opening match featured Charley Keene taking on the Killer. Keene won two out of three falls from the masked man to win the match. The Killer was then forced to remove his mask and it was revealed that he was veteran Chief Tommy Marvin. This came to a real surprise as Marvin had always been a popular favorite over his many years wrestling in the area.

In the main event Miguel Torres answered the challenge of Han Hermann. Torres used a single leg Boston Crab to force Hermann to submit to win the first fall. In the second fall Hermann used a bear hug to weaken Torres and pinned him to win the fall. In the third and deciding fall Hermann tossed Torres from the ring and onto the arena floor. Torres was unable to get back into the ring before the count of 20 and was counted out, giving the fall and the match to Hermann.

On Wednesday in Alexandria the first of a double main event featured Charley Keene battling the Killer, now back under the mask. Each man scored a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. The 60 minute time limit expired before either man could win the decisive fall. The match ended in a draw.

In the main event was a return match between Miguel Torres and Hans Hermann. Torres managed to win the first fall when he caught the huge German in a pinning combination. Hermann came back and applied a leg scissors around the waist of Torres and forced him to submit to win the second fall. The two men wound up outside the ring fighting on the arena floor in the third and deciding fall. Just before referee Phil Brummett reached the count of 20, Hermann made it back into the ring. Torres failed to return to the ring and was counted out. Herman was awarded the third fall and the match.

That same Wednesday evening in Mobile Angelo Austeri won two out of three falls to win the opening match from Pat Malone.

The main event was a match between two ruffians as Chico Ortiz scored a victory over Jack Kelly. Kelly was disqualified in the deciding fall to suffer the loss.

This was the final card of 1950 held in Mobile.

The final card of November was held on Thursday in New Orleans. In the one fall opening match, the Killer pinned Chico Ortiz to win the match.

The semi-final was a tag team match with Charley Keene & Hans Hermann teaming to face the team of Pat Malone & Jack Kelly. Keene & Hermann won two out of three falls to win the match.

The main event was another match between Miguel Torres and Angelo Austeri. The two had met in two matches earlier in the month with each man having a victory. It was a rough battle throughout but Torres captured two falls out of three to win the rubber match.

 

DECEMBER:

 

December opened with a Friday night card held in Montgomery. Charles (Jake) Guercio, who had been serving as promoter Joe Gunther’s matchmaker, took over as the wrestling promoter in Montgomery. Guercio’s first card featured a main event with Miguel Torres & Hans Hermann teaming to take on Chico Ortiz & Angelo Austeri.

The card opened with two one fall preliminary matches made up of the participants in the main event.

No results are known for this card.

Also on Friday in Jackson. Charlie Laye defeated Bill France in the one fall opening match of the evening.

The semi-final match had Vicksburg buddies George Curtis & Henry Harrell teaming to take on the duo of Paddy Mack & George Thomas in a tag team match. Curtis & Harrell won two out of three falls to win the match. Following the third fall Mack, who had received a bloody head in the encounter, blamed the loss on Thomas. The two began fighting among themselves until outsiders managed to separate them.

In the main event Jack Curtis, the busy World Light-Heavyweight champion, put his title on the line one more time, this time against the Black Phantom. In this encounter, just as had been the case in their previous title matches, the Phantom agreed to unmask win, lose or draw. The match was even at a fall apiece going into the final fall. The battle was nip and tuck until Curtis managed to upend the Phantom and pinned him to win the fall and the match to retain his title. The Phantom lived up to his word as he allowed referee Claude Skidmore to remove his mask. As soon as the mask came off, he grabbed it back from Skidmore and covered his face once again. He left the ring without anyone getting a good look at him and refusing any further revelation.

There was no wrestling card held in Anniston on Friday. Promoter Al Bragg announced plans for a big card the following week.

The following Monday in Shreveport the card opened with a match between Rex Mobley and Charlie Laye. The two veterans battled to a 30 minute draw in the one fall match.

In the semi-final George Curtis took on Wild Bill Steddum, returning after a lengthy absence. Each man scored a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. During the third fall Steddum slugged Commissioner Charlie Oliver, who was serving as the special referee, and was disqualified. Curtis was awarded the fall and the match.

The main event of the evening featured World Light-Heavyweight champion Jack Curtis putting up his title against the Black Phantom once again. Again the Phantom’s mask would also be on the line. Curtis pinned the Phantom to win the first fall. The masked man evened the score by forcing Curtis to submit to an arm twist to win the second fall. The Phantom attempted the arm twist again in the deciding fall but Curtis managed to reverse it and pinned the Phantom to win the fall and the match, retaining his title. The Phantom initially refused once again to remove the mask until a spectator jumped into the ring and tried to remove it himself. Once the interloper was removed from the scene, the Phantom seemed disgusted with the whole thing and removed his mask. Once again he quickly left the ring without revealing his name.

On Tuesday in Monroe the card featured a main event tag team match with George Curtis & Henry Harrell teaming to take on Charlie Laye & Wild Bill Steddum.

The four wrestlers were also matched in two singles preliminary matches to open the card.

No results are known for this card.

That same Tuesday evening in Baton Rouge the card opened with a match between Irish Jack Kelly and Chico Ortiz.

The main event was a return match between Miguel Torres and Hans Hermann.

No results are known for this card.

On Wednesday in Alexandria, the first of a double main event was a match between Jack Kelly and Chico Ortiz. Kelly won two out of three falls to win the match. Ortiz got into a row with referee Bill France and challenged him to a match the following week.

The final event was a return match between Miguel Torres and Hans Hermann. Torres flattened Hermann with a series of bodyblocks and pinned him to win the first fall. Torres made it two straight as he applied a backbreaker on Hermann and forced him to submit to win the second fall and the match.

On Thursday in New Orleans, the opening match was a one fall preliminary between Pat Malone and the Killer. The Killer was caught by referee Red Byrd using illegal tactics and was disqualified.

The semi-final match was a tag team battle with Charley Keene teaming with Bill France, who was substituting for an ailing Tarzan White, to take on the team of Angelo Austeri & Jack Kelly. France finally had a taste of victory as he & Keene won two out of three falls to win the match.

The main event was yet another match between Miguel Torres and Hans Hermann. Torres emerged victorious once again as he took two straight falls to win the match, using a leglock submission in both.

On Friday in Montgomery the card opened with a 60 minute preliminary match between Billy French and Chico Ortiz.

The main event was a grudge match between Miguel Torres and Angelo Austeri. The two had gotten into a scuffle following a tag team match they were both involved with the previous week. Torres had challenged Austeri, the reigning World Jr. Heavyweight champion, to put his title up. Austeri refused to do so. In fact, Austeri had not defended the title against anyone in several weeks, content to keep it in the deep freeze

No results are known for this card.

Also on Friday in Jackson, Charlie Laye and Wild Bill Steddum battled to a draw in the one fall opening event.

The second event of the evening was also a one fall match between George Curtis and the Black Phantom. An odd thing happened when the Phantom entered the ring. He was minus his mask and asked for the microphone. He said that he had tired of all of the speculation as to his identity and he was ready to spill the beans. He claimed that his name was “Indian Ike” and that would be the name he would compete under from then on. It was later revealed that his actual name was Bill Cazzell. He would alternate using both names from there on out. As for this match Curtis got the victory when Cazzell was disqualified.

In the main event, Jack & George Curtis teamed with Henry Harrell to face Cazzell, Steddum & Paddy Mack in a six man tag team match. The Vicksburg trio took two out of three falls from Cazzell, Steddum & Mack to win the match.

The same Friday wrestling returned to Anniston after a week off. The opening match featured another former masked man whose identity had been revealed. Chief Tommy Marvin, the former masked Killer faced Charley Keene in a one fall match. It had been Keene who had unmasked the Killer in Baton Rouge the previous week. Marvin was a veteran who had spent many years as a popular favorite in the previous decades. Keene pinned Marvin to win the one fall match.

Jack Kelly and Pat Malone battled to a 30 minute draw in the second match of the evening, also a one fall affair.

In the main event Keene & Kelly teamed to take on Marvin & Malone in a tag team match. Marvin & Malone took two out of three falls to win the match. Kelly suffered cuts at the end of the match.

The following Monday in Shreveport a double main event was presented. The first event was a match between Charlie Laye and Wild Bill Steddum in a best two out of three falls match.

The final event, also best two out of three falls, was a tag team match pitting Jack Curtis& Rex Mobley against Paddy Mack & the former Black Phantom, Bill (Indian Ike) Cazzell.

No results are known for this card.

On Tuesday in Monroe was another card featuring a double main event. In the first event Henry Harrell faced Charlie Laye in a best two out of three falls match.

The main event was a World Light-Heavyweight title match with champion Jack Curtis defending the title against Bill (Indian Ike) Cazzell, the former Black Phantom.

Once again, no results are available for this card.

That same Tuesday evening in Baton Rouge the main event was a tag team match with Irish Jack Kelly & Billy France taking on Pat Malone & Chico Ortiz.

There were also 2 preliminary matches involving these same four wrestlers.

No results are known for this card.

On Wednesday in Alexandria the first match on the card was between Pat Malone and Jack Kelly. Each man had won a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Referee Phil Brummett stopped the match in the third fall because of a cut over the nose suffered by Kelly. The fall and the match were awarded to Malone when it was decided that Kelly could not continue.

Referee Phil Brummett pushes Pat Malone back from Jack Kelly

The main event was a special challenge match between Bill France and Chico Ortiz. The two had gotten into an altercation the previous week during a match where France was the referee in a match Ortiz was participating in. Ortiz won the first fall when he pinned France after ramming his head into the corner turnbuckle several times. France was awarded the second fall on a disqualification when Ortiz tore referee Phil Brummett’s shirt off his back. When the third and deciding fall began Ortiz was suddenly wearing heavy tape on his knee. He used the tape to rub across France’s eyes several times, blinding him. Referee Brummett stopped the match and Commissioner Emile Delcomyn entered the ring. After much discussion Ortiz removed the tape from his knee and tossed it aside. When the match started back up France grabbed the tape and used it across the eyes of Ortiz before tossing it from the ring. France then tossed Ortiz from the ring and he landed in the lap of a ringsider, nearly causing a riot. When Ortiz got back into the ring he pulled a piece of string from his trunks and proceeded to choke France with it. Brummett had finally had enough and disqualified Ortiz for the second time and awarded the fall and the match to France.

Chico Ortiz tries for a pin on Bill France as referee Phil Brummett checks his shoulders

On Thursday in New Orleans, newcomer Don (Lucky) Gilpin made his debut in the area and made it a successful one. He defeated veteran Pat Malone in the one fall opening match.

In the second one fall preliminary match Charley Keene pinned Chico Ortiz to win the match.

The main event promised to be a fast clean match as George Curtis took on Miguel Torres. The match was even at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Curtis began to gain the advantage and Torres surprised the fans by resorting to some roughhouse tactics. Curtis fought back with much the same and wore Torres down and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

On Friday in Montgomery, Al Massey defeated veteran Cowboy Jack Purdin, who was substituting for the absent Charley Keene, in the opening preliminary match.

In the main event Lucky Gilpin made his debut in Montgomery a spectacular one. He not only took two out of three falls to defeat the Killer, he unmasked the feared grappler as well. Once again the Killer was revealed to be Chief Tommy Marvin.

Also on Friday in Jackson the card opened with a one fall preliminary match between George Curtis and Rex Mobley. The two battled to a 30 minute draw.

Henry Harrell defeated Bill Cazzell by disqualification in the second one fall preliminary match.

In the semi-final match, Primo Carnera made his return to the area and faced Wild Bill Steddum. Carnera was the former Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World and Steddum was himself was a former boxer. Carnera had a surprisingly hard time with Steddum, who gave him a hard time throughout the match. Finally Carnera managed to pin Steddum to win the deciding fall and the match after the match was tied at a fall apiece. Just as referee Charlie Laye raised Carnera’s hand in victory, Steddum was joined in the ring by Bill Cazzell & Paddy Mack. The three issued a challenge to Carnera, who left the ring before any trouble could occur. Following the match, Carnera’s manager, Milo Steinborn, said that his wrestler was jet lagged after flying into Jackson from Boston where he had wrestled the night before and that explained the hard time he had had with Steddum. Furthermore he stated that Carnera could beat any two of the threesome that had challenged him on his own, but would just need one partner to beat the three of them.

In the main event Jack Curtis once again faced off with Paddy Mack. This time Curtis’ World Light-Heavyweight title would be left safely in the dressing room because this was a non-title match. Each man scored a fall apiece when referee Charlie Laye disqualified Mack in the third and deciding fall, giving the match to Curtis.

There was no wrestling held in Anniston on the same Friday evening.

The following Monday in Shreveport, George Curtis scored a disqualification win over Wild Bill Steddum in the opening one fall event.

In the semi-final match Rex Mobley won to out of three falls over Charlie Laye to win the match.

In the main event Jack Curtis teamed with Primo Carnera to take on the team of Paddy Mack & Bill Cazzell. Curtis & Carnera had a fairly easy time of it as the won two straight falls to win the match.

This card was the final card held in Shreveport for 1950.

On Tuesday in Monroe the card opened with Henry Harrell and Charlie Laye battling to a draw in the one fall preliminary match.

In the main event Jack Curtis & Primo Carnera teamed once again, this time facing Bill (Indian Ike) Cazzell & Wild Bill Steddum. Curtis pinned Cazzell in 12 minutes to win the first fall for his team. Cazzell got a bit of revenge when he forced Curtis to submit to an arm twist after 15 minutes to win the second fall. Carnera beat Steddum in 5 minutes to win the third fall and the match for his team.

This was the final wrestling card of 1950 in Monroe.

Also on Tuesday in Baton Rouge Pat Malone won two straight falls over Chico Ortiz to win the opening match of the evening.

In the main event Lucky Gilpin faced Jack Kelly. Kelly won the first fall when he tossed Gilpin out of the ring and Gilpin was unable to return before the count of 20. Gilpin used a series of flying dropkicks on Kelly and pinned him to win the second fall. Gilpin also used dropkicks and a pin on Kelly to win the third fall and the match.

On Wednesday in Alexandria Jack Kelly and Pat Malone met in the opening match. This was a rematch between the two and Kelly was anxious to pay Malone back for the bloody cut he received on his nose the previous week. Kelly used a cobra clutch to force Malone to submit to win the first fall in 12 minutes. Malone came back and used a Boston Crab to force Kelly to submit to win the second fall. The third and deciding fall ended after 12 minutes when Malone was disqualified by referee Phil Brummett for refusing to break an illegal hold.

In the main event Lucky Gilpin, quickly becoming a bobby-sox darling of the fans, took on Chico Ortiz. Ortiz started quickly when he jumped Gilpin before the opening bell, slammed him and pinned him in about 5 seconds. Referee Phil Brummett raised the hand of Ortiz but promoter Jimmie Thompson climbed into the ring and nullified the decision, ordering the match restarted. The fall lasted quite a bit longer this go-round until Gilpin tossed Ortiz with a flying mare and the used a flying body press to pin him to win the fall. In the second fall Ortiz hauled a piece of rope from his trunks and choked Gilpin with it. Gilpin managed to get the rope from Ortiz and used it to tie his feet together. With Ortiz struggling to untie himself, Gilpin pummeled him with punches to the body. The advantage swung back to Ortiz as he used a series of bodyblocks on Gilpin. Ortiz tried it once too often when he missed a tackle. Gilpin quickly applied a Boston Crab on Ortiz and forced him to submit to win the match in two straight falls.

On Thursday in New Orleans the opening one fall preliminary match matched Bill France against Pat Malone. France, filled with new found confidence, pinned Malone to win the bout.

In the semi-final match Lucky Gilpin took two out of three falls to win his match over Charley Keene.

In the main event George Curtis & Al Massey teamed to take on Miguel Torres & Jack Kelly. Torres, once the darling of the fans, was now using rough tactics and teaming with the likes of Kelly. Curtis won the first fall for his team when he pinned Kelly after a series of flying dropkicks. Torres came back and forced Curtis to submit to a leglock to win the second fall. Curtis was injured by the hold and was unable to compete in the third and deciding fall. Rather than concede the match on a forfeit, Massey agreed to go in alone in the final fall. The odds were too much for the game Massey and he was beaten to give the fall and the match to Torres & Kelly.

On Friday in Montgomery the card opened with a 60 minute match between Lucky Gilpin and Pat Malone.

In the main event Al Massey faced Irish Jack Kelly in a battle of ring veterans.

No results are known for this card.

Also on Friday in Jackson George Curtis battled to a draw with Paddy Mack, who was filling in for the missing Charlie Laye, in a one fall preliminary bout.

In the second event of the evening, also a one fall match, Rex Mobley scored a victory over Henry Harrell.

The main event was a handicap match with Jack Curtis & Primo Carnera taking on the threesome of Paddy Mack, Bill Cazzell & Wild Bill Steddum. Mack pinned Curtis to win the first fall for the trio of roughnecks after all three took turns battering Curtis around the ring. Curtis came back and used a series of snap mares on Steddum and pinned him to win the second. The third and deciding fall saw all five men in the ring at the same time. Despite the odds, Curtis & Carnera had a fairly easy time of it knocking their opponents around. Finally with Cazzell & Steddum out of the ring lying on the arena floor and Mack draped across the bottom rope totally exhausted, Mack said that he had had enough and conceded the fall. The fall and the match went to Curtis & Carnera in a very convincing manner.

The same Friday evening wrestling returned to Anniston after a week off with a double main event card presented. Charley Keene and Chico Ortiz met in the first event.

In the final event Bill France, now on a winning streak, faced off with Miguel Torres.

There are no results for this card.

The final week of the year started on a sad note when Don Keene was killed on Tuesday December 26 in an airplane crash near Montevallo, Alabama. Keene had been wrestling in Texas but was in his hometown of Birmingham for the holidays. He had flown out of that city on a small charter plane on Tuesday headed to an engagement in Amarillo, Texas.

With some of the towns already closed for the holidays, the final week of the years saw fewer cards presented. The first of which was held the following Tuesday in Baton Rouge. In the opening match Al Massey took on Charley Keene. Keene was appearing despite the fact that his younger brother had been killed earlier in the day in an airplane crash in Alabama. Fighting through the obvious grief, Keene pinned Massey to win the first fall in 16 minutes. Massey used a series of bodyslams on Keene and pinned him to win the second fall, also in 16 minutes. In the third and deciding fall Massey used a backbreaker on Keene and pinned him in 15 minutes to win the fall and the match.

In the main event Lucky Gilpin took on Pat Malone. Malone used a Boston Crab to force Gilpin to submit to win the first fall. Gilpin used a flying headscissors to pin Malone to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall referee Kelly Mixon disqualified Gilpin for ignoring his instructions, giving the fall and the match to Malone. An enraged Gilpin punched Mixon following the decision.

On Wednesday in Alexandria, the first match was a bout between Al Massey and Pat Malone. Massey won the first fall when he hit Malone with a series of flying tackles and pinned him. Malone came back and captured the next two falls, using a Boston Crab to make Massey submit in each.

The final event featured Lucky Gilpin facing George Cologne. Cologne was a substitute for Jack Kelly who was in Birmingham to serve as a pallbearer at the funeral of Don Keene. Cologne won the first fall when he used an alligator clutch on Gilpin and pinned him. Gilpin came back and forced Cologne to submit to a Boston Crab to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, Cologne had Gilpin down under the ropes and was repeatedly stomping him. Despite warnings by referee Phil Brummett, Cologne refused to break from his tactics and wound up disqualified, giving the fall and the match to Gilpin.

Lucky Gilpin trips up George Cologne

 

Lucky Gilpin applies and armbar on George Cologne

The Thursday card in New Orleans was to feature Billy France facing Charley Keene in the opening match.

The semi-final was to be George Curtis taking on Lucky Gilpin.

The main event was to be a tag team match between the teams of Al Massey & George Cologne and Jack Kelly & Pat Malone. Joe Gunther was to serve as the special referee.

The card was cancelled however due to the death of Don Keene in an airplane crash the previous Tuesday. Promoter Ernestine Murtagh and her husband Jim Murtagh attended the funeral as did Joe Gunther, who was said to be the adopted father of Keene, along with his wife. Don’s older brother Charley Keene attended with the family and Jack Kelly served as a pallbearer.

On Friday in Montgomery, Lucky Gilpin and Al Massey met in the 60 minute opening bout.

In the main event Irish Jack Kelly took on Pat Malone.

No results are known for this card.

Also on Friday in Jackson the first two matches on the card were scheduled for best two out of three falls, but ended in time limit draws with the combatants scoring one fall apiece. George Curtis drew Rex Mobley and Henry Harrell drew Charlie Laye.

The main event featured Jack Curtis once again defending his World Light-Heavyweight title against bitter enemy Paddy Mack. Curtis won the first fall when he forced Mack to submit to an abdominal stretch. During the second fall Mack had Curtis down and thought that he had pinned him for the count. He rose to his feet before referee Pat Willis had completed the count and was strutting around in what he felt was a victory. Curtis got to his feet and stunned Mack with a right to the jaw and floored him. Mack was easily pinned and Curtis took the match in two straight falls to retain his title.

That same Friday evening in Anniston the main event was the team of Bill France & Red Byrd taking on Chico Ortiz & Cowboy Jack Purdin.

The same four men were separated into two singles preliminary matches to open the card.

No results are known for this card.

That brings 1950 to an end.