1963

JANUARY:

 

Southern Tag Team Champions Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines continued to have their problems with the odd couple team of Don Fields & Jan Madrid. Fields & Madrid, once the bitterest of enemies, had formed a surprisingly good team and they were gunning for the title held by the Hines Brothers. The Hines Brothers agreed to a match with them at Ft. Whiting, but only if the titles were not on the line.  The match got off to a rousing start as Bad Boy & Billy Boy jumped Fields & Madrid before they were able to remove their ring jackets.  The Hines duo continued to batter their foes, but wound up being disqualified by referee Speedy Hatfield who awarded the first fall to Fields & Madrid. In the second fall in was Fields & Madrid who took the early advantage. The Hines boys absorbed quite a beating before Fields pinned Billy Boy Hines with an Oklahoma Roll, giving Fields & Madrid the match in two straight falls.

Fields & Madrid weren’t as successful against Al & Don Greene in a match in Panama City. The Greenes took advantage of their experience as a team and took the measure of Fields & Madrid.

Despite owning two victories over the Hines Brothers, Don Fields was still wary of teaming with Madrid and went his separate way. Madrid still wanted to strip the Hines’ of the Southern Tag Team crown and recruited a new partner, Jack Curtis Jr. It proved to be a wise move as Madrid & Curtis defeated the Hines Brothers in Dothan to become the new Southern Tag Team Champions.

Meanwhile Don Fields reunited with his younger brother Bobby as the Fields Brothers faced off with the Greene Brothers. The Greenes took the first fall of that match after double teaming Bobby Fields into submission. That would be the only fall scored in the match as the two sets of brothers battled furiously until the one hour limit ran out. Referee Bill Sky declared the match a draw, but both teams continued to battle until order was finally restored.

Despite only earning draw with the Fields Brothers, the Greenes were awarded a title match with Southern Tag Team Champions Jan Madrid & Jack Curtis Jr. The first fall went to the champions as Madrid pinned Al Greene after delivering a knee across his throat. Don Greene took the second fall for his team as he rendered Madrid unconscious by pressing his thumb into Madrid’s temple. In the deciding fall Curtis whipped Al Greene into the corner and rushed in after him. Greene drove his knee into Jack’s groin and jumped on him for the pin. Referee Leo Morgan failed to see Curtis drape his feet across the ropes and tolled the count, giving the match and the Southern Tag Team title to the Greene Brothers.

The Greene Brothers cemented their place as the top team in the area with a victory over Jan Madrid & Bobby Whitlock in Panama City.

Chief Little Eagle returned to the area after lengthy absence. He defeated newcomer Jose Quintero in two straight falls in his initial start back. The following week he faced another newcomer by the name of Jose Quintero. Quintero was a rough combatant but he was no match for Little Eagle and submitted to a double arm lock.

Little Eagle made it clear to promoter Rocky McGuire that he had his eyes set not only on regaining the Gulf Coast title which he once held, but also he wanted the Southern tag team title. He approached Jan Madrid, who wanted another shot at the crown currently held by the Greene Brothers, and a new team was formed. In their first match as a team, Little Eagle & Madrid faced the rugged team of Treacherous Phillips & newcomer Bulldog Bill Lawley. Lawley won the first for his team as he pinned Madrid after jumping on him from the ropes. In the second fall, Phillips tried the same tactic on Little Eagle, but Eagle caught him mid-air and slammed him to the mat and pinned him to even the score. In the third fall Little Eagle and Phillips were taking turns slugging each other when Eagle tied Phillips into the ropes. Lawley managed to reach his partners hand for the tag and rushed into the ring. Little Eagle & Madrid double slammed him and Eagle pinned him to take the fall and the match.

With this win under their belt, Little Eagle & Madrid were given a non-title match with Southern tag champs Don & Al Greene.  Little Eagle forced Al Greene to submit to his Bow & Arrow hold to take the first fall for his team.  In the second fall Little Eagle and Al Greene collided in the middle of the ring and were both down. Don Greene jumped into the ring and “accidently” bumped referee Leo Morgan, knocking him to the mat. Don then pulled Al on top of Little Eagle and then engaged in a battle with Madrid. Morgan regained his senses and saw Al Greene pinning Little Eagle. He counted Little Eagle out much to the ire of the fans. In the third fall, referee Leo Morgan was distracted trying to keep Little Eagle from the ring and did not see Don Greene jump off the top rope onto Madrid as Al Greene held him by his feet. Madrid was easily pinned and the Greene Brothers were given the fall and the match.

Al Greene tries to escape the clutches of Chief Little Eagle & Jan Madrid

Al Greene tries to escape the clutches of Chief Little Eagle & Jan Madrid

Lady wrestlers made their first appearance of the year and participated in a six person mixed tag match. Venus LaRue teamed with Bobby Fields & Dick Dunn to face the team of Al (Spider) Galento, Charley Keene & The Black Widow. Galento won the first fall for his side as he knocked out Dunn with a chain that he kept hidden in his trunks. Venus LaRue withstood several punches by Galento and having her hair pulled by Keene before pinning the Black Widow to even the score. Galento’s chain came into play again in the deciding fall. He tried to use it on Fields only to have it taken away from him. Fields kayoed Galento and pinned him to win the fall and the match. The Black Widow wasn’t happy with the decision and tried to keep the action going. She attacked LaRue and giving her a going over until Dunn stepped in. He grabbed the masked girl, trapped her head between his knees and gave her a solid spanking before she managed to escape.

The midget ladies returned as well as Darling Dagmar defeated Baby Cheryl in a match in Panama City.

Darling Dagmar give Baby Cheryl a hard time in the ropes

Darling Dagmar give Baby Cheryl a hard time in the ropes

It was announced that Lou Thesz had defeated Buddy Rogers on January 24th in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. This would be the third reign as champion for Thesz.

Promoter Rocky McGuire staged a nine man Russian Battle Royal at Ft. Whiting in Mobile. The participants were Don & Al Greene, Gorgeous George Grant, Treacherous Phillips, Jan Madrid, Chief Little Eagle, Chris Belkas and two newcomers, Maurice LaPointe & Tony Baillargeon. To be eliminated a wrestler had to be tossed over the top rope. There would be no referee inside the ring and the last man remaining would win a $100 prize. The match came down to only Baillargeon and the Greene Brothers remaining. Rather than try to toss him out, the Greenes ganged up on Baillargeon and continued to punch and kick him as he was trapped in the corner. Finally promoter Rocky McGuire stopped the action and disqualified the Greenes. He awarded the match and the $100 to Baillargeon.

.Others in the area in January was The Great Matador.

 

FEBRUARY:

 

Chief Little Eagle still wanted a shot at the Greene Brothers and recruited another Native American wrestler as his partner. His new partner was Chief Crazy Horse and he came with quite a reputation.  Crazy Horse took the first fall for the Indians as he forced Al Greene to submit to a bearhug.  The Indians battered the Greenes throughout the second fall as well, but were unable to get the pin due to constant interference by the Greene brother not being pinned.  Finally the Greenes trapped Crazy Horse in their corner and as referee Charley Keene was trying to keep Little Eagle out, Al Greene jumped from the top rope onto Crazy Horse’s back. Keene turned around and saw Greene pinning Crazy Horse and counted the fall. In the third and deciding fall, Little Eagle had Don Greene reeling with a series of body tackles. Just as Little Eagle was about to finish him off, Al Greene pulled the ropes apart and Little Eagle tumbled to the floor. Al Greene then attacked Little Eagle on the floor and soon had him bleeding. During this action Crazy Horse had Don Greene in a bearhug and had rendered him nearly unconscious. Referee Keene explained to Crazy Horse that he was not the legal man in the ring and would not count Greene out.  Keene was pushing Crazy Horse from the ring when Al Greene pushed Little Eagle back in. Al then draped the prostate Don on top of Little Eagle just as Keene turned his attention back to the middle of the ring. Keene counted the fall and awarded the match to the Greenes.

Joe Scarpa returned to the area and faced off with Maurice LaPointe. The match was a clean scientific battle and had the fans on their feet. At the 30 minute mark the two collided in the middle of the ring and collapsed. Referee Leo Morgan began to count both men out but LaPointe got back to his feet just before the end of the count. Scarpa was counted out but LaPointe refused the win. He helped Scarpa to his feet and Morgan declared the match a draw.

Maurice LaPointe slams Joe Scarpa

Maurice LaPointe slams Joe Scarpa

LaPointe’s fellow French-Canadian Tony Baillargeon continued to impress the fans as well. He defeated rugged Treacherous Phillips in two straight falls.

LaPointe & Baillargeon quickly formed a team and were dubbed “The Flying Frenchmen” by their legion of fans. They garnered a match with the Greene Brothers but the Greenes’ Southern Tag Team title would not be on the line. The Greenes took the first fall when both Greene Brothers tortured LaPointe’s left hand by using hidden bits of rope to tie it up and cut off the circulation. LaPointe managed to tag Baillargeon in and Tony was going to town on both Greenes until Don leveled him with the help of a piece of metal that he had hidden in his trunks. Baillargeon went down and was easily pinned to give the first fall to the Greenes. The Frenchmen took over in the second and had both Greenes reeling from dropkicks. Finally the double slammed Don and pinned him to even the score. In the deciding fall the Flying Frenchmen totally overwhelmed the Greenes, taking the fall and the match when LaPointe forced Al Greene to submit to a Boston Crab.

Tony Baillargeon applies a headlock to Don Greene

Tony Baillargeon applies a headlock to Don Greene

The Frenchmen approached promoter Rocky McGuire for a match with the Greenes for the Southern Tag Team title, but the Greenes refused. McGuire did sign the Frenchmen to meet another highly touted team, The Firpo Brothers from South America at the Sage Avenue Armory in Mobile. The Argentinean team didn’t fare very well as the Frenchmen defeated them in two straight falls, as Baillargeon pinned Luis Firpo in the first fall and LaPointe pinned Zanzibar Firpo in the second.

As a result of the win over the Firpo Brothers, Alabama Boxing & Wrestling Commissioner Preston Hall awarded the Flying Frenchmen at shot at the Southern Tag Team Championship. The Greene Bothers tried to avoid the match by claiming that Don Greene had an injured hand. Hall would not accept this excuse and ordered the match to be set. Baillargeon won the first fall for the Frenchmen as he rendered Don Greene unconscious with a full nelson. During the second fall referee Speedy Hatfield was distracted by Don Greene as Al three times applied an illegal piledriver on Baillargeon. Baillargeon was completely incapacitated and was easily pinned. The angry fans at ringside protested the decision and continually yelled at Hatfield about Al Greene’s illegal tactics. Hatfield then reversed the decision and awarded the fall and the match to the Frenchmen. The Greenes managed to hold onto their title due to the disqualification loss, but each of them was fined $50 for their tactics.

Others in the area were Rube Wright, Jack Curtis Jr., Greg Peterson, Bill Sky, Jan Madrid, Bull Williams, Gorgeous George Grant and newcomers Bill Winder, Ed Gold and Felix Lamban.

 

MARCH:

 

Tony Baillargeon suffered a sprained neck due to the illegal piledriver applied to him Al Greene. He was anxious to get back at them but was ordered to take time off to allow the injury to properly heal. In the meantime his tag team partner Maurice LaPointe asked Joe Scarpa to join him in a challenge match against the Greene Brothers.  Scarpa agreed but the Greenes did everything they could to get out of the match. It took the threat of suspension by Commissioner Preston Hall before they would agree to the match.  Scarpa won the first fall for his team by pinning Al Greene after giving him a terrific beating.  Don Greene, sporting a cast on his injured hand, used that cast to pound Scarpa over the head several times during the second fall. He also made use of a hidden piece of rope to choke Scarpa. As Al Greene distracted referee Al (Spider) Galento, Don Greene climbed to the top rope and jumped off on the prone Scarpa. Greene   pinned Scarpa for the second fall to even the match. Scarpa took most of the punishment in the third fall as well, including once again being strangled with Don Greene’s rope. Finally Scarpa exploded and took the rope from Greene and choked both brothers with it.  LaPointe joined in and they battered the Greenes with the use of ringside chairs. Referee Galento was flattened in the melee as was referee Speedy Hatfield who also tried to restore order. The Greenes made a beeline for the dressing room and Galento called the match a no contest.

Don Greene jumps on Maurice LaPointe as Al Greene holds him

Don Greene jumps on Maurice LaPointe as Al Greene holds him

With Tony Baillargeon fully rested and healed, the Flying Frenchmen received another shot at Don & Al Greene and their Southern Tag Team title in a match at Hartwell Field. To ensure things would not get out of hand, promoter Rocky McGuire assigned Lee Fields to be the special referee. Fields directly affected the outcome of the first fall as Don Greene tried to apply an illegal piledriver on Baillargeon. Fields rushed over and pushed Greene backward causing Baillargeon for crash down on top of him. Fields counted Greene out and awarded the fall to the Flying Frenchmen. The Greenes argued with Fields between falls and it quickly got physical. As Al Greene continued to argue with Fields, Don Greene climbed to the top rope and jumped knees first onto Lee’s back. Both Greenes then stomped him until he was pulled from the ring. As a result Fields was unable to continue as the special referee. Promoter Rocky McGuire ended the Greenes’ celebration quickly by naming their nemesis Joe Scarpa as the official for the remainder of the match. The Greenes refused to continue the match as they claimed that Scarpa was mentally unstable. They finally agreed to have Bulldog Bill Lawley as the official and the match resumed. The Greenes took the second fall quickly when Baillargeon missed a flying dropkick. Don Greene applied a neckbreaker on him and pinned him for the fall. The Frenchmen had Don Greene in trouble in the deciding fall until Al Greene managed to slip him a piece of metal. Don used the weapon to clobber Maurice LaPointe and had him bleeding from a cut on his forehead. Baillargeon met the same fate as he tried to come to his partner’s rescue. Joe Scarpa dashed into the ring and he, too, was leveled by the loaded punches of Don Greene.   LaPointe wound up being pinned by Don Greene and the Greenes retained their title.

Maurice LaPointe tosses Al Greene

Maurice LaPointe tosses Al Greene

After their win over the Flying Frenchmen, the Greene Brothers were reigning supreme in the area. Promoter Rocky McGuire was determined to find a team that could give the Greenes a taste of their own medicine and got in touch with The Mysterious Medics. The Medics weren’t very interested at first, but McGuire agreed to pay their airfare and pay them 20% of the gate if they would agree to the match. With that kind of incentive, the Medics made their way to the area to face off with the Greene Brothers. The Medics, who knew just about every dirty trick in the book themselves, refused to start the match due to the cast Don Greene was sporting on his right hand. After a 15 minute delay, Greene reluctantly removed the cast and flung it at the Medics which turned out to be a big mistake. One of the Medics grabbed it up and used it to batter both Greenes around until Don was easily pinned. The Greenes came back in the second fall and battered the Medics with the help of a piece of metal which they passed back and forth out of the sight of referee Speedy Hatfield. Finally Al floored one of the Medics and pinned him to even the match. The battering of the masked team continued in the third fall and they were to the point that they were unable to defend themselves. Referee Hatfield tried to reign the Greenes in but found himself decked twice by Al Greene. Al then started to give Hatfield a piledriver when Joe Scarpa charged the ring.  He wrestled the piece of metal from Don Greene and chased the Greenes back to the dressing room. Hatfield counted the Greenes out and awarded the fall and the match to the Mysterious Medics.

The Mysterious Medics go after Al Greene

The Mysterious Medics go after Al Greene

Joe Scarpa was seething at the Greene Brothers, especially Don Greene. He challenged Don to a match which was signed by promoter Rocky McGuire. Also in order to keep Don in the ring and Al Greene out, the ring would be surrounded with chicken wire. It was also decided that falls would not count and the match would continue until one man could not continue. Scarpa took the first fall and earned a rest while Greene struggled to free himself from the wire. In the next fall Greene used a piece of rope from his trunks to strangle Scarpa. Scarpa managed to get the rope from him and strangled Greene until he submitted the fall. Greene tried more tricks in the third fall as he pulled a can opener from his boot and used it to open a cut on Scarpa’s head. A wild swing by Scarpa knocked Greene down and loosened his grip on the weapon. Scarpa grabbed it and soon had Greene bleeding as bad as he was.  After pounding on Greene for several minutes Scarpa won the third fall and earned another rest period. This time Greene was unable to continue and Scarpa was awarded the match.

Joe Scarpa works over Don Greene

Joe Scarpa works over Don Greene

The midget wrestlers arrived in the area and competed in an unusual match. Cowboy Bradley squared off with Tine Roe in a boxing match. Bradley was way ahead until Roe’s second, Al Greene, slipped a piece of metal into his glove. Roe then flattened Bradley but wound up disqualified by referee Speedy Hatfield.

Others competing in the area were Greg Peterson, Jack Curtis Jr., Treacherous Phillips, Felix Lamban, Jack Bence, Bulldog Lawley, Bill Winder, Jose Quintero, Rube Wright, Gorgeous George Grant and newcomer Al Gomez.

 

APRIL:

 

The Gulf Coast Heavyweight Championship had been in limbo since champion Jan Madrid’s departure from the area. Alabama Boxing & Wrestling Commissioner Preston Hall demanded that the matter be settled and ordered a tournament to determine a new champion. The tournament would be contested in a series of one fall matches and be spread out over several weeks.

In the first round, these were the results:

  • Former Gulf Coast champion Pancho Villa returned to the area and defeated Maurice LaPointe
  • Treacherous Phillips defeated Greg Peterson
  • Lee Fields, another former Gulf Coast champion, defeated Al Gomez
  • Tony Baillargeon defeated Al Greene

Joe Scarpa still had issues to be settled with Don Greene and made another challenge. This time the two would meet in a boxing match. Scarpa had Greene totally outclassed until Don’s second and brother Al Greene slipped a piece of metal into his glove. Don used the loaded glove to knock Scarpa out. Referee George Grant counted Scarpa out despite the protests of Scarpa’s second Lee Fields and the ringside fans.

Promoter Rocky McGuire decided to settle the issues between the Greenes and the duo of Scarpa & Fields once and for all. A special match was signed between the two teams with some very unusual stipulations. All four men would be in the ring at the same time, and several other wrestlers would surround the ring and serve as lumberjacks to toss anyone who left the ring back in. Finally, the Greenes’ Southern Tag Team title would be at stake. Scarpa & Fields worked very well as a team as they tied Don Greene into the ropes and used Al Greene as a battering ram to his midsection. They then double slammed Al and Fields pinned him for the fall. Before the bell starting the second fall, Al Greene tossed a soft drink into the eyes of Joe Scarpa, blinding him. Scarpa was then tossed from the ring as the Greenes double teamed Fields. As Scarpa was pushed back into the ring by the lumberjacks, Don Greene attacked him. As referee Speedy Hatfield tried to break that situation up, Al Greene climbed to the top rope and jumped onto Lee Fields. Al Greene then went after Scarpa to keep Hatfield occupied as Don climbed to the top rope and jumped onto the prone Fields. Finally Hatfield turned his attention back to the action in the ring and saw Don Greene pinning Lee Fields. He made the count and awarded the fall to Don & Al Greene. The third fall belonged totally to Fields & Scarpa. The Greenes were no match for them and were battered into submission. Finally Scarpa pinned Don Greene giving the final fall and the match to his team. With the victory, Lee Fields & Joe Scarpa were the new Southern Tag Team Champions.

Fields & Scarpa also moved ahead in the tournament to name a new Gulf Coast Heavyweight Champion. The results of the next round were as follows:

  • Treacherous Phillips defeated Jack Curtis Jr.
  • Pancho Villa defeated newcomer Bobby Jones
  • Joe Scarpa defeated Al Gomez
  • Lee Fields defeated Treacherous Phillips

The Ace of Spades returned after a yearlong absence. This time he had a masked partner called The Ace of Clubs with him. Together the team of The Black Aces was scheduled to face the team of Maurice LaPointe & Buddy Fuller, who was also returning after a lengthy absence. The night before this match, the Ace of Spades was injured in a match in Pensacola. He was replaced in the match with LaPointe & Fuller by Pancho Villa. The Ace of Spades, on crutches, did accompany Villa & the Ace of Clubs to the ring. Fuller pinned Villa to take the first fall for his team, but the Ace of Clubs pinned LaPointe in the second fall to even the score. In the third fall Fuller tossed Villa into the lap of the Ace of Spades sitting at ringside. As referee Bull Williams began to count Villa out, the Ace of Clubs jumped onto Fuller from the ropes. Hearing the commotion behind him Williams turned around to find the Ace of Clubs pinning Fuller. For some reason Williams forgot about Villa and counted the pin fall on Fuller, despite the fact that the Ace was not the legal man in the ring. A confused Williams awarded the fall and the match to Villa & the Ace of Clubs.

Pancho Villa & The Ace of Spades double team Maurice LaPointe

Pancho Villa & The Ace of Spades double team Maurice LaPointe

An old rivalry flared up again as Lee Fields teamed with Venus LaRue to face Pancho & Mama Villa in a mixed tag match in Fort Walton. The Villas spent most of the match double teaming LaRue until she was easy prey for a pin giving the Villas the match.

Bad Boy Hines returned to the area and teamed with the Black Aces & Al Gomez to face the foursome of Maurice LaPointe, Greg Peterson, Joe Scarpa & Jack Curtis Jr. in a best 3 out of 5 falls match. The Ace of Clubs took the first fall for his side as he pinned Curtis after delivering a low blow.  Greg Peterson received a bloody cut over his right eye during the second fall, which saw him pinned by Bad Boy Hines. Joe Scarpa won the next two falls for his team, each of them at the expense of the Ace of Clubs. In the deciding fall, Scarpa again was the winner for his team as he forced Gomez to surrender to an abdominal stretch.

Billy Boy Hines also returned and together the Hines Brothers defeated Joe Scarpa & Bobby Jones in a match in Fort Walton.

Newcomer Chief Suni War Cloud made his way to the area and faced with tough Pancho Villa. War Cloud took the first fall by pinning Villa after hitting him with a tomahawk chop. Villa came back in the second fall and used a piece of rope to strangle the big Indian until referee Speedy Hatfield disqualified him, giving the fall and the match to War Cloud.

Also in the area were Jose Quintero, Gorgeous George Grant and newcomers Tiger Joe Tomasso and Al Ruiz.

 

MAY:

 

Southern Tag Team Champions Lee Fields & Joe Scarpa put their title on the line against the new team of Pancho Villa & Tiger Tomasso. Villa used his elbow pad to continuously rake Fields’ eyes in the first fall. Fields wound up blinded and bleeding before Villa pinned him to take the fall. Promoter Rocky McGuire came out at the beginning of the second fall and ordered referee Treacherous Phillips to remove Villa’s elbow pad. Phillips argued that there was no call to do so, but after McGuire threatened to remove him from the match, he relented. He stripped the elbow pad from Villa’s arm and gave it to McGuire. Villa was still arguing with McGuire when Scarpa trapped him in an abdominal stretch and forced him to submit, evening the match. In the third fall, Villa tossed Scarpa from the ring and with referee Phillips looking the other way Tomasso rammed Scarpa’s head into the ring apron, knocking him cold. Fields went to his partner’s aid but was unable to revive him in time to beat the count. Phillips counted Scarpa out, awarding the fall, the match and the Southern Tag Team crown to Pancho Villa & Tiger Tomasso.

Villa & Tomasso didn’t hold the title for very long, however. Scarpa & Fields defeated them two night later in Dothan to regain the crown.

Joe Scarpa and Pancho Villa also squared off in a singles match that was a wild and bloody one. Scarpa jumped Villa at the onset and had him bleeding severely. Scarpa forced Villa to submit to an abdominal stretch to take the first fall. Scarpa completely overwhelmed Villa in the second, beating him to take the match in two straight falls.

Joe Scarpa has Pancho Villa caught in a sleeper hold

Joe Scarpa has Pancho Villa caught in a sleeper hold

The younger brother of Rocky (Sputnik) Monroe, Rocket Monroe made his first appearance in the area. Rocket was accompanied by the youngest of the family, Jet Monroe, who served as his manager. Rocket met Maurice LaPointe in one fall battle. At one point in the match Rocket was pummeling LaPointe while Jet was swinging his cane at referee Joe Powell. A spectator grabbed Jet and began punching him as other spectators tried to take his cane away from him. Jet managed to fight his way free and cane in hand he climbed into the ring. He again walloped LaPointe and Powell with the cane and got Rocket disqualified in the process.

The following week, Rocket Monroe faced Greg Peterson in a best two out of three fall match. Peterson was doing well until he twisted his ankle as he bounced off the ropes. Monroe then worked over the ankle until Peterson was forced to submit. As Peterson was writhing in pain on the mat, Jet Monroe dusted him off with his scarf and placed a red rose on his chest. Peterson was unable to continue the match which was awarded to Rocket Monroe by default.

The final of the Gulf Coast Heavyweight Championship tournament came down to a three man elimination match featuring Pancho Villa, Joe Scarpa and Rocket Monroe. In this match, two men would be in the ring with the third man standing on the ring apron. Anyone could be tagged in or out and the match would continue until one man was eliminated by pinfall or submission. Then after a brief rest period the two remaining men would wrestle with the winner being named the new champion. The three man match went back and forth with the advantage changing several times until Scarpa had Villa pinned. Monroe jumped in and save Villa from the pin, but the surprised the huge Mexican and pinned him himself. This left Monroe and Scarpa to meet in the championship match. Monroe wound up with a bloody forehead, but managed to pin Scarpa with the help of a handful of Scarpa’s trunks. Referee Speedy Hatfield failed to see the infraction and awarded the match to Monroe. Rocket Monroe was the new Gulf Coast Heavyweight Champion.

Pancho Villa demanded and received as title match with Monroe and it led to much confusion. The match was barely 5 minutes old when referee George Tucker stopped the match and declared it a no contest. Promoter Rocky McGuire then entered the ring and raised Villa’s hand as the winner, but Monroe left the ring with the belt.

Next on Monroe’s dance card was a return match with Joe Scarpa, but without the title on the line. Monroe took a serious beating from Scarpa throughout the first fall of that match. Every time Scarpa went for the pin, however, Jet Monroe reached into the ring and pulled Rocket’s foot onto the ropes. After several instances of this, Scarpa turned his attention to Jet and forgot about Rocket. Rocket grabbed him from behind, applied an Atomic Drop and pinned Scarpa for the first fall. Jet got involved again in the match. As was the case in the first fall, Scarpa totally dominated Rocket until Jet distracted him. This time Jet climbed onto the ring apron only to get punched by Scarpa. Rocket left the ring and went to his fallen brother’s side.  He also reached into Jet’s coat pocket and pulled out a piece of metal. Rocket climbed back into the ring, slugged Scarpa with the object and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines returned to the area and faced off with Don & Bobby Fields in a one fall match. The Fields Brothers proved to be the better team that night as they won the match.

The Hines Brothers didn’t fare any better when they met the Black Aces in a tag team match. Billy Hines looked to be on the verge of victory in the first fall as he sent the Ace of Spades flying with a series of back body drops. Hines tried one time to often when the Ace tagged the Ace of Clubs and leapfrogged over Hines. The Ace of Clubs then jumped over Hines, who was still bent over, and rolled him up with a sunset flip to pin him. In the second fall it was Bad Boy Hines that was back dropping the masked men until he inadvertently sent the Ace of Spades over the top rope and was disqualified. The Black Aces took the match in straight falls.

A rematch was signed between the Aces and the Hines Brothers, this time the Aces’ masks would be on the line as was the Hines’ beards. The Ace of Spades won the first fall for his team when he pinned Billy Boy Hines after kicking him in the head with his built up shoe. Hines wound up with a bloody head because of the blow and he was raring to go at the start of the second fall. Hines worked over the foot that contained the built up shoe to the point that the Ace of Spades had to submit the fall. The Ace of Spades was unable to walk after the fall and was helped to the dressing room. He was unable to come out of the dressing room for the third fall so the Ace of Clubs tried to go it alone. He tried valiantly but was no match for the Hines Brothers. They double teamed him, wore him down and pinned him to take the fall and the match. The Aces were supposed to unmask after losing the match, but the Ace of Spades could not come out of the dressing room. To his credit, the Ace of Clubs honored the agreement. He stripped the mask from his head and was identified as Sammy Watson.

The Hines Brothers cemented their claim as the top contenders for the Southern Tag Team crown held by   Lee Fields & Joe Scarpa by defeating the team of Maurice LaPointe & Ray Andrews. Andrews was returning to the area after a brief absence.

Also in the area in May was Suni War Cloud and Treacherous Phillips.

 

JUNE:

 

Al & Don Greene returned looking to regain the Southern Tag Team title that they had once held. They issued a challenge to the champions, Lee Fields & Joe Scarpa, who had dethroned them. Promoter Rocky McGuire refused to sign the match saying that the four bitter rivals could not contain themselves and it was too dangerous a match to sign. The Greenes took their case to the state commission, who sided with them and overrode McGuire’s decision and granted the Greenes a title match with Fields & Scarpa.

McGuire decided at the last minute to disallow the Greenes’ title match and replaced them with the team of Carlos Mendoza & Chico Rodriguez. Mendoza & Rodriguez were no match for Fields & Scarpa who won the match in straight falls and retained their title. As a result of McGuire’s defiance of the state commission he was stripped of his promoter’s license and suspended pending a hearing on the matter.

Gulf Coast Heavyweight Champion Rocket Monroe faced a new challenge in the form of Billy Boy Hines. Hines was just as rugged as Monroe and was anxious to get a title shot at the champion, but Monroe refused to put the title up. As it was their initial meeting  was a wild one which was won by Hines when Monroe was unable to continue in the third fall. Monroe and his brother Jet then got into a brawl outside the dressing area with Bill Boy & Bad Boy Hines. The result was Billy winding up with a nasty cut over one eye.

This led to a tag team match between the Hines Brothers and the Monroe Brothers During the match Billy Hines tossed Rocket Monroe over the top rope, which should have led to an immediate disqualification. However referee Gene Fuller was distracted by Bad Boy Hines and didn’t see the infraction. Jet Monroe rushed into the ring to argue with Fuller and was promptly set upon by the Hines Brothers. Jet wound up with a broken arm before Rocket could pull him from the ring. Immediately after the match Rocket announced Jet’s condition and said that he was sending for big brother Sputnik to exact revenge.

The following week, Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines squared off against Sputnik & Rocket Monroe at Hartwell Field in Mobile. The first fall was fireworks all the way as the Hines Brothers had both Monroes bleeding from the pounding they ad received. Finally Rocket Monroe garnered enough strength to pick up Bad Boy Hines for a body slam only to fall over backwards with both men lying prone on their stomachs on the mat. Rocket managed to roll Hines over and drape an arm across his chest as referee Gene Fuller counted three, giving the first fall to the Monroes. The Hines Brothers came back strong in the second fall and had things well in hand until Bad Boy tossed Sputnik out of the ring and followed him out. As Hines was concentrating on Sputnik, Jet Monroe who was at ringside in his capacity of manager to his brothers, snuck up behind him and smashed him over the head with the cast on his broken arm. As Bad Boy lay unconscious on the ground all three Monroes ganged up on Billy Boy. After giving him a going over, Rocket tossed him out of the ring. Sputnik kept referee Fuller distracted which allowed Rocket to twice drive Billy’s head to the ground with a pile driver. Rocket then drug Billy Boy over to where Jet was now sitting at ringside and Jet proceeded to batter Hines with his cast, leaving him with a bloody head. As Sputnik & Rocket strutted about inside the ring, a spectator got a little carried away and rushed to ringside. He grabbed Rocket by the leg and wound up getting stomped by both Rocket & Sputnik.  Sputnik kicked him to the ground and jumped out of the ring and was standing over him when another spectator snuck up behind him and hit him in the head with a ringside chair.  Referee Fuller managed to get things calm enough for the Monroes to escape to the dressing room. Bad Boy Hines was revived enough to help load his brother into an ambulance for a trip to the hospital.

Sputnik & Rocket were also victorious over the team of Bad Boy Hines & Joe Scarpa in a match in Panama City. Hines had asked Scarpa to join him due to Billy Boy’s injuries keeping him from competing. Hines & Scarpa proved to be no match for the Monroe Brothers who won handily. Sputnik, feeling he had sufficiently avenged his younger brother’s injury left the territory.

The Hines Brothers weren’t the only trouble Rocket was facing. He signed a match to meet Mario Galento who was returning to the Gulf Coast after a lengthy absence. The afternoon of the day the match was scheduled, Galento appeared for a live interview on WKRG Channel 5 television in Mobile. During the interview he was attacked by Rocket and the two of them fought all over the studio. Galento was injured in the melee and was unable to wrestle the scheduled match that night at Hartwell Field. Promoter Rocky McGuire drafted Joe Scarpa as a replacement in the match which saw Scarpa force Monroe to surrender to an abdominal stretch to take the first fall. In the second fall, Monroe got Scarpa tied up in the ropes and continually deliver knees and kicks to him Referee Speedy Hatfield finally disqualified Monroe but he continued the onslaught until suddenly Mario Galento appeared and chased him from the ring.

Scarpa had defeated the returning Joe McCarthy earlier the same evening.

Scarpa also faced off against World Wrestling Alliance Heavyweight Champion Tarzan Tyler in a non-title match. Scarpa looked good as he forced Tyler to surrender to a toe hold to win the first fall. Tyler evened things up in the second fall when he continually punched Scarpa in the head with an object he kept concealed in his tights. Finally he forced a weakened Scarpa to submit to a backbreaker. Tyler wasn’t satisfied, however, and continued to punish Scarpa after the fall causing referee Gene Fuller to disqualify him and award the match to Scarpa.

A masked newcomer calling himself The Outlaw arrived on the scene and made an impression right away. He easily defeated the popular Suni War Cloud in his first appearance in the area. The following week he defeated Bobby Fields in a best two out of three fall match.

Next up for the Outlaw was another newcomer named Silento Rodriguez. Rodriguez was a well-known wrestler due to the fact that he was a deaf mute. He gave his best effort but the masked man proved to be just a little too much for him.

The lady wrestlers returned to the area as JoJo Welch defeated Terry James in a one fall match while Judy Grable won a best two out of three fall match against Olga Martinez.

Others in the Gulf Coast in June were Don Fields, Pancho Villa, Maurice LaPointe and newcomer Tito Kopa.

 

JULY:

 

Mario Galento was seething and anxious to get his hands on Rocket Monroe. Monroe readily agreed to the match but didn’t pay too much attention to the details in the signed contract. A stipulation was added that Rocket’s manager & brother Jet Monroe would only be allowed at ringside if he were locked in a wooden cage. Jet was livid and refused to enter the ring despite threats of fines and suspension. Finally Galento had heard enough arguing and slugged Rocket Monroe and grabbed Jet. He tossed the little manager over his shoulder and carried him to the cage and locked him in, safely tucking the key in his trunks. Monroe and Galento battered each other silly, each having won a fall. In the third and final fall Galento had a decided advantage until Jet Monroe, still locked in the cage, managed to set off a firecracker. This turned the attention of the crowd and referee Charley Keene his way. The distraction allowed Rocket to punch Galento with an object, knocking him silly. When Keene turned his attention back to the action in the ring he found Monroe pinning a bloody Galento and tolled the three count, awarding the fall and match to Monroe. What the Monroes failed to realize was that Galento still had the key to the cage that Jet was locked in and was refusing to free him. It took quite a while before Galento was convinced to let Jet out and into the safety of his brother’s arms.

Mario Galento carries Jet Monroe over his shoulder to a waiting cage

Mario Galento carries Jet Monroe over his shoulder to a waiting cage

Now confident that he had Galento’s number, Rocket Monroe agreed to meet him again with the Gulf Coast title at stake. Each man had won a fall apiece when they collided headfirst in the third and deciding fall. Monroe was knocked from the ring and was counted out by referee Speedy Hatfield. Hatfield awarded the fall, the match and the title to Galento. The following day the state commission reversed the title change and although Galento was given the win on his record, it was decided the title could not change hands on a count out. Therefore the title was returned to Monroe.

A return title match was ordered and this was once again a wild free-for-all, With both combatants more interested in battering their foe as to winning the match, the rules were thrown out the window. Finally referee Speedy Hatfield had had enough and stopped the match, declaring in a no contest.

Jet Monroe had a bit of a situation still brewing with Billy Boy Hines as well. Hines was recovered from the injuries he had received at the hands of the Monroe Brothers and was making noise about a title shot at Rocket while he was still champion. Jet bragged that he would not sign his brother to a match and that he himself wanted a crack at Hines. Hines was just as happy to face Jet, but Jet had some special stipulations before he would agree to a match. Jet claimed that he had not wrestled well against the Hines Brothers due to the embarrassment of having to wear wrestling tights, He said he was used to street fights wearing dress clothes. So it was agreed upon that Billy Boy Hines would meet Jet Monroe in a match wear they were both clad street clothes. At bell time, Jet appeared clad in a white dinner jacket and black slacks while Hines wore bib overalls, At the bell Jet attacked Hines with one of Billy’s own Brogan shoes and knocked him from the ring. Billy yanked off his other Brogan, got back in the ring and went after Jet with it. Hines then started tearing Jet’s clothing from him. He had managed to rip off the jacket and trousers before Rocket raced to ringside and pulled Jet from the ring, saving him from further embarrassment.

Yet another return title match was scheduled between Rocket Monroe and Mario Galento. In that match Galento emerged the new champion without even lifting a finger. When the time came for the match to start Rocket Monroe was nowhere to be found. Jet Monroe entered the ring and announced that Rocket had developed a case of pneumonia and was unable to compete. Promoter Rocky McGuire informed him that since Monroe had failed to inform anyone of his illness, he was awarding the match and Gulf Coast title to Mario Galento. A livid Jet screamed at McGuire until Galento knocked him from the ring and chased him back to the dressing room. It was also announced that Rocket Monroe would be suspended for 15 days due to his actions.

A World title unification match was held at Hartwell Field in Mobile which saw Lou Thesz, NWA World Heavyweight Champion putting his title up against Tarzan Tyler and his WWA World Heavyweight Championship. Tyler won the first fall after applying two back breakers to Thesz and pinning him. Thesz evened things in the second fall as he pinned Tyler with his famed Thesz Press in under a minute. The advantage swayed back and forth throughout the third and deciding fall until both men collided and fell from the ring. Both were counted out and the match declared a draw, thus allowing both men to retain their titles.

Lou Thesz struggles to escapa body scissors applied by Tarzan Tyler

Lou Thesz struggles to escapa body scissors applied by Tarzan Tyler

Thesz and Tyler met the following night at Lions Park in Panama City but this time just Thesz’s NWA title was at stake. Thesz emerged victorious in that match and retained his title.

Don & Bobby Fields teamed up after a bit of a hiatus as a team.  They proved that they hadn’t lost a step as they defeated Joe McCarthy & The Outlaw in their first match back as a team. They followed that win another convincing victory over the team of Tito Kopa & Doug Kinslow, who was returning after a year’s absence.

The Outlaw continued to dominate in his singles matches. He extended his winning streak with victories over Joe Scarpa and Tony Baillargeon.

Mickey Sharpe returned to the Gulf Coast after a two year absence. He showed that he hadn’t mellowed any as he found himself disqualified in his first match back against Doug Kinslow.

Sharpe formed an alliance with Jet Monroe, who was waiting out his brother Rocket’s 15 day suspension. Jet was in Sharpe’s corner when he faced Gulf Coast champion Mario Galento in a non-title match. Once again Sharpe found himself on the losing end of a disqualification in the first fall as he refused to stop choking Galento on the ropes. He continued to rough Galento up in the second fall until Galento reverted back to his old ways and took a metal object from his trunks. He nailed Sharpe with it and then locked him in his dreaded Hangman’s hold to win the second fall and the match.

Another returnee was Al Greene. He faced off with Don Fields in his return but much like Sharpe found himself on the losing end of his own ability to control himself. Fields took the first fall when he forced Greene to submit to a Boston Crab. In the second fall Greene trapped Fields in a corner and was giving him quite a going over. Referee Charley Keene attempted to stop Greene’s rough tactics before finally punching Greene in the mouth to get his attention. This enraged Greene who then grabbed Keene by the throat and shoved him into the corner on top of Fields. As Greene continued to choke Keene in the corner, Fields managed to crawl between Keene’s legs and caught Greene from behind, tossing him from the ring. Keene then disqualified Greene giving the fall and the match to Don Fields.

Al Greene chokes referee Charley Keene as Don Fields tries to get out of the corner

Al Greene chokes referee Charley Keene as Don Fields tries to get out of the corner

Greene also was involved in a tag team match as he teamed with the Outlaw to face Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines. Each team had won one fall apiece when a freak accident occurred. Billy Hines & Al Greene were swapping holds in the third fall with Hines getting the better of Greene. The Outlaw was leaning over the ropes trying to reach Greene for a tag when Hines spun Greene around. Greene’s head hit The Outlaw in the stomach causing him to flip head over heels into the ring. The referee indicated that the contact instituted a legal tag, Hines simply covered the stunned Outlaw and pinned him giving the fall and the match to the Hines Brothers.

Lady wrestlers appeared in the area as Judy Grable teamed with Don Fields to win a mixed tag team match over Brenda Scott & Tito Kopa.

Judy Grable monkey flips Brenda Scott

Judy Grable monkey flips Brenda Scott

Also in the area in July was newcomer The Russian Crusher.

 

AUGUST:

 

Rocket Monroe returned after recovering from pneumonia and serving out a 15 day suspension. He faced arch rival Billy Boy Hines in what was one of the oddest match ever held in the Gulf Coast region. The two enemies would meet in a specially built ring with the ring apron boarded up with wooden planks. The reason for the planks was to allow the ring to be filled up with six inches of mud. The match was Hines’ idea and he had gone to the state commission concerning his injuries caused by Rocket Monroe and his brother/manager jet. The commission agreed that Hines deserved at shot at Monroe under whatever conditions he put forth and the match was set. Hines said that the match was more to his advantage because he grew up wrestling in mud on a Texas farm when it was too rainy to do chores. Monroe balked at the idea until he was threatened with another suspension, this time indefinitely.

Both battlers were covered with the slimy mud with seconds of entering the ring. The mud definitely gave Hines the advantage and after several minutes of both men slipping and sliding Hines got the upper hand. This brought Rocket’s brother Jet to ringside to shout encouragement. When that didn’t seem to be helping any he climbed up on the ring apron. Hines quickly grabbed him and Jet’s formal evening wear was as muddy as his brother Rocket was. But with both Monroes in the ring at the same time, Hines would not be safe for long. They fear was remedied as Mario Galento made his way into the ring, Hines and Galento slammed the Monroes in the mud several times before they managed to escape and beat a muddy trail back to the dressing room. The match was officially called a no contest, but neither Hines nor the fans seemed to care.

Rocket Monroe is covered in mud as he tries to get away from Billy Boy Hines

Rocket Monroe is covered in mud as he tries to get away from Billy Boy Hines

Jet Monroe was incensed over these events and let his temper get him into some pretty hot water when he challenged Billy Boy Hines to a six round boxing match. This was not very smart as Hines had been a professional prizefighter before turning to the wrestling game. Hines gave the wiry manager quite a beating despite Monroe use of illegal kicks and rubbing the laces of his gloves in Billy’s eyes. Finally Rocket Monroe, who was serving as his brother’s second threw in the towel in the 4th round.

On August 3rd Don Fields & Mario Galento teamed to defeat Jack Bence & Tito Kopa in Opp, Alabama. This match turned out to be the last match of Don Fields’ career. He was involved in an automobile accident that same night and was severely injured. The injuries he suffered ended his career

Rocket Monroe finally got a chance to gain back the title that he never formally lost in the ring as he signed to face Gulf Coast champion Mario Galento in a title match. Rocket gained an early advantage as he won the first fall with an Atomic Drop and pin. Galento came back to even things by forcing Monroe to submit with his Hangman’s hold to win the second. In the third and deciding fall, Galento whipped Monroe into the corner and he collapsed to the mat. While on the mat he reached through the ropes and took something out of manager Jet’s jacket pocket. As Galento moved in for the kill, Rocket hit him and sent him crashing to the mat. Monroe then easily pinned Galento to win the fall and the match and regain the Gulf Coast title. As he jubilant pair were making their way to the dressing room, Mario’s daughter, Barbara Galento, confronted them. She cracked Jet over the head with her purse and sent the brothers scurrying.

Mario Galento has Rocket Monroe trapped as Jet Monroe comes to his brother's aid

Mario Galento has Rocket Monroe trapped as Jet Monroe comes to his brother’s aid

Judy Glover had beaten Barbara Galento in a ladies match earlier in the evening. The following week Mario & Barbara teamed up to face Glover & Mickey Sharpe in a mixed tag team match. Barbara was the target of Sharpe’s abuse through much of the match. Although she was in the ring with Glover, she found herself constantly in Glover & Sharpe’s corner where Sharpe pulled her hair, gouged her eyes and kicked her. Each team had one a fall apiece when in the third and deciding fall, Barbara had Glover pinned but referee Al Greene was too bust keeping Sharpe out of the ring that he failed to see it.  Mario entered the ring to get Greene to pay attention to the pin. Instead Greene busied himself trying to get Mario out of the ring. While this was going on Sharped entered the ring and gave Barbara a vicious body slam. When Greene finally turned his attention back to the in ring action Glover had Barbara pinned. Greene counted the fall and awarded the fall and the match to Glover & Sharpe.

Rocket Monroe’s next challenger for the Gulf Coast title was the popular deaf-mute, Silento Rodriguez. Rodriguez looked sharp in winning the first fall as he totally outclassed Monroe. At the beginning of the second fall both wrestlers had entered the ring but referee Al Greene was nowhere in sight. Monroe took advantage of the situation as he jumped Rodriguez from behind and gave him quite a beating using a metal object. As Greene finally made his way to the ring Monroe slipped his weapon to Jet Monroe at ringside for safe keeping. Rodriguez was easy prey for Monroe who quickly pinned him to take the fall and even the match. Rodriguez completely dominated Monroe in the third and final fall. Monroe kept trying to get to his corner so Jet could slip him the object but Rodriguez managed to block him every time. Finally, out of frustration Jet tried to toss the object to Rocket but missed. It hit Rodriguez and landed on the mat. Before referee Greene could see it Rodriguez scooped it up and punched Monroe with it. Rocket was out like a light as Rodriguez fell on him for the pin winning the fall and the match. Silento Rodriguez was the new Gulf Coast champion.

A new tag team arrived on the scene and made their presence known immediately. They were Ferkas & Marcus Godo from the Pyrenees Mountains of Spain. The first team they faced was the stout team of Lee Fields & Mario Galento. The match was even with each team having won a fall when Fields found himself caught with his foot tied in the ropes. Galento had been knocked from the ring and was laying dazed at ringside. Just as Fields had freed himself from the ropes Ferkas Godo hit him with one of the ceremonial necklaces the Godos wore to the ring. This sent Fields crashing to the ground alongside Galento. Referee Bud Clardy had counted Galento out and was in the process of declaring the Godos the winners of the fall and the match when he also received a necklace wrapped fist to the head. The Godos continued to beat Fields & Galento with the chains while a bloody Clardy staggered around the ring. Clardy finally gained enough sense to declare the match no contest, but by that time the Godos had left the field of battle leaving a beaten trio of Fields, Galento and Clardy in their wake.

Next to face the Godos was the odd pairing of Mickey Sharpe & newcomer Matt Burns. Burns had made quite an impression in his debut match against Al Greene. Green had won the first fall but Burns had come back to take the next two for a spectacular win.

Burns was quite popular with the fans, yet Sharpe drew the exact opposite reaction, especially after man handling Barbara Galento in a recent mixed tag team match. The fans got quite a surprise as Sharpe stuck to the rules during the first fall, and even more surprisingly so did the Godos. Things were different, however, when Burns was in the ring. The Godos subjected him to all kinds of rough tactics. Each time Burns would try to reach Sharpe to tag him in, Sharpe’s hand seemed to suspiciously stay just out of reach. As a result, Burns was bettered down and pinned giving the first fall to the Godos. Between falls Burns questioned Sharpe but the wily blonde convinced him it was all a misunderstanding. The pattern continued in the second fall as the Godos double teamed Burns. Even referee Speedy Hatfield admonished Sharpe for not making the effort to relieve his partner. Burns finally managed to break free from the grasp of the Spaniards and may a bee line for his corner. But instead of tagging Sharpe his laid a couple of hay-makers on him. The Godos grabbed Burns and held him as Sharpe climbed into the ring, flattened Hatfield and joined the Godos in beating Burns senseless.  Sharpe then left the ring and when Hatfield regain his senses he found Marcus Godo pinning Burns. He counted to three and awarded the fall and the match to the Godos.

Matt Burns applies a leglock on Marcus Godo

Matt Burns applies a leglock on Marcus Godo

The following week the Godos faced a stiff test in the team of Bobby Fields & Billy Boy Hines. Hines & Fields took the first fall as Hines pinned Marcus. In the second fall, Marcus kept hitting referee Al Greene from behind and pointing the finger of blame at Bobby Fields. Since there was no love lost between Greene and Fields he tended to take the Spaniard’s word for it. After the third time this happened to Greene he hauled off and punched Fields and let the Godos go to work on Bobby with their heavy chain necklaces. Billy Boy Hines entered the fray and was batted by Greene and the Godos as well.Fields, dazed by the heavy blows to the head he had received, was swinging wildly at everyone in sight. He flattened Hines as well as a ringside spectator before realizing what was going on. He helped Hines to his feet and the two of them grabbed up a couple of ringside chairs and chased Greene & the Godos to the dressing rooms. It was decided that the Godos were awarded the second fall by disqualification. When the third and deciding fall began Speedy Hatfield replaced Greene as the referee. Fileds & Hines were the first in the ring and grabbed the Godos as soon as they entered the match. Ferkas Godo was pinned by Fields in less than 60 seconds giving the fall and the match to Fields & Hines.

Bobby Fields issued a challenge to Al Greene hoping to gain a little revenge and Greene readily accepted.  Fields made quick work of Greene in the first fall by jumping him at the bell and pinning him in 30 seconds.  During the second fall, Greene appeared to be working a toe hold on Fields but in actuality was tying his shoe laces together. As Fields made It to his feet he was hobbled long enough for Greene to climb the ropes and jump on him, easily pinning him to win the fall and even the match. In the deciding fall it was all Fields as he battered Greene from pillar to post. He rammed Greene’s head into the corner post drawing blood from Greene’s forehead. Just as Fields was setting up Greene for the win, Greene hit Fields with a low blow not seen by referee Jack Atkins. Fields crumpled to the mat and was easily pinned, giving Greene the fall and the match.

The Gulf Coast Wrestling Association ventured into central Alabama as they ran a couple of shows at Paterson Field in Montgomery.  One card saw Silento Rodriguez defeat Bad Boy Hines and Greg Peterson, Lee & Bobby Fields defeat Mickey Sharpe, Rocket & Jet Monroe in a six man tag team match.

The following week at Paterson Field, Silento Rodriguez defeated Bulldog Lawley, Mickey Sharpe defeated Greg Peterson and Bobby Fields defeated Al (Spider) Galento.

It was decided after the end of August to drop Montgomery from the regular schedule. No more matches were held there by the Gulf Coast promotion.

 

Others appearing in the Gulf Coast in August were Doug Kinslow and newcomer Judo Jack Jackson from Pensacola

 

SEPTEMBER:.

 

Gulf Coast champion Silento Rodriguez teamed with Billy Boy Hines to take on the ferocious Godos in a tag team match. Rodriguez & Hines worked surprisingly well together and totally overwhelmed the Godos, taking the match in two straight falls. Rodriguez won both falls for his team using an airplane spin. He pinned Ferkas Godo for the first fall and Marcus Godo for the second.

That was the final match for the Godos as a team in the area. They remained one more week and wrestled in singles matches, losing both. Ferkas Godo lost a match to Bobby Fields and Rodriguez defeated Marcus Godo.

A very unusual match was held at Hartwell Field in Mobile that was billed as a New Zealand Battle Royal. In this match five wrestles start the match and it continues until any one wrestler scores two pin falls. The match would continue in rounds which a round ending when a pin fall is scored. The match continued until a wrestler scored two pins or the one hour time limit ran out. The participants in this match were Bobby Fields, Al Greene, Matt Burns, Mickey Sharpe and Al (Spider) Galento. Greene won the match when he first pinned Galento and then Fields.

Lady wrestlers returned to the Gulf Coast as Princess Little Cloud teamed with Billy Boy Hines to face Brenda Scott & Mickey Sharpe in a mixed tag team match.  Sharpe & Scott took the first fall when Scott kept referee Bud Clardy occupied while Sharpe slugged Hines with a metal object and pinned him. Hines & Little Cloud came back and swept the next two falls to win the match.

Sharpe formed an alliance with Al Greene and began serving as his manager. Greene met  The Mighty Zuma in a match in Mobile. Greene gave Zuma quite a beating and could have easily pinned him at any time but continually braking the pin at the two count. Referee Matt Burns warned Greene about his tactics. Finally Greene tired of toying with Zuma and pinned him to win the match. Sharpe climbed into the ring to help Greene celebrate his victory and then got into a brawl with Burns. Zuma tried to aid Burns but Greene jumped on him. The melee continued until Billy Boy Hines rushed into the ring and sent Greene & Sharpe running.

This led to a tag team match with Hines & Silento Rodriguez challenging Sharpe & Greene.  Rodriguez was injured just prior to the match taking place and Bobby Fields teamed with Hines in his place. Sharpe took the first fall for his team as he pinned Fields. Fields came back in the second fall to pin Greene to even things up. In the third and deciding fall, Fields was chasing Greene around on the outside of the ring. Greene managed to get back into the ring but knocked referee Speedy Hatfield from the ring in the process. With Hatfield incapacitated outside the ring, all four men were knocking each other around inside the ring. Greene & Sharpe got the upper hand and were giving Fields & Hines a thorough going over when Lee Fields rushed into the ring and clobbered Greene. A spectator also climbed into the ring but was quickly chased out by Sharpe. Lee Fields was then tossed out of the ring as Bobby Fields & Hines began to rally. Bobby Fields grabbed a ringside chair and nailed Greene across the head with it. He chased Greene & Sharpe from the ring just as referee Hatfield regained his senses. Hatfield declared the match a no contest and brought the proceedings to a halt.

Al Greene holds Bobby Fields on the mat as Mickey Sharpe prepares to jump from the ropes

Al Greene holds Bobby Fields on the mat as Mickey Sharpe prepares to jump from the ropes

A rematch was quickly scheduled between Bobby Fields & Billy Boy Hines against Mickey Sharpe & Al Greene. Before the day of the match , however, the state commission handed Al Greene and indefinite suspension. His place in the tag team match was taken by newcomer Don Gaston. Hines & Fields won the first fall by way of a disqualification as referee Matt Burns caught Mickey Sharpe hitting Hines with a low blow. Hines & Fields completely dominated the second fall and won the fall and the match when Fields pinned Gaston.

Gulf Coast champion Silento Rodriguez returned following his hand injury and faced veteran Al (Spider) Galento in a non-title match. Galento took the first fall by strangling Rodriguez with a piece of rope that he kept hidden from referee Matt Burns. The weaken Rodriguez was easy prey for a pin giving the fall to Galento. Rodriguez roared back to win the second fall with an airplane spin in less than a minute. In the third and deciding fall Galento began using the rope again to strangle Rodriguez. This time Burns caught him with it and took it away from him. Instead of tossing the rope and disqualifying Galento he wrapped the rope around Galento’s neck and handed the ends to Rodriguez. Rodriguez used the rope to strangle Galento and to toss him all over the ring before pinning him for the fall and the match.

Silento Rodriguez pins Al (Spider) Galento

Silento Rodriguez pins Al (Spider) Galento

Rodriguez did put his title on the line in a match in Panama City at the Rainbow Roller Rink. He defended it against the man who had been his tag team partner at the beginning of the month, Billy Boy Hines. It was a clean match for the most part with Hines using the occasional questionable tactic in his quest to win the title. At the end, however, Rodriguez was victorious and remained champion.

Also competing in the area in September were Greg Peterson, Frankie Cain and Jerry London.

 

OCTOBER:

 

Mickey Sharpe was the next man to challenge Gulf Coast champion Silento Rodriguez. The two met in a title match at Ft. Whiting in Mobile. Sharpe looked strong as he dominated Rodriguez before pinning him to take the first fall. In the second fall Sharpe continually tortured Rodriguez with a toe hold. This also allowed Sharpe to tie Rodriguez’s boot laces together out of view of referee Joe Powell.  Rodriguez finally managed to crawl to the corner which allowed Powell to see what was going on and to untie the laces. As this was going on Sharpe delivered a few kicks to Silento’s head and climbed the ropes to deliver a knee drop to the prone champion. Rodriguez managed to roll out of the way just as Sharpe made his leap. Sharpe crashed down full force on his knee and was done for the night. Rodriguez was declared winner of the match and retained his title.

Mickey Sharpe chokes Silento Rodriguez as referee Joe Powell tries to make him break

Mickey Sharpe chokes Silento Rodriguez as referee Joe Powell tries to make him break

Rodriguez and Sharpe met in a rematch. With the match even at a fall apiece, Sharpe forgot about winning the title and was just interested in hurting Rodriguez. He applied a neck breaker a dozen times to Rodriguez without ever attempting to pin him. Referee Speedy Hatfield tried to intervene only to have Sharpe twice apply the neck breaker to him. Finally Lee Fields & Billy Hines rushed to ringside. Hines kept Sharpe occupied while Fields pulled Hatfield and Rodriguez from the ring. Sharpe retreated to the dressing room as Fields & Hines helped the injured Rodriguez and Hatfield to the back.

Referee Speedy Hatfield is trying to force Silento Rodriguez to stop pulling the hair of Mickey Sharpe

Referee Speedy Hatfield is trying to force Silento Rodriguez to stop pulling the hair of Mickey Sharpe

This led to another rematch but this time it was a non-title affair. Rodriguez was out for blood and he got it. Sharpe was bleeding profusely from cuts on his forehead and just as it appeared that Rodriguez was on the verge of winning the match, Sharpe pulled a switch on him. Rodriguez had Sharpe reeling from shoulder blocks until he tried one too many. Sharpe managed to side step him, pick him up from behind and drop him straddle of the top rope. This left Rodriguez helpless and allowed Sharpe to pin him for the win.

This led to another title match for Sharpe, but Rodriguez was injured in a television match the Saturday prior to the title match. Rodriguez suffered a severe strain in his neck and was placed in a neck brace. Since he was unable to wrestle Mickey Sharpe was awarded the Gulf Coast Championship on a forfeit. Sharpe did agree to wrestle Greg Peterson in Rodriguez’s stead, but the title would not be at stake. Peterson looked strong as he hit Sharpe with a series of drop kicks before pinning him to win the first fall. Sharpe came back and swept the next two falls using his neck breaker to win the match.

Sharpe met popular Jerry London in a non-title match and proved that becoming champion had not mellowed him any. London held his own with the champion until Sharpe managed to hit him with a low blow without the referee seeing him. This left London vulnerable for the neck breaker which Sharpe applied to score the pin and the victory. Suddenly Silento Rodriguez appeared at ringside, still in a neck brace. He picked up a ringside chair and climbed into the ring after Sharpe. Sharpe quickly retreated and grabbed a chair of his own, which he tossed into the ring at Rodriguez. A woman spectator threw a sweater over Sharpe’s head and he drew back his fist to punch the unseen assailant. Before he could throw it he was surrounded by an angry mob. Rodriguez also came after him and chased him to the dressing area.

A new tag team calling themselves The Black Monsters arrived on the scene, causing trouble from the start. Their first match saw them face the team of Frankie Cain & Tito Kopa. Cain score the first fall for his team as he pinned one of the hooded grapplers after an atomic drop. The second fall was the Monsters all the way as they battered Kopa into submission to even the score. When the third and deciding fall began, Kopa was unable to continue so Cain opted to take both masked me on alone. He was doing well at the start but the odds became too much for him. The Monsters double teamed him mercilessly until referee Billy Hines decided to take a hand in the action. He slugged both Monsters and awarded the match to Cain. The Monsters then jumped Hines and beat him to a bloody pulp before sensing the the growing ire of the ringsiders and beating a hasty retreat.

This naturally led to a tag team match with the Black Monsters facing Hines & Cain. The Monsters concentrated on Hines in the first fall, keeping him isolated near their corner and double teaming him. When Hines was sufficiently worn down, he was easily pinned giving the fall to the Black Monsters. Hines continued to be the target of the masked duo in the second but when Cain finally made it into the match the tide began to turn. Just as Cain & Hines gained the upper hand Hines was tossed into referee Tito Kopa, knocking both men from the ring. Cain continued to fight the pair on his own until one of the Monster slipped a piece of steel into his mask. He proceeded to head butt Cain until he was out on his feet. Referee Kopa finally staggered back into the ring to find Cain being pinned. He tolled the count, giving the match to the Black Monsters in straight falls.

The Black Monsters were the ones responsible for the injury to Silento Rodriguez that forced him to forfeit the Gulf Coast Championship to Mickey Sharpe.

Karl & Eric Von Krupp returned to the Gulf Coast after a two year absence.. The German teamed squared off against Bobby Fields & Jerry London in their debut. Karl Von Krupp took the first for after pinning Fields but Fields came back in the second, pinning Eric Von Krupp to even the score. In the third and deciding fall, Fields was tossed from the ring as the Germans double teamed London, Fields returned to the ring brandishing a chair which he put to good use by bringing it down across Eric’s head. A policeman grabbed the chair and struggled with Fields trying to disarm him. As this was going on Karl Von Krupp managed to pin the groggy London to win the fall and the match.

The following week a special eight man tag team match was signed that promised fireworks from the beginning. The Black Monsters were pair with the Von Krupp Brothers as one team. Opposing them would be Billy Boy Hines and Jerry London along with Lee & Bobby Fields. Bobby Fields scored the first fall for his foursome as he pinned Eric Von Krupp to win the fall.

One of the Monsters evened the score by pinning Lee Fields in the second. The third and deciding fall saw all eight men in the ring battling at once while referee Bud Clardy tried to maintain some semblance of order. Hines and Bobby Fields wound up with bloody foreheads before Karl Von Krupp managed to pin Jerry London to win the fall and the match for the Monsters & the Von Krupps.

Karl Von Krupp stomps Billy Boy Hines

Karl Von Krupp stomps Billy Boy Hines

Silento Rodriguez was anxious to get his hands on the Black Monsters since they had injured him and cost him the Gulf Coast title.  To gain a measure of revenge he approached Billy Boy Hines, himself a mortal enemy of the masked team, to be his partner in a match against them. Hines agreed and the match was set. Unfortunately Rodriguez failed a pre-match medical exam and was forced to continue wearing the neck brace and thus was unable to compete. Bobby Fields took his place alongside Hines as they squared off against the Black Monsters. Rodriguez was on hand as he accompanied Fields & Hines to the ring and took a seat at ringside. By doing this, Rodriguez got a taste of revenge as the Monsters were so preoccupied with him being at ringside that they failed to hear the bell starting the first fall. Referee Speedy Hatfield counted them out and awarded the first fall to Fields & Hines who had not even moved a muscle. The Black Monster #2 used a metal enforced head butt on Hines to score the pin for the second fall. The third and deciding fall turned into a pier six brawl as all four men crowning each other with chairs. Finally Hatfield had seen enough and declared the match a no contest.

Lady wrestlers appeared in the Gulf Coast in September as Toni Rose defeated Bette Boucher in an exciting match.

Midget ladies were also in action as a tag team match saw Darling Dagmar & Doll Paige take the measure of Baby Cheryl & Diamond Lil.

The male midgets were also on hand as Marcel Semard defeated Chico Santana in a best two out of three fall battle.

 

NOVEMBER:

 

Silento Rodriguez finally got his long awaited chance to regain the Gulf Coast title from the current champion Mickey Sharpe. Rodriguez seemed well on his way to taking the title back after pinning Sharpe after a series of back drops to win the first fall. Sharpe even things after he pinned Rodriguez after applying a neck breaker to win the second. In the third and deciding fall a cigarette lighter somehow found its way into the ring. Rodriguez used it first punching Sharpe in the head with it in his fist. Sharpe managed to get it away from Rodriguez and tried to burn him with it until Rodriguez slapped it out of his hand. Referee Guy Taylor grabbed it from the mat and tossed it out of the ring. As the match continued Rodriguez applied a toe hold on Sharpe, spun into a backward bridge in an attempt to force Sharpe to either surrender or get pinned. Sharpe managed to shift his weight enough to pin Rodriguez’s shoulders to the mat. Referee Taylor counted Rodriguez out and ended the match. Rodriguez jumped to his feet in celebration thinking he had regained the title. When Taylor instead raised Sharpe’s hand instead, an irate Rodriguez went after Taylor and tore his shirt off. Since Rodriguez was a deaf-mute, Taylor was unable to explain to him exactly what had happened, Finally Billy Hines made his way to the ring and calmed Rodriguez down and managed to convey to the disappointed Silento as to what had actually taken place.

Silento Rodriguez drive a knee into Mickey Sharpe's jaw

Silento Rodriguez drive a knee into Mickey Sharpe’s jaw

Still not happy with Guy Taylor and his officiating, Rodriguez challenged him to a match and disposed of him quickly in two straight falls.

Rodriguez got another shot at Sharpe and the Gulf Coast title in a match in Panama City, but once again Sharpe came out on the winning end to maintain a tight hold on the title.

Next up to challenge Mickey Sharpe for his crown was the returning Mario Galento. Galento took the first fall when he forced Sharpe to submit to his Hangman’s hold. Sharpe used his pet hold, the neck breaker, to score a pin over Galento in the second to even things up. Galento opened a cut on Sharpe’s forehead in the third and deciding fall. Though bloodied Sharpe fought back and the two spent most of the final fall trying to strangle the life out of one another. Finally referee Billy Hines had decided things had gotten too far out of hand and he stopped the bout, declaring it a no contest. Galento and Sharpe were not ready to stop as they continued to slug each other. It took Hines, Bobby Fields and a policeman 10 minutes to get the two of them separated and removed from the ring.

Sharpe agreed to give Galento a rematch but refused to put the title on the line. Galento started the match like a house afire as he jumped Sharpe at the bell, whipped him into the corner turnbuckles three time and forced him to submit to the Hangman’s hold, giving him the first fall in less than a minute. Sharpe managed to get his hands on a paper cup during the second fall and he used it to gouge Galento’s eyes. But Galento was so keyed up Sharpe couldn’t have stopped him with a machine gun. Galento reopened the cut he had placed on Sharpe’s forehead the week before and had the bloody blonde reeling all over the ring before pinning him to take the second fall and the match.

With this victory, Galento was in line to get another title match with Sharpe, but before he was able to get another match with him Billy Boy Hines defeated Sharpe for the title in a match in Dothan. That match took place on November 22, 1963 the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Despite much debate as to whether or not to hold the card, it was decided to go on as planned.

Sharpe was humiliated by losing to Galento in two straight falls and challenged the New Yorker to another match. Galento was just as anxious despite the fact that the Gulf Coast title no longer figured into it. Sharpe spent much of the first fall strangling Galento with a towel until a female ringsider managed to hand Galento an object which he used to scrape Sharpe’s eyes. He then clamped the Hangman’s hold on Sharpe and forced him to submit to win the first fall. Sharpe manhandled Galento throughout the second fall and pinned him after jumping off the ropes onto him. The fans at ringside complained to referee Speedy Hatfield that Sharpe had held Galento by the trunks during the pin, but the decision stood. In the deciding fall Galento again trapped Sharpe in the Hangman’s hold, but this time Sharpe was outside the ropes on the ring apron. Referee Hatfield never called for Galento to break the hold, but he released it and dropped Sharpe to the apron. Hatfield counted Sharpe out, awarding the fall and the match to Galento.

The Black Monsters continued their reign of terror as they faced off in a match against Billy Boy Hines & Jerry London. Hines took the first fall after pinning one of the masked terrors, but the Monsters even things after pinning London in the second.  During the third fall the Monsters tied Hines in the ropes by one of his feet. As referee Guy Taylor struggled to free him the Monsters double teamed London finally pinning him for the fall and the match. After the match was over the masked men continued to pound on Hines & London until Bobby Fields & Silento Rodriguez entered the ring and chased them out.

Billy Boy Hines tries to escape The Black Monsters

Billy Boy Hines tries to escape The Black Monsters

Rodriguez was finally able to exact some revenge against the Black Monsters as he teamed with Bobby Fields to defeat the mask pair. Rodriguez used a serious of flying head scissors to subdue the Monsters before gaining a pin on one of them.

Silento Rodriguez catches The Black Monster in a flying head scissors

Silento Rodriguez catches The Black Monster in a flying head scissors

In their next match the Black Monsters faced their stiffest test yet as they took on Lee & Bobby Fields. Bobby put the Fields’ ahead as he pinned Monster #2 to take the first fall. The Monsters had things going pretty much their way as they continually battered the Fields Brothers with a piece of metal, unseen by referee Billy Hines. At one point Hines himself was on the receiving end of a loaded punch. He then joined in on the fray and help Lee & Bobby give the Monsters a dose of their own medicine. The Monsters decided they had had enough and headed for the confines of their dressing room. Hines declared the Fields Brothers the winners by disqualification.

Silento Rodriguez defeated Mickey Sharpe in the final match of a tournament in Panama City, winning $500 and a trophy declaring him the West Florida Champion. This title was never defended and was not recognized after 1963.

Also competing in the area in November were Greg Peterson and Bruce Austin.

 

DECEMBER:

 

The Mysterious Medics returned to the Gulf Coast after a long absence and immediately made their presence known. They faced off with the fast moving team of Bobby Fields & Silento Rodriguez.   The Medics used their old tricks to take the first fall. Fields was holding a sizable advantage over one of the Medics when he slid out of the ring. The other Medic went to his side and they switched places. Referee Rube Wright was busy keeping Fields back and did not see the switch. The fresh Medic rolled back into the ring and quickly pinned Fields. During the second fall Fields suffered a gash on his forehead as the Medics worked him over pretty good. He managed to flatten one of them while Wright was again preoccupied with keeping Rodriguez out of the ring. The other Medic rushed in and rolled his stricken partner out of the ring. He then slammed Fields and covered him for the pin, giving the match to the Medics in straight falls.

The Medics continued on a roll as they next face Mario Galento & Jerry London. The Medics double teamed London throughout much of the first fall until he was weakened enough to be pinned. Galento won the second fall for his team as he forced on =e of the Medics to submit to his Hangman’s hold. Much of the third fall saw Galento & London with the advantage until one of the Medics flattened London with a fist loaded with a piece of steel. London was quickly pinned giving the fall and the match to the Medics.

The Medics also scored an impressive victory over the returning Dick Dunn & Greg Peterson in a match held in Panama City.

The Black Monsters were still in the picture as well and they faced off against Mario Galento & Dick Dunn. Galento & Dunn worked well together as Dunn softened one of the Monsters up with a series of flying drop kicks allowing Galento to force him to submit the first fall to the Hangman’s hold.

In the second fall Galento & Dunn managed to unmask one of the Monsters but before anyone could get a good look at him, the other Monster wrapped a towel around his head and sent him to the dressing room. The left the remaining Monster at the mercy of Galento and Hines and they went after his mask as well. The Monster managed to escape their clutches and he, too, ran for the dressing room but with his mask still intact. Galento & Dunn were awarded the fall and the match on a count out.

Dunn was still mask hungry and challenged the Black Monsters for either of them to face him in a singles match. The Monster #2 accepted and the match was set. Dunn used a series of Monkey Flips on the Monster to wear him down and pinned him to take the first fall. In the second fall Dunn got absorbed in trying to strip the mask from his opponent when all of a sudden Mickey Sharpe entered the ring in street clothes and went after Dunn. Sharpe also flattened referee Tito Kopa when he tried to intercede. Dunn & Kopa recovered enough that they chased Sharpe and the Monster from the ring.

Mickey Sharpe attacks Dick Dunn

Mickey Sharpe attacks Dick Dunn

Gulf Coast Champion Billy Boy Hines put his title on the line against former champion Mickey Sharpe in a wild match. Hines quickly went ahead as he caught Sharpe with a knee to the stomach as he bounced off the ropes. Sharpe went down like a shot and was pinned, giving Hines the first fall. Hines continued the pressure on Sharpe by working over Sharpe’s knee which he had injured in a match a few weeks back. Sharpe was on the verge of conceding when he caught Hines with a low blow. Unfortunately for Sharpe the referee spotted him and disqualified him, giving the match to Hines in two straight fall and allowing him to retain the title.

In an eight man tag team match the Mysterious Medics & the Black Monsters joined forces to take on the foursome of Jerry London, Mario Galento, Silento Rodriguez & Bobby Fields. Once a man was pinned or submitted he was eliminated from the match and the match would continue until all members of a team were eliminated. There was an unusual stipulation in the match that if any of the masked men lost a fall, they would have to unmask and identify themselves. Jerry London was the first man eliminated as he was pinned by one of the Monsters. Next out was Galento as he was pinned by one of the Medics. This left Fields & Rodriguez alone to face the four masked terrors. Fields & Rodriguez managed to toss one of the Monsters from the ring and pin the remaining one as the Medics made a very weak effort to aid their masked partners. The losing Monster had to unmask, which he did and identified himself as Alberto Soto. The remaining Monster fell victim to Fields & Rodriguez as they continually tagged in and out and worked him over. Each time he went to the Medics to tag one of them, they would turn their back. Finally the Monster was worn down and pinned. He unmasked and was identified as Tomas Riande. The Monsters were irate and tried to go after the Medics but were finally persuaded to leave the ring. Since the Medics had not participated much in the match it was fairly easy to gain the next two falls over Fields & Rodriguez to eliminate them and win the match.

Silento Rodriguez send The Black Monster flying with a head scissors

Silento Rodriguez send The Black Monster flying with a head scissors

Riande & Soto quickly challenged the Mysterious Medics to a match and were accepted. But by the time the match was put together they had left the territory. Instead the Medics faced a rugged team in Mario Galento & Pancho Villa. Villa had been away from the area for quite a while but since he had no love for the Medics he quickly agreed to join Galento to face them. Each team had won a fall apiece when Villa was on the receiving end of a pair of brass knuckles in the third fall. Referee Rube Wright failed to see the infraction by the Medics and counted Villa out as he was pinned, giving the fall and the match to the Medics.

Others in the area at the end of the year were Bad Boy Hines and Jack Vansky.