1966

JANUARY:

 

Ken & Chris Lucas began the New Year with a firm grasp on the Southern Tag Team Championship. 1965 ended with a one night tournament in Mobile, Alabama that saw The Mysterious Medics defeat Lee & Bobby Fields in the final match and become the number one challengers for the title. The Lucas Brothers and the Medics met in a match at Ft. Whiting in Mobile with the title up fro grabs. Chris Lucas won the first fall for his team as he flattened one of the Medics with dropkicks and pinned him. The second fall was a wild and wooly affair that saw one of the Medics use a pair of brass knuckles to open a cut on Ken Lucas’ forehead. Referee Speedy Hatfield stopped the match and declared the match a no contest, but the action continued for several more minutes. A ringside fan tossed a chair into the ring which Chris Lucas used to flatten the Medics, while another ringsider took the opportunity to climb into the ring. The Medics grabbed the intruder and were in the process of tossing him from the ring when he produced a razor and slashed one of the Medics on his right arm and mid-section. The man then dashed from the ring and, thankfully, the wound on the Medic was not serious.

Chris & Ken Lucas battle the Mysterious Medics

Chris & Ken Lucas battle the Mysterious Medics

The following week in Mobile a return title match was demanded by both teams. In this one two referees would be assigned to the match. Each team had won a fall apiece when in the third and deciding fall, Ken Lucas was tossed into Dick Dunn, who was serving as the referee inside the ring. Dunn was knocked from the ring which allowed the Medics to give the Lucas Brothers a real going over, with Ken absorbing the most punishment. The second referee, who had been assigned to be outside the ring and who was wearing a mask, dashed into the ring and counted a pin fall on Ken Lucas. This upset Chris Lucas who grabbed the masked official and unmasked him, revealing Don Carson. Despite the protest of the Lucas team and the fans, the decision stood and the Medics were declared the new Southern Tag Team Champions. The decision was later overturned by the Alabama commission and the titles were returned to Ken & Chris Lucas.

The Mysterious Medic back drops Chris Lucas as referee Dick Dunn watches the action

The Mysterious Medic back drops Chris Lucas as referee Dick Dunn watches the action

The Medics challenged the Lucas Brothers again but faced them in a six man tag team match. The Medics picked their new buddy Don Carson to side with them against the Lucas duo & Lee Fields. The first fall went to the Medics & Carson as the Medics double back dropped Chris Lucas and he was pinned by one of the masked men. In the second fall Chris got a measure of revenge when he used his sleeper hold to subdue one of the Medics to even the match. Things got out of hand in the deciding fall as one of the Medics was holding Chris Lucas in a full nelson and dragged him near his corner to allow his partners to slug away at him. The other Medic nailed Lucas first with a solid right hand. When it was Carson’s turn he wound up and let fly, only to see Lucas slip away and his haymaker land solidly on the chin of the Medic. This incensed the other Medic who promptly chased Carson to the dressing room, with Carson tossing chairs at him all the way in defense. The Medics & Carson were counted out and the bout was awarded to Fields & the Lucas Brothers.

Naturally the Medics were out to get their hands on Carson so they challenged him to get a tag team partner and face them in a match. Carson sent for his friend Maxie York and the Golden Tornados were reformed to face the masked duo in a match in Mobile. The Carson & York duo took the first fall after Carson slugged one of the Medics with a piece of steel and pinned him. Oddly enough, the Medics were the fan favorites in this match and it played into the outcome of the second fall. After signing autographs prior to the start of the fall, the Medics held onto a pen that had been used and used it to punish Carson throughout the second fall. Carson was finally battered sufficiently enough to be pinned to even the sides. In the third and deciding fall, Carson tried to use a pair of brass knuckles but was quickly stripped of them by the Medics. The Medics used them to chase the Tornados from the ring and won the fall and the match by count out.

Don Carson & Maxie York double team one of the Mysterious Medics

Don Carson & Maxie York double team one of the Mysterious Medics

Despite a quick turn as fan favorites, the Medics were back to their evil ways as they faced and defeated the team of Dick Dunn & Silento Rodriguez in a match at the Rainbow Arena in Panama City, Florida.

Carson had his hands full in singles action as well as he and Chris Lucas met in a match in Panama City. Their initial match up which saw the match end in a double disqualification with no winner. A rematch was set for the following week in Panama City with the same result. Yet a third match saw Carson finally get a win when Lucas was unable to get back in the ring and was counted out. Lucas claimed that he had been prevented from returning to the ring because Maxie York had been hiding under the ring and had held him by the legs. Despite his protest the decision stood and Carson was the winner .By winning this match Carson advanced in a tournament that had been set up to establish a new title, the Panama City Championship.

In other tournament matches for the Panama City title, Ken Lucas defeated the Mysterious Medic #1 while Silento Rodriguez defeated the Mysterious Medic #2 by disqualification.

The following week the tournament continued with Don Carson defeating Billy Boy Hines, Ken Lucas defeating Maxie York and Bad Boy Hines winning over Rocky Montero by disqualification.

It was announced that Lou Thesz had lost the NWA World Heavyweight Championship to Gene Kiniski in St. Louis, Missouri on January 7th..

In Louisiana, the Dirty Daltons were still ruling the roost as the United States Tag Team Champions. The met and defeated the team of Bobby Fields & Willie Garrett in a successful title defense in Baton Rouge. In the process Jim Dalton was injured severely and was out of action. Jack Dalton was highly upset about this situation and was demanding a rematch with another brother, Frank Dalton, as his new partner. The Louisiana commission agreed and also allowed Frank to take Jim’s place in holding the US tag title. The new set of Dirty Daltons proved to be a successful one as they defeated Fields & Garrett in a title match in Baton Rouge.

Sugi Sito made his first appearance in the territory in many years as he faced Tony Baillargeon in a match in Baton Rouge. Sito was a little too rough for his own good and was disqualified, giving the match to Baillargeon.

Next up to challenge the Daltons were the former Southern Tag Team Champions, Adrien & Tony Baillargeon. The two teams met in Baton Rouge with the Daltons’ United States tag team title on the line. The match wound up as a double disqualification with the local fans also getting involved in the match. A rematch was set the following week in Baton Rouge, but the Daltons refused to risk their title again. The match was set as a no time limit. This match also wound up as a double disqualification as Adrien Baillargeon and Jack Dalton were both counted out during the deciding fall while slugging it out at ringside.

Bobby Fields continued to be the kingpin in Louisiana among the single competition. He was still the reigning Louisiana State Heavyweight Champion and successfully defended the title against former champion Danny McShain and Chico Cortez in succession in Baton Rouge.

A nationally known wrestling star, considered the most fear man in wrestling, made an appearance in Baton Rouge. The Sheik, who had been competing in Texas made a onetime appearance and soundly defeated popular Ken Cooper.

Another newcomer to the area made an appearance in Mobile when Louie Tillet defeated Bad Boy Hines.

Rocky Montero was still pressing for a shot at the Gulf Coast Heavyweight Championship held by Ken Lucas. He defeated former champions Silento Rodriguez and Dick Dunn in succession in Mobile. This led to him earning a title match with Lucas.

The match took place in Mobile and Montero looked good as he took the first fall after pinning Lucas after slugging him with a piece of metal. Lucas came back to win the second fall by forcing Montero to concede to his abdominal stretch hold. Lucas had Montero in the same hold in the deciding fall and was on the verge of victory when Don Carson & Maxie York dashed into the ring to help Montero. A melee ensued and Montero grabbed the Gulf Coast title belt from ring side and dashed back to the dressing room with it in his possession, followed closely by Carson & York.

Also in the area in January was Charlie Carr.

 

FEBRUARY:

 

Lou Thesz made an appearance in Dothan just four weeks after losing his NWA World title. He faced off with Don Carson and each man won a fall apiece before Thesz put Carson away for the deciding fall with his Thesz Press and pin.

The teams of the Lucas Brothers and Carson & York faced off in a match in Mobile with the Tornados hoping to get a chance at the Southern tag team crown. Ken Lucas won the opening fall for his team by forcing Don Carson to submit to an abdominal stretch. Carson evened the score in the second fall by applying a neck breaker on Ken Lucas and pinning him. In the third and deciding fall, Carson & Maxie York continually double teamed Chris Lucas, tossing him out of the rings several times. Finally Carson tossed him over the top rope and was disqualified by referee Speedy Hatfield, giving the fall and the match to the Lucas Brothers.

Despite the disqualification loss, Carson & York received a title match with the Lucas Brothers at the Houston County Farm Center in Dothan. The Tornados made good on the opportunity and upended the duo to win the Southern tag team title.

Mario Galento returned to the Gulf Coast after an absence. His first appearance back was a match in Mobile against undefeated Rocky Montero who was hoping for another Gulf Coast title match.  Each man had won a fall when Galento caught Montero in his Hangman’s hold in the final fall. The problem was that Galento was outside the ring ropes on the apron when he applied the hold. Referee Tommy Henderson counted him out and awarded the fall and the match to Montero, who was nearly unconscious on the mat inside the ring.

Mario Galento applies his Hangman's Hold on Rocky Montero

Mario Galento applies his Hangman’s Hold on Rocky Montero

A rematch was quickly signed and the two met again in Mobile. Montero won the first fall in that match when he pinned Galento after dropping a knee into his throat. Galento came back in the second fall and concentrated on punishing Montero’s hand. He constantly stomped and twisted it until Montero gave up and conceded the second fall. In the third and deciding fall the advantage went back and forth several times as the two pounded on each other. Suddenly Montero grabbed Galento and dropped him by the throat across the top rope and pinned him, taking the fall and the match.

Rocky Montero bodyslams Mario Gaelnto

Rocky Montero bodyslams Mario Gaelnto

Yet another match was signed for Mobile, this one a one fall to a finish match with no referee in the ring. In addition it would be a Lumberjack Match in which the ring would be surrounded by other wrestlers to toss either competitor back in the ring should he be tossed out or leave on his own accord. The match was going Galento’s way until he tossed Montero from the ring. Don Carson, one of the ringside lumberjacks, had Montero a metal object as he helped him back in the ring. Montero knocked Galento out with the object and since Galento was unable to continue, Montero got the win.

Don Carson & Maxie York come to the aid on Rocky Montero against Mario Galento

Don Carson & Maxie York come to the aid on Rocky Montero against Mario Galento

Another returnee was Eduardo Perez who defeated Billy Boy Hines in two straight falls in a match in Mobile. The following week, also in Mobile Perez continued his winning ways when he defeated popular Chris Lucas in a one fall match.

This led to a match between Perez and Ken Lucas for the latter’s Gulf Coast title, a title that Perez had once held. Lucas won the first fall with his abdominal stretch, forcing Perez to submit. In the second fall, Perez continually applied a bear hug to weaken Lucas’ back. After weakening him sufficiently Perez whipped Lucas into the turnbuckles several times, body slammed him and pinned him to take the fall. In the third and deciding fall, Lucas had Perez trapped in the corner and was punching him. As referee Tommy Henderson moved in to break up the action he was caught by Lucas’s elbow and sent to the mat. Lucas was totally unaware of what had happened and grabbed Perez and whipped him into the ropes. As Perez rebounded Lucas caught him in an abdominal stretch. But Lucas stumbled back over the prone Henderson and fell to the mat with Perez on top of him. Henderson regained his senses enough to see Perez on top of Lucas and counted three. The fall and the match were awarded to Eduardo Perez, who was the new Gulf Coast champion.

Ken Lucas had problems with Don Carson outside the tag matches as well. The two met in a singles match in Mobile that saw Lucas take the first fall with his abdominal stretch. In the second fall the two were trading blows with Lucas getting the better of it when Carson suddenly left the ring and headed for the dressing room. Lucas wasn’t through with him just yet and followed him in pursuit. Just as they neared the dressing room, Maxie York jumped Lucas and he and Carson gave him quite a beating. It continued until Chris Lucas rushed from the other dressing room and came to his brother’s aid.

Lucas & Carson also met in a match in Panama City that was a bloody affair. Referee Speedy Hatfield stopped the match and declared it a no contest. Since this match was part of the tournament to name a Panama City Champion, it was unknown what their status in the tournament would be.

The tournament in Panama City continued with match that saw Eduardo Perez defeat Silento Rodriguez. Perez then defeated Bad Boy Hines the following week.

Chris Lucas had been eliminated early in the tournament by Don Carson but it was decided that since the win was a result of interference by Maxie York, Lucas would be allowed to be reinstated into the tournament. Over 2000 fans had petitioned promoter Rocky McGuire to allow Lucas back into the tournament. Lucas met Eduardo Perez in his tournament return. The match was a wild one and both men were disqualified, leaving their tournament spots in question.

Ken & Chris Lucas were signed to a match with the Golden Tornados for a chance to regain the Southern tag team title. They had beaten the two blondes in a non-title match earlier in the month in Panama City and were anxious for a shot at the title. The match was set for Mobile, but before the match Don Carson suffered a broken leg during a match with Mario Galento and was unable to compete. Maxie York agreed to face one of the brothers but not for the title. As it turned out Chris Lucas defeated York in a singles match.

Carson also had to forfeit a return match with Ken Lucas in the Panama City title tournament. That same night Ken’s brother Chris Lucas met Eduardo Perez in a return match again as part of the tournament. This one also ended in a double disqualification as Rocky Montero and ken Lucas both got involved.

Chief Little Eagle returned to the area and faced a rugged opponent in his return in Mobile. He squared off with Rocky Montero, still undefeated and hot for another shot at the Gulf Coast crown. Little Eagle pinned Montero after a series of Tomahawk chops to win the first fall. Montero came back to win the second fall by pinning Little Eagle after a knee drop to the throat. In the third and deciding fall, Montero had Little Eagle trapped in a corner and was pounding away at him, opening a cut on the popular Indian’s forehead. Referee Speedy Hatfield moved in to look at the cut but was shoved to the mat by Montero. As Montero continued to pound away on Little Eagle, Hatfield got to his feet and grabbed Montero by the arms. As Hatfield was pulling Montero away from Little Eagle, the Chief hit Montero with a Tomahawk chop and sent him crashing to the mat. Montero was easily pinned, giving him his first loss.

Chief Little Eagle sends Rocky Montero flying

Chief Little Eagle sends Rocky Montero flying

Lady wrestlers made their first appearance of the year as Judy Grable faced Toni Rose in a match in Baton Rouge. The high flying Grable pinned Rose after a series of flying dropkicks.

The midget ladies returned to the area as Darling Dagmar defeated Diamond Lil in a match in Baton Rouge. The two met again six nights later in Panama City, with Dagmar again defeating Lil. Two nights later Dagmar beat Lil in a match in Mobile.

The feud between the Daltons & the Baillargeons continued in Baton Rouge. A unique tag team match was signed with Jack Dalton and Adrien Baillargeon wearing boxing gloves, while Frank Dalton and Tony Baillargeon were bare handed. They combatants could either box or wrestle whichever they preferred. The Daltons won the match when Jack Dalton knocked out Adrien Baillargeon with a loaded boxing glove.

After the victory over the Baillargeon Brothers, Jack Dalton challenged Adrien Baillargeon to defend his Southern Heavyweight Championship against him. Baillargeon agreed and the match was set for Baton Rouge. Dalton made it tough on Baillargeon, using every rough trick he knew, but the popular Frenchman won the match and retained his title.

Jack Dalton had better luck when he faced Louisiana State Champion Bobby Fields in Alexandria. Dalton won the third and deciding fall over Fields and won the Louisiana State title.

Also competing in the area in February were Bob Kelly, Chico Cortez, Chico Ortiz, The Mummy, Pancho Villa, Chuck Bowman and a newcomer called The Assassin.

 

MARCH:

 

Ken Lucas was hot on the trail of Gulf Coast champion Eduardo Perez in hopes of getting a chance to regain the title. A match for the crown was signed for Mobile. Lucas won the first fall with his abdominal stretch, while Perez evened the score in the second by pinning Lucas after several body slams. In the third and deciding fall Lucas was well on his way to regaining the title as he was totally dominating Perez. Suddenly Perez grabbed Lucas and hurled him over the top rope. Referee Jack Atkins disqualified Perez, awarding the fall and the match to Lucas. Perez remained champion, however, since the title couldn’t change hands on a disqualification.

Eduardo Perez dumps Ken Lucas over the top rope

Eduardo Perez dumps Ken Lucas over the top rope

Another return title match was scheduled the following week in Mobile. In this one the disqualification rule was waved, meaning Perez could lose the title on a disqualification. The match was even with each man having won a fall apiece and in the deciding fall Lucas was in complete control. He whipped Perez into a corner turnbuckle and backed up to charge him. Just as Lucas dived toward his foe, Perez moved out of the way. Lucas flipped over the corner and was caught with his foot trapped in the ropes. Perez stomped and punched his trapped foe while referee Tommy Henderson tried to free Lucas from the ropes. Finally Chris Lucas entered the ring to aid his brother, causing Henderson to disqualify Ken Lucas. Ironically Henderson was about to disqualify Perez just as Chris dashed into the ring. Had that taken place, Ken would have been awarded the match and the title.

Eduardo Perez drops a knee down on Ken Lucas as referee Tommy Henderson looks on

Eduardo Perez drops a knee down on Ken Lucas as referee Tommy Henderson looks on

Perez was anxious to get his hands on the Lucas Brothers and asked Rocky Montero to join him to challenge them to a tag team match in Mobile. In the first fall the Lucas duo took turns working over Montero’s arm until he was forced to surrender to the fall to them. Montero came back to win the second fall by pinning Ken Lucas after a knee drop to his throat. In the third and deciding fall all four men battered each other silly until the sixty minute time limit expired. The match was declared a draw.

The same two teams met in another match in Panama City. The Lucas team was on the verge of winning the deciding fall when Chico Cortez entered the ring to aid Perez & Montero causing the latter to be disqualified and giving the fall and the match to Ken & Chris Lucas.

Rocky Montero was still upset over his loss to Chief Little Eagle and challenged him for a return match in Mobile, this one with Texas Death Match rules. There would be no disqualification, no time limit and falls did not count. The match would go until one man was unable to continue. There would be a rest period between falls. Montero had won one fall and Little Eagle two when in the fourth fall Little Eagle had Montero caught in his Bow and Arrow hold. Before Montero could concede Chico Cortez rushed into the ring and flattened referee Speedy Hatfield. Cortez and Montero then ganged up on Little Eagle which caused a riot among the ringside fans, two of which were injured in the melee. Hatfield called the match off and declared it a no contest.

Little Eagle demanded a match with Cortez and a one fall to a finish match was set for Mobile. During the match Cortez somehow managed to pull the soles of his wrestling boot loose. He asked permission to go to the dressing room to repair the shoe and the match was stopped for him to do just that. When he returned to the ring he began used his newly repaired boot to kick Little Eagle from pillar to post. Little Eagle was bleeding from the head after this furious assault. Finally Little Eagle was able to fight back and used a series of Tomahawk chops on Cortez before pinning him to win the match.

A bloody Chief Little Eagle whips Chico Cortez into the ropes

A bloody Chief Little Eagle whips Chico Cortez into the ropes

Little Eagle & Cortez also met as part of a six man tag team match in Panama City. Little Eagle teamed with Ken & Chris Lucas to face Cortez, Rocky Montero & Eduardo Perez. Cortez had interfered in a previous match between the Lucas Brothers and Pere & Montero so they asked Little Eagle to join them to attempt to gain a measure of revenge. Little Eagle won the deciding fall for his team as he pinned Cortez after a series of Tomahawk chops.

Rocky Montero & Eduardo Perez double team Ken Lucas

Rocky Montero & Eduardo Perez double team Ken Lucas

Next up for Chief Little Eagle was a shot at Eduardo Perez and the Gulf Coast title in Mobile. Little Eagle took the first fall when he forced Perez to surrender to his Bow and Arrow hold. Perez came back to even the score as he pinned Little Eagle after applying a neck breaker to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall Little Eagle had a definite advantage and looked well on his way to winning the title. Suddenly Rocky Montero rushed into the ring and attacked the Chief. Referee Johnny King stopped the match and awarded it to Little Eagle as Perez & Montero rushed back to the dressing room amid a storm of flying chairs hurled by the upset ringsiders.

Rocky Montero defends himself with a chair as referee Johnny King aids Chief Little Eagle

Rocky Montero defends himself with a chair as referee Johnny King aids Chief Little Eagle

A rematch was quickly signed for the following week in Mobile again with the Gulf Coast title on the line. Little Eagle took the first fall by hitting Perez with several Tomahawk chops and pinning him. In the second fall, Perez body slammed Eagle to the mat, dropped a knee across his throat and pinned him to even the score. In the third and deciding fall both men were bleeding as they battered each other with punches and chops. The advantage went back and forth several times with neither man able to score the deciding fall before the sixty minute time limit expired. The match was declared a draw and Perez remained champion.

Eduardo Perez tries to prevent a bloody Chief Little Eagle from entering the ring

Eduardo Perez tries to prevent a bloody Chief Little Eagle from entering the ring

The tournament to name a Panama City champion continued as Chico Cortez defeated newcomer Joe Turner, Ken Lucas defeated Rocky Montero, and Eduardo Perez defeated Chris Lucas. The following week Cortez battled to a draw with Tony Baillargeon thus both were eliminated from the tournament..

The semi-final round in the tournament, Chief Little Eagle defeated newcomer Johnny Kace while Ken Lucas and Eduardo Perez were both counted out while fighting outside the ring.

In Louisiana, newly crowned Louisiana State champion Jack Dalton made a successful defense of his title against the popular Frenchman Tony Baillargeon in Baton Rouge.

The following week in Baton Rouge, Dalton defended the title against the man he’d beaten for it, Bobby Fields. The match was a bloody one with Fields getting disqualified, thus allowing Dalton to remain champion. A rematch was set the following week with the same result. After that match the Louisiana commission decided that Fields was more interested in injuring Dalton than winning the title. As a result they denied him any more chances of facing Dalton for the Louisiana title.

Not to be outdone by this decision, Fields joined Ken Cooper to challenge Jack & Frank Dalton to a tag team match. Fields & Cooper won that match and Fields made a plea to the commission to allow him one last chance at the Louisiana State title. The commission agreed with the understanding that whichever man lost the match would be eliminated from the title picture for an indefinite period. As it was the match wound up a draw and Dalton remained the Louisiana State champion, but Fields remained the number one challenger.

The Dirty Daltons had gained a manager as Don Carson took on that position while his broken leg healed. Another Dalton brother arrived on the scene as well as Bob Dalton faced Tony Baillargeon in a match in Baton Rouge. The two fought to a draw.

All three Daltons joined hands for a six man tag team match in Alexandria. They face the threesome of Bobby Fields, Bob Kelly & Silento Rodriguez. It was a wild one, but in the end the Dirty Daltons were victorious.

Due to Don Carson’s inactivity caused by a broken leg, he and Maxie York were stripped of the Southern Tag Team title. The title was awarded to Ken & Chris Lucas, who had been the team Carson & York had defeated for the title.

Others in the area in March were Chuck Bowman, Maxie York, The Assassin, Terry Garvin, Lee Fields, Bruce Austin and newcomer Golden Boy Dupree.

 

APRIL:

 

Chief Little Eagle was still hot on the trail of Eduardo Perez and his Gulf Coast title. The Chief challenged Perez to yet another title match in Mobile, this one with the stipulation of being a one fall match and also an Indian Strap Match. In this match the two men would be tied together by a leather strap attached to their wrists. The match went back and forth until Little Eagle picked Perez up to slam him. Perez managed to shift his weight sending both men crashing to the floor outside the ring. Little Eagle managed to recover first, climbed back into the ring dragging Perez behind him. Little Eagle then pinned Perez to win the match and the Gulf Coast title.

Referee Tommy Henderson watches as Chief Little Eagle drags Eduardo Perez during their Indian Strap match

Referee Tommy Henderson watches as Chief Little Eagle drags Eduardo Perez during their Indian Strap match

Next to challenge Little Eagle for the Gulf Coast title was old foe Rocky Montero. They met in a title match at Hartwell Field in Mobile that was typical of their wild battles of the past. Little Eagle hit Montero with several Tomahawk chops before pinning him to take the first fall. Montero came back to pin Little Eagle after a backbreaker in the second fall. In the deciding fall, Montero pulled out all stops as he battered Little Eagle with a variety of illegal tactics. Little Eagle finally tired of the abuse and aimed a Tomahawk chop straight into the throat of Montero. As Montero writhed on the mat gasping for air, referee Tommy Henderson disqualified Little Eagle and awarded the fall and the match to Montero. Little Eagle was still Gulf Coast champion however.

Chris Lucas was staking a claim to the Gulf Coast title as well. He had earned a victory in Dothan over former champion Eduardo Perez two days after Perez had lost the title to Little Eagle. Lucas felt that the title shouldn’t have been decided in a one fall match, especially a stipulation match such as an Indian Strap Match. The Alabama commission decided to match Lucas with Rocky Montero with the winner promised a title match with Little Eagle to settle the matter once and for all. Montero won the first fall by pinning Lucas after a knee drop to the throat. Montero tried the same trick in the second fall but Lucas jumped up and flipped him off the ropes and pinned him to win the fall. The deciding fall went back and forth until Lucas caught Montero in a sleeper hold. Unfortunately for Lucas the sixty minute time limit expired before he was able to put Montero asleep. The match was declared a draw.

Chris Lucas hits Rocky Montero with a forearm smash

Chris Lucas hits Rocky Montero with a forearm smash

A rematch was set the following week in Mobile, with the winner again promised a title match with Gulf Coast champion Chief Little Eagle. This time they would battle with the ring surrounded by chicken wire. The match was even with each man having won a fall when Montero started trying to undo a corner of the cage. Just as Lucas caught him in his sleeper hold, Montero managed to force open a corner of the cage and scooted out of the ring. Once he cleared his head he tried to return to the ring but Lucas was holding the cage closed. Referee Speedy Hatfield count Montero out and awarded the fall and the match to Lucas.

Referee Speedy Hatfield counts as Rocky Montero tries to escape a wire cage match with Chris Lucas

Referee Speedy Hatfield counts as Rocky Montero tries to escape a wire cage match with Chris Lucas

Lady wrestlers returned to the area in April as Bette Boucher teamed with Chris Lucas and defeated tough Toni Rose and her partner Golden Boy Dupree in a mixed tag team match in Panama City. Two nights later Boucher and Rose met in a one fall singles match which was won by Boucher.

Golden Boy Dupree was having mixed results in his solo matches. He met and defeated veteran Johnny Kace in a match in Mobile. Dupree pinned Kace after an Atomic Drop.

Next up for Dupree was Chris Lucas, also in Mobile. The match started as a clean scientific affair until Lucas gained an upper hand. The Dupree started using some rough tactics but lost the match as he fell victim to Lucas’ sleeper hold. The following week in Mobile Dupree was defeated by Chris’ brother Ken Lucas.

Chris Lucas applies a headscissors to Golden Boy Dupree

Chris Lucas applies a headscissors to Golden Boy Dupree

The Scufflin’ Hillbillies, Willie & Alfred returned to the area in April. They defeated the team of Eduardo Perez & Johnny Kace in Mobile. The following week in Mobile the Hillbillies met Perez and newcomer Dale Jones, a former professional football player for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. Perez pinned Cousin Alfred to win the match for his team.

In yet another tag team match held in Mobile, Perez teamed with Pancho Villa only to lose to the team of Chief Little Eagle & Lee Fields. The end came when Villa & Perez crashed into each other and were pinned for the third and deciding fall.

The tournament final for the Panama City title came to a three man Battle Royal with the winner to receive $500 and the Panama City Championship. The three combatants were Chief Little Eagle, Ken Lucas and Eduardo Perez. Lucas and Perez had both been counted out in their semi-final match but promoter Rocky McGuire decided to let them enter the match with Little Eagle. Perez eliminated Lucas first buy fell victim to Little Eagle’s Bow and Arrow hold, giving the match, the $500 and the Panama City Championship to Chief Little Eagle. Little Eagle was now a double champion as he also held the Gulf Coast title. He didn’t have a chance to celebrate as Rocky Montero jumped into the ring and attacked him. Perez joined in and Little Eagle absorbed quite a beating until ken Lucas came to his rescue.

Little Eagle & Lucas immediately issued a challenge to Montero & Perez to face them in a tag team match in Panama City. Montero & Perez agreed but only if they could name the referee, who turned out to be Don Carson, now fully healed of his broken leg. Montero & Perez took the decision in that match with more than just a little help from Carson. After this victory Montero & Perez began making demands for a shot at the Southern Tag Team title held by Ken & Chris Lucas.

The following week in Panama City featured a nine man Battle Royal with the winner receiving $200. The participants were Ken & Chris Lucas, Golden Boy Dupree, Pancho Villa, Eduardo Perez, Chief Little Eagle, Don Carson and the Scufflin’ Hillbillies, Willie & Alfred. The final two combatants were Chris Lucas and Golden Boy Dupree. Lucas applied his sleeper hold on Dupree only to have Dupree hit him with a low blow. Dupree was disqualified which allowed Lucas to win the match and the cash prize. Lucas had defeated Dupree earlier in the evening in an opening match with the sleeper hold.

Dupree was upset over losing twice in one night to Lucas so he challenged him to a chain match the following week in Panama City. In this match the two men were linked by the wrists by a six foot steel chain. The match would only be won when one of the combatants was unable to continue. Lucas used his sleeper to render Dupree unconscious and unable to continue after a bloody brawl.

In Louisiana the feud between Jack Dalton and Bobby Fields continued to rage. The two met in a Texas Death Match in Baton Rouge which was won by Fields. Unfortunately for Fields, Dalton’s Louisiana State title was not up for grabs in this match.

Next up the two battlers met in a 15 round boxing match, also in Baton Rouge. Fields totally outclassed Dalton for 8 rounds until Dalton removed his gloves and pounded Fields with non-padded fists. This led to a disqualification win for Fields.

Neither men were satisfied with this outcome and agreed to me in yet another 16 round fight in Baton Rouge. This time instead of wearing 10 ounce padded boxing gloves, they would fight wearing kid gloves. Fields again had the upper hand in this match until Dalton’s second, Don Carson climbed into the ring to help his charge. Dalton was again disqualified and the match awarded to Fields.

This led to Fields sending for his brother Lee Fields to face Dalton & Carson in a tag match in Baton Rouge. The match wound up with both teams being disqualified in the deciding fall with Bobby Fields and Carson providing most of the action. Both men were bleeding heavily by the time the match was stopped.

Jack Dalton was also having his problems in Alexandria with Terry Garvin. The two met for three straight weeks in Alexandria in bloody matches that all ended in no contests. Finally promoter Midge Monroe signed the two for a chain match in Alexandria which saw Dalton settle things once and for all with a bloody victory.

While Jack Dalton was busy with Fields and Garvin in singles matches, the other two Dirty Daltons, Frank & Bob carried the tag team mantle for the family. They scored victories over Bobby Fields & Tony Baillargeon in Alexandria and Terry Garvin & Silento Rodriguez in Baton Rouge.

Also in Baton Rouge, Frank & Bob Dalton teamed with Chico Cortez in a six man tag team match against Tony Baillargeon, Terry Garvin & Silento Rodriguez. The Daltons & Cortez scored the winning fall to win the match.

Others in the area in April were Mario Galento, Oni Wiki Wiki and newcomers Vic Velasco and Baron Bill Powell.

 

MAY:

 

Chris Lucas got his long awaited title match with Gulf Coast champion Chief Little Eagle in Mobile. Lucas won the first fall as he caught Little Eagle with a dropkick as he rebounded from the ropes. Little Eagle hit Lucas with a Tomahawk chop to the neck and pinned him to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, Little Eagle scooped Lucas up for a body slam, but fell over backwards. Both men crashed to the mat and were stunned. Little Eagle managed to crawl on top of Lucas and scored the pin to win the fall and the match and retain his title.

The two met in another title match in Panama City with Little Eagle getting disqualified for using an illegal pile driver on Lucas, but he retained his Gulf Coast title.

Eduardo Perez & Rocky Montero defeated Ken & Chris Lucas to win the Southern Tag Team title by taking best two out of three falls in a title match held in Dothan.

The first team to challenge Perez & Montero for the title was the team of Chief Little Eagle & Mario Galento. Little Eagle was hoping to add the Southern tag crown to his Gulf Coast and Panama City titles. Galento forced Montero to submit to his Hangman’s hold to score the first fall for his team. In the second fall Little Eagle fell victim to double teaming by Perez & Montero and was a bloody mess. Montero finally pinned him after applying a neck breaker to even the match. In the third and deciding fall, Perez also wound up bleeding as he and Little Eagle pounded away at each other. Galento and Montero were also battling it out until promoter Rocky McGuire, who was serving as the special referee, stopped the match and declared it a no contest. Despite the match being stopped the four continued to fight until Billy Boy Hines and Baron Bill Powell entered the ring and helped McGuire regain order. Alabama commissioner Tommy Baker declared the title held up and left ringside with the title belts in his possession.

Little Eagle and Perez met the following week in Mobile in an 8 round boxing match. Things were pretty much going Little Eagle’s way until the fourth round. Rocky Montero, who was serving as second for Perez, whacked Little Eagle over the head with a wooden chair from ringside. Referee Bill Powell disqualified Perez and awarded the match to Little Eagle.

Golden Boy Dupree & Terry Garvin formed a potent tag team in April. They scored and impressive victory over Ken & Chris Lucas in a match in Panama City.

They also teamed to face the rugged team of Rocky Montero & Vic Velasco in a match in Mobile. Montero & Velasco double teamed Garvin into submission while referee Tommy Henderson was trying to keep Dupree out of the ring. Garvin was then pinned to give the first fall to Montero & Velasco. Dupree came back and won the second fall for his team as he pinned Velasco after applying an Atomic Drop. Garvin & Dupree took turns ramming their knees into Velasco’s stomach as he bounced from the ropes. Velasco was finally unable to continue and the fall and the match were awarded to Dupree & Garvin.

The following week in Mobile, Garvin & Dupree faced the team of Ken Lucas & Billy Boy Hines. Success eluded the two blondes in this match as Lucas forced Dupree to surrender to an abdominal stretch to win the match for his team.

Garvin & Dupree teamed again in Panama City to face the team of Vic Velasco and his manager, El Chivo. Garvin & Dupree prevailed in that one but lost in straight falls to Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines the following week in Panama City.

A newcomer named Derrell Cochran made his debut in the area and proved to be very impressive. The 245 pound “Mr. Muscles” defeated Rocky Montero in his debut in Mobile.

Derrell Cochran delivers a dropkick to Rocky Montero

Derrell Cochran delivers a dropkick to Rocky Montero

The following week in Mobile Cochran scored a victory over Terry Garvin with his over the shoulder backbreaker.

Cochran challenged Chief Little Eagle for the Gulf Coast title in a match held in Panama City. Cochran won the first fall when he forced Eagle to submit to his backbreaker hold. Eagle came back in the second fall to force Cochran to submit with his Bow and Arrow hold to even the score. In the third and deciding fall, Cochran had Little Eagle pinned but referee Bill Powell was slow with the count. Cochran argued with Powell and while his attention was diverted Little Eagle hit him with a Tomahawk chop to the neck and pinned him to win the fall and the match and retain the Gulf Coast title.

Cochran demanded a rematch and promoter Rocky McGuire signed the two to another title match in Panama City. Cochran was on the verge of winning the match in straight falls when Little Eagle got himself disqualified for using foul tactics. The disqualification gave the match to Cochran but allowed Little Eagle to retain his title.

A third title match was signed between Little Eagle and Cochran in Panama City, this one would be a no disqualification match. Both men used rough tactics throughout and were both bleeding by the damage inflicted, but Little Eagle scored the final fall and retained his Gulf Coast title.

Several other newcomers made their debut in the area in May. The first to arrive was Maurice Chevier. His debut in Mobile wasn’t a successful one as he was forced to submit to Ken Lucas’ abdominal stretch to give the match to Lucas.

The following week in Mobile, Chevier teamed with Vic Velasco to take on the team of Silento Rodriguez & Baron Bill Powell. Rodriguez pinned Velasco to win the match for his team.

In Panama City, Chevier teamed with other newcomers Tiger Bob Daniels & Jim (Red) Osborne in a losing effort against Silento Rodriguez, Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines. Billy Boy Hines wound up being bloodied by Osborne.

The Southern Tag Team title belts were returned to Perez & Montero, but they didn’t keep them long. Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines defeated Perez & Montero in Dothan to win the Southern Tag Team title.

Billy Boy Hines was anxious to get his hands on Red Osborne after receiving a bloody forehead from him during a six man tag team match in Panama City. Billy teamed with Bad Boy Hines to face Osborne & Don Carson in another match held in Panama City. The bout was a wild and bloody one with both teams being disqualified.

Chief Little Eagle challenged Rocky Montero to a match in Mobile. It would be for the Gulf Coast title and whichever man lost the match would pack his bags and leave the territory. Montero constantly gouged Little Eagle’s eyes during the first fall. The Chief was blinded and fell easy prey to a pin by Montero to give him the fall. Little Eagle came back in the second fall and battered Montero with Tomahawk chops before forcing him to concede the fall with the Bow and Arrow hold. In the third and deciding fall, Montero was standing on the ring apron and was choking Little Eagle across the top rope. Eagle managed to apply a back drop on Montero and brought him crashing back into the ring. A stunned Montero was quickly pinned and the fall and the match went to Little Eagle. Little Eagle remained Gulf Coast champion and Rocky Montero was sent packing.

In Louisiana Bobby Fields and Don Carson had a feud brewing. Carson had teamed with Jack Dalton to face Lee & Bobby Fields in a tag team match in Baton Rouge. That match had wound up in a no contest with Bobby and Carson both bleeding profusely and having to be separated. The two met in a singles match in Baton Rouge. It was another wild and bloody affair but Fields upended Carson to win the match.

By virtue of his win over Carson, Fields was granted another chance at Jack Dalton and his Louisiana State title in a match held in Baton Rouge. The match was tied at one fall apiece and both men were bloodied going into the third and deciding fall. Dalton was knocked from the ring and was about to be counted out when Frank Dalton came to ringside. He distracted Fields and referee Bob Kelly, causing the two to get into an argument. While that was going on, Frank bent down over his brother Jack, smeared some of Jack’s blood onto his own face and rolled into the ring. Fields quickly grabbed him and pinned him. Kelly awarded the match to Fields and then realized that he had pinned the wrong man. Kelly still awarded the match to Fields but allowed Dalton to keep his title.

Jack Dalton stomps Bobby Fields as referee Bob Kelly steps in

Jack Dalton stomps Bobby Fields as referee Bob Kelly steps in

 

Referee Bob Kelly tries to stop Jack Dalton from choking Bobby Fields

Referee Bob Kelly tries to stop Jack Dalton from choking Bobby Fields

 

Referee Bob Kelly tries to control the bloody action between Bobby Fields and Jack Dalton

Referee Bob Kelly tries to control the bloody action between Bobby Fields and Jack Dalton

 

Referee Bob Kelly tries to break up the bloody action between Bobby Fields and Jack Dalton

Referee Bob Kelly tries to break up the bloody action between Bobby Fields and Jack Dalton

As a result of the disputed decision, both Fields and Dalton were claiming the Louisiana State title. Fields maintained that Jack Dalton would never have made it back into the ring by the count of 20 and therefore he deserved the title. Dalton countered with the fact that a title could not change hands on a count out and that he had never been pinned for the deciding fall. The Louisiana commission ordered promoter Billy Golden to sign another match in Baton Rouge with it being a one fall to a finish match with the title going to the winner. Again it was a bloody match with both men punching and stomping each other as hard as they could. Fields finally got the upper hand and pinned Dalton to win the match and regain the Louisiana State title.

Jack Dalton and Bobby Fields slug it out in a bloody brawl

Jack Dalton and Bobby Fields slug it out in a bloody brawl

 

A bloody Bobby Fields continue to pound on a bloody Jack Dalton

A bloody Bobby Fields continue to pound on a bloody Jack Dalton

Chris Lucas ventured into Louisiana and quickly made an impression on the fans. His first match in the area was in Baton Rouge saw him defeat veteran Pancho Villa in a one fall match.

The next night in Alexandria Lucas handled Bob Dalton rather easily and scored a victory over him.

The following week in Baton Rouge Chris faced Frank Dalton in a best two out of three fall match. Lucas took the first fall with his sleeper hold, while Dalton won the second after driving a knee into Lucas’ stomach and pinning him. Lucas had Dalton again in the sleeper hold in the third and deciding fall when Dalton hit him with a low blow. That resulted in Dalton being disqualified and Lucas winning the fall and the match.

The following night Lucas used his sleeper once again to gain another victory over Pancho Villa in Alexandria.

Other competing in the Gulf Coast in May were Pierre DeGlane, Lee Fields, Chico Cortez and Tony Baillargeon.

 

JUNE:

Gulf Coast champion Chief Little Eagle was holding a tight rein on his title but the fans began to notice a change in the popular Oklahoma Indian. Holding onto the title began to mean more to him than fair play and he was beginning to take shortcuts to win his matches. It all came to a head during a match in Mobile where Little Eagle was defending the Gulf Coast crown against Silento Rodriguez. It started in the first fall when Rodriguez backed Little Eagle into the corner. Referee Jim King called for a clean break and as Rodriguez was backing up with his hands in the air, Little Eagle floored him with a Tomahawk chop to the neck. Rodriguez went down like a shot and was easily pinned. Rodriguez shook it off and took the second fall by pinning Little Eagle after a series of flying dropkicks. During the third and deciding fall Little Eagle pulled out all stops. He choked, punched, stomped and bit Rodriguez to his heart’s delight. It was everything Rodriguez could do to fight the Chief off long enough to hold him to a sixty minute draw. Afterwards Little Eagle announced that he would not give Rodriguez another chance at the title.

Silento Rodriguez nails Chief Little Eagle with a dropkick

Silento Rodriguez nails Chief Little Eagle with a dropkick

In Panama City, Little Eagle faced newcomer Ramon Torres in a non-title match which saw him use the same tactics on Torres. Torres won the first fall and was on his way to winning the second when Little Eagle tossed him over the top rope, resulting in a disqualification and giving Torres the win in two straight falls.

In Dothan Silento Rodriguez & Ramon Torres formed a dynamic team and defeated Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines to claim the Southern Tag Team title.

The Dirty Daltons made their way up from Louisiana and made an immediate impact. They appeared in a televised match from WKRG TV in Mobile. They face the team of Jim King & Baron Bill Powell, who stood no chance whatsoever against the Daltons. By the end of the match both King & Powell were beaten bloody.

Three nights later the Daltons appeared in Mobile and faced the team of Bruce Austin & Tiger Bob Daniels. Again the Daltons totally dominated their opponents and won the match in two straight falls.

Little Eagle also aligned himself with former arch enemy Eduardo Perez as the two teamed up for a match in Mobile against the new Southern Tag Team champions Rodriguez & Torres in a non-title match. Rodriguez won the first fall for his team as he forced Eduardo Perez to submit to a backbreaker hold. Perez got a measure of revenge when he pinned Rodriguez after a knee drop to the throat and took the second fall. In the deciding fall all four men were in the ring slugging away when referee Bill Powell was knocked from the ring. That was enough for him and he called a halt to the proceedings and declared the match a no contest.

Ramon Torres catches Eduardo Perez in a headscissors

Ramon Torres catches Eduardo Perez in a headscissors

The same two teams met the following week in Mobile in another knockdown drag out affair. Chief Little Eagle won the first fall for his team after hitting Rodriguez with a series of Tomahawk chops and pinning him. In the second fall, Torres forced Perez to submit to an abdominal stretch to even the sides. During the rest period the Dirty Daltons, Jack & Frank, who had wrestled earlier on the card entered the ring. Jack Dalton grabbed the announcer’s microphone and made the statement that unless the Daltons were given main event matches in the future they would no longer appear in Mobile. In the middle of Jack’s tirade, Rodriguez & Torres returned to the ring and were jumped by the Daltons. As these four were slugging it out, Little Eagle & Perez returned and joined the Daltons in battering Rodriguez & Torres. Bu the time order was restored, Rodriguez was bleeding from the forehead. Little Eagle & Perez were disqualified due to the interference of the Daltons and the match was awarded to Rodriguez & Torres.

Silento Rodriguez hits Eduardo Perez with a flying dropkick

Silento Rodriguez hits Eduardo Perez with a flying dropkick

A few days after this event, Rodriguez & Torres had just won a Saturday television bout at WKRG TV in Mobile when the Dirty Daltons charged the ring and attacked them. Once again Rodriguez was left bleeding and he and Torres were demanding a match with the Daltons.

Jack Dalton attacks Silento Rodriguez

Jack Dalton attacks Silento Rodriguez

The match was signed for the following week in Mobile, which highly upset Eduardo Perez & Chief Little Eagle. They were clamoring for another match with Rodriguez & Torres and a shot at the Southern Tag Team title. They decided to picket the match and walked around the arena carrying signs that read “The Dirty Daltons are Dirty Bums”.

When the match started it was all Rodriguez & Torres as they battered the Daltons from pillar to post. Finally Jack Dalton reached into the pocket of his blue jeans and pulled out a heavily studded leather glove. He landed several blows onto the head of Rodriguez, who was once again left bleeding. One final blow and Rodriguez was pinned, giving the first fall to the Daltons. Dalton was using the glove again in the second fall until he bumped referee Speedy Hatfield and dropped it. Rodriguez pounced on it; put it on, and proceeding to give Dalton a bloody beating. Jack was easy prey and was pinned by Rodriguez to even the match. In the third fall Ramon Torres accidently ran into Hatfield and knocked him from the ring. Torres then caught Frank Dalton in an abdominal stretch when Jack entered the ring removed his heavy motorcycle boot. Torres went down and Frank covered him. Hatfield was still outside the ring and unable to make the count Chris Hardy, who had refereed an earlier match, entered the ring and counted Torres out. The fall and the match were awarded to the Daltons despite the loud protests of the crowd. Hardy also got a pounding from Rodriguez & Torres before he could safely exit the ring.

A bloody Silento Rodriguez slugs Jack Dalton as referee Speedy Hatfield forces Ramon Torres from the ring

A bloody Silento Rodriguez slugs Jack Dalton as referee Speedy Hatfield forces Ramon Torres from the ring

A return match was quickly arranged for the following week in Mobile. Throughout the first fall Jack Dalton whipped Rodriguez across the back with his heavy leather belt with the metal buckle. After a series of whips into the turnbuckles and several body slams, Rodriguez was pinned, giving the fall to the Daltons. Rodriguez had to be helped back to the dressing room during the rest period between fall and the attending physician would not let him continue the match. In an odd turn of events, Torres went back out to the ring and volunteered to continue alone against both Daltons. Suddenly Eduardo Perez & Chief Little Eagle, who had again been picketing the match, came to ringside and asked Torres to pick one of them to be his partner. Torres hesitated but then chose Perez, despite the protests of Little Eagle. During the second fall Torres was hurled from the ring and Perez jumped in and challenged both Daltons. Jack & Frank both jumped him and were giving him a pounding when Little Eagle rushed into the ring swinging the wooden picket sign he had been carrying. He cleared the ring of the Daltons and referee Bob Daniels. Daniels disqualified Torres & Perez and awarded the match to the Daltons.

Ramon Torres send Frank Dalton flying with a back bodydrop

Ramon Torres send Frank Dalton flying with a back body drop

Little Eagle & Perez got their chance at the Southern Tag Team title as they faced Rodriguez & Torres in a title match in Panama City. Perez & the Eagle threw everything but the kitchen sink at the champions but when the dust settled Rodriguez & Torres were the winners and still champions.

Mario Galento returned after a brief absence. He was scheduled to team with the nationally ranked teen sensation Bobby (Wonder Boy) Shane to face the Dirty Daltons in a match in Mobile. When it was time for the match to start, Galento was the only one in the ring. The Daltons had sent word that they were having car trouble in Hammond, Louisiana and would not be able to make the match. Bobby Shane was a complete no show with no explanation. Mario took the opportunity to issue a challenge to any wrestler to face him. Tiger Bob Daniels, who had defeated newcomer Pancho Rosario earlier in the evening, accepted the challenge. The match didn’t last long as Galento caught Daniels in his Hangman’s hold and forced him to submit.

In Louisiana the feud between Bobby Fields and Don Carson continued to rage. The two met in a match in Baton Rouge with Fields’ Louisiana State title on the line. Carson tried every dirty trick in the book but Fields withstood it all and emerged victorious with his title intact.

A new feud also erupted in Baton Rouge when Ken Lucas squared off with Jack Dalton. Lucas nearly pulled off a miracle when he came close to beating Dalton in two straight falls. He won the first fall when he forced Dalton to submit to his abdominal stretch hold. Lucas caught Dalton in the same hold in the second fall and had him on the verge of quitting when Frank Dalton raced into the ring. Together the Daltons punched and stomped Lucas until he was a bloody mess. Finally Chris Lucas came to his brother’s aid and chased the Daltons from the ring.

Naturally the Lucas Brothers were anxious to get their hands on the Daltons, but Jack Dalton chose to have Rocky Montero as his partner instead. Montero, who had lost a loser leave match in Mobile several weeks earlier, was just making his presence known in Louisiana. The match was a wild and wooly affair that saw both teams disqualified and the match declared no contest.

With his brother Jack busy with other matters, Frank Dalton formed a team with Red Osborne. The two met and defeated the team of Tony Baillargeon & Pierre DeGlane in a highly disputed match in Baton Rouge. The two teams met in a return match the following week in Baton Rouge with Baillargeon & DeGlane coming out on top.

Others in the area during June were Greg Peterson, Bob Kelly, Chico Cortez, Bob Hamby, The Mysterious Medic, Jesse Venegas and newcomer Kenny Mack.

 

JULY:

 

Eduardo Perez was wanting another crack at the Dirty Daltons so he recruited Chief Little Eagle to face the Missouri pair in a tag team match in Mobile. The battle between two teams that cared very little for the rules promised a great chance for blood to flow and thus drew a near sellout crowd at Ft. Whiting. The fans weren’t disappointed as Little Eagle was bleeding heavily after the Daltons used their belt buckles to open a wound on his forehead in the first fall. As Jack Dalton was pounding on Little Eagle, Bull Williams, now serving as Little Eagle’s manager, reached through the ropes and grabbed Dalton. Williams pinned Dalton’s arms to his side as Little Eagle relieved him of his belt buckle and put it to good use. Dalton was soon bleeding as well and was finally worn down enough to be pinned, giving the first fall to Little Eagle & Perez. In the second fall, Jack Dalton removed his shirt and used it to choke both Little Eagle & Perez. Soon all four men were in the ring pounding each other silly and referee Speedy Hatfield called a halt to the proceedings and declared it a no contest.

This led to a rematch the following week in Mobile and Little Eagle promised a surprise for the Daltons. Besides their belt buckles, Jack & Frank were known to stomp their opponents with their heavy western boots. Little Eagle & Perez planned on wearing cowboy boots themselves in the rematch to fight fire with fire.  Jack Dalton won the first fall for his team when he pinned Little Eagle after battering him with his belt buckle. In between falls Little Eagle apparently applied some sort of mentholated cream to his boots because during the second fall he wet his fingers and rubbed some of the cream from his boots. He then rubbed the cream into the eyes of both Jack & Frank, blinding them both. Frank Dalton was easily pinned by Little Eagle to give the fall to Little Eagle & Perez. In the third and deciding fall, Jack Dalton used one of his boots to wallop Little Eagle all over the ring. Finally the Indian & Perez had had enough and yanked off their boots and battered the Daltons with them. Unfortunately, referee Bud Clardy got a little too close to the action and found himself being knocked about as well. He stopped the match and once again a no contest was declared.

Yet another match between the two teams was ordered for Mobile and this time the Daltons’ United States Tag Team title would be up for grabs. The action started before the opening bell rang as Perez & Little Eagle jumped Jack Dalton and battered him bloody. Little Eagle pinned Jack to win the first fall for his team. Jack found himself the victim of double teaming throughout the second fall as well and was finally tossed from the ring. Each time he tried to return to the ring Little Eagle would prevent his entry. Finally Rocky McGuire, who was serving as the special referee, disqualified Little Eagle & Perez and awarded the fall to the Daltons. In the deciding fall, the Daltons tuned the tables when they tossed Perez from the ring. This left Little Eagle alone at the mercy of the Dirty Daltons and they gave him a beating. Little Eagle’s manager, Bull Williams, was at ringside and he pulled one of Perez’s boots from him and climbed into the ring with it. He proceeded to pound the Daltons with it until McGuire stopped the match. He again disqualified Little Eagle & Perez and awarded the fall and the match to the Daltons, allowing them to retain their US title.

Another title match was signed for Mobile and this time the Alabama commission ordered that Bull Williams be handcuffed to a policeman at ringside to prevent any interference on his part. The match would also be held under the no disqualification stipulation. The four men spent much of the short first fall battling at ringside until Eduardo Perez rolled Jack Dalton into the ring and pinned him to win the fall. When the second fall began, Jack Dalton was wearing a heavily studded leather gauntlet on his wrist. Throughout the fall he used the item to rub across the eyes of both Little Eagle & Perez. He clubbed Perez with the heavy band and pinned him to take the second fall and even the match. In the deciding fall, Frank Dalton kept referee Bud Clardy occupied as Jack Dalton used his leather belt to tie Perez to the ring ropes. The both Daltons proceeded to double team Chief Little Eagle. The Chief fought back as he hammered both Daltons with Tomahawk chops. He knocked Frank from the ring and then Jack and Little Eagle crashed into one another and were knocked to the mat. With Clardy still a bit dazed, he failed to see Frank roll into the ring and drag Jack’s prone body across the fallen Little Eagle. Clardy cleared his head long enough to count the fall and award the match to the Daltons.

Southern Tag Team Champions Silento Rodriguez & Ramon Torres were also on a roll as they met the Daltons in a non-title match in Panama City. The Daltons took the first fall in that match while Rodriguez & Torres won the second. In the deciding fall, confusion reigned as all four men were in the ring at the same time. At one point Rodriguez had Jack Dalton pinned while Frank Dalton pinned Ramon Torres. Referee Bruce Austin called the fall on Torres and awarded the fall and the match to the Daltons. The ringside fans howled in anger as they screamed that Rodriguez & Jack Dalton had been the legal men in the ring at the time, but the decision stood.

Jack Dalton uses his heavy cowboy boots to knock Silento Rodriguez off Frank Dalton

Jack Dalton uses his heavy cowboy boots to knock Silento Rodriguez off Frank Dalton

A return match was quickly signed for Panama City and this one was another rough battle. Again each team had won a fall when Rodriguez forced Frank Dalton to submit to a backbreaker in the deciding fall, giving the fall and the match to Rodriguez & Torres.

Jack Dalton chokes Silento Rodriguez

Jack Dalton chokes Silento Rodriguez

Rodriguez & Torres also met the team of Kenny Mack & Tiger Bob Daniels in a non-title match in Mobile. Rodriguez took the first fall for his team as he forced Daniels to submit to his backbreaker. Daniels tried to give his team an advantage in the second fall as he used a length of rope that he had smuggled into the ring to choke Rodriguez & Torres. Torres managed to get it away from him and used it to choke Daniels & Mack until wearing Daniels down enough to pin him, giving the match to Torres & Rodriguez in two straight falls.

Rodriguez also teamed with Bob Hamby the following week in Mobile to face the team of Chico Cortez & Chris Hardy. It turned out to be an unfortunate situation as Rodriguez was severely injured during the first fall of the match. The fall went to Cortez & Hardy as Cortez forced Hamby to submit to a toehold. Hamby came out for the second fall and offered to wrestle either Cortez or Hardy in that fall and the other in the deciding fall. He faced Hardy first and pinned him to take the second fall. He then pinned Cortez in the deciding fall to win the match single handedly.

With Rodriguez out with an injury, Ramon Torres was allowed to choose another partner to share the Southern Tag Team crown. He chose Bobby Fields and they proved to be a potent team immediately. They made their first title defense as a team against the team of Golden Boy Dupree & Maurice Chevier in a match in Mobile. Fields scored the first fall over Dupree as he pinned him with a rollup. Dupree came back to score the second fall when he forced Fields to surrender to a neck stretcher. Torres used a series of flying dropkicks to flatten Chevier in the deciding fall and pinned him to win the match for he & Fields, allowing them to retain their title.

When Ramon Torres entered the ring that night in Mobile, he was adorned with a little something extra. He had defeated Chief Little Eagle the night before in Pensacola, Florida to win the Gulf Coast heavyweight title. Torres was now a double champion.

Torres was quickly issued a challenge by Dynamite Dick Dunn, himself a former champion. Dunn was returning after an absence and was anxious to get back into the title picture. Torres quickly accepted the challenge and the match was set in Mobile. Dunn looked good in the first fall as he caught Torres in a sunset flip and pinned him to take the fall. Torres came back strong in the second fall and forced Dunn to submit to an abdominal stretch to even the score. The two continued to swap holds cleanly and scientifically throughout the deciding fall, but Torres slowly took the advantage. He continued to rock Dunn with a series of shoulder tackles until Dunn surprised him with an elbow to the chin. The stunned Torres crashed to the mat and was pinned by Dunn for the third and deciding fall. Dick Dunn was the new Gulf Coast champion.

In an odd twist, Dunn & Torres teamed together in a match in Panama City. They faced a team calling themselves The Golden Boys. This team consisted of the erstwhile Golden Boy Dupree, now calling himself Ronnie Dupree, and his brother Chuck Dupree. Chuck Dupree was not exactly a newcomer. He had been competing in previous weeks under the name Maurice Chevier. This match featured two refrees and was evenly split going into the third and deciding fall. In that fall Torres had Chuck Dupree pinned while Ronnie Dupree had Dunn pinned. Referee Bruce Austin counted out Chuck while referee Chico Cortez counted out Dunn. After the confusion ending, Austin and Cortez got into a private slugfest and no decision was rendered.

Another champion made his way to the area in July. Matt Jewell, who was billed as the Southern Negro Champion, faced challenger Tom Jones in a series of match throughout the territory. The two met in title matches in Alexandria, Panama City, Pensacola and Mobile. In each match Jewel emerged victorious and retained his title.

In Louisiana, Louisiana State champion Bobby Fields was continuing to have issues with Don Carson. The two met in a non-title match in Baton Rouge which saw Carson come out on top. This led to a title match the following week and Carson once again emerged victorious. Don Carson was the new Louisiana State Heavyweight champion.

The night following Carson’s title victory, the same two men met in a non-title match in Alexandria. This match was a wild and bloody one and ended in a double disqualification.

Unfortunately for Carson, his reign proved to be a short one and Fields defeated him in front of a capacity crowd the following week in Baton Rouge. Fields was once again the Louisiana State champion.

Carson felt humiliated by such a short title reign and was demanding another shot at the title. He was so anxious, in fact, that he agreed to put his brand new 1966 Ford Mustang convertible up against Fields’ Louisiana State crown. Fields agreed and the two met in a match in Baton Rouge.  Each man scored a fall apiece and in the deciding fall the action was wild and wooly. In the process, the referee was knocked from the ring and injured. Without a referee on hand, promoter Bill Golden stopped the match and declared it no contest.

The feud between Ken Lucas and Rocky Montero came to a head as the two met in a 10 round boxing match in Alexandria. Lucas, a former Golden Gloves boxer as a youth in his native Arizona, completely outclassed Montero and defeated him by TKO.

Ken & his brother Chris Lucas teamed against the team of Montero & Chris Hardy in a match in Baton Rouge. The Lucas Brothers also beat the team of Alvaro (Vic) Velasco & a newcomer called The Mongol the following week in Baton Rouge.

Lady wrestlers returned to the area as Princess Little Cloud and Judy Grable met in a pair of matches. Little Cloud defeated Grable in a match held in Panama City. The two ladies met two nights later in Mobile, with Little Cloud again coming out victorious.

Others in the Gulf Coast area in July were Jim Osborne, Pierre DeGlane, Jack Atkins and Willie Garrett.

 

AUGUST:

 

Gulf Coast champion Dick Dunn granted former champion Ramon Torres a return title match in Mobile. Again the match was a clean scientific affair with both men scoring a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. The match ended in a similar matter as their last match had with each man hitting their opponent with shoulder blocks after bouncing from the ropes. Suddenly Torres nailed Dunn with a forearm and pinned him. Dunn was highly upset and refused to give up the belt, claiming he had been hit by a fist. After he calmed down, he shook Torres’ hand, raised his hand in victory and handed the title belt to him. The two left the ring together amid the cheers and applause of the large crowd. Ramon Torres was again the Gulf Coast champion.

Torres & Dunn continued to team in Panama City, but mainly in six man matches with a third partner. The first such affair saw them team with Willie Garrett to face the threesome of Chico Cortez & the Golden Boys, Chuck & Ronnie Dupree. With the matched tied at a fall apiece, the third fall saw Garrett get into a fist fight with referee Ken Ackles. This led to the team of Garrett, Dunn & Torres being disqualified.

This led to a challenge match the following week in Panama City between Garrett and Ackles. But Garrett was injured prior to the match and was unable to appear. Dick Dunn replaced him in the match with Ackles. Despite the change in opponents, Ackles came out on top as he defeated Dunn in a controversial decision. Ackles had pinned Dunn after slugging him with a piece of metal that he had smuggled into the ring. Referee Bob Hamby failed to see the infraction and gave the match to Ackles.

Dunn then challenged Ackles to face him in a 10 round boxing match in Panama City. The match was signed and Dunn was well ahead on points going into the ninth round. During that round their respective seconds, Ramon Torres for Dunn and TNT Monroe, the latest of the famed Kansas family, for Ackles. The match became a four man free-for-all until referee Jack Duncan called a halt to the proceedings and declared the match no contest.

While this seemed to settle the issues between Dunn and Ackles it led to a feud erupting between Torres and Monroe. The two met in a match in Panama City that ended in a double disqualification.

Torres faced a new challenge for his Gulf Coast title as Dale Jones returned after a brief absence. The two met in a match in Mobile and as tough as the former pro footballer was, Jones was no match for Torres, who won the match in two straight falls to retain the title.

Torres also put his title on the line against his chief rival TNT Monroe, also in Mobile. Monroe was impressive as he won the first fall after forcing Torres to submit to a toehold. Torres came back to surprise everyone, including Monroe, by applying a sleeper hold to Monroe to take the second fall.  In the third and deciding fall, both men were fighting outside the ring while referee Joe Turner began to count both men out. Torres made it back into the ring just before being counted out. Unfortunately for Monroe, he was unable to beat the count and lost the fall and the match by count out, allowing Torres to remain champion.

Ken & Chris Lucas returned from Louisiana and immediately issued a challenge to Jack & Frank Dalton. The two sets of brothers met in a match in Mobile that saw Chris Lucas put Frank Dalton to sleep to with the first fall. In the second fall the Dirty Daltons were up to their old tricks as they cut open Chris Lucas by using their belt buckles as weapons. Both Chris & Ken Lucas were then tossed from the ring and were followed out by Jack & Frank Dalton. All four men slugged it out among the front ro spectators until referee Speedy Hatfield called a halt to everything and stopped the match, declaring it a no contest.

Ken Lucas hip rolls Frank Dalton

Ken Lucas hip rolls Frank Dalton

 

The Lucas Brothers send Frank Dalton through the air with a double back drop

The Lucas Brothers send Frank Dalton through the air with a double back drop

Naturally this led to both teams demanding a return match and it was set the following week in Mobile. Ken Lucas forced Frank Dalton to submit to his abdominal stretch in the first fall to take the lead. In the second fall, both Daltons were receiving a going over by the Lucas tandem until Jack Dalton caught Chris Lucas with a punch to the chin. Dalton just happened to be wearing a loaded glove at the time of the punch so Lucas was knocked flat and pinned by Frank Dalton. In the deciding fall, Chris caught Frank in his sleeper hold but Jack quickly broke it up. Next Jack himself got in trouble as Ken caught him in the abdominal stretch, only to have Frank interfere and break it up. Just a few minutes layer Ken caught Frank again in the abdominal stretch. Jack climbed the ropes with the intention of jumping on Ken to break it up. Chris saw what was going on and dashed into the ting to stop Jack. Referee Joe Powell began pushing Chris back out of the ring and was paying no attention to Jack which allowed him to jump from the top rope and onto Ken’s back.  Jack then dragged the exhausted Frank across Ken’s body. When Powell turned his attention back to the action he counted Ken out and awarded the fall and the match to the Daltons.

Ken Lucas bodyslams Frank Dalton

Ken Lucas bodyslams Frank Dalton

 

Len Lucas rocks Jack Dalton with a dropkick

Len Lucas rocks Jack Dalton with a dropkick

Yet another rematch was set up the following week in Mobile, this time with the Lucas Brothers coming out with a victory. This led to the Lucas duo being awarded a shot at the Daltons’ United States tag team title in a match held in Mobile. Chris Lucas took the first fall for his team as he pinned Jack Dalton after a series of bodyslams. Jack came back in the second fall by pinning Chris after flipping him over his shoulder. The Lucas Brothers got several near falls on the Daltons in the third and deciding fall but just couldn’t seem to seal the deal. Then Chris Lucas caught Frank Dalton in his sleeper hold, only to have Jack Dalton jump in and punch him with his loaded glove which was not seen by referee Speedy Hatfield.. Lucas went down and was pinned by the groggy Frank Dalton. The fall and the match went to the Daltons, who retained the US title.

Chris Lucas back body drops Frank Dalton

Chris Lucas back body drops Frank Dalton

 

The Dirty Daltons double team Ken Lucas

The Dirty Daltons double team Ken Lucas

The month wasn’t a total loss for the Lucas Brothers, however. They had been awarded the Southern Tag Team title when former champions Bobby Fields & Ramon Torres were unable to make title defenses. Fields had been dealing with his obligations in Louisiana since he was the state champion. Torres was just as tied up with defenses of his Gulf Coast title.

Chief Little Eagle continued to confound the fans that had once rooted for him as he grew more vicious with every bout. He developed such a propensity for biting his opponents that fans dubbed him “Dracula”. This habit first appeared during a tag team match in Mobile that saw Little Eagle teamed with veteran Jack Bence facing the team of Ramon Torres & Ken Ackles. Little Eagle’s new habit cost his team the first fall as referee Joe Powell disqualified him for refusing to stop biting Ackles on his ear. Torres forced Bence to submit to an abdominal stretch in the second fall to give the match to Torres & Ackles in two straight falls.

Ackles was so upset at Little Eagle and his biting that he challenged him to a Texas Death Match. Unlike most Texas Death Matches, this one would be set for the best three out of five falls with no holds barred. Furthermore each man would be awarded $100 for each fall that they won. Little Eagle proved to be a bit tougher than Ackles as he won three falls, $300 and the match.

A week later, Little Eagle was facing Frank Dalton during a television taping at WKRG TV in Mobile. Little Eagle still held animosity for the Daltons since his battles against them with partner Eduardo Perez the previous month. As Jack Dalton was sitting alongside commentator Jack Bitterman during the match he was complaining about Little Eagle’s constant biting of his brother Frank. Finally Little Eagle tossed Frank from the ring and rammed his head into a ringside table. Although Frank could have easily been pinned after this, Little Eagle wasn’t through. He rolled Frank back into the ring and applied the illegal pile driver on him. Jack rushed the ring as Little Eagle departed with the fans cheering his every move.

The Daltons were swearing revenge and dared Little Eagle to get a partner. He reached out to Perez, but he was unavailable. Little Eagle then reached out to another wrestler well versed in dirty tricks as he recruited one of the Mysterious Medics. Little Eagle & the Medic faced the Daltons in a wild match in Mobile. The Medic scored the first fall for his team when he pinned Frank Dalton. In the second fall, referee Jim Savoldi was busy trying to keep the Medic from entering the ring without the benefit of a tag, With the referee distracted the Daltons both grabbed Little Eagle and delivered a double pile driver on him. He was then pinned by Jack Dalton to even the score.

The Dirty Daltons apply a double pile driver on Chief Little Eagle

The Dirty Daltons apply a double pile driver on Chief Little Eagle

Little Eagle was unable to continue in the third and deciding fall. The Daltons could have won the third fall and the match by default, but their egos got the better of them. They challenged the Medic to get another partner for the final fall. The Medic went back to the dressing room and returned to ringside with Ramon Torres, the Gulf Coast champion, in tow. All four men tore into one another and continued doing the same until the sixty minute time limit expired. The match was declared a draw.

The Mysterious Medic slugs Frank Dalton to aid Ramon Torres

The Mysterious Medic slugs Frank Dalton to aid Ramon Torres

In Louisiana, Bobby Fields and Don Carson were still trying to settle their differences. They had met in a match that saw Fields’ Louisiana State title and Carson’s new Ford Mustang up for grabs. That match had ended without a winner when the referee in the match was injured and unable to continue. They met again with the same stipulations in a one fall to a finish match in Baton Rouge that saw Carson defeat Fields for the Louisiana title and keep his brand new car.

The two met again the following week in Baton Rouge, but this time it was a non-title match. The ring was surrounded by barbed wire to ensure that Carson would stay in the ring. With Carson not able to slide out of the ring to escape the wrath of Fields, he fell easy prey  and was defeated.

Bobby Fields also started teaming with his brother Lee Fields again. Lee had been busy away from the wrestling scene but made his start back in Louisiana. The Fields Brothers met the team of Eduardo Perez & the Mongol in a match in Alexandria and came out on top. After the match Bobby had words with referee Alvaro Velasco that saw the two come to blows.

This led to a grudge match between the two the following week in Alexandria. Fields made quick work Velasco and won the match.

Lee & Bobby Fields upended the Dirty Daltons in a match held at the Community Center in Lafayette, Louisiana to win the United States Tag Team championship.

Maxie York returned to Louisiana after a lengthy absence and he and Don Carson quickly reformed their tag team. The Golden Tornados challenged the Southern Tag Team title holders, Lucas Brothers, in a non-title match in Baton Rouge. The Tornados came out on top and issued a challenge to the Fields Brothers for a chance at the US tag team crown.

The Fields Brothers accepted the challenge and the title match was set for Baton Rouge. To the surprise of all, Carson & York won the match in two straight falls. However, since the final fall was won when the Fields Brothers were disqualified, the US title stayed in the hands of the Fields duo.

A feud began brewing between two wrestlers who spent most of their time serving as referees in Louisiana, Bob Kelly and Alvaro Velasco. The two constantly clashed over how they officiated their matches and their arguments finally came to a head when they were signed to wrestle each other in a match in Baton Rouge. Kelly proved to be the better man and emerged victorious.

Southern Negro Champion Matt Jewell made his return to the area as he defended his title against Tex Brady in a match in Panama City. Jewell came out on top in that match and retained his title.

The two men met again in a non-title match two nights later in Mobile. Fortunately for Jewell that his title was not on the line because Brady won the match.

Others in the area in August were the Mummy, Bruce Austin, Tony Baillargeon, Pierre DeGlane, Rocky Montero, Bob Dalton and Tarzan Baxter.

 

SEPTEMBER:

 

The Dirty Daltons were complaining about the match that they had had in Mobile against Chief Little Eagle & the Mysterious Medic. Little Eagle had been injured during the course of that match and was replaced by Ramon Torres. The Daltons claimed that they had been forced to wrestle three men instead of two during the match, forgetting that they themselves had made the challenge to the Medic to find a new partner. Due to their complaining a rematch was set against Torres & the Medic in Mobile. The match went to a sixty minute draw with neither team able to win a fall.

Frank & Jack Dalton double team the Mysterious Medic

Frank & Jack Dalton double team the Mysterious Medic

Yet another match was set up the following week in Mobile. The first fall in that one was won by the Medic as he pinned Frank Dalton after Torres had flattened him with a series of dropkicks.  In the second fall, Torres was once again nailing Frank with dropkicks, when Dalton suddenly avoided one. Torres instead hit the Medic and dropped him to the mat. Dalton quickly pinned the masked man to even the sides. During the third and deciding fall, Torres was basically fighting both Daltons on his own as the Medic refused to accept his tag outs. Even Chief Little Eagle, who was at ringside serving as manager of the Torres-Medic combine, urged the Medic to relieve his partner, yet he still refused. Finally Jack Dalton applied an Atomic Drop on Torres and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

Torres was anxious to get his hands on the Daltons after being double teamed by them and with the Medic no longer an option as a partner; he approached Chief Little Eagle to join him. Little Eagle was just as anxious to get his hands on the Daltons, who had injured him a few weeks earlier with a pile driver. The match was set for Mobile. Little Eagle won the first fall for his team when he hit Frank Dalton with Tomahawk chops and pinned him. Jack Dalton came back to score the second fall when he pinned Torres after applying an Atomic Drop. In the third and deciding fall the Daltons made good use of their belt buckles as they opened a cut on Little Eagle’s forehead. Referee Bob Hamby tried to restore order only to find himself pitched from the ring twice. He stopped the match and declared a no contest.

Jack & Frank Dalton stomp Chief Little Eagle as referee Bob Hamby tries to intervene

Jack & Frank Dalton stomp Chief Little Eagle as referee Bob Hamby tries to intervene

After this match Torres had decided that he had had enough of the Daltons, but Little Eagle was still seeking to avenge his injury at the pair’s hands. He reached out to Bobby Fields and asked him to team against the Daltons. Fields agreed and the match was held in Mobile. During the first fall the Daltons repeatedly choked Fields with a belt which they kept hidden from the view of referee Chuck Dupree. Finally Fields was able to reach Little Eagle and tagged him in. The Chief was able to wrest the belt away from Frank Dalton and gave it to Fields who used it to choke Frank to gain a measure of revenge. Dupree managed to get the belt away from Fields and the match continued. The first fall ended when Little Eagle pinned Jack Dalton after Fields had slugged him when Dalton wandered too close to Fields’ corner. In the second fall, the Daltons again tried to use not only the belt, but also a pair of brass knuckles that Frank had smuggled into the ring. Fields managed to relieve Frank of the belt once again and used it to choke Dalton mercilessly. Fields also tore Frank’s shirt off of him and choked him with that as well. The end came as Fields was battling Jack while Frank was leaning over the top rope trying to reach his brother for a tag. Fields sent Jack crashing into the corner, flipping Frank into the ring. Before either Dalton could recover, Fields had pinned Frank to win the fall and give the match to Little Eagle & himself in two straight falls.

Bobby Fields struggles to break free of Jack Dalton as Frank Dalton looks on

Bobby Fields struggles to break free of Jack Dalton as Frank Dalton looks on

In Panama City, Fields also teamed with Gulf Coast champion Ramon Torres to compete in a four team, one night tournament for a $300 prize. The other teams competing were Ronnie & Chuck Dupree, Don Carson & TNT Monroe and Bob Hamby & Bruce Austin. Carson & Monroe eliminated Hamby & Austin, while Fields & Torres eliminated the Dupree Brothers. The final match saw Carson & Monroe defeat Fields & Torres for the prize money.

Don Carson was awarded a Gulf Coast title match with champion Ramon Torres, and the match was held in Panama City. Carson used every dirty trick he knew and defeated the popular Torres to become the new Gulf Coast champion.

In Louisiana the Golden Tornados, Don Carson & Maxie York, were hot on the trail of Lee & Bobby Fields and the latter’s United States tag team crown. The Tornados had defeated the Fields Brothers in two straight falls in an earlier match in Baton Rouge. However, since the second fall was won by disqualification the title did not change hands. Promoter Bill Golden signed a return title match for Baton Rouge and the match was a wild one. So wild in fact, that the match wound up as a double disqualification and the US title was stripped from the champions and held up by the state commission.

The following week in Baton Rouge, the Tornados teamed with the Mongol to face the threesome of Bobby Whitlock, returning after a three year absence, and Ken & Chris Lucas. The Tornados & the Mongol came out victorious in that event.

It was determined that a one night tournament would be held with the winning team receiving the United States Tag Team Championship. The 2nd place team would receive $1000 and the 3rd place team would receive $250. The tournament was held at Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette and 11 teams were entered. Those teams were:

The final match was between the Fields Brothers and the Dirty Daltons. It was a full blown knock down and drag out affair, but when the dust settled the US tag team belts were once again around the waists of Jack & Frank Dalton.

In Baton Rouge Don Carson, who now held both the Gulf Coast and Louisiana State titles, put his Louisiana title on the line in a match with the man he had won the title from, Bobby Fields. Fields looked well on his way to regaining the title until Carson felled him with a low blow and pinned him to win the match and retain the title.

The following week in Baton Rouge Carson teamed with partner Maxie York as they faced Ken & Chris Lucas. The match wound up as a double disqualification after all four men spent the deciding fall fighting outside the ring.

The following night in Alexandria, Don Carson & Ken Lucas met in a Texas Death Match. In this match there was no disqualification and no time limit. Falls did not count and the match would continue until one may was unable to continue. It was a bloody match that saw the advantage switch back and forth several times. Lucas was ahead on falls and finally Carson was unable to continue and Lucas was declared the winner.

The Lucas Brothers were anxious to get another crack at the Golden Tornados and put their Southern Tag Team title on the line as bait. This one was the same as the previous one with all four men knocked one another from pillar to post. When the dust settled, however, the match went to the Lucas Brothers who remained Southern Tag Team champions.

The midget ladies made an appearance in the area in September. Darling Dagmar defeated Diamond Lil in a match in Mobile. They met again a few days later in Baton Rouge and once again Dagmar scored the victory over Lil.

The regular sized ladies also made a swing through the area. Margie Ramsey faced Peggy Allen in a match held in Panama City. Ramsey took the best two of three falls in that match to score a victory. The two met two nights later in a match in Mobile. In that one Allen was applying an airplane spin on Ramsey but lost her balance and was pinned by Ramsey. This highly upset Allen and she continually punished Ramsey throughout the second fall. Finally referee Speedy Hatfield tired of her illegal tactics and disqualified Allen, giving the match to Ramsey in two straight falls.

Others in the Gulf Coast in September were Tarzan Baxter, Oni Wiki Wiki and Pierre DeGlane.

 

OCTOBER!

 

Gulf Coast champion Don Carson put his title on the line against former champion Chief Little Eagle in a match held in Mobile. Little Eagle took the first fall as he pinned Carson after using a Tomahawk chop to the chest. In the second fall Carson made use of the draw string from his trunks, which he used to constantly choke Little Eagle. Little Eagle finally fought back and was hitting Carson with a series of shoulder tackles off the ropes. Carson’s tag team partner Maxie York, who was sitting at ringside serving as Carson’s manager, reached into the ring and tripped Little Eagle. York then climbed into the ting and he and Carson began stomping Little Eagle. Things looked bad for the Chief until Bobby Fields raced into the ring and chased the two blondes out. Referee Jim King awarded the match to Little Eagle on a disqualification.

Chief Little Eagle punishes Don Carson in the corner

Chief Little Eagle punishes Don Carson in the corner

Carson & York were hot at Fields for ruining their fun, so the Golden Tornados challenged Fields to find a partner and face them in a tag team match. Fields surprised a lot of people when he chose rookie Cowboy Bob Kelly as his partner as they faced the Tornados in a match in Mobile. In the first fall, Fields and York were in the ring when Fields caught York in a full nelson. He maneuvered York over to his corner where Kelly laid a haymaker to York’s chin. York fell to the mat and was pinned, giving the first fall to Fields & Kelly. Kelly fell victim of double teaming by Carson & York in the second fall. They wore him down totally and York pinned him to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, Carson tossed Fields from the ring and joined York in doubling up on Kelly once again. Fields made his way back into the ring and jumped on Carson from behind. He straddled Carson and began pummeling him. Kelly kept York busy across the ring and all four men fought to their heart’s content until referee Speedy Hatfield stopped the match and declared it a no contest.

A new masked team called The Blue Infernos made their way to the Gulf Coast for the second time, as they had been one of the 11 teams in the US Tag Team title tournament held the previous month in Lafayette. In their initial appearance in Mobile, only one of the masked me wrestled while his partner sat in his corner at ringside. That Inferno faced Bob Hamby in a singles match. Hamby was scheduled to face Ronnie Dupree, but he failed to show. At that point, one of the Infernos volunteered to wrestle Hamby. Hamby was handling the masked man pretty well until the Inferno spun him into referee. Speedy Hatfield. At that point the other Inferno entered the ring, slammed the tired Hamby and covered him. Hatfield was unaware of the switch and he counted Hamby out and awarded the match to the Blue Inferno.

The following week the Blue Infernos made their formal debut as a team in Mobile. They faced the team of Bobby Fields & Tarzan Baxter. The masked duo double teamed Baxter throughout the first fall and he was pinned to give the fall to the Infernos. In the second fall Fields was the victim of the double teaming until he removed the belt from his jeans and wrapped it around in fist. He pounded both Infernos and pinned one of them to win the second fall. The third and deciding fall went pretty much the same way as Fields quickly pinned one of the masked men to win the fall and the match and then he kicked both men from the ring.

The Blue Infernos also participated in a 7 man Battle Royal in Panama City. Alongside them in that match were Jack & Frank Dalton, Bobby Fields, TNT Monroe and Chief Little Eagle. The last to remaining men were the Daltons and they refused to wrestle each other. They were arguing with promoter Rocky McGuire when Fields & Little Eagle, who had been the last two men eliminated, came to ringside and volunteered to wrestle the Daltons. It was agreed and the match was now a tag team match. Little Eagle pinned Frank Dalton to score the first fall and was pinned in return by Jack Dalton in the second. Fields came back to pin Frank in the third and deciding fall to give the match to he & Little Eagle.

The following week in Panama City, Fields & Little Eagle teamed with Tarzan Baxter to face the Blue Infernos & TNT Monroe in a six man tag team match. Each team won a fall apiece when Fields pinned one of the Infernos to score the deciding fall.

The Blue Infernos wanted another shot at Fields and challenged him to another tag team match in Panama City. Fields agreed and this time took Bobby Whitlock as his partner. It was nip and tuck with each team winning a fall when Whitlock pinned one of the masked men to score the deciding fall for he & Fields. The Blue Infernos left the Gulf Coast territory after that match.

As one set of masked men left the area, another one arrived. This wrestler was known as The Pirate. He faced Tarzan Baxter in his initial appearance in Mobile. Baxter had the masked man reeling with a series of body tackles in the first fall when the Pirate reached into his tights and pulled out a piece of metal. He nailed Baxter with it and easily pinned him to take the first fall. In the second fall, Baxter became preoccupied with trying to strip the mask from the Pirate’s head. While this was going on the Pirate again reached for his piece of metal, which this time he had hidden in his boot. He loaded up his fist and again nailed Baxter with it and pinned him, winning the match in two straight falls.

The Gulf Coast title was bouncing like a rubber ball during the month of October. First Bobby Fields defeated champion Don Carson in a match in Dothan to capture the title. The two met in a return title match in Mobile that saw Carson take the first fall after blinding him with eye gouges and pinning him. Fields came back in the second fall and continually rammed Carson head first into the corner turnbuckles. Carson was easily pinned and the match was tied at a fall apiece. In the third and deciding fall, Carson went back to gouging and thumbing Fields’ eyes. He then went to send Fields hurdling into the corner but sent him crashing into referee Joe Turner instead. Turner was knocked out of the ring and Fields crashed to the canvas. At that point Maxie York entered the ring and grabbed Fields up and held him so Carson could punch him. Carson floored Fields and York exited the ring and helped Turner get back in. Fields was easily pinned and Turner awarded the fall and the match to Carson. It seemed that Carson had regained the Gulf Coast title. Before Carson could be handed the title belt, Bobby Whitlock came to the ring and told Turner of York’s interference. Turner questioned the ringside fans who confirmed what Whitlock was saying. Turner reversed his decision and awarded the fall and the match to Fields on a disqualification, allowing Fields to remain champion.

Bobby Fields sends Don Carson reeling with a hard punch

Bobby Fields sends Don Carson reeling with a hard punch

Unfortunately for Fields, he was upended in a title match two nights later in Dothan which saw Maxie York victorious to become the new Gulf Coast champion.

Maxie York hurls Bobby Fields across the ring by his hair

Maxie York hurls Bobby Fields across the ring by his hair

In Panama City, Don Carson teamed with the Pirate to make short work of Bob Kelly & Tarzan Baxter. The following week it was the Pirate along with the Golden Tornados, Carson & Maxie York, took on the threesome of Bobby Fields, Bobby Whitlock & newcomer Bill Howard in a six man tag team match. That match wound up a free-for-all and referee Speedy Hatfield stopped the match and declared it a no contest.

The following week in Panama City, the six man tag team match grew into an eight man tag team match as Fields, Whitlock, Tarzan Baxter & Bruce Austin face off against the Golden Tornados, the Pirate & Vic Velasco. Each team had one a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall when the foursome of the Tornados, the Pirate & Velasco were disqualified for using illegal tactics, awarding the fall and the match to Fields, Whitlock, Baxter & Austin.

In Louisiana, the Golden Tornados were still chasing the Lucas Brothers and their Southern Tag Team title. The two teams met in a title match in Baton Rouge. The Lucas duo took two out of three falls to win the match and retain their title.

The following night in Alexandria, Ken Lucas met Don Carson in a title match for Carson’s Louisiana State title. Lucas had recently defeated Carson in a Texas Death Match in Alexandria, which had earned him the title match. Lucas was victorious in this match as well and became the new Louisiana State champion.

The following week in Alexandria Ken Lucas teamed with his brother Chris to face the Dirty Daltons. The match wound up a double disqualification as Ken and Jack Dalton beat each other bloody outside the ring and were counted out.

This led to a Jack Dalton challenging Ken Lucas for the Louisiana title. The two met in a title match in Baton Rouge. Once again both men threw the rules out the window and both wound up bloody and battered. The match was stopped and declared a no contest.

This led to a return title match the following week in Baton Rouge with the exact same results; this led to promoter Bill Golden signing yet another match in Baton Rouge. This time it would be a one fall to a finish match with no time limit. But even under those conditions, the two could not settle their differences and the match was again a bloody no contest.

With Jack Dalton busy trying to strip Ken Lucas of the Louisiana State title, Bob Dalton returned to team with Frank Daltons to continue the Dirty Daltons reign of terror. They teamed to defeat Chris Lucas & Chief Little Eagle in a tag team match in Baton Rouge.

Lady wrestlers returned in October. In Baton Rouge Margie Ramsey continued her winning ways over Peggy Allen.

The following week in Baton Rouge Ramsey teamed with Chris Lucas to face The Blue Angel & Bob Dalton in a mixed tag team match. Ramsey pinned the Angel to win the deciding fall for her team. The following night in Alexandria Ramsey teamed with Bob Kelly to defeat The Angel & Dalton.

Two weeks later, also in Baton Rouge Sweet Georgia Brown won two out of three falls over Willie Mae Dugas in another ladies match.

The end of October saw the wrestling matches in Mobile come to a halt for the remainder of the year. Matches were still held in the other cities in the territory.

Other wrestlers in the area in October were Chris Hardy, Jim King and Herb Larson, returning after an absence of many years.

 

NOVEMBER:

 

Gulf Coast Heavyweight champion Maxie York defended his title against former champion Bobby Fields during a live broadcast from WTVY TV in Dothan. Despite an onslaught of dirty tactics by York, Fields not only survived but upended York to regain the Gulf Coast title.

York fared better when he teamed with his Golden Tornados partner, Don Carson, to face Chief Little Eagle and his manager Bull Williams in a tag team match in Panama City. The two blondes proved their dominance as they took two out of three falls to win the match.

The Pirate recruited a second masked man as his partner and the team of The Pirates faced the team of Bobby Fields & Bobby Whitlock in a tag team match in Panama City. Fields & Whitlock had formed a successful tag team in recent weeks and their success continued as the defeated the Pirates by winning two out of three falls.

The following week in Panama City, Fields & Whitlock teamed with Dick Dunn, who was returning to the area after an absence. They faced the threesome of Don Carson, Maxie York & the Pirate in a six man tag team match. Each team had won a fall apiece when Dunn pinned the Pirate with a rolling cradle to win the third and deciding fall to win the match for his team.

Maxie York was irate and humiliated after losing the Gulf Coast title on TV and immediately issued a challenge to Bobby Fields. If Fields would give him one more chance at the title, he would put his long blonde hair up against the title. If he lost, he would allow Fields to shave his head in the middle of the ring. That’s exactly what happened. Fields soundly defeated York in Dothan and retained his title. York had his head shorn and left the area humiliated.

Maxie York is being held while Bobby Fields shaves his head

Maxie York is being held while Bobby Fields shaves his head

 

Bobby Fields shave Maxie York's blonde locks

Bobby Fields shave Maxie York’s blonde locks

In Louisiana, the red hot feud between Louisiana State champion Ken Lucas and Jack Dalton continued to burn. The two had met several times in bloody title matches, but neither man was able to score a victory over the other. They met once again in a match in Baton Rouge that would be a best three out of five falls with no time limit and no disqualification. There would have to be a winner and the winner would be the Louisiana State champion. It was yet again a wild and bloody battle, but when the dust settled Jack Dalton was the winner and new Louisiana State champion.

Dalton proved to be a fighting champion as he faced Bobby Fields for the title the following week in Baton Rouge. These two had a long history of bitterness between them and this match was no different. Each man had scored a fall apiece when Dalton was disqualified in the third and deciding fall for throwing Fields over the top rope. Fields was the winner of the match but the title stayed in Dalton’s hands because a title could not change hands on a disqualification. Fields protested violently because he claimed that he had Dalton beaten but Dalton got himself disqualified on purpose in order to save his title.

Fields took his complaint to Baton Rouge promoter Mrs. Jimmy Kilshaw, who booked a return title match with the disqualification rule waived. In this match, held in Baton Rouge, if Dalton purposely got himself disqualified, he would lose the title. With those rules in place, Dalton used every dirty trick he knew and defeated Fields and remained Louisiana champion.

The following week in Baton Rouge, Dalton teamed with his brother Bob Dalton to face Ken & Chris Lucas in a tag team match. Bob proved to be just as capable a partner as Frank Dalton and this version of the Dirty Daltons was just as tough as the others. Chris Lucas took the first fall for his team as he used his sleeper hold on Bob. Jack came back to pin Ken Lucas after applying an Atomic Drop to win the second fall. Ken then forced Bob Dalton to submit to an abdominal stretch to win the third and deciding fall for the Lucas Brothers.

With this win the Lucas Brothers demanded a shot at the United States Tag Team crown held by Jack & Frank Dalton. The Lucas team came within a hair’s breadth of winning the title, but the Daltons pulled out a last minute victory to retain the US tag team title.

A newcomer by the name Les Thatcher arrived in the area in November. Billed as a 17 year old teen sensation, Thatcher defeated veteran Chico Cortez in a debut match in Panama City.

The Mysterious Medics returned to the area as a team with they appeared in a six man tag team match in Panama City. They teamed with Don Carson to face the threesome of Bobby Fields and ken & Chris Lucas. The match ended up as a double disqualification as all six men fought in the ring at the same time.

Lady wrestlers returned to the area as Sweet Georgia Brown defeated Willie Mae Dugas in a match held in Panama City.

Danny Little Bear returned to the area after a lengthy absence. He defeated Alvaro Velasco in a match in Baton Rouge in his return.

Others in the area this month were Jim King, Tarzan Baxter and newcomer Duke Ramos.

 

DECEMBER:

 

A seven man Battle Royal was held in Panama City with the winner to receive $100. The participants were Dick Dunn, Bobby Fields, the Mongol, Chico Cortez, Don Carson and Jack & Frank Dalton. At the end Fields found himself alone in the ring against the Dirty Daltons. They double teamed him mercilessly and finally tossed him over the top rope to eliminate him. The Daltons agreed to share the prize money as Frank eliminated himself to allow Jack to win the Battle Royal.

Fields was hot at his treatment at the hands of the Daltons and asked Dick Dunn to team with him to face the pair in a tag team match in Panama City. In that match, Jack Dalton was unavailable and was replaced by his brother Bob Dalton. Bob & Frank were still a rough combination and they battled Fields & Dunn to a sixty minute draw.

A rematch was scheduled for the following week in Panama City, but Don Carson threw a monkey wrench into the works. In fact, Carson single-handedly caused the entire card to be thrown into disarray. Carson was scheduled to team with the Mysterious Medic to face the team of Tarzan Baxter & Jack Bence. Carson came to ringside and grabbed the microphone and said that he refused to team with the Medic due to what he claimed was a double-cross by the masked man during a match in Dothan the week before. Promoter Rocky McGuire came out to ringside and announced that he would change the main event to a six man tag team match with the Medic, Frank Dalton & Bence facing Baxter, Dick Dunn & Bobby Fields. Carson then asked referee Speedy Hatfield to step aside and let him referee the match. McGuire and Hatfield agreed and it was all set. Dunn won the first fall for his team when he pinned Bence with a rolling cradle. In the second fall, Frank Dalton applied an Atomic Drop on Baxter and pinned him. In the third and deciding fall, the Medic had Fields caught in a Boston Crab when Carson suddenly punched the masked man in the face. The Medic was knocked for a loop and was easily pinned by Fields to win the fall and the match for his team. The Medic swore revenge on Carson following the match.

The following week in Panama City Carson teamed with Tarzan Baxter to face the Mysterious Medics with Dick Dunn serving as the special referee. In the third and deciding fall, Dunn tired of the Medics illegal tactics and disqualified the masked duo and awarded the fall and the match to Carson & Baxter.

The Medic was hot at Dunn for this action and challenged him to a match the following week in Panama City. The Medic said that he would unmask himself if he lost the match. Promoter Rocky McGuire signed the match and assigned himself as the special referee. The match was totally out of control and McGuire finally stopped it and declared it a no contest.

In Louisiana, the fans got a shock during a television match on WFAB TV in Baton Rouge. Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas were facing Frank & Bob Dalton when Fields threw a dropkick at Bob Dalton while Lucas held him. Dalton moved and Fields’ dropkick hit him and sent him flying out of the ring. Lucas hit his head on the ring apron and suffered a cut on his forehead. Fields tried to help Lucas back into the ring but Lucas attacked him and soon had Fields bleeding as well. The Daltons stood by and watched as Fields and Lucas tore into one another.

This led to a match between Fields and Lucas in Baton Rouge. Each man had won a fall apiece when the third and deciding fall wound up in another bloody battle. Referee Bob Kelly stopped the match and called it a no contest.

A rematch was signed for the following week in Baton Rouge and this one again was a bloody affair. So bloody in fact that a riot ensued and the match once again was thrown out.

Yet a third match was held in Baton Rouge, this time with each man having a second in their corner. Fields had his brother Lee in his corner while Lucas was seconded by Don Carson. Fields won the first fall when Lucas was disqualified. In the second fall Lee Fields and Don Carson both got involved and the fall and the match wound up in a double disqualification.

This led to a match with Lee & Bobby Fields facing off with Lucas & Carson. The Fields Brothers won two out of three falls in that one to win the match.

A newcomer named Roger Kirby arrived on the scene and formed a popular tag team with Les Thatcher, who happened to be his cousin. Kirby & Thatcher immediately made an impact as they defeated Frank & Bob Dalton in a match in Baton Rouge. The following week, Kirby & Thatcher defeated Frank Dalton & Duke Ramos in a match in Alexandria.

With these wins under their belts, Kirby & Thatcher began issuing a challenge to Jack & Frank Dalton for a shot at their United States Tag Team title. They did get a match wit the Daltons, but it was a non-title affair held in Baton Rouge. The match started fast with Kirby & Thatcher flattening both Daltons with dropkicks and pinned them both to take the first fall. In the second fall, the Daltons had Thatcher bleeding and after a series of bodyslams pinned him to even the score. At the start of the deciding fall, a commission doctor would not allow Thatcher to continue in the match so Kirby faced the Daltons alone. He more than held his own until the Daltons started double teaming him. Before they could do any serious damage Thatcher, his head wrapped in bandages, ran from the dressing room brandishing a chair. He battered both Daltons with the chair which resulted in a disqualification for Kirby, giving the fall and the match to the Daltons.

Frank Dalton gives Roger Kirby a back bodydrop

Frank Dalton gives Roger Kirby a back bodydrop

A rematch was held the following week in Baton Rouge that saw Kirby & Thatcher capturing the first fall while the Daltons scored in the second. In the third and deciding fall, Kirby received a bloody forehead from the Daltons use of their belt buckles. Finally Thatcher stunned Frank Dalton with a flying dropkick and pinned him to when the fall and the match. The Daltons protested bitterly, claiming that Thatcher was not the legal man in the ring at the time the pin occurred.

Roger Kirby flattens Frank Dalton with a dropkick

Roger Kirby flattens Frank Dalton with a dropkick

Jack Dalton was having issues with Danny Little Bear as well. The two met in a match in Alexandria that saw Dalton victorious after using his heavy cowboy boots to kick Little Bear into submission. Little Bear went to promoter Midge Bell Monroe and demanded a rematch. He requested that Dalton be forced to wrestle barefoot. Monroe agreed and the match was set for the following week in Alexandria. Without the advantage of his heavy boots, Dalton lost the match to Little Bear.

Little Bear was also having issues in Baton Rouge with Don Carson. The two met in a match that wound up in a draw. A rematch was held two weeks later in Baton Rouge that saw Little Bear victorious when Carson was disqualified.

Also in the area at the end of the year were Chris Lucas, the Mongol and Vic Velasco.