1968

JANUARY:

 

Big changes were beginning to happen in the Gulf Coast area in 1968. The Gulf Coast Tag Team Championship, which had been dormant since November of the previous year, was reinstated with the winning team of a match held in Dothan at the Houston County Farm Center. In that match The Dirty Daltons, Jack & Frank, defeated Don Carson & Dick Dunn to claim the title.

The Daltons made a defense of the title against the team of Dick Dunn & Eddie Sullivan at the Rainbow Arena in Panama City, Florida. Rocky McGuire served as the referee, which saw the Daltons win the second fall, which was the only fall decided by a decision. All four men were disqualified in the first and third fall. With the Daltons Sullivan suffered a bloody beating at the hands of the Daltons and was anxious for revenge.

Sullivan was anxious to get his hands on the Daltons again and teamed with Bob Eisenberg to face them the following week in Panama City. In the deciding fall Sullivan cost his team the match when he punched referee Billy Spears and was disqualified.

This led to a grudge match between Sullivan and Spears. Sullivan gained his revenge as he defeated Spears to win the match.

The Daltons brief reign as Gulf Coast Tag Team champions came to an end when they were defeated by Lee & Bobby Fields in Dothan to lose the title.

The Fields Brothers made successful defenses of the title against the Daltons in a rematch as well as against The Red Raiders, in successive weeks in Dothan.

The Dirty Daltons continued to have issues with Don Carson & Dick Dunn as well. The two teams met in a match in Panama City that ended in a double disqualification after all four men were fighting with boards and chairs.

Wrestling continued in Louisiana as Eddie Sullivan defeated Don Carson for the Louisiana State title in Baton Rouge. The following week Frank Dalton took the title from Sullivan, also in Baton Rouge. Dalton in turn lost the title to Bobby Fields in Baton Rouge. By the end of January the Louisiana operations shut down for the Gulf Coast Wrestling Association.

Just as the Louisiana end of the territory closed, Gulf Coast wrestling returned to Mississippi for the first time since 1964. The initial cards were held at the Laurel Civic Center in Laurel, Mississippi. The initial card saw the following results:

The following week in Laurel Lee & Bobby Fields defended the Gulf Coast Tag Team title against the team of Pancho Villa & Chin Lee. The Fields duo took two out of three falls to win the match and their title.

The main event on that card was a Gulf Coast Championship match as the champion, Eduardo Perez, put the title up against Pepe Perez. Although these two shared the same name, they were  not related to each other, nor did they didn’t particularly like each other. Eduardo took two out of three falls over Pepe to win the match and retain the title.

Midget wrestlers made their first appearance in the area when Lord Littlebrook defeated Little Bruiser in a match in Dothan.

The lady wrestlers also returned with Joyce Grable squaring off with Toni Rose in Panama City. Grable scored the victory over Rose in that match. The two ladies met the next night in Dothan with the same result.

Others in the area at the first of the year were The Cobra Kid, Cowboy Bob Kelly and newcomer Johnny Walker.

 

FEBRUARY:

 

Gulf Coast champion Eduardo Perez put his title on the line against Bobby Fields in Panama City. Fields, who was a former champion was anxious to hold the title again and would prove to be a strong challenge to Perez. Fields was well on his way when he won the first fall over Perez but the champion came back and won the second fall. Fields was disqualified in the third and deciding fall to give the match to Perez and allow him to retain his title.

Fields was upset over these events and requested another match with Perez, this time with no disqualification. Perez agreed to the match, held again in Panama City, but refused to put the Gulf Coast title up for grabs. It was a good thing for Perez that the title was not on the line as Fields won two straight falls to earn the victory.

Ken Lucas & Dennis Hall were proving to be a very popular and successful team. They had a series of matches with the team of Pancho Villa & Chin Lee that heated up during the month. Lucas & Hall had scored a victory over Villa & Chin in Laurel the previous month, and the same two teams met the first week of February in a match in Panama City. Lucas & Hall once again scored the victory, this time when Villa & Lee were disqualified in the deciding fall.

The following night in Dothan Villa & Lee took two out of three falls over Lucas & Hall to win that tag team match.

The following week a return match between the two teams was held in Panama City. Cowboy Bob Kelly was assigned as the special referee in an effort to maintain order. Lee was disqualified in the third and deciding fall when he tossed salt into the eyes of Lucas, Hall and Kelly.

Another rematch was immediately signed for the two teams to meet once again the following week in Panama City. This time there would be two referees assigned to the match, with Bobby Fields and newcomer The Terrible Turk serving in those roles. That strategy also failed with each referee awarded the deciding falls to different teams. The match was then declared a no contest.

Pancho Villa & Chin Lee were also hot after the Gulf Coast Tag Team crown, currently held by Lee & Bobby Fields. They faced the champions in a return title match in Laurel after the Fields Brothers had won their previous match and held onto the belts. This match was declared a no contest after both teams continued to ignore the instructions of the referee.

Yet another rematch for the title was signed the following week in Laurel This time there would be two referees assigned in an attempt to control the action. Those duties were assigned to Cowboy Bob Kelly and the Terrible Turk. In the deciding fall, all four wrestlers were fighting in the ring at the same time when Kelly and the Turk also got into a battle amongst themselves.

Villa & Lee had better luck the following night in Dothan when they finally scored a victory over the Fields Brothers and became the new Gulf Coast Tag Team champions.

Gulf Coast champion Eduardo Perez was also busy defending his title during the month. He made a successful defense in Panama City against Bobby Fields, who had beaten him in two straight falls in a non-title match. This match ended in some confusion as Perez had lost the third and deciding fall by disqualification. Fields was initially awarded the title only to have it taken away from him and given back to Perez since a title could not change hands on a disqualification.

Perez also put his title on the line against Ken Lucas in Laurel. Lucas, like Bobby Fields, was a former champion who was looking to regain the title. This match wound up a double disqualification and a rematch was scheduled for the following week.

The return Gulf Coast title match in Laurel between champion Eduardo Perez and Ken Lucas was another titanic struggle, but Perez managed to win the match and retain his title.

Perez also made a successful defense of the title in Dothan when he defeated the returning Mario Galento, yet another former champion, in a best two out of three fall match.

Others in the area in February were Ramon & Pepe Perez, the Red Raiders, the Cobra Kid, El Panto and newcomers Richard Von Kurt, Pierre Gagne and The Red Devil.

 

MARCH:

 

The reign of Pancho Villa & Chin Lee as Gulf Coast Tag Team champions came to an abrupt end as they were beaten in Dothan by their chief rivals Ken Lucas & Dennis Hall.

The following week in Dothan, Lucas & Hall proved to be fighting champions as they took on a newly formed tag team in a title match. The new team was comprised of the Cobra Kid & a newcomer called The Scorpion. It was a hard fought battle that was tied at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Things got totally out of hand in the final fall and both teams were counted out while fighting outside the ring.

The same two teams met in a return match in Dothan the following week. For this match the Cobra Kid & the Scorpion put their masks on the line against the Gulf Coast Tag Team title of Lucas & Hall. With the match even going into the third and deciding fall, the masked duo scored a stunning upset and defeated Lucas & Hall. the Cobra Kid & the Scorpion were the new Gulf Coast Tag Team champions.

Ken Lucas was also on the trail of Gulf Coast champion Eduardo Perez. The two met in a match in Laurel that saw Lucas put up $500 against the Gulf Coast title. Another added stipulation was that the loser of the match had to leave the Gulf Coast territory. When the match was over, Perez was the winner and still champion, while Lucas was forced to leave the area.

A new feud started between Chin Lee and Ramon Perez. In their initial meeting in Laurel both men were disqualified for continually throwing punches. To allow these tactics to be legal, Mississippi promoter Speedy Hatfield decided to let the two of them meet in a 10 round boxing match. Perez got the better of that match and won on a TKO in 7 rounds over Lee.

Lee demanded another match with Perez, with this one being under rules that would give him the advantage. He challenged Perez to a judo jacket match. In this match each man would wear a judo ghee jacket and could use judo throws or conventional wrestling tactics throughout the match. Lee was much more experienced in this type of match yet Perez more than held his own. Lee finally scored the winning fall over Perez to win the match,

Perez and Lee met in another judo jacket match in Panama City. And this time Perez held the advantage for much of the match. Lee, fearing that he would lose in his own specialty match, tossed salt in to the eyes of Perez and was disqualified.

Perez challenged Lee to meet him again in a rematch in Panama City. Lee was disqualified once again in this one to give Perez another victory.

A familiar and not so popular face returned to the Gulf Coast in March as Dr. Jerry Graham returned after many years’ absence. Graham was the Gulf Coast champion at one time and was anxious to get back into the title picture. His first match back in the area was in Laurel where he made short work of Dennis Hall.

Wrestling returned to Mobile, Alabama after four months away with a card held at Ft. Whiting. On that card a match between Lee & Bobby Fields and the team of Eduardo Perez & Dr. Jerry Graham. The Fields Brothers won the first fall by hitting the nearly 400 pound Graham with a double dropkick and Lee Fields pinning him. In the second fall, Perez whipped Bobby Fields into the girth of Graham and pinned him. Perez tried the same trick in the third and deciding fall. Fields reversed it, however, and it was Perez that was sent crashing into Graham. Fields then pinned him to give the fall and the match to the Fields Brothers.

Following this victory Lee & Bobby Fields quickly challenged the Cobra Kid & the Scorpion to a match for the masked pair’s Gulf Coast Tag Team title. The match was signed for Dothan and ended in a no contest

The Fields Brothers got another chance at the title when they met the Cobra Kid & the Scorpion once again, this time in a match held in Mobile. In the first fall the Fields duo sent the masked men crashing into one another and Lee pinned the Scorpion for the fall. They did pretty much the same thing in the second fall along with a series of monkey flips on each and pinned both of them to win the match in two straight falls. Lee & Bobby Fields were once again the Gulf Coast champions.

Lee Fields takes The Scorpion down with an arm lock

Lee Fields takes The Cobra Kid down with an arm lock as referee Clem Courtney looks on

Dr. Jerry Graham was matched up against Cowboy Bob Kelly in a match in Panama City. Despite being outweighed by more than 150 pounds, Kelly more than held his own against Graham. Finally Graham had decided that enough was enough and left the ring and headed back to the dressing room, giving Kelly the match by count out.

Kelly was not satisfied with this because he knew what a clean win over the renowned Graham would mean for his career. He challenged Graham to a rematch in Panama City. Graham refused until promoter Eddie Pericola held him under a $500 bond, which Graham would forfeit if he fail to go through with the match. Graham was disqualified in this match. Kelly got the win but he was still not satisfied.

The two met again, this time in Mobile, Graham spent the whole match choking Kelly and slamming him headfirst into the turnbuckles. He finally grabbed Kelly up in a bear hug, but grabbed referee Herb Langston as well. He squeezed both men with all his might and refused to release the hold. Bobby Fields finally ran into the ring and pounded on Graham to make him release the hold. Langston got to his feet and awarded the match to Kelly on a disqualification.

Others wrestling in the Gulf Coast in March were El Panto, the Red Devil, Nick Kontas, Eddie Sullivan, Bobby Whitlock and newcomer Carlos Cruz.

 

APRIL:

 

Mario Galento was a five-time former Gulf Coast champion and he wanted to make it a sixth time. He challenged current champion Eduardo Perez to a title match in Mobile, and Perez readily agreed. Galento used his famed “Hangman” hold to defeat Perez to win the first fall. Perez came back and pinned Galento in the second. The third and deciding fall was very exciting and the advantage went back and forth several times before Galento managed to catch Perez in a pin to win the match and the title. Ironically, it had been Galento who had ended Perez’s first title reign back in 1957.

Mario Galento has Eduardo Perez trapped in hi sHangman hold

Mario Galento has Eduardo Perez trapped in hi sHangman hold

Dr. Jerry Graham decided to put his vast knowledge of wrestling to use by becoming a manager. He brought in a new masked team known as The Interns. The masked team’s initial appearance in the area was an impressive one as the defeated the team of Luis Garcia & Ramon Perez in Laurel. They won in straight falls.

Garcia teamed with Cowboy Bob Kelly to meet the Interns two nights later in Mobile. Again the masked duo won the match in two straight falls, pinning Kelly in both falls.

The Intern applies a toe hold on Cowboy Bob Kelly

The Intern applies a toe hold on Cowboy Bob Kelly

Two nights later the Interns made quick work of Luis Garcia & Carlos Cruz in a match in Dothan. Following their pattern, they won the match in two straight falls.

Kelly then recruited Bobby Fields as a partner to face the masked men the following week in Laurel. The Interns scored the victory in that match due to interference by their manager Dr. Jerry Graham. The same two teams met three nights later in Panama City. Once again Graham got involved, which resulted in a disqualification win for Fields & Kelly. Following the match Mario Galento came to ringside and got into a verbal battle with Graham and the two had to be separated.

Cowboy Bob Kelly enters the ring while Bobby Fields holds The Intern

Cowboy Bob Kelly enters the ring while Bobby Fields holds The Intern

 

This led to Mario Galento challenging the Interns to a tag team match the following week in Panama City. He asked Don Carson to be his partner and Carson quickly accepted. The match was tied at a fall apiece going into the deciding fall when one of the Interns got a handful of ashes from Dr. Jerry Graham’s cigar. He rubbed the ashes into the eyes of Carson. With Carson incapacitated, Galento fell victim to double teaming by the Interns. Ramon Perez rushed into the ring and chased the masked pair and their manager back to the dressing room. The match was declared a double disqualification.

Carson was now anxious to get his hands on the Interns so he asked Dick Dunn to be his partner against the masked duo in a match held in Dothan. The match ended in a no contest as all four men, along with Dr. Jerry Graham and Mario Galento, wound up battling in the ring at the same time.

The following week in Mobile, Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly got another shot at the Interns in Mobile. The Interns won the first fall when one of them pinned Kelly. During the wild action of the second fall, Fields collided with one of the Interns and fell to the mat while the Intern fell out of the ring. While Dr. Graham used his massive girth to block the view of referee Clem Courtney, the Interns switched. The fresh Intern entered the ring and pinned the battered Fields. Despite the protests of the fans, the Interns were declared the winners.

Cowboy Bob Kelly leapfrogs over Bobby Fields onto the Intern as referee Clem Courtney moves in

Cowboy Bob Kelly leapfrogs over Bobby Fields onto the Intern as referee Clem Courtney moves in

The Interns & Graham continued to have issues with Mario Galento in Dothan. Galento recruited his own masked team called The Proud Rebels, who faced the Interns in a tag match. The odd thing about the Rebels was that although they were masked, they bore an uncanny resemblance to Don Carson & Dick Dunn. Once again the match ended in a no contest as both teams and their respective managers wound up fighting uncontrollably.

This led to a six man tag team match the following week in Dothan with Graham & the Interns taking on Galento & the Rebels. The Interns & Graham won two out of three falls to win the match.

The Interns soon faced very stiff competition in the form of the Dirty Daltons, Jack & Frank. The Daltons had added Kenny Mack as their manager and the trio was now calling themselves the Hell’s Angels.

The first meeting of the Interns and the Daltons took place in Mobile. The winners were to receive a shot at the Gulf Coast tag team titles held by Lee & Bobby Fields. Furthermore, Gulf Coast champion Mario Galento was elected to serve as the special referee. The Interns won the first fall by battering Frank Dalton into submission. The Angels came back and won the second fall when Jack Dalton used a chain provided to him by Mack to knock the Interns around. The third fall saw everything totally break down. The Daltons were busy slamming a steel chair across the head of Dr. Jerry Graham while the Interns and Mack fought over a chain. Galento couldn’t take it anymore and left the ring and let them batter themselves at will. Finally a halt was called to the proceedings and both teams were disqualified.

Jack Dalton dumps an Intern over the ropes while the other Intern kicks a fallen Frank Dalton

Jack Dalton dumps an Intern over the ropes while the other Intern kicks a fallen Frank Dalton

 

Jack Dalton whips The Intern with his belt as Dr. Jerry Graham ducks for cover

Jack Dalton whips The Intern with his belt as Dr. Jerry Graham ducks for cover

Lady wrestlers returned to the area as Ann Jeanette faced Venus LaRue in a match in Panama City. LaRue won two out of three falls to earn the win over Jeanette.

Ann Jeanette also faced Ann Casey in a match in Laurel. Casey won two straight fall over Jeanette to win the match.

Former Gulf Coast tag team champions, Pancho Villa & Chin Lee were trying to get an opportunity to regain the title. They faced current champions, Lee & Bobby Fields in a title match in Laurel but lost two out of three falls to come up short.

Ramon Perez and Chin Lee continued their feud in April. They met in a match in Mobile that ended in a 45-minute draw. Lee won the first fall by pinning Perez after a backdrop. Perez came back to take the second fall with a flying head-scissors. Neither man was able to score a winning fall before the time expired. The rematch resulted in a 60-minute draw. A third match was scheduled, but Perez was injured the night before in a match against the Interns. He showed up at ringside with an injured leg and was replaced in the match by Bobby Whitlock. Whitlock surprised Lee by winning the first fall very quickly with the help of Perez. However, Lee battered Whitlock severely and won the next two falls.

Chin Lee was also having issues with Gulf Coast champion Mario Galento. It all started when the two met in a one fall opening match in Laurel. They wrestled to a 15 minute draw. Later that same evening the two met again in a mixed tag team match that saw Galento teamed with Ann Jeanette to face Lee & Venus LaRue. Each team had won a fall apiece when Galento and Lee began fighting among the ringsiders. The match was stopped and declared a no contest.

The two met again the following week in a singles match in Laurel. This match would be a no disqualification match and despite that rule, the match was stopped in the third and deciding fall and declared a no contest.

Yet a third match between Galento & Lee was held in Laurel the following week. This match was a chain match with the loser of the match to leave the area. Galento finally scored a victory over Lee and sent him packing.

Wrestling in Mississippi expanded when matches started running in Hattiesburg after a four year absence. Bobby Fields, who had been the first recognized Mississippi State Heavyweight Champion after winning a tournament in 1958, was once again recognized as champion. He defended the title in a match at the Wade Kennedy Arena in Hattiesburg against old enemy Jack Dalton. It was one of their typical rough matches but Fields won two out of three falls to win the match and retain the title.

Wrestling was held in Niceville, Florida on a card that saw Niceville resident Bob Eisenberg defeat Pancho Villa in two straight falls.

Bob Eisenberg pins Pancho Villa

Bob Eisenberg pins Pancho Villa

The main event on that card saw Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly win two out of three falls to defeat the Interns in a tag team match.

Others in the area in April were the Cobra Kid, Chief White Eagle, The Red Demons and newcomer Oki Shikina.

 

MAY:

 

A rematch between the Interns and the Hell’s Angels was held in Mobile, this time with manager Dr. Jerry Graham of the Interns and Kenny Mack of the Angels handcuffed together at ringside. Once again Mario Galento would serve as the special referee for the one fall to a finish match. The winning team would receive a title match with Gulf Coast tag team champions, Lee & Bobby Fields. Once again things were out of control from the very start of the match with neither team paying any attention to what few instructions Galento tried to enforce. At one point Galento wandered too close to the action and was knocked to the mat. He was close enough to the corner that Graham was able to reach in and grab the key to the handcuffs from Galento’s pocket. Graham freed himself and handcuffed Mack to the ringpost. Graham then climbed into the ring, retrieved a pair of brass knuckles from his own pocket and pounded away at the Daltons. Graham, however, had left the handcuff key where Mack could reach it and he too was free. Armed with a chain, Mack smacked Graham and the Interns with it until they headed for the dressing room. Galento finally got to his feet and declared the match a no contest.

Another match in Mobile was scheduled as it was determined that there must be a winner in order to declare number one contenders for the Fields brothers Gulf Coast tag team titles. Since managers Graham and Mack seemed to be constantly getting involved, a Texas Death Match was set up between them. The winner would be allowed to remain at ringside to coach their team. That match never really took place as Graham forfeited the match to Mack rather than risk serious injury. After Mack was declared the winner, he turned to leave the ring but was grabbed from behind by Graham. Graham rammed Mack’s head into one of the ring posts resulting in Mack receiving a bloody forehead and having to be carried to the dressing room by the Daltons.

Jack & Frank Dalton examine the bloody cut on manager Kenny Mack's head

Jack & Frank Dalton examine the bloody cut on manager Kenny Mack’s head

The Daltons then raced back to the ring to give the Interns a severe beating to win the first fall. While the Daltons went back to the dressing room between falls to check on their fallen manager, the Interns remained in the ring. When the Daltons returned, the Interns jumped them before they were able to get back in the ring and battered them into submission to win the second fall. This time neither team left the ring between falls, but the Interns again jumped the Daltons as they rested in their corner. Things were looking bad for the Hell’s Angels until Mack came charging out of the dressing room brandishing a chain. As he entered the ring, Graham and the Interns fled to the dressing room and refused to come out for the third fall. Another no decision was declared.

The Daltons & Mack then challenged Graham & the Interns to a six-man match. The match was set up in Mobile and Bobby Fields was picked to serve as the special referee. Kenny Mack won the first fall for the Hell’s Angels when he stomped one of the Interns in the stomach and forced him to submit with a bear hug.

Kenny Mack applies a bear hug on The Intern

Kenny Mack applies a bear hug on The Intern

Dr. Jerry Graham secured the second fall for his team when he slammed and pinned Frank Dalton. Jack Dalton battered the Interns with a pair of brass knuckles during the third fall. Finally Jack gave one of the masked men an Atomic Drop and fell on him for the pin. At the same time, Jerry Graham had again slammed Frank Dalton and fell on him for the pin. Bobby Fields counted two on the Graham pin then three on the Jack Dalton pin and declared the Daltons and Mack the winners. This infuriated Graham and the Interns and they attacked Fields before being chased from the ring by the Daltons.

Dr. Graham then challenged Jack Dalton to a singles match, while Frank Dalton & Kenny Mack teamed to face the Interns. Graham attacked Jack before the match and rammed his head into a ring post. He then stomped and kicked Jack while he was on the floor before slamming his head once more into a ring post. Dalton was now a bloody mess but managed to get into the ring.

Dr. Jerry Graham slams Jack Dalton into the ringpost

Dr. Jerry Graham slams Jack Dalton into the ringpost

Once in the ring, Dalton fell victim to Graham’s biting. Finally Jack was able to get away long enough to get his hands on a chain. He began to batter the burly manager around when the Interns charged the ring. This brought out Frank Dalton and Kenny Mack. As all six men battered each other around, special referee Cowboy Bob Kelly called the match off.

Referee Bob Kelly tries to stop Dr. Jerry Graham from biting the bloody forehead of Jack Dalton

Referee Bob Kelly tries to stop Dr. Jerry Graham from biting the bloody forehead of Jack Dalton

 

Jack Dalton pounds away at Dr. Jerry Graham while referee Bob Kelly moves in to break it up

Jack Dalton pounds away at Dr. Jerry Graham while referee Bob Kelly moves in to break it up

Earlier in the evening Frank and Mack had chased the Interns from the ring, also with the chain and won the match via a count-out.

A rematch was set up between Graham and Jack Dalton, this time best two out of three falls with Bobby Whitlock serving as the referee. Graham won the first fall after he choked Dalton out using the belt from his ring robe. Dalton barely managed to slam the huge Graham and pinned him to win the second fall. During the third fall, Graham managed to slip brass knuckles on and was battering Dalton. This brought out Frank Dalton & Kenny Mack, quickly followed by the Interns. Again a wild brawl ensued and the match was thrown out.

Earlier that same evening Frank Dalton & Kenny Mack took on the team of Rip Tyler & Rocket Monroe. Monroe used several karate chops to Dalton’s throat while Tyler kept referee Clem Courtney distracted. Monroe then easily pinned Dalton to win the first fall. In the second fall Dalton used his heavy leather belt on Monroe and then he & Mack whipped Monroe into the corner. Mack then pinned Monroe to win the fall. In the third and deciding fall Monroe & Tyler double chopped Mack in the throat and sent him crashing to the mat. Tyler then landed a leg drop across Mack’s throat and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

Frank Dalton has Rocket Monroe airborne with a back bodydrop

Frank Dalton has Rocket Monroe airborne with a back bodydrop

The Daltons were also having some wild matches over on the Mississippi side of the territory. In Laurel, they had a fairly easy time in a match against the team of Cowboy Bob Kelly & Chief White Eagle. White Eagle was pinned in two straight falls to give the victory to the Hell’s Angels.

The following week in Laurel Kelly asked Mario Galento to be his partner to go against the Daltons. This match wound up a double disqualification and the same two teams met once again in Laurel the following week. This time the Daltons proved too tough and won two out of three falls to take the match.

The Daltons also had a series of matches with Kelly & Bobby Fields in Hattiesburg. The initial meeting saw Fields & Kelly lose to the Daltons after manager Kenny Mack hit Fields with a chain from outside the ring. The flowing week Fields & Kelly recruited Mario Galento to serve as their manager to keep an eye on Mack. Regardless on Galento watching him, Mack managed to smuggle a chain into the ring, which the Daltons used to batter and bloody Fields & Kelly to win the match.

Another match was signed the following week in Hattiesburg and this time Galento and Mack would be handcuffed together at ringside. With Mack being held at bay, Fields & Kelly gave the Daltons a tremendous beating and won the match.

A rare Gulf Coast card was held in Tallahassee, Florida at Centennial Field. The card was a mixture of Gulf Coast wrestlers and wrestlers from the Tampa, Florida office. The main event saw Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly take on the team of Aldo Bogni & Bronko Lubich. Bogni & Lubich were managed by George Harris and were recognized as the Southern Tag Team Champions. The title was not being defended in this match. Fields scored the first fall for his team when he pinned Bronko Lubich with a rolling cradle. Aldo Bogni forced Kelly to submit to a backbreaker to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall Fields & Kelly had the upper hand until Harris reached into the ring and tripped Kelly. Lubich quickly pinned him to win the fall and the match.

Gulf Coast champion Mario Galento faced Rocket Monroe in a title match held in Mobile. Monroe pinned Galento to win the first fall but fell victim to Galento’s Hangman hold in the second. Monroe simply battered Galento into submission to win the third and deciding fall to win the match and become the new Gulf Coast champion.

In the rematch in Mobile, Galento secured the first fall with the Hangman hold while Monroe got the better of Mario in the second by gouging his eyes with a paper cup he had picked up at ringside. He then thumbed Galento in the throat and pinned him. Galento was on the verge of regaining the title when he had Monroe once again in the Hangman. Just as Monroe was about to submit Rip Tyler interfered in the match. He and Monroe battered Galento until Ramon Perez entered the ring to chase them out. The fans at ringside attacked Tyler and Monroe. Monroe punched on fan and then began using the Gulf Coast belt as a weapon to back the fans up. Perez jumped from the ring, grabbed the belt from Monroe and gave it to Galento. Although the fans cheered this action, the title had not changed hands and Monroe was still the champion.

This all lead to a tag team match in Mobile between Monroe & Tyler and Galento & Perez. In this match, Perez won the first fall and pinned Monroe after a dropkick. Perez was the victim of Monroe and Tyler’s double-teaming during the second fall. He finally managed to escape and tagged Galento. As Mario was entering the ring, Monroe hit him with a solid right on the jaw. Galento went down and rolled from the ring. He then got up and limped back to the dressing room, leaving Perez to go it alone. Perez held his own by using a paper cup from ringside to blind his opponents. Monroe & Tyler soon proved to be too rough for Perez and subjected him to quite a beating. Finally Kenny Mack & Frank Dalton chased Monroe & Tyler from the ring and rescued the battered Perez.

Ramon Perez was joined by his brother Pepe Perez for the first time in a while. They managed gain a win over the Interns after double dropkicking one of the masked men and pinning him.

The Interns finally received their long sought title match with Gulf Coast tag team champions, Lee & Bobby Fields in a match held in Dothan. The Fields Brothers took two out of three falls to score the victory and retain their title.

The Interns demanded a return title match and agreed to put their masks on the line against the Gulf Coast tag team title. The match was set up as a one fall to a finish with no time limit. The Interns managed to score the one fall and became the new Gulf Coast Tag Team champions.

Wrestling returned to Tallahassee where Lee & Bobby Fields wrestled the Dirty Daltons in the main event. Despite the illegal maneuvers employed by the Daltons, the Fields Brothers scored two out of three falls to win the match.

Others competing in the Gulf Coast in May were Dale Jones, Pancho Villa, Bob Eisenberg, Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines and newcomers Jose Lopez and Jimmy Hyde.

 

JUNE:

 

The Interns faced strong competition for the Gulf Coast tag team titles from Ramon & Pepe Perez. The first meeting of the teams in Mobile saw the Interns win a disputed decision. After each team had scored a fall apiece, the Perez brothers were getting the upper hand. As an act of desperation, the Interns tossed Ramon Perez out of the ring and began double teaming Pepe Perez. While Ramon was out on the floor, the Interns’ manager, Dr. Jerry Graham dropped his 400 pounds on top of Ramon. Referee Clem Courtney began counting Ramon out. After being smashed by Graham’s weight, Perez was unable to get back in the ring and was counted out. The Interns were declared the winners and remained the champions. This upset the fans so much that they surrounded the ring and would not let Graham and the Interns leave. Graham grabbed a ringside chair and the Interns used the Gulf Coast championship belts as weapons, allowing them to fight their way back to the dressing room. A fan named Greg Shepherd received a scalp wound from one of the sharp, swinging belts. Turns out he was actually the cousin of one of the Interns. He tried to sue the promotion, but it was settled out of court.

Pepe Perez arm drags The Intern as referee Clem Courtney looks on

Pepe Perez arm drags The Intern as referee Clem Courtney looks on

The rematch in Mobile ended in confusion as referee Speedy Hatfield reversed his original decision. Ramon had won the first fall by pinning one of the Interns after he and Pepe had rammed them together in the middle of the ring. The Interns came back and pinned Pepe to take the second fall. In the third fall Ramon had an Intern pinned with a backdrop, but his shoulders were pinned as well. Hatfield counted Perez out, but then decided that the Intern had pinned instead. He reversed the decision and declared the Perez team the winners. The Interns were extremely upset and refused to turn over the belts. In the ensuing controversy the Interns were allowed to keep the titles and a return match was ordered.

Pepe Perez hip tosses The Intern

Pepe Perez hip tosses The Intern

Prior to the return title match, the Perez brothers asked Kenny Mack to be their partner in a six-man challenge match in Mobile against the Interns & Dr. Jerry Graham. The Perez brothers and Mack emerged victorious in that battle.

The Interns also defended the Gulf Coast tag team title against former champions, Lee & Bobby Fields in a match in Tallahassee. With the help of manager Dr. Jerry Graham the Interns defeated the Fields Brothers to retain their title.

The Interns double team Bobby Fields

The Interns double team Bobby Fields

In the title match held in Mobile Ramon Perez won the first fall by taking advantage of a disagreement between an Intern and referee Tommy Hatcher. The Intern had shoved Hatcher and sent him sprawling to the mat. Ramon then grabbed the other Intern, slammed him and pinned him. Hatcher counted him out although the bell had never rang to officially start the match. The Perez boys went back to the dressing room between falls, but the Interns remained in the ring. They jumped Ramon & Pepe as they re-entered the ring to start the second fall. They battered the Perez brothers around and pinned Ramon to even up the score. During the third fall the Interns continued to batter the Perez boys. Ramon finally managed to unmask one of the Interns during the brawl. When he saw his man’s mask come off, Graham grabbed referee Hatcher, tore his shirt off and covered the Intern’s face to keep his identity a secret. This caused second referee Clem Courtney to enter the ring and disqualify the Interns. Although they were declared the winners, the Perez brothers could not win the titles on a disqualification.

An Intern slams Ramon Perez to the mat while referee Tommy Hatcher forces the other Intern to leave the ring

An Intern slams Ramon Perez to the mat while referee Tommy Hatcher forces the other Intern to leave the ring

The Perez Brothers faced the Interns for the title in a match held in Dothan as well. The match ended in a no contest as both teams were disqualified for fighting outside the ring.

Pepe Perez dropkicks The Intern

Pepe Perez dropkicks The Intern

The following week in Dothan a return title match was held and this one went to Ramon & Pepe Perez in two out of three falls. The Perez Brothers won the match and were the new Gulf Coast Tag Team Champions.

The Interns rebounded from that loss to take two out of three falls to beat Mario Galento & Bob Eisenberg in Niceville.

Ramon & Pepe Perez also made a successful defense of their Gulf Coast tag team title against the Interns in a match held in Laurel, but lost the title back to the masked duo in a match in Dothan. The Interns were once again the Gulf Coast Tag Team champions.

Gulf Coast champion Rocket Monroe was proving to be a fighting champion. He put the title on the line against Silento Rodriguez. Rodriguez was a 3 time Gulf Coast champion in the past and was anxious to hold the title once again. Each man had won a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. Before either man could score the winning fall the 60 minute time limit expired and the match was declared a draw. Monroe was still Gulf Coast champion.

A return title match was held the following week in Dothan with each man again scoring a fall apiece. In the third and deciding fall Monroe managed to jam his thumb into the throat of Rodriguez and pinned him to win the match and retain his title.

Next up to challenge Monroe for the Gulf Coast title was Greg Peterson. They squared off in a title bout in Dothan that saw Monroe get disqualified in the deciding fall. Peterson was awarded the match but Monroe kept the title.

A return title match was quickly signed for the following week in Dothan. Monroe once again made use of his thumb to the throat of Peterson and pinned him to win the deciding fall and keep his title.

Monroe also faced Peterson in a match held in Mobile, but refused to put the title on the line. Monroe dropped Peterson with a back suplex, but both men were knocked unconscious. As it was, as they lay on the mat Peterson’s leg was draped across Monroe and he pinned Rocket without even knowing it. After both men were revived Peterson pinned Monroe several more times to make it official. Monroe loudly protested but the decision stood.

Pepe Perez got a chance at Monroe’s Gulf Coast title in a match held in Hattiesburg. Perez used his flying dropkicks and headscissors to upend Monroe for the first fall. Monroe came back and pinned Perez after driving his knee into the stomach of Perez. In the third and deciding fall, Monroe jammed his thumb into the throat of Perez and pinned him to win the match and retain his title.

Rocket Monroe & Rip Tyler had a couple of wild matches against Billy Boy & Bad Boy Hines in Mobile. In their initial meeting, the teams had each won a fall when the Hines brothers went wild in the third fall. Much to the delight of the fans, they battered Monroe & Tyler until Tyler wound up with a bloody head. The Hines boys got a little carried away and knocked referee Speedy Hatfield down quite a few times in the process. Hatfield finally disqualified the Hines Brothers.

Rip Tyler crashes a chair over the head of Billy Boy Hines

Rip Tyler crashes a chair over the head of Billy Boy Hines

These same two teams squared off in a tag team match in Panama City. This time the Hines Brothers scored two out of three falls to win the match over Tyler & Monroe.

Tyler & Monroe also teamed to take on Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly in a tag team match in Tallahassee. Fields & Kelly scored two out of three falls to win that match.

On the same card in Tallahassee a ladies match featuring Donna Christanello and Patti Neilson was held. Christanello won the first and third falls to earn the victory over Neilson.

A rematch was scheduled in Mobile between the Hines Brothers and the team of Rocket Monroe & Rip Tyler but Tyler failed to show up for the match. Monroe took Dale Jones as a partner. Billy Boy Hines pinned Jones to win the first fall only to lose the second fall to Monroe. In the third fall Monroe pinned Bad Boy just before Billy Boy pinned Jones. Referee Tommy Hatcher decided that the Monroe pin was first and declared Jones & Monroe the winners.

Monroe & Jones teamed again in Panama City to face the Hines Brothers. In the third and deciding fall, Monroe got into a scuffle with referee Speedy Hatfield and got his team disqualified to give the Hines boys the win.

Another pairing of Monroe & Jones saw the pair take on Ramon & Pepe Perez in Tallahassee. The popular Perez team was just too fast for Monroe & Jones as they took two out of three falls to win the match.

Dale Jones is about to be pinned by a Sunset Flip applied by Ramon Perez

Dale Jones is about to be pinned by a Sunset Flip applied by Ramon Perez

The Hines Brothers faced the Interns in a match in Quincy, Florida. To combat the antics of the Interns’ manager, Dr. Jerry Graham, the Hines duo recruited Cousin Alfred, manager of the Scufflin’ Hillbillies to be in their corner. All six men wound up in a melee and the match was stopped and declared a no contest.

In Mississippi Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly faced the Dirty Daltons in a tag team match in Gulfport. Fields & Kelly won two out of three falls to win the match.

The same two teams met again in Laurel. The match was tied at a fall apiece when Kelly used a bulldog hold on Frank Dalton and pinned him to win the fall and the match. After the match manager Kenny Mack jumped Kelly and opened a cut on his forehead by hitting him with a chain. The Daltons joined in and Kelly received a terrible beating.

Following this match the Daltons were suspended indefinitely but Kenny Mack was allowed to stay around under the stipulation that he had to wrestle a match with Cowboy Bob Kelly. Kelly wanted to gain some vengeance and challenged Mack to a one fall to a finish match with no time limit and no disqualification. Mack agreed and the match was held in Laurel. Kelly gave Mack a bloody beating to win the match and exact his revenge.

Two wrestlers returned to the area after lengthy absences. The first was Maxie York who faced Cowboy Bob Kelly in a match in Laurel. York was just as rough and rugged as he had always been and found himself disqualified in the deciding fall to give the match to Kelly

The other returnee was Billy Spears. Spears, who had been a popular dark-haired favorite in his last stint in the area, was now a strutting blonde who took shortcuts to gain a victory. In Spears’ first match back, held in Laurel a week after York’s return, he teamed with Don Barnes, himself making his return. The two blondes faced the popular Cowboy & Indian team of Cowboy Bob Kelly & Chief White Eagle. Spears’ new attitude didn’t help him much as he and Barnes lost to Kelly & White Eagle in two out of three falls.

York & Spears joined forces for a tag team match in Hattiesburg against Ramon & Pepe Perez. The popular Perez Brothers used their high flying arsenal to win two out of three falls to defeat the blondes.

Lady wrestlers returned to the area when United States Women’s Champion Johnnie Mae Young defended her title against Ann Casey in Hattiesburg. The veteran Young took two out of three falls to defeat Casey and retain her title.

Greg Peterson demanded and received another title match with Gulf Coast champion Rocket Monroe. The match was held in Dothan and was tied at one fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Monroe tried to ram his knee into Peterson’s stomach as he rebounded from the ropes but Peterson managed to avoid it. Peterson then rolled Monroe up in a cradle and pinned his to win the fall and the match. Greg Peterson was the new Gulf Coast champion.

Also in the area in June were Jose Lopez, Bobby Whitlock, the Cobra Kid, Oki Shikina and newcomer Charles Irby.

 

JULY:

 

New Gulf Coast champion Greg Peterson faced former champion Rocket Monroe in a non-title match in Mobile. The match was tied at a fall apiece after two falls. In the third and deciding fall Monroe picked Peterson up to apply an Atomic Drop but Peterson managed to push himself off the ropes, sending both wrestlers to the mat with Peterson on top. Referee Joe Powell counted three but right after the count Monroe quickly switched places with Peterson. A confused Powell assumed that he had counted Peterson’s shoulders down and awarded the match to Monroe.

Peterson did make a successful defense of the Gulf Coast title against Monroe two nights later in Dothan. Peterson scored two out of three falls to retain the title.

Greg Peterson also put the Gulf Coast title on the line in a match in Mobile against Billy Boy Hines, who had held the title at one time. Hines scored the first fall when he kicked Peterson in the face and pinned him. Peterson used an Atomic Drop on Hines and pinned him to take the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, Hines appeared on the verge of victory until Peterson surprised him with a Sunset Flip and pinned him to win the fall and the match and retain his title.

The United States Women’s Championship was defended in the Gulf Coast again in July. Champion Johnnie Mae “The Queen” Young along with her French maid, Cheri brought the title in and defended it once again against Ann Casey in Mobile. In shades of Gorgeous George, Cheri sprayed the ring with perfume as Young tossed bobby pins to the ringside fans. Cheri went as far as to spray referee Speedy Hatfield and ring announcer Jack Bitterman. When she attempted to spray Casey but was knocked down for her trouble. In the third and deciding fall, Cheri got her revenge when she reached into the ring and tripped Casey, allowing Young to pin her to win the fall and the match and retain her title.

Casey demanded a rematch and one was ordered once again in Mobile. During the rematch Young had Casey wrapped in the ropes and was refusing referee Tommy Hatcher’s order to break. Finally Hatcher grabbed Young and flung her onto the mat. Casey freed herself and hit Young with a dropkick as she was getting up and pinned her to win the first fall. In the second Mae the Queen held on as Casey applied an airplane spin. When Casey went to drop Young, she held on and flipped Casey onto her back for the pin. Casey had Young reeling with a series of dropkicks in the third fall when Mae suddenly tripped her and scored the pin and retained her title.

Young and Casey met in yet another title match in Hattiesburg. Young scored two out of three falls in that match to retain her title once again. Young also successfully defended her title against Casey the following night in Panama City.

The Interns, along with their manager Dr. Jerry Graham continued to reign supreme in the tag team ranks. They started the month of July by defending their Gulf Coast tag team title against Ramon & Pepe Perez in Laurel. The match ended in a no contest and the title was held up by the state commission.

One Intern holds Ramon Perez on the mat while Pepe Perez prevents the other Intern from climbing the ropes

One Intern holds Ramon Perez on the mat while Pepe Perez prevents the other Intern from climbing the ropes

A rematch was held the following week in Laurel with the Interns manager, Graham, being handcuffed to Cowboy Bob Kelly at ringside. Each team scored a fall apiece making the match tied going into the final fall. In that fall, Dr. Graham, despite being handcuffed to Kelly, managed to reach in and trip Ramon Perez which allowed one of the Interns to pin him to win the fall and the match. The Gulf Coast tag team title was returned to the Interns.

The Interns also crossed paths with Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines in Mobile. In the third and deciding fall, the Interns continued to pound away on Billy Boy until he was a bloody mess. Hines could have easily been pinned but the Interns kept pulling him up after the count of two. After a dozen times of pulling this trick, the Interns were chased from the ring by Ramon & Pepe Perez.

Ramon & Pepe Perez chase Dr, Jerry Graham & The Interns from the ring

Ramon & Pepe Perez chase Dr, Jerry Graham & The Interns from the ring

The Perez Brothers issued a challenge for another shot at the Interns’ title but the masked team refused. They did agree to a match in Mobile, but would not put the title on the line. The first fall was won by the Perez team as they flattened both Interns with dropkicks and pinned them both at the same time. Ramon Perez was the victim of double teaming by the Interns throughout the second fall and was finally pinned to even the sides. In the third and deciding fall Ramon Perez had one of the Interns wrapped up when the other one dashed in to break it up. Perez moved at the last second and the incoming Intern punched his partner in the stomach. The masked man went down and was pinned by Ramon to give the fall and the match to the Perez Brothers.

The Intern rams a knee into Ramon Perez

The Intern rams a knee into Ramon Perez

Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines were having issues with Rocket Monroe in Panama City. They faced Monroe & Dale Jones in a tag team match that saw the Hines Brothers winning by disqualification. Neither team was satisfied with that decision so each demanded a rematch with no disqualification and no time limit. That match was held the following week in Panama City, but Jones failed to show. Monroe chose Billy Spears to be his partner and it proved to be a smart move. Monroe & Spears took two out three falls to win the match.

Following the melee that occurred previously in Laurel a six man tag team match was scheduled with Ramon & Pepe Perez teaming with Cowboy Bob Kelly to take on the Interns & Dr. Jerry Graham. There would be two referees assigned to the match, one of which was Bobby Fields. The match had to be stopped in the third and deciding fall when Kelly and Graham got into a brawl outside the ring and were battering each other with ringside chairs.

Ramon Perez slams a chair into the head of The Intern

Ramon Perez slams a chair into the head of The Intern

Ramon & Pepe Perez got their long awaited Gulf Coast tag team title match with the champions, the Interns in a match held in Mobile. To try and maintain some order, Bad Boy Hines was assigned as the special referee. The Interns won the opening fall when one of the masked duo managed to hit Ramon Perez with a low blow that was not seen by Hines. During the second fall the Perez Brothers managed to rip open one of the Interns’ mask and had him bleeding. He managed to tag the other Intern and slide out of the ring but the incoming Intern was hit with a double dropkick and pinned. In the deciding fall Pepe Perez was sent crashing into Hines, which knocked Bad Boy from the ring. With the referee incapacitated the Interns ganged up on Pepe Perez. Before Ramon Perez could come to his brother’s aid, Dr. Jerry Graham climbed into the ring, grabbed him and delivered an illegal piledriver. This made it easy for one of the Interns to cover him just as Hines made it back into the ring. Hines counted Perez out and awarded the fall and the match to the Interns, who retained their title.

Dr. Jerry Graham points out the torn mask and bloody head of one o his Interns while the other Inter looks on

Dr. Jerry Graham points out the torn mask and bloody head of one o his Interns while the other Inter looks on

Ramon Perez suffered a neck injury due to Graham’s actions, leaving brother Pepe without a partner. Pepe Perez was anxious to get his hands on Graham & the Interns so he asked Gulf Coast champion Greg Peterson to join him in a match with the Interns in Mobile. Peterson won the first fall for his teamed as he pinned one of the masked men after a dropkick. Peterson fell victim to the Interns double teaming and was pinned in the second fall. In the third and deciding fall the Interns had Perez trapped in their corner and were giving him a going over. Peterson jumped into the ring to come to his partner’s aid only to be stopped by referee Tommy Hatcher. As Peterson and Hatcher argued the Interns gave Perez a double piledriver. Hatcher turned around to see one of the Interns pinning Perez and made the count, awarding the fall and the match to the Interns.

Pepe Perez hip tosses The Intern as referee Tommy Hatcher watches

Pepe Perez hip tosses The Intern as referee Tommy Hatcher watches

This led to a special challenge match the following week in Laurel between Cowboy Bob Kelly and Dr. Jerry Graham. It was a one fall to a finish match with no time limit and Bobby Fields would be the special referee. Despite the size difference Kelly handled Graham very well. With the added edge of having Fields as the referee Kelly managed to defeat the massive Graham to win the match.

On that same card in Laurel, the Interns wrestled Lee & Bobby Fields in a tag team match. The Fields Brothers were trying to get an opportunity to get a match for the Gulf Coast tag team title, which they had lost to the Interns. In the deciding fall Lee Fields used his Oklahoma Roll to pin one of the Interns to win the fall and the match.

This led to the Fields Brothers earning a shot at the Interns’ title and the title match was held the following week in Laurel. Each team had won a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. In the third fall Bobby Fields became obsessed with trying to remove the mask of one of the Interns. He finally managed to get it off, but Dr. Jerry Graham managed to cover his man’s bare face with a towel. The unauthorized unmasking caused the Fields team to be disqualified, allowing the Interns to win the match and retain their title. Bobby Fields was also fined by the state commission for his tactics.

The latest member of the famed Monroe Family of Wichita, Kansas made his debut in the Gulf Coast territory Flash Monroe joined his brother Rocket for a match in Mobile that saw The Magnificent Brothers Monroe defeat The Scufflin’ Hillbillies, Cousin Alfred & Rough House. Rocket won the one fall bout by kicking Rough House in the stomach and pinning him.

The Monroe Brothers also faced the team of Greg Peterson & Bobby Whitlock in a tag team match in Panama City. The match went to Peterson & Whitlock when Rocket Monroe was disqualified for hitting Whitlock over the head with a chair.

Peterson & Whitlock requested and were awarded a return match with the Monroes the following week in Panama City. This time it was the Monroes who won the match by disqualification as Whitlock used a chair to crown not only Rocket Monroe but referee Tommy Hatcher as well.

Another return match was held between the same two teams the following week in Panama City. This match would have no time limit and no disqualification. In the third and deciding fall Peterson and Rocket Monroe collided headfirst in the center of the ring, which left both men unconscious. Both men were counted out and the match declared a no contest. Both teams pay was also held up as well because there was no winner.

Rocket & Flash Monroe also faced the popular team of Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly in a match held in Mobile. Fields pinned Rocket to win the first fall. Rocket came back to even the score when he jammed his thumb into the throat of Fields and pinned him to win the second. In the third and deciding fall Kelly had knocked Rocket from the ring and was not allowing him to get back in. Referee Tommy Hatcher tried to push Kelly back to allow Monroe room to get back in the ring but Kelly pushed the referee to the mat. With the referee flat on the mat Flash Monroe jumped into the ring and flattened Kelly. He then roused the dazed Hatcher and pinned Kelly. Hatcher tolled the count and awarded the fall and the match to the Monroes.

The Monroes proved to be inseparable even when they competed in singles matches. Rocket Monroe was involved in a match in Mobile with Gulf Coast champion Greg Peterson, hoping to regain the title he had lost. Each man had won a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. Peterson dominated Monroe throughout the final fall until Flash Monroe made his presence known. He climbed into the ring and wen after Peterson which resulted in referee Bob Kelly disqualifying Rocket. The Monroes then gave Kelly & Peterson quite a going over before leaving for the dressing room.

The Monroe Brothers were also on hand when Gulf Coast wrestling returned to Tallahassee. They faced the team of Lee Fields & Greg Peterson in a match that saw the Monroes disqualified in the deciding fall to lose the match.

The same two teams met in a return match the following week in Tallahassee. Fields scored the winning fall over Flash Monroe to win that match for he & Peterson.

The Monroes also faced stiff competition in Dothan in the form of Ramon & Alberto Torres. Ramon Torres had been a popular favorite in the area two years prior, holding the Gulf Coast title for a time. His younger brother, Alberto Torres, was just as capable and they would be quite a test for the Monroe Brothers. The match ended up a no contest when both teams were disqualified in the final fall.

A rematch was held the following week in Dothan between the two brother teams. This won was tied at a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. The 60 minute time limit expired before either team could score the decisive fall. The match was declared a draw

Although Bobby Fields had been recognized as the Mississippi State champion when the Mississippi end of the territory reopened earlier in the year, it was decided that a tournament would be held over several weeks in Hattiesburg. The first round saw the following matches take place:

  • Chief White Eagle and Billy Spears were both counted out in the deciding fall of their match and were both eliminated from the tournament.
  • Flash Monroe won two out of three falls over Ramon Perez to advance.

Midget wrestlers returned to the Gulf Coast as Cowboy Lang and The Mighty Atom faced off in a series of matches. They met in matches in Laurel, Hattiesburg, Panama City and Dothan with Lang victorious in each match. They also wrestled to a 15 minute draw in Mobile.

Lady wrestlers also appeared again as Bobbie Peterson, Greg Peterson’s wife, defeated Canadian Alma Mills in two out of three falls in a match in Panama City.

Don Carson returned after a brief absence and made a direct challenge to Dr. Jerry Graham, challenging him to a match with no time limit and no disqualification. Graham reluctantly agreed and the match was set in Dothan. Carson controlled the match completely until the Interns interfered. They worked over Carson, weakening him. This allowed Graham to pin him to win the match.

The Interns put their Gulf Coast tag team title on the line in a match in Mobile against Lee Fields & Mario Galento. The state commission also issued the ruling that the tag rope rule would be strictly enforced. Whichever team member was not in the ring would have to hold onto a rope tied in the corner until tagged in. If that wrestler let go of the rope before being properly tagged into the match, he would be immediately disqualified. This rule came into effect in the first fall when Galento caught one of the Interns in his Hangman hold. With the other Intern unable to come to his aid he was forced to surrender the fall. The Interns took turns working over Fields’ arm throughout the second fall, finally forcing him to submit to win the fall. After the fall Dr. Jerry Graham and both Interns continued to stomp on Fields until referee Bobby Whitlock forced them to leave the ring. In the third and deciding fall, one of the masked men applied a full nelson on Fields and maneuvered him to the Interns’ corner. Graham climbed up onto the ring apron and threw a haymaker at Fields. Fields ducked at the last possible moment and Graham ended up punching his own wrestler. Fields quickly pinned the Intern to win the fall and the match. Lee Fields & Mario Galento were the new Gulf Coast Tag Team champions.

Lee Fields tosses The Intern

Lee Fields tosses The Intern

Others appearing in the Gulf Coast in July were Jesse Venegas, the Scorpion and the Cobra Kid.

 

AUGUST:

 

Dr. Jerry Graham and his Interns continued to be in the thick of things in August. First Graham challenged Lee Fields to a singles match in Mobile. Graham was upset that Fields had pinned one of his Interns to win the Gulf Coast tag team titles for he and partner Mario Galento the previous week. Graham ignored the fact that it was his misjudged punch that felled his man in the first place. The match between Graham and Fields was set as a one fall to a finish skirmish. Graham spent the entire 12 minutes of the match trying to squash Fields with his massive 400 pound body. Fields spent the entire time trying to avoid being squashed. Finally Fields slipped behind Graham and managed to roll him up for the pin. The Interns then rushed the ring to their manager’s aid, but Fields managed to get out of harm’s way.

The Interns then challenged Fields & Galento to a rematch in Mobile in which they would put up their masks against the title belts. Fields agreed, but added the stipulation that his brother Bobby be allowed to sit at ringside to counter Graham’s presence. It was agreed and the match was set. The Interns won the first fall by wearing down Lee Fields with thumbs to the throat. Lee recovered quickly between falls and came back roaring giving both Interns a beating before tagging Galento who came in and clamped on his Hangman hold to one of the Interns to win the fall in just over a minute. The third fall was nip and tuck for a while before Galento wandered too close to the Interns’ corner, where Dr. Jerry Graham tripped him. This allowed one of the Interns to fall on him for the pin. Despite the protests of Galento, Lee & Bobby Fields and the fans, the Interns were declared the winners and were once again the Gulf Coast tag team champions. During the after match protests, one of the Interns knocked Bobby Fields out of the ring, but he quickly returned and he and brother Lee sent Graham and the Interns scurrying to the dressing room.

This led to a match in Mobile between the Interns and the Fields Brothers. But Graham insisted it be a non-title affair. Lee & Bobby didn’t care; they just wanted revenge on the masked tandem. And revenge is just what they got as they whipped the Interns in two straight falls. Bobby won the first fall as he whipped one of the Interns into the massive Graham, who had climbed onto the ring apron, and pinned him as he bounced off his own manager. The Interns lost the second fall when Lee whipped one of the Interns into his own partner as he was trying to sneak into the ring through the ropes. Both masked men went down and Lee pinned the one in the ring to win the fall and the match. The bout was a wild one that actually began when Bobby Fields jumped one of the Interns before referee Joe Powell was able to even get in the ring.

An Interns prevents Bobby Fields from removing the mask from the other Intern

An Interns prevents Bobby Fields from removing the mask from the other Intern

The Fields Brothers and the Interns also met in a match in Laurel. That match ended as a no contest due to interference from not only Dr. Jerry Graham but Mario Galento as well. This led to a six man tag team match the following week with the Fields Brothers teaming with Galento to face Graham & the Interns. This match also saw both sides disqualified and the match declared a no contest.

Ramon Perez returned and was anxious to get his hands on Graham and the Interns since they were the ones who had injured him. He asked Chief White Eagle to be his partner in a non-title match against the Gulf Coast tag champs. They proved to be a formidable team as they battered the Interns into submission to win the first fall. They were own their way to winning in straight falls when Graham interfered and tripped Perez costing him the fall. The fans howled at this turn of events and pelted Graham and his team with beer and soft drinks. Graham was so upset by this that he chastised the fans from inside the ring and then refused to let the Interns wrestle the third fall. They had to fight their way out of the ring and back to the dressing room.

Gulf Coast champion Greg Peterson was still having his troubles with former champ Rocket Monroe and his brother Flash. Peterson challenged the Monroes to a tag team match in Mobile and chose Cowboy Bob Kelly as his partner. Flash Monroe scored the first fall for his team when he pinned Kelly after a bone-jarring bodyslam. Kelly came back in the second and caught Flash in his Bulldog hold and pinned him. In the third, both Monroes were giving Kelly a going over until Kelly had had enough and removed his cowboy boots which he and Peterson used to beat the Monroes mercilessly. Referee Speedy Hatfield stopped the match and declared it a no-contest.

Greg Peterson tosses Flash Monroe

Greg Peterson tosses Flash Monroe

The rematch in Mobile was just as wild as both teams had won a fall when the match fell apart. This time it was the Monroes using Kelly’s boot as a weapon. Rocket managed to remove one of the Cowboy’s boots and knocked he and Peterson out of the ring. He and Flash got so involved in keeping Peterson out of the ring that they didn’t notice Kelly crawl under the ring to the other side. Kelly then removed his other boot and attacked the Monroes from behind. At the same time Peterson got back into the ring and took the other boot from Rocket Monroe. The Monroes absorbed another beating until they left the ring and were counted out.

A third match in Mobile was ordered and went pretty much the same as the previous two. In this one, Kelly and Peterson had Rocket a bloody mess. Rocket managed to knock down Peterson as Flash kept Kelly at bay. Rocket removed one of Peterson’s boots and had designs on whacking Greg with it. He swung, but Peterson ducked and Rocket hit his brother Flash instead. Flash was then pinned and the match was over. Kelly and Peterson were not through by any means. Peterson got his boot back from Rocket; Kelly removed one of his boots and then went to town battering the Monroes for ten minutes after the official end of the match.

Greg Peterson prepares to slug Flash Monroe while Cowboy Bob Kelly Holds him

Greg Peterson prepares to slug Flash Monroe while Cowboy Bob Kelly Holds him

The Monroes demanded another match in Mobile which Peterson & Kelly gladly accepted. This one also ended in a no-contest. The Monroes wore heavy cowboy boots with heels and pointed toes into the ring to combat Kelly & Peterson’s use of their own boots. All four men went at each other using their boots as weapons before the match was stopped. Peterson ended up a bloody mess in this one. The Monroes continued battering Kelly and Peterson after the match was stopped until Bobby Fields rushed the ring and chased them out.

Bobby Fields slugs Flash Monroe as a bloody Greg Peterson sags onto the ropes

Bobby Fields slugs Flash Monroe as a bloody Greg Peterson sags onto the ropes

The Monroes were also having issues with Greg Peterson & Bobby Whitlock in Panama City. The last match between the two teams ended in a stalemate and each teams pay was held up. They met in a return match with the winning team getting both teams’ pay for two weeks. The winning fall was awarded to the Monroes on a disqualification by referee Joe Powell. Peterson & Whitlock vehemently protested the decision and pushed Powell to the mat several times.

Powell objected to these actions and approached promoter Eddie Pericola and asked permission to team with the Monroes to face Peterson, Whitlock and a partner of their choice. Pericola, knowing of Powell’s amateur background in both wrestling and boxing, agreed. Peterson & Whitlock chose Cowboy Bob Kelly as their partner and the match was set for the following week in Panama City. Peterson pinned Rocket Monroe for the winning fall to win the match for his team.

In Dothan the feud between the Magnificent Monroes and the Torres Brothers continued. Their next match was a Texas Tornado match with all four men in the ring at the same time. It was a wild battle and when the dust settled, the Monroes were the victorious team.

The tournament to name a new Mississippi State champion continued in Hattiesburg. The second week of preliminaries saw the following results:

  • Rocket Monroe defeated Mario Galento
  • Cowboy Bob Kelly drew Flash Monroe. The state commission ordered a rematch.
  • Bobby Fields defeated newcomer Phil Robley

The results for the third week were as follows:

  • Lee Fields fought The Intern #2 to a no contest and both men were eliminated from the tournament
  • Cowboy Bob Kelly defeated Flash Monroe
  • Rocket Monroe defeated Chief White Eagle

A huge newcomer in prison stripes made his debut in Mississippi. Calling himself The Convict, he stood 7 feet tall and weighed close to 400 pounds. His first appearance in Laurel saw him face Cowboy Bob Kelly & Ramon Perez in a handicap match. Kelly & Perez promised to toss $50 in cash to the ringside fans if they failed to beat the big man. The Convict had size and strength on his side but was eventually worn down by the speed of Kelly & Perez, They managed to get him down on the match and both men piled on top of him to score the winning fall.

The Convict fared better in a match in Hattiesburg as he made short work of Bobby Whitlock, winning the deciding fall with a bear hug.

The semi-final matches in the Mississippi State title tournament in Hattiesburg had the following results:

  • Cowboy Bob Kelly eliminated The Intern #1
  • Rocket Monroe defeated Bobby Fields.

That left Kelly and Monroe to meet in the final match in the future with the winner becoming the new Mississippi State champion.

Lad Wrestlers returned to the area as Joyce Grable defeated Patti Neilson in a one fall match held in Mobile.

Don Carson was still hot on the trail of Dr. Jerry Graham. The two met in a match in Quincy which saw the ring collapse when the 400 pound Graham missed a diving leap onto Carson. Graham sank under the collapsed ring and was counted out.

Carson and Graham also met in a match in Tallahassee that saw Carson finally get his satisfaction. He took two out of three falls over Graham to win the match.

Greg Peterson put his Gulf Coast title on the line against the Intern #1 in a match held in Dothan. In order to secure the title match the Intern agreed to put his mask on the line as well. The match would have no time limit and no disqualification. In the deciding fall the Intern picked Peterson up in a reverse bear hug. Peterson kicked off the ropes and both men went to the mat with their shoulders down. As referee Tommy Hatcher reached the count of two Peterson managed to get one of his shoulders up. Hatcher counted three and Peterson got to his feet under the assumption that he had won the match. Instead Hatcher raised the Intern’s hand and awarded him the title. The decision was later reversed and the title returned to Peterson.

Peterson also made another successful defense of the Gulf Coast title in Dothan as he defeated former champion Rocket Monroe two out of three falls in a title match.

The Interns faced a pair of old enemies in a match in Dothan as they went against Don Carson & Dick Dunn. For this match Dr. Jerry Graham would be locked in a cage at ringside. For further security Mario Galento would be perched on top of that cage. Despite all the extra stipulations the Interns took two out of three falls to defeat Carson & Dunn.

Graham was also placed in a cage during the Interns match against Ramon Perez & Greg Peterson held at the Outdoor Arena in Pensacola, Florida. Even without the help of their manager, the Interns took two out of three falls to win the match over Perez & Peterson.

The following week in Dothan the Interns scored an impressive victory over Lee & Bobby Fields, once again winning two falls to one.

The Interns continued their roll in Dothan as they faced Ramon & Alberto Torres the following week in Dothan. This one would have Tiny Frazier, the 7 foot, 400 pound wrestler as the special referee. The Interns took two out of three falls to win the match.

Longtime Panama City promoter Eddie Pericola announced that he was stepping down as the local promoter. Rocky McGuire would serve as the interim promoter until a replacement was found.

Also competing in the area in August were Bruce Austin and Charles Irby.

 

SEPTEMBER:

 

The Interns met the team of Don Carson & Dick Dunn once again in a match in Dothan. This time the Interns’ Gulf Coast tag team title would be on the line. Carson & Dunn dominated most of the match and looked well on the way to winning the title until the Interns surprised them and won the third and deciding fall to remain champions.

Don Carson tosses The Intern

Don Carson tosses The Intern

That same night in Dothan Dr. Jerry Graham, the manager of the Interns, faced off against Tiny Frazier. Graham had taken exception to Frazier’s officiating of a match between his team and the Torres Brothers and had challenged the big man to a match. With two 400 pounders in the ring you couldn’t expect a lot of swift maneuvering but Frazier wound up with the victory.

Cowboy Bob Kelly got involved with Dr. Jerry Graham and the Interns after a match in Mobile and gave Graham quite a pounding. This caused Graham to challenge Kelly to find a partner to face the Interns in a Gulf Coast tag team title match. Kelly chose Bobby Fields and the match was set. Kelly and Fields also drafted Lee Fields to serve as their manager. Prior to the match, Lee was injured in a riding accident on his ranch and was at ringside sporting a cane. The cane would come into play during the match. Kelly & Fields won the first fall when Kelly whipped one of the Interns into the ropes and tagged Fields. As the Intern bounced back off the ropes Fields met him with a dropkick and pinned him. The Interns appeared to be on their way to winning the second fall as on of them had Kelly in the Fields/Kelly corner and was pounding him mercilessly. While the Intern had Kelly draped over the top rope, referee Joe Powell couldn’t see Lee Fields at ringside. Lee took advantage of this fact and rammed his cane into the stomach of the Intern. As he fell back onto the mat in agony, Kelly tagged Bobby Fields who entered the ring and pinned the fallen Intern while Kelly kept the other one at bay. Cowboy Bob Kelly & Bobby Fields were the new Gulf Coast tag team title-holders.

Manager Lee Fields raises the hands of new Gulf Coast Tag Team Champions Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly as referee Joe Powell declares them the winners

Manager Lee Fields raises the hands of new Gulf Coast Tag Team Champions Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly as referee Joe Powell declares them the winners

Greg Peterson recruited Tiny Frazier to team with him in Dothan to take on the Interns. Frazier spent most of the match tossing the Interns from pillar to post until they managed to choke him into near unconsciousness. That left Peterson prey to their double teaming with Dr. Jerry Graham also getting involved. The match was stop and the Interns disqualified but they continued their punishment of Peterson & Frazier until Don Carson & Dick Dunn entered the ring and chased them all out.

The following week in Dothan Carson, Dunn & Frazier teamed to take on the Interns & Graham in a six man tag team match. The Interns & Graham managed to win two out of three falls to win the match.

A rematch between the Interns and Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly was demanded by the livid Dr. Jerry Graham and was set in Mobile. Kelly & Fields won the first fall as Bobby Fields pinned on of the Interns after bouncing off the ropes onto him. Fields hadn’t even tagged Kelly to enter the ring, but referee Tommy Hatcher failed to recognize this fact. The Interns came back in the second fall when they double slammed Kelly while Hatcher had his back turned.

The Interns double slam Cowboy Bob Kelly

The Interns double slam Cowboy Bob Kelly

One of the masked men then pinned Kelly and the match was all tied up. In the third fall, Kelly and one of the Interns battled near the ropes and tumbled out to the floor. As the Intern battered Kelly on the floor, Lee Fields took one of Kelly’s boots and walloped the Intern. Kelly then rolled the stunned masked man into the ring and pinned him. Kelly & Bobby Fields remained the tag team champions.

Cowboy Bob Kelly punishes the leg of The Intern

Cowboy Bob Kelly punishes the leg of The Intern

Things had not gone so well for Graham that night as he had been forced to wrestle Terrible Ted, the wrestling bear earlier in the evening. He lost that match.

Dr. Jerry Graham had to wrestle Terrible Ted two nights later in Dothan with the same results.

The Interns also got a taste of Terrible Ted when they were forced to wrestle him in Panama City. They were matched with Ramon Perez & Greg Peterson in a tag team match with the losing team having to wrestle the bear. The Interns lost, wrestled the bear and lost again.

Peterson & Perez were proving to be a very good team together as they joined forces again in a match in Dothan that saw them facing a new team comprised of Joe Turco & Joe Rosario. Peterson & Perez used their speed and aerial tactics to take two out of three falls to defeat the bearded pair.

During a third match held in Mobile between the Interns and Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly, Dr. Jerry Graham managed to get his hands on Bobby Fields and bloodied him over the right eye. As the Interns continued to batter the bloody Fields, Kelly got Lee Fields’ cane and began thrashing the masked men with it. Then both Lee Fields and Graham entered into the fray and referee Joe Powell called the match off. All six men continued to batter each other and Lee Fields managed to bloody Graham by smashing his cane over the good doctor’s head.

Bobby Fields hip tosses The Intern as referee Joe Powell watches

Bobby Fields hip tosses The Intern as referee Joe Powell watches

The Convict made his debut in Mobile in a tag team match in which he teamed with Ramon Perez to defeat Rip & Randy Tyler, who were returning after an absence.  The Convict battered both Tylers around during the first fall before tagging Perez who pinned Randy Tyler for the fall. Randy was the victim of the Convict’s bear hug in the second allowing the giant masked man and Perez to win in straight falls.

The Convict was chosen by Cowboy Bob Kelly & Bobby Fields as a referee to hopefully keep order in their match against the Interns in Mobile. He did that and more. Kelly & Fields won the first fall after Kelly flattened on of the Interns with a dropkick. The Interns were determined to batter Kelly in the second fall with their fists, but each time were thwarted by the giant masked referee.

The Interns gang up on Cowboy Bob Kelly as referee The Convict move in to break it up

The Interns gang up on Cowboy Bob Kelly as referee The Convict move in to break it up

Finally, one of the Interns got so frustrated that he kicked the Convict in the groin and then drove his fist into the back of the big man’s head. While the Convict was down all four men went at it hammer and tongs. The Convict then got to his feet and signaled for Bobby Fields to heave one of the Interns his way. Fields did just that and the convict caught the Intern in a bear hug and then tossed him to the ringside floor. The Convict gave the same treatment to Dr. Jerry Graham as he entered the ring to protest. After finishing off Graham, the Convict disqualified the Interns and declared Kelly & Fields the winners and still champions.

The Convict applies a bear hug to Dr. Jerry Graham

The Convict applies a bear hug to Dr. Jerry Graham

This was the end of what had been a very frustrating night for the Convict. Earlier in the evening he had teamed with 612 pound Man Mountain Mike to face the Magnificent Monroes, Rocket & Flash. The Convict lost the first fall when Flash held him as Rocket repeatedly rammed his thumb into the big man’s throat. During the second fall, it was Man Mountain Mike who fell victim of the Monroe’s tactics. He was whacked across the back several times by the Monroes, but for some reason thought that it was the Convict who had been hitting him. He turned on the Convict and punched him in the face. The Convict returned the favor and flattened Mike, who the Monroes quickly pinned for the win.

A very unique Battle Royal was held in Panama City. Only three men participated which didn’t seem like much except the three men were Dr. Jerry Graham at 400 pounds, Tiny Frazier at 400 pounds and Man Mountain Mike at 612 pounds. Although he was the smallest of the three behemoths, Graham outlasted the other tow and won the match.

Graham and Man Mountain Mike also squared off in a singles match in Dothan. Graham, who was used to using his massive size against his opponents, couldn’t do a thing with Mike. He decided the best form of attack was to choke the bearded giant and wound up getting disqualified.

That same night in Dothan, Graham’s Interns faced off with the team of Jose Lothario & Joe Scarpa. Lothario & Scarpa were both former Gulf Coast champions and were presently the reigning Southern Tag Team champions as recognized by the Florida promotion. But in this match their title was not at stake. The Interns proved to be the better team as they took two out of three falls to win the match.

Gulf Coast tag team champions Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly developed a running feud with Rocket & Flash Monroe in Dothan. The initial pairing between the two teams ended in a 30 minute time limit draw in a non-title match. Both teams requested a return match which was held the following week in Dothan. This match ended in a double disqualification.

Another return match was held once again in Dothan that saw the Monroes getting disqualified in the deciding fall to give the victory to Fields & Kelly.

Flash Monroe upended Greg Peterson to win the Gulf Coast title in a match in Mobile. Peterson managed to win the first fall after working over Monroe’s knee and forcing him to submit. In the second fall, Flash thumbed Greg in the throat and pinned him. The final fall went to Monroe as he dropped Peterson throat first across the top rope and pinned him. Flash Monroe was now the Gulf Coast champion, a title previously held by his brother Rocket.

Peterson fared better when he teamed with Ramon Perez to score a victory over Rip & Randy Tyler the following week in Mobile. Peterson pinned Randy for the first fall only to see Randy come back and pin Perez for the second. Peterson and Perez then hit Randy with a double dropkick to win the deciding fall.

Cowboy Bob Kelly and Rocket Monroe met in the final match of the tournament that had been running in Hattiesburg to decide a new Mississippi State champion. Kelly used his Bulldog hold on Monroe and pinned him in the deciding fall to win the match and become the new Mississippi State champion.

Cowboy Bob Kelly tosses Rocket Monroe

Cowboy Bob Kelly tosses Rocket Monroe

The following week in Hattiesburg, Kelly & Bobby Fields defended their Gulf Coast tag team crown against Rocket & Flash Monroe. Fields & Kelly won two out of three falls to win the match and remain champions.

The same two teams met the following week in Hattiesburg with the stipulation that the losing team would have to face Terrible Ted the wrestling bear. Fields & Kelly were victorious again and the Monroes had to face the bear. The match didn’t last long as the Monroes deciding pretty quickly that they couldn’t win so they left for the dressing room.

The midget ladies returned to the Gulf Coast as Diamond Lil and Darling Dagmar face each other in a series of matches throughout the area. They met in matches in Panama City, Laurel, Hattiesburg and Dothan. Dagmar emerged victorious in each match.

Dagmar teamed with Ramon Perez in a mixed tag team match in Mobile to defeat Diamond Lil & Rocket Monroe in two out of three falls.

Lady wrestlers Joyce Grable and Patti Neilson returned as well as they met in matches in Laurel, Panama City and Dothan. Grable came out on top in each of those matches.

In Hattiesburg, Joyce Grable teamed with Bobby Fields to defeat Patti Neilson & Pancho Villa in a mixed tag team match.

Others in the area in September were Chief White Eagle, Phil Robley, Oki Shikina, Nick Adams and newcomer Ricky Hunter.

 

OCTOBER:

 

The Interns continued their quest to regain the Gulf Coast tag team titles. They defeated the team of Ramon Perez & Silento Rodriquez in a match in Mobile to gain number one contender status. Rodriquez pinned one of the Interns with a back flip to win the first fall for he and Perez. The Interns evened the score after Perez was pinned after being dropped throat first across the top rope. During the third fall all four men were in the ring at the same time. As referee Clem Courtney was chasing Rodriquez from the ring, the Interns double slammed Perez and he was pinned. This earned the Interns a shot at the Gulf Coast tag team champions, Bob Kelly & Bobby Fields and a chance to regain the crown they once held.

Rodriguez also took part in a handicap match in Hattiesburg when he teamed with Chief White Eagle to face the massive Man Mountain Mike. Despite Rodriguez & White Eagle having speed and agility on their side, they were totally overpowered them and pinned them both at the same time to win the match.

A match was held in Mobile in which neither Lee Fields nor Dr. Jerry Graham would be allowed at ringside. Prior to this match in Mobile, Fields & Kelly had met the Monroe Brothers in a wild match in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and the title belts were held up. Since this was no longer a title match it was decided to alter the rules to make it an elimination tag match. In other words, as a man loses a fall, he must leave the ring and return to the dressing room leaving his partner to carry on alone. The Interns worked over Cowboy Bob Kelly during the first fall and forced him to submit by working over his arm. This left Bobby Fields to carry the rest of the match by himself. The Interns battered Fields around during the second fall and opened a cut over his right eye. The masked men seemed confident as they continued to slam Fields instead of pinning him. Then as one of the Interns was taunting the crowd, Fields rolled him up and pinned him. This left Fields with only one Intern to contend with. The two men knocked each other around considerably until the Intern began to get the upper hand. He slammed Fields down across the ropes but Fields’ momentum propelled him back into the Intern and both men went down. Fields managed to get up first and fall across the Intern for the pin and the win.

The Interns prepares to drop a knee on the arm of Cowboy Bob Kelly

The Interns prepares to drop a knee on the arm of Cowboy Bob Kelly

Again, Dr. Jerry Graham was incensed and demanded another match. In the meantime Kelly & Fields beat the Monroes in a rematch in Hattiesburg and were awarded the titles back. Graham offered to put up his men’s masks against the titles. Kelly & Fields, hoping to eliminate the Interns once and for all, agreed. Lee Fields was unavailable to be in the corner of the champions, so Don Carson took his place.The rematch saw Dr. Graham make the difference. The two teams had one fall apiece when Kelly squared off with Graham who had climbed up on the apron. While his attention was on Graham, Kelly failed to see one of the Interns coming up behind him. The Intern grabbed Kelly and gave him and Atomic Drop and pinned him. The Interns were the Gulf Coast tag team champions for the third time. Following the match Fields, Kelly & Carson chased Graham & the Interns from the ring.

Bobby Fields, Cowboy Bob Kelly & Don Carson chase Dr. Jerry Graham & The Interns from the ring

Bobby Fields, Cowboy Bob Kelly & Don Carson chase Dr. Jerry Graham & The Interns from the ring

Don Carson & Dick Dunn were also hot on the trail of the Interns and the Gulf Coast tag team title. They defeated Rocket & Flash Monroe in straight falls in a match in Mobile. This garnered them a non-title match with the Interns. In that match, Carson won the first fall for his team by putting one of the Interns out with the Sleeper hold. Dunn & Carson were well on their way to winning the second fall when Dr. Jerry Graham entered the ring and flattened them both with brass knuckles, resulting in a disqualification of the Interns. Graham had lost a bout earlier in the evening to Lee Fields and now Fields charged the ring to help Dunn & Carson. He also was brandishing brass knuckles and put them to good use as he bloodied Graham’s head. Graham was beside himself and went outside and tried to re-enter the ring with a chair. By this time Dunn was back to his feet and took the chair away from Graham which he then used to crown the good doctor across his head.

This led to Graham challenging Fields to join Dunn & Carson to face him and his Interns in a match in Mobile. Promoter Rocky McGuire served as the special referee for this match. Dunn won the first fall of this match by pinning one of the Interns. Graham came back and won the second fall for his team by dropping his 400 pounds on top of Carson for the pin. In the third and deciding fall Carson managed to catch Graham in his sleeper to win the match. Now Dunn & Carson were demanding a title shot.

Don Carson tosses The Intern as referee Rocky McGuire watches

Don Carson tosses The Intern as referee Rocky McGuire watches

Dr. Graham had better luck in his match against the Convict in Mobile in a battle of the big men. Graham threw the Convict into referee Richard King and knocked him from the ring. This allowed Graham to use a pair of brass knuckles to knock the masked man out. When King got back into the ring he saw Graham pinning the Convict and made the count. As a result of losing the match the Convict was forced to unmask, revealing himself as Tiny Frazier.

Cowboy Bob Kelly made his first defense of the Mississippi State title against Rocket Monroe in a match in Laurel. Kelly was the victim of Monroe’s thumb to the throat and was pinned in the first fall. Kelly used the Bulldog hold to come back and pin Monroe in the second. In the third and deciding fall Kelly was hitting Monroe with a series of shoulder blocks by rebounding off the ring ropes. After 3 successful blocks Kelly tried for a fourth by Monroe avoided it and drove his knee deep into Kelly’s stomach. Kelly went down and was pinned by Monroe for the deciding fall. Rocket Monroe was the new Mississippi State champion.

Kelly demanded a return title shot but Monroe refused, claiming that he had 30 days before he had to make a defense. Kelly then said that it was Monroe’s constant use of a thumb to the throat that earn him the win in their last match. Kelly went to promoter Speedy Hatfield and asked to be match with Monroe in a 5 round boxing match. With gloves on his hands, Kelly felt that Monroe would be unable to use the thumb. Hatfield agreed and the match was set in Laurel. Kelly proved to be much more efficient with the gloves than Monroe who finally left the ring after 3 rounds and was counted out.

Although he had won the boxing match, Kelly was far from satisfied. He challenged Monroe to a chain match with the two men chained together at the wrists with a six foot steel chain. This match was a wild and bloody one that finally had to be stopped when the police entered the ring to break up the action.

Rocket Monroe joined his brother Flash & Rip Tyler in a six man tag team match held in Hattiesburg. Their opponents were Bobby Fields, Cowboy Bob Kelly & Ramon Perez. Rocket Monroe pinned Perez after thumbing him in the throat to win the final fall for his team.

Perez was not happy with Monroe’s tactics and challenged him to a match the following week in Hattiesburg. Monroe agreed and soon regretted it. Perez used his aerial attack on Monroe and pinned him for the deciding fall after a series of dropkicks.

With a win over Rocket Monroe, Ramon Perez was awarded a chance at Monroe’s Mississippi State title. This match ended in a no contest when both men were disqualified in the third and deciding fall.

A rare gathering of three of the four Monroe Brothers too place in Dothan as Sputnik Monroe joined his brothers Rocket & Flash to face Lee & Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly in a six man tag team match. The Magnificent Monroes won two out of three falls and emerged victorious.

The teams of Rocket & Flash Monroe and Don Carson & Dick Dunn were both vying for a shot at the Gulf Coast tag team title presently in the hands of the Interns. The two teams met in a match in Dothan The match was even at a fall apiece when the 60 minute time limit expired before either team could gain a deciding fall.

Referee Tommy Hatcher warns Flash Monroe about choking Dick Dunn

Referee Tommy Hatcher warns Flash Monroe about choking Dick Dunn

The Tylers, Rip & Randy, continued to have their troubles with Greg Peterson. The former Gulf Coast champ teamed with Chief White Eagle in Mobile against the blonde brothers. The Tylers slammed Peterson to win the first fall, but Peterson & White Eagle came back in the second when White eagle forced Randy Tyler to submit after working over his leg. Randy suffered an injury and was unable to continue the match. White eagle & Peterson then flipped a coin to see who would finish the match against Rip Tyler. White Eagle won the toss and the match as Rip was disqualified for his rough tactics against the popular Indian. Peterson came back out and chased Tyler from the ring.

Peterson wasn’t as lucky in a return Gulf Coast championship match against champion Flash Monroe in Mobile. Monroe beat Peterson with a neckbreaker to win the first fall while Greg won the second by forcing Monroe to submit to a combination arm & leg lock. Monroe again scored with the neckbreaker to win the third fall and retain his title.

Flash Monroe also defended the Gulf Coast title against Bob Boyer in a title match in Dothan. Boyer was returning after a lengthy absence and was anxious to prove himself worthy of being champion. Boyer started well by winning the first fall with a rollup on Monroe to pin him. Monroe came back to take the next two falls to defeat Boyer and retain his title.

The Gulf Coast faced a Japanese invasion in October. First to arrive was Akio Yoshihara. He defeated the hapless Greg Peterson in his debut in Mobile. Partner Sugi Sito soon joined Yoshihara. They teamed to defeat the team of Phil Robley & Ramon Perez in straight falls in a match in Mobile.

Yoshihara & Sito also faced Lee Fields & Ramon Perez in a tag team match in Panama City. The Japanese duo proved to be a lot more experienced as a team and defeated Fields & Perez when Sito pinned Perez for the deciding fall.

These same four wrestlers were involved in a unique match the following week in Panama City when they participated in a rare eight man tag team match. Fields & Perez teamed with Bob Eisenberg & newcomer Pedro Valdez to face Sito, Yoshihara, Phil Robley & Flash Monroe. Fields pinned Robley to win the deciding fall and the match for his foursome.

Dynamite Dick Dunn faced Dr. Jerry Graham in a special challenge match in Dothan. Graham’s Interns had been ducking a match with Dunn & his partner Don Carson so the stipulation in this match was that if Dunn beat Graham, he would earn a tag team match against the Interns for Carson & himself. Dunn beat Graham and earned the right to face the Interns.

Dunn & Carson got the match against the Interns took place the following week in Dothan, but much to their dismay the masked team’s Gulf Coast tag team title was not on the line. Smart move on the Interns’ part as Dunn & Carson won two out of three falls to win the match.

Others competing in October was newcomer Lee Charles.

 

NOVEMBER:

 

The Interns continued their battles with the team of Don Carson & Dick Dunn but were avoiding putting their title on the line against them, although Carson & Dunn had scored a victory over them in a non-title match in Dothan.

It was in Dothan that Don Carson challenged Dr. Jerry Graham to a special challenge match in which the ring would be surrounded by barbed wire. It was also agreed that if Graham lost, Carson & Dunn would get at title match with the Interns. With the barbed wire preventing Graham from leaving the ring and the Interns from entering it, Carson defeated Graham and earned a title match for Dunn & himself.

Carson & Dunn were finally granted a Gulf Coast tag team title match with the Interns in Mobile. It was arranged so that the Interns’ manager, Dr. Jerry Graham would be chained at ringside to Lee Fields. Hopefully this would eliminate either man from interfering in the title match. It didn’t quite work out that way. Dunn & Carson had the Interns going from the outset. Dunn pinned one of the Interns after a dropkick to win the first fall. Dunn & Carson seemed well on their way to the title when Graham managed to slip one of his men a piece of steel despite being chained to Fields. The Interns knocked out both Carson & Dunn and then started stomping the helpless pair. Referee Joe Powell disqualified the masked team which gave the match to Carson & Dunn, but not the title. Fields and Graham also got involved in a post-match brawl with Fields getting the worst of it.

Don Carson and Dr. Jerry Graham met in a chain match in Dothan. It was a brutal and bloody match with Carson getting the victory.

Carson & Dunn got another chance at the title two nights later in Dothan. This time they made good on it as they took two out of three falls to win the match and become the new Gulf Coast Tag Team champions. Dr. Jerry Graham attacked the new champions with a chair after the match.

It was next determined that since a chain couldn’t hold Dr. Graham, perhaps a cage would. A rematch was set up in Mobile in which Graham would be locked in a cage at ringside to prevent his interference. Furthermore the disqualification rule that allowed the title not to change hands on a DQ was waived. At match time, however, there had been some developments that changed things some. First off Dr. Jerry Graham had been suspended indefinitely following his actions in Dothan. Also the Interns were no longer the champions after losing the title in Dothan to Carson & Dunn.

One of the Interns was injured by Dick Dunn during the first fall of the match and was unable to answer the bell for the second fall. The other Intern came to ringside and asked for more time for his partner to recover. They were given three minutes to get back to the ring. The Intern disappeared to the dressing room and soon came back out with his masked partner. Or did he? This man seemed different. The Intern climbed into the ring but was immediately caught in the same hold by Dunn that had injured his partner and submitted. That’s when the other “Intern” removed his mask, revealing Flash Monroe. Monroe had loaded the mask with a piece of steel and used it to wallop Carson & Dunn. Brother Rocket Monroe soon joined him in the fray and the Monroes gave Carson & Dunn a severe beating. Carson was left bloodied and wandering through the crowd incoherently swinging a steel chair. The final result was that the Interns were disqualified for their ruse, thus losing the match.

Dick Dunn comes to the aid of a bloody Don Carson

Dick Dunn comes to the aid of a bloody Don Carson

The Interns got another chance to regain the Gulf Coast tag title two nights later in Dothan. At first Carson & Dunn pulled a page from the Interns’ book and refused to put up the title. Without a manager to negotiate for them, the Interns; only option was to put their masks on the line in order to get the title shot. Carson & Dunn agreed to the terms and the match went on. Carson & Dunn won two out of three falls over the masked pair to win the match and retain their title. The Interns were forced to unmask, revealing Bill & Joe Sky.

A non-title match was soon set up between Carson & Dunn against the Magnificent Monroes in Mobile. Dunn & Carson won the first fall after ramming the Monroes heads together allowing Carson to pin Rocket. Flash came back and pinned Carson after using a neckbreaker on him. In the third fall, the Monroes just couldn’t get it together. First Flash tried to knee Dunn in the stomach, but Dick moved and flash hit Rocket. Carson was then tagged in and he was giving Flash a good going over when Rocket re-entered the ring. His plan was to lay a haymaker on Carson, but referee Joe Powell stopped him. At that moment, Flash broke free from Carson and threw his own punch at the blonde. Carson moved at just the last moment and again Flash hit his brother. Carson then covered Rocket for the pin.

The Monroes got a title match with Carson & Dunn the next night in Panama City but fell short once again. Carson & Dunn won the match in three falls and retained the title.

The next night in Dothan, Carson & Dunn once again put the Gulf Coast tag titles on the line against the Monroes. This time former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Louis served as the special referee. Despite Louis’ threats of his fists to keep the Monroes in line, they defeated Carson & Dunn in two out of three falls to become the new Gulf Coast Tag Team Champions

Fans started noticing a change in Don Carson after he and Dunn dropped the tag team titles. It started in a match against equally popular Bobby Whitlock. Fans were expecting a clean scientific wrestling match and that is what they got until Whitlock got the better of Carson, who then resorted to hair pulling and closed fists to win the bout.

Dick Dunn upended Flash Monroe in a match in Panama City to win the Gulf Coast title. With this win Dunn became a seven time champion.

Dick Dunn and Flash Monroe met in a return title match in Mobile the following week. Dunn caught Monroe with a Sunset Flip and pinned him to win the first fall. In the second fall Dunn was attempting to give Monroe a back bodydrop but Monroe kicked him in the throat and pinned him to win the fall. In the deciding fall Dunn had Monroe pinned and heard three thumps on the mat. He assumed that referee Tommy Hatcher had counted Monroe and jumped to his feet and raised his hands in victory. Hatcher then told him that he hadn’t made the count. As Dunn stood questioning Hatcher, Monroe got to his feet, applied an Atomic Drop on Dunn and pinned him to win the fall and the match. Flash Monroe was once again the Gulf Coast champion.

The Japanese team of Sugi Sito & Akio Yoshihara continued to move up the tag team ranks. They defeated the team of Chief White Eagle & Pedro Valdez in Mobile in two straight falls.

Yoshihara also started serving as Sito’s ringside manager. This came into play in a match between Sito and Cowboy Bob Kelly in Mobile. Kelly had won the first fall with his bulldog hold. Sito was losing badly in the second when he went to his tights for a salt pack. Before the salt could find its way into Kelly’s eyes, referee Joe Powell took it away from Sito. Yoshihara then handed Sito one of his Japanese wooden shoes, which he used to batter Kelly resulting in a disqualification loss. Both men then jumped Kelly but were chased away when Bobby Fields hit the ring.

Kelly and Sito were signed to a rematch the following week in Mobile and Kelly asked Bobby Fields to serve as his manager to counter Sito’s manager Akio Yoshihara. Kelly won the first fall after forcing Sito to surrender to hammerlock. Sito came back and pinned Kelly after hitting him with a karate chop in the second. In the third and deciding fall Kelly had applied the Bulldog hold on Sito and was about to pin him when Yoshihara jumped into the ring and slugged Kelly. Fields also got into the ring, but before he did he went to Sito’s corner and grabbed the wooden shoes that Sito & Yoshihara wore to the ring. Armed with the shoes, Fields jumped into the ring and chased the Japanese duo to the dressing room.

Fields & Kelly also faced Sito & Yoshihara in a tag team match in Hattiesburg. Sito won the first fall for the Japanese team when he hit Fields with a karate chop and pinned him. Kelly came back with a Bulldog hold and pin on Yoshihara to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall Fields used a rolling cradle on Sito to pin him to win the fall and the match.

Sito & Yoshihara demanded a rematch in Hattiesburg but wanted it to be a Judo Jacket match. Fields & Kelly agreed. This match ended in a double disqualification and both teams’ pay was held up.

Also in the area were the Cobra Kid, Joe Turco, Louie Tillet, Lester Welch, Mario Galento, Phil Robley and Ramon Perez.

 

DECEMBER:

 

The Gulf Coast Heavyweight title changed hands twice in the first two weeks of December. First, Flash Monroe (who had just regained the belt from Dick Dunn on November 27th) lost the title to newcomer Jose Villa in Mobile. Villa pinned Monroe to win the first fall after leaping over him with a sunset flip as Flash bounced from the ropes. Monroe came back and gave Villa a tremendous beating during the second fall. He pinned Villa after slamming his head into all four ring corners and stomping him to the mat. In the third, Villa again managed to catch Monroe with a sunset flip and pinned Monroe to win the bout and the Gulf Coast title. Don Carson, a former champion himself, immediately challenged him.

Jose Villa trips Flash Monroe

Jose Villa trips Flash Monroe

The fans started noticing a change in the popular Carson. It started in a match against Bobby Whitlock in which Carson started using dirty tactics when Whitlock got the better of him. The same thing happened in a match between Carson and popular Ramon Perez in Mobile. Carson got so carried away that referee Tommy Hatcher disqualified him. Carson wasn’t happy with the decision and flattened Hatcher before leaving the ring. Carson once again attacked Hatcher just outside the dressing room and knocked him down again. Carson then began kicking Hatcher and also slugged Ramon Perez when he attempted to come to the referee’s aid. Finally Dick Dunn came out and calmed Carson down and escorted him back to the dressing room.

Carson managed to reign himself in during the title match with Jose Villa in Mobile. He did manage to bloody Villa before beating him in two straight falls, winning each with a backdrop. Carson grabbed the belt and stalked back to the dressing room, leaving the fans stunned at his attitude change.

A seven man tag match was set up in Mobile in which as each man was eliminated he was matched up in a singles match with the next man eliminated. The seventh and remaining man would get $100 prize money. It came down to Carson & Dick Dunn as the final two. Carson had another change of heart and decided to split the money with Dunn rather than wrestle him.

Carson also served as the special referee in Dothan for a tag team match with Lester Welch & Jose Lothario taking on Tarzan Tyler & Eduardo Perez. Welch pinned Perez in the final fall to win the match for his team.

The midget wrestlers made an appearance in the area when Cowboy Lang wrestled Little Bruiser in a match in Dothan. Lanf defeated the Bruiser to win the match.

Dick Dunn was having issues in Panama City with Rocket Monroe. The two had met in a boxing match at the end of November that was stopped by referee Bobby Whitlock after other wrestlers interfered in the match. This time Dunn and Monroe met in a Texas Death Match. This time of match has no disqualification, no time limit and falls did not count. There would be a one minute rest period between falls and the match would continue until one man could no longer continue. Monroe won the match after Dunn could not continue, but Dunn claimed that referee Tommy Hatcher had given him a fast count.

Dunn complained to new Panama City promoter Chester Davis and requested another match with Monroe, this time with no referee at all. This match ended in a no contest when Flash Monroe entered the ring and the Monroes double teamed Dunn until the match was stopped.

Dunn was still hot and asked Lee Fields to be his partner to face the Monroes in a tag team match in Panama City. Dunn & Fields won this match when the Monroes were disqualified in the deciding fall.

The Magnificent Monroes, the Gulf Coast tag team champions added a manger wearing a mask to their team. This same gentleman had been refereeing matches in Panama City and Dothan under the guise of “The Masked Referee” and had even wrestled a couple of times, once while teamed with Flash Monroe.

He accompanied them for the first time when they met the team of Cowboy Bob Kelly & Bobby Fields in a non-title match in Mobile. Rocket had managed to pin Kelly to win the first fall while all four men battled in the ring. Kelly came back and pinned Flash in the next two falls, both times after a dropkick. In the meanwhile Kelly & Fields managed to remove the mask from the manager’s head. He was later identified as Mike Shane.

Cowboy Bob Kelly lifts Rocket Monroe

Cowboy Bob Kelly lifts Rocket Monroe

A title match was set up in Mobile that saw the Monroes at an advantage due to the interference of Shane. Kelly & Fields double dropkicked Flash to win the first fall, but lost the second when Shane grabbed Kelly’s leg and slammed it into the corner. The Monroes continued to work over the leg until Kelly was forced to submit. The third fall ended in the Monroes getting disqualified for continuing to stomp and batter Kelly & Fields. Finally Don Carson & Dick Dunn came to the ring and chased Shane & the Monroes back to the dressing room. The Monroes had lost the bout but remained the Gulf Coast tag team champions.

Don Carson comes to the aid of Bobby Fields by slugging Flash Monror

Don Carson comes to the aid of Bobby Fields by slugging Flash Monroe

Carson & Dunn got a chance at the Monroes and the Gulf Coast title in a match in Dothan, Both teams were disqualified in the final fall and the Monroes remained champions.

A return title match was held the following week in Dothan between Carson & Dunn and the Monroes. For the second week in a row the match ended with no winner as the match was stopped and declared a no contest.

The following week yet another title rematch was scheduled in Dothan; Rocket & Flash Monroe finally managed to defeat Carson & Dunn for a clear victory and retained the title.

The Interns returned for one match in Dothan against Lee & Bobby Fields. The Fields Brothers scored an impressive victory and the Interns left once more.

The Monroes also turned back the challenge of Cowboy Bob Kelly & Chief White Eagle in a title match in Laurel. The Monroes took two out of three falls to win the match and hold on to their title.

Rocket Monroe wasn’t as fortunate when it came to his Mississippi State title. He put the title on the line against former champion, Cowboy Bob Kelly, in a match in Hattiesburg. Kelly used his Bulldog hold to flatten Monroe and pinned him to win the deciding fall. Kelly was once again the Mississippi State champion.

Kelly also won a $250 bonus by winning a Battle Royal in Hattiesburg. There were seven participants that included Kelly, Bobby Whitlock, Jose Villa, Akio Yoshihara, Sugi Sito and Rocket & Flash Monroe.  Kelly was awarded the event despite the fact that he was the third man eliminated. The last four men remaining were Sito, Yoshihara and the Monroes. The four of them brawled in and out of the ring until the match was stopped and all four men disqualified, thus giving Kelly the victory and the money.

This led to a grudge match on the final card of the year in Hattiesburg as the Monroes challenged Sito & Yoshihara. It was a wild match and again was stopped and declared a no contest.

A special Christmas Day card was held in Mobile to end the year there. A gigantic eight man tag match was held with the team of Lee & Bobby Fields, Bobby Whitlock & Don Carson taking on the foursome Pancho Villa, Flash Monroe, Sugi Sito & Akio Yoshihara. Speedy Hatfield and Mike Shane were assigned as the referees, alternating working inside and outside the ring. Akio Yoshihara pinned Bobby Fields to win the first fall after Fields had been hit in the throat by a karate thrust by Sugi Sito. Fields came back to win the second fall when he pinned Sito with a rolling cradle. During the third fall Don Carson had Flash Monroe pinned no less than 3 times, but each time referee Shane claimed he was choking and refused to make the count, literally kicking Carson off from atop Monroe. After the third time of Carson getting kicked, Bobby Fields dashed into the ring and tossed Shane to the arena floor. Speedy Hatfield then entered the ring and counted Monroe out after Carson pinned him again.

Others in the area at the end of the year were Tim Tyler, Lee Charles and newcomer Mike McGraw.