1965

JANUARY:

 

The Mighty Yankee was still upset with Mickey Sharpe and their feud continued. The Yankee teamed with Pancho Villa to face off with Sharpe & partner Billy Boy Hines in a tag match at Ft. Whiting in Mobile. Sharpe absorbed a terrific beating during the first fall as Villa & the Yankee double teamed him throughout the fall. The Yankee took the fall by applying a neck breaker on Sharpe and pinning him. Hines came back and evened the score for his team when he pinned the Yankee after a series of bodyslams. Sharpe was the victim of double teaming again throughout the third and deciding fall before the Yankee pinned him to with the fall and the match for the Yankee & Villa.

Pancho Villa’s wife, Annie Villa, was also active as she teamed with Toni Rose to face Linda Carroll & Penny Brooks in a ladies tag team match in Mobile.  Carroll took the first fall for her team after she pinned Rose following a backdrop off of the ropes. In the second fall, Rose used a piece of metal that Villa smuggled into the ring to batter Carroll and pin her to even the match. Villa got caught using the metal in the deciding fall and got her team disqualified, giving the fall and match to Carroll & Brooks.

The midget ladies also made an appearance in the area as Darling Dagmar defeated Diamond Lil in two straight falls in a match in Mobile.

The Mighty Yankee put his Gulf Coast Heavyweight title on the line in Mobile against Dick Dunn, himself a two time former champion. The Yankee dominated the first fall finally loading his mask with a piece of metal and hitting Dunn with a headbutt.  This left Dunn easy prey as the Yankee pinned him to score the first fall. The rest period allowed Dunn to recover sufficiently enough to start the second fall quickly. He had the Yankee in a bad way until the piece of metal again found its way into the Yankee’s mask. Once again he leveled Dunn with a headbutt, but this time referee Jim King noticed the illegal object and disqualified the Yankee. King called an end to the match and awarded not only the fall and the match to Dunn, he also declared him the new Gulf Coast Champion.

The Yankee protested that a title was not supposed to change hands on a disqualification but the referee’s decision stood. The Yankee was so irate and anxious to get his hands on Dunn that he agreed to put his mask on the line against the title in a rematch held in Mobile. Dunn took the first fall with a flying headlock to pin the masked man. Dunn tried the same trick in the second fall, but the Yankee managed to slip out of the hold and sent Dunn flying through the ropes and onto the floor. Dunn was unable to get back into the ring and was counted out, giving the second fall to the Yankee and tying the match. Dunn was carried back to the dressing room and there he stayed, unable to continue the match. The third fall and the match were awarded to the Mighty Yankee, but not the title. It was determined that the title would be held up pending another rematch.

The Mighty Yankee is caught in a flying headscissors applied by Dick Dunn

The Mighty Yankee is caught in a flying headscissors applied by Dick Dunn

The rematch was made with the stipulations that it would be a one fall to a finish match with no time limit and no disqualification. It was a pretty even affair with the advantage going back and forth until Dunn got the Yankee in a flying headscissors. The Yankee accidentally butted Dunn in the groin and Dunn hit the mat like a ton of lead. Then something very curious happened. The Yankee asked for the announcer’s microphone and announced that he would not accept the win or the title under such circumstances. He helped Dunn to his feet, draped the title belt over Dunn’s shoulder and left the ring. That was the last time the Mighty Yankee appeared in a Gulf Coast ring.

In Louisiana Ken Cooper was having problems with Don Carson & his manager Al (Spider) Galento. In a match held at the Community Center in Lafayette, Cooper won on a disqualification over Carson, but wound up bleeding from the forehead after being hit over the head by Al Galento’s cane. Copper demanded and received a rematch and again won by disqualification when Galento interfered in the match. In yet another rematch, Cooper insisted something be done about Galento and it was determined that the pesky manager would be handcuffed at ringside to another wrestler. Louisiana State Champion Bobby Fields was chosen to serve that role. Without interference from Galento, Cooper finally got a win over Don Carson.

Carson (and Galento) was having issues in Opelousas as well. Carson had recently won a non-title match over Southern Champion Adrien Baillargeon due to Galento’s interference. Baillargeon was upset over this event and demanded that the state athletic commission do something to prevent another such occurrence. It was decided that Carson would post a $500 bond that would be forfeited if Galento got involved in any way in the rematch. This time, with Carson & Galento stifled, Baillargeon prevailed and won the match.

Southern Tag Team Champions Terry Garvin & Chin Lee were issued a challenge by Lee & Bobby Fields but refused to face them in a title match. The two teams met in a non-title match in Mobile, but the champions again refused to enter the ring because they did not want referee Speedy Hatfield officiating their match. Once it was decided that Jim King would replace Hatfield they match was underway. Each team had won a fall apiece when things went sideways in the third and deciding fall. All four battlers were in the ring with Lee Fields pounding on Chin Lee and Bobby Fields giving Terry Garvin a going over. Referee Jim King tried to regain control and found himself being floored twice by an irate Lee Fields, the second time sending him through the ropes and onto the floor. The Fields Brothers then tossed Garvin & Lee from the ring alongside him. King disqualified the Fields duo and awarded the third fall and the match to Garvin & Lee.

Lee Fields finds himself battling both Terry Garvin & Chin Lee

Lee Fields finds himself battling both Terry Garvin & Chin Lee

The male midgets also returned to the area when Pee Wee Lopez defeated Cowboy Thomas in a match in Mobile. Lopez also teamed with Terry Garvin to face Thomas & Bobby Fields in a mixed tag team match in Lafayette. Fields & Thomas prevailed in that match. Lopez & Garvin also lost a mixed tag team match to Thomas & Adrien Baillargeon in Opelousas.

Bad Boy Hines found himself on a roll in January. He found himself facing two different men in two matches in Mobile. He defeated his scheduled opponent, Pancho Villa and then faced Mickey Sharpe when Sharpe’s scheduled opponent, Jerry Miller, was unable to appear due to transportation issues. Sharpe had the match pretty much in hand until he tried to jump on Hines to pin him. Hines rolled out of the way and Sharpe splashed onto the mat and was easily pinned.

Hines also scored wins over Gino Brando in Lafayette and Opelousas.

Others in the area in January were Karl Von Hess, Tony Lorenzo, Frankie Cain and newcomer Jack Rico.

 

FEBRUARY:

 

The Southern Tag Team Champions, Chin Lee & Terry Garvin, were threatened with a $1000 fine if they did not agree to defend the title against Lee & Bobby Fields. The match was set for Ft. Whiting in Mobile, but nearly did not take place. The opening match on that card saw Gulf Coast Champion Dick Dunn defeat Tony Lorenzo in two straight falls. Between falls the lights in the armory went out. It was discovered that an automobile had crashed into a power pole on nearby Washington Avenue. No one was injured in the accident but the building was without power for 40 minutes before the lights could be restored.

The match was even at one fall apiece when Bobby Fields became the victim of constant choking by Garvin & Lee. After several minutes of this situation he finally managed to tag Lee Fields, who entered the ring only to fall victim to the same tactics. When they felt that they had the elder Fields ready to pin, they set him up for the finishing touches. Garvin whipped Fields into the ropes and tagged his partner, with the plan for Lee to hit Fields with a flying tackle. Fields ducked, however, and Lee flew into his own partner, sending Garvin to the arena floor. Fields then quickly pinned the stunned Lee and won the fall, the match and the title for the Fields Brothers.

Chin Lee chokes a bloody Bobby Fields

Chin Lee chokes a bloody Bobby Fields

Terry Garvin’s younger brother, Ronnie Garvin, made his debut on the same card in Mobile.  His opponent in his debut was popular Gino Brando. Brando was doing pretty well for himself until Terry Garvin, sitting at ringside in his brother’s corner, tripped him. Terry the climbed into the ring and the Garvin Brothers proceeded to stomp him. Referee Jim King stopped the match and awarded it to Brando.

Ronnie Garvin also squared off with Lee Fields in the main event of a television taping at WKRG Channel 5 in Mobile. Fields had the better of this match until once again Terry Garvin entered the ring to assist his brother. Fields wound up with a bloody head and Ronnie Garvin another loss by disqualification. But another purposed was served as Lee & his brother Bobby demanded a match with the Garvins.  The Fields Brothers were scheduled to face the Scufflin’ Hillbillies in the main event the upcoming week in Mobile, but demanded that the match be changed. Terry Garvin accepted the challenge, but only if Chin Lee be his partner instead of his brother Ronnie. The Fields duo agreed and the match was set.

All four men tore into each other before the bell rang and it took quite a while before referee Bruce Austin managed to calm things down for the match to officially start. Chin Lee won the first fall for his team by pinning Lee Fields after jumping on him from the ropes. In the second fall, Bobby Fields had Garvin in a side headlock when Garvin pushed him into referee Austin, sending him from the ring. Lee Fields jumped down off the ring apron to go to the referee’s assistance while Garvin & Lee double teamed Bobby Fields, cutting him open. Lee Fields then rushed back into the ring and all four men pounded away at each other until promoter Rocky McGuire entered the ring and declared the match a no contest. When all was said and done, Garvin and Bobby Fields were both bleeding profusely.

Lee Fields knocks Chin Lee to the mat as Bobby Fields looks on

Lee Fields knocks Chin Lee to the mat as Bobby Fields looks on

Yet another rematch between the two teams was ordered in Mobile. In this one Garvin & Lee took the first fall as Lee pinned Lee Fields after jumping on him knees first from the ropes. Lee tried the same trick in the second fall only to have Fields move at the last minute as Lee slammed into the mat with his knees. Fields then forced him to surrender with an abdominal stretch. In the third fall, Chin Lee was thrown from the ring while Bobby Fields was giving Garvin a going over. When Lee climbed back into the ring he tossed a handful of salt into the eyes of Fields who staggered and fell from the ring. Salt also got into the eyes of referee Al Galento, who was also temporarily blinded. Lee & Garvin then proceeded to double team Lee Fields until Galento managed to clear his vision and disqualify them.

Lee Fields bodyslams Chin Lee

Lee Fields bodyslams Chin Lee

This all resulted in yet another match signed for Mobile, this time with the Fields Brothers’ Southern Tag Team crown at stake. It was another wild and wooly match, but the Fields duo won two out of three falls to win the match and retain their title.

The Fields’ defeated Garvin & Lee in another title match in Lafayette, but the losers filed a complaint with the state athletic commission over the officiating of referee Speedy Hatfield in that match. A rematch was scheduled the following week in Lafayette with Hatfield and special second referee Adrien Baillargeon officiating. The Fields Brothers were triumphant in this one as well and retained their crown.

Bobby & Lee Fields double team Chin Lee in their corner

Bobby & Lee Fields double team Chin Lee in their corner

Garvin & Lee teamed with Bill Sky to defeat the trio of Ken Cooper, Silento Rodriguez & Gino Brando in Opelousas. Garvin, Lee & Sky lost to Cooper, Rodriguez & Bobby Fields the following week in Opelousas.

Chin Lee had better luck in singles competition as he toppled Dick Dunn in a match in Dothan to win the Gulf Coast Heavyweight title.

Dunn stayed in contention for a return title match by winning matches in Mobile over Tony Lorenzo and Ronnie Garvin in consecutive weeks.

Another contender vying for a title shot at Chin lee was Jerry Miller. Miller scored an impressive win over veteran Jack Bence in Mobile. The following week Miller and Dunn faced off in Mobile with the winner promised a match with Lee for the Gulf Coast title. The match was a scientific clinic with both men trading holds and escapes evenly. Miller finally managed to catch Dunn in a series of bodyslams and pinned him to win the match. Miller solidified his spot as the number one contender when he defeated Karl Von Hess in yet another match in Mobile.

Referee Tommy Henderson tries to break Jerry Miller grip on Karl Von Hess

Referee Tommy Henderson tries to break Jerry Miller grip on Karl Von Hess

Ken Cooper continued to have issues with Don Carson in Louisiana. The two met in a match in Opelousas that saw Carson forfeit his $500 bond when his manager Al (Spider) Galento interfered in the match. Carson & Galento were highly upset at this and challenged Copper to face them in a tag team match. Copper agreed and chose Southern Champion Adrien Baillargeon as his partner. Baillargeon pinned Galento in the deciding fall to win the match for his team.

Cooper also teamed with Louisiana State Champion Bobby Fields in Lafayette to face Carson & Galento in a tag team match. In this one, Cooper pinned Carson to take the match for his team. The following week in Lafayette, Cooper and Carson met in a special 30 minute singles match that saw Galento barred from the building. Once again Cooper came out on top.

The Scufflin’ Hillbillies, Cousin Chuck & Cousin Alfred, returned to the Gulf Coast and faced the blonde duo of Don Carson & Ronnie Garvin in a tag team match in Mobile.  Alfred scored the first fall for the Hillbillies when he pinned Carson after a belly bump. Garvin was livid at losing the fall and took after Alfred with a chair between falls. However, Alfred took the chair from him and crowned him with it while Chuck clobbered Carson with a cowbell.  Carson came back and avenged his loss in the second fall by pinning Alfred after kicking him in his ample belly. In the third fall Garvin had Alfred reeling with a series of head butts to the stomach. But Alfred got wise and slipped the cowbell into the front of his bib overalls and when Garvin tried another head butt, he rammed into the bell and was knocked cold. Alfred then pinned him to win the fall and the match for the Hillbillies.

Also in the Gulf Coast in February were Bad Boy Hines and Pancho Villa.

 

MARCH:

 

Terry Garvin & Chin Lee were still hot on the trail of Lee & Bobby Fields, hoping to get another shot at the latter’s Southern Tag Team title. During a singles match between Lee Fields and Ronnie Garvin at Ft. Whiting in Mobile, the former champions injured Fields. After Fields had won the first fall over Ronnie, Terry & Lee jumped him while he was walking back to the dressing room between falls. They slammed him into the wall several times, injuring his ribs. Fields was unable to continue so the match was awarded to Ronnie Garvin.

That same night, Terry Garvin & Lee faced the Scufflin’ Hillbillies in the main event. Chin Lee won the first fall for his team after choking Alfred with a piece of tape and pinning him. Alfred came back to even the score by pinning Lee after giving him a belly bump. In the third and deciding fall the Hillbillies were victims of double teaming until they decided to fight back with the use of their jug and cowbell. Ronnie Garvin came into the ring to assist his brother and Lee, but got the same medicine. The Hillbillies were disqualified and the match was awarded to Garvin & Lee.

Chin Lee chokes Cousin Alfred

Chin Lee chokes Cousin Alfred

The Hillbillies were upset after the results of their last match with Terry Garvin & Chin Lee so they asked for a rematch in Mobile with the ring enclosed in wire. Garvin & Lee, still smarting from being hit with the Hillbillies’ jug and cowbell, readily accepted the challenge. The match was tied with one fall apiece when Ronnie Garvin, despite the hog wire surrounding the ring, climbed the wire and went after the Hillbillies. The result was a disqualification win for the mountaineers.

Chin Lee attempts to throw Chuck Conley over the wire enclosed ring ropes

Chin Lee attempts to throw Chuck Conley over the wire enclosed ring ropes

Earlier that same evening, Lee Fields gained some revenge as he quickly defeated Ronnie Garvin in a continuation of their match the previous week.

After being victimized by Ronnie Garvin two weeks in a row, the Scufflin’ Hillbillies asked Lee Fields to join them to face the Garvin Brothers & Chin Lee in a six man tag team match in Mobile. The Garvins & Lee won the first fall when Lee kneed Cousin Chuck in the groin and pinned him. In the second fall, Alfred belly bumped Lee and pinned him to even the score. During the third and deciding fall, Ronnie Garvin kept aggravating the Hillbillies from the ring apron, but refused to tag into the match. Finally Chuck had had enough and chased the younger Garvin to the dressing room followed closely by Alfred. The left Fields at the mercy of Terry Garvin & Lee who battered him mercilessly until the Hillbillies came running back into the ring. Fields & the Hillbillies took turns pounding Garvin & Lee with the cowbell until referee Al Galento stopped the match and declared the whole thing a no contest.

Ronnie Garvin holds Chuck Conley in a rear chinlock as Chin Lee prepares to leap from the ropes

Ronnie Garvin holds Chuck Conley in a rear chinlock as Chin Lee prepares to leap from the ropes

Terry Garvin & Chin Lee got their long awaited shot at Lee & Bobby Fields and the Southern Tag Team crown in Mobile. Each team had won a fall apiece when both teams threw the rules out the window in the deciding fall. Bobby Fields & Garvin were both bloody messes before referee Jim King declared the match a no contest.

A bloody Bobby Fields prepares to punch an equally bloody Terry Garvin

A bloody Bobby Fields prepares to punch an equally bloody Terry Garvin

Another match was demanded by both teams and the rematch was scheduled for Ft. Whiting in Mobile. Lee Fields pinned Garvin after smashing him with a forearm off the ropes to take the first fall. Garvin came back to score the second fall by pinning Bobby Fields after kneeing him in the stomach as he rebounded from the ropes. In the third and deciding fall, Bobby Fields pinned Chin Lee to score the fall and the match, allowing the Fields Brothers to retain the Southern title.

Bobby Fields works over a bloody Terry Garvin as Lee Fields looks on

Bobby Fields works over a bloody Terry Garvin as Lee Fields looks on

Ronnie Garvin ran afoul of Dick Dunn as well. The two met in a match in Mobile that Dunn promised that he would beat the blonde youngster in two falls within 15 minutes or he would toss $50 to the ringside crowd. It looked like Dunn would make good on his boast as he pinned Garvin for the first fall in just over 5 minutes. Unfortunately for Dunn, Garvin continued to run in and out of the ring for the remainder of the time to avoid Dunn, thus not losing a second fall. Time ran out and Dunn made good on his bet and tossed 50 $1 bills to the crowd.

Dunn next challenged Garvin to a return match by again promising to toss $100 to the crowd if he didn’t pin Garvin twice within 15 minutes. But this time Dunn had a special stipulation. The two meet would meet in a strap match where they were tied together at the wrists by a six foot leather strap. Unable to run, Garvin absorbed quite a beating as Dunn pinned him twice in just over 5 minutes of action. Garvin was so humiliated after this loss that he packed his bags and left the territory.

Lady wrestlers returned to the area as Peggy Allen defeated Margie Ramsey in two out of three falls in a match in Mobile. Allen also teamed with Bobby Fields in a mixed tag team match in Lafayette to beat the team of Ramsey & Don Carson. Allen & Fields also defeated Ramsey & Chin Lee in a mixed tag team match in Opelousas.

Also in Louisiana, Southern Champion Adrien Baillargeon made a successful defense of his title in Lafayette against challenger Karl Von Hess. Von Hess disputed the result and demanded a rematch. The match was set as a one fall to a finish match in Lafayette and was a hard fought battle, but Baillargeon prevailed and retained his title.

Baillargeon and Von Hess squared off in Opelousas as well, but this time in a tag team match. Baillargeon teamed with Jerry Miller and took on Von Hess & Don Carson. It was a rugged battle but in the end Baillargeon & Miller were the victors.

Adrien Baillargeon also scored non-title victories over newcomer Tiger Naifey in Lafayette and The White Angel in Opelousas.

Bobby Fields also made a successful defense of his Louisiana State title as he defeated Don Carson in a match in Lafayette.

The Scufflin’ Hillbillies ventured to Louisiana as well, but this time it was Alfred & Cousin Willie. They met and defeated the team of Don Carson & Chin Lee. They also scored a win over the teams of Bill Sky & The Great Matador and Chin Lee & the White Angel in consecutive weeks in Opelousas.

The Corsican Brothers made a rare appearance as they defeated the team of Al (Spider) Galento & Bruce Austin in a tag team match in Mobile.

Corsica Joe works over the arm of Al (Spider) Galento

Corsica Joe works over the arm of Al (Spider) Galento

Also in the Gulf Coast in March were Ken Cooper, Silento Rodriguez and The Red Flash.

 

APRIL:

The Corsicans were throwing challenges out for the Fields Brothers and their Southern Tag Team title. The Corsicans had twice held the title in the past and were confident they could defeat the Fields duo to hold it once again. The two teams squared off in a non-title match at the first outdoor program of the season at Hartwell Field in Mobile. As an added attraction, a special referee was assigned in the form of 7 foot tall, 350 pound Tiny Frazier. Each team had won a fall apiece, when the Corsicans tossed the Fields duo from the ring in the deciding fall. The Corsicans then turned their attention to Frazier, who they had been having issues with throughout the bout. They managed to work the big man over until he was bleeding over his right eye. That enraged the giant and he soon was tossing both Corsicans from pillar to post until they made a hasty retreat for the dressing room. Frazier then awarded the match to the Fields Brothers.

Bobby Fields tries to knock Corsica Jean away from Lee Fields as referee Tiny Frazier looks on

Bobby Fields tries to knock Corsica Jean away from Lee Fields as referee Tiny Frazier looks on

The Corsicans then challenged Frazier to meet them in a tag team match. Frazier agreed and asked Dick Dunn to join him as his partner. The match was scheduled for Hartwell Field in Mobile, but Frazier was involved in an automobile accident and was unable to compete. He was replaced by veteran Rube Wright, but the Corsicans proved to be too much for the Dunn & Wright team and won the match handily.

Dick Dunn punches Corsica jean as Rube Wright lies on the mat

Dick Dunn punches Corsica jean as Rube Wright lies on the mat

Dunn also wrapped up some unfinished business as he challenged Terry Garvin to a singles match in Mobile. Dunn had managed to chase Terry’s brother Ronnie Garvin from the territory and Garvin was anxious for some revenge. He was so anxious to get his hands on Dunn that he agreed to leave the area if he lost as well. Dunn defeated the blonde, but Garvin refused to leave the ring until Dunn chased him out. Garvin then tossed a ringside chair into the ring and tried to climb back in. Dunn put the chair to good use as he brought it down across Garvin’s blonde head and chased him from the ring. That was the last time Garvin would be seen in Mobile, although he did continue to appear in Louisiana.

In Louisiana, Southern Champion Adrien Baillargeon continued to have issues with Karl Von Hess. The two met at Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette with the Southern title at stake. Promoter Billy Golden served as the special referee for the match. Baillargeon took two out of three falls and retained his title.

Baillargeon also teamed with Louisiana State Champion Bobby Fields in Lafayette to defeat Von Hess & Terry Garvin. The same two teams met the following night in Opelousas with the same result.

The Fabulous Moolah, Women’s World Champion, successfully defended her title against Annie Villa in Lafayette.

In other ladies matches throughout the territory, Annie Villa lost to Ann Casey twice by disqualification in matches in Lafayette and Mobile. Casey was a fairly newcomer to wrestler as a competitor, but a one time worked for the promotional office in Mobile. In other ladies’ matches Judy Grable defeated Donna Christanello in Opelousas, while Sweet Georgia Brown defeated Betty Ann Spencer in matches in Mobile and Opelousas.

Sputnik Monroe made his return to the Gulf Coast as he began wrestling in Louisiana. He defeated popular Ken Cooper twice in consecutive matches in Lafayette and Opelousas.

With his brother Bobby tied up with commitments in Louisiana, Lee Fields took Dick Dunn as a partner to face the Corsicans in a match at Hartwell Field in Mobile. Corsica Joe won the first fall for his team as he put Dunn out with a sleeper hold. In the second fall, Corsica Joe kept holding Fields’ head across the ropes while Corsica Jean yanked the rope to send Fields crashing to the mat. They tried the trick one time too many, however, and Fields reversed it which caused Jean to send Joe crashing to the mat. Fields then quickly pinned him to even the score. In the deciding fall, Dunn got into a verbal confrontation with referee Tommy Henderson, who was pushing him from the ring. While the referee was distracted, Corsica Jean climbed to the top rope and jumped down on Fields who was being held by Corsica Joe. Henderson turned around in time to see Jean pinning Fields and tolled the count. Despite the protests of Dunn and the fans, the fall and the match were awarded to the Corsicans.

Referee Tommy Henderson tries to stop Corsica Jean from choking Dick Dunn

Referee Tommy Henderson tries to stop Corsica Jean from choking Dick Dunn

A rematch was quickly set up for the following week at Hartwell and the results were much different. Fields & Dunn won in two straight falls.

Lee Fields sends Corsica Joe flying with a snap mare

Lee Fields sends Corsica Joe flying with a snap mare

Midget wrestlers returned to the area when Pee Wee Lopez defeated Cowboy Thomas in a match in Mobile. The following week in Mobile, Thomas gained some revenge when he teamed with Jesse James, making his first appearance in many years, to defeat the team of Lopez & Don Carson in a mixed tag team match.

The Mysterious Medics also returned to the Gulf Coast and immediately made their presence known. They faced the team of Jerry Miller & Jesse James in a match at Hartwell Field in Mobile. The Medics totally dominated the match and defeated James & Miller in two straight falls. Following the match, the Medics made it known that they had their sights set on the Fields Brothers and the Southern Tag Team title.

Others appearing in the area in April were Tiger Naifey, the Great Matador, Chin Lee, Tom Bradley and newcomers Tiger Conway, Reno Brazil and Chuck Bowman.

 

MAY:

 

The Mysterious Medics continued to make noise about getting a shot at the Southern Tag Team title held by Lee & Bobby Fields. In order to solidify their position as the number one contenders they faced Lee Fields & his recent partner Dick Dunn in a match in Mobile. The Medics claimed Bobby Fields was ducking them and hiding in Louisiana to prevent them from getting a shot at the tag crown. They further stated that they would easily defeat Lee Fields & Dunn and force the Fields Brothers to reunite to give them a title shot. The masked men made good on their boast as they defeated Fields & Dunn in two out of three falls to win the match in Mobile.

Dunn had absorbed quite a beating from the Medics in losing that match so he was anxious to get his hands on them once again. Furthermore he wanted a partner to cared as little for rules as the Medics did so he recruited Sputnik Monroe to face the masked duo in another match in Mobile. The Medics took the first fall of the match by double slamming Dunn and pinning him. In the second fall, Monroe came out of the dressing room dragging a length of pipe. At the start of the fall Dunn dragged one of the Medics over to the ropes where Monroe clobbered him with the pie. The other Medic attempted to help his partner and was hit with the pipe as well. Dunn then pinned one of the masked me to capture the fall. In the deciding fall, Monroe and one of the Medics were fighting outside the ring when the Medic injured his knee. The other Medic attempted to illegally switch places with his partner but was stopped by Dunn, who grabbed his leg from underneath the ring. The injured Medic was counted out, giving the fall and the match to Dunn & Monroe.

Ken Lucas returned to the territory after a six month absence but he wasn’t alone. He had with him his brother, Chris Lucas. The Lucas Brothers had their sights aimed at the Southern Tag Team title now in the hands of Lee & Bobby Fields. The first team the Lucas boys faced in Mobile were the vanquishers of the Mysterious Medics, Dick Dunn & Sputnik Monroe. There were signs of cracks in the armor of Dunn & Monroe from the start. Dunn had recruited Monroe to face the Medics because he was as rough and dirty as they were, but Dunn refused to use roughhouse tactics with the Lucas Brothers, despite Monroe’s urging. Monroe took the first fall for his team by pinning Ken Lucas after kneeing him in the groin. Ken came back to even the sides by forcing Dunn to submit to an abdominal stretch to win the second fall. Monroe used every dirty trick in the book in the deciding fall but fell victim to the sleeper hold applied by Chris Lucas. Dunn, still refusing to break the rules, made no attempt to help Monroe escape the hold. The fall and the match went to Ken & Chris Lucas.

Dick Dunn hoists Ken Lucas onto his shoulders

Dick Dunn hoists Ken Lucas onto his shoulders

The Lucas Brothers issued a challenge to the Fields Brothers and the title match was set for Hartwell Field in Mobile. The fans were anticipating a clean, scientific match between a pair of popular teams, but they were in for a shock. After Lee was forced to submit to an abdominal stretch applied by Ken to give the first fall to the Lucas team, the Fields Brothers shocked the fans as they showed that holding onto the title meant more to them than the rulebook. In the second fall they continually double teamed Chris Lucas, concentrating on his left arm. Despite warnings from referee Tommy Rollins, they twisted, punched and stomped the arm until he was forced to concede the fall. An injured Chris Lucas had to start the third and deciding fall and the Fields duo continued to work over his arm. Finally Chris broke free and managed to tag Ken in. Ken hit Lee Fields with a series of shoulder blocks until Fields finally side stepped one and slammed his fist into Ken’s forehead, cutting him open. A dazed Lucas was easily pinned by Lee, giving the fall and the match to the Fields Brothers and allowing them to retain the Southern Tag Team crown.

Lee Fields takes down Ken Lucas as referee Tommy Rollins looks on

Lee Fields is taken down by Ken Lucas as referee Tommy Rollins looks on

Lady wrestlers returned to the Gulf Coast when Ann Casey teamed with Chuck Bowman to face Annie Villa & Chin Lee in a mixed tag team match in Mobile. Casey pinned Villa after a series of flying dropkicks to score the first fall for her team. Villa came back to win the second fall by pinning Casey after dropping her across Lee’s outstretched knee. Villa also gained some added leverage by illegally holding onto the ropes during the pin. In the deciding fall, Bowman pinned Lee after applying an airplane spin and a slam to win the fall and the match for Casey & Bowman.

Later in the month in Mobile, Casey teamed with Judy Grable to defeat the team of Venus LaRue & Linda Carroll.

Pancho Villa returned after a brief absence and defeated popular Chuck Bowman in a two out of three fall match in Opelousas.

A couple of newcomers arrived on the scene in May, Tarzan Baxter & Red Steiner. Baxter lost a close battle with Lee Fields in his debut match in Mobile.

Steiner also faced Fields in his debut in Mobile, but had a better showing. In that match Steiner won the first fall after working Fields over with some rough tactics. Fields evened the score when he forced Steiner to submit to a neck stretch in the second fall. In the deciding fall, Steiner continued his rough tactics which resulted in his disqualification, giving the fall and the match to Fields.

The following week in Mobile, Steiner faced Dick Dunn. Steiner scored the first fall after driving his knee into Dunn’s stomach and pinning him. In the second fall, Dunn pinned Steiner with a flying headscissors to even the score. In the third and deciding fall Dunn went for the flying headscissors once again but missed his target. He slammed into the ropes and fell to the mat. Steiner then pinned him taking the fall and the match.

Also in the area in May were Don Carson, Ken Cooper, Adrien Baillargeon, Karl Von Hess, Terry Garvin and newcomer Pete Roberts.

 

JUNE:

 

NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz made his way to the Gulf Coast as he faced the challenge of Southern Champion Adrien Baillargeon at a big outdoor show at Clark Field in Lafayette. Thesz won the first fall with his famed Thesz Press body scissors and pin. Baillargeon came back to take the second fall by pinning Thesz after applying a backbreaker. The advantage swapped back and forth several times in the deciding fall but the 50 minute time limit expired before either man could secure the fall. Thus the match was declared a draw and Thesz retained his World title.

A return match was scheduled two weeks later at Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette. Baillargeon gave the champion his best but Thesz won two out of three falls to win the match and remain World Heavyweight Champion.

Lee & Bobby Fields made a successful defense of their Southern Tag Team title by defeating the Mysterious Medics in a best two out of three fall match in Lafayette.

Bobby Fields also successfully defended his Louisiana State title against Pancho Villa, also in Lafayette.

An old feud also erupted in Lafayette when Sputnik Monroe squared off against old enemy Billy Wicks in Lafayette. The two battled to a wild and bloody 45 minute draw.

A rematch between the Fields Brothers and the Lucas Brothers was scheduled in Mobile with the Fields’ Southern Tag Team title once again at stake. Lee Fields won the opening fall for his team when he flattened Ken Lucas with a dropkick and pinned him. Chris Lucas used his sleeper hold on Lee in the second fall to even the score. Between falls the Fields duo complained bitterly to referee Jim King that Lucas was actually using a choke hold, but their pleas were ignored. At the beginning of the third fall, Chris once again applied his sleeper, this time on Bobby Fields. Lee then jumped into the ring quickly followed by Ken Lucas and all four men brawled from pillar to post, despite the efforts of referee Leo Morgan to regain control. Lee Fields and Ken Lucas both wound up bloody and the battle continued until promoter Rocky McGuire stopped the match and declared it a no contest. Furthermore the Southern Tag Team title was held up by the state athletic commission.

Lee Fields pulls at Chris Lucas, who has a sleeper hold on Bobby Fields. Leo Morgan is the referee

Lee Fields pulls at Chris Lucas, who has a sleeper hold on Bobby Fields. Leo Morgan is the referee

Yet another return match was ordered to take place in Mobile with the winning team to receive the Southern tag title. This match would be held under a no disqualification rule. Ken Lucas forced Bobby Fields to submit with an abdominal stretch to take the opening fall for his team. Ken caught Lee Fields in the same hold in the second fall but this time Bobby Fields broke it up by knocking Ken from the ring. Lucas was counted out and the second fall went to the Fields Brothers. Ken Lucas was still lying at ringside with an aching back when the third and deciding fall started, leaving Chris to start the fall all alone. Chris held his own, even catching Lee Fields in his sleeper hold. Fields managed to make it to his corner and tag his brother Bobby. Bobby entered the ring and found himself caught in the sleeper as well. Lee re-entered the ring and both brothers pounded away on Chris until Ken Lucas managed to climb back into the ring. Once again all four men battled away until referee Tommy Rollins stopped the match and declared another no contest. Promoter Rocky McGuire was sitting at ringside holding the Southern Tag Team title belts which were to go to the winning team. The Fields Brothers jumped from the ring, grabbed the belts and raced for the dressing room amid the jeers of the crowd.

Chris Lucas applies a sleeper hold to Bobby Fields

Chris Lucas applies a sleeper hold to Bobby Fields

This led to yet another match between the two brother teams in Mobile. This one would be fought under Texas Death Match rules, fought to a finish where there had to be a winner. The winning team would receive the Southern Tag Team Championship, which was still being held up by the athletic commission. The Lucas team scored two quick falls with Ken forcing Lee Fields to surrender to an abdominal stretch in one and Chris putting Lee to sleep in the second. The Fields team scored the next fall as Bobby Fields forced Chris to submit to a double toehold. Ken Lucas pinned Bobby in the next fall after a series of bodyslams. In the next fall Chris was knocked over the ropes and lay unconscious on the ground outside as the Fields Brothers worked over Ken. Lucas fought back as best he could and even managed to open a cut on Lee Fields’ forehead. But the double teaming was too much and Ken was pinned for the fall. Neither of the Lucas Brothers was able to answer the final bell so the match and the Southern tag title were awarded to the Fields Brothers.

Ken Lucas had better luck on the singles front as he had scored a victory over Chin Lee to win the Gulf Coast Heavyweight crown. Lee Fields quickly set his sights on that title and challenged Lucas for a title match. The match was set in Mobile and just like the tag matches had been, it was a wild one. During the first fall Lucas had Fields rocking with a series of shoulder tackles. Until Fields side stepped one and drove his fist into Ken’s stomach. Lucas hit the mat and Fields quickly pinned him for the fall. Lucas even the score when he took the second fall by forcing Fields to surrender to an abdominal stretch. In the deciding fall Fields kept whipping Lucas into the ropes and hitting him with backdrops as he rebounded. He tried it once too often, however, as Lucas finally caught himself on the top rope and delivered a swift kick to Lee’s face. Fields went down like a shot and was pinned, giving the fall and the match to Lucas, who retained his Gulf Coast title.

Lee Fields slams his elbow into the neck of Ken Lucas

Lee Fields slams his elbow into the neck of Ken Lucas

Fields challenged Lucas to a rematch and Lucas agreed, but only to a non-title match. The two met once again in Mobile and it was another battle. After receiving the match instructions from referee Leo Morgan, Lucas was going back to his corner when Fields jumped him from behind. He continued to punch and choke Lucas until Morgan disqualified him, giving the first fall to Lucas. In the second fall Fields tried the same tactics but Lucas managed to fight back. The two men battered each other bloody until Morgan stopped the match and disqualified both men.

Ken Lucas pounds Lee Fields as referee Leo Morgan tries to break up the action

Ken Lucas pounds Lee Fields as referee Leo Morgan tries to break up the action

A new team was formed that proved to be quite impressive. It was the German team of Red Steiner & newcomer Kurt Steiger. Steiner & Steiger made their debut as a team in Mobile by defeating the team of Dick Dunn & Bruce Austin in a best two out of three falls match. The following week in Mobile they defeated Dunn & Tarzan Baxter in another tag team match. The duo finally met defeat in a match in Mobile that saw them beaten by Dick Dunn & Chris Lucas.

Don Carson also formed a tag team with newcomer Maxie York as the two defeated Dunn & Austin in their debut match as a team in Mobile.

The midgets returned to the Gulf Coast when Pee Wee Lopez defeated Little Boy Blue in a match in Mobile.

Also in the area this month were Oni Wiki Wiki, Chico Cortez, Stormy Weathers and The Outlaw.

 

JULY:

 

Despite Ken Lucas’ successful title defense against Lee Fields, the feud wasn’t settled yet. Lee & Bobby Fields agreed to put the Southern Tag Team crown on the line once more in a match in Mobile with Ken & Chris Lucas. The first fall was going well for the Lucas team as Chris caught Lee Fields in his sleeper. Referee Jim King had his back to the action as he was trying to keep Ken Lucas out of the ring. With the referee’s attention diverted, Bobby Fields climbed to the top rope and jumped onto Chris’ back, flattening him. Bobby then dragged the semi-conscious Lee on top of Chris just in time for King to turn his attention back to the action in the ring. He made the count and awarded the fall to Lee & Bobby Fields. Things got out of hand quickly in the second fall as the Lucas team tossed the Fields duo from the ring and wouldn’t allow them back in. When referee King tried to restore order he found himself tossed from the ring as well. King disqualified the Lucas Brothers and awarded the fall and the match to Lee & Bobby Fields, thus allowing them to retain the Southern title.

Chris Lucas slams Bobby Fields to the mat with a side headlock

Chris Lucas slams Bobby Fields to the mat with a side headlock

Next up to challenge the Fields Brothers was the Mysterious Medics. The Fields team accepted the match but insisted that the Southern title not be at stake. The match took place in Mobile and wound up a no decision after Lee & Bobby chased the Medics from the ring with ringside chairs. The fans cheered the Fields team throughout this match with the dreaded masked team.

Lee Fields crowns one of The Mysterious Medics with a chair as Bobby Fields holds him

Lee Fields crowns one of The Mysterious Medics with a chair as Bobby Fields holds him

Ken Lucas made a successful defense of the Gulf Coast title as he defeated Don Carson in two straight falls in a match in Mobile.

Lucas also met Lee Fields in a non-title match in Mobile that wound up as a no decision as neither man paid any attention to the rulebook. Later that same evening Lucas won a 9 man Battle Royal and pocketed an extra $100 as a prize.

Bobby Fields tries to toss Dick Dunn from the ring as Ken Lucas works over Lee Fields during a Battle Royal

Bobby Fields tries to toss Dick Dunn from the ring as Ken Lucas works over Lee Fields during a Battle Royal

Carson fared better in a match in Mobile against newcomer Jack Nelson, who he disposed of in two straight falls. That same evening he got involved in a match between his tag team partner, Maxie York, and Chico Cortez. His interference cost York the match as he was disqualified.

Sputnik Monroe won the Louisiana State title from Bobby Fields in a best two out of three fall match in Baton Rouge, ending Fields’ nine month reign as champion.

Monroe made his first successful defense of the title as he met and defeated newcomer Jim Stuart in a match in Lafayette.

Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines returned after an absence of several months and threw their hat in the ring for a shot at the Southern Tag Team title held by Lee & Bobby Fields. Standing in their way, however, were Ken & Chris Lucas. The two teams met in a match at Hartwell Field in Mobile. Ken Lucas took the first fall for his team as he forced Bad Boy Hines to submit to an abdominal stretch. Bad Boy evened things up in the second fall when he kneed Chris Lucas in the stomach and pinned him for the fall. In the deciding fall Chris caught Billy Boy Hines in the sleeper hold when Bad Boy entered the ring to break it up. This brought Ken Lucas into the ring where he punched Bad Boy and sent him flying from the ring. Chris Lucas then jumped onto Billy Boy Hines and pinned him to win the fall and the match for the Lucas team.

A unique match took place in Mobile as Lee Fields teamed with Dick Dunn to face the rough team of Pancho Villa & Chico Cortez. There was a stipulation in this match that the losing team would have to face Terrible Ted, the wrestling bear. Fields & Dunn won the match in two straight falls, leaving Villa & Cortez to have to face the bear. Gene Dubois, the bear’s trainer, brought him out to the ring but Villa & Cortez spent most of the time avoiding the bear, finally leaving the ring for good. Dubois wound up working out with his bear a bit and then gave him a bottle of beer, which Ted guzzled down.

Terrible Ted also made an appearance in Lafayette and faced off against Louisiana State Champion Sputnik Monroe. Monroe was a bit braver than Villa & Cortez had been but he couldn’t beat the bear either.

Monroe fared a little better the following week in Lafayette as he successfully defended his Louisiana State title against former champion Bobby Fields.

Also in the area in July were Ken Cooper, Yvon Roussel, Tony Nero, Kurt Steiger and newcomers Hector Serrano and Jim Mouton.

 

AUGUST:

 

Lee Fields announced his retirement from active competition, thus relinquishing the Southern Tag Team title that he shared with his brother Bobby. A one night tournament was set up at Hartwell Field in Mobile involving six teams. The six teams involved were:

  • The Corsican Brothers
  • Ken & Chris Lucas
  • Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines
  • Dick Dunn & Jesse James
  • Silento Rodriguez & El Olympico
  • Kurt Steiger & Richard Von Kurt

The Hines Brothers defeated Silento Rodriguez & newcomer El Olympico in the first round, and then eliminated Dick Dunn & Jim King, who substituted for Jesse James.

The Lucas Brothers got a break in the first round when they won their match with the Corsicans by forfeit as the Corsicans failed to show. Ken & Chris then defeated Kurt Steiger & newcomer Richard Von Kurt to make it to the finals.

The final match saw Ken Lucas force Bad Boy Hines to submit to an abdominal stretch to take the first fall. Billy Boy Hines won the second fall for his team as he pounded Ken Lucas to a bloody mess before pinning him. In the deciding fall Ken had Billy Boy bleeding before Chris Lucas pinned him to win the fall and the match. Lee Fields then climbed into the ring, congratulated the Lucas Brothers and handed over the Southern Tag Team title belts to the new champions.

A bloody Ken Lucas & brother Chris Lucas after winning the Southern Tag Team Championship

A bloody Ken Lucas & brother Chris Lucas after winning the Southern Tag Team Championship

The following week in Mobile, the Lucas Brothers granted the Hines Brothers another chance at the title and they nearly came to regret it. Billy Boy won the first fall for the Hines team when he pinned Chris Lucas after kneeing him in the stomach. Ken Lucas forced Bad Boy to submit to an abdominal stretch to win the second fall for his team. In the deciding fall, Billy Boy Hines was bleeding from a cut on his forehead when he was tossed from the ring. Referee Speedy Hatfield was admonishing Ken Lucas when Bad Boy snuck into the ring and hit Lucas from behind. Ken went down and Hines covered him for the pin, although he was not the legal man in the ring. Hatfield tolled the count and awarded the fall, the match and the Southern tag title to the Hines Brothers. Alabama Commissioner Tommy Baker entered the ring and informed Hatfield that Bad Boy was not the legal man in the ring, thus he was reversing the decision and giving the title back to the Lucas Brothers. Baker then ordered that a rematch been held the next week in Mobile to decide the champions.

The rematch saw the Lucas Brothers win decisively in two straight falls to strengthen their claim on the Southern Tag Team title.

A new team popped up to challenge the Lucas Brothers as they faced the rough tandem of Don Carson & Sputnik Monroe in a non-title match in Mobile. To further make things tough on the Lucas team, Carson’s usual tag team partner, Maxie York, was serving as the manager of the Carson & Monroe team while he was recovering from an injury. Carson & Monroe dominated the match for much of the first fall until Ken Lucas surprised Carson and pinned him for the fall. In the second fall, Carson & Monroe concentrated on the left arm of Chris Lucas until they forced him to submit the fall to even the score.

Don Carson grabs Chris Lucas by the leg to keep him from tagging his brother Ken

Don Carson grabs Chris Lucas by the leg to keep him from tagging his brother Ken

During the deciding fall, Chris Lucas was knocked for the ring apron and Carson whipped Ken Lucas into referee Charlie Car, knocking him from the ring as well. The allowed Carson, Monroe and the supposedly injured York to triple team Ken until Chris made his way back into the ring. Carr also got back in the ring just as the Lucas Brothers were tossed out again. Carr then left the ring, joined the Lucas duo at ringside and raised their hands in victory by disqualification.

Don Carson grabs Ken Lucas by the hair to throw him across the ring

Don Carson grabs Ken Lucas by the hair to throw him across the ring

In Lafayette, Louisiana State Champion Sputnik Monroe faced the challenge of Yvon Roussel. The two met in a title match that saw Roussel well on his way to winning the title until the time limit expired. Since each man had won a fall apiece the match was declared a draw and Monroe retained the title. Yvon was granted a return title match the following week in Lafayette, this time in a no time limit match and if Roussel lost he would have to leave the territory. Monroe took two out of three falls in that one to win the match and again retain his title. As was stipulated Roussel left the area following the loss.

Monroe also made another successful title defense in Lafayette against former champion Bobby Fields.

Don Carson defeated Ken Lucas for the Gulf Coast title in a match in Dothan.

Also competing in the Gulf Coast in August were Pancho Villa, Kurt Steiger, Pepe Gomez, Jack Vansky, Ken Cooper, El Diablo, Danny Little Bear and newcomers Alvaro Velasco and Tony Jiminez.

 

SEPTEMBER:

 

Ken Lucas faced the challenge of Sputnik Monroe in a match in Mobile. Monroe surprised Lucas with some rough tactics and pinned Lucas in under a minute to take the first fall. Lucas came back with some rough stuff of his own and took the second fall in about the same time. In the deciding fall the advantage swung back and forth several times until Lucas finally got the upper hand. Just as he had Monroe ready for the kill, Don Carson charged the ring. Monroe & Carson were giving Ken quite a beating after knocking down referee Speedy Hatfield. This continued until Dick Dunn & Cousin Willie charged into the ring and chased Monroe & Carson out.

Referee Speedy Hatfield tries to prevent Sputnik Monroe & Don Carson from attacking Ken Lucas

Referee Speedy Hatfield tries to prevent Sputnik Monroe & Don Carson from attacking Ken Lucas

Monroe wasn’t happy that Carson’s interference had cost him his match with Ken Lucas, and he stated so on a television broadcast prior to his rematch with Lucas. The two met again at Hartwell Field in Mobile. Prior to the start of the match Carson took a seat in the announcer’s booth above the field to watch the match. Lucas and Monroe had each won a fall when the tope rope came loose in the deciding fall. Monroe grabbed up one of the loose turnbuckles with the intent of bashing Lucas in the head with hi. Carson took the announcer’s microphone and shouted a warning to Lucas allowing him to avoid the blow. Monroe was irate and started swinging wildly with the turnbuckle, resulting in his losing the fall and the match by disqualification. Monroe totally forgot about Lucas and left the ring heading for the announcer’s booth and Carson. Carson dashed down the stairs and into the ring, followed closely by Monroe. But before Monroe could inflict any damage on Carson, Maxie York ran into the ring to help his partner. They were giving Monroe a good going over until Dick Dunn came to Monroe’s aid.

Later that same evening Carson & York wrestled the team of Dunn & Cousin Willie, the Scufflin’ Hillbilly in a tag team match. Carson took the first fall of that match for his team as he pinned Willie after applying a swinging neck breaker.  Carson was in the ring during the second fall when he noticed Monroe coming out of the dressing room carrying Carson’s suitcase and the Gulf Coast title belt. Carson watched helplessly as Monroe strapped the belt around his waist and strutted through the bleachers with it. Carson jumped from the room and started demanding that the match be stopped. He stated that he would not wrestle until the title belt was returned or Monroe was taken to jail. While all of this was going on referee El Olympico counted Carson out and awarded the second fall of the match to Dunn & Willie. This angered Carson even further and he forgot about Monroe for the time being. In the deciding fall all four men were fighting in and out of the ring until the match was stopped and declared a no contest.

Carson and Monroe squared off the following week at Ft. Whiting in Mobile in a singles match. Carson tried to take an early advantage by jumping Monroe before he could even get his ring jacket off. But Monroe turned the tables, flattened Carson and pinned him to take the first fall. Carson came back in the second fall and pinned Monroe after applying a neck breaker. In the deciding fall the two men battled among the ringside patrons as referee El Olympico stood idly by and let them have at one another. Carson finally crowned Monroe with a ringside chair and scampered back into the ring Monroe was counted out and the fall and the match went to Carson.

Carson didn’t fare as well in a match in Dothan that saw Dick Dunn defeat him and take away the Gulf Coast championship.

Dunn and Carson met in a return title match in Mobile, which saw Carson jumping Dunn from behind before the bell rang. He gave the champion a thrashing and pinned him in less than a minute to win the first fall. Dunn evened things up when he hammered Carson around and pinned him, also in less than a minute. In the deciding fall Carson kept sliding out of the ring to avoid Dunn and hoping to catch him off guard. He slid out one time too many and was counted out by referee Speedy Hatfield.

Besides all of his issues with Don Carson in Mobile, Sputnik Monroe was still trying to fend off challenges for his Louisiana State title from former champion Bobby Fields. The two met in yet another title match in Lafayette that wound up in a no contest when they spent more time slugging each other than wrestling. Promoter Billy Golden decided if they were going to spend their whole time punching each other then he would book them in a 10 round boxing match. Fields proved to be the better of the two with the gloves and won on a TKO in that match. Unfortunately for him the title was not at stake.

Fields finally defeated Monroe in a title match in Baton Rouge and regained the Louisiana State title.

A new tag team calling themselves The Mummies arrived on the scene in September. Wrapped head to toe in bandages and sporting white masks their eerie appearance matched the scary tactics they used in the ring. They defeated the team of Cousin Willie & Silento Rodriguez in their debut in Mobile. The Mummy #2 also wrestled Cousin Willie during a television taping at WKRG Channel 5 in Mobile. Willie wound up being beaten and bloodied by both of the masked men.

Cousin Willie was anxious to avenge his beating at the hands of the Mummies, so he sent word to Cousin Alfred and the Scufflin’ Hillbillies reunited to face the masked pair in Mobile. Alfred took the first fall for his team as he belly bumped one of the Mummies and pinned him. Alfred had one of the Mummies down on the mat in the second fall and attempted a belly splash on the masked man, who rolled out of the way at the last second. Alfred splashed down on his ample belly and had the wind knocked out of him. He was then pinned to give the Mummies the second fall. In the deciding fall Alfred found himself tangled in the ropes by the strap of his overalls as the Mummies double teamed Willie. They took turns head butting Willie until he was easily pinned. Alfred finally worked his way loose and chased the Mummies with a cowbell and his shoe, but it was too late. The fall and the match went to the masked pair.

Referee Kurt Steiger tries to keep one of the Mummies out of the ring as the other Mummy chokes Cousin Alfred

Referee Kurt Steiger tries to keep one of the Mummies out of the ring as the other Mummy chokes Cousin Alfred as Cousin Willie joins in the action

Chin Lee returned after a brief absence and defeated Danny Little Bear in his return in Lafayette. The two men traded chops to win a fall apiece, but Lee proved to be the better of the two as he won the third and deciding fall.

Southern Tag Team champions Ken & Chris Lucas teamed for the first time in a few weeks as they defeated the team of Kurt Steiger & Maxie York in straight falls in a match in Mobile. A couple of weeks later in Mobile they took the measure of York & Don Carson, also in straight falls.

The midgets returned in September when Little Boy Blue faced off with Pee Wee Lopez in a match in Mobile. Blue took the first fall when he pinned Lopez. Lopez was then disqualified in the second, giving the match to Little Boy Blue in straight falls.

Gulf Coast champion Dick Dunn faced off with Wildman Phillips in a non-title match in Mobile. Phillips scored the first fall over Dunn after pinning him after working him over with some rough tactics. Dunn came back to win the next two falls using a monkey flip in each fall to win the match.

Also in the area this month were Ken Cooper, Alvaro Velasco, Pancho Villa and Charlie Carr.

 

OCTOBER:

 

After defeating the Scufflin’ Hillbillies in such a convincing manner, the Mummies were given a shot at the Southern Tag Team title held by Ken & Chris Lucas. The two teams met in a title match in Mobile with Cousin Alfred of the Hillbillies serving as special referee. The Mummies protested Alfred’s presence, but to no avail. Despite Alfred trying to enforce the rules, the masked men gave the Lucas Brothers a good pounding throughout the first fall. The Mummies made the mistake of flattening Alfred as well which cost them the fall by disqualification. In the second fall Chris Lucas had one of the Mummies in his sleeper hold, while Ken Lucas had the other Mummy in an abdominal stretch. Cousin Alfred awarded the fall to the Lucas team, giving them the win in straight fall and allowing them to retain the Southern Tag Team crown.

Chris Lucas applies a sleeper hold on one Mummy while Ken Lucas applies an abdominal stretch on the other

Chris Lucas applies a sleeper hold on one Mummy while Ken Lucas applies an abdominal stretch on the other

The Lucas Brothers did not rest on their laurels as they were immediately issued a challenge by the returning Mysterious Medics. The title match was set to occur in Mobile. The Medics kept Chris Lucas isolated as they double teamed him throughout the match. Twice Chris made it to his corner to tag in brother Ken but both times referee Joe Powell was distracted by the Medics and missed the tag and wouldn’t let Ken into the ring. Chris was finally thrown from the ring as one of the Medics followed him out and continued the battle outside on the arena floor. While this was going on, Ken Lucas and the remaining Medic fought fiercely inside the ring. Finally Powell had seen enough and stopped the match, declaring it a no contest without a fall being won by either team. All four men were fined $25 by Commissioner Tommy Baker and the tag team title was held up.

Ken Lucas snap mares one of The Mysterious Medics

Ken Lucas snap mares one of The Mysterious Medics

The following week Baker warned both teams that he would not stand for a repeat of the previous week’s events, threatening them all with additional fines should any such violations of the rules occur again. Baker had no sooner left the ring when all four men went at each other tooth and nail. Baker tried to calm things down only to be shoved to the ground. Once again the match was stopped and declared a no contest. This time each man was fined $50 apiece and the Southern tag title remained in the hands of the Commission.

Chris Lucas applies a hip roll on one of The Mysterious Medics

Chris Lucas applies a hip roll on one of The Mysterious Medics

A third match took place, again in Mobile, and this time two referees were assigned in hopes of maintaining some semblance of order. The Medics started early as they jumped the Lucas Brothers as they were leaving their dressing room, leaving Ken Lucas with a bloody cut on his head. All four men fought their way into the ring where the Lucas team took control, but the match hadn’t officially started yet. The Medics ran from the ring and refused to return until referees Speedy Hatfield and Joe Powell got the Lucas duo calmed down. Chris Lucas started the match for his team as Ken was getting his head bandaged at ringside. Chris held his own for a good while until the Medics started double teaming him in their corner. Chris finally broke free and made the tag with Ken who tore into both masked men and battered them fiercely. Then one of the Medics tore the bandage from Ken’s head and soon had him bleeding again. Chris Lucas tried several times to come to his brother’s aid only to be pushed back out of the ring by Powell. The Medics continued to double team Ken despite warnings from Hatfield. Finally Chris threw in the towel and surrendered the match and the Southern Tag Team title to the Medics.

One of The Mysterious Medics give Chris Lucas a backdrop

One of The Mysterious Medics give Chris Lucas a backdrop

Gulf Coast champion Dick Dunn was also very active. After showing so well against Dunn in an earlier match, Wildman Phillips was granted a title match held in Mobile. Prior to the start of the match, former champion Don Carson entered the ring and issued a challenge to whoever won the match. As Carson was leaving the ring he attacked Dunn from behind and worked him over quite a bit. After Carson was forced from the ring Phillips continued the assault and pinned Dunn to score the first fall. In the second fall the furious Dunn was himself a wild man as he knocked Phillips around and pinned him in less than a minute to even the score. Carson got involved once again as he attacked Dunn with a chair as Dunn was coming out of the dressing room for the start of the third and deciding fall. Dunn was out and unable to continue the match. Phillips demanded that the match and title be awarded to him but referee Speedy Hatfield declared it a no contest.

Carson’s actions got the desired results as Dunn challenged him the following week to a title match in Mobile. Carson added an extra advantage as he worked over Dunn in the first fall with a piece of metal that he smuggled into the ring. Dunn managed to survive the assault, however, and knocked Carson for a loop and pinned him to take the first fall. In the second fall Carson continued to pound Dunn with the metal object, but this time Dunn managed to take it away from him. He put it to good use as he battered the blonde into submission and pinned him, winning the match in two straight falls and keeping his title.

Former NWA World Light-heavyweight and Jr. Heavyweight Champion Danny McShain made his way to the Gulf Coast and made an immediate impact. First he met Louisiana State Champion Bobby Fields in a title match in Lafayette. McShain proved his prowess and why he was a World champion for so long as he outclassed Fields and won the match and the title in two out of the three falls.

Five days later, in a match in Mobile, McShain challenged Dick Dunn for the Gulf Coast title. McShain scored the first fall in the bout when he pinned Dunn after applying an Atomic drop. Dunn used a series of flying headscissors to weaken McShain for the pin in the second, evening the score. Dunn appeared well on his way to retaining his title as he totally dominated the third and deciding fall. He had McShain in a grinding headlock when McShain worked himself free and shoved Dunn into referee Speedy Hatfield. Hatfield went down to the mat and McShain grabbed a stunned Dunn and applied another Atomic drop and pinned him just as Hatfield was regaining his senses. McShain also got a little illegal leverage as he held Dunn by the back of his trunks out of view of Hatfield. The fall, the match and the Gulf Coast title went to McShain, who was now a double champion.

Midget ladies returned to the Gulf Coast in October. A match held in Mobile saw Darling Dagmar pinning Baby Cheryl in a one fall match. The two ladies met in another match in Lafayette in a best two out of three fall match. Dagmar emerged victorious in that one as well.

Also in Louisiana, a four team one night tournament was held in Lafayette. The participating teams were Lee & Bobby Fields, Pancho Villa & Chin Lee, Kurt Steiger & Charlie Carr and Ken Cooper & newcomer Billy Spears. The Fields Brothers defeated Steiger & Carr in the opening round, while Villa & Lee eliminated Cooper & Spears. The final match saw Villa & Lee win two out of three falls to beat the Fields duo and win the tournament. The following week in Lafayette Villa & Lee defeated the Scufflin’ Hillbillies, Alfred & Willie, in two out of three falls.

The full sized ladies also made an appearance as Ann Casey defeated Princess Little Cloud in a match in Mobile.

Also wrestling in the area in October were Jerry London, Silento Rodriguez and newcomer Rocky Montero.

 

NOVEMBER:

 

Ken & Chris Lucas were anxious for another shot at the Mysterious Medics, but the Medics wouldn’t face them again without some incentive. The Lucas pair agreed to put up $400 which would go to the Medics if the brothers lost the match. The Medics agreed to a match in Mobile, but would not put their Southern tag title on the line. Also in order to maintain some semblance of order, Lee Fields was assigned as the special referee. The Medics protested that decision but there was nothing they could do. Reluctantly they went on with the match. Ken Lucas forced one of the Medics to surrender to his abdominal stretch to win the first fall for his team. In the second fall, one of the Medics appeared to miss a kick aimed at Ken Lucas, but connected with Fields, knocking him from the ring. The Medics took advantage of this situation as they double teamed Ken while Chris Lucas was attempting to help Fields. After absorbing a beating from the Medics, Ken was easy prey and one of the Medics had him pinned as Fields managed to climb back into the ring.  Instead of counting Lucas out, however, Fields pulled the Medic off him and raised the hands of the Lucas Brothers in victory. He had disqualified the Medics due to one of them having kicked him from the ring. This gave the match to the Lucas team in straight falls. The irate medics then jumped Fields and bloodied him, along with battering the Lucas Brothers as well.

Lee Fields assists Chris Lucas and an injured Ken Lucas

Lee Fields assists Chris Lucas and an injured Ken Lucas

With this win, however tainted, the Lucas Brothers earned a t shot at the Medics’ Southern tag crown as the two teams met the following week in Mobile. Ken Lucas won the first fall for his team when he forced one of the masked duo to surrender to an abdominal stretch. Ken fell prey to an atomic drop and was pinned to give the second fall to the Medics. The two teams battled back and forth until the 60 minute time limit ran out without either team securing another fall. Thus the match was declared a draw and the Medics retained their title.

Another rematch was held the following week in Mobile. This match would be a one fall to a finish, with no time limit and no disqualification. There had to be a winning team and the Southern title was on the line. The match started quickly and, maintained that pace for the brief duration of the match. At about the five minute mark, one of the Medics had Chris Lucas pinned. Before the count could be completed, however, Ken Lucas scaled the ropes and came crashing down on the Medic’s back. Ken then rolled Chris from the ring and pinned the Medic. The Southern tag team title was back in the hands of Ken & Chris Lucas.

Chris Lucas dives onto one of The Mysterious Medics as referee Joe Powell looks on

Chris Lucas dives onto one of The Mysterious Medics as referee Joe Powell looks on

The Medics were upset over the decision and challenged the Lucas Brothers to another match the following week in Mobile. This time in order to secure the match they agreed to put their masks on the line against the Southern Tag Team title. Each team had won a fall apiece when in the third and deciding fall Ken Lucas had an abdominal stretch on one Medic while Chris Lucas went to apply the sleeper hold on the other. Before Chris could secure his hold on the masked man, the Medic pulled a roll of coins from his trunks and nailed Chris with a loaded fist. Chris collapsed to the mat among the scattered coins and was pinned by the Medic. Thus the third fall, the match and the Southern title went to the Medics.

Chris Lucas applies a hip roll on one of The Mysterious Medics

Chris Lucas applies a hip roll on one of The Mysterious Medics

Louisiana was invaded by a tag team calling itself The Dirty Daltons in November. The first to appear was Jim Dalton to challenged Adrien Baillargeon in a match in Lafayette. It wasn’t a smart move on Dalton’s part because not only did Baillargeon win the match, he battered Dalton so bad he spent a couple of days in the hospital recovering. This brought big brother Jack Dalton to Lafayette to seek revenge on Baillargeon. Baillargeon was on the verge of victory over jack when Jim rushed into the ring. Both Daltons pounded on Baillargeon until he managed to escape from the ring. The match went to Baillargeon by way of a disqualification.

Baillargeon, Southern Heavyweight Champion, faced off with Louisiana State Champion Danny McShain, but in a tag team match in Opelousas. Baillargeon teamed with Cousin Willie Garrett while McShain had Chin Lee as his partner. Each team won a fall apiece when in the third and deciding fall, Lee pinned Willie to win the match for he & McShain.

Also in Opelousas, Yvon Roussel returned after an absence to take on Pancho Villa. Villa used some very questionable tactics to win the match, which prompted Roussel to demand a return match. The return match went much the same as the first one with Roussel falling once again to Villa’s foul tactics.

McShain was issued a challenge by Rocky Montero to defend the Gulf Coast title against him, but McShain didn’t offer any response. The night he issued the challenge Montero won a five man battel royal in Mobile. Other participants were Dick Dunn, Chin Lee, Kurt Steiger and Jerry London. Montero eliminated Dunn to win the match.

The following week Montero scored an impressive victory over Kurt Steiger in Mobile and then faced popular Silento Rodriguez, a former Gulf Coast champion himself, the following week. In that match, also held in Mobile, Rodriguez won the first fall when he forced Montero to submit to a backbreaker. Montero jumped on Rodriguez between falls and battered him throughout the rest period. That left Rodriguez easy prey when the second fall started and he was easily pinned giving the fall to Montero and evening the match. The two fought tooth and nail in the deciding fall, but Montero finally got the better of Rodriguez to win the fall and the match.

In yet another match held in Mobile, Montero faced off with fellow ruffian Pancho Villa and proved to be just a little rougher than the former Mexican champion. Montero won the match after kneeing Villa in the groin and pinning him.

A newcomer named Rip Carson arrived on the scene. He made no claim to any relation to Don Carson but proved to be a rough and capable wrestler in his own right. His debut in Mobile saw him take on and defeat Jerry London. The following week, also in Mobile saw him defeat another newcomer by the name of Bob Kelly.

Rip Carson finally met his match in the form of Dynamite Dick Dunn, who was on a campaign to regain the Gulf Coast title from the man he’d lost it to, Danny McShain

Also competing in the area in November were Jim King, Bobby Fields, Terry Garvin, Ken Cooper and newcomer Don Bruiser.

 

DECEMBER:

 

Danny McShain finally made a defense of the Gulf Coast title when he faced Ken Lucas in a title match in Mobile. Despite McShain’s penchant for roughhouse tactics, Lucas weathered the storm and took the first fall by making McShain submit with an abdominal stretch. McShain also applied his rough stuff in the second fall, but Lucas managed to catch him in a back slide and pinned him, winning the match in two straight falls and becoming the new Gulf Coast champion.

It turned out to be a bad week for Danny McShain as two nights later he lost the Louisiana State title back to former champion Bobby Fields in Lafayette.

The Southern Tag Team champions, the Mysterious Medics faced a challenge for their title in the form of Chief Little Eagle, returning after a long absence, and his tag team partner Dale Lewis. Lewis, a former member of the US Olympic Team in 1956 and 1960, was also the 1960 NCAA Collegiate champion as a heavyweight at the University of Oklahoma. Lewis won the first fall for his team when he forced on of the Medics to surrender with an over the shoulder backbreaker. Lewis lost the second fall for his team when he fell victim of the Medics’ atomic drop and was pinned. The Medics continued to stomp Lewis after the fall under Little Eagle chased them from the ring. In the deciding fall, Little Eagle and one of the Medics slammed into each other head first as they were each trying for a shoulder tackle off the ropes. Both men went down and the second Medic entered the ring to stop him. Referee Bob Kelly began pushing Lewis from the ring while the Medic rolled his fallen partner from the ring, taking his place lying on the mat. When Kelly turned his attention back to the action in the ring he saw the Medic slowly rolling on top of Little Eagle for the pin. The trick worked and Kelly awarded the fall and the match to the Medics, allowing them to retain their title.

The Mysterious Medics had an easier time of it in a match in Dothan. They faced the equally rough team of Chin Lee & Rip Carson in a non-title match. The match was tied at one fall apiece when Carson turned on Lee and joined the Medics in giving him a beating. The match was stopped and declared a no contest.

Next on the Medics’ dance card was a non-title match in Mobile against the returning Hines Brothers. In the first fall of that match, the Medics were taking turns whipping Billy Boy Hines into the corner turnbuckles when they got a little carried away. Instead of the corner, Hines was sent flying over the tope rope causing referee Rube Wright to disqualify the masked duo and awarded the fall to the Hines team. In the second fall Billy Boy was sent flying over the top rope again, but this time Wright didn’t see the infraction. As Billy lay on the arena floor, Bad Boy went to his aid. In a maneuver usually used by the Medics, Bad Boy switched places with his brother and rolled back into the ring and pinned one of the unsuspecting Medics to win the match for the Hines Brothers in straight falls.

The loss to the Hines Brothers was just the beginning of a bad week for the Medics which culminated in a loss of the Southern Tag Team title to Ken & Chris Lucas in a match in Dothan.

Chin Lee was upset with Rip Carson over his double cross in the match with the Medics in Dothan and he confronted Carson during a television broadcast from WKRG Channel 5 in Mobile. Carson offered neither an explanation nor an apology and the two men got into a brawl before they could be separated. This led to a match between the two at Ft, Whiting in Mobile. They spent as much time fighting outside the ring as they did inside which resulted in the match ending in a double count out.

Adrien Baillargeon continued to have issues with the Dirty Daltons in Louisiana. After being attacked by both Jack & Jim Dalton following a match in Lafayette, Adrien challenged Jack to another singles match in the same city. Adrien promised a surprise for the Daltons that would guarantee a fair match. The surprise turned out to be his brother, Tony Baillargeon, who returned to the area after a lengthy absence. Tony prevented any interference by Jim Dalton in the match, which allowed Adrien to defeat jack Dalton with relative ease.

The Daltons were livid following the loss and demanded the Baillargeon Brothers meet them in a tag team match the next week in Lafayette. That match wound up in a double disqualification as neither teamed adhered to the instructions of the referee.

Yvon Roussel and Pancho Villa continued their feud in Opelousas. Roussel made the statement that Villa had used some very unsavory tactics in their previous meeting which allowed him to get the wins. Roussel said he wanted one more chance to defeat Villa and if he failed, he would accept the defeat and not ask for any more matches with him. Villa was anxious to be rid of Roussel so he agreed to one more match. Roussel won two out of three falls in this match and scored the victory.

Rocky Montero continued to try and keep himself in contention for the Gulf Coast title. He met Chris Lucas in a match in Mobile. Montero won the first fall of that match by pinning Lucas after applying a neck breaker. Lucas came back in the second fall with a series of dropkicks and a pin on Montero to even the score. In the deciding fall, Montero threw Lucas from the ring and just as referee Charlie Carr began counting him out, Lucas reached in and pulled Montero out. The two continued to fight outside the ring which resulted in both men being counted out.

The following week in Mobile, Montero faced the returning Bob Boyer. Montero used his neck breaker to score the pin fall on Boyer in the first fall. Boyer came back in the second and pinned Montero with a back slide. In the deciding fall, Montero dropped Boyer across the top rope throat first and then slammed him several times before pinning him to with the fall and the match.

A one night tournament featuring six teams was held in Mobile. The winning team would win $500 and a title match with the Southern Tag Team Champions, Ken & Chris Lucas. The following teams were entered into the tournament:

  • The Mysterious Medics
  • Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines
  • Lee & Bobby Fields
  • Jack & Jim Dalton
  • Terry Garvin & Chin Lee
  • Sputnik Monroe & Rocky Montero

The Medics made their way to the final match by beating the reunited team of Garvin & Lee in the opening round, and then the Daltons in the semi-finals. The Daltons had defeated the Hines Brothers in the opening round.

The Fields Brothers won their opening round match by defeating Rocky Montero & Pancho Villa, who substituted for Sputnik Monroe. The Fields team then drew a bye in the semi-final.

The final match of the tournament was a best two out of three fall match between the Fields Brothers and the Mysterious Medics. Each team score a fall apiece when in the deciding fall Lee Fields was the legal man in the ring with one of the Medics. Both men rolled out of the ring and continued to fight on the floor. Referee Rube Wright counted both men out and declared the match a draw.

The same two teams met the following week in Mobile in another best two out of three fall match. In this one the Medics prevailed and pocketed the $500 and earned a shot at Ken & Chris Lucas and the Southern tag title.

Others in the area at the end of the year were Dick Dunn, Willie Garrett, Jack Vansky, Ken Cooper, George Bell and newcomers Dick Stevens and Tony Simon.