1967

JANUARY:

 

1967 opened with only some of the regular cities running cards. The first card held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana featured a 5 man Battle Royal with the winner to receive $100. The entrants were Ken Lucas, Danny Little Bear, Don Carson, Bobby Fields and Chico Cortez. Ken Lucas was the winner and pocketed the $100 prize.

In the main event The Dirty Daltons, Jack & Frank faced the popular team of Roger Kirby & Les Thatcher. Kirby & Thatcher were promised that if they defeated the Daltons they would receive a shot at the latter’s United States Tag Team title. Kirby & Thatcher were confident but their hopes were dashed as Jack Dalton appeared at ringside with Vic Velasco. It was claimed that Frank Dalton was too ill to compete. As it was Kirby & Thatcher handily defeated Dalton & Velasco and earned their title shot.

Roger Kirby sends Frank Dalton up with a back bodydrop

Roger Kirby sends Frank Dalton up with a back bodydrop

Two nights later in Panama City, Florida at the Rainbow Arena saw a newcomer called The Black Phantom defeat Vic Velasco in two straight falls. The main event for that card was a mixed tag team match as midget wrestler Lord Littlebrook teamed with Don Carson to face the team of midget Frenchy Lamonte & The Mysterious Medic. Carson and the Medic had been feuding for weeks and surprisingly the fans were on Carson’s side. Carson & Littlebrook won the mixed tag team match by winning two out of three falls.

The following night at the Houston County Farm Center in Dothan, Alabama, saw a midget match between Lord Littlebrook and French Lamonte. Littlebrook took two out of three fall in that bout to earn the win.

Lord Littlebrook delivers a punch to Frenchy Lamonte

Lord Littlebrook delivers a punch to Frenchy Lamonte

On the same card Gulf Coast champion Bobby Fields defeated arch-rival Don Carson in a non-title match.

The main event on the Dothan card saw The Mysterious Medics take two out of three falls to defeat the team of Ken Lucas & Bob Kelly.

The following week in Baton Rouge, a newcomer named Dennis Hall made his debut. It was revealed that Hall was the cousin of Roger Kirby & Les Thatcher. Hall wrestled to a 15 minute draw with Ken Lucas.

The main event of that same card saw Hall’s cousins, Kirby & Thatcher get their long anticipated title match with US Tag Team champions, Jack & Frank Dalton. The cousins won the first fall after Thatcher flattened Frank Dalton with a series of dropkicks and pinned him. The Daltons were completely outclassed in the second fall and the title looked well on its way to changing hands. Then suddenly the bell rang signaling that the sixty minute time limit had expired. Despite the protest of the ringside fans, as well as Kirby & Thatcher, that the bell had been rang prematurely the match was declared a draw.

Roger Kirby gives Frank Dalton a punch in the jaw

Roger Kirby gives Frank Dalton a punch in the jaw

Two nights later in Panama City, Don Carson & Vic Velasco teamed to trim the team of the Mysterious Medic & Joe Kono, who was returning to the area after many years’ absence. Each team had won a fall apiece when the Medic caused his team to be disqualified in the third and deciding fall.

Earlier in the evening on that same card, Kono defeated Velasco and Carson and the Medic wrestled to a draw.

The next night in Dothan Kono once again defeated Velasco, while Duke Ramos beat Bob Kelly.

Lester Welch returned to the Gulf Coast for his first appearance in many years and faced off against Don Carson. Each man had scored a fall apiece when the sixty minute time limit expired and the match ended in a draw.

The main event for that evening was a tag team match with Lee & Bobby Fields going against the Mysterious Medics. The winning team would be named the Southern Tag Team Champions. The Southern title had been in the hands of the Lucas Brothers, but Chris Lucas had left the area and the title fell into inactivity. Rather than face a lengthy tournament, promoter Rocky McGuire decided to match the Fields Brothers and the Medics with the winning team being named champions. The plan didn’t quite go as was hoped for as the match ended in a double disqualification. The Southern Tag Team title was held up and then abolished.

In Baton Rouge the following week a rematch for the US Tag Team title was set between the champions, the Dirty Daltons, and the team of Roger Kirby & Les Thatcher. Since their previous match had ended in controversy over the legitimacy of the sixty minute time limit expiring, the rematch would have a ninety minute time limit. It was hoped that the extended time limit would result in a decisive winning team and all things would be settled. Each team had won a fall apiece when things got out of hand in the third and deciding fall. Don Carson, who had teamed with Ken Lucas earlier in the evening to defeat Bobby Fields & Dennis Hall, interfered in the match on behalf of the Daltons. This incident brought Hall out to the ring to aid his cousins. A free-for-all ensued and the match was declared a no contest.

Frank Dalton sends Roger Kirby flying with a back bodydrop

Frank Dalton sends Roger Kirby flying with a back bodydrop

The opening match on that same card saw Danny Little Bear defeat Chico Cortez.

Two nights later in Panama City saw three special events making up the card. In the opening match, the midget ladies competed. Darling Dagmar took two out of three falls to defeat Diamond Lil.

The second event was a ladies match that saw Toni Rose defeat Bette Boucher two out of three falls.

The main event was a grudge match between Don Carson and the Mysterious Medic. Carson got his long awaited revenge on the masked man as he defeated him soundly.

That same night in Loranger, Louisiana “The Wrestling Cousins”, Roger Kirby, Dennis Hall & Les Thatcher faced off against The Dirty Daltons & Ken Lucas. Danny Little Bear served as the special referee.  It was a wild and bloody event that saw the cousins come out on top.

Dennis Hall sends Jack Dalton across the ring

Dennis Hall sends Jack Dalton across the ring

The next night in Dothan, Darling Dagmar once again took the measure of Diamond Lil, while Toni Rose scored another victory over Bette Boucher.

In the main event in Dothan Bobby Fields teamed with newcomer Bobby Hart to face the rugged team of Don Carson & Duke Ramos. Carson & Ramos took the best two out of three falls to defeat Fields & Hart.

The following week saw a six man tag team match held in Baton Rouge as Roger Kirby, Dennis Hall & Les Thatcher took on the Dirty Daltons, Jack & Frank, and their new partner Bull “Duke” Ramos. Hall won the first fall for the cousins as he pinned Frank Dalton with a rolling cradle. Jack Dalton scored the second fall for his team as he applied an Atomic Drop on Kirby and pinned him. In the third fall Thatcher had Frank Dalton in an airplane spin but spun a little too close to the referee,. The official was caught by Dalton’s spinning feet and knocked out of the ring. Ramos then jumped into the ring and pulled Dalton off of Thatcher’s shoulders and applied a bear hug on Thatcher. The Daltons kept Kirby & Hall at bay as Ramos squeezed the strength out of Thatcher. Ramos then dropped the hapless Thatcher to the mat and pinned him just as the referee returned to the ring. Thatcher was counted out and the fall and the match awarded to the Daltons & Ramos.

Dennis Hall whips Frank Dalton across the ring

Dennis Hall whips Frank Dalton across the ring

In an earlier match on that same card Toni Rose defeated Bette Boucher in a ladies match.

Also on that card bitter enemies Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas met in a match which proved to be one of their typical knock down drag out affairs. The two battled to a bloody stalemate and the match was stopped with neither man earning a victory.

In Panama City two nights later, Carson was scheduled to face Vic Velasco in the opening match. The main event was to be Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall against Duke Ramos & Chico Cortez. The card was forced to be cancelled due to inclement weather.

The following night in Dothan saw two wild Latins square off in the opening bout as Chico Cortez of Cuba faced Pancho Rosario of Spain. The match was a fast paced one and ended in a draw.

Next up in the semi-main event, Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall defeated Duke Ramos & The Mongol, making his first appearance of the year.

In the main event Bobby Fields successfully defended his Gulf Coast title against the challenge of Don Carson. Fields took two out of three falls in that one to retain his title.

The month ended with a card in Baton Rouge with two rematches headlining it. First up was a return match between Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas. Their previous match had wound up a bloody stalemate and each man was anxious to get his hands on the other. This one was also a wild and bloody affair, but in the end Fields emerged victorious. Fields next set his eyes on Jack Dalton and the Louisiana State Championship.

The other return match that night was a return six man tag team match with the Cousins, Thatcher, Kirby & Hall facing off once again with the Dirty Daltons & Duke Ramos. The match ws a free for all and wound up a no contest when both sides were disqualified.

Les Thatcher rides on the shoulders of Duke Ramos

Les Thatcher rides on the shoulders of Duke Ramos

 

FEBRUARY:

 

In Lafayette, Louisiana Jack Dalton faced Danny Little Bear in a match for Dalton’s Louisiana State title. Little Bear scored the first fall by forcing Dalton to submit to the Indian Death Lock. Dalton came back in the second to pin Little Bear after applying an Atomic Drop. In the third and deciding fall both men battered each other bloody but Little Bear finally flattened Dalton with a Tomahawk chop and pinned him to win the fall and the match. Danny Little Bear was the new Louisiana State champion.

Danny Little Bear punishes the leg of Jack Dalton

Danny Little Bear punishes the leg of Jack Dalton

That same night in Dothan there was a six man tag team match with the team of Roger Kirby, Dennis Hall & Bobby Fields facing the threesome of Don Carson, Chico Cortez & Pancho Rosario. Carson scored the first fall for his team as he pinned Hall after applying a neckbreaker. The second fall saw Fields pin Rosario after hitting him with a series of dropkicks. In the third and deciding fall, Kirby pinned Cortez to win the fall and the match for his team.

The semi-final on that card saw newcomer Bob Armstrong take on and defeat Duke Ramos in best two out of three falls.

Wrestling in Panama City moved from Thursday night to Monday night beginning in February. The first Monday night card saw Bobby Fields defeat Chico Cortez in best two out of three fall to win their match.

The main event saw Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall take on Don Carson & Duke Ramos. Each team had won a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. The match ended when both teams were disqualified by referee Rube Wright for using illegal tactics.

The next night in Baton Rouge the card opened with a battle of the midgets as Jay Cox squared off with Marksville, Louisiana native Billy the Kid. The match was won by the Kid.

The semi-main event saw Louisiana champion Danny Little Bear team with Les Thatcher to face the team of Ken Lucas & Frank Dalton. Lucas & Dalton worked surprisingly well together and took two out of three falls to defeat Little Bear & Thatcher.

The next night in Alexandria, Louisiana Billy the Kid defeated Jay Cox in a midgets match to open the card;

Louisiana champion Danny Little Bear faced Ken Lucas, a former champion, in a non-title match in the semi-final. This one ended in a stalemate as neither man was able to capture the third and deciding fall.

In the main event on this card Les Thatcher teamed with Bob Kelly to defeat the Mysterious Medic #1 and Chico Cortez in best two out of three falls.

The same night as the Alexandria card, wrestling returned to Ft. Whiting in Mobile, Alabama. The card opened with Lester Welch taking on Don Carson. Welch won the first fall by hitting Carson with shoulder blocks and pinning him. Carson came back and applied a neckbreaker on Welch and pinning him to win the second fall. Welch had sustained an injured knee in the second fall action but continued the match as best he could. Carson spent most of the third and deciding fall working over the knee until Welch was finally forced to submit, giving  the fall and the match to Carson.

The semi-final match featured three national prominent figures as the team of Eddie Graham & Sam Steamboat wrestled Duke Keomuka & Bull Ramos. Eddie Graham forced Ramos to submit to a Boston Crab to take the first fall for his team. Keomuka chopped Sam Steamboat with a judo chop to the chest  and pinned him to even up the score. In the third and deciding fall, Keomuka once again sent Steamboat into the ropes aiming to hit him with another judo chop. This time Steamboat ducked the blow and applied an abdominal stretch on Keomuka, forcing him to surrender the fall and the match to Graham & Steamboat.

The main event was a United States Tag Team title match with the champions, the Dirty Daltons defending against Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall. The first fall was won by Jack Dalton as he pinned Kirby after applying an Atomic Drop on him. The second fall was a wild one that saw Jack Dalton sustain a cut on his forehead. The fall ended when Kirby & Hall gave a double back bodydrop on Frank Dalton and Hall pin him. In the third and deciding fall Jack applied another Atomic Drop on Kirby and then a second for good measure. Intent on injuring Kirby, Dalton went to apply the hold once more. This time, however, Kirby was close to the ropes and pushed himself backwards falling onto of Dalton. This allowed Kirby to pin Dalton long enough to referee Jim King to toll the count. The angered Daltons grabbed the US title belts and raced back to the dressing room. Despite this action, Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall were the new US Tag Team champions.

Jack Dalton holds Roger Kirby as Frank Dalton stomps him. The referee is Jim King

Jack Dalton holds Roger Kirby as Frank Dalton stomps him. The referee is Jim King

Two nights later in Dothan Ronnie Carson, younger brother of Don Carson, made his debut in the Gulf Coast. He was accompanied to ringside by his brother as he handily defeated Chris Hardy in the opening match on the card.

The second match on the card featured two wrestlers who had not appeared in the Gulf Coast for several years, Chief Crazy Horse and Tom Bradley. Crazy Horse defeated Bradley in their match.

The semi-final had the new US Tag Team champions, Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall, facing the Japanese team of Duke Keomuka & Taki Yamaguchi In a non-title match. Kirby & Hall scored two out of three falls to be the victors in that match.

The main event was a Gulf Coast title match between champion Bobby Fields and Don Carson. This match was a one fall to a finish match with no disqualification and no time limit. Furthermore, there would be no referee in the ring. The referee would be seated at ringside and would only enter the ring to count the fall. Fields defeated Carson to win the match and retain his title.

The following week in Panama City a newcomer called Chief White Eagle made his first appearance and defeated the Black Phantom in two out of three falls

The main event was a return match between the teams of Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall and Don Carson & Duke Ramos. Carson & Hall had been complaining over the officiating of referee Rube Wright the previous week and asked for a new referee. Promoter Rocky McGuire assigned the match to a new wrestler in the area named Gordo Szabo. Each team had won a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. During the third fall, Kirby was hitting Ramos with shoulder blocks until Ramos dodged one. Kirby rammed into Szabo and both of them fell to the mat. Szabo was up first and stomped Kirby several times. He then counted the fall on Kirby as Ramos pinned him, giving the fall and the match to Carson & Ramos.

Roger Kirby stuns Duke Ramos with a forearm

Roger Kirby stuns Duke Ramos with a forearm

The next night in Baton Rouge, yet another newcomer made his first appearance in the area. Young Pepe Perez from Puerto Rico took on Chico Cortez, the Cuban assassin. Perez delighted the fans as he used his speed to outwrestle Cortez, finally pinning him after a series of flying dropkicks.

In the semi-final match, popular Les Thatcher was matched with Ken Lucas. These two had lingering issues with each other stemming from the tag team match the week before. Lucas proved to be a bit more experienced as he defeated Thatcher in two out of three falls to win the match.

The main event was a tag team match between the Dirty Daltons and the team of Danny Little Bear & Bobby Fields. Promoter Mrs. Jimmy Kilshaw recruited a special referee in order to keep the Daltons honest by preventing them from using their illegal tactics. That special referee was Ernie Ladd, the 6’9”, 315 pound defensive tackle for the Houston Oilers. Ladd was also a professional wrestler during the off seasons and was felt to be just the man to control the Daltons. Control them he did and without the ability to use their questionable tactics, the Daltons were defeated by Fields & Little Bear.

The next night in Alexandria Ladd, known throughout Louisiana for his outstanding football player at Grambling, was once again assigned as a special referee. This time it was for a six man tag team match involving the trio of Les Thatcher, Danny Little Bear & Bob Kelly facing the threesome of Chico Cortez, Ken Lucas & a newcomer known as The Masked Terror. The winning team in that one was Thatcher, Little Bear & Kelly.

That same night in Mobile the opening match saw Don Carson defeat Chief White Eagle and Bobby Fields take the measure of Bull Ramos in the second event.

The main event was a return match with US Tag Team champions, Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall, defending the title against former champions, the Dirty Daltons. Kirby score the first fall for the champions as he pinned Frank Dalton after slamming him to the mat. In the second fall, Jack Dalton applied an Atomic Drop on Hall and pinned him to even the score. In the third and deciding fall the action was hot and heavy and as a result referee Speedy Hatfield was knocked to the mat. A second referee, Joe Powell, entered the ring and was knocked aside as well. With no referee in the ring the Daltons applied a double piledriver on Kirby. Hatfield finally recovered enough to see Kirby being pinned. He made the count and awarded the fall and the match to the Daltons, allowing them to regain the US title.

Dennis Hall snap mares Frank Dalton as jack Dalton looks on

Dennis Hall snap mares Frank Dalton as jack Dalton looks on

 

In Dothan two nights later the opening bout saw Tarzan Baxter take on and defeat Gordo Szabo. In the second event Don Carson defeated Chief White Eagle.

The semi-final featured a tag team match with Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall taking on the team of Duke Ramos & Gorilla Marconi. Marconi had been in the area a few years earlier competing as “The Gorilla Man”. He and Ramos would be stiff completion for the popular cousin team. Kirby & Hall scored two out of three falls to earn the victory.

In the main event Bobby Fields faced Ronnie Carson in a one fall to a finish match with no disqualification and no time limit. As had been the case in the match between Fields and Don Carson the week prior, there would be no referee in the ring. The result was the same as it had been the week before as Fields emerged victorious. Don Carson entered the ring after the match and the Carson Brothers gave Fields quite a beating before he could escape their clutches.

The following week started with a card in Panama City with the main event being a six man tag team match. Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall teamed with Chief White Eagle to face Don & Ronnie Carson along with their partner Gordo Szabo. Szabo had attacked Kirby while officiating a tag team match the week before and Kirby was anxious to get his hands on him. Tarzan Baxter was assigned as the special referee. Kirby pinned Szabo in the deciding fall to win the match for his team and gain a measure of revenge.

The next night in Baton Rouge the opening match was a 15 minute draw between Pepe Perez and Ken Lucas.

The semi-final match saw Les Thatcher taking on the Masked Terror. Thatcher was too quick for the masked man and scored two out of three falls to take that match.

In the main event, the Dirty Daltons defended their newly regained US Tag Team title against the team of Bobby Fields & Danny Little Bear. Fields & Little Bear had won a match over the Daltons the week prior, mainly due to the strict officiating of special referee Ernie Ladd. Ladd was back as referee for the title match as well. Once again the Daltons were thwarted in their attempts to use illegal methods and as a result they grew extremely frustrated. They resulted in enough bad tactics in the third fall that Ladd disqualified them, giving the match to Fields & Little Bear. Since the title could not change hands on a disqualification, the Daltons tried to retrieve their title belts only to0 be stopped by Ladd. He confiscated them and left the ring with them, but to the delight of the fans and the ire of the Dirty Daltons.

In Mobile the following night Ladd was scheduled to referee a tag team match between the Daltons and Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall but was unable to appear due to travel issues. He was replaced by another giant in the form of Tiny Frazier who stood 7 feet tall and weighed in at 400 pounds. Unlike Ladd had been, Frazier was extremely lenient with the Daltons and as a result they gave Kirby & Hall quite a pasting. Jack Dalton gave Kirby an Atomic Drop and pinned him to win the first fall for the Daltons. The ringside fans were up in arms over this turn of events and screamed for Frazier to be replaced as referee. Promoter Rocky McGuire came to ringside and ordered Frazier from the ring. He then called Bobby Fields from the dressing room and named him the referee. With Fields keeping a careful eye on the Daltons, Kirby & Hall won the next two falls to take the match.

Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall fight with the Dirty Daltons outside the ring

Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall fight with the Dirty Daltons outside the ring

The card opened with a midget match in which Lord Littlebrook won two straight fall to defeat Frenchy Lamonte.

In the semi-final Fields teamed with Chief White Eagle to take on Don & Ronnie Carson. Fields took the first fall by pinning Ronnie Carson with a rolling cradle. Don Carson used his neckbreaker on White Eagle to pin him to take both the second and deciding fall, giving the victory to the Carsons.

Two nights later in Dothan the card opened with a clean, scientific match between Dennis Hall and Chief White Eagle that ended in a 15 minute draw.

In a midgets match Billy the kid defeated Jay Cox.

In the semi-final, Roger Kirby got another chance at Gordo Szabo. Kirby took two out of three falls to win over Szabo.

The main vent saw the Carson Brothers facing Bobby Fields & Mario Galento. Fields had been the victim of an attack by the Carsons after winning a match over Ronnie the week before. He reached out and got Galento who returned to the area after an absence. Both teams had won a fall apiece when the time limit expired before either team could gain the deciding fall. It wound up a sixty minute draw.

That same night in Lafayette the Dirty Daltons faced the team of Danny Little Bear & Ernie Ladd. The Daltons had been unhappy with Ladd’s methods while serving as a referee in some of their matches so they challenged him to find a partner to face them. Ladd chose Little Bear, the Louisiana champion and together they handed they Daltons a rare defeat.

The following week in Panama City the card opened with a match that saw Dennis Hall win over Bruce Austin in a scientific match.

Roger Kirby took the measure of his nemesis Gordo Szabo once again in the semi-final match of the night.

In the main event Don & Ronnie Carson took two out of three falls to get a controversial decision over Bobby Fields & Chief White Eagle.

The next night in Baton Rouge yet another match between the Dirty Daltons and the team of Bobby Fields & Danny Little Bear. The winning team would receive the US tag belts. Ernie Ladd, who had taken up the belts the week prior after disqualifying the Daltons in a match in which he was the referee, had given the belts to promoter Mrs. Jimmy Kilshaw. The Daltons refused to wrestle in another match with Ladd as referee so it was agreed to assign a new referee. The new referee would be Big Ed Younger, a 7 foot, 400 pound behemoth. At first Fields & Little Bear rejected the idea of Younger be the referee and it wasn’t until Kilshaw agreed to allow Ladd to be at ringside that they agreed to the match. The whole thing wound up in a free-for-all with not only the Daltons, Fields & Little Bear swinging away nut Ladd and Younger took turns trading punches as well. The match was declared a no contest.

 

MARCH:

 

March started off with a card held in Mobile. In the opening matches the three wrestling cousins all scored victories as Les Thatcher defeated Gordo Szabo, Dennis Hall beat Ronnie Carson and Roger Kirby defeated the massive Tiny Frazier.

In the semi-main event Rocky Montero, making his first appearance of the year, completely outclassed Chief White Eagle, defeating him in two straight falls.

The main event was a Gulf Coast title match with champion Bobby Fields defending the title against Don Carson. Fields won the first fall when he rolled Carson up with a Sunset Flip and pinned him. In the second fall, Carson was knocked from the ring, Ronnie Carson, who had been sitting at ringside to advise his brother, climbed into the ring and went after Fields. Fields got the better of that exchange but Don Carson climbed back into the ring armed with a metal object and flattened Fields. Referee Joe Turner disqualified Carson due to his brother’s interference and awarded the match to Fields in two straight falls, allowing him to retain his title. The Carsons then tossed Turner from the ring and began stomping the prone Fields.  They then kicked Fields out of the ring which drew the ire of the ringside fans. Several stormed the ring but back off when the Carsons faced them. One man didn’t get out of the ring quick enough and was punched by Don Carson.

Two nights later in Dothan a one night tournament tag team tournament featuring six teams occurred. The winners of the tournament would be presented with a brand new title: The Gulf Coast Tag Team Championship.

The teams involved were:

  • Don & Ronnie Carson
  • Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall
  • Lester Welch & Les Thatcher
  • Bobby Fields & Mario Galento
  • Eddie Graham & Sam Steamboat
  • Sputnik & Rocket Monroe

The final two teams were Kirby & Hall and the Carson Brothers and they met in the main event with the winning team being named champions. Kirby & Hall defeated the Carsons to become the inaugural Gulf Coast Tag Team Champions.

In Panama City the following week Les Thatcher, the popular “Wonder Boy” scored an impressive win over Gordo Szabo in the opening match of the card.

In the semi-final Mario Galento faced off with Rocky Montero. Each man scored a fall when the time limit expired and the match declared a draw,

In the main event, Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall teamed to meet Don & Ronnie Carson. Don Carson used his neckbreaker and pinned Hall to win the first fall. Kirby came back and forced Ronnie Carson to submit to an abdominal stretch to take the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, the Carsons pulled out all stops and gave the cousins quite a going over. The end came when Don Carson was thrown over the top rope by Kirby, who was disqualified giving the fall and the match to the Carson Brothers..

The following night at the Outdoor Arena in Pensacola, Florida saw Dennis Hall defeat Bruce Austin in a terrific match. Roger Kirby then defeated Gordo Szabo in the second match.

Rocky Montero took the measure of Les Thatcher in the third match of the night.

In the main event, Don & Ronnie Carson took two out of three fall to win their match against Mario Galento & Ken Lucas.

That same night in Baton Rouge, the battle over the US Tag Team title came to a head as the champions, the Dirty Daltons, faced off once again with Bobby Fields & Danny Little Bear. This time each team was allowed to choose their own referee, with the Daltons choosing Big Ed Younger and Fields & Little Bar going with Ernie Ladd. Another wild battle ensued but when the dust settled Bobby Fields & Danny Little Bear were victorious and the new US Tag Team champions.

The semi-main event that same evening saw Ken Lucas, continuing his rough house tactics, defeated Bobby Whitlock in a best two out of three fall match.

The card opened with a 15 minute draw between Chief White Eagle and Pepe Perez,

The next night in Mobile the night opened with Les Thatcher defeating Bob Kelly by pinfall in a one fall match.

In the semi-final match, new Gulf Coast Tag Team champions, Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall faced Rocky Montero & Gordo Szabo in a non0title match. Montero cost his team the first fall when he got so absorbed in choking Kirby that he was disqualified. Kirby forced Szabo to submit to a leglock to win the second fall, giving the match to Kirby & Hall in straight falls.

In the main event in Mobile Bobby Fields faced Don Carson in a return match. Since Carson had his brother Ronnie Carson at ringside as his advisor, Fields brought along Mario Galento as his. Fields flattened Don Carson with a couple of flying dropkicks and pinned him to win the first fall. In the second fall, Carson whipped Fields into the ropes and Ronnie Carson pulled them apart, causing Fields to fall to the arena floor. Ronnie kicked Fields a few times and then joined Don in the ring. Galento ran around the ring and checked on Fields and then climbed into the ring himself. The Carsons gave him a going over and then tossed him to the arena floor alongside of Fields. Referee Jim King disqualified Don Carson and awarded the match to Bobby Fields in straight falls.

Ronnie & Don carson gang up on Mario Galento

Ronnie & Don carson gang up on Mario Galento

Two nights later in Dothan, Fields & Galento got another chance at the Carson Brothers as they were booked to face them in the main event.

The card opened with les Thatcher defeating Pancho Rosario in a one fall match. The next two matches featured the wrestling cousins as well as Roger Kirby battled Rocky Montero to a draw while Dennis Hall lost his match to Lester Welch.

In the semifinal match Eddie Graham faced Duke Ramos in a best two out of three fall match. Graham took the final two falls to win the bout.

In the main event the Carsons defeated Fields & Galento by taking two falls out of three to win the match.

The next week in Panama City featured a double main event with both matches having special referees. In the first main event Mario Galento faced Rocky Montero with Les Thatcher serving as the special referee. Galento took two out of three fall to win the match over Montero.

In the other main event Gulf Coast Tag Team champions, Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall squared of with Don & Ronnie Carson in a non-title match. Bobby Fields was the special referee in that one. Kirby & Hall won that match by taking two out of three falls.

The following night in Baton Rouge Jay Cox finally got a win over Billy the Kid in a midget match.

The second event saw Pepe Perez take the measure of the Cuban assassin Chico Cortez.

Bette Boucher defeated Toni Rose in a ladies match.

In the main event, Danny Little Bear and Bobby Fields successfully defended their US Tag Team title against former champions, the Dirty Daltons.

The next night in Mobile opened with Mario Galento forcing Gordo Szabo to submit to his Hangman hold to win their one fall battle.

In the next match Don Carson was disqualified for illegal tactics to lose his one fall match with Les Thatcher.

Carson returned to team with his brother Ronnie in the semi-final match. They were facing Gulf Coast tag Team champions Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall in a non-title match. The Carsons had been clamoring for a shot at the title ever since losing the final tournament match to Kirby & Hall earlier in the month in Dothan. They felt a victory here would garner them a crack at the title. Kirby & Hall spent much of the first fall working on Don Carson’s knee. This was a particularly vulnerable spot for him since he had suffered a broken leg the previous year. He was finally forced to submit to a leglock applied by Kirby to lose the first fall. In the second fall the Carsons concentrated on double teaming Kirby, mainly concentrating on his left arm. After absorbing several stomps and kicks to his arm Kirby was forced to surrender, giving the second fall to the Carson.  The third and deciding fall was a repeat of the second in every way with Kirby being punished until his arm was so battered that he conceded the fall and the match. To make matters even worse, the Carsons tossed both Kirby & Hall out of the ring and onto the floor before leaving th ring in triumph.

Don Carson punches Dennis Hall

Don Carson punches Dennis Hall

The main event saw Gulf Coast champion Bobby Fields putting his title on the line against the challenge of Rocky Montero. Fields won the first fall by pinning Montero after jumping on top of him from the ropes. Montero came back in the second fall and used a series of bodyslams to weaken Fields enough to pin him to win the fall and even the sides. Things were pretty much even in the third and deciding fall until Montero swept Fields’ legs out from under him and went for the pin. Unseen by referee Joe Powell, Montero placed his feet in the ropes to give him extra leverage. Powell counted Fields out and awarded the fall, the match and the Gulf Coast title to Montero. As Montero headed back to the dressing room with the title belt, Mario Galento came to ringside and told Powell about Montero’s infraction.  Powell left the ring and raced after Montero. He grabbed the title belt from him and raced back to the ring. He raised Fields’ hand in victory and gave the belt to him. Montero had been disqualified and Fields was still the champion.

In Dothan Mario Galento met once again. This match was a one fall match that saw Galento take the measure of Montero.

The second match of the evening was a clean, scientific match between Bobby Fields and Les Thatcher. Fields many years of experience paid off as he edged the young Thatcher to win the match.

In a special semi-final match, two nationally ranked wrestlers met in a one fall to a finish match. In that one Gene Anderson defeated Ike Eakins to win the match.

In the main event Don & Ronnie Carson finally got their long awaited crack at the Gulf Coast tag Team title held by Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall. The Carsons pulled out every trick in their book but Kirby & Hall emerged victorious with their title intact.

The following week in Panama City Mario Galento defeated Ronnie Carson in a one fall match to open the card.

In the semi-final tag team match Les Thatcher substituted for an injured Dennis Hall to team with his cousin Roger Kirby to face the team of Rocky Montero & Gordo Szabo. Montero pinned Thatcher in the deciding fall to win that match for he & Szabo.

The main event match between Bobby Fields and Don Carson ended in a double disqualification as both men were counted out while fighting outside the ring.

The next night the Carson Brothers received another shot at Kirby & Hall in Pensacola and upset them to win the Gulf Coast Tag Team title.

That same night in Baton Rouge Pepe Perez defeated Frank Dalton in the opening match of the night.

In the second match, the Mongol returned after an absence and took the measure of Chief White Eagle.

In the main event, Pepe Perez teamed with US Tag Team champions, Bobby Fields & Danny Little Bear to face Big Ed Younger & the Dirty Daltons. Each team scored a fall apiece when the third and deciding fall went to Younger & the Daltons when Younger pinned Perez for the decision.

The following night in Mobile, the card opened with popular Les Thatcher getting the win over Gordo Szabo by pinning him after a series of flying dropkicks.

Next up was a return Gulf Coast title match with champion Bobby Fields once again defending the title against Rocky Montero. Montero had thought that he had won the title the previous week and had even left the ring with the belt, only to see the decision reversed and the title given back to Fields. In this one Montero scored first as he rammed his knee into Fields’ stomach as he bounced off the ropes and pinned him to win the fall. Fields came back to take the second fall with a rolling cradle to pin Montero. In the third and deciding fall, Fields and Montero both tried for a shoulder block at the same time. The collision sent both men sprawling, with Fields on the arena floor and Montero in the ring. Referee Joe Powell began counting both men out and in an odd turn of events Montero was counted out first as the count on someone inside the ring was 10 and the count on someone outside the ring was 20. Thus Montero was counted out and the fall and the match went to Fields who retained his title by a stroke of luck.

In the semi-final match on the card Don & Ronnie Carson, the new Gulf Coast Tag Team champions faced former titleholders Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall in a non-title match. Mario Galento was assigned as the special referee. With Galento keeping his eye on the Carsons preventing them from using their nasty trick, Hall forced Don Carson to submit to an abdominal stretch to win the first fall. In the second fall, Ronnie Carson was the victim os several bodyslams before being pinned by Hall to give the former champions the match in two straight falls.

Hiro Matsuda, who had held the NWA World Jr. Heavyweight title for four months in 1964 made an appearance in Mobile. He faced Ken Lucas in the main evet that promised to be a tremendous match. Lucas was experiencing a bit of a Jekyll & Hyde situation as he was one of the most despised competitors in Louisiana yet was still a darling of the fans elsewhere in the Gulf Coast. In the match with Matsuda, Lucas took the first fall as he forced the Japanese ace to submit to an abdominal stretch. In the second fall Matsuda caught Lucas with a back bodydrop and when he landed he injured his neck. Matsudo took advantage of that and forced him to submit to a nerve hold applied to his injured neck. In the third and deciding fall, Matsudo again tried to flip Lucas with a back bodydrop but this time Lucas shifted his weight and both men crashed to the mat. Matsudo managed to drape his arm across the prone Lucas and pin him to win the fall and the match.

The Carson Brothers reign as Gulf Coast Tag Team champions proved to be a short one as they lost the title back to Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall in Dothan three days after winning it.

The following week in Panama City the card opened with a one fall match between Bobby Whitlock and Ronnie Carson. Carson defeated Whitlock to win the match.

Dennis Hall returned after an injury to team with his cousin Roger Kirby as they faced the team of Rocky Montero & Gordo Szabo. These two teams had been scheduled to meet the week prior but an injury had caused Hall to be replaced by his other cousin Les Thatcher. Montero had beaten Thatcher to win that match for his team. Things were a little different this time as Kirby & Hall took two falls out of three to win the match.

The main event was another match between Bobby Fields and Don Carson. Both men had been counted out the previous week for fighting on the floor outside the ring. This week to prevent a repeat incident promoter Rocky McGuire made this match a Lumberjack match with the other wrestlers on the card surrounding the ring. Should either Fields or Carson leave the ring, on their own or otherwise, they would be tossed back into the ring by the ringside lumberjacks. The match ended in a wild brawl, not only between Fields and Carson, but the lumberjacks as well. Referee Jack Atkins finally stopped the match and declared it a no contest.

The following night in Baton Rouge and new tag team was formed. Pepe Perez had been a sensation since his arrival and he was bringing in his brother Ramon Perez to join him. The Perez Brothers met and defeated the rugged team of Ken Lucas & the Mongol in their debut as a team.

The main event on that card saw Bobby Fields & Danny Little Bear successfully defend their US Tag Team title against former champion Jack & Frank Dalton.

The next night in Mobile Dynamite Dick Dunn returned to the Gulf Coast after an absence and squared off with Rocky Montero.

Gulf Coast Tag Team champions Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall face a couple of newcomers in a non-title tag team match. Their opponents were Dwayne Peal & The Red Raider. Hall won the first fall for his team as he forced Peal to surrender to an abdominal stretch. Kirby applied an Atomic Drop on Peal and pinned him to win the second fall to giving the match to Kirby & Hall in straight falls.

Roger Kirby applies a rear chinlock on Dwayne Peal

Roger Kirby applies a rear chinlock on Dwayne Peal

In the main event Bobby Fields & Mario Galento teamed to face Don & Ronnie Carson. Fields won the first fall for he & Galento when he pinned Don Carson with a rolling headlock. In the second fall, Don caught Galento with several judo chops to the neck and then applying his neckbreaker on Galento and pinned him. Carson tried the same trick in the third and deciding fall, but as he was setting Galento up for the neckbreaker, he was in the perfect position for Galento to apply his own pet hold, the Hangman hold. Galento caught Carson in the hold and forced him to submit, giving the fall and the match to Galento & Fields.

Two nights later in Dothan, Roger Kirby and Billy Boy Hines opened the card by wrestling to a 15 minute draw.

In the semi-final match the team of The Red Raiders made their first appearance in the area unfortunately it was a losing effort as they were beaten by the team of Bobby Fields & Bobby Whitlock.

The main event was scheduled to be a Gulf Coast Tag Team title match between Don & Ronnie Carson defending against Mario Galento & Dick Dunn with special referee Bad Boy Hines. However the Carsons had lost the title the week prior to Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall. Galento & Dunn gave the Carsons a hard time but at the end the Carsons took two out of three falls to win the match.

That same night in Lafayette, Ken Lucas defeated Danny Little Bear to win the Louisiana State title.

 

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The following week in Panama City Mario Galento wrestled to a 15 minute draw with Willie Garrett in a one fall opening match.

In the semi-final match, Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall took two out of three falls to defeat the team of Ronnie Carson & the Mongol.

Bobby Fields faced Don Carson in the main event. Dick Dunn was assigned as the special referee. Carson won the first fall by pinning Fields after applying a neckbreaker.  Fields even the match by pinning Carson with a rolling cradle to win the second fall. The third and deciding fall was a pure donnybrook with both wrestlers bloody. Dunn stopped the match and declared it a no contest.

The next evening in Baton Rouge US Tag Team champions Bobby Fields & Danny Little Bear put their title on the line against former champion, the Dirty Daltons. Danny Little Bear won the first fall for his team when he forced Frank Dalton to submit to an Indian Death Lock. Jack Dalton took the second fall by applying an Atomic Drop of Fields and pinning him. In the third and deciding fall, Jack went to apply his Atomic Drop on Fields once again but Fields grabbed the top rope and pulled. The force of that action caused Fields to go tumbling over the top rope and onto the arena floor. Referee Bob Kelly claimed that Dalton had thrown Fields over the rope and disqualified the Daltons giving the fall and the match to Fields & Little Bear, allowing them to retain the US title.

The next night in Mobile saw the card open with a match between the Mysterious Medic and a newcomer named Ted Fortune. The Medic won the one fall match when he forced Fortune to submit to his Boston Crab hold.

In the second match Bobby Fields totally outclassed Gordo Szabo and pinned him after a series of flying dropkicks.

In the semi-final event Mario Galento met the Mongol in a best two out of three falls match. Galento scored the first fall when he forced the Mongol to submit to the Hangman hold. In the second fall the two battled until both were bleeding. Referee Jim King stopped the match and declared it a no contest.

The main event saw the Gulf Coast Tag Team champions Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall wrestled Jack & Frank Dalton in a title match. Hall won the first fall for the champions by forcing Frank Dalton to submit to an abdominal stretch. The Daltons double teamed Kirby in the second fall until he was so battered that he was easily pinned by Jack Dalton. In the deciding fall Jack Dalton made use of a heavy leather glove that he used to rub across the eyes of Kirby. Kirby was eventually able to get the glove away from Dalton and put it to good use. He blinded both Daltons, causing them to stumble around the ring. Kirby then removed Frank Dalton’s vest and slip it on himself. Jack Dalton was groping around blindly and grabbed Kirby by the vest. He thought that he had grabbed Frank and let him go. Next he did grab Frank, who he thought was Kirby since he was bare chested. He grabbed Frank up in an Atomic Drop and flattened him. Kirby then knocked Jack aside and easily pinned Frank, giving the fall and the match to Kirby & Hall.

Dennis Hall bodyslams Frank Dalton

Dennis Hall bodyslams Frank Dalton

Two nights later in Dothan preliminary matches saw Bad Boy Hines defeat Ted Fortune, while Mario Galento took the measure of the Mongol and Bobby Fields beat the Mysterious Medic.

In the main event the Gulf Coast Tag Team title was on the line as champions Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall defended against former champions Don & Ronnie Carson. The final result was the Carsons winning two out of three falls to win the match and become Gulf Coast Tag Team champions again.

The next week in Panama City the matches began with Mario Galento and the Mongol wrestling to a 15 minute draw.

The semi-final match was a Gulf Coast title match between champion Bobby Fields and former champion Don Carson. As was typical of the matches between these two it was a bloody affair that had to be stopped in the third and deciding fall. The match was declared a no contest, but Fields retained his title.

The main event in Panama City was headlined by The Fabulous Moolah, the Women’s World Champion defending her title against the challenge of Judy Johnson. Moolah proved why she was the champion as she defeated Johnson to retain her title.

The following night in Baton Rouge Ken Lucas defeated Ramon Perez, while Pepe Perez took the measure of Rocky Montero.

The main event was a return US Tag Team title match between the champions, Bobby Fields & Danny Little Bear and the former champions, the Dirty Daltons. When the dust settled the Daltons came out on top and once again were the United States Tag Team champions.

The next night in Mobile Bob Kelly faced the Mysterious Medic in a one fall match in the opener. The Medic used his Boston Crab hold to force Kelly to submit to win the match.

The second match was scheduled to be Roger Kirby & Dennis Hall going against Don & Ronnie Carson. Unfortunately Hall was injured and was replaced by Bobby Fields, who was no fans of the Carsons anyway. However, the Carsons refused to take a part in the match and left the building. Lucky for promoter Rocky McGuire that a new tag team called The Red Demons was on hand as he quickly substituted them in place of the Carsons. Fields was pinned by one of the Demons to give the first fall to the masked duo. Fields came back and pinned one of the Demons with a Sunset Flip to take the second fall and even the score. During the third and deciding fall, Fields & Kirby took turns punishing the larger of the two Demons’ left arm. He was finally forced to submit to give the fall and the match to Fields & Kirby.

In the semi-final match the Women’s World Champion, the Fabulous Moolah put her title on the line against Venus LaRue. Moolah used a leglock to force LaRue to submit to win the first fall. LaRue came back in the second fall and pinned the champion with a rolling cradle and evened the sides. In the third and deciding fall Moolah used a body scissors and pin to win the fall and the match and retain her title.

The main event was a return match between Mario Galento and the Mongol. The two men had battled to a bloody no contest the week prior and both were anxious to get another chance at the other. Galento used his Hangman hold to force the Mongol to concede the first fall. The Mongol took the second fall by pinning Galento after a series of bodyslams. In the third and deciding fall the Mongol collided with referee Jim King and knocked him from the ring. Galento went to his aid and helped him get back into the ring. The Mongol took advantage in the lull in the action and hit Galento with a low blow. Galento crumpled to the mat and was easily pinned to give the fall and the match to the Mongol.

The Mongol stomps Mario galento

The Mongol stomps Mario galento

Two nights later in Dothan the card opened with the Mysterious Medic defeating Bad Boy Hines in a one fall match.

In the second event, the Mongol continued his streak by taking a surprising victory over Roger Kirby.

Before the semi-final match Don & Ronnie Carson, the Gulf Coast Tag Team champions, were accompanied to the ring by their new manager Al (Spider) Galento. This caused a buzz through the audience because the Carsons opponents in this non-title match were Bobby Fields & Al’s brother Mario Galento. Mario was a little rattled at the sight of his brother in the corner of his opponents and was as effective as he could have been. As a result the Carsons won two out of three fall to win the match.

The main event featured another match for the Women’s World title as the champion the Fabulous Moolah faced Judy Johnson once again. The result was the same as it had been earlier in the week in Panama City. Moolah won two falls out of three and retained her title.

The Galento Brothers crossed paths again early the following week in Panama City as Mario was matched in a singles match with one of Al’s charges, Ronnie Carson. Although he never interfered in the match, Al’s presence still rattled Mario and as a result he lost the match to Carson.

In the second bout Roger Kirby was impressive in his victory over the ferocious Mongol.

The main event was a no disqualification match between bitter rivals Bobby Fields and Don Carson. Promoter Rocky McGuire would also serve as the special referee. Each man had won a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. The two were battling back and forth when the bell rang signifying that the sixty minute time limit had expired. McGuire declared the match a draw.

The next night in Baton Rouge Danny Little Bear was trying to get back in contention for the Louisiana State title and faced Rocky Montero in a match. Montero was also in the hunt for a title shot so the match held importance to both men. Little Bear prevailed in the end and moved one step closer to getting a chance at the title.

Ken Lucas, the current Louisiana champion faced Ken Cooper in a non-title match in the second match of the night. Cooper was returning after a lengthy absence and was a popular favorite in the area. Lucas won two out of three falls to defeat Cooper and win the match.

The main event was a battle between brothers as Jack & Frank Dalton, the US Tag Team champions, went up against Ramon & Pepe Perez, the high flying duo from Puerto Rico. The match was tied at one fall apiece going into the deciding fall and the match ended in a no contest as all four men wound up in the ring at the same time and the match was stopped.

The next night in Mobile the opening match saw Gordo Szabo win a decision over the Mysterious Medic in a best two out of three fall match. The Medic was disqualified in the third and deciding fall to give the match to Szabo.

In the semi-final Mario Galento was getting another shot at the Mongol, who had beaten him with an illegal low blow the previous week. Galento, no stranger to dirty tricks, was vowing to give the Mongol a taste of the same medicine in this match because it was to be a one fall to a finish with no disqualification and no time limit. During the course of the match Galento injured his knee and the Mongol continued to work it over. He finally trapped Galento in the corner and stopped his leg until Galento was forced to concede the match.

In the main event Bobby Fields & Roger Kirby faced off with Don & Ronnie Carson. The Carson Brothers had bowed out of a pair with the same pair the previous week and as a result Fields & Kirby had to face a pair of masked wrestlers called the Red Demons. Fields & Kirby handled them fairly easily and now promoter Rocky McGuire had promised them the Carsons. Don Carson won the first fall for his team as he pinned Fields after kneeing him in the stomach. Fields came back to win the second fall when he flattened Don Carson and pinned him. In the third and deciding fall Fields & Kirby concentrated on Ronnie Carson, going so far as to open a cut on his head. Finally Kirby had Ronnie trapped in an abdominal stretch when the Carsons’ manager, Al (Spider) Galento began arguing with referee Jim King. With King distracted, Galento slipped his cane to Don Carson who snuck into the ring and clobbered Kirby with it. Kirby was flattened and a weakened Ronnie Carson crawled over and pinned him to win the fall and the match for the Carson Brothers.

Bobby Fields ipends Ronnie Carson as Don Carson looks on

Bobby Fields ipends Ronnie Carson as Don Carson looks on

That same night in Alexandria a match was held between the Perez Brother and the Dirty Daltons. Pepe Perez won the first fall for his team as he pinned Frank Dalton after a series of flying headscissors. Jack Dalton evened the score by applying an Atomic Drop to Ramon Perez and pinned him. In the third and deciding fall, the Perez Brothers had the Daltons reeling from flying dropkicks until the Daltons left the ring and headed for the dressing room, never to return. The Daltons were counted out and the fall and the match were awarded to the Perez Brothers.

In Dothan a big card was held at the end of the week. The opening match saw Mario Galento and the Mysterious Medic battle to a 15 minute draw.

In the semi-final, Bobby Fields & Roger Kirby faced the Mongol & his partner Corsica Jean, making his first appearance in the area in quite a while. Fields & Kirby took two out of three falls in that match to earn the victory.

In the main event Don & Ronnie Carson wrestled Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines. The Hines Brothers were on the verge of victory in the deciding fall, but once again the Carsons’ manager Al (Spider) Galento made the difference. He whacked Bad Boy Hines across the head with his cane and made it easy for him to be pinned by Ronnie Carson to give the match to the Carson Brothers.

The next week in Panama City the card opened with Lee Fields making a rare appearance. He faced Bruce Austin and the match was a clean display of technical wrestling. In the end, Fields used his Oklahoma Roll to pin Austin and win the match.

The semi-final match was a grudge match between Roger Kirby and Ronnie Carson in a two out of three fall match. The match was even going into the deciding fall which was won by Kirby to give him the decision.

The main event saw Bobby Fields facing Don Carson in a match with the ring surrounded by chicken wire to keep out any outside interference. In the deciding fall, Carson threw Fields over the wire wrapped ropes and to the arena floor. Fields grabbed a ringside chair and climbed back onto the ring apron with it. He swung the chair hoping to hit Carson with it but he nailed referee Wiley Bean instead. Carson the grabbed the chair and use it to flatten Fields. Bean staggered to his feet and counted Fields out and awarded the match to Carson.

The next night in Baton Rouge featured three top notch matches on the bill. The opening match was between speedy Ramon Perez against Rocky Montero. Ramon gave Montero fits with his high flying tactics, but was eventually grounded and defeated by Montero.

The semi-final saw Ramon’s brother Pepe Perez taking on Frank Dalton. Pepe had better luck than his brother as he upended Dalton and scored the victory.

The main event saw two old enemies, Danny Little Bear and Jack Dalton, facing off. Their feud had erupted again after Dalton had used a chair to bust open Little Bear during a television taping. Despite being bloodied by Dalton in the first fall, Little Bear fought back and won the fall. In the second fall it was Dalton bleeding as Little Bear knocked him around at will Suddenly Frank Dalton dashed into the ring and the tide was turned. The Daltons gave Little Bear quite a beating and even though he won the match by disqualification, Little Bear hardly looked like a winner.

The next night in Alexandria, Pepe Perez and Frank Dalton battled to a 15 minute draw in the opening match.

In the semi-final match Louisiana State champion Ken Lucas faced the man he’d beaten for the title, Danny Little Bear in a non-title match. Each man had wn a fall apiece when the time limit expired before either man could win a deciding fall.

The main event was a return match between Ramon & Pepe Perez and the Dirty Daltons. To prevent the Daltons from bailing out of the match as they had the previous week, the ring was enclosed in wire. With nowhere to go, the Daltons absorbed a lot of punishment from the high flying Perez duo and lost the match.

That same night in Mobile the opening match saw Ronnie Carson lose by count out to Jim King.

In the semi-final match Ken Lucas had very little trouble with Gordo Szabo and defeated him in two straight falls.

The main event was a Gulf Coast Tag Team title match with the champions, Don & Ronnie Carson defending the title against the challenge of Bobby Fields & Roger Kirby. In the first fall Fields & Kirby monkey flipped the Carsons and pinned them both to win the fall. That would be the only fall scored as the sixty minute time limit expired before either team could score another fall. Although Fields & Kirby has won the only fall, the match was declared a draw and the Carsons kept their title.

Roger Kirby whips Ronnie Carson across the ring

Roger Kirby whips Ronnie Carson across the ring

In Dothan the opening match saw Bobby Whitlock return to the area and defeat Gordo Szabo in a best two out of three fall match.

A special one fall challenge match was next on the card. It was between Roger Kirby and Al (Spider) Galento, manager of the Carson Brothers. The two had gotten into a scuffle during a live TV broadcast from WTVY in Dothan the previous Saturday and each was anxious to have a go at the other. The match was to be one fall to a finish and Kirby looked well on his way to winning that one fall until Galento left the ring and fled to the dressing room. As it was Kirby won by count out.

The main event was to be a match between Don & Ronnie Carson and Kirby & Bobby Fields. Since Kirby ended up in the challenge match with Galento, Fields recruited Eddie Graham to be his partner. Graham scored the opening fall by forcing Don Carson to submit to a figure four leglock. Carson came back and pinned Fields after applying a neckbreaker on him. The third and deciding fall saw all four men battling it out in the ring at the same time. The match was stopped and declared a no contest.

 

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May started with a card held in Panama City. Ken Lucas defeated Don Carson ,, who was substituting for an absent Gordo Szabo, while Bobby Whitlock beat Ronnie Carson in the opening matches.

The Carson Brothers, having already wrestled, were at a big disadvantage going into the main event against Bobby Fields & Roger Kirby. Bobby Fields scored the win in the first fall when he pinned Ronnie Carson with a rolling cradle. Don Carson applied a neckbreaker to Kirby and pinned him to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, the Carsons pitched both Fields & Kirby from the ring. Referee Wiley Bean was warning them about their infractions when he too was tossed from the ring. Bean immediately disqualified the Carsons and awarded the fall and the match to Fields & Kirby.

The next night in Baton Rouge the Perez Brothers continued to impress everyone with their abilities. They faced off with the team of Rocky Montero and “Gentleman Jim” Szabo (the erstwhile Gordo Szabo, who skipped out on his match the previous night in Panama City and took on a new name when he moved into Louisiana). Szabo fell victim of Ramon Perez and his flying dropkicks and was pinned in the first fall. Ramon himself was pinned by Montero in the second fall after receiving a knee to the stomach. In the third and deciding fall, Pepe Perez had Szabo reeling with several flying headscissors and pinned him to take the fall and the match.

The main event in Baton Rouge was a match between Danny Little Bear and Jack Dalton. Little Bear had been victimized by both Daltons in the past and he wanted to prevent Frank Dalton from interfering in this match. As a solution he asked promoter Mrs. Jimmy Kilshaw to arrange to have Frank handcuffed to the ringpost to keep him out of the match. Kilshaw agreed and added that the match would be a best three out of five fall match. The match was tied with each man having two falls under their belt going into the fifth fall. Little Bear had Jack on the verge of defeat when Frank was suddenly able to work his way free of the handcuffs and jumped into the ring. Once again Little Bear was the victim of double teaming. Jack Dalton was disqualified and the fall and the match was awarded to Little Bear, but that was little consolation to him.

The following night in Alexandria the featured event was a United States Tag Team title match with the Dirty Daltons defending their title against the Perez Brothers. The two teams battled to a sixty minute draw without either team scoring the deciding fall.

That same night in Mobile the card kicked off with Bobby Whitlock going against Chin Lee, making his first appearance in quite a while. Lee used a judo chop on Whitlock and pinned him to take the first fall. Whitlock came back to win the second by pinning Lee with a reverse cradle. In the third and deciding fall, Lee hit Whitlock with an illegal karate chop which went unseen by the referee. Whitlock was flattened and easily pinned to give the fall and the match to Lee.

The semi-final was a match between old rivals Ken Lucas and Rocky Montero. The two had actually formed a tag team at times in Louisiana, but there were still lingering hostilities. Lucas won the first fall when he forced Montero to submit to an abdominal stretch. During the second fall Montero tossed Lucas over the top rope and was immediately disqualified, giving the match to Lucas in two straight falls.

In the main vent Don & Ronnie Carson put their Gulf Coast Tag Team title on the line against the team of Bobby Fields & Roger Kirby. Fields flattened Don Carson with a dropkick and pinned him to win the first fall for his team. Carson returned the favor in the second fall by applying a neckbreaker on Fields and pinning him to even the score. In the third and deciding fall the Carsons concentrated on Kirby and worked over his left leg mercilessly/ Ronnie Carson finally forced Kirby to submit to a toehold to win the fall and the match for the Carson, who remained Gulf Coast Tag Team champions.

Don Carson holds Roger Kirby down as Ronnie Carson jumps onto him from the ropes

Don Carson holds Roger Kirby down as Ronnie Carson jumps onto him from the ropes

Two nights later a big card billed as a 10th Anniversary card was held in Dothan. The card opened with Ronnie Carson taking the measure of Bobby Whitlock.

In the second match Chin Lee used a series of judo chops to defeat Tarzan Baxter.

Bobby Fields defeated the hulking Karl Von Hess, returning after a near two year absence, in the third match.

The semi-final featured a mixed midget tag team match as Lord Littlebrook teamed with Darling Dagmar to face Frenchy Lamonte & Diamond Lil. Littlebrook & Dagmar scored two out of three falls to win the match.

The main event was a one fall to a finish match between Don Carson and Roger Kirby with no disqualification. Kirby was still a bit hobbled by a leg injury that had been sustained two nights earlier in Mobile. Carson took full advantage of the injury and concentrated on punishing Kirby’s leg further. Finally Kirby was in such pain that he conceded the match to Carson.

The following week in Panama City Chin Lee appeared and made short work of Bobby Whitlock in the opening match.

In the second match Dick Dunn defeated Slim Marlin of the Scufflin’ Hillbillies.

In the main event of the evening Ken Lucas & Bobby Fields joined forces to take on the Carson Brothers. Lucas & Fields won two out of three falls in that match to win.

The following night in Baton Rouge the evening began with Bob Kelly and Gentleman Jim Szabo wrestling to a 15 minute draw.

The semi-final featured a tag team match with Ramon & Pepe Perez facing Frank Dalton & Rocky Montero. The popular Perez Brothers used their speed and high flying attack to take two out of three falls to win the match.

The main event was an Indian Strap match between Danny Little Bear and Jack Dalton. This being Little Bear’s specialty he was pretty much manhandling Dalton the whole way. That is until Frank Dalton jumped into the ring and as had happened several times in the past few weeks, Little Bear got a severe beating at the hands of both Daltons. Little bear won the match on a disqualification.

The next night in Mobile featured a four match card that opened with Bobby Whitlock and Slim Marlin wrestling to a 15 minute draw.

Chin Lee continued his winning ways as he judo chopped Ramon Perez into submission in their one fall match.

The semi-final was a match between Bobby Fields and Rocky Montero. Fields won the first fall by way of a disqualification when he ducked a punch thrown by Montero. The punch landed squarely on the chin of referee Wiley Bean who promptly disqualified Montero. Montero dominated the second fall as he worked Fields over mercilessly. Finally Montero whipped Fields into the ropes and braced to apply a back bodydrop. Fields surprised Montero with a Sunset Flip and pinned him to win the match in two straight falls.

In the main event the Gulf Coast Tag Team champions, Don & Ronnie Carson, were match with Ken Lucas & Dick Dunn in a non-title match. The match also had two referees assigned, one inside the ring with the other outside the ring. Lucas applied his abdominal stretch on Ronnie Carson and forced him to submit to win the first fall. During the second fall Dunn & Lucas continued to dominate the Carsons at every turn. Even Al (Spider) Galento, the Carsons’ manager, was unable to help his team. Every time Galento tried to climb onto the ring apron to distract inside referee Wiley Bean, he was grabbed by Speedy Hatfield, the outside referee, and forced back to his corner seat. Don Carson finally managed to kick Dunn in the stomach and then went to dive on him while he lie on the mat. Dunn rolled out of the way at the last moment and Carson crashed to the mat. Dunn quickly pinned him, giving he & Lucas the match in two straight falls.

Dick Dunn & Ken Lucas double team Ronnie Carson as referee Wiley Beans moves in to break it up

Dick Dunn & Ken Lucas double team Ronnie Carson as referee Wiley Beans moves in to break it up

Based on the decisive win in Mobile, Lucas & Dunn began lobbying for a chance at the Carsons’ Gulf Coast Tag Team title. They would be given that opportunity two nights later in Dothan.

In Dothan Chin Lee continued his winning ways with a one fall victory over Bad Boy Hines in the opening match.

In the second match Bobby Whitlock defeated Slim Marlin in a best two out of three fall match.

A special match was held prior to the main event. That match was a one fall to a finish grudge match between Bobby Fields and Al (Spider) Galento. Fields punished Galento severely for all of the problems he had been causing while serving as the manager of the Carson Brothers. Finally after several minutes of action, Fields pinned Galento to win the match.

Galento was so battered after that match that he didn’t even accompany the Carsons to the ring for the main event. That match had Don & Ronnie defending their Gulf Coast Tag Team title against the team that had beaten them two nights earlier in Mobile, Ken Lucas & Dick Dunn. Even without their manager, the Carsons did better than they had in the Mobile match when Don Carson managed to apply a neckbreaker on Dunn and win the first fall. Lucas & Dunn came back to win the next two fall to defeat the Carsons and become the new Gulf Coast Tag Team champions.

In Panama City the following week the new champions wrestled separately as Dunn faced Chin Lee in a singles match. Each man had scored a fall going into the deciding fall when Lee got Dunn with a karate chop to the throat and pinned him to win the match. Following the match Lee issued a challenge to Bobby Fields to defend his Gulf Coast title against him.

In the main event Ken Lucas teamed with Bobby Fields & Bobby Whitlock to face Don & Ronnie Carson and their manager Al (Spider) Galento in a six man tag team match. The match was tied at one fall apiece when Lucas forced Galento to submit to an abdominal stretch in the to win the third and deciding fall for his team.

In Baton Rouge two nights later a six man Battle Royal was held with the following stipulations. The first man eliminated would referee the remaining match on the card. The next two men eliminated would come back later in the evening to wrestled in a best two out of three fall match. The next two men eliminated would meet in the semi-final match. The winner receiving a $100 prize and get the remainder of the night off. The participants were Bob Kelly, Rocky Montero, Ken Cooper, Frank Dalton and Ramon & Pepe Perez. Kelly was the first man thrown over the ropes and thus the first eliminated. He would serve as the referee for the rest of the evening. Next out was Ken Cooper, followed by Montero. That left Frank Dalton in the ring with the Perez Brothers. The three were struggling near the ropes when Dalton managed to flip Ramon Perez over his shoulder and over the ropes, eliminating him. Pepe Perez then his Dalton with a flying dropkick and sent him flying over the ropes and leaving Perez as the winner of the Battle Royal and the $199.

In the two out of three fall match, Montero won two fall to Cooper’s one to win the match.

Frank Dalton defeated Ramon Perez in the one fall semi-final match.

In the main event, Danny Little Bear faced Jack Dalton in a return Indian Strap match. This time to keep Frank Dalton from getting involved again, promoter Mrs. Jimmy Kilshaw ordered that he be locked in a four by four steel cage and the cage suspended over the ring. This time with Frank unable to interfere on his brother’s behalf, Jack Dalton received a bloody beating from Little Bear , who won the match convincingly.

The next evening in Alexandria the Dirty Daltons were back together as a team as they defended their United States Tag Team title against Ramon & Pepe Perez. The match was even at a fall apiece when the sixty minute time limit expired with neither team managing to win the deciding fall.

In Mobile the first outdoor card of the year was held at Hartwell Field. On that one Chin Lee continued to dominate as he defeated Bobby Whitlock in two straight falls.

Bobby Fields won his match in two straight falls as well as he defeated Slim Marlin in the second match of the night.

The main event was a Gulf Coat Tag Team title match with the new champions, Ken Lucas & Dick Dunn, defending against the team they had beaten for the title, Don & Ronnie Carson. Lucas used his abdominal stretch to force Ronnie Carson to concede the first fall. In the second fall Dunn was victim to a double elbow to the throat from both Carsons and was pinned by Don Carson for the fall. In the third and deciding fall, Lucas once again had Ronnie Carson trapped in an abdominal stretch while Dunn and Don Carson were battling on the other side of the ring. Referee Wiley bean was busy trying to get Dunn & Don Carson from the ring and didn’t see the Carsons’ manager, Al (Spider) Galento enter the ring and whack Lucas with his cane. Lucas went down to the mat and Galento quickly exited the ring. Bean turned around to find Lucas being pinned by Ronnie Carson and tolled the count. Wiley awarded the fall and the match to the Carsons and handed them the championship belts. An irate mob of ringsiders surrounded the ring and were yelling to bean about Galento’s interference. After several minutes of arguing back and forth, Bean reversed his decision, grabbed the belts from the Carsons and returned them to Lucas & Dunn.

Ken Lucas arms drags Ronnie Carson

Ken Lucas arms drags Ronnie Carson

In Dothan the card opened with Bobby Fields once again taking two straight falls over Slim Marlin

In the second match Dick Steinborn made his first appearance in the Gulf Coast in many as he teamed with popular Bobby Whitlock to face Chin lee and a new masked man known as The Cobra Kid. Chin Lee used a judo chop and pin to beat Whitlock to win the deciding fall for his team.

The main event was a special Title vs Hair match. The Carson Brothers were wagering their blonde locks against the Gulf Coast Tag Team title of Ken Lucas & Dick Dunn. With the prospect of such a humiliating outcome spurring them on, the Carsons pulled out all stops and won the deciding fall to become the Gulf Coast champions once again.

The following week in Panama City Dick Dunn won two out of three falls to win the opening match over Dwayne Peal.

Ken Lucas took two out of three falls to defeat Ronnie Carson in the semi-final.

The main event was a Gulf Coast title match, the champion Bobby Fields defending the title against Chin lee, who had held the title twice before himself. Bobby Whitlock was assigned as the special referee. Fields flattened Lee with a dropkick and pinned him to win the first fall. Lee came back in the second and judo chopped Fields and pinned him to even the sides. The action was hot and heavy in the third and deciding fall, but Fields managed to catch Lee with a Sunset Flip and pinned him to win the fall and then match and remain Gulf Coast champion.

The following night in Baton Rouge Gentleman Jim Szabo defeated Slim Marlin in the opening match.

The second match featured Ramon & Pepe Perez going against Frank Dalton & Rocky Montero. The Perez Brothers scored the deciding fall to win the match.

The semi-final featured the midget ladies as Darling Dagmar took two out of three falls to defeat Diamond Lil.

The main event was yet another match between bitter rivals Danny Little Bear and Jack Dalton. Dalton had said that since the previous two weeks they had wrestled in Indian Strap matches, which were Little Bear’s specialty, this time they would meet in a match that Dalton was an expert in. This match would be a Missouri Death Match, which was a one fall l to a finish match with no time limit. Furthermore the match would be fought with each man wearing kid gloves. Surprisingly Little Bear not only held his own in this match, he was actually beating Dalton at his own game. That is until Frank Dalton once again came to Jack’s aid. Frank made a mistake this time, however. He slugged referee Bob Kelly as soon as he entered the ring. The Daltons were pounding on Little Bear when Kelly got back to his feet. Instead of doing a referee’s duty and trying to control the Daltons or disqualify them, Kelly just waded into the battle and single handedly wiped the Daltons out and chased them from the ring.

The following night in Alexandria the Dirty Daltons once against defended their US Tag Team title against the challenge of the Ramon & Pepe Perez. The third and deciding fall wound up with the Perez Brothers getting disqualified and allowing the Daltons to keep their title.

That same night in Mobile, the Cobra Kid made his first appearance in the Port City and wrestled Bobby Whitlock. The Kid used a variation of the Hangman hold to force Whitlock to submit, winning the one fall match.

In the second bout of the evening Dwayne Peal faced off with Chin Lee, who was undefeated in Mobile, not losing so much as a fall. That changed on this night as Lee had Peal in a Boston Crab, but Peal managed to break the hold and in the process flipped Lee to the mat and pinned him. Lee came back to win the second fall but had some illegal leverage as he grabbed Peal by the trunks as he pinned him, an action that referee Wiley Bean failed to see. Lee resorted to further illegal activities in the deciding fall as well. He managed to hit Peal in the throat with a karate thrust, which once against was not seen by referee bean. Peal was then easily pinned, giving the fall and the match to Lee.

The main event was a six man tag team match with Ken Lucas, Dick Dunn & Bobby Fields facing the Gulf Coast Tag Team champions, Don & Ronnie Carson and Al (Spider) Galento. In the first fall the Carsons received a little of their own medicine as Ronnie Carson was trapped in the corner of Fields, Dunn & Lucas. Referee Wiley bean was busy trying to keep Don Carson out of the ring and didn’t see Lucas reach for a cane that he had hidden under the ring. He jabbed Carson in the side with it and knocked the breath from him. When Bean finally turned his attention back to the action in the ring he found Dunn pinning Ronnie Carson. Bean made the count and the first fall went to Dunn and his team. In the second fall it was Dunn who found himself trapped in the wrong corner as he was being strangled by Al Galento who was using the draw string from his trunks. Ronnie Carson then applied a neckbreaker on Dunn and pinned him to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall Galento tried once again to use his string to choke Dunn but Dunn managed to get it away from him. He used it to strangle Galento in the same manner that he had been strangled in the second fall. Then Dunn tagged in Lucas who applied an abdominal stretch on the weakened Galento. Don Carson rushed in and saved his manager only to be chased out by referee Bean.  Lucas once again got the stretch on Galento but this time Ronnie Carson freed him. Then both Carsons jumped into the ring and tossed Lucas, Dunn and Fields from the ring. Each time any of them tried to get back in the ring, the Carsons kicked them back to the floor. Bean finally called for a disqualification and awarded the fall and the match to the Lucas, Dunn & Fields team. Galento had to be carried back to the dressing room by the Carsons after the match was over.

Ronnie Carson holds the legs of Bobby Fields as Al (Spider) Galento chokes him with a piece of rope

Ronnie Carson holds the legs of Bobby Fields as Al (Spider) Galento chokes him with a piece of rope

These same six wrestlers were paired in singles matches two nights later in Dothan, but the card opened with the new team of Chin Lee & the Cobra Kid facing the team of Bad Boy Hines & Dennis Hall, who was returning after an absence. Just as they had been the previous week in Dothan, Lee & the Kid were victorious as Lee took the deciding fall over Hines.

Next up was a match between Ken Lucas and Al (Spider) Galento. Lucas completely dominated this match until Galento left the ring and returned to the dressing room, losing the match by count out.

Dick Dunn and Don Carson then met in a match with no referee in the ring. With no one to control his shady tactics, Carson used every dirty trick he knew and won the match over Dunn.

The main event was a match between Bobby Fields and Ronnie Carson. Fields won two out of three falls to win the match.

The next week in Panama City the midget ladies returned in a match that saw Darling Dagamar win over Diamond Lil.

In the semi-final match Ken Lucas won two out of three falls to win his match over Chin Lee

In the main event, the Carson Brothers defended the Gulf Coast Tag Team title against Lee & Bobby Fields. The match was even going into the deciding fall when Al Galento slipped his cane Don Carson who used it to pound away on the Fields Brothers. Ken Lucas rushed into the ring and grabbed the cane away from Carson, but that resulted in the Fields Brother getting disqualified to give the fall and the match to the Carsons.

Referee Jim King raises the hands of Don & Ronnie Carson in victory as Lee Fields stands over his brother Bobby Fields

Referee Jim King raises the hands of Don & Ronnie Carson in victory as Lee Fields stands over his brother Bobby Fields

The next night in Baton Rouge the Perez Brothers tried to keep their winning streak in tact as they faced the team of the Mysterious Medic #1 & Gentleman Jim Szabo. The Medic & Szabo gave the popular duo a hard time but in the end Ramon & Pepe were victorious.

The main event on that card was a match between the Dirty Daltons and the newly formed team of Danny Little Bear & “Wildman” Bob Kelly. Kelly had acquired his new nickname because a Wildman is exactly what he was the previous week when he chased both Daltons out of the ring during a match in which he had been the referee. Little Bear, who had been facing jack Dalton in that match, liked what he saw and asked Kelly to be his partner. Little Bear forced Frank Dalton to submit to his Indian Death Lock to win the first fall. In the second fall the Daltons were really getting knocked around until they pulled brass knuckles out of their blue jeans and went to work on the opposition. That resulted in a disqualification, giving the match to Little bear & Kelly in two straight falls.

.in Alexandria the following night Bob Kelly and Frank Dalton battled to a 15 minute draw.

In the semi-final Ramon Perez teamed with Danny Little Bear to face the team of Rocky Montero & the Mysterious Medic #1. Each team score a fall apiece when Little Bear won the deciding fall by forcing the Medic to submit to the Indian Death Lock.

In the main event was a match between pepe Perez and Jack Dalton, with their brothers Ramon and Frank serving as their respective seconds. The match wound up with all three men in the ring during the deciding fall and  the match was declared a no contest.

That same night in Mobile the opening match saw Chin Lee make use of his karate chop to the throat to dispose of Jack Bence, returning after a lengthy absence.

Bence got a measure of revenge in the mixed tag team match that followed. Bence was teamed with Darling Dagmar to oppose Lee & Diamond Lil. Bence pinned Lee to take the first fall and Dagmar pinned Lil in the second to give the team of Bence & Dagmar the in in two straight falls.

The main event was a match between Don & Ronnie Carson and the team of Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas. The Carsons and their manager Al (Spider) Galento were the first ones to enter the ring. As they looked toward Fields & Lucas coming toward the ring, they got a big surprise. Following behind them was Don Fields, the middle Fields brother. Don’s active career had ended due to an automobile accident in December of 1962 and he was on crutches for nearly four years as he slowly recovered. The fans in attendance rose up and cheered because Don had always been a popular favorite throughout the Gulf Coast. When the match began Don took his seat in the corner of Lucas & Bobby Fields, but kept his eyes Pealed on Al Galento. Lucas won the first fall for his team as he forced Don Carson to submit to an abdominal stretch. Duting the second fall Galento managed to get up on the ring apron to distract Bobby Fields long enough for Ronnie Carson to grab him from behind and apply a neckbreaker. Fields was easily pinned to give the second fall to the Carson. During the third fall Don Fields moved his chair over next to Galento to ensure that he would not move from his seat. Without the aid of their manager the Carsons were soundly beaten by Fields & Lucas to lose the deciding fall and the match.

Don Carson rams a knee into the head of Bobby Fields

Don Carson rams a knee into the head of Bobby Fields

 

JUNE:

 

In Dothan veteran wrestler Jack Bence wrestled a newcomer to the area by the name Alex Perez. Bence defeated Perez and won the one fall opening match.

In the second match of the evening two old rivals, Ken Lucas and Chin Lee, faced off in a best two out of three fall match. Lucas scored the first fall with his abdominal stretch to force Lee to submit. Lee came back to win the second fall after flattening Lucas with a judo chop and pinned him. Lucas came back to win the third fall and the match by pinning Lee after leaping on him from the ropes.

The semi-final was a mixed tag team match featuring the midget ladies as Bad Boy Hines & Darling Dagmar against Ronnie Carson & Diamond Lil. Hines pinned Carson after kneeing him in the stomach to win the first fall. Dagmar pinned Lil to take the second fall and even the score. In the third and deciding fall Carson applied a neckbreaker to Hines and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

The main event was a Title vs $500 match with Gulf Coast champion Bobby Fields putting his title on the lines against the cash of Don Carson. Carson won the first fall by pinning Fields following a neckbreaker. Fields came back and pinned Carson after a series of dropkicks to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, Fields not only had to battle Carson but his manager, Al (Spider) Galento as well. Finally Carson managed to get ahold of Galento’s cane and drove it deep into the ribs of Fields. He then applied another neckbreaker and pinned Fields to win the fall and the match. Don Carson was once again the Gulf Coast champion.

Fields & Lucas were hoping to get a bit of payback three days later in Panama City as they were scheduled to face the Carsons in a tag team match. But Don Carson showed up with his arm in a sling claiming an injured elbow. Al Galento replaced him as Ronnie Carson’s partner to face Lucas & Fields. Each team had a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall when Lucas trapped Galento in an abdominal stretch. Don Carson reached through ropes with his supposedly injured arm and pulled the legs out from Lucas. Lucas went down with Galento on top of him and was pinned to give the fall and the match to Galento & Ronnie Carson.

In earlier matches that night, Lucas defeated the Cobra Kid while Dick Dunn won from Chico Cortez.

The following night at the card held in Baton Rouge, the popular Ramon & Pepe Perez faced stiff competition in the team of Rocky Montero & The Mysterious Medic #1. Montero & the Medic proved to bee too rough for the brothers and won the first fall when Montero pinned Ramon Perez after dropping a kneedrop to his throat. The Perez Brothers regrouped and totally outclassed Montero & the Medic taking the next two falls with their high flying tactics.

The main event was a United States Tag Team title match with the Dirty Daltons defending their title against the challenge of Danny Little Bear and Wildman Bob Kelly. Little Bear & Kelly had defeated the Daltons in two straight falls the previous week, with the Daltons losing the second fall by disqualification. This put them in line for a title match and it was signed for Baton Rouge. In the first fall Little Bear forced Frank Dalton to concede with an Indian Death Lock to win the fall. Jack Dalton came back to apply an Atomic Drop on Kelly and pinned him to win the second fall. The third and deciding fall saw the advantage switch back and forth several times with neither team winning another fall before the sixty minute time limit expired. The match was declared a draw and the Daltons remained champions.

The following night in Alexandria the preliminary matches saw Ramon Perez defeat Frank Dalton while Rocky Montero take the measure of Bob Kelly in one fall matches.

In the semi-final match, Danny Little bear was matched with Danny McShain. McShain, a former World Jr. Heavyweight champion who had held both the Gulf Coast and Louisiana State titles in late 1965, was returning after an absence of more than a year. The match was a tremendous battle as both men threw everything they had at each other, but Little Bear finally scored the deciding fall to win the match.

The main event was a rematch between Pepe Perez and Jack Dalton. This time Perez took a page out of Little Bear’s book and asked promoter Midge Monroe have Frank Dalton locked in a cage and suspended over the ring. Monroe agreed and although the Daltons protested violently, Frank was put in the cage. As had been the case in Baton Rouge, Jack Dalton was at a loss without his brother’s assistance and lost the match to Perez.

That same night in Mobile the Cobra Kid defeated Bad Boy Hines in the one fall opener.

In the semi-final Dick Dunn took on the Cuban assassin, Chico Cortez. Cortez used a large array of rough tactics to wear Dunn down and pin him to win the first fall. Dunn jumped Cortez before the second fall had a chance to officially start. By the time referee Speedy Hatfield got to the ring, Dunn had Cortez pinned to win the fall. Throughout the rest period between falls Cortez didn’t leave the ring and wouldn’t let Hatfield leave either. He argued and complained with Hatfield, threatening to punch him in the mouth. After the rest period Dunn rushed back into the ring and hammered on Cortez some more. Dunn then pinned Cortez to win the fall and the match.

The main event saw Don & Ronnie Carson defending their Gulf Coast Tag Team title against Ken Lucas & Bobby Fields. To combat the presence of the Carsons manager, Al (Spider) Galento, Fields & Lucas were accompanied once again by Don Fields. The first fall saw Fields & Lucas whip the Carson Brothers into each other mid-ring. Fields then pinned Ronnie Carson to win the fall.

Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas send Ronnie & Don Carson crashing into each other

Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas send Ronnie & Don Carson crashing into each other

Ronnie came back in the second fall and applied a neckbreaker on Fields and pinned him to even the score. In the third and deciding fall Galento climbed up on the ring apron to yell instructions to Don Carson. Carson then tried to whip Fields into the corner but sent him spinning into Galento instead. The impact knocked Galento to the floor and Fields to the mat. Carson covered Fields for the pin while Galento reach up and held Fields legs to prevent him from kicking out. Fields was pinned and the fall and the match went to the Carsons, who retained their title. After the decision, Don Fields wrapped a towel around the neck of Galento and choked him while Bobby Fields kicked him. Galento finally broke free but had to be carried back to the dressing room by the Carsons.

Don Fields wraps a towel around the neck of Al (Spider) Galento as Bobby Fields stomps him

Don Fields wraps a towel around the neck of Al (Spider) Galento as Bobby Fields stomps him

The following night in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida a card was held at the Choctawhatchee High School Gym. The opening match was a best two out of three fall match between Bobby Fields and Chico Cortez. When Fields entered the ring he was wearing the Gulf Coast title belt which he had lost earlier in the week to Don Carson. It was announced that promoter Rocky McGuire had decided to nullify Carson’s win due to the actions of Al Galento, Carson’s manager, at the end of the match. The belt had been returned to Fields when he arrived in Ft. Walton. Fields won two out of three falls to win the match over Cortez.

The main event was a Gulf Coast Tag Team title match with Don & Ronnie Carson defending the title against former champions Dick Dunn & Ken Lucas. Don Carson applied a neckbreaker on Dunn and pinned him to win the first fall. Lucas came back to force Ronnie Carson to submit to an abdominal stretch to win the second fall to even up the match. Dunn & Lucas were well on their way to winning the third and deciding fall to recapture their title until Galento took a hand in the match. He climbed into the ring with his cane and whacked Lucas & Dunn with it. This brought about an immediate disqualification. Lucas & Dunn were awarded the fall and the match, but the Carsons kept their title.

The next night in Dothan saw ken Lucas defeat the Cobra Kid with his abdominal stretch to win the one fall opener.

In another one fall match Bobby Whitlock won over Jack Vansky, who was returning to the area after an absence of several years.

The main event was a match between Dick Dunn & Bobby Fields and the Carson Brothers, with the Carsons’ Gulf Coast Tag Team title on the line. The Carsons’ manager, Al (Spider) Galento would be handcuffed to Ken Lucas at ringside. The match was tied at one fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Despite being handcuffed to Lucas, Galento managed to toss his cane into the ring to Don Carson who used it on Fields & Dunn. Once again the end result was a disqualification for the Carsons and although they lost the match, they kept their title.

The following week in Panama City, there was a very unique match featured. It was a 7 man Battle Royal with all of the participants being blindfolded. The combatants were Bobby Fields, Ken Lucas, Bobby Whitlock, Chico Cortez, Dick Dunn and the Carson Brothers. When the dust settled Fields emerged the victor.

The main event that evening was a Gulf Coast Tag Team title match with the champions, Don & Ronnie Carson, successfully defending their title by defeating the team of Dick Dunn & Ken Lucas.

The next night in Baton Rouge, the card began with Rocky Montero defeating Dwayne Peal in the opening match.

The semi-final match was a tag team match that saw Ramon & Pepe Perez take two out of three falls to win their match against the team of the Mysterious Medic #1 & newcomer Frank Morrell;

The main event was a United States Tag Team title match with the champions, Jack & Frank Dalton defending their title against Danny Little Bear & Bob Kelly In order to win the match a team had to win two consecutive falls. The match would have no time and individual falls would not count until one team or the other won two in a row. Although there was no time limit a curfew was set at midnight. If no decision had been reached by that point, the title would be decided by the National Wrestling Alliance. The match lasted over and hour with 8 falls having been scored before the Daltons managed to win two in a row to win the match and retain their title. What referee Vic Velasco had failed to see, however that Kelly was pinned by a Dalton for the deciding fall, but it was not the correct Dalton. Kelly and Frank Dalton were the legal twosome in the ring. Frank, who was badly cut and bleeding, slid from the ring and to the arena floor. He was soon joined by not only Jack Dalton, but Jim Dalton as well. Jim had not been seen in the area for well over a year. With the referee distracted by Kelly, who was trying to leave the ring to get at Frank, Jim Dalton smeared Frank’s blood onto the face of jack. Jack then returned to the ring and pinned Kelly.

The following night in Mobile the card opened with a one fall match between Bobby Whitlock and Chico Cortez. Whitlock used a Sunset Flip to pin Cortez to win the match.

The semi-final match was between Dick Dunn and the Cobra Kid. The Kid won the first fall by hitting Dunn with a knee drop across the throat and pinning him. Dunn came back in the second fall and flattened the Kid with a dropkick and pinned him to tie the match. Both men spent most of the third and deciding fall slugging the other until Dunn surprised the masked man with a leap from the ropes to pin him to win the fall and the match.

In the main event, Don & Ronnie Carson once again put their Gulf Coast Tag Team title on the line against the team of Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas. In a special stipulation, the Carsons’ manager Al (Spider) Galento would be locked in a small cage at ringside to keep him from interfering in the match. The key to the cage would be in the possession of Don Fields, who would be serving as the manager of the Fields & Lucas team.

Ken Lucas scored the first fall for his team by pinning Don Carson, while Carson came back and pinned Fields to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall there was as much action at ringside as there was in the ring. Don Fields wandered a little too close to the cage Al Galento was locked in, allowing Galento to grab him and begin choking him. Bobby Fields saw that his brother was in trouble so he jumped from the ring apron and went to his aid. This left Lucas at the mercy of the Carsons who double teamed him until he was weak enough for Ronnie Carson to pin him to win the fall and the match.

Bobby Fields jumps over the ropes to free Ken Lucas from the clutches of Ronnie Carson

Bobby Fields jumps over the ropes to free Ken Lucas from the clutches of Ronnie Carson

Al Galento found himself locked in the cage again two nights later in Dothan. This time it was Dick Dunn who had possession of the key to the cage. Galento’s charges, the Carson Brothers, were once again meeting the team of Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas in the main event. This time, however, the Carsons’ Gulf Coast Tag Team crown was not on the line. The Carsons won this match by disqualification after Dunn got involved on behalf of the Fields & Lucas team.

The earlier matches that evening saw Bobby Whitlock beat Chico Cortez in the opener, while Dunn too the measure of Jack Vansky in the second match.

In the semi-final newcomer Mr. Kleen totally dominated the Cobra Kid and beat him in two straight falls.

The following week in Panama City, Bobby Whitlock defeated Chico Cortez once again in the semi-final match.

In the main event Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas defeated Don & Ronnie Carson in a non-title match.

In Baton Rouge the next night, the Perez Brothers continued their winning ways as the won a popular victory over the team of Rocky Montero & the Mysterious Medic #1 in two straight falls.

The main event was yet another US Tag Team title match with Jack & Frank Dalton defending against Danny Little Bear & Bob Kelly. The Daltons at first refused to sign for the match and it was only a threat of indefinite suspension that forced them into the match. To neutralize Jim Dalton, he would be handcuffed to Bill Golden. Kelly won the first fall for his team as he pinned Frank Dalton. Kelly was the victim of Jack Dalton’s Atomic Drop and was pinned to give the second fall to the Daltons. Little Bear was a one man gang in the third and deciding fall, giving both Daltons a real pounding. Jack Dalton, sensing a loss, slugged the referee in order to draw a deliberate disqualification. Little Bear & Kelly were awarded the fall and the match, but the Dirty Daltons remained champions.

The following night in Mobile, the card opened with ken Lucas making short work of Chico Cortez in a one fall match. Lucas used his abdominal stretch to for the Cuban assassin to submit.

A new tag team arrived on the scene as Rip & Tim Tyler wrestled Dick Dunn & Bobby Whitlock in the semi-final match. Rip Tyler bodyslammed Dunn and held him down by his trunks to score a fall in the first stanza. Dunn came back to win the second fall after whipping Tim Tyler into the ropes and nailing him with a forearm and pinning him. The third and deciding fall went to the Tylers as Tim dropped and elbow into Dunn’s throat and pinned him to win the match.

Bobby Whitlock hits Rip Tyler with a flying dropkick

Bobby Whitlock hits Rip Tyler with a flying dropkick

The main event featured a Gulf Coast Tag Team title match with the champions, Don & Ronnie Carson taking on the challenge of Lee & Bobby Fields. Lee was returning to action specifically to get a chance at the Carsons, who had been giving his younger brother, Don & Bobby, a hard time in recent weeks. Neither team scored even as much as a fall as the action was wild from the onset. Don Carson kept ramming his thumb into the throat of Lee Fields before finally tossing him from the ring. Bobby Fields jumped into the ring, only to wind up on the receiving end of a double team by the Carsons. During the action referee Wiley Bean was knocked to the mat a couple of time. Lee Fields attempted to reenter the ring several times only to be met by the kicks of Ronnie Carson. Finally Don Fields, serving as his brothers’ ringside manager, tripped Ronnie and slugged him which allowed Lee to get back into the action. Referee Bean was being whacked by both teams and finally stopped the match, declaring it a no contest.

Two nights later saw the action in Dothan kick off with a ladies match between Barbara Galento and Susan Slade. Galento lived up to her family name and defeated Slade to win the match.

In the semi-final match a pair of brother teams squared off as Lee & Bobby Fields faced Rip & Tim Tyler. Each team had won a fall apiece when the Tylers scored the winning fall on Bobby Fields to win the match,

The main event was yet another Gulf Coast Tag Team title match with Don & Ronnie Carson defending their title against the team of Ken Lucas & Dick Dunn. Don Carson scored the first fall for the champions as he pinned Dunn after applying a neckbreaker. Lucas forced Ronnie Carson to submit to an abdominal stretch to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, all four men spent much of the fall in the ring at the same time. Al Galento, manager of the Carsons, also took a hand in the action as he entered the ring and attacked Dunn & Lucas with his cane. This led to an immediate disqualification to give the fall and the match to Lucas & Dunn, but also allowed the Carsons to keep the title.

In Panama City the following week a ladies match between two local girls took place as Venus LaRue of Pensacola, defeated Ann Casey of Mobile.

In the semi-final match Ken Lucas & Bobby Whitlock faced Rip & Tim Tyler. The Tylers lost the deciding fall by disqualification to give the match to Lucas & Whitlock.

The main event was a grudge match between bitter rivals Bobby Fields and Don Carson. This match had to be stopped by referee Wiley Bean after both men were bleeding profusely.

The next evening in Baton Rouge Bob Kelly wrestled to a draw with Jack Rico in the opening match, while Ramon & Pepe Perez defeated Jim & Frank Dalton in the semi-final.

The main event was a match between Danny Little Bear and Jack Dalton. After several weeks of trying to decide the United States Tag Team title in tag matches it was decided that whichever of these two won this match the title would go to him and his respective partner. Little Bear’s partner, Bob Kelly would be in his corner, while Frank Dalton would second his brother Jack. This match didn’t settle anything either. It wound up with all four men fighting both in and out of the ring and the match was stopped.

The next night at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans, Louisiana Ramon & Pepe Perez faced a stiff test as they were matched against the Mysterious Medics. The match was tied at one fall apiece going into the deciding fall, but the Perez Brothers used their aerial attack and defeated the masked duo.

The main event was a match between the Dirty Daltons, Jack & Frank and the team of Lee Fields & Bob Kelly. Kelly, still in his third year as a wrestler, had been having his issues with the Daltons, particularly Jack, all across Louisiana dating back to his days as a referee. His teaming with Danny Little Bear to challenge for the Daltons’ US Tag Team title had also made him a target in their sites. Fields, a veteran with many years of experience, had taken the young man from Kentucky under his tutelage and felt he was ready to be his partner against the Missouri ruffians. Fields’ gamble proved to be a good one as Kelly pinned Jack Dalton for the third and deciding fall to win the match.

That same night there was an outdoor card held at Hartwell Field in Mobile. The first match was a mixed tag team match with Venus LaRue teaming with Bobby Whitlock to take on the team of Ann Casey & Don Carson. Whitlock pinned Carson with a Sunset Flip to score the first fall, while Carson pinned Whitlock after a neckbreaker in the second. The third and deciding fall was decided by the ladies as LaRue pinned Casey to win the match for her team.

Whitlock had to be pressed into action during the semi-final as well. Whitlock substituted for Dick Dunn and teamed with Ken Lucas to face Rip & Tim Tyler. Lucas scored the first fall as he forced Rip Tyler to surrender to an abdominal stretch to win the first fall. In the second fall the Tyler Brothers kept Whitlock isolated and worked over his left leg constantly until he was forced to surrender the fall to even things. The action in the deciding fall was identical and Whitlock, after wrestling in two matches, was completely worn out and forced to submit to a leg hold once again to give the fall and the match to the Tylers.

The main event was a Gulf Coast title match with Bobby Fields, the champion, putting his title on the line against the challenge of Ronnie Carson.  Carson won the first fall by pinning Fields after jabbing him in the throat with his thumb. Fields came back and pinned Carson after flipping him with a back bodydrop. Fields was completely dominating in the third and deciding fall, even opening a cut on Carson’s head. Al (Spider) Galento, Carson’s manager, managed to smuggle his watch chain to his charge. Carson wrapped it around his fist and pounded Fields with it, eventually knocking him out of the ring. Carson also slugged referee Wiley Bean which brought about his disqualification and give the match to Fields. Fields was still lying outside on the crown while Carson grabbed the Gulf Coast championship belt and headed to the dressing room with it.

Bobby Fields is about to take Ronnie Carson to the mat

Bobby Fields is about to take Ronnie Carson to the mat

Two nights later in Dothan, Bob Armstrong returned to the area and defeated the Cobra Kid in the opening match.

In the semi-final Rip & Tim Tyler were just too rough for the team of Bobby Fields & Bobby Whitlock, beating them in two out of three falls.

The main event was a return Gulf Coast title match between the champions, Don & Ronnie Carson and the team of Ken Lucas & Dick Dunn. This time to prevent any outside interference from the Carsons’ manager Al Galento, he would be escorted from the building by the police. Despite the loss of their manager’s ringside guidance, the Carson Brothers emerged victorious and retained their title.

 

JULY:

 

Mr. Kleen returned to Panama City and continued his dominance as he beat Ronnie Carson in two straight falls in the opener.

In the semi-final, Ken Lucas & Dick Dunn took two out of three falls to defeat Rip & Tim Tyler.

In the main event Bobby Fields finally got a win over Don Carson by beating him in a one fall match.

That same night in Lafayette, Pepe Perez and Jack Dalton faced off in an elimination match with the winner to be named the new Louisiana State champion. The title had been in the possession of Ken Lucas but he had been unavailable to defend the title due to commitments in the upper area of the territory. It was decided that Perez and Dalton were the logical top contenders and they met to decide a new champion. Perez came out on top and was named the new Louisiana State champion.

In Baton Rouge the following night Jim Dalton opened the card with a victory over a newcomer called The Woodsman.

In the semi-final match, Ramon & Pepe Perez teamed up to take on the team of The Blue Inferno & Joe Vegas. The Inferno had been in the Gulf Coast a year earlier as one half of the team of the Blue Infernos, while Vegas was a newcomer to the area. As it was the Perez Brothers were victorious as they won two out of three falls to win the match.

The main event was another tag team match, this one fought under Missouri Death Match rules. Under those rules all four men would be wearing kid gloves. These conditions certainly favored the Daltons as they won the match rather handily.

The next night in New Orleans, Joe Vegas and the Blue Inferno wrestled to a 15 minute draw in the opener. Bob Kelly and Jim Dalton also battled to a draw in the second match.

The semi-final saw Danny Little Bear take two out of three falls to win his match over the Mysterious Medic #1.

The main event was a tag team match with the popular team of Ramon & Pepe Perez taking on the Dirty Daltons, Jack & Frank. Each team scored a fall apiece when the match was stopped in the deciding fall and declared a no contest.

That same night in Mobile an outdoor show was held at Hartwell Field, despite the misty rain. The opener was scheduled to be a match between Mr. Kleen and Randy Tyler, the younger brother of Rip & Tim. Randy was unable to appear due to an injury, so Kleen made an open challenge to anyone. Don Carson accepted the challenge and soon regretted it. Kleen wipe the ring with him, beat him in less than two minutes and then stuffed him headfirst into a ringside trash can.

Rip & Tim Tyler were in the semi-final match taking on the team of Dick Dunn & Bobby Whitlock. In the first fall, Tim Tyler had Dunn trapped in a corner and took a running leap at him. Dunn moved at the last second and Tyler crashed into the turnbuckle. Dunn then pinned him to win the first fall. In the second fall, Dunn had Tim trapped in an abdominal stretch when Rip Tyler rushed into the ring. He knocked Dunn over with Tim on top of him. Dunn was pinned and the second fall went to the Tylers. Tim also pinned Dunn in the third and deciding fall after hitting him with a judo chop to the throat.

In the main event the Gulf Coast Tag Team title was on the line as Don & Ronnie Carson, the defending champions, took on the team of Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas yet again. Ronnie Carson thumbed Fields in the throat and pinned him to win the first fall.

Ronnie Carson catches Bobby Fields with a back bodydrop

Ronnie Carson catches Bobby Fields with a back bodydrop

Fields came back and pinned Ronnie with a rolling cradle in the second fall to even the score. In the third and deciding fall, Lucas managed to force Don Carson to submit to an abdominal stretch to win the fall and the match. Ken Lucas & Bobby Fields were the new Gulf Coast Tag Team champions.

Ken Lucas applies an abdominal stretch to Don Carson as referee Wiley Bean checks the action

Ken Lucas applies an abdominal stretch to Don Carson as referee Wiley Bean checks the action

The following night in Loranger Jack Dalton defeated Ramon Perez in the opening bout.

The semi-final match saw Danny Little Bear & Bob Kelly team up to defeat the Blue Inferno & Kenny Mack by taking two out of three falls.

The main event saw the new Louisiana State champion, Pepe Perez, putting his title on the line against Frank Dalton. Perez won two out of three fall in that one to win the match and retain his title.

The next night in Dothan Randy Tyler was finally able to make his debut as he faced off with Bobby Whitlock in the opening match. The two wrestled to a 15 minute draw.

In the second match Mr. Kleen continued his winning ways by defeating the Cobra Kid.

In the semi-final, the new Gulf Coast Tag Team champions, Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas, wrestled to a sixty minute draw with Rip & Tim Tyler in a non-title match. Each team had scored a fall apiece when the time expired.

The main event of the evening was a World Tag Team title match with the champions, Sputnik & Rocket Monroe, along with their manager Gentleman Saul Weingeroff facing Don & Ronnie Carson, who were accompanied by their manager Al (Spider) Galento. With neither team (nor their managers) too interested in the rules, the match was a pier six brawl all the way, despite special referee Dick Dunn’s attempts to control the action. The match was tied at one fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. In the final fall Don Carson was more interested in arguing with Dunn than he was in his opponents. This allowed Sputnik Monroe to catch him by surprise and pin him to win the fall and the match. The Magnificent Brothers Monroe & Weingeroff headed back to Florida still the World Tag Team champions.

With the loss of the Gulf Coast Tag Team crown and the failure to defeat the Monroes, the Carson Brothers left the Gulf Coast territory following this match.

The following week kicked off in Panama City with the Cobra Kid defeating Bobby Whitlock in the opening match.

The main event was a six man tag team match with the Tyler Brothers, Rip, Tim & Randy taking on the threesome of Ken Lucas, Dick Dunn & Mr. Kleen. Kleen forced Randy Tyler to submit to a bear hug to with the deciding fall and the match for his team.

The next night in Baton Rouge Kenny Mack lost to Dwayne Peal on a disqualification in the opener while Bob Kelly and Joe Vegas wrestled to a draw in the second bout.

Ramon & Pepe Perez took two out of three falls over Jim & Frank Dalton to win the semi-final match of the evening.

The main event was a one fall to a finish match between Danny Little Bear and Jack Dalton. There would be no disqualifications and no time limit with the referee sitting outside the ring. He would only enter the ring to declare a winner. Dalton concentrated on the right hand of Little Bear until Bob Kelly, fearing that Little Bear would suffer permanent injury, tossed in the towel and the match was awarded to Dalton.

Little Bear and Dalton also had a confrontation at the TV taping the next morning at WFAB TV in Baton Rouge. Dalton pinned Little Bear down and stomp his hand into a bloody pulp with his heavy western boots. Little Bear was taken to the local hospital where his hand was fitted with a splint.

That night in New Orleans, Joe Vegas and the Woodsman wrestled to a draw and Bob Kelly defeated the Mysterious Medic #1 in the opening matches.

The semi-final was a midgets’ match between Billy the Kid and Jay Cox. The Kid defeated Cox to win that match.

The main event was a return tag team match between the Perez Brothers, Ramon & Pepe and the Dirty Daltons, Jack & Frank. As had been the case with the first meeting of these two teams, the match was stopped and declared a no contest.

That same night in Mobile, the card opened with a tag team match with the Gulf Coast Tag Team champions, Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas taking on Jim Dalton & the Blue Inferno in a non-title match. Fields & Lucas won that one fairly easily.

A newcomer calling himself The Ox made his first appearance in the Gulf Coast. An ox is exactly what he was, standing 6’6” and weight close to 300 pounds. He faced Bobby Whitlock and while Whitlock gave him everything he had, he was simply no match for the Ox.The Ox forced Whitlock to submit to a backbreaker to win the match.

The Ox punishes Bobby Whitlock with a backbreaker

The Ox punishes Bobby Whitlock with a backbreaker

In the main event, Dick Dunn teamed with the powerful Mr. Kleen to face Rip & Tim Tyler. Dunn & Kleen scored an impressive victory to send the fans home happy.

Mr. Kleen holds the arm of Tim Tyler whiel Dick Dun reigns blows on it

Mr. Kleen holds the arm of Tim Tyler whiel Dick Dun reigns blows on it

Two nights later in Dothan Tarzan Baxter returned after an absence and squared off with the Cobra Kid in a one fall opener. Baxter used a back slide to pin the masked man and win the match.

Jim Dalton defeated Bobby Whitlock the second match and Dick Dunn beat the Blue Inferno in the third match of the evening.

The semi-final was a battle of the powerhouses as Mr. Kleen faced the Ox. It was a titanic struggle but the Ox finally prevailed and handed Mr. Kleen his first loss in the area.

In the main event Gulf Coast Tag Team champions Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas put their title on the line in a match against Rip & Tim Tyler. Rip Tyler pinned Lucas in the third and deicing fall to win the match and make the Tyler Brothers the new Gulf Coast champions.

The next week in Panama City, a one night tag team tournament was staged with the winning team going home with a prize purse of $500. The teams entered were :

  • Rip & Tim Tyler (now being managed by Al Galento)
  • Jim Dalton & the Ox
  • Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas
  • Dick Dunn & Mr. Kleen

In the opening round Fields & Lucas defeated the Tyler Brothers while Dalton & the Ox took the measure of Dunn & Kleen.

In the final Lucas & Fields defeated Dalton & the Ox to win the tournament and the $500 prize;

The following night in Baton Rouge, Dwayne Peal and Frank Morrell, a pair of Tennesseans, wrestled to a 15 minute draw.

In the second match of the evening Bob Kelly took the measure of Frank Dalton in a two out of three fall match.

The third event was a ladies match between Cora Combs and Susan Slade. The veteran Combs took two straight falls to win the match.

In the semi-final a pair of brother teams faced each other as Ramon & Pepe Perez took on Joe & Eddie Vegas. This was Eddie Vegas’ debut. The Vegas Brothers scored an upset as they defeated the Perez Brothers, giving them their first loss in the area.

The main event was a return match between Danny Little Bear and Jack Dalton. Once again it was a one fall to a finish match with no disqualification, no time limit and no referee in the ring. Little Bear was competing with a splint on his arm as he had suffered an injured right hand at the hands of Dalton. It was once again a wild and bloody battle and at one point Frank Dalton tried to intervene on his brother’s behalf but was stopped by Bob Kelly. Then suddenly Kenny Mack dashed into the ring and nailed Little Bear with a chain and knocked him out. Since there was no disqualification, Mack’s actions were allowed and the match was awarded to Jack Dalton.

The following night in New Orleans the Vegas Brothers continued their winning streak as they took the team of Bob Kelly & Bruce Austin in a one fall opening match.

The semi-final match was a ladies match with Cora Combs defeating Susan Slade in two straight falls once again.

The main event was a return grudge match between the Perez Brothers and the Dirty Daltons. This time the Daltons’ United States Tag Team title would be up for grabs as well. Pepe Perez won the first fall for his team as he pinned Frank Dalton following a series of flying headscissors. Ramon Perez fell victim to Jack Dalton’s Atomic Drop and was pinned in the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, the Perez duo rocked the Daltons with flying dropkicks and Pepe pinned Jack to win the fall and the match. Ramon & Pepe Perez were the new United States Tag Team champions.

That same night in Mobile the outdoor program that was scheduled for Hartwell Field was cancelled due to a severe storm and flooding.

Two nights later in Dothan the card opened with a match between Bobby Whitlock and the Cobra Kid. The masked man proved to be too much for Whitlock and he won the one fall opener.

In the second match of the evening, Dick Dunn faced off with Jim Dalton. Dunn used a rolling cradle to pin Dalton to win the match.

The semi-final was a return match between Mr. Kleen and the Ox. The Ox had won their previous meeting and Kleen was anxious to prove his superiority. He was on the verge of doing so when the Cobra Kid came into the ring to help the Ox. They were giving Kleen a good going over until Dick Dunn intervened. He and Kleen cleaned house and chased the Ox & the Cobra Kid to the dressing room.

The main event was a return Gulf Coast Tag Team championship match between the new champions, Rip & Tim Tyler and the team they had defeated for the title, Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas. The match was tied up with each team having won a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. The final fall was an all-out pier six brawl with not only the four combatants, but also Al (Spider) Galento, the Tylers’ manager, getting into the action. The match was finally stopped and declared a no contest. The Gulf Coast Tag Team title was held up by the commission.

The following week in Panama City, the Ox and Mr. Kleen faced each other once again. It was another one of their mighty struggles but the Ox availed this time and won the match.

The main event was a six man tag team match with Bobby Fields, Ken Lucas & Dick Dunn facing all three of the Dirty Daltons, Jack, Jim & Frank. The match was even at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall when Jack Dalton applied an Atomic Drop on Dunn and pinned him to score a victory for the Daltons.

The following night in Baton Rouge Ramon Perez and Eddie Vegas wrestled to a 15 minute draw in the opening match.

Rip & Tim Tyler made their first foray into Louisiana and wrestled the team of Bob Kelly & Dwayne Peal. The Tylers won two out of three falls in that one to emerge victorious.

The semi-final was a special grudge match between Danny Little Bear and Kenny Mack. Mack’s interference had cost Little Bear a victory against Jack Dalton the previous week and Little Bear was looking for some payback. Mack probably wished he had minded his own business as he was battered and bloodied by Little Bear before the popular Indian won the match.

The main event was a Louisiana title match between champion Pepe Perez and Joe Vegas. Joe had pinned Pepe in the winning fall of the previous week’s tag team match between the Perez Brothers and the Vegas Brothers and was confident that he could pin Pepe again and take his title. Each man had scored a fall apiece when the match was stopped in the third and deciding fall and declared a no contest.

The following night at Hartwell Field in Mobile, the card opened with fireworks as Dick Dunn and Jim Dalton spent more time battling among the ringside seats as they did in the ring. Finally referee Wiley Bean counted both men out.

Dick Dunn and Jim dalton battle among the ringside spectators

Dick Dunn and Jim dalton battle among the ringside spectators

The Ox continued his winning ways as he steamrolled over newcomer Bob Eisenberg to win their one fall match. Eisenberg suffered a bad cut over his eyebrow during the match.

The main event was scheduled to be a tag team match between the World’s Tag Team champions, Sputnik & Rocket Monroe and the United States tag team champions, Jack & Frank Dalton. Unfortunately the week prior, the Magnificent Brothers Monroe lost their title in Tampa, Florida to the team of Eddie Graham & Sam Steamboat. Rocket Monroe was also injured in that match and was currently out of commission. The Dirty Daltons had also lost their title the previous week in New Orleans to Ramon & Pepe Perez.

In order to make up for the loss of such a major matchup, promoter Rocky McGuire featured a double main event for this card in Mobile.

The first main event was a match between Mr. Kleen and Sputnik Monroe. Kleen won the first fall as he bodyslammed Monroe and jumped on him for the pin. Monroe took the second fall as he trapped Kleen in a back slide and pinned him. In the third and deciding fall Monroe managed to lift the massive Kleen up into a bodyslam and jumped on him for the pin. Referee Speedy Hatfield failed to see that Kleen had draped his foot over the bottom rope and counted him out. Despite the protest of Kleen and the ringside fans, Hatfield awarded the fall and the match to Monroe.

The second main event saw the Daltons, Jack & Frank, taking on Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas.  Frank Dalton was forced to surrender to an abdominal stretch applied by Lucas to drop the first fall. In the second fall Frank rammed Lucas headfirst into Jack Dalton’s knee and pinned him to even the match. In the third and deciding fall, all four men were in the ring at the same time when Frank Dalton flipped Fields over the top rope. Referee Wiley bean failed to see this action, however, and counted Fields out. He was about to award the fall and the match to the Daltons when he heard the complaints of the ringside fans who were yelling about Frank Dalton’s infraction. Bean reversed the decision and gave the fall and the match to Fields & Lucas.

In Dothan two nights later the opening match was between Bob Armstrong, the fighting fireman from Marietta, Georgia and Jim Dalton, one of the infamous Dirty Daltons. Armstrong, who was also a former US Marine, defeated Dalton in the one fall opener.

The semifinal was a grudge match between Dick Dunn & Mr. Kleen and the team of the Ox & the Cobra Kid. These four had gotten into a fracas the previous week when the Cobra Kid interfered in a match between Kleen and the Ox. Dunn also got involved and it all led up to the tag team match, which was won by Dunn & Kleen.

The main event was another match between Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas against the other Dirty Daltons, Jack & Frank. The match was a wild and wooly one but in the end the Daltons were the victors.

The month of July ended just as it started, in Panama City. That card featured a semi-final match that saw the teams of Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas and Jim Dalton & the Ox battle to a double count out.

The main event saw Rip & Tim Tyler take two out of three falls from the team of Bobby Whitlock & newcomer Luis Garcia to win their match.

 

AUGUST:

 

The month began in Baton Rouge with a card that opened with a match between Ramon Perez and Dwayne Peal. The rapid fast Perez flattened Peal with dropkicks and pinned him to win the match.

Mr. Kleen faced Eddie Vegas in the second event of the evening. Vegas used all of his shady tactics, but Kleen was much to strong. Kleen forced Vegas to submit to a bear hug to win the match.

The team of Danny Little Bear & Bob Kelly faced Kenny Mack & Frank Morrell in the semi-final match. Little Bear & Kelly scored two out of three falls to win the match.

The main event was a return title match for the Louisiana State title as champion Pepe Perez once again put the title on the line against Joe Vegas. The match between them the previous week was stopped in the third fall and declared a no contest. In this one, each man had a fall going into the third and final stanza. The end came when Eddie Vegas entered the ring to assist his brother. Joe whipped Perez into Eddie, who was knocked out of the ring. Perez crumpled to the mat and was easily pinned by Vegas. Vegas was awarded the fall and the match and declared the new Louisiana State champion. His reign didn’t last for long, however, as the state commission decided to strip him of the title the following day and hold it up pending another rematch between Vegas and Perez.

The weekly outdoor card at Hartwell Field in Mobile was once again cancelled due to a bad rainstorm.

In Loranger the next night the main event was a tag team match featuring Ramon & Pepe Perez taking on Joe & Eddie Vegas. The scheduled referee was Bob Kelly but the Vegas Brothers complained over his assignment, A change was made and a new referee, Martini Fields, was assigned. Fields wound up disqualifying the Perez Brothers in two straight falls to give an easy victory to the Vegas Brothers.

The following night in Dothan veteran Chico Cortez defeated Luis Garcia in the opening match while Jim Dalton took the measure of newcomer Nick Kontas in the second match of the evening.

The semi-final match was a special challenge match between Ken Lucas and the Ox. Lucas had issued the challenge and the hulking Ox readily accepted it. Lucas won the first fall by forcing the Ox to submit to an abdominal stretch. The Ox came back to use a bear hug to force Lucas to give up the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, the Ox used a piece of metal that he had kept hidden in his trunks to flatten Lucas and pinned him to score a very unpopular victory.

The main event of the evening was a match between the team of Bobby Fields & Bobby Whitlock and the Tyler Brothers, Rip & Tim. The Tylers, along with their manager Al (Spider) Galento used some highly questionable tactics but won two out of three falls to take the match.

The following week in Panama City, the card featured a ladies tag team match with the Fabulous Moolah, Women’s World Champion, teaming with Patti Neilson to take on the team of Barbara Owens & Doris Ponds. Moolah & Neilson won two out of three falls to score the victory.

The main event was scheduled to be the Tyler Brothers, Rip & Tim facing Bobby Whitlock & newcomer Don Barnes. Both Whitlock and Tim Tyler were unavailable due to injuries so Rip Tyler teamed with Jim Dalton to face Barnes & Ken Lucas. Tyler & Dalton didn’t work very well as a team and were thus defeated by Lucas & Barnes, with Tyler & Dalton losing the deciding fall by disqualification.

The following night in Baton Rouge, Danny Little Bear and Ramon Perez fought to a 15 minute draw that was all clean, fast action that was highly appreciated by the fans.

In the second match of the evening, Mr. Kleen and Kenny Mack were both disqualified in their one fall match.

The semi-final saw Bob Kelly score two out of three falls to win his match over the Blue Inferno. The Inferno was highly upset by the decision and demanded another match with Kelly.

The main event was a return match between Pepe Perez and Joe Vegas, with the winner to receive the Louisiana State title that was being held up by the state commission. Perez won two out of three falls to win the match and retain the title. After the final fall, both Ramon Perez and Eddie Vegas got involved and a four man brawl went on for several minutes before order could be restored.

Wrestling finally got under way in Mobile again the following night with a card held at Ft. Whiting. Bob Eisenberg, who was an active soldier at Ft. Benning in Columbus, Georgia, defeated Rip Tyler in the opening match.

In a one fall ladies tag team match, the Fabulous Moolah & Patti Neilson defeated Barbara Owens & Doris Ponds.

The semi-final match saw Tim Tyler return from a brief injury to team with his brother Rip as the Tyler Brothers defeated Bob Eisenberg & Ken Lucas in two straight falls.

The main event saw Gulf Coast champion Bobby Fields put his title on the line against the Ox. Fields had been the reigning champion for 9 months going into this match and was confident he would keep the title. The Ox was just as anxious to prove himself the better man and was hoping to take Fields’ title easily. The Ox was so anxious that he jumped Fields before the bell, but was quickly upended as Fields pinned him to score the first fall.

Bobby Fields sends The Ox to the mat with a hard right hamd

Bobby Fields sends The Ox to the mat with a hard right hamd

The Ox came back to hit Fields with a double handed judo chop and pinned him to even the match. At the beginning of the third and deciding fall, Jim Dalton came out to the ring with the Ox and took a seat near his corner. Fields protested but Dalton was allowed to stay as long as he remained in his seat. After several minutes of action, Fields and the Ox collided mid-ring. Fields fell to the mat as the Ox teetered near the ropes. Dalton jumped up onto the apron and pushed the Ox who fell with a crash across the prone Fields. Fields was pinned and the fall and the match were awarded to the Ox, who became the new Gulf Coast champion.

The Ox makes his way through the angry crowd with the Gulf Coast title belt

The Ox makes his way through the angry crowd with the Gulf Coast title belt

The next night in Loranger saw Dwayne Peal score a victory over Don Barnes in the one fall opener.

The second match of the evening was a one fall match between Mr. Kleen and the Blue Inferno. Mr. Kleen used a bear hug to force the Inferno to submit to win the match.

The semi-final was a match between Danny Little Bear and Kenny Mack. These two had issues between them for several weeks going into this match, which was won by Little Bear.

The main event was a return match between the Perez Brothers and the Vegas Brothers. Since the Vegas Brothers had a favorable referee on their side the previous week, the Perez duo got to name the referee for this match. They chose Bob Kelly who was much less lenient that Martini Fields had been the week before. With an impartial referee officiating, the Perez Brothers took two out of three falls to win the match.

In Dothan the following night, the Fabulous Moolah & Patti Neilson once again defeated Barbara Owens & Doris Ponds in a ladies tag team match.

The remainder of the card was an eight man tag match. The eight men would form four teams, one in each corner of the ring. Only two men would be in the ring at a time and anyone could tag anyone else .As a man was pinned or submitted he was eliminated from the match but the team was still eligible until both members of the team were eliminated. The winning team would be named the new Gulf Coast Tag Team Champions. The four teams competing were:

  • Rip & Tim Tyler
  • Ken Lucas & Bobby Fields
  • The Ox & Jim Dalton
  • The Avengers

The match came down to Bobby Fields and Rip Tyler as the last two remaining men. Fields eliminated Tyler and the team of Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas were once again the Gulf Coast Tag Team champions.

The following week in Panama City Rip Tyler teamed with the Cobra Kid to defeat the Avenger and newcomer Eddie Sullivan.

Jim Dalton took two out of three falls to defeat Ken Lucas in the semi-final match. Dalton took the deciding fall when the Ox tripped Lucas from outside the ring to allow Dalton to pin him.

In the main event Bobby Fields defeated the Ox, the man who had beaten him for the Gulf Coast title, in a one fall non-title match.

The next night in Baton Rouge the match opened with a special grudge match between Mr. Kleen and Kenny Mack. This match would be a one fall to a finish with no referee in the ring. Kleen won this match as Mack left the ring and returned to the dressing room.

The semi-final was a tag team match with Danny Little Bear & Bob Kelly continuing their winning streak as they defeated the Blue Inferno & Karl Karlsson in two straight falls. Karlsson had been previously competing as Karl Von Hess in the Gulf Coast area.

The main event was a tag team match between Ramon & Pepe Perez and Joe & Eddie Vegas. Both teams were disqualified in the third and deciding fall.

In Mobile the following night Jim Dalton defeated the Cobra Kid in a battle of ruffians that opened the card with a one fall match.

In the semi-final, the Tyler Brothers, Rip & Tim took on a pair of Arizona wrestlers, Ken Lucas of Mesa & Eddie Sullivan from Phoenix. Tim Tyler was still suffering the effects of a nagging leg injury and was forced to submit to Sullivan’s Boston Crab hold to concede the third and deciding fall.

The main event was a return Gulf Coast title match with the new champion, the Ox, defending against former champion Bobby Fields. This was a knock down but the Ox managed to win two out of three falls and remain Gulf Coast champion.

Bobby Fields slugs The Ox as referee Jim King looks on

Bobby Fields slugs The Ox as referee Jim King looks on

Two nights later in Dothan, the opening matches saw Rip Tyler beat Luis Garcia, Eddie Sullivan drew Jim Dalton in a 15 minute one fall match and the Ox defeated Bob Eisenberg.

The main event was a Gulf Coast Tag Team title match with the champions, Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas defending against the Dirty Daltons, Jack & Frank. Each team had won a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall when Jim Dalton tried to lend his brothers a hand. Despite being outnumbered, Fields & Lucas won the final fall and the match to remain champions.

In Panama City the following week, Eddie Sullivan teamed with Luis Garcia to defeat the team of Jim Dalton & a new masked man, El Panto, in a two out of three fall tag team match.

In the main event the Ox, Gulf Coast champion, put the title on the line against the man he had taken it from, Bobby Fields. Fields had beaten the Ox the previous week in a non-title match and was raring to go in order to try and regain the title. Fields took two straight falls over the big Ox to win the match and regain the Gulf Coast title.

In Baton Rouge the following night, Kenny Mack defeated newcomer Bobby Howell in the opening match.

The semi-final saw Ramon & Pepe Perez finally earn a clear cut victory over Joe & Eddie Vegas as they won two out of three falls in their match.

The Dirty Daltons, Jack & Frank, returned to Louisiana after serving out a 30 day suspension and picked up right where they left off. They met their arch enemies, Danny Little Bear and Wildman Bob Kelly in a main event tag team match. This feud had lost none of its intensity and by the end of the match both Little Bear & Kelly were bleeding profusely. The Daltons emerged victorious much to the chagrin of the fans.

The next night in Mobile Danny Little bear beat El Panto while Eddie Sullivan took the measure of Rip Tyler in the first two matches of the evening.

In the semi-final Joe & Eddie Vegas made their debut as a team on the upper end of the territory and they were not alone. Al (Spider) Galento, former manager of the Carson Brothers and the Tyler Brothers, had taken the latest blonde tag team under his wing. Galento claimed that it had been his managerial genius that had led his former teams to greatness and he was promising the same for the Vegas Brothers.

The Vegas Brothers faced the team of Bob Kelly & Bad Boy Hines and had very little trouble as they took two straight falls to win the match.

The main event was a Gulf Coast Tag Team title match with the champions, Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas defending against Jim Dalton & the Ox. Dalton won the first fall for the challengers as he pinned Lucas after a series of back bodydrops. Fields came back and flattened Dalton with a dropkick and pinned him to win the second fall. Fields and the Ox both wound up bleeding in the third and deciding fall as all four men battered each other around. Referee Wiley Bean tried to maintain order but was knocked aside by Dalton. He immediately stopped the match and declared it a no contest and ordered the Gulf Coast Tag Team title held up.

Ken Lucas pushes Jim Dalton as The Ox awaits a tag. Wiley Bean is the referee

Ken Lucas pushes Jim Dalton as The Ox awaits a tag. Wiley Bean is the referee

In Dothan two nights later the card opened with Jim Dalton beating Bruce Austin in a one fall matchup.

In a tag team match, Bad Boy Hines & Eddie Sullivan teamed to take two out of three falls from the Avengers.

The semi-final match was a chain match between Bobby Fields and Rip Tyler. The two men would be chained together by their right wrists and the loser of the match would lose his hair. It was a bloody battle with Fields coming out on top and Tyler losing his hair.

The main event was another grudge match, this one between Ken Lucas and the Ox. The match was even with each man having won a fall apiece going into the third and final fall. The final fall was stopped due to the illegal tactics by both men and declared a no contest.

The next week in Panama City Ken Lucas won the opening match over Luis Garcia as he forced Garcia to submit to an abdominal stretch.

The Ox was signed to meet a man as nearly as big as him as he wrestled Big Jim Grabmire. Grabmire, at 6’6” and 269 pounds was from Ohio, but kept a vacation home in Panama City. He did well in front of his adopted home fans as he defeated the Ox by winning two out of three falls.

The main event was a tag team match with Bobby Fields & Eddie Sullivan taking on Joe & Eddie Vegas. Despite the efforts of manager Al Galento to give his Vegas duo an illegal edge, Fields & Sullivan took two out of three falls to earned the victory.

In Baton Rouge the evening opened with a ladies match between Donna Christanello and Toni Rose. Christanello won two out of three falls to earn the victory.

Toni Rose chokes Donna Christanello on the ropes

Toni Rose chokes Donna Christanello on the ropes

In the semi-final Ramon & Pepe Perez faced a new masked team, Los Pantos, in a two out of three fall tag team battle. The two teams were very evenly matched and each scored a fall apiece in the first two falls. In the third and deciding fall, Pepe Perez pinned one of the masked men after a series of flying headscissors and won the match.

The main event was a return match between the team of Danny Little Bear & Bob Kelly and the Dirty Daltons, Jack & Frank. To combat the heavy western boots that the Daltons wore that inflicted so much damage on their foes, Little Bear & Kelly also vowed to wear western boots. All four men were bleeding due to all of the stomping going on and the match wound up a no contest.

In Mobile the following night Big Jim Grabmire faced Pancho Villa, who was returning after a lengthy absence. Villa was disqualified for scratching Grabmire’s face in their one fall match.

In the semi-final, Joe & Eddie Vegas, accompanied by their manager Al (Spider) Galento faced the team of Eddie Sullivan & Bad Boy Hines. Sullivan stunned Eddie Vegas with a dropkick and pinned him to take the first fall. Joe Vegas used a neckbreaker on Hines and pinned him to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall the Vegas Brothers doubled up on Hines and slammed him to the mat after hitting him with a chair.

Joe Vegas holds Bad Boy Hines as Eddie Vegas hits him with a chair

Joe Vegas holds Bad Boy Hines as Eddie Vegas hits him with a chair

Hines was easily pinned to give the fall and the match to the Vegas Brothers. After the match the irate Hines grabbed up the chair and flattened not only the Vegas duo, but Sullivan and the referee as well.

 

SEPTEMBER:

 

September opened with a card in Dothan on the first of the month. That card opened with Jim Grabmire beating Jim Dalton and Pancho Villa defeating Bad Boy Hines in the two opening matches.

In a ladies match Venus LaRue took on Ann Casey. Each had scored a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. LaRue upended Casey with a rolling cradle to score the victory.

In the semi-final match Bobby Fields & Eddie Sullivan faced the Vegas Brothers, who had their manager Al Galento at ringside. Sullivan scored the first fall as he forced Eddie Vegas to submit to a Boston Crab hold. Joe Vegas used a neckbreaker on Fields and pinned him to win the second fall. In the deciding fall, Sullivan had Eddie Vegas once again in the Boston Crab when Galento climbed onto the ring apron and hit Sullivan with his cane. The Vegas duo were disqualified immediately but they, along with Galento, jumped on Fields and Sullivan. Ken Lucas rushed into the ring with a chair and chased the trio out.

The main event of the evening was a Texas Death Match between Ken Lucas and the Ox. In this match there was no time limit and no disqualification. Falls would not count and the match would continue until one man was unable to continue. Furthermore the loser of the match would have to leave the territory. Both men were bloody and battered but Lucas came out on top to win the match and send the Ox packing.

The following night a card was held at the Mamou High School Gym in Mamou, Louisiana. Kenny Mack took the measure of Bob Kelly in the one fall opening match.

The semi-final was a ladies match in which Donna Christanello win two out of three falls over Toni Rose.

The main event was a tag team match with Danny Little Bear & Bob Kelly taking on Kenny Mack & the Blue Inferno. Little Bear & Kelly scored two out of three falls to win the match.

In Panama City two nights later Jim Grabmire continued his winning streak by taking the measure of the Cuban assassin Chico Cortez.

In a special ladies match Ann Casey faced the toughest challenge of her young career as she was matched with The Lady Blimp, who weighed a whopping 301 pounds. The Lady Blimp was a protégé of the famed wrestling impresario Jack Pfefer, who although he did not accompany her to ringside, was serving as her behind the scenes manager and traveling with her. The Blimp was simply too much for Miss Casey and defeated her in straight falls.

The main event saw the return of Dynamite Dick Dunn as he teamed with Ken Lucas to face Eddie Vegas & Al (Spider) Galento, who was taking the place of Joe Vegas. Dunn & Lucas took two out of three falls to win the match.

The following night in Baton Rouge Mr. Kleen and Kenny Mack met once again in the one fall opening match. Kleen emerged victorious with an impressive win over Mack.

In a tag team match, Los Pantos took two out of three falls to defeat Jack Rico & Billy Hamilton, who was making his first appearance in the Gulf Coast after a 4 year absence.

The main event was yet another match between Danny Little Bear & Bob Kelly and the Dirty Daltons. The previous week all four men were wearing heavy western boots and had stomped their foes bloody before the match was stopped without a decision. This week promoter Mrs. Jimmy Kilshaw was forcing them to all wrestle barefoot. Barefoot or shod, that really didn’t make much difference as it was still a wild and bloody battle. Jack Dalton jumped Kelly before the opening bell and had him bleeding from a cut on his forehead. Kelly was then tossed from the ring and was so weak that he was unable to get back into the ring before getting counted out. Little Bear helped Kelly back to the dressing room during the rest period. At the start of the second fall, Little Bear came back to the ring alone as Kelly was unable to continue. Little bear tried to take on both Jack & Frank Dalton but was soon on the receiving end of a double teaming. Suddenly Kelly burst from the dressing room with his head wrapped in bandages carrying a shovel. He climbed back into the ring and cracked both Daltons over the head with the shovel. This opened a deep gash over Jack Dalton’s eyebrow and caused referee Kenny Mack to stop the match. Mack disqualified Kelly & Little Bear and awarded the fall and the match to the Daltons.

The next night in Alexandria Los Pantos faced Mr. Kleen & Billy Hamilton in a tag team match. The masked duo scored the winning fall over Hamilton to earn the victory.

Danny Little Bear & Bob Kelly took on Jack & Frank Dalton in the main event. This was another of their typical wars as all four men were bleeding before the match was stopped and declared a no contest.

That same night the card that was due to be held in Mobile once again had to be cancelled due to heavy weather conditions.

The next night in Loranger, Danny Little Bear opened the card with a victory over one of Los Pantos in a one fall matchup.

The semi-final was a two out of three fall tag team match in which Los Pantos defeated Bob Kelly & Billy Hamilton

The main event was a handicap match with Mr. Kleen taking on both Jack & Frank Dalton. Kleen stated that as long as the Daltons abided by tag team rules and kept only one man in the ring at a time. He should have known better as both Daltons jumped him at the start and battered him until they were disqualified.

In Dothan the following night Jim Grabmire defeated Chico Cortez while Eddie Sullivan and Jim Dalton battled to a time limit draw in the opening matches.

Dick Dunn defeated Pancho Villa in a match of old rivals. Villa tried his rough stuff but Dunn caught him in a rolling cradle and pinned him for the win.

The Lady Blimp defeated Ann Casey once again in a ladies match.

The main event saw the Gulf Coast Tag Team champions, Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas take on Joe & Eddie Vegas in a non-title match. Lucas scored the first fall for his team as he forced Eddie Vegas to submit to an abdominal stretch. Joe Vegas came back and applied a neckbreaker on Lucas and pin him to win the second fall. The third fall wound up a double disqualification as all four men, along with Al Galento, manager of the Vegas Brothers, battling in the ring at the same time. Eddie Vegas suffered a severe injury during the melee and had to be carried from the ring.

Three nights later in Panama City Big Jim Grabmire defeated Pancho Villa by disqualification in the opening match.

The main event was a six man tag team match with the Gulf Coast Tag Team champions, Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas being joined by Eddie Sullivan to face the trio of Jim Dalton, Eddie Vegas & Al (Spider) Galento. Lucas & Sullivan took two out of three falls to win the match.

The following night in Baton Rouge Frank Dalton beat Billy Hamilton in the one fall opening match.

In the second match the 301 pound Lady Blimp continued her dominance over Ann Casey and defeated her easily.

The semi-final was a tag team match between the Perez Brothers and Los Pantos that wound up as a no contest.

The main event was a special challenge match between Bob Kelly and Jack Dalton. Kelly had been busted open by Dalton during a tag team match the previous week and in turn had used a shovel on Dalton to return the favor. Both men were anxious to get their hands on the other. Both men were disqualified during the final fall of the match.

The next night in Mobile, Jim Grabmire fought Tarzan Baxter to a 15 minute draw in the opening match.

In the second match of the evening Eddie Sullivan used a dropkick to flatten Eddie Vegas and wined him for the win.

Bitter rivals Mr. Kleen and Kenny Mack wrestled each other in the third event. Kleen vanquished his foe with a series of whacks to the top of the head.

Danny Little Bear suffered a rare loss in his match with Jim Dalton. Little Bear wasn’t happy with the officiating of referee Chico Cortez and flattened him along with Dalton with Tomahawk chops. Cortez disqualified Little Bear and awarded the match to Dalton.

In the semi-final match Ken Lucas took on Pancho Villa, with each man splitting the first two falls. In the third and deciding fall Lucas had Villa caught in an abdominal stretch when Villa worked his hand free. He tapped Lucas on the shoulder and Lucas, thinking it was referee Wiley bean let go of the hold. Villa then nailed Lucas from behind and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

The main event was a Gulf Coat title match with Bobby Fields, the champion, defending the title against Duke (The Wildman) Savage, the latest protégé of Al (Spider) Galento. Galento led the Wildman to the ring with a chain around his neck and was able to control him until the chain was removed. At that point he lived up to his name as he was a completely wild savage as he attacked Fields. After punching, kicking and biting Fields, he had the champion a bloody mess. Referee Wiley Bean had seen enough and disqualified Savage and awarded the fall to Fields. Savage then flattened Bean and once again went after Fields, who had managed to roll from the ring and was lying on the arena floor. Galento finally managed to get the chain around the Wildman’s neck and led him to the dressing room. Fields was unable to continue the match and Bean declared it a no contest.

Bobby Fields fights off Duke (The Wildman) Savage

Bobby Fields fights off Duke (The Wildman) Savage

Two nights later in Dothan the card opened with Jim Grabmire and  Tarzan Baxter wrestling to a 15 minute stalemate.

Eddie Sullivan defeated Chico Cortez while Danny Little Bear took the measure of Jim Dalton in the other preliminaries.

The semi-final was a return match between Dick Dunn and Pancho Villa. Dunn had won their meeting the previous week and Villa issued the challenge. Dunn accepted and the match was signed. As it were the two men spent the whole match slugging away at each other until the match was stopped and both men were disqualified.

The main event was a handicap match with Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas taking on Joe Vegas, Al (Spider) Galento & Duke (the Wildman) Savage.  Fields & Lucas managed to isolate Vegas throughout the match and worked him over sufficiently to win the third and deciding fall to earn the victory.

The following week in Panama City, Eddie Sullivan and Jim Dalton wrestled to a 15 minute draw in the opening matchup.

In the semi-final match Ken Lucas teamed with Jim Grabmire to face a new masked team The Golden Terrors. The Terrors were disqualified in the third and deciding fall to give the match to Lucas & Grabmire.

The main event was another Gulf Coast title match between champion Bobby Fields and Duke Savage. The Wildman was once again totally out of control and wound up being disqualified in two straight falls.

In Baton Rouge the following night, Danny Little Bear took the measure of Frank Dalton in a one fall opening match.

Mr. Kleen and Kenny Mack continued their endless series of matches in the second match of the evening. Mack was disqualified in this one to give the victory to Kleen.

In another continuing feud, Ramon & Pepe Perez faced Los Pantos in the semi-final match. The Perez Brothers finally vanquished their masked rivals by winning two out of three falls to win the match.

The main event was a return match between Bob Kelly and jack Dalton. Since both men had resorted to rough tactics the previous week, both agreed to have this match be a “Gentleman’s match”, with both men adhering strictly to the rules. To their credit, both men stuck to their promise and wrestled strictly by the rules until Kelly began to get the upper hand. Dalton then began to take shortcuts which started Kelly in to doing the same. Soon Frank Dalton was at ringside, which brought Danny Little Bear from the dressing room as well. Sure enough all four men wound up in the ring pounding away at each other until the match was once again stopped and a no contest declared.

The next night in Alexandria the night opened with Danny Little Bear taking the measure of Frank Dalton in the opening match.

The semi-final match saw Bob Kelly & Ramon Perez team up to defeat Los Pantos in two out of three falls.

The main event was a match between Pepe Perez and Jack Dalton. These two had a long running family feud involving matches between the Daltons and the Perez Brothers, but this wa a rare solo match between them Perez won the first fall as he pinned Dalton after a series of flying dropkicks. Dalton even things up when he applied an Atomic Drop pinned Perez in the second fall. The third and deciding fall saw the advantage go back and forth several times before Perez stunned Dalton with a flying headscissors and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

That same night in Mobile Jim Grabmire scored a victory over Jim Dalton by disqualification in the opening match.

In the second bout, Ken Lucas forced Pancho Villa to surrender to an abdominal stretch to win their match and avenge the loss he’d suffered at the hands of Villa the previous week.

The semi-final match saw the return of Mario Galento as he teamed with Eddie Sullivan to take on the Golden Terrors Galento won the first fall for his team as he forced one of the masked men to submit to his Hangman Hold. The Terrors double teamed Sullivan in the second fall and pinned him to even the score. In the third fall Sullivan and one of the Terrors were trading shoulder blocks when referee Wiley Bean was caught between them. All three men went down with the Terror falling from the ring. The other Terror dropped off the ring apron, rolled his partner under the ring and rolled back in himself. He quickly pinned Sullivan as the woozy Bean tolled the count. The fall and the match went to the Golden Terrors.

The main event was a rematch between Bobby Fields and Duke Savage, but this time Fields’ Gulf Coast title would not be on the line. Fields just wanted to get another chance at the Wildman, who had left him lying bloody on the arena floor the previous week. It was also doubtful that Savage cared about the title anyway as he was only interested in maiming whoever his manager Al Galento aimed him at. As had been the case the previous week, Savage utilized his teeth on Fields, concentrating on one of his ears. Referee Wiley Bean tried to break this up only to be knocked down by Savage. Eddie Sullivan also entered the ring to try and restore order and fell victim to the Wildman as well. Even promoter Rocky McGuire felt the wrath of Savage when he came out to the ring to try and calm things down. It took a combination of bean, Sullivan & McGuire to subdue the Wildman long enough for Galento to get the chain around his neck and lead him back to the dressing room. Savage was once again disqualified and the match awarded to Fields, who was a bloody mess.

Duke (The Wildman) Savage tosses promoter Rocky McGuire to the mat

Duke (The Wildman) Savage tosses promoter Rocky McGuire to the mat

The following week in Panama City a four team one night tag team tournament was held with the winning team to receive $300.

  • The Golden Terrors
  • Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas
  • Pancho Villa & Chico Cortez
  • Eddie Sullivan & Jim Grabmire

The Terrors defeated Sullivan & Grabmire while Lucas & Fields beat Cortez & Villa in the first round. The Terrors then defeated Fields & Lucas to win the tournament and the money.

The following night in Baton Rouge, Pepe Perez defeated Kenny Mack while Ramon Perez took the decision over El Panto #1 in the preliminary matches.

Duke (the Wildman) Savage made his Louisiana debut and made short work of Jack Rico.

The main event was yet another match between the Dirty Daltons and Danny Little Bear & Bob Kelly Each team had scored a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall when Kelly was knocked unconscious leaving Little Bear at the mercy of the Daltons, who showed none. Little Bear was receiving a horrific beating until Ramon & Pepe Perez rushed into the ring and chased the Daltons out.

The next night in Alexandria Ramon Perez and Frank Dalton wrestled to a 15 minute draw in the opening match.

In the semi-final match Danny Little Bear & Bob Kelly too two out of three falls to defeat Los Pantos in a tag team match.

The main event had Louisiana State champion Pepe Perez defending his title against Jack Dalton, who had held the title previously himself. Perez issued a rare defeat to Dalton the previous week and Dalton issued the challenge for a title match. Dalton won the first fall with an Atomic Drop and pin on Perez. Perez came back with a series of flying dropkicks to flatten Dalton and pin him to win the second fall. Dalton was disqualified in the third and deciding fall to give Perez the match and allow him to retain his title.

That same night in Mobile the card opened with a tag team match with the team of Ken Lucas & Eddie Sullivan facing Chico Cortez & Al (Spider) Galento. Galento tried to choke Sullivan with a piece of rope he had smuggled into the ring, but Sullivan took it away from him. He choked Galento until he was weakened enough to be pinned, giving the first fall to Sullivan & Lucas. Lucas won the second fall by forcing Cortez to surrender to an abdominal stretch. Cortez tried to reach Galento to tag him, but Galento left and went back to the dressing room.

In the semi-final match Pancho Villa & Jim Dalton took on the Golden Terrors. Since neither of these teams cared much for the rules of the game, this promised to be a rough and tumble match. Dalton scored the first fall for his team as he pinned one of the Terrors after slamming him around a bit. Dalton fell victim to some slamming himself in the second fall and was pinned to give the fall to the masked team. In the third and deciding fall all four men fought among the ringsiders until the sixty minute time limit expired, ending the match in a draw.

Jim Dalton & Pancho Villa battle The Golden Terrors in their corner

Jim Dalton & Pancho Villa battle The Golden Terrors in their corner

The main event was another rematch between Bobby Fields and Duke Savage. After enduring the Wildman biting hi head for the previous two weeks, Fields devised a way to combat such tactics. He wore boxing headgear. Savage attacked as soon as Al Galento removed his chain and began biting the headgear. Seeing that had no effect, he started tearing at it to remove it from Fields’ head. When that failed he began gnawing on Fields’ arm. Referee Joe Powell tried to stop him from this and Savage turned on him. He began biting Powell, who was soon bleeding from the forehead. While this was happening, Fields pulled a leather thong from his trunks, wrapped it around his first and began punching Savage with it. That got Savage off of Powell but he started back on Fields. The two were knocking each other around when Powell managed to make it to his feet. He declared the match a no contest but things continued until Ken Lucas entered the ring and chased the Wildman out.

Bobby Fields, in boxing headgear, chokes Duke (The Wildman) Savage

Bobby Fields, in boxing headgear, chokes Duke (The Wildman) Savage

Two nights later in Dothan, the Golden Terrors took two out of three falls to defeat the team of Bad Boy Hines ^ Eddie Sullivan in the opening match.

In another tag team match, Gulf Coast Tag Team champions, Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas, faced a pair of newcomers, Bill & Joe Sky from Dallas, Texas. The match was a non-title match, which was by Fields & Lucas as they won two out of three falls to win the match.

In a ladies match Ann Casey defeated Venus LaRue by winning two out of three falls.

The main event was a ten round boxing match between Dick Dunn and Pancho Villa. Promoter Rocky McGuire had deciding if these two wanted to spend their match punching each other, he put them in gloves and make it legal. The match went the complete ten rounds with neither man scoring a knockout and was declared a draw.

 

OCTOBER:

 

October began with a card in Panama City. The card was highlighted by a six man tag team match where the Golden Terrors & the Cobra Kid defeated the threesome of Chico Cortez, Pancho Villa & Mark Starr.

The following night in Baton Rouge the opening match was a match between Kenny Mack and Duke (the Wildman) Savage. This was a wild one with neither paying any attention to the referee or the rules. Savage was a little rougher than Mack and in the end was the victor.

In the semi-final Danny Little Bear teamed with Billy Hamilton to face Los Pantos. One of the masked men pinned Hamilton for the third and deciding fall to win the match.

In the main event, United States Tag Team champions, Ramon & Pepe Perez, defended their title against the Dirty Daltons. Ramon Perez scored the first fall over Frank Dalton with a series of dropkicks and a pin. Ramon was the victim of double teaming by both Jack & Frank Dalton and was pinned to give the second fall to the Daltons. In the third and deciding fall it was Pepe Perez that was double teamed throughout the fall. Finally Jack Dalton applied an Atomic Drop and pinned Pepe to win the fall and the match. The Dirty Daltons were once again the US champions.

In Mobile the next night Jim Dalton teamed with Pancho Villa to take on the team of Ken Lucas & Eddie Sullivan in the opening match of the night. Lucas won the first fall for his team as he forced Villa to submit to an abdominal stretch. Dalton came back to even the match when he pinned Sullivan after kicking him in the stomach. In the third and deciding fall, Lucas once again had Villa in the abdominal stretch. Dalton ran into the ring and knocked Lucas over with Villa on top of him. Villa pinned Lucas to win the fall and the match.

The semi-final match was a tag team battle with Dick Dunn & Cowboy Bob Kelly taking on the Golden Terrors. Dunn scored the win for the first fall when he flattened one of the masked men with a dropkick and pinned him. Kelly was the victim of double teaming and was pinned by one of the masked men to even the match. In the third and deciding fall, Kelly was in the ring with one of the Terrors when the masked man was knocked from the ring. Referee Chico Cortez was pushing Kelly back when the second Terror went to his partner’s aid. With Cortez distracted the Terrors switched and the injured one remained outside as his partner entered the ring. Kelly was easily overwhelmed by the fresh man and was pinned to give the fall and the match to the Golden Terrors.

Cowboy Bob Kelly tosses one of The Golden Terrors

Cowboy Bob Kelly tosses one of The Golden Terrors

The main event was a return Gulf Coast title match between champion Bobby Fields and Duke Savage. To curb Savage’s habit of biting, promoter Rocky McGuire forced him to wear a muzzle. The Wildman’s manager, Al (Spider) Galento, protested but the stipulation stood. Furthermore, Galento would also be banned from ringside. With those odds in his favor Fields totally dominated Savage. At one point Fields had Savage tied in the ropes and was pounding away on him while referee Chico Cortez stood by watching. Suddenly the Golden Terrors came to ringside and tossed in a towel, surrendering on Savage’s behalf. Cortez awarded the match to Fields, who should have accepted the win and left the ring. Instead Fields stayed in the ring and was attacked by the Terrors. One of the masked men freed Savage from the ropes and removed his muzzle. Savage took after Fields and was biting him while the Terrors stomped him. Fields was finally able to escape their clutches and got out of the ring. Savage & the Terrors were escorted back to the dressing room by the police.

Two nights later in Dothan, the opening match saw Eddie Sullivan defeat Chuck Conley of the Scufflin’ Hillbillies.

The second match of the evening was between Mario Galento and Jim Dalton. Galento won the match when he forced Dalton to submit to the Hangman Hold.

The semi-final was a Gulf Coast Tag Team title match between Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas, the champions, defending the title against the Golden Terrors. The match was even with each team having won a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Finally Lucas forced one of the masked man to submit to an abdominal stretch to win the fall and the match and allow Fields & Lucas to retain their title.

The main event was a return boxing match between Dick Dun and Pancho Villa. This one would go 15 rounds, since neither could get a decision in 10 rounds the previous week. Dunn scored a knockout in the 8th round in this one to win the bout over Villa.

Three nights later in Panama City the card opened with a ladies match between Ann Casey and Dianne Lynn. Casey took two out of three falls to defeat Lynn.

The main event was a two out of three fall tag team match with the team of Dick Dunn & Billy Hamilton facing Jim Dalton & Pancho Villa. Dalton & Villa were disqualified in the third and deciding fall to give the match to Dunn & Hamilton. Dunn and Villa got into a brawl following the match and had to be separated.

That same night, the Gulf Coast promotion presented its first card in Nashville, Tennessee ar the Hippodrome. The card featured the following matches:

  • Cora Combs defeated Ann Casey
  • Pepe Perez defeated Karl Karlsson
  • Don Fargo defeated Tim Tyler in two straight falls
  • The Black Infernos defeated Bobby (Luke) Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly when Fields & Kelly were disqualified in the third and deciding fall.

In Baton Rouge the card opened with Bob Kelly and Frank Dalton battling to a 15 minute stalemate.

In the second match of the evening Ramon Perez defeated El Panto #2, while Danny Little Bear took the measure of El Panto #1 in the third preliminary bout.

The main event was a Louisiana State title match with champion Pepe Perez defending the title against Jack Dalton. Billy Hamilton served as the special referee. Hamilton missed some of Dalton’s dirty tactics during the third and deciding fall. Dalton hit Perez with a low blow, unseen by Hamilton and then applied an Atomic Drop. Perez was pinned and Dalton became the new Louisiana State champion.

The following night in Mobile Eddie Sullivan defeated Kenny Mack in two straight falls in the opening match.

In the second match Jim Dalton won by forfeit as his opponent, Bob Eilenberg, failed to appear,

The fans received a shock in the third match of the evening. Don Carson returned to challenge Duke Savage. Savage was managed by Al (Spider) Galento who had been the manager of Don Carson earlier in the year. Carson felt that Galento had abandoned him and was out to prove his superiority over Galento’s current charge. Savage was up to his usual trick of biting and had Carson bleeding in the opening fall. Savage finally choked Carson into submission and won the first fall. Carson came back in the second fall and decided that he would fight fire with fire with the help of a set of brass knuckles. He pounded Savage until the half-conscious Wildman was easily pinned to give Carson the second fall.  In the third and deciding fall, Savage was also equipped with brass knuckles and the two men fought mainly outside on the arena floor, which resulted in both men being counted out. After the match it took the combined efforts of referee Speedy Hatfield and promoter Rocky McGuire to separate the two men and restore order.

Don Carson has Duke (The Wildman) Savage reeling from a punch

Don Carson has Duke (The Wildman) Savage reeling from a punch

The main event was a Title vs Masks match with Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas putting their Gulf Coast Tag Team title on the line against the masks of the Golden Terrors. Lucas won the first fall for his team when he worked over the arm of one of the Terrors until he submitted the fall. Lucas fell victim to a loaded headbutt and was pinned to give the second fall to the Terrors. In the third and deciding fall, Fields & Lucas deciding not to wait a decision before stripping the masks from the Terrors faces. They rammed the two masked men headfirst into one another, They then unmasked them revealing Rip & Randy Tyler. The Tylers ran for the dressing room and were counted out, giving the fall and the match to Fields & Lucas and allowing them to retain their title.

The Tylers got their revenge two nights later in Dothan as they took two out of three falls to defeat Fields & Lucas to become the new Gulf Coast Tag Team champions.

The following week in Panama City, Ramon Perez defeated Bad Boy Hines in the opening match.

In the semi-final tag team match Dick Dunn & Eddie Sullivan took on Jim Dalton & Pancho Villa. Each team had won a fall apiece and the match was even going into the third and deciding fall. The final fall saw all four men battling in the ring at the same time and the match was stopped and declared a no contest.

The main event was a short one as Don Carson faced Duke Savage. Savage left the ring after Carson gave him a going over and was counted out. Carson dared the Wildman to return to the ring, but Savage wanted no more to do with him.

The following night in Baton Rouge the opening match saw Bob Kelly score a victory over Chico Cortez in a one fall match.

In the semi-final match Los Pantos won two out of three falls to defeat Pepe Perez & Bob Kelly in a tag team match. In the third fall one of the masked men actually tossed Perez over the top rope, but the referee didn’t call for a disqualification.

The main event saw Jack Dalton & Karl Karlsson facing Danny Little Bear & Ken Lucas in a tag team match. Lucas was making his return to Louisiana after a few months away. Karlsson, who was a last minute substitute for Frank Dalton, was pinned by Little Bear in the deciding fall, giving the match to Little bear & Lucas. Jack Dalton blamed the loss on Karlsson and attacked him after the match.

In Mobile the next night Dick Dunn beat Pancho Villa while Bobby Fields trimmed Jim Dalton in the preliminary matches.

In the semi-final the new Gulf Coast Tag Team champions, Rip & Randy Tyler, faced Ramon Perez & Eddie Sullivan in a non-title match. Sullivan & Perez kept the Tylers off balance with dropkicks throughout the first fall until Rip Tyler was pinned by Perez. In the second fall Randy Tyler dragged Sullivan into the Tylers’ corner where Rip kneed him in the groin. Randy then pinned Sullivan to win the fall and even the match. In the third and deciding fall, both Sullivan & Perez flattened Rip with a double dropkick and Sullivan pinned him to win the fall and the match.

Ramon Perez & Eddie Sullivan ram the heads of Rip & Randy Tyler together

Ramon Perez & Eddie Sullivan ram the heads of Rip & Randy Tyler together

The main event was a return match between Don Carson and Duke Savage. Once again the match started fast and didn’t last very long.  Carson jumped Savage as soon as he climbed through the ropes and punched and kicked him mercilessly. Savage finally bailed from the ring and ran to the dressing room. He locked himself in the dressing room and refused to come out. Carson was awarded the match on a count out.

The following week in Panama City, Gulf Coast Tag Team champions, Rip & Randy Tyler faced the team of Don Carson & Dick Dunn in a non-title match. Carson pinned Randy Tyler after a neckbreaker to win the first fall. Rip Tyler pinned Dunn after kneeing him in the stomach to take the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, the Tylers tossed both Carson & Dunn from the ring where they were counted out, giving the Tylers the fall and the match.

This was the final card held on Mondays in Panama City. They moved to Thursdays at the beginning of November.

That same night in Nashville, Cowboy Bob Kelly defeated the Jungle Boy (Duke Savage) in the opening match.

Lee Fields made a rare appearance and defeated Jim Dalton in the second match of the evening.

The semi-final match was a tag team match between Ramon & Pepe Perez and the team of Eddie Sullivan & Ken Lucas. The Perez Brothers won two out of three falls to earn the victory.

The main event was another tag team match with Don Fargo & Luke Fields taking on the Black Infernos. Fields & Fargo won two out of three falls to win the match.

This was the last card held by the Gulf Coast Wrestling Association in Nashville.

The following night in Baton Rouge Ken Lucas won over Chico Cortez in the opening match of the evening.

The semi-final was a special grudge match between Jack Dalton & Karl Karlsson. The two had been partners the week before but lost their match against Ken Lucas & Danny Little Bear. Dalton blamed Karlsson for the loss and attacked him following the match. Karlsson issued the challenge and Dalton quickly accepted. Dalton won two out of three falls and the match.

The main event was a return match between the team Pepe Perez & Bob Kelly and Los Pantos. Perez & Kelly were upset because in the match the previous week Perez had been tossed over the top rope but the referee failed to disqualify the masked duo. In this match there would be two referees. Even with two referees things got totally out of hand in the deciding fall and both teams were disqualified.

In Mobile the next night the opening match was between Dick Dunn and Duke Savage. Dunn pinned Savage after a dropkick to win the first fall. In the second fall Savage took to his favorite tactic and started biting Dunn. Dunn was having none of that and started biting back. Faced with a taste of his own medicine Savage retreated to the dressing room and was counted out. Dunn was awarded the fall and won the match in two straight.

The semi-final was a Gulf Coast title match between champion Bobby Fields and Don Carson. Carson had been hearing the cheers of the fans as late and with these two having been bitter enemies in the past everyone was wondering how the match would progress. Fields won the first fall as he caught Carson with a Sunset Flip and pinned him. Surprisingly Carson shook Fields’ hand after the fall and got a round of applause from the fans. In the second fall Carson applied a neckbreaker on Fields and pinned him to win the fall. Again Carson showed sportsmanship as he helped Fields to his feet following the fall. In the third and deciding fall the advantage swung back and forth several times until Fields attempted a shoulder tackle as he rebounded from the ropes. Carson surprised him with a forearm to the jaw, which flattened Fields, and pinned him. The fans were upset at Carson, but what he had done was a perfectly legal maneuver. In winning the match, Don Carson became the new Gulf Coast champion.

The main event was a Gulf Coast Tag Team title match with Rip & Randy Tyler, the champions, putting their title on the line against the team of Eddie Sullivan & Ramon Perez. The match was tied at a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. At one point all four men were in the ring at the same time and Sullivan dumped Rip Tyler to the arena floor. Meanwhile Randy Tyler sent Perez crashing into referee Wiley Bean. The collision sent bean to the match while Perez bounced back into Tyler. Randy and Perez went down to the mat with Tyler flat on his back and Perez lying with his head on Tyler’s stomach. Bean got to his hands and knees and counted to three. Everyone figured since Perez was on top of Tyler that he & Sullivan were the winners. Bean was still woozy however and raised Randy Tyler’s hand. The Tylers were awarded the fall and the match and were still champions.

Rip & Randy Tyler double team Eddie Sullivan

Rip & Randy Tyler double team Eddie Sullivan

The match was reviewed by the state commission the following day and it was decided to change the result of the match to a no contest and to hold up the Gulf Coast Tag Team title.

The following week in Baton Rouge Danny Little Bear defeated Pancho Villa in their opening matchup.

In the semi-final, a return match between Bob Kelly & Pepe Perez and Los Pantos was held. Kelly & Perez took two out of three falls to emerge victorious.

The main event was a match between Ken Lucas and Jack Dalton. Dalton had recently regained the Louisiana State title, a title that Lucas had held until he was stripped of it for non-defense. Lucas was anxious to earn a title shot and felt by beating Dalton in this non-title match would move him in line for a title shot. Lucas won the first fall when he forced Dalton to submit to an abdominal stretch. Dalton flattened Lucas with an Atomic Drop and pinned him to take the second fall. In the third fall both me were slugging away at one another until Dalton landed a low blow. Lucas was easily pinned and Dalton was awarded the fall and the match.

 

NOVEMBER:

 

November opened with cards held in Alexandria and Mobile on the same night.

In Alexandria Ken Lucas defeated Pancho Villa in the opening match. Lucas used an abdominal stretch to force Villa to submit.

In the semi-final match Jack Dalton defeated Dwayne Peal by taking two out of three fall.

The main event was another match between Pepe Perez & Bob Kelly and Los Pantos. This match was no disqualification and no time limit. Perez & Kelly scored the deciding fall to win the match over the masked pair.

That same night in Mobile, Dick Dunn scored a pin over Jim Dalton to win the one fall opening match.

In the semi-final, Don Carson abandoned any semblance of his recent gentlemanly manner as he teamed with the returning Dale Jones to face Bobby Fields & Bobby Whitlock in a tag team match. Fields won the first fall for his team when he socked Carson in the stomach as he rebounded from the ropes and pinned him. Carson did the same exact thing to Fields to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, Carson caught referee Wiley bean looking elsewhere and caught Whitlock in the throat with a double karate chop. Fields was easily pinned and the fall and the match went to Carson & Jones.

The main event was a return match between the team of Ramon Perez & Eddie Sullivan and the Tyler Brothers. The team that won this match would receive the Gulf Coast Tag Team title, which had been held up following their previous match. As a measure to try and maintain some semblance of order, Dick Dunn was assigned as the referee.  Originally a referee had been assigned by the Alabama commission, but he was unable to appear due to bad weather preventing him from travelling from another part of the state. Then Wiley Bean came out to the ring, but the fans were up in arms due to how Bean had refereed the last match between the two teams. Promoter Rocky McGuire then asked Dunn to step in, which satisfied everyone but the Tylers and their manager, Al (Spider) Galento. But it was decided that Dunn would officiate the match. Sullivan pinned Randy Tyler to win the first fall for his team. The second fall was all out war with all four men in the ring at the same time slugging away. Dunn decided that he could not control things so he climbed on one of the corner turnbuckles and became a spectator. Finally Galento climbed into the ring and whacked Perez with his cane, sending him to the mat. Dunn quickly went after Galento. He removed one of his shoes and smacked not only Galento but both Tylers as well with it. Sullivan then grabbed Galento’s cane and waded into the action. Finally Galento & the Tylers managed to escape to the confines of their dressing room as Dunn awarded the second fall to Sullivan & Perez by disqualification. Sullivan & Perez took the match in straight falls, but the title remained in the hands of the commission.

Ramon Perez lands a flying dropkick on Rip Tyler

Ramon Perez lands a flying dropkick on Rip Tyler

The first Thursday night card in Panama City featured a one night tournament with eight wrestlers vying for a $500 prize. The participants were:

  • Don Carson
  • Dale Jones
  • Dick Dunn
  • Eddie Sullivan
  • Ramon perez
  • Rip Tyler
  • Randy Tyler
  • Bobby Whitlock

In the opening round matches had the following results

  • Don Carson defeated Rip Tyler
  • Bobby Whitlock beat Eddie Sullivan
  • Dale Jones won over Ramon Perez
  • Randy Tyler defeated Dick Dunn

The semi-finals:

  • Carson defeated Randy Tyler
  • Whitlock won over Jones

Carson reverted back to his roughhouse ways in the final match against Whitlock. He fouled Whitlock constantly and finally pinned him following a neckbreaker. Carson won the tournament and went home with the $500 prize.

The following week in Baton Rouge Pancho Villa took the measure of Dwayne Peal in the opening match.

The semi-final match was another rematch between Pepe Perez & Bob Kelly and Los Pantos. This match saw Los Pantos put their masks on the line against Perez & Kelly’s $100. Bill Golden would serve as the special referee. When the dust settled Los Pantos were still masked and were $100 richer.

The main event saw two returnees to Louisiana on the card. Popular Bobby Fields teamed with Ken Lucas to face Carson & the Mysterious Medic #1. Fields & Lucas scored two out of three falls to win the match.

The following night in Alexandria Pepe Perez & Bob Kelly faced a stiff test in the team of Jack Dalton & Pancho Villa. Dalton pinned Kelly in the third and deciding fall to win the match for his team.

The main event in Alexandria saw Bobby Fields team with Kenny Mack to take on Los Pantos in a tag team match Fields & Mack didn’t get along too well throughout the match and thus lost two out of three falls to give the match to Los Pantos.

That same night in Mobile, Dick Dunn took the measure of Jim Dalton in a one fall opening match.

Eduardo Perez returned after a lengthy absence and faced Dwayne Peal in the second match of the night. Perez won the first fall as he side stepped a shoulder tackle by Peal and pinned him. In the second fall Peal missed a flying dropkick and crashed to the mat. Perez quickly pinned him to win the match in two straight falls.

The semi-final was a special challenge match between Bobby Whitlock and Wiley Bean. Bean, who was a referee not a wrestler, was challenged by Whitlock after he failed to see Whitlock get hit in the throat by a karate thrust thrown by Don Carson the previous week. Whitlock felt maybe he missed it on purpose and demanded a chance to get his hands on Bean.  Bean lasted just over a minute of Whitlock’s onslaught before he was pinned.

The main event was a tag team match with Eddie Sullivan & Ramon Perez going against Don Carson & Dale Jones. Jones was the victim of a double body slam by Sullivan & Perez and was pinned for the first fall. Carson evened the score when he forced Sullivan to surrender to a leglock to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall Sullivan attempted to hit Carson with a flying tackle but Carson side stepped him. Sullivan went flying from the ring and was counted out. While Sullivan lie on the arena floor, Carson & Jones doubled up on Perez and were giving him a real going over until Bobby Whitlock came to his aid. Together Whitlock & Perez chased Carson & Jones from the ring.

The next night in Panama City, Don Carson & Dale Jones joined forces once again to face Bobby Whitlock & Eddie Sullivan. Sullivan was double teamed by Carson & Jones and was pinned in the third and deciding fall.

The main event featured Dick Dunn & Ramon Perez teaming to take on Eduardo Perez & Jim Dalton. Dunn pinned Dalton to win the third and deciding fall for his team.

In Dothan the following night the card opened with Eddie Sullivan facing Eduardo Perez in a one fall match. Perez scored the single fall over Sullivan to win the match.

In the second match of the night Dale Jones defeated Bobby Whitlock while Ramon Perez won over Jim Dalton in the third preliminary match.

The main event of the evening was a tag team match between Dick Dunn & Don Carson and the Tyler Brothers, Rip & Randy. The Tylers’ manager, Al (Spider) Galento was barred from the building and the losing team would have to leave the territory. Although Carson ^ Dunn were not exactly the closest of friends they had a mutual hatred of the Tylers and put aside whatever differences they may have had.  Carson & Dunn worked very well as a team and scored two out of three falls and won the match to send the Tyler brothers packing.

The following week in Baton Rouge Ken Lucas & Dwayne Peal teamed to take on the team of Jack Dalton & Eddie Sullivan. Sullivan pinned Peal to win the deciding fall for he & Dalton.

The semi-final match was a mixed tag team affair with Bobby Fields teaming with Donna Christanello to take on Pancho Villa & Patti Neilson. Fields & Christanello won two out of three falls to win the match.

The main event was yet another match with Pepe Perez & Bob Kelly taking on Los Pantos. The Pantos had put their masks on the line the previous week against $100 put up by Perez & Kelly. The masked duo stayed masked and pocketed the money in that match. Perez & Kelly wanted another chance and this time put their hair on the line against the masks. Once again Bill Golden would serve as the referee. Each team had scored a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Perez & Kelly finally scored the final fall and the match. Los Pantos were unmasked and revealed to be Nick Kontas & Luis Garcia.

Jack Dalton & Eddie Sullivan teamed again the following night in Alexandria. They faced the popular team of Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly in the main event. Fields & Kelly took two out of three falls to win the match.

That same night the final card of the year in Mobile was held. The card opened with a mixed tag team match with Dick Dunn & Joyce Grable facing Eduardo Perez & Bette Boucher. Grable pinned Boucher with a cradle to win the first fall. In the second fall Perez used a thumb to ram it into Dunn’s throat and pinned him. In the third and deciding fall, Grable and Boucher were in the ring when Boucher started arguing with referee Joe Powell. Perez reached in and grabbed Grable by the hair. He punched her in the face and sent her crashing to the mat. Boucher quickly pinned her and the fall and the match went to Perez & Boucher. Grable had to be carried to the dressing room by Dunn and Bobby Whitlock.

In the main event Ramon Perez & Bobby Whitlock teamed to face the duo of Don Carson & Dale Jones. Carson used a piece of metal that he had snuck into the ring to flatten Whitlock and pinned him to win the first fall. Whitlock & Perez kept Jones isolated throughout much of the second fall. They continually worked over his leg hoping to weaken him enough to make him submit. Jones finally managed to tag Carson and left the ring and headed for the dressing room. Carson tried to carry on alone but he didn’t fare any better, winding up with a bloody forehead in the process. Whitlock pinned Carson to take the second fall and even up the match.

Ramon Perez drops an elbow to the leg of Dale Jones

Ramon Perez drops an elbow to the leg of Dale Jones

Eduardo Perez came out to the ring and helped Carson to the dressing room during the rest period between falls. At the start of the third and deciding fall, Carson returned to the ring along with Perez instead of Jones. When Whitlock & Perez entered the ring Eduardo flattened Whitlock with a chair and he had to be carried back to the dressing room. Carson & Ramon carried on the match without partners and Carson was gaining the upper hand until Whitlock came back out from the dressing room. He climbed into the ring and he and Perez gave Carson a going over until Carson slid from the ring and raced back to the dressing room. He was counted out and the match was awarded to Whitlock & Perez.

The next night in Panama City the night opened with a ladies match between Joyce Grable and Bette Boucher. Grable won two out of three falls over Boucher to win the match.

Joyce Grable backdrops Bette Boucher

Joyce Grable backdrops Bette Boucher

In the semi-final match Dick Dunn took on Eduardo Perez in a challenge match. The match was a rough one with neither man paying too much attention to the rules. For some reason, however, referee Wiley Bean kept giving Dunn a hard time, going so far as to disqualifying him in two straight falls and awarding the match to Perez.

The main event was a tag team match with Bobby Whitlock & Ramon Perez taking on Don Carson & Dale Jones. Much like the match between these same two team the previous night in Mobile, Carson wound up bloody and Jones with an injured leg as Whitlock & Perez won two out of three falls to win the match. Carson and Jones had some harsh words for each other following the decision.

The following night in Dothan, the card opened with Ramon Perez and Eduardo Perez wrestling to a 15 minute draw.

Bobby Whitlock defeated Kenny Mack by disqualification in the second match of the evening while Dick Dunn took the measure of Dale Jones in the third preliminary match.

The semi-final was a ladies match with Joyce Grable taking on Bette Boucher. The two split the first two falls but Grable scored the third and deciding fall to win the match.

The main event was a Gulf Coast title match with champion Don Carson defending the title against Greg Peterson. Peterson was a popular favorite who was returning to the Gulf Coast after an absence of over a year. Carson had some scares during the match as Peterson was a strong challenger but finally managed to win two out of three falls to win the match and retain his title.

The following week in Baton Rouge the opening match between Cowboy Bob Kelly and Eddie Sullivan ended in a 15 minute draw,

In the semi-final match Ken Lucas faced El Panto #1. Despite losing his mask in previous match, Nick Kontas continued to wear it and call himself El Panto. Lucas took two out of three falls to win the match,

The main event saw Lee & Bobby Fields team for the first time in quite a while They faced Jack Dalton & Kenny Mack in a tag team match. Dalton was teaming with various partners while his brother Frank was recovering from a concussion. Mack was a good fit because his style and demeanor closely matched the Dirty Daltons. They worked so well together that they defeated the Fields Brothers by taking two out of three falls.

In Alexandria the following night, Pepe Perez & Ken Lucas teamed to take on the team of El Panto & Dale Jones. Lucas & Perez won the match in two falls out of three. Lucas and El Panto engaged in a brawl following the and had to be separated.

In the main event Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly wrestled the team of Jack Dalton & Eddie Sullivan. The match wound up with the match being stopped in the third and deciding fall and declared a no contest.

The next night in Panama City Dick Dunn faced referee Wiley Bean in a special challenge match. Dunn had issued the challenge after Bean had given Dunn a hard time while refereeing his match with Eduardo Perez the previous week. Bean was reluctant but was threatened with being barred from officiating future matches if he did not face Dunn’s challenge. As it was Bean lasted just over a minute before Dunn got his revenge and pinned him.

In the main event, Don Carson & Eduardo Perez teamed to take on the team of Bobby Whitlock & Ramon Perez. Whitlock & Perez had defeated Carson & Jim Dalton the previous week and Carson asked Eduardo Perez to join him for this match. It was a wise decision as Carson & Perez scored two out of three falls to win the match.

In Baton Rouge the following week a six man tag team match saw Ken Lucas, Pepe Perez & Cowboy Bob Kelly face off with the threesome of Eddie Sullivan, Dale Jones & El Panto. This was a wild melee but when the dust settled the trio of Lucas, Kelly & Perez came out on top.

The bad blood between Bobby Fields and Jack Dalton boiled up again as the two men met in the main event in a concentration match with Dalton’s Louisiana State championship at stake.  In this type of match both men would start the bout tied into a corner of the ring. The first one to free himself was free to do whatever he wished to his opponent. Eddie Sullivan served as Dalton’s second while Bob Kelly was in the corner of Fields. Fields was the first to get free and he went after Dalton relentlessly. Sullivan then climbed into the ring and freed Dalton and the two of them started after Fields but Kelly also entered the fray. All four men tore into one another but in the midst of it all Fields pinned Dalton to win the match and become the Louisiana State champion.

These same four wrestlers were involved in a tag team match the following night in Alexandria as Fields & Kelly took on Dalton & Sullivan in a return match. To maintain order Mr. Kleen was assigned as the special referee. This match also wound up as a free for all as both teams were disqualified.

On the undercard, Pepe Perez defeated Dale Jones in a one fall opening match while Ken Lucas took two out of three falls to beat El Panto in the semi-final.

The next night in Panama City Dick Dunn and Pancho Villa squared off in the semi-final match. Dunn scored two falls out of three to win the match.

The main event was a tag team match with Don Carson & Eduardo Perez taking on Bobby Whitlock and his new partner Billy Spears. who was making his first appearance in the Gulf Coast in over two years. The match was tied at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall when Villa interfered on behalf of Carson & Perez. This brought Dick Dunn out to even up the sides. All six men battled in and out of the ring and the match was declared a double disqualification.

 

DECEMBER:

 

The final month of the year began with a card held in Dothan. Pancho Villa defeated Billy Spears in the opener and Eduardo Perez took the measure of Bobby Whitlock in the second event.

The semi-final was an all ladies match with Barbara Owens facing Toni Rose with special referee Bobbie Peterson. Rose took two out of three fall to defeat Owens and win the match.

The main event was a tag team match with Dick Dunn & Greg Peterson taking on Don Carson & newcomer Karl Von Stroheim. The combination of Carson’s treachery and Von Stroheim’s size proved to be too much for Dunn & Peterson as they lost two out of three falls and the match.

The following week in Baton Rouge, two tag team matches were featured. In the semi-final match Pepe Perez & Bob Kelly took on El Panto & the Mysterious Medic #1. Perez & Kelly took two out of three falls over the masked pair to win the decision.

The main event saw Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas taking on Jack Dalton & Eddie Sullivan. This match ended in some confusion in the third fall. Dalton won the first fall for his team when he pinned Lucas after an Atomic Drop. Lucas came back and forced Sullivan to submit to an abdominal stretch to win the second fall. During the rest period between fall, Dalton berated Sullivan for conceding so quickly. Sullivan didn’t take to kindly to that and during the third and deciding fall was very slow to tag Dalton and at one point refused to tag him. This allowed Dalton to absorb a lot of punishment from Fields & Lucas before Fields pinned him to win the fall and the match. Dalton turned once again to complain to Sullivan, but he had already left for the dressing room.

Dalton & Sullivan seemed to have patched up their differences by the following night in Alexandria as they teamed to face the team of Bobby Fields & Bob Kelly. It didn’t last too long though as the two were slugging each other by the third and deciding fall. Fields & Kelly just stood and watched until special referee Pepe Perez stopped the match and declared it a no contest.

On the undercard, El Panto defeated Bruce Austin in the opener while Ken Lucas took two out of three falls to beat the Mysterious Medic #1.

The next night in Panama City a six man tag team match was featured stemming from issues the previous week. Dick Dunn, Bobby Whitlock & Billy Spears faced the trio of Don Carson, Eduardo Perez & Pancho Villa. Both Dunn and Villa had gotten involved in the tag team match between Whitlock & Spears and Carson & Perez the previous week. All six men wound up in a brawl so promoter Rocky McGuire booked them all in this match to let them have at it. The match was even with each team having scored a fall apiece going into the finale. At one point Perez & Villa tossed Dunn to the arena floor where Carson grabbed him up and applied a piledriver to him on the concrete floor. The referee had failed to see this action and counted Dunn out, giving the fall and the match to Perez, Villa & Carson. Dunn had to be carried to the dressing room by Spears & Whitlock.

The next week in Baton Rouge the card opened with Ken Lucas and Eduardo Perez battling to a double count out. Both men were fighting outside the ring and counted out.

The semi-final featured Jack Dalton and Eddie Sullivan, but this time they were on opposite sides of the ring. Sullivan was teamed with Danny Little Bear, a bitter enemy of Dalton’s. For his partner Dalton had chosen El Panto. Sullivan pinned Dalton to win the deciding fall and the match, thus gaining a little bit of vengeance along the way.

In the main event Louisiana State champion Bobby Fields putting his title on the line against bitter rival Don Carson. These two had a long standing rivalry and had battled over both the Gulf Coast and Louisiana titles over the past year. Carson entered the ring as the current Gulf Coast champion and planned to add the Louisiana title as well. He did just that as he scored two falls over Fields to win the match and the title. Carson was now a double champion.

Two nights later in Panama City, Pepe Perez made his first appearance there and defeated Luis Garcia in the one fall opening match.

In the semi-final Danny Little Bear won two out of three falls over Pancho Villa to win their match.

The main event saw Don Carson put one of his two titles, the Gulf Coast title, on the line against the challenge of Dick Dunn. Carson’s time as a double champion lasted exactly two days as Dunn took two out of three falls to win the match and become the new Gulf Coast champion.

The next week in Baton Rouge Eddie Sullivan defeated Duke Savage while Bob Kelly won over El Panto in the opening preliminary matches.

The third event was a tag team match with Ken Lucas & Pepe Perez taking on the Dirty Daltons, Jack & Frank. Frank was returning after a lengthy recovery period after suffering a concussion. Despite the layoff the Daltons proved that they hadn’t lost a step as a team. They defeated Perez & Lucas two out of three falls to win the match.

In the semi-final match newly crowned Gulf Coast champion, Dick Dunn, put his title on the line against Eduardo Perez, a man who had held the title on two occasions in the past. Perez won two out of three falls to defeat Dunn and become the Gulf Coast champion for the third time.

In the main event Louisiana champion Don Carson put his title on the line against $100 put up by Bobby Fields, who Carson had beaten for the title. Carson won the first fall with a neckbreaker to pin Fields but Fields came back with a Sunset Flip to pin Carson for the second. Fields had a decided advantage throughout much of the third and deciding fall but every time Carson was on the verge of getting pinned he jumped out of the ring. Fields finally had had enough of this tactic and jumped out of the ring to go after Carson. Both men were counted out while struggling at ringside, which allowed Carson to keep the title.

The following night in Alexandria, Eduardo Perez trimmed Dick Dunn while Bobby Fields defeated Duke Savage in the opening preliminary matches.

In the semi-final match Sputnik Monroe returned to Louisiana after a year away and faced the extremely popular Pepe Perez in a best two out of three fall match. Monroe used his neckbreaker on Perez to win the first fall while Perez came back with a series of dropkicks and a pin to win the second. In the third and deciding fall, Monroe caught Perez in the throat with a thumb and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

The main event saw Louisiana State champion Don Carson put his title on the line against the challenge of Ken Lucas, a former champion himself. The match was a best three of five falls with Bobby Whitlock and Bob Kelly assigned as the special referees. Despite two referees keeping an eye on him Carson managed to sneak a double karate thrust to the throat of Luca and pinned him in the deciding fall to retain his title. Each man had won two falls apiece going into the finale.

This was the final card of the year held in Alexandria.

In Panama City the next night Bobby Whitlock faced Pancho Villa in the opening match. Villa was disqualified for fouling giving the fall and the match to Whitlock.

The main event saw the return of the Dirty Daltons, Jack & Frank to Panama City as they faced Ken Lucas & Dick Dunn in a tag team match. Jack Dalton scored the winning fall over Dunn after an Atomic Drop to with the match for the Daltons.

The following week in Baton Rouge Ronnie Carson, younger brother of Don Carson, returned after a lengthy absence and defeated Cowboy Bob Kelly in the opening match,

In the second match of the night Gulf Coast champion Eduardo Perez defeated Eddie Sullivan in a non-title match.

The semi-final match saw Ken Lucas & Bobby Whitlock team p to take on the Dirty Daltons, Jack & Frank. The Daltons were back on a winning streak as they won two out of three falls to win the match.

The main event was a return Louisiana State title match between champion Don Carson & former champion Bobby Fields. To prevent Carson from constantly leaving the ring when he got in trouble the ring was enclosed in wire. It was a wild and bloody brawl with each man winning a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. In the finale Carson managed to hit Fields in the throat with a karate thrust and then applied his neckbreaker. Fields was pinned, giving the fall and the match to Carson allowing him to remain Louisiana champion.

Two nights later in Panama City, Duke (the Wildman) Savage defeated Cowboy Bob Kelly in the one fall opening match.

The main event was a match as the Dirty Daltons, Jack & Frank went in against the team of Dick Dunn & Eddie Sullivan. The Daltons were disqualified in the third and deciding fall to give the victory to Dunn & Sullivan.

The final card of the year was held in Dothan the next night. On that card Dick Dunn defeated Duke Savage in two out of three falls in the opener.

The semi-final saw Cowboy Bob Kelly taking on a new masked man known as El Lobo. Kelly used his bulldog hold to take two straight falls over Lobo to win the match.

The main event was a barn burner as the Hines Brothers, Bad Boy & Billy Boy, returned after a lengthy absence and faced the Dirty Daltons, Jack & Frank. Jack Dalton used an Atomic Drop on Bad Boy Hines and pinned him to score the first fall. In the second fall, Frank Dalton was pinned when Billy Boy Hines kneed him in the stomach as he rebounded off the ropes. The third and deciding fall had to be stopped due to all four men fighting in and out of the ring. The match was declared a no contest.