1962

JANUARY:

 

Jack Bence quickly moved to the top of the Gulf Coast fans’ most hated list. It all came about rather unusually during a ladies match between Mary Jane Mull and Barbara Galento. Each woman had won a fall apiece and Bence accompanied Mull to ringside at the beginning of the deciding fall. As Mull and Galento battled it out in the corner where Bence was sitting at ringside, he reached into the ring and pulled Galento’s legs out from under her. This allowed Mull to jump on the stunned Galento and pin her.

Later the same evening, Bence was involved in a tag team match with he and partner Eric Von Krupp facing Bobby Fields & Dick Dunn. Fields & Dunn took turns body slamming Von Krupp until Dunn pinned him to take the first fall. The action in the second fall was pretty even until Barbara Galento jumped onto the ring apron and took a swing at Bence. Bence grabbed her by her hair and rammed her head into the ringpost, knocking her to the Ft. Whiting floor. The fans were up in arms already and this sent them into a real frenzy. Bence decided the best place for him was the safety of the dressing room so that’s where he went. This left Von Krupp on his own and he was quickly pinned by Bobby Fields to lose the second fall and the match. Fields & Dunn helped Galento back to her dressing room as the fans screamed for Bence’s blood.

Naturally this brought Barbara’s father, Mario Galento, back to the area seeking revenge. He challenged Jack Bence to a showdown, but Bence refused to meet him in a match. Anyone knowing Mario Galento knew it would not end there.

Bence was involved in a tag team match with The Ace of Spades as his partner, facing the team of Dick Dunn & newcomer Doug Kinslow. Bence won the first fall for his team by hitting Dunn in the head with the ringside microphone and pinning him. In the second Bence and Dunn were battling at ringside while Kinslow and the Ace of Spades were going at each other inside the ring. Bence finally knocked Dunn to the floor and reentered the ring. As he and his masked partner were giving Kinslow a going over, Galento charged the ring. He managed to get a few licks in on Bence but wound up with a bloody forehead for his trouble. Alabama Boxing & Wrestling Commissioner Preston Hall stopped the match and declared it a no contest. He also ordered a match between Galento and Bence for the following week.

Earlier in the evening Galento had teamed with Lee Fields to face a pair of newcomers, Dandy Jack Donovan & Billy Torontos. Donovan pinned Galento to take the first fall in that one, but Galento came back to win the second by forcing Torontos to submit to his Hangman’s hold. In the third fall Donovan exchanged punches with both Fields and referee Bruce Austin and was knocked from the ring. He decided he had had enough and went back to the dressing room, leaving his partner all alone. Torontos lost the deciding fall when he submitted to Lee Fields’ double toehold.

Dandy Jack Donovan stomps a prone Lee Fields

Mario Galento finally had his long awaited opportunity to gain revenge on Jack Bence as the two were signed to a match against one another.

Alabama Boxing & Wrestling Commissioner Preston Hall watches as Mario Galento signs to meet Jack Bence in a match

The anxious Galento jumped Bence before he could get his robe off and pinned him in just over two minutes to win the first fall. Bence wound up with a bloody head as well. Bence came back strong in the second fall as he battered Galento from pillar to post. Galento wound up bleeding as well and was tossed from the ring by Bence. Mario was unable to get back into the ring and was counted out, giving the second fall to Bence. The ringside doctor refused to let Galento continue the bout due to the lacerations on his head. Thus the last fall and the match were awarded to Jack Bence. Galento immediately demanded a rematch, going so far to say he would wrestle for nothing, but officials refused to match the two men again until a fracas between the two occurred on television. Galento got off to a fast start and used his Hangman’s hold to force Bence to submit in the first fall. Bence blinded Galento in the second fall with the use of a paper cup, wearing Mario down and pinning him. The two battered each other for nearly 30 minutes during the third and deciding fall. Bence proved to be just a little stronger as he leveled Galento with a haymaker off the ropes and pinned him to take the match.

The Mysterious Medics returned after an absence and took up right where they left off. In their first match back in the area they faced the team of Dick Dunn & Doug Kinslow. Dunn & Kinslow worked surprisingly well together but dropped the first fall to the masked pair. They won the second fall when Kinslow pinned the Medic #2 after a series of bodyblocks. In the deciding fall Dunn had one of the masked men pinned when referee Bruce Austin turned his attention to Kinslow who was attempting to enter the ring. The other Medic climbed to the top rope and jumped off onto Dunn. He then dragged his masked partner across Dunn’s body just as Austin turned his attention back to the action in the ring. Austin counted Dunn out and awarded the fall and match to the Medics.

Next up for the Medics was the team of Kinslow & Lee Fields. Fields & Kinslow took the first fall in short order. The wild action during the second fall caused the top rope to collapse and the Medics took advantage of the situation. Each picked up a corner turnbuckle and battered Fields & Kinslow with it. Finally the Medic #2 pinned Kinslow to take the second fall. The Medics continually switched in and out of the ring at will during the third fall. Referee Ken Ramey was unable to tell the two apart which they used to their full advantage. Ramey also got involved in an argument with Fields which allowed the Medics to use a ringside chair on Kinslow. Kinslow was easily pinned, giving the fall and the match to the Medics.

Lee Fields is sent reeling by one of the Mysterious Medics

Also in the area in January were Greg Peterson and Rocky Smith.

 

 

FEBRUARY:

 

For the first time in a while all three Fields Brothers were in the ring at the same time. Lee, Don & Bobby teamed up to take on the trio of the Mysterious Medics & Paul DeGalles. Bobby Fields took the first fall for his side as he pinned the Medic #2. DeGalles evened the score for his team as he pinned Don Fields in the second fall. During the third fall things were all going the way of the Fields boys when Dandy Jack Donovan came to ringside. As the Medics battled with Lee & Don Fields, Donovan saw his opening. DeGalles locked a full nelson on Bobby Fields and maneuvered him over to near where Donovan was standing at ringside. Donovan took careful aim and unleashed a fist aiming to lay Fields out. Fields managed to duck at the last possible second and Donovan’s haymaker landed on the chin of Paul DeGalles. DeGalles was flattened and easily pinned. When the Medics saw what had happened they laid into Donovan and gave him a good going over before chasing him to the dressing room.

Donovan fared better earlier in the evening as he defeated Mario Galento in a best two out of three fall match.

Dandy Jack Donovan applies pressure to the arm of Mario Galento

The three Fields Brothers also teamed to defeat the threesome of the Medics & Jack Bence in a match at the Community Center in Robertsdale, AL.

Dandy Jack Donovan was anxious to get his hands on the Mysterious Medics and announced that he was bringing in Dr. Jerry Graham as his partner to face the hooded pair. However the night of the match, Graham was nowhere in sight. It was also announced that the Medic #1 had been injured in an automobile accident in Jackson, MS. After much discussion at ringside it was decided that Donovan would face the Medic #2 in a singles match and the two tore into one another in a wild brawl. The Medic won the first fall after bloodying Donovan and pinning him. Donovan took the second fall by pinning the Medic after a series of knee drops from the ropes. The Medic complained bitterly that referee Speedy Hatfield had allowed Donovan to get away with foul tactics and refused to continue the match until Hatfield was replaced with another referee. Bruce Austin and Bad Boy Hines came out to offer their services while Hatfield argued with the Medic. Ring announcer Clem Courtney was also in the ring trying to inform the audience as to what was going on. The Medic kept climbing in and out of the ring until Donovan had finally had enough. He chased the Medic back into the ring and tore into him, sending Hatfield, Austin, Hines and Courtney end over end. Courtney managed to help Austin and Hines from the ring but an angry Hines rushed back in. Donovan and the Medic were still tearing away at each other as Hatfield was trying to separate them. Hines knocked Hatfield aside and tore into both Donovan and the Medic. Courtney and Austin climbed back into the ring to try and restore order only to be floored by the irate Hines. Hatfield got back to his feet and stopped the match declaring it a no contest.

Bad Boy Hines was angrier at the Medic #2 than Donovan so he challenged him to a match. The Medic agreed and the match was signed. In the first fall the Medic tossed Hines from the ring and wouldn’t allow him back in. Each time Hines tried to reenter the ring he was met with the Medic’s knee in his stomach. Finally Billy Boy Hines came out and punched the Medic and sent him reeling. Bad Boy easily pinned the masked man to win the first fall. The Medic used his knees again in the second fall and pinned Hines after a series of knees to the stomach. In the third fall the Medic whipped Hines into referee Speedy Hatfield and sent them both sprawling to the mat. The Medic then picked up Hines and slammed him to the mat and covered him. Hatfield was still laying dazed on the mat and was unable to make the count. At this point, Billy Boy Hines came back out, climbed to the top rope and jumped off onto the Medic with his knee. He then pulled his brother on top of the masked man and revived Hatfield, who counted the fall and awarded the match to Bad Boy Hines.

A newcomer from Texas named Paul Jones came into the area and faced off with Dandy Jack Donovan. Young Jones was impressive as he overwhelmed Donovan to take the first fall. Unfortunately for him, Donovan swept the next two falls and won the match.

Also in the area in February was Doug Kinslow, Ivan Zukoff and Rocky Smith.

 

MARCH:

 

The Hines Brothers made their return to the area complete as they defeated Don & Bobby Fields in Dothan to win the Southern Tag Team Championship. They quickly put the titles on the line against the popular team of Dick Dunn & Doug Kinslow. The Hines boys used one of their favorite tactics on Dunn in the first fall. They continually bounced him off the ropes and drove their knees into his stomach as he rebounded. Finally Bad Boy Hines pinned Dunn to take the fall. Dunn got a measure of revenge in the second fall as he forced Bad Boy Hines to submit to a backbreaker to win the fall and even things up. In the third and deciding fall, Bad Boy and Kinslow crashed into each other and collapsed to the mat. Referee Speedy Hatfield did not begin a count over them because he was busy trying to free Billy Boy Hines from the ropes where Dunn had hung him headfirst between the middle and top strand. Bad Boy Hines managed to crawl over and cover Kinslow and Hatfield, finally having freed Billy Boy, tolled the three count and awarded the fall and the match to the Hines boys.

The Mysterious Medics were back together after Medic #1 recovered from his injuries sustained in an automobile accident. They squared off with the team of Dick Dunn & Lester Welch, who was returning after a lengthy absence. Welch took the first fall for his team as he pinned Medic #1 after a rousing battle. In the second fall the Medics used one of their favorite tricks on Dunn. As Dunn was draped across the second rope, Medic #2 grabbed him by the ankles and stretched him out. Medic #1 scaled the ropes and jumped down across Dunn’s back allowing Medic #2 to easily pin him. In the third fall, the Medics were giving Dunn quite a going over. Each time Dunn managed to make it to his corner to tag Welch, referee Joe Powell was distracted by the Medics. Welch finally had had enough and charged into the ring. Powell tried to force him back out and wound up with a belt to his chin for his troubles. Welch tore into the Medics who had tossed the battered Dunn out of the ring. The Medics were too much for Welch, however, and he soon found himself victim to their beating. Referee Powell finally managed to get back to his feet and attempted to stop the match. He was unsuccessful as was Bruce Austin who also entered the ring to try and restore order. Finally Lee Fields charged the ring and chased the Medics back to the dressing room.

A few days later, promoter Skip Wetjen went on the live television show and announced that he was determined to put together a team to beat the Medics once and for all. The Medics were upset at this and they came out and attacked Wetjen, resulting in his ending up with a black eye. Lester Welch made it clear to Wetjen that he wanted to be a part of the team and would accept whoever else Wetjen had in mind. Wetjen then announced that Welch would have five time former World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz as his partner. As an additional stipulation, if the Medics lost the match they would have to unmask. The match was held at Hartwell Field in the first outdoor show of the season.

A large crowd of over 4,000 fans packed into Hartwell Field hoping to see the hated masked men beaten and stripped of their disguises. Lester Welch pinned Medic #2 to win the first fall after whipping him into Thesz’s waiting boot. The action was so hot and heavy during the second fall that the top rope was knocked lose. Medic #1 quickly grabbed the rope up and was using it to strangle Thesz. Welch pulled lose the middle rope and began to chock Medic #2 with it. Thesz managed to escape Medic #1 and soon had him gasping for breath as he wrapped the rope around the masked man’s throat. Referee Joe Powell called a halt to the match and declared it a no contest. Though not satisfied with the decision, Thesz & Welch headed to the showers. The Medics, however, were not through with Powell, They grabbed him and were giving him quite a beating when Thesz & Welch raced back to the ring and chased the masked duo back to the dressing room.

Next up for the Mysterious Medics was a match with Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines for the Southern Tag Team title, held by the Hines boys. Each team had won a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. During the third fall, Billy Boy Hines was knocked from the ring. Bad Boy went to check on him and then attempted to reenter the ring brandishing a ringside chair. Referee Speedy Hatfield managed to get it away from him but Hines quickly grabbed another one. This time, however, he was unarmed by one of the Medics who used it to clout Hines on the head. Hines was dazed and fell back to the ground but managed to climb back into the ring. Another crashing chair blow was waiting on him and he was easily pinned giving the fall, the match and the Southern title to the Mysterious Medics.

Promoter Skip Wetjen announced that he had signed a colossal match for Hartwell Field in Mobile. A match between former NWA World Heavyweight champions Lou Thesz and Pat O’Connor would take place with the winner getting a shot at the current NWA World Champion Buddy Rogers.

Promoter Skip Wetjen goes over the contract with Lou Thesz

Thesz took the first fall over O’Connor with his famed Thesz Press and pin. O’Connor came back in the second with an airplane spin and pin to win the fall. In the third fall O’Connor went for the kill with another airplane spin. This time however, Thesz grabbed the top rope and both men went spinning out of the ring. Out on the ground, O’Connor picked Thesz up and hurled him into the front row of spectators. Just as O’Connor was about to climb back into the ring, Thesz tackled him from behind, sending both men sprawling once again to the ground. Both men were counted out and the match ended in a no contest.

Former NWA World Champions Pat O’Connor & Lou Thesz struggle for an advantage

A new tag team arrived on the scene with plans on gaining the Southern Tag Team title. This team consisted of veteran Russians wrestlers Soldat Gorky & Ivan Kameroff. Gorky & Kameroff met the team of Lester Welch & newcomer Mario Moreno. Welch took the first fall for his team when he forced Gorky to submit to an abdominal stretch. Kameroff took the second fall by forcing Moreno to submit to a Hangman’s hold. In the third and deciding fall, referee Tommy Rollins was distracted and failed to see Gorky apply an illegal piledriver to Welch. When Rollins turned his attention back to the in ring action, Gorky had Welch pinned. Rollins counted the fall and awarded the match to the Russians.

Dandy Jack Donovan was soon seen sporting the Gulf Coast Heavyweight title. It is unclear how or where he won the title which had been inactive since the last champion, Chief Little Eagle, left the territory the previous September. Donovan defended the title against Bobby Fields in a wild match in Laurel. Referee Billy Strong disqualified both men and held up the title. Donovan prevailed in a rematch by beating Fields in two straight falls to get the title back.

If one Donovan wasn’t enough trouble, there was two in the area in March. Dandy Jack Donovan’s wife, Verne Bottoms, teamed with her husband to face Lee Fields & Helen Baum in a mixed tag match. Fields scored a pin on Mr. Donovan after a series of dropkicks in the first fall. In the second fall Mrs. Donovan pinned Baum after Mr. Donovan had punched her while she was held by Verne in a full nelson. In the third fall, Donovan pulled a small nail from his boot and used it to poke several small but bloody holes in Fields’ forehead. Fields was a bloody mess as he rolled out of the ring, leaving Miss Baum to fall victim to Verne Bottoms. Bottoms slammed Baum several times and then pinned her to with the fall and the match for the Donovans.

The Donovans also teamed to defeat Bobby Fields & Jean Antone in a match in Laurel.

700 pound Happy Humphrey made his first appearance ever in the Gulf Coast. He teamed with Bobby Fields to face three men, Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines and Dandy Jack Donovan. Fields pinned Bad Boy Hines to take the first fall. The Hines boys & Donovan tried everything they could to topple Humphrey, but the massive Georgian just bounced them off his massive belly. Bad Boy Hines knelt down behind Humphrey hoping to trip him as Billy Boy & Donovan pushed him. The only result of that was Humphrey sitting down and crushing Hines with his weight. In the second fall, Humphrey had all three of his opponents trapped in the corners as he got a running start and crashed into them. He tried it once too often and they managed to move. Humphrey’s head rammed into the turnbuckle and he crumpled to the mat. All three jumped onto him and pinned him to take the second fall. In the third fall, Humphrey attempted to sit on Bad Boy Hines again but Hines moved at the last moment. Humphrey sprawled on the mat as both of the Hines Brothers went to work on him. Donovan battered Bobby Fields in the other corner with a metal object that he had hidden in his trunks. With the massive Humphrey incapacitated, Fields fell victim to Donovan and was pinned giving the fall and the match to Donovan and the Hines Brothers.

Lee Fields defeated Dandy Jack Donovan in Pensacola to win the Gulf Coast Heavyweight title.

Also in the area were Rocky Smith, Gorgeous George Grant and Jack Curtis Jr.

 

APRIL:

 

Southern Tag Team Champions, the Mysterious Medics, faced a new challenge in a new team in the area. This team consisted of popular veteran Tex Riley, making his return after a lengthy absence, and newcomer Guy Taylor. In the first match between the two teams the Medics refused to put their title on the line. That didn’t keep the match from being a wild one. The Medics came out the victors but they had a little extra help in the matter. During the first fall Riley had both Medics reeling with a series of dropkicks, but landed one on referee Tommy Rollins in the process. Actually one of the Medics pushed Rollins into the line of fire, but either way Riley’s dropkick sent the referee flying to the ground of Hartwell Field. He was soon joined by the Medics as Riley & Taylor pitched them out of the ring as well. When Rollins regained his senses he disqualified Riley & Taylor, giving the first fall to the Medics. At the beginning of the second fall, Rollins was still upset at Riley and gave him a tongue lashing. His dislike of Riley showed in his officiating as well as he seemed to ignore the Medics’ infractions of the rules but stayed on Riley & Taylor constantly. At one point Riley had one of the Medics pinned for nearly a full minute before Rollins attempted to count the fall. Rollins repeated warned Riley while he was not in the ring thus allowing the Medics to mercilessly double team Taylor. One of the Medics held Taylor outstretched by his feet as he was draped over the second strand of the ropes. The second Medic mounted the top rope and came crashing down on Taylor. Taylor was easily pinned after this and the second fall and the match was awarded to the Medics. Riley managed to slug Rollins after the match to show his displeasure of his officiating.

Guy Taylor sends one of the Mysterious Medics flying

Riley & Taylor were so upset at this turn of events that they challenged the Medics again and said they wanted Rollins thrown into the mix as well. So a handicap match was set up with Riley & Taylor facing the Mysterious Medics & Tommy Rollins. Rollins kept busy avoiding the action during the first fall which was won by the Medics as Medic #1 pinned Guy Taylor. During the second fall both Medics were tossed from the ring and Rollins was pressed into action. Tex Riley dragged him into the ring and gave him a real pasting. Then he and Taylor took turns slamming him before Riley pinned him to earn the second fall. After the pin, Rollins was tossed out of the ring to the floor. The Medics stood watch over him until help could be summonsed to take him back to the dressing room. Rollins was unable to return for the third fall, so the handicap match was now a regular tag team match. The third fall was a brief but wild affair. All four men tore into each other and both Medics wound up with torn masks and bloody foreheads. The match was stopped and declared a no contest.

With such a strong showing against the Medics, Tex Riley & Guy Taylor were given a shot at the masked team’s Southern tag title. Also promoter Skip Wetjen would serve as the special referee. Things seemed to be going the Medics’ way when Medic #2 pinned Taylor after kneeing him in the stomach as he rebounded off the ropes. Riley evened thing up as he forced Medic #1 to submit to an abdominal stretch to take the second fall. In the third fall, Riley & Taylor had the Medics reeling with a series of dropkicks. Finally Taylor pinned Medic #2 as Riley kept Medic #1 at bay, winning the fall and the match. Tex Riley & Guy Taylor were the new Southern Tag Team Champions.

The Medics were so confident that they could regain the Southern title that they put their hidden identities on the line in a title vs. masks match. The first fall was taken by the champions as Riley forced Medic #2 to submit to an abdominal stretch. Taylor fell victim to Medic #1 and his loaded mask during the second fall. Several times the masked man rammed his head into Taylor’s head and by Taylor’s reaction it was obvious that the Medic had something other than just his skull inside the mask. Each time referee Speedy Hatfield attempted to search the mask, but each time the Medics switched places and Hatfield checked the wrong mask. After absorbing the headbutts, Taylor was tossed to out of the ring and slammed to the concrete floor. Then the Medics took turns jumping onto the prone Taylor from the ring apron. Taylor was counted out and the second fall was awarded to the Medics. Taylor was carried back to the dressing room where the attending physician decided he was unable to continue the match. Taylor struggled to go back out but a concerned Riley restrained him. Then a dejected Riley went back out to the ring carrying the Southern championship belts. He tossed the belts into the ring and conceded the match and the titles to the Mysterious Medics.

Popular Buddy Fuller returned to the Gulf Coast after a lengthy absence. He teamed with Don Fields to square off with the Russian team of Soldat Gorky & Ivan Kameroff. Don Fields upended Kameroff with a monkey flip and pinned him to win the first fall for his team. Kameroff avenged the loss by forcing Fields to surrender to a Hangman’s hold to win the second fall. In the third fall referee Tommy Rollins was distracted by Fields which allowed Gorky to apply an illegal piledriver to Buddy Fuller. When Rollins finally turned his attention back to the action Gorky had Fuller pinned for the fall and the match.

Buddy Fuller slams Ivan Kameroff to the mat

The Russians next faced the team Bobby Fields & Mario Moreno. Kameroff forced Moreno to submit to his Hangman’s hold to win the first fall while forced Kameroff to surrender to a double toehold to take the second fall to even things. In the third fall Kameroff distracted referee Joe Powell long enough to allow Gorky to again employ his illegal piledriver. This time it was Moreno who fell victim to it and was knocked senseless and was easily pinned giving the fall and the match to the Russians.

Soldat Gorky wasn’t as successful in singles action as he squared of with the eldest of the Fields brothers, Lee Fields. Fields took two falls out of three to defeat Gorky.

The 700 pound Happy Humphrey made another appearance in the and faced off with Al (Spider) Galento, back after a long absence. Galento spent most of the match unsuccessfully trying to get Humphrey off his feet. After toying with the Spider for a few minutes, Humphrey sent Galento reeling into a corner of the ring. He then took a running start and smashed Galento against the turnbuckles with his massive weight. On the third attempt, however, Galento moved at the last moment and Humphrey rammed his own head into the corner. He stumbled and crashed to the mat. Galento then proceeded to use the drawstring of his trunks to choke the big man until Humphrey was gasping for breath. Humphrey was then easily pinned by the wily Galento.

Al Galento decided to put his vast years of experience to use as a manager and chose Dandy Jack Donovan as his initial charge. Donovan’s first match with his new manager in his corner was against Bobby Fields. Despite Galento’s guidance Donovan lost the first fall after being pinned by Fields. Donovan came back to take the second fall by pinning Fields after weakening him with a series of whips into the corners, which was a tactic straight from Galento’s playbook. Fields had Donovan pinned in the third fall when Galento reached into the ring, grabbed Donovan’s feet and draped them across the bottom rope. Referee Tommy Rollins made Fields break up his pin attempt which made an irate Fields take off after Galento. Galento kept Fields chasing him long enough to be counted out, awarding the third fall and the match to Donovan.

Dandy Jack Donovan has his hand raised in victory by referee Tommy Rollins

Fields demanded a rematch and a confident Donovan quickly agreed. Each man had won a fall when Fields took the upper hand during the third and final fall. He had Donovan reeling all over the ring until Donovan fell to his knees and crawled to the corner where his manager, Al (Spider) Galento was seated. As he pretended to be getting advice from Galento, Donovan reached into his manager’s vest pocket and pulled out his heavy watch chain. Donovan then wrapped the chain around his fist and flattened Fields and pinned him. Before anyone could see, Galento retrieved the chain from Donovan and attached it back on his vest pocket.

A newcomer by the name of Bobby Nichols made his debut in the area. He defeated Ivan Kameroff in two straight falls in his initial start which quickly made him a favorite of the fans.

The Gulf Coast promotion ventured into Tallahassee, Florida and held a card at Centennial Field. On that card was a six man Battle Royal featuring Mario Galento, Rocky Smith, The Bat, Mario Moreno and the Hines Brothers. Galento eliminated Billy Boy Hines to win the match.

 

MAY:

 

Tex Riley was still smarting from the loss of the Southern Tag Team Championship to the Mysterious Medics as well as the injuries received by his partner Guy Taylor. Hoping to gain a measure of revenge, Riley asked Lee Fields to team with him to face off with the hooded pair. Fields seemed like a good choice as he pinned Medic #2 after a wild battle in the first fall. In the second fall the Medics worked over Fields’ right arm until he was forced to submit. The third fall was all Riley as he battered both Medics from pillar to post. He had Medic #2 reeling with a series of body tackles until Medic #1 reached in the ring from under the bottom rope and tripped a charging Riley. Medic #2 then pinned Riley to give the fall and the match to the masked duo. Referee Bruce Austin questioned Medic #1 about his interference and wound up with a punch in the nose by the masked man as the Medics departed.

One of the Mysterious Medics slams Tex Riley

Bobby Nichols continued to impress the fans as he defeated veteran campaigner Sailor Moran in his second bout in the area.

Bobby Fields challenged Dandy Jack Donovan to another match. To combat interference by Donovan’s manager, Al Galento, Bobby demanded the pesky manager be handcuffed ringside to Lee Fields. Donovan and Galento refused to allow this to happen but after threats of suspension by promoter Skip Wetjen, the agreed to allow Galento to be handcuffed to Bobby Nichols.

Bobby Nichols handcuffed to Al (Spider) Galento

Donovan got a little carried away with his brutal treatment of Fields in the first fall and found himself disqualified by referee Bruce Austin. Galento demanded to be released from the handcuffs long enough to confer in private with his protégé. Austin made the mistake of freeing Galento, allowing both Donovan and Galento to attack Fields. Galento also used his heavy watch chain to flatten Nichols who tried to come to Fields’ aid. Austin finally got order restored and signaled for the start of the second fall. An irate Fields tore into Donovan with lefts and rights, flooring him and pinning him in less than 30 seconds giving the fall and the match to Fields.

Al (Spider) Galento added a second wrestler to his stable as he recruited the Fabulous Jackie Fargo to be the partner of Dandy Jack Donovan. The first thing he did was aim his two Jacks at the two Bobbys, Fields & Nichols, that had been making his life miserable. A match was set between the two teams at Hartwell Field and turn out to be a wild one. Nichols flattened Donovan with a series of flying dropkicks and a pin to take the first fall for he and Fields. Nichols fell victim to a vicious attack in the second fall as Donovan & Fargo worked him over. The end came when Fargo leaped onto Nichols’ stomach from the top rope as Al Galento kept referee Tommy Rollins occupied. Fargo then pinned Nichols to even up the bout. With Nichols was unable to continue the match, Bobby Fields pleaded with Rollins to allow Don Fields to take Nichols’ place as his partner. Rollins refused and counted Nichols out and awarded the match to Donovan & Fargo. The Fields Brothers raced into the ring anyway and chased the blonde duo and their manager back to the dressing room.

Naturally this led to Don & Bobby Fields issuing a challenge to Donovan & Fargo which was eagerly accepted by the blonde pair. Don Fields started thing fast when he pinned Donovan after a series of monkey flips to take the first fall. That would be the only fall scored as the two teams proceeded to beat on each other until the 1 hour time limit expired. Despite the Fields Brothers having won a fall, referee Jack Purdin declared the match a no contest. Neither team was satisfied with this decision so they continued to battle. Armed with Al Galento’s watch chain, Donovan opened cuts on the heads of both Don & Bobby Fields. As thing got out of hand, Lee Fields entered the ring to help his brothers. He joined Bobby, who was now armed with a chair, and they managed to chase the Jacks and their manager back to the dressing room.

Don & Bobby Fields added Bobby Nichols to their team as they faced Donovan, Fargo & Al Galento in a six man tag team match in Dothan. They took turns beating on Galento with Nichols pinning him to take the final fall in that match.

Next up for Dandy Jack Donovan & the Fabulous Jackie Fargo was a team that was as equally brutal and as equally hated, the Mysterious Medics. The Dandy One & the Fabulous One, along with their dapper manager Al (Spider) Galento, had laid claim to being the best team in the area and wanted to relieve the Medics of their Southern Tag Team title to prove it. However the Medics refused to put the title on the line for the first meeting of the two teams. Surprisingly, the Medics were the fans’ choice in the match and they heard cheers from the crowd for the first time ever. The responded by trying to wrestle by the rules during the first fall. That didn’t last long and they quickly decided to combat their opponents’ foul tactics with a few of their own. After dishing out a brutal beating on Fargo, the Medics took the first fall when the blonde New Yorker was pinned. Al Galento was so irate at his team for losing the fall that he made each of them do five pushups as punishment. That tactic must have worked because the blondes battered the Medics in the second fall before pinning Medic #2 to even the match. In the third and deciding fall it was Medic #1 that felt the brunt of the punishment as Donovan & Fargo took turns using Galento’s watch chain to choke the masked man. Each time Medic #2 tried to go to his partner’s aid he was stopped by referee Bob Hamby. After Medic #1 was sufficiently subdued the blonde duo turned their attention to Medic #2. With Galento distracting Hamby, Donovan & Fargo tied the Medic into the corner and took turns stomping and kicking him. Each time Hamby tried to see what was going on in the corner, his views was block by either Fargo or Donovan while the other continued to batter Medic #2. While this was going on, Medic #1 recovered enough to start tossing ringside chairs into the ring. That backfired when Fargo grabbed up one of the chairs and brought it crashing down onto the skull of Medic #2. Then the blonde duo tossed both Medics over the top rope and onto the ground. That was enough for referee Hamby. He disqualified Donovan & Fargo and raised the hands of the battered Medics. The masked team may have been the official winners of the match, but it was Jack Donovan & Jackie Fargo that reigned supreme. Fargo even floored a ringside fan who challenged him on the way back to the dressing room.

A newcomer by the name Johnny Apollo arrived in the area and faced off with Bob Hamby. It was a very evenly matched bout as each man wrestled scientifically with Apollo winning the first fall and Hamby the second. The third fall saw each man get a little out of hand and they were soon swapping punches. Apollo then threw Hamby over the top rope and lost the match by disqualification.

The midget girls returned to the area in a match with a unique twist. The combatants were Dolly Darcel and Baby Cheryl. The twist was that another midget girl, Darling Dagmar, served as the referee. Darcel used a series of flips to set up a pin on Cheryl to win the first fall. Cheryl continually used a paper cup that she had picked up to blind Darcel in the second fall. Cheryl then applied an airplane spin and a pin to take the second fall. In the third fall, Dolly managed to relieve Cheryl of her paper cup and gave her a taste of her own medicine. Cheryl recovered and choked Darcel before pinning her after a series of slams. After the match Baby Cheryl decided she would push Darling Dagmar around but instead Dagmar chased her from the ring.

Also returning to the area were the normal sized girls in a match that saw Babs Wingo outdo Virginia Franklin.

A new masked man arrived on the scene calling himself The Golden Terror. Standing 6’9” and weighing 299 pounds he was too much for young Bobby Nichols and defeated him with a bearhug.

The following week, the Terror faced off with yet another newcomer, Eduardo Castillo. The Terror had thing well in hand until he refused to break a bearhug while Castillo was outside the ring ropes. Referee Speedy Hatfield disqualified the Golden Terror and awarded the match to Castillo.

Rugged Jack Bence returned to the area and faced off with popular Bobby Nichols in his return. Nichols used a series of flying dropkicks to flatten Bence for the pin to take the first fall. Bence came back to force Nichols to submit to a toehold to win the second fall. Nichols had Bence reeling with a series of body tackles in the third fall when Bence dodged one and slammed Nichols to the mat. With the help of a handful of Nichols’ trunks, Bence held his shoulders down long enough to win the fall and the match.

Bobby Nichols pounces on Jack Bence

Also in the area were Prince Omar and Rowdy Red Roberts.

 

JUNE:

 

The team of Dandy Jack Donovan & the Fabulous Jackie Fargo finally got their long awaited shot at the Southern Tag Team Championship held by the Mysterious Medics. After a wild and wooly battle, the blondes made their boast of being the best team in the area true. They defeated the Medics to claim the Southern title.

Next on the blondes’ agenda was the team of Tom Drake & Eduardo Castillo. Drake was a long time favorite in the area and was making his first appearance in quite a while. The muscular Castillo had been impressive in his first few matches in the area and would make a fine partner for Drake. The match was set, but Donovan & Fargo would not put their newly won Southern title on the line. Things started fast as Drake totally overwhelmed Donovan and pinned him to take the first fall. Normally, manager Al Galento makes the member of his team that loses a fall do five pushups, but he was so upset at Donovan that he made him do ten. When Fargo tried to intercede on his partner’s behalf, Galento made him do ten pushups as well. As before, this punishment did the trick as the blondes came back and double teamed Drake and pin him to even up the score. They did the same thing to Castillo during the third fall. Castillo kept complaining to referee Speedy Hatfield, who kept shaking his head saying that he didn’t understand Spanish. Finally Castillo was pinned and was so upset at Hatfield that he punched him after the match.

As if their cheating tactics in the wrestling ring weren’t enough, Donovan & Fargo also added robbery to their resume. It happened during a seven man Russian Roulette Battle Royal. They were both participants along with Doug Kinslow, newcomer Jerry London, George (Baby Blimp) Harris, Bobby Fields and Lee Fields, who was substituting for Bobby Nichols. The first out was Kinslow who was tossed over the top rope by Donovan. Next out was George Harris, eliminated by London, who was then tossed out by Fargo. This left Fargo & Donovan and the Fields Brothers. Donovan then threw out Lee Fields, but he did it between the ropes not over as the rules required. Lee crawled under the ring as Donovan & Fargo were working on throwing Bobby Fields over the top rope. Lee entered the ring from the opposite side, took a running start and dropkicked both Fargo & Donovan, knocking them over the top rope. Unfortunately Bobby Fields went over with them and was also eliminated, leaving Lee Fields as the last man standing and the winner of the $500 prize. Fields was so excited that he tossed several bills to the ringside fans before thinking better of it. He stuffed the remaining cash inside his trunks and started for the dressing room. What Lee failed to notice was Donovan & Fargo lurking around the ring. They jumped into the ring and battered Fields, took the money and headed for the dressing room followed by their manager Al Galento. Referee Leo Morgan went to their dressing room to try and retrieve the money but to no avail.

Lee Fields was irate and demanded that promoter Skip Wetjen sign him to a match with either Dandy Jack Donovan or the Fabulous Jackie Fargo. Al (Spider) Galento, manager of the Donovan & Fargo tandem, refused to a singles match and said it had to be a tag team match. Lee agreed and decided to find the best partner he could. He sent for Lou Thesz, the former NWA World Heavyweight Champion. Thesz agreed to be Lee’s partner and the match was signed. To top things off, Galento himself was signed to face Bobby Fields in a singles match.

Galento didn’t fend too well in his match with Bobby Fields. He was disqualified by referee Speedy Hatfield in the first fall for his rough tactics. In the second fall Galento was choking Fields while Hatfield was trying to break it up. Galento slugged Hatfield and resumed choking Fields. Hatfield got back to his feet and punched Galento in the nose. The stunned Galento was easily pinned giving the match to Bobby Fields in straight falls. Galento was so upset at himself for losing the match that he made himself do ten pushups.

Bobby Fields lands a blow to the stomach of Al (Spider) Galento

In the tag match, Lou Thesz scored the first fall by pinning Donovan with a sunset flip. The fall happened so fast that Fargo was unable to get in the ring to break up the pin. In the second fall Donovan whipped Fields into the ropes and tag Fargo who rushed in and drove he knee into Fields’ midsection as he rebounded. This made it easy for Fargo to pin Fields to even up the match. Then the fireworks really started. Donovan whipped Fields into the ropes again and tagged Fargo to work their pet maneuver. This time, however, referee Eduardo Castillo grabbed Fargo and prevented him from driving his knee into Fields’ stomach. Fields managed to reverse the situation and whipped Donovan into the ropes just as Fargo broke free from Castillo. Before he could stop himself Fargo drove his knee into Donovan’s stomach. Donovan went down like a ton of bricks, Fields covered him and Castillo tolled the count. The fall and the match went to Lee Fields & Lou Thesz. An irate Al Galento pounded the mat with his walking stick as Fargo helped Donovan to his feet. Fargo tried to offer his apology to Donovan but Dandy Jack was having none of it. He punched Fargo sending him crashing to the mat. Fargo got back up and tried to apologized again, only to get another pop in the mouth. This time Fargo punched back and the two tore into each other. Galento tried to calm things down only to be punched by Donovan. After getting back to his feet, Galento tried once more to calm Donovan down, and like Fargo before him received another punch in the mouth. This time Galento gave his watch chain to Fargo which was used to bloody Donovan’s forehead. Donovan tasted his own blood and went wild. He chased Galento and Fargo from the ring and all the way back to the dressing room.

The split left the Southern Tag Team title in limbo. Promoter Skip Wetjen was going to declare the title vacant, but Al Galento asked him not to. He felt he could negotiate a truce between Donovan & Fargo and save their championship reign. That was highly unlikely because the two blondes were each demanding a match against each other. Galento pleaded with Wetjen not to sign the match but it was to late. The match was set.

When the two men made their way to the ring, Jackie Fargo was accompanied by Al (Spider) Galento, showing where his loyalty lay. Donovan took the first fall by pinning Fargo after applying a neckbreaker. Fargo came back in the second fall and knocked Donovan senseless with a piece of metal that he had kept concealed in his trunks. Donovan used some hidden objects of his own during the third fall and just as it looked like he would score the victory when he shoved referee Speedy Hatfield to the mat. Galento took advantage of the and whacked Donovan across the head with his cane. Donovan went down like he’d been shot and Fargo covered him just as Hatfield recovered and made the count.

Mario Galento returned to the area and proved to be as popular as his older brother Al was unpopular. He disposed of George (Baby Blimp) Harris in his first match back.

Referee Leo Morgan asks Mario Galento if he wants to concede to the wrist lock George (Baby Blimp) Harris has on him

The lady wrestlers returned as a five woman Battle Royal was held. The participants were Dorothy Carter, Adrienne Ames, Cora Combs, Mae Godner and Verne Bottoms (Mrs. Jack Donovan). Eliminated in the order of Carter first, then Ames, then Combs leaving Godner and Bottoms as the last two remaining. Carter was done for the night, Combs defeated Ames and Bottoms defeated Godner in the resulting singles matches.

Also in the area were Don Fields, Greg Peterson, Lester Welch, Black Jack Dillon and Bruce Austin.

 

JULY:

 

The Donovan-Fargo feud took yet another strange twist when Jack Donovan asked Mario Galento to be his tag team partner to face The Fabulous Fargos, Jackie & Sonny Boy. Mario was hesitant since his older brother Al was the manager of Jackie Fargo, but finally relented. The match was signed for Hartwell Field on the Fourth of July so plenty of fireworks were expected. When the Fargos came out to the ring, Al (Spider) Galento was nowhere in sight, much to the relief of Mario Galento. The Fargos took the first fall when Jackie pinned Donovan after applying an Atomic Drop on him. Mario Galento took the next two falls with his Hangman’s Hold, on Sonny in the second and on Jackie on the third.

Dandy Jack Donovan & Mario Galento discuss strategy

The Gorilla Man, from the Apennine Mountains of Italy, made his debut in the area. His opponent was veteran Jack Curtis. The match never even got off to a proper start as the Gorilla Man raced from his cornered and began pummeling Curtis before the bell. He continued to ram Curtis headfirst into the corners as referee Speedy Hatfield attempted to restore order. Hatfield wound up being tossed from the ring by the Gorilla Man and promptly disqualified him before the match officially got underway.

Jackie was so upset at the loss to Dandy Jack Donovan & Mario Galento he requested another match with them. He claimed that Sonny Boy wasn’t that experienced as a wrestler since he normally served as a valet for Jackie & Donnie Fargo. Jackie said that Donnie was tied up with bookings in Texas and was unavailable. Fargo’s manager Al Galento was back on the scene and he suggested to Fargo that he team with the Gorilla Man.  Fargo was very reluctant to have such an uncontrollable partner, but Galento finally talked him into it so the match was set.

Prior to the tag team match, Al Galento agreed to wrestle his former protégé Dandy Jack Donovan in a one fall match. Donovan won that match but wasn’t satisfied. He pulled a piece of metal from his trunks and used it to blacken Spider’s eyes. Donovan continued beat on Galento until Mario Galento came to ringside and convinced him to stop. Donovan was hesitant, but let Al Galento leave the ring with Mario’s help.

Jackie Fargo won the first fall of the tag team match when he pinned Donovan with the help of his feet on the ropes. In the second fall, Al Galento climbed onto the ring apron to protest something Donovan had done when Donovan raced over and blasted him. Donovan continued to punch Al while Fargo & the Gorilla Man looked on. Mario Galento tried several times to get Donovan to let Al go, but was pushed aside each time. Finally Mario had had enough and he landed a haymaker on the side of Donovan’s head, allowing Al to escape his clutches. When Donovan realized that his own partner had belted him he left the ring and headed for the dressing room. By that point Fargo & the Gorilla Man jumped Mario and were giving him quite a beating. Donovan came back out to the ring and punched Galento while Fargo & the Gorilla Man held him. A battered Al Galento tried to come to his brother’s aid only to be beaten even more by Donovan. At that point Alabama Boxing & Wrestling Commissioner Preston Hall entered the ring and stopped all proceedings. He declared the match a no contest and ordered all the wrestlers to vacate the ring. Fargo was upset at Al Galento and began yelling at him, telling him that he never wanted the Gorilla Man as his partner in the first place. Fargo slugged Galento which caused Mario to jump Fargo. Then the Gorilla Man jumped Mario which allowed Fargo to leave the ring. As Fargo exited the ring, there stood Dandy Jack Donovan. The two blondes shook hands and left for the dressing room together. In the meantime, the Galento Brothers had started hammering away at the Gorilla Man with Al’s cane. Satisfied that he was sufficiently subdued, Al & Mario headed to the dressing room together.

This led to two grudge matches between the two sets of partners. First up Jackie Fargo, now without a manager, challenged the Gorilla Man. This time the wild man wasn’t so wild. Fargo easily disposed of him in a one fall match. Jackie Fargo left the area after this match, so although he and Donovan had made amends, their team was no more. This left the Southern Tag Team title in limbo for the time being.

Jackie Fargo uses a fist to escape the clutches of The Gorilla Man

Dandy Jack Donovan and Mario Galento also had scores to settle with one another so they met in a match as well. Donovan used a metal object that he had hidden in his trunks to knock Mario senseless long enough to pin him and win the first fall. Galento fought fire with fire in the second fall as he used every dirty trick in his considerable arsenal to punish Donovan. He also continually whipped Donovan into the corners before pinning him to win the fall. The third fall was a wild one which saw Al Galento, Mario’s brother and Donovan’s former manager get involved. Al slipped Mario his heavy watch chain which Mario put to good use on Donovan’s skull. Donovan fought back, however, and had Mario on the verge of collapse after a series of body tackles. Just as Donovan was about to finish Mario off, Al Galento reached into the ring and tripped him. Mario then jumped on the stunned Donovan and pinned him for the fall and the match. Donovan wasn’t finished however; he grabbed a chair from ringside and took off after the Galentos. He wound up hitting referee Bob Howard instead as the Galentos scrabbled back into the ring. Donovan managed to tear Al Galento’s shirt from his back as the Galentos exited for the dressing room. Donovan stayed in the ring for several minutes daring the Galentos to return, but they did not.

An irate Dandy Jack Donovan chooses his weapon

Donovan was still anxious to get his hands on Al & Mario Galento so he challenged them to a tag team match. As his partner, Donovan chose newcomer Jan Madrid and it was a wise choice. Madrid won the first fall for his team as he forced Mario to submit to an Indian death Lock.  Mario came back to take the second by forcing Donovan to submit to his Hangman’s Hold.  In the third fall, Al Galento was in the ring with Madrid when Madrid suddenly shoved Galento into referee Bob Howard. Both Spider and Howard tumbled from the ring, leaving Mario at the mercy of Donovan & Madrid. They battered Mario mercilessly until he had no fight left in him. Referee Howard climbed back into the ring to find Donovan covering Mario and he made the count of three, giving the fall and the match to Donovan & Madrid.

After this match Dandy Jack Donovan left the Gulf Coast territory, leaving the Southern Tag Team title still in limbo.

Among the hubbub of the Donovan & Fargo split, feud and reconciliation, another tag team arrived on the scene and proved to be very dominant. That was the Japanese team of Haru Sasaki & Yoshino Sato. They faced the team of Lester Welch & Bobby Nichols in their initial start. Welch had Sato trapped in an abdominal stretch in the first fall, but before Sato could submit Sasaki spit some sort of mist into Welch’s eyes. A blinded Welch then fell easy prey to Sato’s judo chops and was pinned. In the second fall Sato was forced to submit to Nichols’ backbreaker. The finale came as Welch was complaining to referee Bob Howard about the tactics of the Japanese duo. With Howard distracted Sasaki hit Nichols with his wooden clog. One judo chop later and Nichols was pinned to give the fall and the match to Sasaki & Sato.

Next to challenge the Imperial Japanese tandem was the returning Dick Dunn & newcomer Ken Lorimer. Dunn overwhelmed the Japanese duo with dropkicks and pinned Sasaki to take the first fall for his team. Lorimer fell victim to Sasaki & Sato’s judo chops and was pinned to give the second fall to the Japanese team. Lorimer had Sato pinned in the third fall but referee Bob Howard was busy trying to keep Dunn from entering the ring. With Howard distracted, Sasaki threw salt into Lorimer’s eyes, allowing Sato to pin him for the win.

Yoshino Sato applies a nerve hold to Dick Dunn

Dunn wanted another shot at the Japanese team and teamed with yet another newcomer name Lou Chaney to face them. Sasaki fell victim to Dunn’s dropkicks and was pinned in the first fall but came back to win the second by judo chopping Chaney. In the third fall, Chaney was blinded by Sasaki’s tossed salt and was pinned by Sato.

The ladies returned to the area as Sweet Georgia Brown opposed Dinah Beamon. The special referee for this match was former Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World, Ezzard Charles. Charles kept a tight rein on the match which was won by Beamon in two straight fall. Brown was so upset at Charles’ officiating that she gave him a swift kick in the pants at the end of the match.

Also in the area in July were George (Baby Blimp) Harris and newcomers Steve Kovacs and Rudy Navarro.

 

AUGUST:

 

The Women’s World Champion, Princess Moolah returned to the area to defend her title. Her opponent was Brenda Scott. These two proved to be a pair of tough ladies and referee Bob Howard felt the brunt of both of their ire. Moolah won the first fall by pinning Scott after a series of dropkicks. Scott had the upper hand throughout most of the second fall. At one point she Scott found herself tossed from the ring by the champion. As she attempted to climb back in the ring, Moolah tried to knock her back out with a dropkick. The champion’s mark was off, however and she missed and crashed to the mat. Scott jumped on her for the pin and won the second fall.  During the third fall Scott had Moolah in trouble several times but kept turning her attention to Howard to complain about his officiating. At one point she backed him into the ropes and kicked him several times. Rather than disqualify Scott, he let her continue the match even though she continued to shove him. As Scott finally turned her attention back to Moolah, the champion nailed her with a dropkick and pinned her to retain her title. Evidently, Moolah was also upset at Howard’s officiating as well. She tossed him from the ring, kicked him and slammed him to the ground before picking up her title belt and heading back to the dressing room.

The Japanese team of Haru Sasaki & Yoshino Sato found a kindred spirit in Jan Madrid. The three of them teamed up to face the trio of Dick Dunn and Al & Mario Galento. In the first fall the tables were turned on the Japanese as Al Galento tossed salt into the eyes of Sasaki, allowing Mario to grab his Hangman’s Hold to force Sasaki to submit. In the second fall, Al Galento managed to grab Sasaki’s bag of salt before he had a chance to use it. Galento poured the salt all over the ring mat as he chased the Japanese duo & Madrid with it. Sasaki managed to rub his hands in the salt and then blinded Dunn with it. He then hit Dunn with several judo chops and pinned him to win the second fall. Mario Galento found himself trapped in the opposition’s corner in the third fall and was taking quite a beating. Dunn & Al Galento came to his rescue and for a while all six men battled it out in the ring. Finally Mario floored Sasaki with a hard right and fell on him for the pin. Referee Bob Howard missed this action due to the fact that he was busy forcing Al Galento & Dunn back to their corner. He also failed to see Jan Madrid leap off the top rope onto Mario’s back. Madrid then rolled Sasaki on top of Galento just as Howard returned to the action. Howard counted Mario out and awarded the match to Sasaki, Sato & Madrid. The disgusted Galentos left the ring and headed back to the dressing room as Dunn remained behind to argue with Howard. Madrid also left, but Sasaki & Sato stayed behind and jumped on Dunn. They gave him a severe beating before Lee Field tore into the ring and chased them out.

Dick Dunn & Lee Fields challenged Haru Sasaki & Yoshino Sato to a showdown but asked promoter Skip Wetjen to do something to ensure that the Japanese duo could not make use of salt during the match. Wetjen announced that Alabama Commissioner Preston Hall would search the pair before the start of the match. Despite the protest of Sasaki & Sato, Hall made his search before the match and came up empty handed. This gave Dunn & Fields confidence that they would be able to hand the Japanese pair their first defeat. Fields won the first fall for his team as he pinned Sato with an Oklahoma Roll. In the second fall, Dunn had Sato on the verge of being pinned when Sasaki picked up one of his wooden clogs from ringside. He unscrewed the wooden heel and pulled out a bag of salt. He tossed it into the eyes of Fields, Dunn and referee Bob Howard. Sasaki & Sato then proceeded to pound on Fields & Dunn with judo chops until Commissioner Hall climbed into the ring and stopped the match. He announced that the Japanese team had been disqualified and that Fields & Dunn were the winners of the match.

A rematch was ordered and this time promoter Skip Wetjen was determined that the Japanese duo would not have an unfair advantage. He would not allow the pair to come to the ring in their ceremonial ropes or wooden clogs. They would be thoroughly searched before entering the ring and they would not be allowed to leave the ring between falls. Furthermore, Tom Drake would serve as the special referee. In the first fall of the match, Fields & Dunn took turns dropkicking Sato before Dunn pinned him for the fall. The Japanese team complained bitterly that Drake had given the fastest three count they had ever seen, but it was to no avail. During the second fall, Sato sneaked up behind Drake and struck him with a judo chop across the back of the head. Sato then tossed Drake from the ring and he and Sasaki gave Fields & Dunn a real going over. Drake made his way back into the ring and dropkicked Sato which allowed Fields to cover him. Drake counted an even faster count and awarded the match to Fields & Dunn.

Referee Tom Drake tries to separate Yoshino Sato and Lee Fields

The Japanese team complained to promoter Wetjen about Drake and demanded that he face them in a tag team match. Wetjen convinced them to make it a six man match against Drake, Dunn & Al (Spider) Galento. They agreed and took for their partner Joe Madrid, the brother of Jan Madrid.  Galento made use of the drawstring in his trunks during the first fall. He continually choked Yoshino Sato with it until he was totally out of breath. This made it easy for Drake to hit him with a flying dropkick and pin him for the first fall. In the second fall, Drake found himself trapped in the corner of Sato, Sasaki & Madrid and took a real beating. At one point he managed to break free and tag Dunn but referee Bob Howard was distracted by Joe Madrid and failed to see the tag. He was ordering Dunn from the ring as Drake was triple teamed once more. When Howard turned back to the action, Sato had Drake pinned. Howard counted the fall and the match was even. The third fall found all six men in the ring battling it out for most of the fall. Finally Joe Madrid managed to pin Al Galento to win the fall and the match for his team.

Jan Madrid found himself with a dangerous enemy in Mario Galento. In their initial match against each other Madrid slugged Galento with a piece of metal just as the bell sounded for the start of the first fall. He pinned Mario and won the fall in about 5 seconds. Mario was incensed and gave Madrid a real pasting in the second fall. Finally Mario maneuvered Madrid over to the corner where Al Galento was sitting. Al, who had accompanied Mario to the ring, took aim and swung his cane at Madrid’s head. Madrid ducked and the cane came crashing down on Mario’s head. Madrid then pinned the stunned Galento to win the match in two straight falls.

A rematch was quickly signed. In this one Madrid slipped a cigarette lighter into the knee pad he was wearing on his right knee. He then drove his knee into Galento’s head and knocked him out long enough to pin him. In the second fall Galento managed to wrest the lighter away from Madrid and used it to pound away on him. When Madrid was sufficiently weakened, Galento clamped on his Hangman’s Hold and forced Madrid to concede the fall. The third fall saw the action spill out of the ring as the two men battled all along the wall of the grandstand of Hartwell Field. Referee Speedy Hatfield had not choice but to count out both men and declare the match a no contest.

A third match between Galento & Madrid was ordered and this time promoter Skip Wetjen was determined the action would stay in the ring. He ordered that the two of them be handcuffed together to prevent one or the other from trying to escape the confines of the ring. Madrid made good use of the handcuffs as he dragged them across Galento’s eyes and forehead, cutting him open in the process. He also twisted the handcuff on Galento’s wrist sufficiently enough for Galento to submit and concede the fall. Galento used the same tactic in the second fall to the point that Madrid’s left arm was near paralysis before he submitted. At the start of the third fall, referee Bob Howard had handcuffed Galento and was about to attach them to Madrid when Madrid slugged him. With Howard out of the way Madrid handcuffed Galento to the top rope and soon had him bleeding again. Local police charged the ring and managed to free Galento from the handcuffs. Galento went after Madrid but was weak from the loss of blood and was absorbing quite a beating until Eduardo Castillo came out and chased Madrid from the ring.

Promoter Skip Wetjen decided that since Galento and Madrid were only satisfied when they were slugging each other, he would allow them to meet in a 10 round boxing match.

Mario Galento showing his boxing prowess

It went according to plan for the first 5 rounds until Madrid felt the match slipping away from him. In the sixth round he managed to slip his heavily taped right hand from its glove and pounded Galento until he was bloody. Referee Speedy Hatfield repeatedly warned Madrid but was ignored. No matter as Galento soon freed his right hand from the confines of the glove and he soon had Madrid bleeding. Finally at one point they swung at each other simultaneously and they were both knocked out. Referee Hatfield counted both men out and declared the match a no contest. That’s when Al (Spider) Galento and Joe Madrid, each serving as seconds for their brothers respectively, got involved. Joe Madrid crowned Mario Galento with a chair as Al Galento did likewise to Jan Madrid. Joe Madrid then tossed Al Galento and Hatfield out of the ring. Dick Dunn came out to try and restore order only to find himself tossed from the ring by Joe Madrid.

Doug Kinslow returned to the area and shocked the fans, He met Bobby Nichols in a match that was expected to be a clean scientific affair. The first fall pretty much went that way as Nichols won with a backbreaker. At the start of the second fall, Kinslow jumped Nichols right at the bell and pounded him into submission before pinning him to even the score. Nichols jumped Kinslow as he was getting into the ring for the start of the third fall, before the bell rang or referee Speedy Hatfield had arrived. Nichols pounded away on Kinslow until Hatfield finally got into the ring. He tried to restore order but Nichols ignored his warnings. Hatfield finally disqualified Nichols and awarded the match to Kinslow.

Kinslow and Nichols met in another match at the Rainbow Roller Rink in Panama City with Kinslow winning that one with his rough tactics.

The Hines Brothers, Bad Boy & Billy Boy, returned to the area and faced off with the team of Bobby Nichols & Randy Curtis. Curtis was the youngest son of Jack Curtis. Billy Hines won the first fall for his team after he pinned Curtis after a series of bodyslams. Nichols came back to even up the score for his side when he pinned Bad Boy Hines in the second fall. The Hines Brothers proved they hadn’t lost a step in the third fall as they employed one of their favorite tactics.  Bad Boy whipped Curtis into the ropes after tagging Billy Boy. Billy then drove his knee into the stomach of the rebounding Curtis and pinned him for the win.

The Hines Brothers weren’t as lucky in Panama City as they were beaten two out of three falls in a match against Bobby Nichols & Eduardo Castillo.

 

SEPTEMBER:

 

A major match was signed for Hartwell Field in Mobile for September 5th. Lou Thesz, the former NWA World Heavyweight champion would be returning to Mobile to defend his NWA International Heavyweight title. His opponent would be Fred Blassie, recognized as The World Wrestling Association World Heavyweight champion, but Blassie’s title would not be up for grabs. Blassie won the first fall after giving Thesz an uppercut in the groin when referee Bud Clardy wasn’t looking. After the blow Thesz was easily pinned by Blassie. In the second fall Blassie looked to be in control as he punished Thesz with a grinding headlock. But the wily Thesz was just waiting until he had Blassie in the right position. Thesz picked Blassie up and dropped back causing Blassie to land on the back of his head. Blassie was knocked senseless and Thesz easily pinned him to take the second fall. It took smelling salts applied by the attending physicians to bring Blassie around for the third fall. Blassie also managed to get his hands on the smelling salts bottle and used it to rake across Thesz’s eyes. A dazed Thesz still managed to pick Blassie up and drop back but this time both men struck their heads hard on the mat. Referee Clardy counted to 10 over both men and declared the match a draw.

Fred Blassie punishes Lou Thesz with a hammerlock

A family feud continued to brew as Al & Mario Galento met Jan & Joe Madrid in a tag team match.  Jan Madrid won the first fall for his family’s honor by pinning Al Galento after jumping on him from the ropes. Al gained a measure of revenge when he knocked out both of the Madrids with the use of a piece of metal and pinned Joe. During the third fall, Al Galento retrieved his cane that he had hidden under the ring and was wearing out Jan & Joe with it. He got a little carried away and also crowned referee Speedy Hatfield with it. Hatfield was knocked from the ring and a stunned Al went to check on him. This gave Jan Madrid the opportunity to grab Al’s cane from him and the Madrids went to town battering both of the Galentos with the cane. Lee Fields and Tom Drake rushed to the ring to restore order and when referee Hatfield regained his senses he disqualified the Galentos and awarded the match to the Madrids.

Jack Bence returned to the area and teamed with Jan Madrid to face popular Tom Drake & Billy Garrett in a wild bout. Madrid won the first fall for his team by jumping off the top rope onto Drake and pinning him. Drake questioned referee Tommy Rollins about allowing Madrid to jump from the top rope but he got no satisfactory answer. An upset Drake ran after Madrid & Bence, followed closely by Garrett. The two teams battled alongside the concrete wall in front of the grandstands until Bence & Madrid fled to their dressing room. The second fall was won by Drake who hit Bence with a half a dozen dropkicks before pinning him. Bence tried to go after Drake after the fall, but Drake & Garrett tossed both Bence and Madrid over the top rope. In the third fall it was all Madrid & Bence as they took turns punching Garrett & Drake with a piece of metal. Each time referee Rollins would search one of them for it, they passed it to the other. Finally Madrid hit Garrett in the stomach with the object and knocked the breath out of him. Madrid then easily pinned Garrett to win the fall and the match for he and Bence. Garrett was so irate at Rollins that he tossed him from the ring after the end of the match. He & Drake also fought with Madrid & Bence again on the outside of the ring but wound up having their heads rammed into the concrete wall.

A new masked man arrived on the scene calling himself The Red Devil. In his debut he made short work of Jerry London, beating him in two straight falls.

Don & Bobby Fields were back in the area and faced off with the rugged team of Jan Madrid & Doug Kinslow in what turned out to be a wild and confusing melee. Kinslow took the first fall for his team as he forced Bobby Fields to submit to a half Boston Crab. In the second fall, Kinslow & Madrid were giving the Fields a hard time when Jerry London came to ringside. He grabbed Kinslow down from the apron and started punching him. London then crowned Kinslow with a ringside chair. When Madrid turned his attention to his partner, he opened up the opportunity for the Fields Brothers to double team him and pin him for the second fall. After the fall, Madrid looked for Kinslow and found him unconscious under the ring. He helped him to his feet and carried him back to the dressing room just as the bell to start the third fall rang. Referee Joe Powell started to count Madrid & Kinslow out when the Red Devil dashed out to the ring. He started head butting Don & Bobby Fields with what appeared to be a loaded mask. Madrid soon joined in and the Fields Brothers were in a bad way. In the middle of the battle the top rope came loose and Madrid used the turnbuckle to whack Don Fields in the head. Don & Bobby fought back and managed to turn the tide at which point Madrid & the Red Devil took a powder. Referee Powell declared the match a no contest.

Don & Bobby demanded a match with Madrid & the Red Devil and it was quickly signed. Bobby Fields pinned Jan Madrid in the first fall and Madrid returned the favor by pinning Bobby in the second. In the third fall, Bobby found himself in a bad way as Madrid & the Devil continually double teamed him. Every time he would get close enough to tag brother Don, referee Joe Powell was distracted by either Madrid or the Devil and would miss the tag. Therefore he would not allow Don in the ring and spent much of the fall trying to keep him out. In the meantime, Madrid & the Red Devil were switching at will and giving Bobby Fields a horrific beating. Finally Don Fields had had enough and went to his brother’s aid. Powell tried to stop him but found himself tossed from the ring by Don. With the sides evened up, Madrid & the Red Devil fled the ring and headed to the dressing room. Powell disqualified the Fields Brothers and awarded the match to Jan Madrid & the Red Devil.

Lee Fields, the eldest of the three Fields Brothers, formed a tag team with Greg Peterson and the pair had been named as the new Southern Tag Team Champions. The made the first defense of their title against the team of Joe Madrid & newcomer Karl Steiger. They took that match in two straight falls as Lee pinned Madrid in the first and Peterson pinned Steiger in the second.

Jerry London and Doug Kinslow met in a grudge match. London was disqualified in the first fall after attacking Kinslow before the bell. London continually ignored the instructions of referee Rube Wright and it cost him the fall. In the second fall, London once again was on the attack until Kinslow managed to get a piece of metal that he had hidden in his knee brace. He used the weapon to knock London senseless and pinned him, winning the match in two straight falls.

The midget wrestlers returned to the area that saw a tag team match pitting Chico Santana & Pee Wee Lopez against Little Boy Blue & Marcel Semard. Lopez pinned Little Boy Blue to win the first fall and Blue pinned Santana for the second fall. In the third fall Semard pinned Lopez after putting him in an airplane spin.

Others in the area in September were Haru Sasaki, Dick Dunn, Bobby Nichols, Rocky Smith and newcomers Ron Reed and Pretty Boy Calhoun.

 

 

OCTOBER:

 

A rematch was signed between Jan Madrid & the Red Devil and Don & Bobby Fields. Each team was anxious to prove their superiority over the other so a barn burner was expected. The Red Devil took the first fall for his team when he pinned Bobby Fields after a series of vicious bodyslams. The Fields Brothers took the second fall in under a minute as they jumped Madrid at the bell and beat him down and pinned him. During the third fall the Devil was using a piece of cardboard to gouge the Fields Brothers’ eyes. Each time referee Bill Golden searched him he concealed the item in his mask. Finally Bobby Fields took matters into his own hands and started tearing away at the mask. Don Fields kept Madrid at bay and this allowed Bobby to not only retrieve the piece of cardboard but he unmasked the Red Devil in the process. The fans were shocked to see Billy Garrett under the mask. The stunned Garrett was easy prey for Bobby Fields to pin him for the fall and the match. Garrett & Madrid complained bitterly to referee Golden that the Fields Brothers should have been disqualified for unmasking Garrett, but their pleas fell on deaf ears.

Jan Madrid fared better wrestling as a single as he defeated Don Fields in a tournament final in Pensacola to win the vacant Gulf Coast Heavyweight Championship. He and Fields also wound up as the two finalists in a tournament held in Dothan to crown the first Alabama State Heavyweight champion. Madrid took that one as well and was now a double champion.

Promoter Skip Wetjen granted Fields another chance at the Gulf Coast title the following week in Mobile. Madrid worked over Fields’ leg during the first fall, at one point tying it in the ropes and jumping off on it. This led to him applying a half Boston Crab and forcing Fields to submit. Fields came back like a house afire in the second and pinned Madrid after giving him a severe beating. In the third fall Fields was bleeding severely from Madrid pounding on his forehead. In a weaken condition, Fields took a wild swing at Madrid, missed and fell out of the ring. Referee Johnny Carlin left the ring to check on Fields and received a punch in the jaw for his troubles. He promptly disqualified Fields and awarded the match to Madrid.

Happy Humphrey returned to the area and face off with Jan Madrid in a non-title bout. Madrid did everything he could to get the behemoth off his feet to no avail. After several punches, kicks and body tackles failed to budge Humphrey, Madrid simply left the ring and waited for referee Joe Powell to count him out. Powell did and awarded the match to Humphrey.

The Hines Brothers returned after a brief absence and quickly regained the Southern Tag Team title by defeating Lee Fields & Greg Peterson in a match in Dothan. Bad Boy & Billy Boy were also claiming the United States Tag Team Championship and were sporting the belts signifying that title.

Next the bearded duo faced off with Bobby Fields & Rocky Smith in a non-title match in Mobile. Bad Boy Hines pinned Smith to take the first fall for his team, but fell victim to a severe going over in the second. Smith & Fields took turns working of the Bad Boy’s leg until he was forced to submit. Bad Boy’s leg was injured so he was unable to compete in the third fall. Commissioner Preston Hall decided that Billy Boy could face either Smith or Fields to decide the winner. Fields won a toss of the coin and he squared off with Hines. The two tore at each other with wild abandon until Bad Boy Hines limped back out to ringside. He slipped Billy a chain which was promptly put to use opening a cut on Bobby Fields’ head. Commissioner Hall stepped in and stopped the match declaring it a no contest.

Bobby Fields wanted to exact revenge against the Hines Brothers so he asked his brother Don to join him against the pair in a tag team match. These two sets of brothers had a long history between them and their matches were always wild ones. The first fall went to the Fields duo when Billy Boy Hines was pinned after being on the receiving end of a series of flying dropkicks by both Don & Bobby. It looked like the Fields Brothers would take the match in two straight falls as they punished Bad Boy with punishing leg holds on he previously injured leg. But Hines managed to whip Bobby into the ropes and tag Billy Boy who drove his knee into Bobby’s stomach and pinned him for the fall. During the wild finale, Bad Boy was limping around ringside as Don Fields held Billy Boy while Bobby kept hitting him with a chair. Bad Boy managed to make it back into the ring and relieved Fields of the chair which he used to bean both of the Fields Brothers. Referee Tommy Rollins stopped the match and declared it a no contest. As the Hines Brothers were making their way back to their dressing room, Bobby Fields grabbed up the chair and took after them. The war erupted again in the area between the dressing room and went on for a few minutes before everyone was separated and sent to their dressing rooms.

The Hines boys then faced off with a team that was just as rough as they were, the Mysterious Medics. The Medics had not been in the area since June when they lost the Southern Tag Team crown to Jack Donovan & Jackie Fargo. They were anxious to get the title back and vowed to do anything necessary to do so. After a wild and wooly match the Medics emerged the winners and were the new Southern Tag Team Champions.

Another masked team was making a name for themselves in the area as well. The Assassin #1 arrived first, defeating Bobby Nichols with an unusual maneuver. He picked Nichols up as though he were about to apply a bodyslam. Instead he dropped Nichols throat first across the top rope. Needless to say, Nichols was in no shape to prevent being pinned after that.

The following week the second Assassin arrived to team with his partner in a match against Dick Dunn & Greg Peterson. The masked duo took that match in straight falls, using their “Throat Crusher” in each. Dunn was the victim of it in the first fall while Peterson received the treatment in the second.

One of the Assassins is about to drop Greg Peterson across the top rope

Dunn wanted another shot at the Assassins and recruited a new partner. Newcomer Dick Beattie came with a stellar amateur background having twice been a National AAU champion while at Oklahoma State University. Beattie looked good in the first fall as he pinned one of the Assassins to take the fall. The Assassins made him pay for that in the second fall as they continually doubled teamed him until he was easily pinned. Things looked good for Dunn & Beattie in the third fall until a miscalculation on Beattie’s part. He stuck his knee through the ropes and urged Dunn to whip one of the masked me into it. The Assassin managed to reverse it however, and Dunn crashed into Beattie’s knee instead. He was easily pinned after that giving the fall and the match to the Assassins.

The Assassins have Dick Beattie trapped in their corner

  • Note: In a little bit of behind the scenes drama. Florida promoters Cowboy Luttrell & Eddie Graham contacted the Gulf Coast Wrestling office with regards to the masked team calling themselves the Assassins. Tom Renesto & Joe Hamilton were using that name as a masked team in Florida. They had previously used the name in Georgia the year before. Since the Gulf Coast promotion also ran shows in Northeast Florida, this was causing some confusion. It was agreed that the team calling themselves the Assassins in the Gulf Coast would no longer use the name. For the remainder of their time in the area this team would be known as The Untouchables (not to be confused with the team that used that name in 1971).

Beattie got another shot at the masked team, now called The Untouchables, this time teaming with Lester Welch. A new partner didn’t help any because the Untouchables won two out of three falls to win that match.

Lester Welch battles The Untouchables

Lady wrestlers returned to the area as JoJo Welch defeated Adrienne Ames in two straight falls.

Others in the area were Jerry London, Joe Madrid, Hercules McIntire and Doug Kinslow.

 

 

NOVEMBER:

 

The Hines Brothers were anxious to get a chance to regain the Southern Tag Team title from the Mysterious Medics. The Medics were just as anxious to gain the United States Tag Team title still in the possession of the Hines. So promoter Skip Wetjen signed a match between the two teams with both titles going to the winners. The Hines Brothers got off to a fast start when they jumped the Medics in the first fall before they could even get out of their medical garb. But the masked duo quickly turned the tide and rammed the Hines’ heads together and pinned them both for the first fall. The fireworks continued in the second fall with Medic #1 unhooking the top turnbuckle from one of the corners. His intended target was the skull of Billy Boy Hines, but Hines ducked, wrested the weapon away from the masked man and blasted him with it. Hines the covered his downed foe for the cover and the match was tied up. During the third fall Medic #2 had Billy Boy Hines reeling with a series of body tackles. Finally Hines sidestepped one and the Medic flew through the ropes and onto the arena floor. On his way out Medic #2 clipped the legs of Medic #1 and caused him to flip over the ropes and into the ring. Billy Hines quickly covered him and referee Jimmy Barrett counted him out. The Medics protested because the wrong man had been pinned but the decision stood. The Hines Brothers were once again double champions.

Lester Welch was anxious to get his hands on the Untouchables and wanted to get the toughest man he could to face them. He brought in The Mighty Jumbo, a man he himself had had a rough match with in Mobile a couple of years earlier. Welch won the first fall for his side when he forced one of the Untouchables to submit to an abdominal stretch. The Untouchables ganged up on Jumbo in the second fall. It took both of them to do it but they applied their “Throat Crusher” on him to set up a pin. In the third fall all four men were battling it out when Jumbo grabbed one of the masked men from behind and held him. Welch got a running start aiming to hit the trapped Untouchable with a flying dropkick. The Untouchable moved and Welch hit Jumbo instead, sending him crashing to the mat. The Untouchables then ganged up on Welch and when Jumbo got to his feet he joined them. The three of them were giving Welch quite a beating until Lee Fields charged into the ring. He decked Jumbo and he and Welch waded into the Untouchables. The masked duo fled the ring and headed for the dressing room with the Mighty Jumbo not far behind.

The next week wasn’t as good for the Untouchable #1 because he was unmasked on live television during a match with Don Fields. The man under the black mask was none other than Corsica Joe. Joe demanded another match with Fields and it was granted. Fields made short work of Joe in that one as well, pinning him to take the one fall match.

The remaining Untouchable carried on alone and was still winning, by hook or by crook. He won a match over popular Dick Dunn with the use of an ether soaked handkerchief.

The Untouchable pins Dick Dunn

Lee Fields & Lester Welch, who at one time held the World Tag Team Championship, decided to reform their team and go after the United States and Southern Tag Team crowns held by Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines. The Hines Brothers agreed to put their US titles on the line but when the night of the match arrived Lee Fields was unable to compete. He had suffered an injury that put 12 stitches in his nose. His youngest brother Bobby Fields took his place in the match. Bobby fell victim to the Hines boys’ favorite trick in the first fall. Bad Boy whipped Bobby into the ropes and tagged Billy Boy who drove his knee deep into Fields’ stomach. Bobby was easily pinned to give the fall to the Hines Brothers. In the second fall Bobby was slamming Billy Boy with a series of body tackles until Hines ducked. Bobby sailed across the ring and with Bad Boy holding the ropes open, onto the arena floor. Fields was injured in the fall and could not continue. Welch offered to wrestle either one of the Hines Brothers as a solo to continue the match but they refused. Surprisingly Jackie Fargo, who had defeated Jerry Miller in an earlier match, climbed into the ring and offered to take Fields’ place as Welch’s partner. He stripped off his jacket and shoes, but the referee would not allow the replacement and awarded the match to the Hines Brothers. Fargo left the ring but Welch stayed and continued to argue with the official. Bad Boy & Billy Boy jumped on Welch and began to knock him around the ring. Fargo came charging back into the ring but was met by a chair wielded by Billy Hines. Welch managed to get the chair from Hines and he and Fargo chased the brothers back to the dressing room.

Jackie Fargo, who had been co-holder of the Southern Tag Team title along with Jack Donovan earlier in the year, wanted a chance to regain the title. He felt that he had never lost the title in the ring and thought he was due a chance to get it back. He asked Lester Welch to team with him to challenge the Hines Brothers for the crown. Lester agreed and the match was signed. In an odd twist the night of the match the Hines Brothers introduced their new manager, Al (Spider) Galento, who had been Fargo’s manager earlier in the year. Lester Welch took the first fall by pinning Billy Boy after a series of bodyslams. The Hines Brothers got Welch with the whip to the ropes and knee maneuver to take the second fall. During the third fall, Fargo’s hatred of his former manager got the better of him. He was in the ring with Billy Boy when Galento got up on the ring apron. Fargo rushed over and decked him, turning his attention away from Hines. Billy Boy was able to sneak up behind Fargo and lay a haymaker on him. Fargo fell to the mat and was pinned to give the fall and the match to Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines.

Dick Dunn was more than upset with the Untouchable who had won their match with the use of a handkerchief full of ether. He challenged masked man to a rematch which was quickly accepted. The Untouchable took the first fall by pinning Dunn after kneeing him in the stomach. Dunn came back to win the second with a sunset flip and pin. As Dunn was leaving the ring between falls, the Untouchable took a swing at him. Dunn rushed back into the ring and began tugging on the Untouchable’s mask. After a struggle of several minutes, Dunn managed to remove the mask revealing Red Donovan. With his identity revealed, Donovan refused to continue the match, giving the third and final fall to Dunn by forfeit.

Buddy Fuller returned to the area and took on Jan Madrid, holder of both the Gulf Coast and Alabama State titles. Madrid took the first fall by pinning Fuller after repeatedly kneeing him in the stomach. Fuller came back to win the second with a monkey flip and pin.

Buddy Fuller monkey flips Jan Madrid

Madrid spent much of the third fall choking Fuller in the ropes until Fuller reversed the situation and did likewise to him. Referee Speedy Hatfield kept warning Fuller to break but was ignored. He disqualified Fuller and awarded the match to Madrid. An irate Fuller tossed both Hatfield and Madrid from the ring, much to the delight of the fans.

The midget wrestlers returned in a match that saw Little Boy Blue defeat Pee Wee Lopez two out of three falls. Lopez lost the third and final fall by disqualification for strangling Blue with a piece of cord.

Little Boy Blue works over Pee Wee Lopez as referee Jimmy Barrett watches

Little Boy Blue also defeated Marcel Semard in a match in Panama City,

Joey Maxim, former World Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion, was on hand to serve as a special referee for a United States Tag Team title match in Ft. Walton Beach between the champions, Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines, and the team or Bobby Fields & Jerry Miller. Fields & Miller gave a game effort but their inexperience as a team proved to be too big a hurdle to overcome. The Hines Brothers won two out of three falls to win the match and retain their title.

Maxim was also the referee for a match in Mobile between the Hines Brothers and the team of Dick Dunn & Jack Curtis Jr. Dunn won the first fall for his team when he pinned Bad Boy with a sunset flip. The Hines boys used their favorite maneuver, the whip into the ropes and knee to the stomach to take the second fall over Curtis. Dunn & Curtis were particularly upset with the tactics that the Hines Brothers were using and followed them as they headed for their dressing room. A battle ensued and Dunn rammed Billy Boy’s head into the concrete steps that lead to the upstairs section of Ft. Whiting. Hines was soon bleeding profusely and was dragged back to the dressing room by Bad Boy and manager Al Galento. At the start of the third and deciding fall, Dunn & Curtis were back in the ring. As all eyes were peeled onto the Hines’ dressing room door, Bad Boy and Galento, both fully dressed, came out leaded Billy Boy, still in his trunks and bleeding, out the back door and to their car. Maxim counted them out and awarded the fall and the match to Dick Dunn & Jack Curtis Jr.

On that same card, Maxim served as special referee in a match between bitter rivals Don Fields and Jan Madrid. Fields was after Madrid to put either the Gulf Coast or Alabama State title, or both, on the line but Madrid refused. Fields took the first fall over Madrid with a monkey flip and pin. Madrid was totally out of control in the second fall as he battered and bloodied Fields mercilessly with the use of a pair of taped knucks. Maxim even got punched as he tried to break things up. Madrid was disqualified giving the match to Fields in two straight fall, although he hardly looked like a winner. Madrid left the ring as Maxim tried to help Fields to his feet. Fields knocked Maxim down twice before he gained his senses and left the ring. Madrid returned to the ring and dared Fields to come back in. Fields grabbed a chair and headed back into the ring. Madrid floored him again with the use of the knucks and then hit him with the chair. After a few more stomps a satisfied Madrid left for the dressing room.

Others in the area were Charley Keene, Sailor Moran and Hercules McIntire.

 

 

DECEMBER:

 

The savage feud between Don Fields and Jan Madrid continued to rage. The two met in a rematch that saw nothing accomplished. There wasn’t even a fall scored in the match. The two combatants tore into one another at the outset and never let up. Fields used several hard right hands to open a cut on Madrid’s head. Madrid with the use of a metal object soon had Fields bleeding as well. At one point Madrid fell out of the ring and Fields, blinded by his own blood, grabbed referee Jimmy Barrett and choked him as though he were Madrid. Don’s older brother Lee Fields charged into the ring to get Don off the referee, only to have his brother knock him from the ring. Madrid managed to get back into the ring and began pounding on Don. Dick Dunn came out to ringside and helped Lee Fields back to his feet and together they managed o pull Don from the ring. Barrett also slide out of the ring and declared the match no contest. Madrid collapsed in the ring and lie there several minutes before getting up enough strength to make it back to the dressing room.

Another rematch for Madrid’s Gulf Coast Championship was signed for the following week in Mobile, but a rare Gulf Coast ice storm cancelled the card. But two days after this match was to take place the two met in Dothan in a match with Jan Madrid’s Alabama State title on the line. Don Fields won that one by taking two out of three falls and became the new Alabama State Heavyweight champion.

They finally did meet in a third match, but this time neither man’s title was on the line. Madrid took the first fall when he caught Fields in the eye with a vicious knee and pinned him. Fields won the second fall by battering Madrid while he was tied in the ropes. When he was finally freed Madrid crumpled to the mat and was easily pinned. The third fall was a donnybrook as had become the custom between these two. They beat each other bloody until Commissioner Preston Hall stepped in to stop the match. Despite the order of the commissioner, Fields and Madrid fought for an additional 10 minutes until Fields gained the upper hand and Madrid fled the ring.

Billy Hines was chomping at the bit to get his hands on Dick Dunn after Dunn had rammed his head into the concrete steps at Ft. Whiting in Mobile. The result was a trip to the hospital for Hines to receive several stitches in his scalp. A match between the two was signed and it was a rough one. Hines took the measure of Dunn with the use of a piece of metal which he used to knock Dunn out.

Dunn also had some troubles with Al (Spider) Galento, veteran wrestler and manager of the Hines Brothers. The two met in a match in Dothan with the stipulation that the loser would have to leave the territory. Galento won that match after tossing dirt into Dunn’s eyes and blinding him. Luckily for Dunn a fan had taken a picture showing the infraction so Galento’s victory was nullified and Dunn was allowed to stay.

As a change of pace Dick Dunn wrestled Bobby Fields that saw the Mayor of Mobile Charles Trimmier serve as the referee. Trimmier’s participation was part of a special card that saw all proceeds going to the Salvation Army to purchase food for needy families. Trimmier didn’t have much to do as Dunn and Fields put on a clean, scientific display that ended in a 15 minute draw.

Bobby Fields finds himself upside down as he tries to escape Dick Dunn’s pin attempt

Bobby Fields also teamed up with Jack Curtis Jr. to face the Hines Brothers. Curtis was scheduled to team with his brother Randy but the younger Curtis was unable to travel due to bad weather conditions in his home state of Mississippi. Fields & Curtis made a surprisingly good team as the won the first fall. They tied Bad Boy in the ropes and used Billy Boy as a battering ram into his stomach. They then stacked the two one on top of the other with Curtis & Fields covering them both for the pin. In the second fall Curtis fell victim to the Hines’ knee maneuver and was pinned. In the third fall, Bobby Fields wound up tossed from the ring after which the Hines Brothers ganged up on Jack Curtis Jr. Things look bleak for young Curtis until Jan Madrid, his head still in bandages as a result of his match with Don Fields, entered the ring and chased the Hines Brothers out. Al Galento rounded up his charges and led them back to the dressing room as referee Rube Wright counted them out, declaring Fields & Curtis the winners of the match.

After receiving such a terrible beating at the hands of the Hines Brothers, Jack Curtis Jr. wanted another shot at them. He asked Bobby Fields to team with him, but Bobby had already signed for a singles match against the Hines’ manager, Al (Spider) Galento. Jack then asked Don Fields to be his partner and Don agreed. However at match time, Jack Curtis Jr. was unable to appear because of weather conditions and Don Fields did the unthinkable. He accepted Jan Madrid’s offer to be his partner. Don was wary after having had Madrid try to beat him senseless for the past several weeks but he finally agreed. The once bitter enemies worked surprisingly well together as Madrid kicked both of the Hines boys around and Don pinned Billy Boy with a sunset flip for the first fall. Fields also dropped the second fall as he absorbed several body slams by both brothers before being pinned by Bad Boy. In the third fall Billy Boy Hines scaled the ropes and jumped with the aim of landed on Madrid. Madrid moved at the last second and Hines crashed to the mat face first. Madrid the rolled him over and pinned him as Don Fields kept Bad Boy at bay. The winner of the third fall and the match was the odd team of Don Fields & Jan Madrid.

In the singles match between Bobby Fields and Al Galento, Galento tried everything he could to maim Fields. Referee Rube Wright caught him using a chain and disqualified him in the first fall. Bobby fought back in the second fall and pinned Galento after jumping on him from the ropes, taking the match in two straight falls.

The ladies made their final appearance of the year as JoJo Welch defeated Brenda Scott by taking two straight falls.

Also in the area at the end of the year were Bruce Austin and newcomer Bill Sky.