1964

JANUARY:

 

As the new year began the ill feelings between Mario Galento & Pancho Villa and The Mysterious Medics continued to brew. They met in a return match at Ft. Whiting in Mobile and it was a wild one. So wild in fact that it was declared a no contest without either team winning a fall.

This led to yet another match and to try to keep things under control two referees were assigned. The two referees were Rube Wright and newcomer Ken Yates. Also, in order to keep the Medics from pulling their switching tactics, one of the Medics was required to wear a black mask in place of the usual white one. The Medics took the first fall on a disqualification after Villa was caught using a pair of brass knuckles. Although they won the fall, they were badly battered with Medic #1 bleeding through his mask. In the second fall the Medics concentrated on Galento, double teaming him and pitching him out of the ring. Then one of the masked men grabbed Galento up and rammed his head into the corner ring post, leaving him stunned on the arena floor. Villa tried to come to his partner’s aid but the Medics jumped on him and began giving him a severe beating. Both referees, Wright and Yates, also got knocked around as they tried to calm things down. Galento finally gathered his senses but every time he tried to get back into the ring, the Medics kicked him back to the floor. Suddenly Mama Villa appeared out of the crowd, climbed into the ring and chased the Medics out by swinging her purse at them. Once again the match was declared a no contest.

The Medics were irate after this turn of events and challenged Galento & Villa to another match. They also wanted to make sure Mama Vila was where they could see her, so they asked for a mixed tag team match with Mama also in the ring. They recruited a masked lady that they only identified as The Lady Assistant. Things were pretty much even for the first 20 minutes of the first fall. Then the ladies got involved and the advantage quickly went to the Medic team.  One of the Medics hit Mama from behind and when she went down the Lady Assistant jumped on her from the ropes and scored the pin, giving the first fall to the masked trio. Mama was anxious to get her hands on the Assistant in the second fall but the referee made Galento and one of the Medics start the fall. But as soon as Galento made contact with the Medic he tagged Mama and she got into the ring, forcing the Assistant to come in as well. Mrs. Villa gave her a severe beating and tossed her from the ring. The Assistant was counted out and the second fall was awarded to Galento & the Villas. The Lady Assistant was unable to continue in the third fall so it was decided that Mama Villa would also have to exit the match and it would continue with just the men. In the third fall, Villa had one of the Medics bleeding through his mask when the Lady Assistant appeared back at ringside. She handed an ether soaked rag to the other Medic who attempted to use it on Villa. Pancho managed to get it away from the Medic and applied it to his face. The referee caught him using it and disqualified him, giving the fall and the match to the Medics & the Lady Assistant.

The state commission decided that the feud had gone on long enough and ordered one more match to settle things once and for all. There were also several stipulations involved. First all four wrestlers would be thoroughly searched at the beginning of the match to ensure none were carrying a weapon of any sort. Next the match would be one fall to a finish with no time limit and no disqualification. The ring would be enclosed in wire and there would be no referee inside the ring. Lastly, with all of the confusion in the other matches the two teams had been in, their pay had been held up for over a month. It was decided that the winning team in this match would receive all held up monies and the losing team would get nothing. Things were even with all four men wearing themselves out pounding on their opponents. Finally the Medics tossed Villa over the wire and out of the ring. Then they ganged up on Galento and gave him a real thrashing. Each time Villa tried to climb back into the ring he was kicked back to the floor and finally wound up with a bloody head from one of the falls. When he realized that he was bleeding he left the battle and went back to the dressing room, leaving Galento alone at the hands of the Medics. They were beating him senseless when about a dozen spectators climbed over the wire and into the ring. The Medics defended themselves as best they could but Medic #2 wound up with stabs wounds across the stomach and chest, while Medic #1 got clobbered with a chair. The police finally got everything calmed down and one man was held in connection with the stabbing.

After being deserted by Pancho Villa, Mario Galento sought a new partner to join him against the Mysterious Medics. He recruited famed Native American star, Chief Big Heart and the new duo challenged the Medics to a match, which the masked pair quickly accepted. Galento & Big Heart took the first fall when Big Heat tomahawk chopped the Medic #1 as he rebounded off the ropes and pinned him.

Chief Big Heart sends one of the Mysterious Medics flying with a tomahawk chop

Chief Big Heart sends one of the Mysterious Medics flying with a tomahawk chop

The Medics came back and in the second fall and were working over Big Heart until he turned the tables and whipped the Medic #2 into the corner turnbuckle. Referee Bud Clardy was caught in the Medic’s path and was knocked from the ring. Medic #1 hit Big Heart from behind and went for the pin, but Clardy was outside of the ring lying on the ground. Medic #2 took advantage of the situation and wrapped his fist in a piece of heavy twine that he had pulled from his tights. He hit Big Heart with it several times opening a deep gash on the Chief’s forehead. When Clardy finally made it back into the ring he found Medic #1 pinning Big Heart and made the count, giving the fall to the Medics. Galento and Clardy had too help Big Heart back to the dressing room during the rest period. At the start of the third fall, Big Heart & Galento jumped the Medics as they were making their way back to the ring. A melee ensued and Medic #2 was injured. Medic #1 refused to continue the match alone so referee Clardy awarded the third fall and the match to Galento & Big Heart.

One of the Mysterious Medics jumps on Chief Big Heart to keep him from pinning the other Medic

One of the Mysterious Medics jumps on Chief Big Heart to keep him from pinning the other Medic

A masked newcomer calling himself The Inferno arrived on the scene in January. His first match was a TV match on WKRG Channel 5 as he faced another newcomer, Danny Little Bear. The match was even with the advantage switching back and forth several times until the Inferno stunned the crowd when he produced a flame from his hand and burned Little Bear. The Inferno was immediately disqualified and the match was awarded to the injured Little Bear. The two were then scheduled to meet in a rematch but Little Bear was still unable to compete due to the burns. He was replaced by Bobby Fields. The Inferno had Fields in a bad way until Little Bear, who had been seated at ringside, dashed into the ring and attacked the masked man. The Inferno was getting quite a beating until he managed to throw his ball of fire at Little Bear, burning him once again. With the Inferno’s attention focused on Little Bear, Fields grabbed him from behind and pinned him to win the match.

The Inferno applies a rear chin lock on Bobby Fields

The Inferno applies a rear chin lock on Bobby Fields

After recovering enough to be able to compete, Danny Little Bear challenged the Inferno to a match. The match was signed and a special referee was assigned. Dick Dunn, returning after a lengthy absence, was that referee. During the first fall, the Inferno kept attempting to use whatever object he used to create his flame, but Dunn kept a close eye on him and he couldn’t use it. Several times Dunn stopped the match in order to search the Inferno for his weapon, but the masked man refused to be searched. Finally Dunn grew weary of the whole thing and slugged the Inferno. Little Bear then joined in and chopped the masked man several times and pinned him for the fall. In the second fall, Dunn continued his attempt to search the Inferno until the masked man decided that enough was enough. He threw his fireball at Dunn and hit him in the face with it. Dunn fell to the mat holding his eyes and writhing in pain. Little Bear chased the Inferno from the ring and went to Dunn’s aid, Dunn was helped to his feet and he awarded the second fall and the match to Little Bear on a disqualification.

Dunn was demanding a match with the Inferno, but the masked man refused to meet him in a single match. He did agree to face Dunn and partner Bobby Fields in a tag team match. The Inferno recruited veteran Sailor Moran to be his partner. The first fall went to Dunn & Fields when Dunn pinned Moran after a series of dropkicks. The Inferno came back to pin Fields in the second fall to even things up. In the third and deciding fall, the Inferno kept trying to set either Dunn or Fields up for his flame thrower, but was thwarted each time he made the attempt. Finally Dunn twisted the Inferno’s mask around so that he was blinded. Out of frustration he removed his own mask but before he could recover, Fields grabbed him and pinned him to take the fall and the match for he & Dunn. Although the Inferno had unmasked himself, his identity was still a secret as he had his face wrapped in heavy tape to hide his features. He also wrapped a towel over his face when he left the ring to further keep his identity safe.

The Inferno was as lucky as he met Dunn in a singles match on TV. Dunn managed to remove the mask and underneath it turned out to be Jan Madrid.

An embarrassed Madrid then challenged Dunn to another match and they met at Ft. Whiting. Dunn was a little leery because the referee for the match was Sailor Moran, who had been the Inferno’s tag team partner the week prior. Dunn finally relented and the match went on, but Dunn’s suspicion was proven right as he lost the match after being disqualified by Moran in straight falls.

The lady grapplers made their first appearance of the year as Betty Ann Spencer defeated Sweet Georgia Brown.

Others competing in the area in January was Jack Vansky and newcomer Bob Morrow.

 

FEBRUARY:

 

The Mysterious Medics met Bobby Fields & Silento Rodriguez in a tag team match at the Robertsdale Coliseum in Robertsdale, AL. Each team had won a fall apiece when, in the deciding fall, Fields & Rodriguez had Medic #1 on the verge of defeat. The masked terror managed to roll out of the ring and he and Medic #2 made an illegal switch. Medic #2 rolled back into the ring, nailed Rodriguez and pinned him to win the fall and the match for the Medics.

The Medics faced another challenge as they squared off against Dick Dunn & Chief Big Heart in a match held in Mobile. This was supposed to be a return match with the Medics facing Big Heart & Mario Galento, but Galento was delayed by car trouble. The Medics took the first fall after double teaming Dunn for most of the fall until he was easily pinned.  The Medics continued to gang up on Dunn in the second fall until Galento suddenly appeared at ringside.  Galento stripped off his shirt and attempted to enter the match but was told that he couldn’t get in until Dunn got out. But the Medics were keeping Dunn from leaving the ring until Big Heart decided to take things into his own hands as he grabbed Dunn and tossed him from the ring. Galento then entered the fray and he & Big Heart tore into the Medics. Dunn was none too happy about the mode of his exit so he climbed back into the ring and went after Big Heart. As Dunn and the Chief went at it, the Medics doubled up on Galento and gave him a beating. Referee Speedy Hatfield declared the match a no contest and ordered all participants from the ring.

The following week Galento recruited yet another new partner in newcomer Li’l Abner as they challenged the Medics. Galento scored the first fall as he forced Medic #2 to surrender to his Hangman’s hold. Medic #2 took the second fall for his team after pinning Abner to even things. Abner was the victim of a back breaker in the deciding fall and was pinned giving the match to the Medics.

Once again Galento sought yet another new partner to face the masked men in white. He recruited another newcomer Tim Geohegan, a specialist with the sleeper hold. The match was tied at a fall apiece when Geohegan caught one of the Medics in his sleeper hold in the third and deciding fall. Unfortunately it came with only one minute left in the match and the time limit expired before he could put the masked man asleep. Referee Bud Clardy stopped the match and it was declared a one hour draw.

Referee Bud Clardy warns the Mysterious Medics about double teaming Tim Geohegan

Referee Bud Clardy warns the Mysterious Medics about double teaming Tim Geohegan

Chief Big Heart was upset with Dick Dunn and challenged him to a match. Dunn was just as anxious to get his hand on the big native and readily agreed. Big Heart took the first fall when he pinned Dunn after hitting him with a tomahawk chop as he rebounded from the ropes. Dunn questioned the legality of the blow but referee Bud Clardy ruled that it was a legal blow. This upset Dunn and he showed a bit of a rough side in the next fall. He battered Big Heart with a series of fists and tossed him from the ring. Big Heart managed to get back into the ring but was upended by Dunn who added a little extra leverage by placing his feet in the ropes, holding the Chief down for the pin. Big Heart had also obtained a bloody forehead during the fall.  More rough stuff followed in the third and final fall as both men fought outside the ring. Bud Clardy started counting both men out but Dunn made it back into the ring before the count of 20 and Big Heart was counted out. Dunn was awarded the fall and the match.

Dick Dunn wallops Chief Big Heart with a ringside chair

A bloody Dick Dunn wallops Chief Big Heart with a ringside chair

This left Big Heart steaming and he challenged Dunn to another match. Uncharacteristically Dunn refused to meet the Chief in a singles match but agreed to face him in a tag team match. Big Heart recruited Bobby Fields as his partner and Dunn shocked his legion of fans when he chose Pancho Villa to team with him. Dunn further shocked the fans as he proved to be just as mean as Villa as the took the match in two straight falls.

The ladies and midgets returned to the area in a mixed tag team match that saw Annie Villa & Pee Wee Lopez defeated Andrea Swanson & Little Boy Blue.

Also in the area in February was Jan Madrid and Danny Little Bear.

 

MARCH:

 

Wrestling returned to Mississippi after a lengthy absence with a one night tournament being held at the Civic Center in Laurel. The winner of the tournament would be named the Mississippi State Heavyweight Champion. Entered in the tournament were Lee Fields, Bobby Fields, Pancho Villa, Dick Dunn, Danny Little Bear, Silento Rodriguez, Mario Galento, Jan Madrid and the Mysterious Medics. Dick Dunn defeated Bobby Fields in the final match and was declared the new Mississippi State champion. This was short lived, however, because no further cards were held in Mississippi after this one.

A rematch was signed between the team of Mario Galento & Tim Geohegan and the Mysterious Medics. Geohegan took the first fall for his team as he used his sleeper hold on one of the Medics to render him unconscious. Galento fell victim of double teaming by the Medics and was pinned in the second fall. The Medics went right into action in the third and deciding fall. They pitched Galento out of the ring and rammed his head into the corner ring post. This left Galento lying near unconsciousness on the arena floor as the masked duo gave Geohegan a tremendous beating inside the ring. Referee Bud Clardy tried to break things up only to find himself the victim of a body slam and knee drop by the Medics. Clardy disqualified the Medics and awarded the match to Galento & Geohegan but the Medics were far from done. They continued to pound on Geohegan and each time the recovered Galento tried to return to the ring, he was kicked out again. Lee Fields rushed into the ring to try to get things under control but he received much the same treatment. Even a spectator got into the action but he was knocked from the ring as well. When everything was finally calmed down the Medics stood tall in the center of the ring although they had lost the match.

This led to another rematch being signed but the night of the match Galento was unable to compete, so Lee Fields took his place as Geohegan’s partner. There were also two referees assigned to the match in an effort to maintain control. Fields proved to be a good replacement as he pinned one of the Medics to win the first fall for his team. The Medics evened things up in the second fall when one of the masked men knocked Geohegan out with a loaded head butt and pinned him. In the deciding fall the Medics tried to use their loaded masks again but Fields & Geohegan managed to get their steel weapons away from them. They put them to good use as they pounded on the masked men to their heart’s desire. Referees Bud Clardy and Li’l Abner searched Fields & Geohegan in an effort to relieve them of the weapons, while the Medics took advantage of the distraction to loosen one of the top ropes. That ploy came to fruition as Geohegan started hitting the Medics with a series of body blocks. When he hit the rope that had been loosened he tumbled from the ring and to the arena floor, seriously injured. The Medics then ganged up on Fields and gave him a real going over. Despite the efforts of Clardy and Abner to control things, Fields ended up a bloody mess. Finally the match was stopped and declared a no contest and the Medics had to fight their way back to the dressing room using chairs to fend off the angry ringsiders.

March was a good month for Dick Dunn as he was also awarded the Gulf Coast Heavyweight Championship. The Gulf Coast title had been in limbo since Billy Boy Hines, who had been champion, left the area at the end of 1963 without ever defending the tile.

Another title that had been in limbo was reactivated as the Mysterious Medics were named the Southern Tag Team Champions.  Their first challenge came from the team of Lee Fields & Mario Galento. The Medics looked well on their way to keeping the title as Galento was pinned to lose the first fall. The pin came after one of the Medics draped Galento’s head over the top rope and stretched him out by his legs as the other Medic jumped off the ropes onto his back. Fields had suffered a sever cut on his head in the same fall. In the second fall the Medics had Fields bleeding again and he was so weakened that he fell from the ring. Referee Bud Clardy was also knocked down in the action and was lying on the mat as the Medics once again stretched Galento out over the ropes. Just as one of the Medics was about to leap on him once again, Fields climbed back into the ring with a chair and knocked him from his perch. Fields then climbed the ropes and jumped onto the other Medic who was unaware of what was happening. This left the Medic unable to continue and he was taken away in an ambulance. Fields & Galento were declared the winners of the match and were the new Southern Tag Team champions.

Referee Bud Clardy attempts to stop the Mysterious Medic from stomping Mario Galento

Referee Bud Clardy attempts to stop the Mysterious Medic from stomping Mario Galento

Dick Dunn was suddenly on everyone’s hate list after his recent change in attitude. First in line to challenge him was popular Bobby Fields. Bobby was after a Gulf Coast title match but Dunn was refusing to put his title on the line. He was also reluctant to face Fields at all in a singles match. He did agree to face Fields in a tag team match and teamed with the returning Bad Boy Hines to face Fields & Silento Rodriguez. After each team had won a fall apiece, things fell apart in the deciding fall. Dunn was perfectly content with Hines doing all the work and thus absorbing all of the punishment. Each time Hines reached out for Dunn to tag him, Dunn turned his back on him. Finally Hines decided that he had had enough and left the ring and went back to the dressing room. This forced Dunn to enter the match, but he was more concerned at yelling insults at the departing Hines and fell to a dropkick from Rodriguez and was pinned.

Bobby Fields finally got his long awaited match with Dick Dunn with Dunn’s Gulf Coast title on the line. Fields took the first fall after flattening Dunn with a series of dropkicks and pinning him. Dunn came back with his new rough house tactics to overwhelm Fields before pinning him to win the second fall. In the deciding fall Dunn had Fields down and seemingly out on the mat and prepared to dive on him for the pin. Just as Dunn leapt into the air Fields caught him with his feet and flipped him with a Monkey Flip. Unfortunately they were too close to the ropes and Dunn sailed over them. Fields was disqualified and Dunn took the fall and the match to retain his title.

There was lot of ladies action in the area in March as Annie Villa met Toni Rose in what was supposed to be a one fall match with another lady wrestler, Dorothy Carter serving as the referee. Villa  didn’t like the arrangement and instead challenged them both to face her in separate matches. Annie was strong and won both matches with relative ease.

Next up for Villa was a match with Brenda Scott, who was listed as the top contender for the Women’s World title held by The Fabulous Moolah. Villa defeated Scott in two straight falls to move into the top spot to challenge Moolah for the title.

The Fabulous Moolah was next up for Annie Villa with the Women’s World title at stake. Villa took the first fall after roughing Moolah up and pinning her. Moolah showed why she was champion in the second fall and pinned Villa after a series of body slams. In the deciding fall things were decidedly in Villa’s favor as she used a chain that she kept hidden in her tights to batter Moolah, resulting in a bloody scalp for the champion. Just as it looked like Villa would be victorious referee Speedy Hatfield caught her with the chain and disqualified her, giving the fall and the match to Moolah.

Also in the Gulf Coast in March were newcomer Don Duffy and the returning Greg Peterson.

 

APRIL:

 

The Mysterious Medics were chomping at the bit to get their hands on Lee Fields & Mario Galento and get a chance to regain the Southern Tag Team title. They were so anxious that they put their masks on the line in a masks vs title match against Fields & Galento. Galento took an early lead for his team as he forced Medic #2 to surrender to the Hangman’s hold to win the first fall. The Medics ganged up on Fields in the second fall and knocked him out of the ring. This left Galento easy prey as the Medics double teamed him and pinned him to even up the sides. Fields received more battering in the deciding fall and was once again knocked form the ring. Try as he might, Fields could not recover and was counted out. The fall and the match went to the Medics who not only preserved their identities but also regained the Southern Tag Team title.

Fields was anxious for another shot at the Medics but Galento was temporarily side lined. Fields recruited a new partner, a newcomer named Gypsy Biviano, to face the hooded terrors. Biviano won the first fall for he & Fields as he forced one of the Medics to surrender to an arm scissors. The Medics took turns pounding on the Gypsy’s head with a pair of brass knuckles in the second fall until he was weak and bleeding. One of the Medics then pinned him to win the fall and tie the match. In the third fall Biviano managed to wrest the brass knuckles from the Medics’ possession and put them to good use. He gave the Medics a beating with one of them bleeding through his white mask as a result. Referee Bud Clardy tried to remove the weapon from Biviano, only to wind up getting shoved and punched as well. This resulted in Fields & Biviano getting disqualified and the Medics winning the fall and the match.

Gypsy Biviano drives a hard right into the jaw of one of the Mysterious Medics

Gypsy Biviano drives a hard right into the jaw of one of the Mysterious Medics

Biviano wanted another chance at the Medics, but Fields had commitments elsewhere so he recruited a newcomer named Pat Kelly who made his first appearance in the area. The new team met the Medics in a match at Hartwell Field. The Medics dominated the young Pat Kelly throughout the first fall before wearing him down enough to pin him for the fall. They continued in much the same vein in the second keeping Kelly from getting to the corner to tag in Biviano. As they took turn battering Kelly with a metal object, Biviano dropped off the ring apron and headed to the dressing room. They ringside fans were dumbfounded as it appeared that he had abandoned his you partner at the mercy of the Medics. But he soon reappeared with a large brass ring in his hand. He charged into the ring swinging wildly knocking the Medics out of the ring. This allowed Kelly to get to the corner where Biviano was tagged in legally and he took over from there. He battered each one of the Medics but would not allow referee Bud Clardy to count them out. He kept pulling his opponents up from the mat before Clardy could count a fall. Finally after a half dozen turns at this game he pinned one of the Medics to win the fall and even the score. The Medics limped back to the dressing room for the rest period and never returned to the ring for the deciding fall. Clardy counted them out and awarded the fall and the match to Biviano & Kelly.

One of the Mysterious Medics reaches over the ropes to break up a pin attempt by Gypsy Biviano on the other Medic

One of the Mysterious Medics reaches over the ropes to break up a pin attempt by Gypsy Biviano on the other Medic

It was decided that since the Medics did not appear for the third and deciding fall in their last match against Gypsy Biviano & Pat Kelly, the two teams would be signed to meet in a one fall to a finish match with two referees officiating. It was a wild battle from the start until Kelly dropkicked one of the Medics through the ropes. He then applied an abdominal stretch on the other Medic. As the outside Medic attempted to scramble back into the ring, Tommy Henderson, who was serving as the referee outside the ring, grabbed him by the foot to keep him from interfering. Kelly forced the other Medic to surrender and referee Bud Clardy awarded the match to Biviano & Kelly.  The Medics were so upset that the attacked Clardy after the match. The Medics left the territory after this match.

Kelly also teamed with Greg Peterson to face the Medics in a match that was the main event of a rare card held in Montgomery. Kelly & Peterson were awarded the victory after the Medics were disqualified in the third and final fall.

On that same card in Montgomery, Bobby Fields defeated Bad Boy Hines in the opener while Dick Dunn upnded Silento Rodriguez in the semi-final.

The Fabulous Moolah, Women’s World Champion, returned to the area to grant Annie Villa another shot at her title. Moolah used a series of flying head scissors on Villa before pinning her to win the first fall. Villa came back in the second and floored Moolah with a series of hard fists before pinning her for the fall. Both women fought outside the ring in the third and deciding fall and were counted out. Moolah chased Villa back to the dressing area and dared her to come back out. Villa never did and Moolah left with her title still intact.

Don Duffy began to make waves in the territory as he faced off against Bobby Fields in a match. Duffy gave Fields quite a battering before pinning him while illegally holding him by the trunks to win the first fall. Fields came back with a series of Monkey Flips and a pin to win the second fall. Fields spent the deciding fall tossing Duffy all over the ring until he accidently tossed him over the top rope. Referee Speedy Hatfield disqualified Fields giving the fall and the match to Duffy.

Fields asked for and was granted a rematch, which saw Duffy win the first fall after driving a knee into Fields’ stomach as he bounced off the ropes and pinning him. Fields won the second fall when he caught Duffy with a Sunset Flip and pinned him. Fields had thing well in control in the third fall until Duffy managed to hit him with a low blow out of sight of the referee. Fields san to the mat and was easily pinned, giving the fall and the match to Duffy.

Duffy also defeated Dick Dunn in a match in Dothan to win the Gulf Coast title.

A new tag team arrived on the scene in the form of Ken Lucas & Wild Man Shane. They defeated the team of Silento Rodriguez & Greg Peterson in two straight falls in their debut.

Lucas & Shane then were signed to face Peterson & Bobby Fields in a match the following week, but Lucas decided to drop Shane as his partner and replace him with Don Duffy. Fields won the first fall of the match when he pinned Lucas after a series of Monkey Flips. Duffy came back and opened a cut of Fields head before pinning him in the second to even the match. In the deciding fall Peterson had flattened Lucas and was about to pin him when Duffy punched him with a piece of metal concealed in his hand. Referee Bud Clardy had been busy trying to keep Fields out of the action and missed the infraction. Duffy then draped Lucas across the prone body of Peterson in time for Clardy to turn his attention back to the matters at hand. Clardy counted the pin fall on Peterson and awarded the fall and the match to Lucas & Duffy. Shane, who had been watching the match from ringside, rushed into the ring and argued with Clardy about Duffy’s use of an illegal weapon. He followed Clardy all the way back to the dressing area pleading his case but the decision stood.

Shane then went to Bobby Fields and volunteered his services as a tag team partner to face off with Lucas & Duffy. Fields accepted his invitation and the match was signed. Fields scored the first fall as he pinned his arch rival Duffy after a series of dropkicks. Lucas came back and forced his former partner, Shane, to submit to an abdominal stretch to win the second fall. Shane’s wandering mind came into play during the third and deciding fall. Fields was absorbing a lot of punishment from Lucas & Duffy as Shane, on the ring apron, became preoccupied with something in the announcer’s booth at Hartwell Field. Whenever Fields would make it over to the corner for a tag, Shane didn’t notice him as he was staring off into space. Shane finally left the ring all together and made his way to the booth. Finally Duffy applied a neck breaker on Fields and pinned him. Lucas & Duffy had Fields at their mercy and it looked like they were going to inflict even more punishment on him until newcomer Bruiser Verdu, who had been introduced to the crowd before the match, got into the ring and chased them out. Verdu then helped Fields back to the dressing room. The large crowd had mostly all filed out of the stadium when Shane finally came down from the announcer’s booth.

Bobby Fields wanted another crack at Ken Lucas & Don Duffy, but certainly wanted a new partner to team with. He chose Silento Rodriguez and the match was set. Don Duffy won the first fall as he pinned Rodriguez after applying a neck breaker on him. In the second fall Duffy used a pair of brass knuckles to open a nasty gash on Fields’ forehead. Although bloodied, Fields fought back and soon had Duffy reeling. Duffy tagged Lucas who got more of the same treatment from Fields. Lucas tried several times to tag Duffy only to have the blonde turn his back on him. Duffy then jumped down from the ring apron and headed back to the dressing room. He stopped halfway, turned around and went back to ringside. He tossed the brass knuckles into the ring to Lucas, only to have Fields intercept them. Duffy then made his way back to the dressing room, abandoning Lucas to the mercy of Fields & Rodriguez who took turns hitting him with the brass knuckles. Finally a bloody Lucas managed to escape his tormentors and made a bee line back to the dressing room hoping to get his hands on Duffy. But Duffy had barricaded the dressing room door. Fields & Rodriguez were awarded the fall and the match on a count out.

Bruiser Verdu made his official debut in a match against Dick Dunn. Verdu won the first fall of the match as he caught Dunn with a knee to the stomach and a neck twist to pin him for the fall. Dunn came back with a series of dropkicks and a pin to with the second fall .In the deciding fall Verdu caught Dunn in a crushing bear hug and was shaking him all around. Dunn managed to climb over the ropes to the ring apron while still trapped in the bear hug. Referee Speedy Hatfield ordered Verdu to break the hold, but the Spanish strongman failed to do so and was disqualified, giving the fall and the match to Dunn.

Also in the area in April was Jack Vansky.

 

MAY:

 

Ken Lucas was anxious to get his hands on erstwhile tag team partner Don Duffy but Duffy was avoiding him like a plague. Lucas made his presence known wherever Duffy appeared, whether he was scheduled on the card or not. Such an instance happened when Duffy was in a tag team match with new partner George Bell against Bobby Fields & Silento Rodriguez. Fields & Rodriguez took the opening fall of the match when Rodriguez pinned Bell after a series of flying dropkicks. Between falls Lucas appeared at ringside and challenged Duffy. Duffy did his best to ignore Lucas, but Lucas raced at him and chased him from the ring. This happened three times before Lucas was persuaded to leave the area and allow the match to continue. Duffy & Bell headed back to the dressing area for the rest period and Duffy was berating his partner all the way. Suddenly Lucas reappeared with a chair and crowned Duffy with it. He then proceeded to stomp the blonde until the police intervened. When the second fall began, Duffy was unable to continue and Jan Madrid took his place in the match. During the second fall, Madrid was not happy with Bell because he refused to use the same rough tactics that Madrid was using. Fields finally forced Bell to submit to a Boston Crab to win the second fall and the match for he & Rodriguez.

Ken Lucas stomps Don Duffy

Ken Lucas stomps Don Duffy

Rodriguez, a former Gulf Coast champion, was anxious to get back into contention for the tile and figured beating Duffy would earn him a shot at the title Duffy now held. The two were signed for a non-title match, but once again Ken Lucas was on hand to try and force a match with Duffy. The Rodriguez-Duffy match was scheduled for Hartwell Field and although he again wasn’t scheduled on the card, Ken Lucas was on hand. He had hired a half a dozen youngsters to carry signs around the stadium demanding a match between Lucas and Duffy. Lucas himself took p a position at the entrance gates and was asking incoming fans to sign a petition he had on hand demanding the same thing. A crowd of fans was surrounding Lucas eagerly signing his petition when Duffy arrived on the scene. He hit Lucas in the face with the suitcase he was carrying opening up a deep cut on his head. He continued to pound away on Lucas until sensing the rising anger of the fans on hand, he scampered to the safety of his dressing room. Tommy Baker, a member of the state commission was on hand and had witnessed the whole scene. He fined Duffy $100 and suspended him immediately for a 10 day period.

Don Duffy attacks Ken Lucas

Don Duffy attacks Ken Lucas

Although the suspension was handed down to Duffy he allowed the scheduled match with Rodriguez to go on a to keep from disappointing the fans. Each man had won a fall when Duffy threw Rodriguez into referee Speedy Hatfield in the deciding fall. Both Rodriguez and Hatfield tumbled from the ring and Duffy reached into his tights and pulled out a pair of brass knuckles. Every time Rodriguez tried to get back into the ring, Duffy would slam the knuckles into the side of his head and knock him back out. Finally promoter Rocky McGuire came to ringside and stopped the match. Duffy continued to punch Rodriguez around and gave Hatfield a few kicks for good measure. He then left the ring to start servicing out his 10 day suspension.

When he heard about Duffy’s suspension, Ken Lucas pleaded with promoter Rocky McGuire and the state commission to have it lifted so he could get a match with him. Although the commission at first refused, they finally relented and agreed to lift the suspension under the condition that Duffy faced Lucas in a match.

The match was set for Hartwell Field and was a wild won. Lucas attacked Duffy at the bell and they two spent the next ten minutes doing their best to destroy their opponent. The punched, kicked, clawed and used anything they could get their hands on as weapons. Both men were bloody and battered when referee Tommy Henderson tried to restore order. For his troubles Henderson found himself being punched and kicked by both men. Henderson finally stopped the match and declared in a no contest.

Ken Lucas pounds on Don Duffy as he tries to escape

Ken Lucas pounds on Don Duffy as he tries to escape

Duffy was so anxious to get back at Lucas that he finally agreed to put the Gulf Coast title up for grabs in order to get Lucas back in the ring with him. Duffy also added a new manager to the mix as he took on Jet Monroe as his adviser. Monroe was not stranger to the local fans as he was the younger brother of Sputnik & Rocket Monroe and had led his brother Rocket to two reigns as Gulf Coast champion the previous year.

The title match was as wild as could be expected as the two men tore into each other from the opening bell. Duffy finally managed to catch Lucas with a low blow when Jet Monroe distracted the attention of referee Tommy Henderson. Duffy then applied a neck breaker and pinned Lucas to take the first fall. In the second fall Duffy had things going his way as he had Lucas bleeding from his forehead. Suddenly Lucas whipped Duffy into the ropes and drove a knee into his stomach as he rebounded. Duffy went down like a shot and was pinned by Luca for the second fall. In the deciding fall, Duffy kept trying to apply another neck breaker to the bloody Lucas but Lucas kept grabbing the ropes to block it. Finally Lucas surprised Duffy with a neck breaker of his own and pinned him to win the fall and the match. Ken Lucas, though battered and bloodied, was the new Gulf Coast champion. As the fans, who just a few short weeks ago were ready to string Lucas up, cheered wildly as his hand was raised in victory. Jet Monroe jumped into the ring to protest to referee Henderson and grabbed the title belt from the official and raced back to the dressing room with it. Promoter Rocky McGuire acquired the belt from him and returned it to Lucas.

Dick Dunn, Bobby Fields and referee Tommy Henderson raise Ken Lucas' hands in victory

Dick Dunn, Bobby Fields and referee Tommy Henderson raise a bloody Ken Lucas’ hands in victory

Dick Dunn, who had been raising the ire of the fans with his new rough tactics, seemed to see the error of his ways as he began wrestling more like his former self. He faced off against popular Pat Kelly in a match that saw both men wrestled strictly by the rules. The evenly matched pair wrestled to a 45 minute draw. The following week he faced a masked man known only as Mr. K. Dunn used his quickness as he defeated K with a series of dropkicks to win the first fall. Mr. K was disqualified in the second fall to give the match to Dunn in straight falls.

Dunn did drop a match to Bad Boy Hines after Hines drove a knee into his stomach and pinned him as he bounced off the ropes.. But despite the loss, the fans were back on the side of Dick Dunn.

Bobby Fields formed quite a team with the returning Frankie Cain. In their first match as a team they took the measure of Villa & jack Vansky. Next up they faced the tough team of Jan Madrid & Pancho Villa. It was a rough match but the duo of Villa & Madrid came out on top.

Next up for the Fields & Cain team was the nationally renowned team known as The Bavarian Boys. The Bavarians were well known due to their appearances on televised matches from Chicago and were a top ranked team. Bavarian Boy Rudi won the first fall for his team when he jumped onto Cain from the top rope and pinned him. Referee jack Vansky had been distracted and failed to see the illegal move. Fields & Cain focused on Bavarian Boy Harry throughout most of the second fall. He was sufficiently worn down and pinned by Fields to even the match. In the third and deciding fall, Harry held Fields from behind while Rudi climbed the ropes with the intention of dropkicking Fields from the ropes. Fields moved at the last second and Rudi kicked Harry who was quickly pinned by Fields for the fall and the match.

Also in the area in May were Bruiser Verdu and Jerry London.

 

JUNE:

 

Don Duffy was so anxious to get his hands on Ken Lucas and to win the Gulf Coast title back that he agreed to leave the territory if he couldn’t beat Lucas in a title match. Lucas was just as anxious to face Duffy again as well, especially with the opportunity to force him from the area. The two met in a match at Hartwell Field that was typical of the bloody battles that the two had engaged in previously. Duffy took the first fall with his dreaded neck breaker and Lucas just beat Duffy into oblivion with his fists to take the second fall. Both men slugged away in the deciding fall until both were bleeding profusely. Lucas finally got the upper hand and pinned Duffy to win the fall and the match and to retain his title. Both men were so exhausted they had to be helped from the ring. As agreed, Duffy left the territory.

Don Duffy has Ken Lucas trapped in the corners and slugs away

Don Duffy has Ken Lucas trapped in the corners and slugs away

As one blonde left the area, another returned as Dandy Jack Donovan made his return to the Gulf Coast. Donovan, a former Gulf Coast and Mississippi State champion, was anxious to get a shot at Ken Lucas, the current Gulf Coast champion.

In his return debut Donovan faced the popular Pat Kelly. Donovan won the first fall after applying a back breaker to pin Kelly, but Kelly evened the score by pinning Donovan after a series of flying head scissors in the second fall. In the third fall Donovan picked Kelly up and dropped his throat first across the top roped and pinned his to win the match.

Donovan then teamed with newcomer Terry Garvin to face Lucas and the returning Mario Galento in a tag team match. Donovan used his back breaker to score a pin on Lucas to win the first fall, while Garvin absorbed a major beating by both Lucas & Galento before he was pinned by Galento in the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, Lucas and Garvin collided mid-ring and collapsed on the mat. Referee Tommy Henderson was busy trying to keep Galento out of the ring and failed to see Donovan come in and drag Garvin on top of Lucas. Henderson turned to see Garvin pinning Lucas and counted the fall, giving the match to Donovan & Garvin. After the match Donovan & Garvin continued to slug Lucas & Galento and were soon joined in their actions by Mickey Sharpe, making a surprise return to the area. The three blondes tossed Lucas, Galento and referee Henderson from the ring and made their way back to the dressing area with a police escort.

Donovan & Sharpe formed a strong tag team and faced Lucas & Galento in a match at Hartwell Field. The match was even going into the deciding fall, with each team having won a fall apiece.  Sharpe suffered a cut over his right eye during the third fall, but he and Donovan continually double teamed Galento. With Donovan distracting referee Tommy Henderson, Sharpe applied an illegal pile driver on Galento. The two blondes then took turns applying a neck breaker to the helpless Galento until Donovan pinned him to take the fall and the match.

Mario Galento was steaming at Mickey Sharpe for using an illegal pile driver on him and challenged him to a singles match. Sharpe took the first fall in that match by stomping Galento in the head until he was weakened enough to be pinned. Galento came back in the second fall and forced Sharpe to submit to his Hangman’s hold to win the fall. Both men were fighting outside the ring in the third fall as referee Tommy Henderson began to count them out. Sharpe managed to make it back into the ring just before the count ended but Galento didn’t and was counted out, giving the fall and the match to Sharpe.

Another pair of hated blondes returned to the Gulf Coast in June as the Fabulous Fargos, Jackie & Donnie, made their presence known. They defeated the team of Pat Kelly & Silento Rodriguez in two straight falls in their first match back in the area.

Jackie Fargo plants a kick into the back of Pat Kelly

Jackie Fargo plants a kick into the back of Pat Kelly

Next up for the Fargos was a match against Ken Lucas & Bobby Fields. This match had the stipulation that the winning team would be crowned Southern Tag Team Champions and received a title match with the Von Brauners for the World Tag Team title. The Southern crown had been up in the air when the Mysterious Medics left the area earlier in the year without ever losing the title. Jackie Fargo scored the first fall for the Fargos when he pinned Ken Lucas. Lucas & Fields concentrated on working over Donnie’s arm during the second fall with Fields finally making him submit to win the fall.  The two teams fought tooth and nail throughout the third and deciding fall with neither team gaining an advantage. The one hour time limited expired and the match ended in a draw.

The Scufflin’ Hillbillies, Willie & Slim, along with their manager Cousin Alfred made a swing through the territory in June. They squared off with Jan Madrid & Bad Boy Hines. The Hillbillies took the first fall when Slim pinned Madrid. Hines pinned Slim to take the second fall and even the match. Willie pinned Hines to win the third and deciding fall and the match.

With the Mississippi operation closed down, the Gulf Coast Wrestling Association expanded into Louisiana beginning in June. Regular cards were run in the cities of Lafayette, Opelousas, Alexandria and Baton Rouge. Among the wrestlers competing in that end of the territory were Tony Baillargeon, Yvon Roussel, Al Pastrick, Jan Madrid and the Mysterious Medics.

Lady wrestlers returned to the Gulf Coast in a match that saw Annie Villa convincingly defeat Dorothy Carter.

The midget ladies returned as well as Darling Dagmar defeated Baby Cheryl.

Darling Dagmar has Baby Cheryl trapped in the ropes

Darling Dagmar has Baby Cheryl trapped in the ropes

Herb & Lester Welch returned after long absences to face the team of Terry Garvin & Joe McCarthy, also returning to the area. The Welch Brothers won the first fall by disqualification as McCarthy refused to stop choking Lester. Lester scored the second fall by forcing Garvin to submit to an abdominal stretch after Herb had applied a back drop to give the match to the Welches in straight fall.

Others in the area this month were Jack Vansky, Frankie Cain and newcomers Karl Von Hess and Gentleman Gene Murphy.

 

JULY:

 

Despite only managing a draw against Ken Lucas & Bobby Fields, the Fabulous Fargos earned a match against the Von Brauners for the World Tag Team title, a title that the Fargos had once held. The title match was held in Mobile at Hartwell Field and drew a tremendous crowd. Although the fans were never on the side of the Fargos, they were decidedly so for this match as they roared their approval when the blonde New Yorkers strutted their way to the ring.  The jeers were reserved for the Von Brauners and their manager Gentleman Saul Weingeroff. Karl Von Brauner won the first fall for the German champions when he pinned Donnie Fargo after Fargo had been choked down by Weingeroff and his cane. Jackie Fargo used his Atomic Drop on Kurt Von Brauner and pinned him to win the second fall. Kurt fell victim to the Atomic Drop in the deciding fall as well but just as Jackie went to pin him Weingeroff jumped up on the ring apron. Referee Rex Mustang stopped his count and went to warn Weingeroff to stay out of the ring. Donnie Fargo also went after Weingeroff, who dropped his cane in the ring went he ran. Karl Von Brauner picked up the cane and smacked Jackie in the head with it and rolled the prostrate Kurt on top of him for the pin. Mustang counted Jackie out giving the fall and the match to the World Champion Von Brauners.

Jackie Fargo has Kurt Von Brauner up for a slam

Jackie Fargo has Kurt Von Brauner up for a slam

Ken Lucas & Bobby Fields received their shot at the Von Brauners as well. To combat the Von Brauner’s pesky manager, Gentleman Saul Weingeroff, Lucas & Fields recruited Bobby’s brother Lee Fields, to serve as their manager. Lucas scored the first fall for his team as he pinned Karl Von Brauner. In the second fall, Kurt Von Brauner made use of Weingeroff’s ever present cane as he whacked Bobby Fields with it and pinned him. When Lucas & the Fields Brothers came out of the dressing area at the start of the deciding fall, Lee Fields was also carrying a cane. During the fall Karl Von Brauner was choking Lucas near the ropes and Lee whacked him with his cane. Kurt Von Brauner went after Lee and they struggled over Lee’s cane. Referee Tommy Henderson was trying to break the two of them up only to be floored by Weingeroff and his cane. Lee Fields then took after Weingeroff as Bobby & Lucas hammered the Von Brauners around the ring. Henderson came to and assumed that it had been Lee Fields that had hit him and disqualified Lucas & Bobby Fields. Once the fans told him what had actually happened, Henderson reversed his decision and disqualified the German team. He awarded the match to Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas but the Von Brauners were still the champions.

Ken Lucas applies a hammerlock on Karl Von Brauner

Ken Lucas applies a hammerlock on Karl Von Brauner

As a result of this match Ken Lucas, Lee & Bobby Fields challenged the Von Brauners & Weingeroff to a six man tag team match. In that match Bobby Fields scored the first fall when he pinned Karl Von Brauner after a series of dropkicks. Between falls the Von Brauners protested the officiating of special referee Mario Galento. They tossed Galento from the ring and rammed his head into the corner ring post. In the second fall, Lee Fields was attempting to whip Karl into the opposite corner, but Weingeroff was holding him from the outside of the ropes. Bobby Fields jumped in and together with Lee whipped Weingeroff across the ring into the waiting fist of Lucas. Lucas punched Weingeroff and pinned him to win the match for the Lucas & Fields team in straight falls.

It was announced that Hiro Matsuda had defeated Danny Hodge on July 11th in Tampa, Florida to win the NWA Jr. Heavyweight Championship. Matsuda would hold the title for 4 months but did not appear in the Gulf Coast during this reign.

Another tag team making noise about a shot at the World title was the team of Dandy Jack Donovan & Mickey Sharpe. They faced off against the team of Frankie Cain & Silento Rodriguez in a wild battle. Donovan pinned Rodriguez for the first fall after applying a neck breaker on him. Cain came back to take the second fall by pinning Donovan after a series of dropkicks.  During the wild action in the deciding fall, Donovan caught referee Tommy Henderson looking the other way and applied an illegal pile driver on Cain and pinned him to win the fall and the match for Donovan & Sharpe.

Next up for the blonde twosome was the team of Cain & Mario Galento. Donovan pinned Galento to win the first fall after Sharpe had applied an Atomic Drop on him. Donovan applied the same hold on Cain in the second fall which allowed Sharpe to pin Cain to give the blondes the match in two straight falls.

Donovan & Sharpe next met the team of Galento & Lester Welch, hoping to keep their unbeaten streak intact. The match was tied at one fall apiece when Galento caught Sharpe in his Hangman’s hold in the deciding fall. Donovan rushed into the ring and slugged Galento in the stomach, knocking him down with Sharpe on top of him. Galento was counted out and the fall and the match went to Donovan & Sharpe.

Galento wanted to gain some revenge on Donovan & Sharpe and felt he needed someone who would fight them with their own medicine. He recruited newcomer Jim Dalton figuring he would be just the right partner for him. Galento fell prey to Sharpe’s neck breaker in the first fall ad was pinned.  Galento took the second fall by forcing Donovan to surrender to the Hangman’s hold. Mario Galento got a little too carried away in the third fall and it cost him. He was in the ring taking on both Donovan & Sharpe and knocking them both around pretty good. Dalton tried to join in on the fun, but Galento accidentally slugged him as well. Dalton was miffed at this and he floored Galento and left the ring. Sharpe fell on the dazed Galento and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

Dalton quickly aligned himself with Donovan & Sharpe while Galento wanted revenge on all three. So Galento recruited Gulf Coast champion Ken Lucas as one partner. For the third member of his team, Mario brought in his older brother Al (Spider) Galento and a six man tag team match was quickly arranged. Al Galento scored the first fall for his threesome when he pinned Donovan.  In the second fall, Lucas had Sharpe ready to fall when Donovan snuck into the ring and applied an Atomic Drop to Lucas. Referee Speedy Hatfield was distracted by Jim Dalton and didn’t see what happened. He turned around and found Sharpe pinning Lucas and tolled the count. All six men were battling at the same time through much of the deciding fall and Mario Galento, Lucas and Sharpe all suffered cuts on their foreheads. Donovan got carried away with choking Mario Galento and wound up getting disqualified by auxiliary referee Tommy Henderson, costing his team the fall and the match.

Al (Spider) Galento goes after Mickey Sharpe

Al (Spider) Galento goes after Mickey Sharpe

Lady wrestlers returned as Annie Villa faced Verne Bottoms in a match. Neither lady was very lady-like as they totally ignored the rules and fought in and out of the ring. Finally referee Speedy Hatfield stopped the bout and declared in a no contest.

Terry Garvin brought in his brother Ronnie Garvin and the Garvin Brothers defeated Bobby Fields & Frankie Cain in a match at Clark Field in Lafayette, LA. Fields received a bloody head injury in the match and wanted a rematch. Fields & Cain took two out of three falls in that match to win over the Garvins

The Garvin Brothers also faced the team of Joe McCarthy & Cain  in Opelousas and came out victorious..

Also in the area in July were Al Greene, Chris Belkas, Pancho Villa, Joe McCarthy, Pat Kelly, Gene Murphy and newcomers Antonio Posa, Stormy Weathers and Chin Lee.

 

AUGUST:

 

The Galento Brothers weren’t satisfied with the outcome of the six man match so they challenged Dandy Jack Donovan & Mickey Sharpe to another match with just the four of them involved. The Galentos concentrated on Donovan in the first fall and continually worked on his leg. Sharpe kept screaming at referee Speedy Hatfield to stop the fall, but Hatfield refused to do so. Sharpe wasn’t make much of an effort to aid his partner and finally Donovan submitted and the fall was awarded to the Galentos. Donovan was unable to continue in the second fall, so Sharpe came out accompanied by Chin Lee. The Galentos argued about the substitution with promoter Rocky McGuire until Sharpe & Lee jumped them. Chin threw salt into Al Galento’s eyes causing him to fall from the ring and wander blindly through the ringsiders.  This left Mario at the mercy of Sharpe & Lee and they pounded on him to their heart’s delight. Al tried to get back in the ring carrying a chair but Sharpe took it away from him and crowned him with it. Finally Hatfield stopped the match and disqualified Sharpe & Lee giving the match to the Galento Brothers.

Dandy Jack Donovan threatens to slug referee Speedy Hatfield

Dandy Jack Donovan threatens to slug referee Speedy Hatfield

A rematch was quickly signed between the Galentos and Sharpe & Lee, but Al was injured and had to be replaced by Ken Lucas. Sharpe fell victim to Mario Galento’s Hangman’s hold in the first fall and surrendered. After that any semblance of a tag team match quickly faded away. The second fall was all Lucas against Sharpe and Galento against Lee. Referee Bill Sky tried to get things under control but wound up being knocked to the canvas several times before he stopped the match and declared a no contest.

Chin Lee chokes Mario Galento

Chin Lee chokes Mario Galento

Mickey Sharpe began demanding a shot at Ken Lucas and the Gulf Coast title but Lucas would only agree to a non-title match. Lucas won the first fall when he pinned Sharpe after hitting him with a judo chop as he rebounded off the ropes. Sharpe came back and applied an Atomic Drop on Lucas and pinned him to take the second fall. In the third and deciding fall Lucas clamped a full nelson on Sharpe and fell backward in an attempt to pin him. Sharpe managed to shift his weight and raised his shoulder off the mat, forcing Lucas’ shoulder down. Lucas was counted out and Sharpe won the fall and the match on a fluke.

Mickey Sharpes pins Ken Lucas in the corner

Mickey Sharpes pins Ken Lucas in the corner

Al Greene was making his presence known since his return to the area. He was also trying to get a shot at the Gulf Coast crown held by Ken Lucas. He scored a victory over veteran Joe McCarthy and then faced Lucas in a non-title match. Greene lost the first fall in that match by disqualification. Lucas then took the second fall after jumping on Greene from the ropes and pinning him, giving him the match in two straight falls.

Greene bounced back from the loss and defeated Antonio Posa and Guy Taylor in his next two bouts.

Midget wrestlers made an appearance in the area in a mixed tag team match that saw Joe McCarthy & Little Boy Blue against Jim Dalton & Pee Wee Lopez. The winners of that bout were McCarthy & Blue.

Lady wrestlers also returned as a mixed tag team match was held in Alexandria, LA between Pancho & Annie Villa against Bobby Fields & Judy Glover. Annie pinned Glover to win the match for the Villas.

Annie Villa and Judy Glover also met in a singles match in Lafayette. Again Annie came out on top by beating Glover.

Also in Louisiana a real rivalry was growing between Bobby Fields and Terry Garvin. Fields had been injured in a tag team match with Garvin and his brother Ronnie Garvin and wanted to gain some revenge. The two met in matches in Opelousas and Lafayette with Fields coming out victorious in each match.

It was also announced that a tournament would soon be launched to name a Louisiana State Heavyweight Champion.

Also in the area in August were Jim Dalton, Bruce Austin, The Inferno, and newcomer El Zapata.

 

SEPTEMBER:

 

Mickey Sharpe & Chin Lee continued to be a top team. They met the team of Ken Lucas & Lee Fields in a match at Ft. Whiting in Mobile. Lucas pinned Sharpe to win the first fall and the Lucas & Fields team looked like they would win the match in two straight falls until Sharpe caught Fields in an Atomic Drop and pinned him to win the second. Chin Lee downed Lucas with a series of judo chops and a pin to take the third and deciding fall he his team.

Lee Fields slugs Mickey Sharpe

Lee Fields slugs Mickey Sharpe

 

Chin Lee judo chops Ken Lucas

Chin Lee judo chops Ken Lucas

Next to face Sharpe & Lee were the reunited Hines Brothers. Billy Boy Hines scored the first fall for his team as he drove a knee into Sharpe’s stomach as he bounced from the ropes and pinned him. Billy Boy fell victim to Chin Lee’s claw hold to drop the second fall. In the deciding fall, the Hines Brothers were keeping Sharpe isolated from his partner and battering him from pillar to post. A frustrated Lee left the match and went back to the dressing room, seemingly abandoning his partner. But he soon returned with a weapon that he managed to slip to Sharpe unseen by the referee. Sharpe nailed bad Boy Hines with it and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

Bad Boy Hines & Chin Lee are tangled up in each other legs.

Bad Boy Hines & Chin Lee are tangled up in each other legs.

Sharpe finally got a Gulf Coast title match with Ken Lucas in at the Houston County Farm Center in Dothan. It was an evenly contested match until the third fall when Sharpe caught Lucas with a neck breaker and pinned him to win the match. Mickey Sharpe was the new Gulf Coast champion.

Sharpe then put his title on the line in a match with another former champion, Silento Rodriguez five days later in Mobile. Rodriguez surprised Sharpe by winning two straight falls to become the new Gulf Coast champion.

Silento Rodriguez quickly defended his title against the rugged Manchurian Chin Lee. Rodriguez took the first fall by forcing Lee to surrender to a back breaker. The second fall turned into a complete melee with neither combatant heeded the instructions of referee Tommy Henderson. After several minutes and the two trading punches and judo chops Henderson stopped the match and declared it a no contest.

Bobby Fields continued to have his problems with the Garvin Brothers in Louisiana. Fields teamed with Guy Taylor to face the blonde brothers in a tag team match in Alexandria. The regular referee got knocked form the ring during that match just as Fields had Terry Garvin pinned. Ken Cooper rushed into the ring and counted Garvin out. The Garvins complained to promoter Bill Golden that Cooper was not the official referee and that they should be given the match by a disqualification. Golden ruled that the decision would stand but did sign a six man tag team match for the following week with Fields, Taylor & Cooper facing the Garvins and a partner of their choice. The Garvins chose a masked newcomer called The Green Shadow and the match was set. The team of Fields, Taylor & Cooper came out victorious in that match.

Fields also teamed with Mario Galento to face the Garvin Brothers in Lafayette. Each team had won a fall apiece when Ronnie Garvin pinned Galento in the third and deciding fall to give the Garvins the match.

The Garvins were on a roll as they defeated Ken Cooper & Guy Taylor and Mario Galento & Eduardo Castillo in matches in Opelousas.

Lady wrestlers made several appearances in the area in September. Barbara Galento & Princess Little Cloud teamed to defeat Toni Rose & Annie Villa in a tag team match in Mobile.

Little Cloud also defeated Rose in a singles matches in Lafayette and Opelousas.

Midget wrestlers also appeared as Chico Santana defeated Santiago Diaz in a match in Lafayette. Santana also teamed with Pancho Villa in a mixed tag team match in Mobile facing Lee Fields & Diaz. Villa & Santana took two out of three falls in that match for the victory.

The Scufflin’ Hillbillies also returned to the area. They faced the team of Al Greene & newcomer Jose Quintero in a tag team match in Mobile. During that match Greene felt the brunt of the Hillbillies punishment and when he got the chance he slid out of the ring and left the premises. The Hillbillies then gave the remaining Quintero a good going over and pinned him to win the match. Greene complained after the match that Quintero wasn’t very cooperative and that was why he left him.

Others in the area this month were Joe McCarthy, Jim Dalton, Chris Belkas, Tommy Roland, Prince Omar and newcomers Gino Brando, The White Angel, Mike Shane and The Proud Rebel.

 

OCTOBER:

 

The first card ever held at the brand new Municipal Auditorium in Mobile on October 7th and featured several top wrestlers from across the country in an extravaganza. The following matches were held on that card.

  • Bobby Fields defeated The Mighty Jumbo
  • Len Rossi defeated Hans Hermann
  • Former NWA World Champion Pat O’Connor took on former amateur champion from Buffalo, NY Don Curtis. It was a clean, scientific match with each man winning a fall. In the deciding fall O’Connor made Curtis submit with an abdominal stretch.
  • Buddy Fuller & Lester Welch returned to the area to face The Mysterious Medics, also making their return. Welch won the first fall by pinning Medic #1. The second fall saw the Medics unhooking the ring ropes and using the metal hooks as weapons. Fuller & Welch managed to take the hooks away from them and put them to use. They chased the Medics to the dressing room and the match was declared a no contest.
  • Gulf Coast champion Silento Rodriguez put his title on the line in a rematch against Chin Lee. Rodriguez won the first fall by making the bloody Lee submit to a back breaker. Lee came back to win the second fall by bloodying Rodriguez with judo chops and pinning him. Rodriguez was a bloody mess and the physicians at ringside refused to let him continue. The match was awarded to Chin Lee and he was the new Gulf Coast Champion.
Referee Tommy Henderson tries to pull Silento Rodriguez off of a bloody Chin Lee

Referee Tommy Henderson tries to pull Silento Rodriguez off of a bloody Chin Lee

  • NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz making a title defense against Mike Paidousis. Thesz took the first fall by pinning Paidousis with his famed Thesz Press. Paidousis, an former star football player for the University of Tennessee, pinned Thesz after a series of body tackles to win the second fall. Paidousis tried another body tackle in the deciding fall but the wily Thesz sidestepped it and Paidousis went flying from the ring. When he returned he was met by a Thesz dropkick and was pinned.

The Corsican Brothers returned after a lengthy absence and faced the returning Chief Little Eagle and newcomer Pepe Gomez. Gomez was the victim of double teaming by the Corsicans and was pinned by Corsica Joe in the first fall. Little Eagle came back in the second fall and pinned Corsica Jean after hitting him with a tomahawk chop as he bounced from the ropes. The Corsicans completely dominated the deciding fall and had Little Eagle a bloody mess. Jean then pinned Gomez to win the Fall and the match.

Little Eagle was more successful when he defeated newcomer Dick Beyer in two straight falls in a singles match.

The Southern Tag Team title had been inactive since the end of 1963, but it was decided that Lee & Bobby Fields should be named the champions based on their record over the past couple of years. They received an immediate challenge from the Corsican Brothers and a match was signed between the two teams for a title match. Also a special referee was assigned in the person of Gino Brando. However Brando got into a scuffle with Chin Lee prior to the title match and was injured. It was left to the fans to pick a new referee and they chose Chief Little Eagle. The Fields Brothers took the first fall and the second had gone to the Corsicans when things got interesting in the final fall. Corsica Jean was punishing Bobby Fields severely and Lee Fields kept trying to come to his brother’s aid. Every time Lee tried to enter the ring Little Eagle would shove him back out. Lee soon tired of this treatment and shoved Eagle aside only to be knocked from the ring by the Chief. While this was going on Corsica Joe entered the ring and the Corsicans double slammed Bobby Fields. When Little Eagle turned back to the action in the ring, Jean had Bobby pinned. Eagle made the count and awarded the fall, the match and the Southern Tag Team title to the Corsicans.

Gulf Coast champion Chin Lee’s issues with Gino Brando had started the week prior when he was matched with Brando in a non-title match. Brando had won the first fall with a dropkick and pin on Lee. The giant Manchurian came back with his vicious judo chops to cut Brando down and pin him in the second fall. In the third fall referee Speedy Hatfield was knocked out of the ring by the furious action and Lee began illegally chopping Brando in the throat. Silento Rodriguez, who had beaten newcomer Horst Murphy in straight falls earlier in the evening,  charged the ring and nailed Lee with a solid right cross that floored him. Rodriguez then dragged the prone Brando on top of Lee just as Hatfield regained his senses. Hatfield got back into the ring and counted Lee out, giving the fall and the match to Brando.

The match that had seen Gino Brando injured was a return Gulf Coast title match with champion Chin Lee defending the title against former champion Silento Rodriguez with Brando as referee.  Each man had scored a fall when Lee started using blatant illegal tactics in the deciding fall. Brando kept trying to enforce the rules only to be ignored by Lee. Finally he grabbed Lee by the hair and was trying to stop him from choking Rodriguez. Lee got to his feet and as Brando was holding him by the hair Rodriguez nailed him with a sock to the jaw. Lee went down and Rodriguez quickly pounced on him. Brando counted the fall and awarded the match to Rodriguez. An irate Lee attacked Brando and left him lying in the ring but the decision stood. Silento Rodriguez was once again the Gulf Coast champion.

Lee filed a complaint concerning his loss to Rodriguez and was granted a return title match. Lee took the first fall when he pinned Rodriguez after a knee drop. Rodriguez came back strong in the second fall and forced Lee to surrender with his back breaker. Lee tried to pull a fast one in the deciding fall but it back fired on him. Rodriguez whipped him into the corner and then prepared to whip him into the ropes on the other side of the ring. Lee jumped over the top rope ad down to the arena floor. Lee tried to convince referee Speedy Hatfield that Rodriguez should be disqualified for throwing him over the top rope. Hatfield was wise to him however and just counted him out, awarding the fall and the match to Rodriguez who retained his title.

Silento Rodriguez applies a back breaker to Chin Lee

Silento Rodriguez applies a back breaker to Chin Lee

Lee & Bobby Fields were upset with the Corsicans over the loss of the Southern Tag Team title as well as with Chief Little Eagle who had refereed the match where they lost the title. They recruited Tony Baillargeon and challenged the threesome to a six man tag team match. Baillargeon took the first fall for his team as he pinned Jean. Joe came back and pinned Baillargeon to win the second fall. Lee Fields scored the winning fall when he flattened Joe with a flying dropkick and pinned him. That ended the match but not the evening’s action. As Baillargeon and the Fields Brothers were making their way back to the dressing room a tall blonde man snuck up behind Lee and slugged him with a pair off brass knuckles. The man then raced to the dressing room as Fields lay unconscious on the arena floor. The blonde was later identified as a wrestler by the name of Don Carson from Chattanooga, Tennessee.

In a ladies mixed tag team match Toni Rose & Darling Dagmar faced Judy Grable & Diamond Lil. Annie Villa was the special referee for the match. Dagmar won the first fall for her team as she pinned Lil after applying an airplane spin.  Lil came back and pinned Dagmar after a Monkey Flip to score the second fall. During the deciding fall an altercation occurred between Rose and Villa. Rose threw Villa out of the ring and as soon as Annie returned she floored Rose with a solid right. Villa then instructed Grable to cover her and the pin was made, giving the fall and the match to Grable & Lil.

Another mixed tag team match held in Lafayette saw Bobby Fields & Andrea Swanson defeated Pancho & Annie Villa.

Former Gulf Coast champion The Mighty Yankee returned after a near six year absence. He totally dominated newcomer Pierre Martel before pinning him after a series of body slams.

The tournament to name the first Louisiana State Heavyweight Champion came down to the final match held in Lafayette. The winner of the match would win the Louisiana State title along with a brand new Thunderbird. The two finalists were Bobby Fields and Terry Garvin and the two met in a match at the Community Center in Lafayette. Fields defeated Garvin two falls out of three and was named the Louisiana State champion and drove home in a brand new Thunderbird.

Others competing in Louisiana in September were Ronnie Garvin, Ken Cooper, Pancho Villa, Eduardo Castillo, Jim Dalton, Mario Galento, Adrien Baillargeon, Bill Sky and Billy Wicks.

 

NOVEMBER:

 

Everyone was buzzing about Don Carson, the Tennessee wrestler who had Pearl Harbored Lee Fields and just exactly what he reasoning was. Fields was trying to locate him so he could challenge him face to face, but the tall blonde was nowhere to be found.

Fields did have an old enemy in the form of the Mighty Yankee at hand so he challenged him instead. Surprisingly the match was mainly a clean affair as the two men split the first two falls in the bout. All of that changed in the third and deciding fall, however, and the two went at each other tooth and nail. The action spilled out of the ring and onto the arena floor and Fields was soon sporting a deep cut over on his forehead. The Yankee rolled Fields back into the ring where he continued to work on the cut at will. Referee Jim King tried to break things up only to get floored several times by the Yankee. King finally called for the bell a declared the match a no contest. Fields managed to fight back and he and the Yankee were swinging wildly at anyone or anything that got near them. The Yankee even slugged his own manager, Al (Spider) Galento to had climb on the ring apron trying to calm his man down. The ring filled up with wrestlers from both dressing rooms and Fields and the Yankee were finally separated.

The Mighty Yankee applies an arm bar on Lee Fields

The Mighty Yankee applies an arm bar on Lee Fields

The Yankee also scored a win over a Paul DeGalles, returning after a lengthy absence. The match was scheduled to be a best two out of three fall match but it didn’t quite turn out that way. In the third fall, the Yankee tossed DeGalles toward the ropes but referee Joe Powell was in the line of fire and was knocked to the mat in a daze. The Yankee took advantage of the situation and applied an illegal pile driver on DeGalles. He then helped Powell to his feet in time to pin DeGalles to win the fall. DeGalles was unable to continue the match so it was awarded to the Yankee by forfeit.

A new tag team known as The Foreigners, Inc. arrived on the scene hoping to get a shot at the Southern Tag Team title. In their debut match they were up against the team of Silento Rodriguez & Eduardo Castillo. The Foreigners took the first fall when one of them pinned Castillo. Rodriguez & Castillo had the second fall well in hand as the two Latins continually worked on the leg of one of the Foreigners before Rodriguez forced him to submit to a back breaker. When the deciding fall began, the Foreigner that had suffered the damage on his leg was wearing a knee brace. It was checked by the referee and passed inspection. Later on in the match however the Foreigner slipped an object into the pad and his partner rammed Castillo into it headfirst. Castillo was out like a light and was easily pinned to give the fall and the match to the Foreigners.

Silento Rodriguez back flips one of the Foreigners, Inc.

Silento Rodriguez back flips one of the Foreigners, Inc.

The following week The Foreigners, Inc. faced the team of Jerry London & Gino Brando. The one Foreigner was still wearing the knee brace on his supposedly injured knee and it came into play just as it did the week before. A piece of metal was inserted into the brace and it was used to knock Brando unconscious, allowing him to be pinned by one of the Foreigners to win the match.

One of the Foreigners, Inc. kicks at Jerry London

One of the Foreigners, Inc. kicks at Jerry London

Lady wrestler Toni Rose was upset at Annie Villa, who she had gotten into a scrap with in an mixed tag team match at the end of October. She challenged Villa to a match but Mama refused to face her alone. Instead another mixed tag team match was scheduled with Villa teaming with her husband Pancho to face Rose & Jerry London. Rose & London fought their hardest, but the Villas proved to be just too rough. Annie slugged Rose and pinned her to win the match.

It was announced that Angelo Savoldi had defeated Hiro Matsuda on November 13th in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to win the NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Championship. This would be Savoldi’s 5th reign as champion.

A huge newcomer from Texas made his way to the area. His name was Tony Goodman and he stood 6’6” and weighed in at 275 pounds. He dwarfed his opponent, Eduardo Castillo but the speedy Castillo proved that size was no matter as he beat Goodman with a series of back drops and a pin.

The midget ladies made a swing through Louisiana and had matches that saw Darling Dagmar defeat Diamond Lil in Alexandria and Opelousas.

Also in Louisiana, newly crowned Louisiana State champion Bobby Fields made a successful defense of his title by beating Pancho Villa two out of three falls in a match in Lafayette.

Terry Garvin & Chin Lee formed a formidable tag team on the Louisiana end were now being recognized as the Southern Tag Team champions. The Corsicans had been the champion but they were no longer in the area. . They faced the Baillargeon Brothers in a match in Lafayette. Adrien Baillargeon had issued the challenge to him after Chin Lee interfered in a match between Baillargeon and Garvin. It cost Baillargeon the match and he asked his younger brother Tony to join him against the pair. It was a hard fought battle with the advantage switching back and forth several times until Adrien and Garvin wound up fighting on the floor. Both men were counted out and the match declared a draw. The Baillargeons demanded a rematch, this time with two referees in order to curb the illegal tactics of Garvin & Lee. The Baillargeons won two out of three falls to win that match and won the Southern Tag Team title.

A return title match was signed for the Baillargeon Brothers to defend the Southern Tag Team crown against former champions, Garvin & Lee in Lafayette. This was another of the typical brawls between the two teams but when the dust settles Garvin & Lee had won the match and regained the Southern Tag Team title.

Adrien Baillargeon also met Terry Garvin in a solo match in Alexandria. At stake was Baillargeon’s Southern Heavyweight title. Despite having to endure Garvin’s constant foul tactics, Baillargeon won the match and remained champion.

Two of the nation’s top stars came into the Gulf Coast for a pair of matches. At the Municipal Auditorium in Pensacola an extravaganza card was held. The following matches made up that card:

  • Buddy Fuller returned and defeated Paul DeGalles
  • Mickey Sharpe also returned to the area and defeated Doug Kinslow, who was also returning after an extended absence.
  • Lee & Bobby Fields defeated The Foreigners, Inc.
  • Gulf Coast champion Silento Rodriguez defended his title against the Mighty Yankee The match was tied at a fall apiece when the Yankee pull out all stops in the deciding fall. He weakened Rodriguez with a series of body slams and pinned him to win the match. The Mighty Yankee was the new Gulf Coast champion. Rodriguez wound up with a severely injured neck as a result of the Yankee’s rough treatment.
  • Dick the Bruiser, the “world’s most dangerous wrestler” squared off with Wilbur Snyder, the “world’s most scientific wrestler”. The match was a top notch affair, but the Bruiser proved to be just a little bit tougher as he defeated Snyder to win the match.
Dick the Bruiser sends Wilbur Snyder flying with a backdrop

Dick the Bruiser sends Wilbur Snyder flying with a backdrop

The following night another extravaganza card was held at the Municipal Auditorium in Mobile. On that card the following matches occurred:

  • Chin Lee defeated Paul DeGalles, who was a substitute for the injured Silento Rodriguez
  • Doug Kinslow & Tony Baillargeon defeated The Foreigners, Inc. Baillargeon won the first fall when he used and airplane spin on one of the Foreigners and pinned him. Baillargeon was pinned when one of the Foreigners kicked him in the stomach to even the match. Kinslow used a series of flying head scissors and a pin on one of the Foreigners to win the third fall and the match.
  • Bobby Fields won the first fall over Mickey Sharpe by disqualification and won the second fall with a sunset flip and pin to beat Sharpe in two straight falls.
  • Wilbur Snyder faced the Mighty Yankee and took the first fall by forcing the Yankee to submit to an abdominal stretch. The Yankee was disqualified in the second fall for throwing Snyder over the top rope, giving Snyder the win in straight falls.
  • Lee Fields went against Dick the Bruiser in a terrific match. The Bruiser took the first fall when he jumped from the ropes with a knee drop on Fields and pinned him. Fields evened the score by applying a sleeper hold on the Bruiser to put him out to win the fall. The third and deciding fall never took place as Fields was attacked by the Mighty Yankee and his manager Al (Spider) Galento as he entered the ring for the deciding fall. The Yankee used Galento’s cane to choke Fields and to cut him open across the forehead. Referee Rube Wright was also a victim of the cane when he tried to intervene. Fields was finally knocked from the ring and had to be carried to the dressing room on a stretcher. Wright awarded the fall and the match to Fields by disqualification despite the fact that Dick the Bruiser had no participation in the attack on Fields.
Referee Rube Wright tries to stop the Mighty Yankee from choking Lee Fields

Referee Rube Wright tries to stop the Mighty Yankee from choking Lee Fields

Fields challenged the Yankee to a match to try to exact some revenge but came out on the losing side as the Yankee, with some help from his manager Al (Spider) Galento, defeated him two out of three falls.

Also in the area in November were Ken Cooper, Karl Von Hess, newcomers Tiger Bob Daniels and Ronnie Paul and lady wrestlers Dorothy Carter and Linda Carroll.

 

DECEMBER:

 

Lee Fields was still wanting to exact some revenge on the Mighty Yankee and his manager Al (Spider) Galento. He challenged them to a tag team match and took newcomer Tony Lorenzo as his partner. In a surprising turn of events before the start of the match, Mickey Sharpe appeared at ringside and issued a challenge to the Yankee for a shot at the masked man’s Gulf Coast title. As Sharpe was issuing his challenge, Galento snuck up behind him and whacked him across the back of the head. The Yankee then joined in and tossed Sharpe from the ring. Sharpe tossed some threats towards the Yankee and his manager and then returned to his dressing room. Fields & Lorenzo won the first fall when referee Bob Daniels disqualified Galento & the Yankee for constantly double teaming Fields. In the second fall, Galento had Fields trapped in a corner and was giving him a going over when suddenly Sharpe appeared with a chair in his hands. He smashed Galento in the head with it and Fields jumped on Galento and pinned him, giving the match to Fields & Lorenzo in straight falls.

Silento Rodriguez got a change at the Mighty Yankee in a Gulf Coast title match. The speedy Rodriguez was anxious to try and regain the title he had once held and felt he had a real chance because a stipulation of the match was that the Yankee’s manager, Al Galento, would be barred from ringside. The Yankee took the first fall as he worked over Rodriguez with fists and kicks until he was weak enough to be pinned. Rodriguez came back to take the second fall in quick fashion as he rammed the Yankee’s head into the turnbuckles several times and pinned him. In the third and deciding fall, Rodriguez got caught up in trying to remove the Yankee’s mask and it cost his. As Rodriguez was struggling with the Yankee’s mask, the Yankee removed a metal object from his trunks and punched Rodriguez with it. He then got to his feet and hit him a few more times and Rodriguez was easy prey to be pinned. The Yankee won the match and remained champion.

Silento Rodriguez hip tosses The Mighty Yankee

Silento Rodriguez hip tosses The Mighty Yankee

The Mighty Yankee hadn’t forgotten about Mickey Sharpe’s challenge and signed to defend the Gulf Coast title against him. Sharpe, a former champion, was confident that he could topple the masked man and regain the title he had once held. The Yankee used a series of back drops to weaken Sharpe and pinned him to win the first fall. Sharpe came roaring back in the second fall and attacked the Yankee at the bell. He relentlessly slammed him several times and pinned him to win the fall. During the deciding fall both men were fighting outside the ring and both were counted out resulting in a double disqualification.

The Scufflin’ Hillbillies, Alfred & Willie, returned to the Gulf Coast and faced Mickey Sharpe & Karl Von Hess in a tag team match. The Hillbillies won the first fall when Alfred whipped Sharpe into Willie’s belly bump and pinned him. Sharpe got even in the second fall when he pinned Alfred after applying a neck breaker on him. Things got out of hand in the deciding fall as Sharpe & Von Hess constantly used foul tactics on the Hillbillies. To fight back Alfred armed himself with a heavy shoe while Willie used a cowbell. Referee Speedy Hatfield disqualified the Hillbillies and awarded the fall and the match to Sharpe & Von Hess.

Lady wrestlers returned in a mixed tag team match that saw Silento Rodriguez & Ann Casey go against Pancho & Annie Villa. Casey pinned Annie Villa to win the first fall and the Villas were disqualified in the second fall when Pancho refused to stop smothering Rodriguez with a towel.

Southern Heavyweight champion Adrien Baillargeon met Terry Garvin in a return title match in Lafayette. The match ended in a double disqualification as both men were fighting outside the ring.  Another return match was set, this one with no disqualification and no time limit. Baillargeon emerged victorious in this one and retained his title.

Don Carson made his first appearance in the area since he had sneak attacked Lee Fields at the end of October. He lost a match to Tony Lorenzo in Mobile, and teamed with Chin Lee in a losing effort against the Scufflin’ Hillbillies in Opelousas.

It was in Opelousas where Fields finally caught up with Carson. The two met in a match there and Fields got his long awaited revenge as he trimmed Carson to win the match.

Also in the area at the end of the year were Ken Cooper, Doug Kinslow, Jerry London, The Foreigner #1, Bobby Fields and newcomers Pretty Boy Floyd, Joaquin Rivera and Ramon Lopez.