1969

JANUARY:

 

Rocket & Flash, the Magnificent Brothers Monroe were still enjoying their reign as the Gulf Coast tag team champions, but were facing strong competition in the team of Dick Dunn & Don Carson. Don Carson was also the reigning Gulf Coast Heavyweight champion. Carson & Dunn fought with the Monroes in a match at Fort Whiting in Mobile that broke down into a wild melee with all four men fighting it out. Don Carson took the first fall for his team when he applied a sleeper hold to render Flash Monroe unconscious. Rocket Monroe used a series of thumbs to Carson’s throat and pinned him to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall Rocket opened a deep cut over the eye of Dick Dunn leaving him a bloody mess. Referee Tommy Hatcher finally disqualified the Monroes for their foul tactics, giving the match to Dunn & Carson. Since a title could not change hands on a disqualification, the Monroes remained Gulf Coast champions.

The Monroes also defended the title against Dunn & Bobby Whitlock in a title match at the Civic Center in Laurel. Dunn & Whitlock put up a valiant effort but the Monroes took the match and retain their title.

Rocket & Flash also faced the team of Bobby Fields & newcomer Charles Irby in a non-title match held at the Wade Kennedy Arena in Hattiesburg. The Monroes came out on top in that one as well.

Bobby Fields teamed with his brother Lee Fields and challenged the Monroes for the Gulf Coast tag team title at the Houston County Farm Center in Dothan. With the rule that would allow the champions to keep the title on a disqualification was waived, the Fields Brothers were favored to lift the title from the champions. However both teams were disqualified and the title stayed with the Monroes.

The following week in Mobile, matchmaker Rocky McGuire booked a return title match between the Monroes and the team of Don Carson & Dick Dunn. This rule allowing the retention of the title on a disqualification was waived in this one as well and Bobby Fields would serve as the special referee. During the first fall, Dunn & Carson worked over the legs of both Monroes before forcing Flash to submit. Flash evened things up in the second by continually thumbing Dunn in the throat before pinning him after a kick in the face. During the third fall Dunn & Carson decided to do a little thumbing of their own and had the Monroes reeling. Finally, Rocket managed to get a headlock on Carson. Referee Bobby Fields bent down to get a closer look to ensure that Monroe wasn’t choking Carson. As Fields was bent over, Rocket smashed a forearm across his back. When Fields go to his feet, Monroe claimed that it was Carson who had hit him. Fields gave Carson a look but decided to let thing slide. Then the same thing happened again. Rocket put Carson in a headlock and then smashed Fields as he bent in to check the hold. And once again Monroe pointed the blame at Carson. As Carson protested his innocence, Fields drove a fist to his stomach. Dunn then got between the two men and managed to calm things down and the match resumed. Once again Rocket caught Carson in a headlock. Once again Fields bent in close to check it and once again Rocket raised his arm to smash down across Fields’ back. But this time, Bobby raised up and caught Monroe in the act. He walloped Monroe across the mouth and knocked him to the canvas. Carson took advantage of this situation and fell across the prone Rocket as Fields tolled the three count. Fields awarded the match and the title belts to Carson & Dunn, but it just wasn’t to be. Carson & Dunn were notified in the dressing room that they had to return the belts to the Monroes. Furthermore, Fields was told that he was being fined $50 for his actions. The Monroes were still the champions.

The following night in Hattiesburg, Rocket & Flash Monroe scored a $100 bonus when they split the winning of a five man Battle Royal. Besides the Monroes, the other participants were Bobby Fields, Bobby Whitlock & newcomer The Red Angel. Rocket Monroe eliminated Whitlock to be the last man in the ring and split the prize money with his brother Flash.

A return Gulf Coast tag title match was held in Dothan between the champions, the Monroes and the Fields Brothers. Just as the match the previous week had ended both teams were disqualified.

In yet another title match, the Monroes defended their title on the line in Hattiesburg against the team of Dick Dunn & Chief White Eagle. The Monroes took two out of three falls to win that match and retain their title.

Another return title match was ordered again in Mobile between the Monroes and Don Carson & Dick Dunn. This time, the Monroes said that they would allow Fields to referee again, but they wanted to name a referee of their own to serve as the second referee. They chose Akio Yoshihara. Fields tried to be impartial despite the fact that twice the Monroes knocked him out of the ring. He even disqualified Carson & Dunn in the first fall when Carson put Flash Monroe to sleep on the outside of the ring. He then disqualified the Monroes in the second. During the third fall, Carson wound up with a bloody head.

Rocket Monroe tears at the forehead of Don Carson

Rocket Monroe tears at the forehead of Don Carson

Yoshihara was so obvious in his favoring of the Monroes that Rocky McGuire came to ringside and ordered him from the ring, leaving Fields as the sole referee. The Monroes and Carson & Dunn continued to fight outside the ring, but Fields was hesitant about calling for a disqualification. He let it go for a while before stopping the match and declaring Carson & Dunn the winners and new champions. The Monroes were so upset that the jumped all three men and were giving them quite a beating when Cowboy Bob Kelly entered the ring and chased them out.

Carson & Dunn were the new Gulf Coast tag team champions, but their reign proved to be short-lived. The Monroes defeated the in a match at the Outdoor Arena in Pensacola 6 days later to regain the title..

The following night at the Rainbow Roller Rink in Panama City, the Monroes faced the team of veteran Chico Cortez & a newcomer called The Sundown Kid. The Monroes proved to be the better team and won the match in two straight falls.

Next up for the Monroe Brothers was another return title match in Dothan against Lee & Bobby Fields. After two straight weeks of both teams being disqualified, the Monroes finally won the match and kept their titles.

Mississippi State Champion Cowboy Bob Kelly continued to rule the scene in that state. He made a successful defense of the title in a match against Sugi Sito in Laurel.

Three nights later in Hattiesburg, Kelly put his title on the line against Gulf Coast champion, Don Carson. Kelly challenged Carson to put his title up for grabs as well, but Carson refused. The match ended in a double disqualification when both men were counted out while fighting outside the ring.

Cowboy Bob Kelly arm drags Don Carson

Cowboy Bob Kelly arm drags Don Carson

Sugi Sito was unhappy about his loss and challenged Kelly to face him in a Judo Jacket match the following week in Laurel.. Kelly, a former Marine with judo training, surprised Sito and was beating him at his own game. Kelly was on the verge of winning the deciding fall when Rocket Monroe interfered on behalf of Sito causing a disqualification.

Kelly and Carson also met in a return title match in Hattiesburg. Once again the match was stopped and both men were disqualified.

Referee Speedy Hatfield warns Don Carson about chocking Cowboy Bob Kelly

Referee Speedy Hatfield warns Don Carson about chocking Cowboy Bob Kelly

Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly teamed to challenge Sugi Sito & Rocket Monroe to a tag team match in Laurel. Fields & Kelly took two out of three falls in that match to earn a victory.

Don Carson was determined to add the Mississippi State crown to his Gulf Coast title and made another challenge to Cowboy Bob Kelly, again in Hattiesburg. This time Kelly came out on top and won two out of three falls to defeat Carson and retain his Mississippi title.

A new masked tag team arrived on the scene claiming to be the World Tag Team Champions, although they presented no belts or trophy signifying such a claim. They were called The Blue Infernos and they made their debut in Dothan by defeating the team of Dick Dunn & Cowboy Bob Kelly.

Dick Dunn holds one of the Blue Infernos in a head scissors

Dick Dunn holds one of the Blue Infernos in a head scissors

 

Another masked tag team made their area debut in Dothan, a team calling itself The Masked Medics. Although they came to the ring dressed in surgical gear and wore all white masks and outfits, this team was obviously not the Mysterious Medics that had reigned supreme in the area in the past. As it was this pair of Medics defeated the team of Don Carson & Cowboy Boy Kelly

Also in Dothan that night were the Blue Infernos. They won two out of three falls to defeat the team of Lester Welch & Nick Kozak.

Don Carson was also upset that Rocket Monroe had bloodied his head in a match in Mobile that he demanded a match with him, again in Mobile. Monroe agreed but Carson would have to put his Gulf Coast title on the line. Carson agreed and the match was set. Carson won the first fall when he used a neckbreaker on Monroe. During the second fall Carson was bloodied by Monroe but managed to apply the sleeper hold on Rocket. Monroe was on the verge of losing when Flash Monroe hit the ring. He clobbered Carson and together both Monroes administered a severe beating to Carson. Only the entrance of Bull Williams saved Carson from permanent damage. Carson had saved Williams earlier in the evening when the Monroes jumped him. He had been scheduled to wrestle Gentle Ben, the wrestling bear, but the bear did a no show. As Williams waited in the ring, the Monroes decided to use him as target practice. They were giving him a going over when Carson made the save. After Williams returned the favor, Carson was awarded his match and retained his title.

Don Carson punches Rocket Monroe as referee Leo Morgan tries to break it up

Don Carson punches Rocket Monroe as referee Leo Morgan tries to break it up

Carson also teamed with the Sundown Kid to face the Monroes in a match held in Panama City. Rocket Monroe pinned the Kid to win the third and deciding fall to score the match for the Monroes.

Don Carson also put his Gulf Coast title on the line against Rocket Monroe again, this time in a match held in Dothan. Carson managed to score the deciding fall despite the fact that he was bleeding profusely. Carson was awarded the match and retained his title.

Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly got a shot at the Gulf Coast tag team title as they faced Rocket & Flash Monroe in a match in Laurel. Fields & Kelly scored the first fall over the champions, but that was the only fall scored. The 60 minute time limit expired before either team could gain another fall, thus allowing the Monroes to keep the title.

The Monroes demanded a tag team match against Don Carson & Bull Williams in Mobile but refused to put their titles on the line against a new team. Carson & Williams didn’t care about any belts; they just wanted to get their hands on the Monroes. That they did…and more. In the first fall Carson was being double-teamed by the Monroes until Williams came in and flattened the Magnificent Ones with his head-butts. Carson then caught Flash with a neckbreaker to score the fall. In the second, Rocket Monroe kept thumbing Carson in the throat and choking him. He finally pinned Carson by illegally pulling his trunks to score the fall. Carson & Williams came out for the third fall and made short work of Rocket and Flash. Williams head-butted Rocket into submission as Carson clamped the sleeper on Flash. Williams & Carson had won and showed that they would be a team to be reckoned with.

Flash Monroe prepares to ram his thumb into the throat of Don Carson

Flash Monroe prepares to ram his thumb into the throat of Don Carson

The Masked Medics made themselves even more confusing when they returned for another match in Dothan. This time they were introduced as The Interns, yet were obviously not the same pair of Interns that had ran roughshod in the Gulf Coast the year before. This pair of Interns defeated the team of Pepe Gomez, returning after several years’ absence, & a masked newcomer called The Outlaw.

As the Interns they lost a match to Bobby Whitlock & Ramon Perez in Mobile. The Interns scored the first fall, but Whitlock & Perez came back and won two straight to take the match.

The Interns also lost a best two out of three fall match to Don Carson & Dick Dunn in Panama City.

The Blue Infernos also returned to Dothan. This time the hooded pair was defeated by Don Carson & Dick Dunn.

The Infernos asked for a return match the following week in Dothan, but Carson was tied up in a Gulf Coast title defense so Dunn recruited Jose Lothario to come in from Florida to be his partner. Dunn & Lothario were an impressive team and handily defeated the masked duo by taking two out of three falls.

Cowboy Bob Kelly continued to have his hands full with Sugi Sito. First he absorbed a beating from Sito & Akio Yoshihara in a tag team match in Mobile in which Kelly had Bobby Whitlock as his partner. Sito kept using Judo chops while Kelly resorted to his fists. This led to a special Judo match between Kelly and Sito. Sito was on the verge of losing to the cowboy when he rubbed salt in Kelly’s eyes and got disqualified. Kelly then demanded that matchmaker Rocky McGuire book he and Sito in a boxing glove match the following week in Mobile. He figured Sito couldn’t use the salt pack if his hands were encased in boxing gloves. Kelly knocked Sito out to win the first fall, but Sugi came back and pinned Kelly in the second after ramming him into the ringpost several times. During the third fall Yoshihara, serving as Sito’s second sprinkled salt onto Sito’s gloves. Sito again blinded Kelly and was knocking him around pretty good. Bobby Fields, who had been serving as Kelly’s second climbed into the ring only to be blinded himself when Yoshihara threw salt into his eyes. Referee Speedy Hatfield disqualified Sito and awarded the match to Kelly.

Sito & Yoshihara didn’t fare any better in tag team action. They lost a tag team match to Bobby Whitlock & Ramon Perez in Mobile when Whitlock & Perez worked over Yoshihara and forced him to submit.

Sito & Yoshihara also teamed to face Lee & Bobby Fields in a match held in Hattiesburg and lost that one in two straight falls.

The Japanese pair decided that Yoshihara would stick to the managerial role and Sugi Sito brought in his brother Mitsu Sito to be his new tag team partner. The Sito Brothers gained a measure of revenge on Whitlock & Perez in their first match as a team, winning in straight falls in a match held in Mobile. Mitsu pinned Whitlock to decide the first fall after hitting him with a Judo chop. During the second fall Perez fell victim to the wily Japanese team as they dropped him throat first across the top rope, which went unseen by referee Bud Clardy, and pinned him to win the match.

The Sito Brothers didn’t fare as well in a tag team match in Dothan. They faced the newly formed team of Cowboy Bob Kelly & Ramon Perez. Kelly and Perez scored an impressive victory over the Japanese team by winning two out of three falls.

Others in the area in January were Nick Adams, Randy Curtis, Phil Robley, Pancho Villa, The Scorpion, and newcomers Tony Barbetta, Sandor Jackson and Thurston Pace.

 

FEBRUARY:

 

Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly were given another title match against Gulf Coast tag champions, Rocket & Flash Monroe in Laurel. Fields & Kelly had won the only fall scored in their previous encounter, but the Monroes kept the title when the 60 minute time limit expired and the match was declared a draw. This title match would be a one fall to a finish match with the title going to the winning team. The Monroes scored the one fall to win the match and retain their titles.

Don Carson & Bull Williams were making noise to gain a title shot at the Gulf Coast tag champs, Rocket & Flash Monroe. They faced off against the Sugi & Mitsu Sito in a match in Mobile to determine which team were the top contenders. The Japanese pair prevailed in straight falls as they forced Williams to submit twice. In both falls they kept Williams in their corner and punished him by double-teaming him. Referee Mike Gordon was also busy keeping his eye on the Sitos’ manager Akio Yoshihara. This allowed Sugi & Mitsu to keep Williams from ever tagging Carson and he just couldn’t withstand the punishment. After the match, Carson tried to exact some revenge for his partner but he, too, fell victim to their double-teaming tactics.

Sugi Sito aims a judo chop at Don Carson as referee Mike Gordon looks on

Sugi Sito aims a judo chop at Don Carson as referee Mike Gordon looks on

The following night in Hattiesburg, the Sitos faced the team of Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly in a tag team match. Both teams were disqualified in the deciding fall.

The Monroes were also still having issues with former Gulf Coast tag champions Don Carson & Dick Dunn. The two teams met in a non-title grudge match in Panama City that ended in a no contest

The following night in Dothan, the Monroes defended the Gulf Coast tag team title against Sugi & Mitsu Sito. The match was tied at a fall apiece when Flash Monroe was hit in the throat by a karate chop thrown by Sugi Sito in the deciding fall. Flashed was easily pinned and the fall and the match went to the Sitos, who were crowned the new Gulf Coast tag team champions.

The night was a bad night for champions, as that same night in Dothan Bobby Fields scored two falls out of three to upend Don Carson to win the Gulf Coast title.

The following week in Mobile Don Carson teamed with Randy Curtis to challenge the Sito Brothers. The Japanese pair lost the first fall when they both went after Carson. The promotion had just instituted the tag rope rule that they man outside of the ring had to keep a hold onto a three-foot piece of rope until tagged into action. The Sitos ignored this rule and it cost them the first fall. They Japanese team won the second fall when they double-teamed both Carson & Curtis before forcing Curtis to submit to a toehold. They continued to work over Curtis’ leg during the third fall while preventing him from tagging Carson. Finally, Carson had had enough. He let go of the tag rope and charged the ring. Referee Clem Courtney immediately disqualified Carson, but Carson cleared the ring of the Sitos and Yoshihara.

Mitsu Sito aims a judo chop to the mid-section of Randy Curtis

Mitsu Sito aims a judo chop to the mid-section of Randy Curtis

The feud between the teams of Don Carson & Dick Dunn and the Monroes Brothers continued in Panama City. The two teams met in a match that had some special rules. Since their previous battle had seen all four men fighting in the ring at the same time, it was decided that the two men not in the ring would be handcuffed in their respective corners until tagged into the match legally. Carson & Dunn took two out of three falls to win the match.

Another continuing feud was being waged in Hattiesburg with Sugi & Mitsu Sito facing Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly. Fields & Kelly scored a victory over the Japanese pair and were now clamoring for a shot at the Sitos’ Gulf Coast tag crown.

Lady wrestlers made their first appearances in the area as US Ladies Champion, Cora Combs put her title on the line against the challenge of Mae Godner in Dothan. Combs scored two out of three falls to win the match and retain her title.

Earlier that same week, Combs had teamed with Rocket Monroe to face the team of Godner & Cowboy Bob Kelly in a mixed tag team match in Laurel. Kelly pinned Monroe in the third and deciding fall to win the match for his team.

Kelly and Monroe also met in a singles match the following week in Laurel with Kelly defending the Mississippi State title. Kelly used his bulldog hold on Monroe and pinned him to win the deciding fall and retain the title.

Cowboy Bob Kelly adds pressure to a hammerlock on Rocket Monroe

Cowboy Bob Kelly adds pressure to a hammerlock on Rocket Monroe

Also returning after an absence of many years was Dick Steinborn. Steinborn’s first match back in area saw him square off with Pancho Villa in Mobile. Steinborn won the first fall when he pinned Villa with a back slide. Villa spent most of the second fall strangling Steinborn trying to weaken him down. Steinborn fought back, however, and finally pinned Villa after hitting him with a series of flying dropkicks. Steinborn won the match in two straight falls.

Steinborn scored another victory over Villa the following night in Panama City and continued his win streak with a victory over Phil Robley in Dothan the night after that.

The Blue Infernos were trying to get themselves back into the winning column but saw their plans derailed in a match in Dothan. They were beaten two falls out of three by the impressive team of Joe Scarpa & The Gladiator.

It was announced that Dory Funk Jr. had defeated Gene Kiniski on February 11th in Tampa, Florida to win the NWA World Heavyweight championship.

The new team of Ramon Perez & Cowboy Bob Kelly immediately challenged the Sito Brothers. The first meeting of the two teams in Mobile saw Kelly & Perez victorious in a non-title match. Kelly won the first fall for his team by dropkicking Sugi Sito and pinning him. The second fall saw the Japanese team constantly double-teaming Perez in their corner while their manager, Akio Yoshihara kept referee Speedy Hatfield occupied. They worked over Perez until he finally submitted to a headlock by Mitsu Sito. In the third fall, the Japanese team continued double-teaming, first Perez and then Kelly. Just as they were on the verge of victory, Kelly tagged Perez who leapt over Sugi Sito and pinned him with a sunset flip. The Japanese team was stunned.

That same night in Mobile saw Bobby Fields put the Gulf Coast title on the line against the man he’d defeated for it, Don Carson. Fields won the first fall by punishing Carson’s arm and hand until he submitted. Carson came back and forced Fields to submit to a leg lock in the second. Carson lost control in the third fall and started using some questionable tactics on Fields, despite the warnings of referee Clem Courtney. Carson kept it up until being forced to submit to another of Bobby’s arm locks, giving Fields the fall and the match to retain the title.

Don Carson works over Bobby Fields as referee Clem Courtney tries to make him break

Don Carson works over Bobby Fields as referee Clem Courtney tries to make him break

Fields teamed with Cowboy Bob Kelly to take on Sugi & Mitsu Sito in a Gulf Coast tag team title match in Hattiesburg. Fields & Kelly had held the title the previous year and were anxious to try and regain it. To combat the interference of the Sitos’ manager, Akio Yoshihara, Fields & Kelly were accompanied by Lee Fields. Despite the close scrutiny, Yoshihara managed to pass a packet of salt into the ring to Mitsu Sito. Sito tossed it into the eyes of Kelly and pinned him to take the deciding fall, allowing the Japanese duo to remain champions.

Dick Steinborn continued to impress as he faced Flash Monroe in a special challenge match in Mobile. Monroe scored the first fall by pinning Steinborn after kicking him in the stomach. Monroe tried the same tactic in the second fall, by Steinborn caught him in a Sunset Flip and pinned him to take the fall. As referee Clem Courtney was raising Steinborn’s hand, Monroe jumped him from behind and sent Steinborn and Courtney crashing into each other. Monroe then grabbed Steinborn and applied an illegal piledriver on him. Since Courtney was still lying on the mat, he failed to see the infraction. Once he had flattened Steinborn, Monroe went to his own corner and reigned injury as Courtney regained his senses. A ringside commissioner then told Courtney what Monroe had done and ordered the match stopped and awarded to Steinborn.

The next night in Panama City, Steinborn challenged Monroe to another match. Steinborn had Flash set up for the winning fall when Rocket Monroe dashed into the ring. The Monroes gave Steinborn a good going over before he managed to leave the ring.

Don Carson was anxious to settle the score with the Monroe Brothers as well so he recruited Steinborn as his partner to face the pair in a match in Dothan. Each team had won a fall apiece when the 60 minute time limit ran out. The match was declared a draw.

Flash Monroe lifts Don Carson over the top rope

Flash Monroe lifts Don Carson over the top rope

The Sito Brothers were busy defending their Gulf Coast tag title as they met the team of Ramon Perez & Chief White Eagle in a title match held in Laurel. The Japanese pair took two out of three fall to win the match and retain their title.

Two nights later the Sitos met Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly in a non-title match in Hattiesburg. For this one Akio Yoshihara, the Sitos’ manager, was handcuffed to Lee Fields at ringside. With Yoshihara neutralized, Fields & Kelly upended the Sitos to win the match.

Cowboy Bob Kelly & Ramon Perez were awarded a title match in Mobile after scoring a non-title win over the Sitos. They continually worked over Mitsu Sito’s leg in the first fall, finally making him submit to take the fall. In the second fall, they continued to punish Mitsu before he managed a tag on Sugi. Sugi Sito came in and pinned Perez after hitting him with Judo chops as he bounced off the ropes. After the fall Sugi grabbed Perez and rammed his head into the ringpost. Perez only had a two-minute rest period to recover. Kelly asked for an additional two minutes for his partner, but was refused by the Japanese team. Perez managed to make into the ring, but was at the mercy of the Sitos. Finally he managed to tag Kelly who went after both Sitos with flying fists. The Sitos managed to wear Kelly down and soon had him in trouble. They worked over his left arm until he was unable to move it. Perez was also on the receiving end of several slams by Mitsu Sito before catching him by surprise with a back slide to gain the pin. Bob Kelly & Ramon Perez were the new Gulf Coast tag team champions.

Cowboy Bob Kelly goes after Akio Yoshihara & Sugi Sito while Mitsu Sito lies on the mat

Cowboy Bob Kelly goes after Akio Yoshihara & Sugi Sito while Mitsu Sito lies on the mat

Gulf Coast champion Bobby Fields faced Rocket Monroe in a non-title match held in Mobile. Fields won the first fall by forcing Rocket to submit to an abdominal stretch. Rocket came back to win the second after thumbing Fields in the throat and kneeing him in the stomach. Rocket used a little illegal leverage to pin Fields in the third fall by holding him by the trunks as he pinned him after an atomic drop.

Monroe was also challenged by Dick Steinborn for a match in Panama City. Steinborn was upset for Rocket’s interference in a match the previous week between he and Flash Monroe. Steinborn was once again on the verge of a victory when Flash Monroe & Phil Robley interfered in the match. Rocket Monroe was disqualified but Steinborn was not happy with the hollow victory.

The next night in Dothan, Steinborn teamed with Don Carson once again to take on the Monroe Brothers. Their match the previous week had ended in a 60 minute stalemate. This match was scheduled for 90 minutes and would be a winner takes all contest, with the winning team taking home both teams pay for the night. This one ended in a double disqualification and both teams’ purses were held up.

In a special midgets match held in Dothan, Cowboy Lang defeated Little Bruiser in a best two out of three fall match.

Also appearing in the area this month were the Scorpion, Tony Barbetta and Tim Geohegan, making his first appearance in several years.

 

MARCH:

 

The new Gulf Coast tag team champs, Cowboy Bob Kelly & Ramon Perez faced stiff competition from Rocket & Flash Monroe. The first match between the two teams was held in Mobile . Kelly won the first fall for his teamed when he bulldogged Flash twice and pinned him. Rocket Monroe pinned Ramon Perez after an atomic drop to even the score in the second. The Monroes spent most of the third fall working over Perez with their illegal tactics. Finally Kelly had had enough and charged into the ring to save his partner. All four men went at it until referee Tommy Rollins called a halt to the proceedings and stopped the match, declaring it a double disqualification and holding up the titles.

Ramon Perez flattens Flash Monroe with a flying dropkick

Ramon Perez flattens Flash Monroe with a flying dropkick

The Japanese duo of Sugi & Mitsu Sito, along with their manager Akio Yoshihara, was still terrorizing the state of Mississippi. In Laurel they met the team of Ramon Perez & Chief White Eagle. The Sito had successfully defended the Gulf Coast tag team title against Perez & White Eagle in Laurel just before losing the title. Perez & White Eagle asked for a rematch despite the fact that the title was no longer involved. Also in order to keep Yoshihara at bay, Perez & White Eagle enlisted Bobby Fields to serve as their manager. All was going well for the Perez & White Eagle pair until the third and deciding fall. Perez was tossed from the ring and laid on the arena floor while the Sito Brothers double teamed White Eagle. Fields was busy keeping Yoshihara from interfering and didn’t see Rocket Monroe come to ringside. Monroe grabbed Perez and slammed him to the floor. Monroe then rolled Perez into the ring, where he was easily pinned by Mitsu Sito,

Two nights later in Hattiesburg, the Sitos met Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly in a return match. Since the match the week prior had seen both Yoshihara and Lee Fields, serving as the manager of the Fields & Kelly duo, get involved in the match. Both men were barred from ringside during the rematch, which was won by the Sitos. Bobby Fields was also injured in a melee that took place after the match,

That same night in Hattiesburg it was announced that a tag team tournament would be held over the coming weeks, with the winning team being named the City of Hattiesburg Tag Team Champions and receive a trophy and a set of silk jackets indicating the championship.

In the first tournament match, the team of Ramon Perez & Chief White Eagle defeated Don Carson & Pancho Villa.

Two nights later in Dothan, Cowboy Bob Kelly & Ramon Perez defeated Sugi & Mitsu Sito in what was supposed to be a Gulf Coast tag team title match. With the titles being held up after the match between Kelly & Perez and the Monroes, the title was not on the line.

The Monroes met the team of Don Carson & Dick Steinborn in a Texas Death Match that same night in Dothan. These same two teams had met the previous week in Dothan in a match that had ended in a double disqualification. Carson & Steinborn won this match but Carson and Rocket Monroe got into a brawl following the decision.

Mississippi State Champion Cowboy Bob Kelly defended the title against Pancho Villa in a match held in Laurel. Each man had won a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Villa, who had recently taken to wearing a mask in his matches, slipped a piece of metal into his mask and head butted Kelly, sending him crashing to the mat. Villa then easily pinned Kelly to win the fall and the match. Pancho Villa was the new Mississippi State champion.

The rematch in Mobile between Cowboy Bob Kelly & Ramon Perez and the Monroe Brothers would be for the held up Gulf Coast tag team crown. Kelly flattened Flash Monroe with the bulldog hold to gain the first fall for himself and Perez. Kelly had Flash set up for the bulldog in the second, but Monroe managed to escape and tag Rocket. Kelly also tagged in Perez and he and Rocket began crisscrossing the ring, bouncing off the ropes. Flash Monroe reached through and tripped Perez allowing Rocket to score with a neckbreaker to get the pin for the second fall. Meanwhile Kelly, who had witnessed what Flash had done ran around the ring during the break and was challenging him. Special referee Phil Robley became occupied trying to keep Kelly and Flash apart. While his attention was diverted, Rocket grabbed up Perez and delivered a piledriver rendering him unconscious. Kelly spent the remaining time between falls trying to revive his fallen partner, but to no avail. Perez had to be carried back to the dressing room, leaving Bob Kelly to go it alone. Kelly actually managed to single-handedly give the Monroes a severe beating until he made a miscalculation. He backed both Monroes against the ropes and gave them a double monkey-flip. When he tried it a second time Flash Monroe grabbed the ropes and held he and Rocket in place as Kelly slipped and crashed to the mat. This allowed Rocket to score the pin-fall and the Monroes were now 3-time Gulf Coast tag team champions.

The tag team tournament in Hattiesburg to name City champions continued the following night. Lee Fields & Bob Boyer defeated the masked team of The Red Angels.

That same night in Hattiesburg, Cowboy Bob Kelly challenged Sugi & Mitsu Yoshihara to a match and had a very surprising partner. Kelly had recruited Rocket Monroe to join him. Kelly & Monroe also had Lee Fields with them to stymie the interference of the Sitos’ manager Akio Yoshihara, Kelly & Monroe worked surprisingly well together and took two out of three falls to upset the Japanese team.

Monroe was scheduled for a six man tag team match that same evening in Panama City but was replaced by Pancho Villa, who teamed with Flash Monroe & Phil Robley to take on the threesome of Dick Steinborn, Bob Boyer & Ramon Perez. Steinborn, Boyer & Monroe won the match and after all was said and done, Steinborn and Monroe got in to a pier six brawl and had to be separated.

Rocket Monroe was on hand the following night in Dothan as he squared off with Don Carson in a special challenge match. These two had gotten into a scuffle the previous week in Dothan following a tag team match. The 7 foot tall giant Tiny Frazier was assigned as the special referee. Monroe spent most of the match running from Carson before leaving the ring for good and giving the match to Carson on a count out. Despite being the winner, Carson was far from satisfied.

That same night a card was held in Georgiana, Alabama at the National Guard Armory. The main event saw Cowboy Bob Kelly team with Chief White Eagle to defeat Sugi & Mitsu Sito in a best two out of three fall match.

New Mississippi State champion Pancho Villa was refusing to give former champion, Cowboy Bob Kelly a return title match. He was challenged during a TV taping at WDAM TV in Hattiesburg by a masked man calling himself The Mighty Masked Blue Yankee. It was very obvious to most of the audience, and especially to Villa, that this man was Bob Kelly under a mask. But since he couldn’t be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, matchmaker Speedy Hatfield signed a title match between the two for Laurel. In the deciding fall, Villa loaded up his mask and tried to head butt the Yankee only to knock himself out. Seems the Yankee had reinforced his own mask and he pinned Villa to win the fall and the match. As the title belt was handed to him, the Yankee unmasked and it was indeed Kelly under the mask. But the decision stood and Cowboy Bob Kelly had regained the Mississippi State title.

The Magnificent Monroes defended their newly won Gulf Coast tag team crown in Mobile against a strong team out of Florida, Jack Brisco & Nick Kozak. Jack Brisco, a former AAU collegiate champion from Oklahoma was making his first appearance in the area while Kozak was an old favorite. The match with the Monroes was a hard fought one with Brisco & Kozak winning the only fall when Brisco pinned Rocket Monroe after applying an airplane spin. Since two falls needed to be won, the match was declared a 60-minute draw and the Monroes held onto the titles.

Jack Brisco lifts Rocket Monroe for an airplane spin

Jack Brisco lifts Rocket Monroe for an airplane spin

That same night in Mobile, the Masked Medics (no longer the Interns) returned to the area to face the team of Cowboy Bob Kelly & Lester Welch. Welch applied an abdominal stretch to one of the masked men to win the first fall. The Medics came back and won the second fall when one of them pinned Kelly after driving a knee into his stomach. In the third and deciding fall, one of the Medics spun Welch into referee Speedy Hatfield. Welch went down and the masked man covered him for the pin. Hatfield, who was obviously dazed counted the fall and then collapsed. Meanwhile Welch revered things and covered the Medic as Hatfield recovered and counted the masked man out. After much confusion, Hatfield awarded the match to Welch & Kelly. The Medics jumped the winners and tossed them from the ring and turned to go after Hatfield, who scooted from the ring safely.

In another tag team match on that same card in Mobile Don Carson teamed with Bob Boyer to win two straights falls over Sugi & Mitsu Sito.

The following night in Hattiesburg, Cowboy Bob Kelly & Rocket Monroe teamed once again to face Sugi & Mitsu Sito. Kelly & Monroe had defeated the Japanese team the previous week in Hattiesburg and the Sitos put up $200 in order to get a return match.

Flash Monroe was also busy that same night in Panama City. He was matched up with Dick Steinborn in a Texas Death Match with the winner to receive $200. Steinborn won 3 out of 5 falls to win the match and the money.

The next night in Dothan saw a rare appearance by 3 of the 4 Monroe Brothers. In a tag team match Flash teamed with the returning Sputnik Monroe to defeat Dick Steinborn & Bob Boyer.

The main event on that card was a Lumberjack Match between Rocket Monroe & Don Carson. In this match the ring would be surrounded by the others wrestlers and they would prevent either of the participants from leaving the ring. As an added stipulation, the loser of the match would be forced to stop wrestling in Dothan. Carson lost the match and was forced to sit out any future matches in Dothan.

Gulf Coast tag team champions Rocket & Flash Monroe teamed in a non-title match against Don Carson & Bob Boyer in Mobile. Boyer was getting battered around in the first fall by Flash Monroe until he reversed a whip into the corner buckles. As Flash rebounded out of the corner, Boyer caught him in a sunset flip to score the pin. In the second, the Monroes worked over Carson until he was a bloody mess and was forced to submit. Carson continued to get battered in the third and deciding fall until Rocket tied him into the ropes. As Rocket charged at Carson with a tackle, Boyer pulled him out of the way. Rocket crashed into the ropes and then hit the mat. Carson then fell on him to get the pin and the victory.

Bob Boyer checks on a bloody Don Carson

Bob Boyer checks on a bloody Don Carson

The Sito Brothers were in the semi-final that same night as they faced Chief White Eagle & Dennis Hall, making his return after a near two year absence. In the first fall Mitsu Sito whipped Hall into the corner where Sugi Sito hit him with a judo chop to the throat. Hall was then pinned to give the first fall to the Japanese duo. In the second fall, White Eagle got a little too close to the Sitos’ corner and as a result was whacked across the head with a cane carried by the Sitos’ manager, Akio Yoshihara. White Eagle was then easily pinned by Sugi Sito, giving the match to the Sito Brothers in two straight falls.

That same night in Mobile, Rip & Randy Tyler returned to the area to wrestle against Cowboy Bob Kelly & Bobby Fields. Fields & Kelly won two out of three falls to win the match.

The next night in Hattiesburg, the City tag team championship tournament continued with two tournament matches. First Rocket & Flash Monroe defeated Bob Boyer & Chief White Eagle.

Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly teamed to take a win over Sugi & Mitsu Sito in the other tournament match.

That same night in Panama City, huge Tiny Frazier won a 7 man Battle Royal. The other participants were Dick Steinborn, Lee Fields, Don Carson, Bob Boyer and Rip & Randy Tyler. Frazier tossed both Tylers out to win the bout.

Dick Steinborn was still having his problems with the Monroes and faced Rocket Monroe in a chain match the following night in Dothan. Steinborn won the match when he successfully dragged Monroe around the ring twice.

On that same card, Bobby & Lee Fields teamed after some time apart and defeated Rip & Randy Tyler in a best two out of three fall match.

Also that night Flash Monroe teamed with a masked wrestler calling himself Mr. X. They faced the team of Bob Boyer & another masked man who called himself Mr. C. Monroe immediately began complaining that Mr. C was Don Carson, who had lost a match the previous week to Rocket Monroe and was supposed to be barred from wrestling in Dothan. The match went on, however, with Mr. C pinning Mr. X to win the deciding fall and the match for his team.

The midget wrestlers returned as Cowboy Lang & Wee Willie Wilson teamed to defeat the team of Little Bruiser & Fuzzy Cupid in a best two out of three fall match in Laurel.

Others appearing in the area in March were Randy Curtis, Al Greene, Tarzan Baxter, the Blue Inferno and Rube Wright.

 

APRIL:

 

Rocket & Flash Monroe put their Gulf Coast tag team title on the line in Pensacola at the Outdoor Arena. The challenging team was Don Carson & Bob Boyer. The Monroes won two out of three falls to win the match and retain their title.

On that same card in Pensacola and new masked team made their debut. The team called themselves The Blue Yankees. Neither of these men appeared to be Bob Kelly, who had used that name while competing in a match in Mississippi. These Blue Yankees were accompanied by a dapper little manager who was identified only as “Frenchie”. The Yankees defeated the team of Phil Robley & Bob Eisenberg in their initial start.

The Alabama State Heavyweight Championship was reinstated in the Gulf Coast area for the first time in six years. The title was last held by Don Fields but had been vacated when Fields was injured in a car accident in August of 1963. Tournament matches would be held in various cities around the state and the first two tournament matches were held in Mobile with the following results:

  • Bobby Fields won a forfeit over Phil Robley, who failed to appear.
  • Bob Boyer defeated Flash Monroe
  • Don Carson defeated newcomer John Bunyan by disqualification when Rocket Monroe interfered.

Carson and Monroe met in a challenge match following the tournament matches later that night. Carson had put up $200 saying that he could beat Monroe in two falls within 30 minutes. Carson used his neckbreaker hold on Monroe and pinned twice in 22 minutes, winning the match and keeping his money.

That same night in Mobile saw two old favorites return as Lester Welch & Buddy Fuller teamed to take on the Masked Medics. Welch & Fuller won the first fall when the Medics were disqualified for using foul tactics on Buddy Fuller. The second fall went to the Medics as one of the masked men kneed Welch in the stomach and pinned him. In the third and deciding fall referee Leo Morgan stopped the match and disqualified both teams, declaring the match a no contest.

The team of Cowboy Bob Kelly & Rocket Monroe fell apart just as quickly as it had been formed. The two had a falling out during a TV taping and the result was a grudge match held between them in Hattiesburg. Each man had scored a fall apiece when Monroe was disqualified in the deciding fall when his brother Flash interfered. The Monroes were giving Kelly and sound thrashing until Bobby Fields came to his rescue. In the ensuing melee, Fields opened up a cut on Rocket Monroe’s head, leaving him bloody.

Earlier that evening Flash Monroe faced off against The Convict, the 7 foot tall, 400 pound behemoth. Monroe was no match for the big man and lost the match in two straight falls.

The Monroes fared better 2 nights later in Dothan as the successfully defended their Gulf Coast tag team title by beating the team of Bob Boyer & Dick Steinborn in two out of three falls.

Rocket Monroe applies an armbar to Dick Steinborn

Rocket Monroe applies an armbar to Dick Steinborn

Also that same night in Dothan, a special challenge match was held between two masked men as Mr. C met Mr. X. The match was a mask vs mask match with the loser having to unmask. X defeated C, who unmasked and was shown to indeed be Don Carson under the mask.

The midget wrestlers continued their tour of the area as Wee Willie Wilson won his match with Fuzzy Cupid in Mobile. These same two men met two nights later in a tag team match in Dothan. Wilson and his partner Cowboy Lang defeated Cupid & Little Bruiser.

The feud between Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly and the Sito Brothers continued in Laurel. Fields & Kelly had grown tired of the interference of the Japanese duo’s manager, Akio Yoshihara, and decided that the best way to keep him in check was to have him in the ring. Therefore they challenged the Sitos & Yoshihara to meet them in a handicap match. Also the match would have two referees assigned to it. Despite all of those precautions the match wound up being stopped and declared a no contest.

That same night in Laurel, Rip & Randy Tyler defeated the team of Bob Boyer & Rube Wright by winning two out of three falls. Randy Tyler was injured during the third and deciding fall, but Rip Tyler managed to score a pin on Wright to win the match for the Tylers.

The Tyler Brothers were scheduled to face the Blue Yankees the next night in Mobile. At first the fans took to this new masked team as they were scheduled to face the hated Tylers. With Randy Tyler injured, a newcomer named Bill Taylor replaced him. The Yankees won the first fall when referee Joe Powell had his attention distracted while trying to keep Rip Tyler out of the ring. The Yankees tied Taylor’s head into the ropes and one of the Yankees jumped off the top rope onto his back as the other Yankee held him stretched out by his legs. When Powell turned his attention back to the action in the ring, the Yankee had Taylor pinned. Taylor was injured and had to be carried back to the dressing room by Tyler. Tyler tried to carry on alone but was no match for the rough Yankees. They double teamed him mercilessly and pinned him to win the second fall. They continued to stomp the fallen Tyler until help came from a surprising source. Don Carson hit the ring and tried to rescue Tyler. For a little bit Carson held his own but he, too, was overpowered. Finally Bob Boyer entered the fray and he and Carson chased the masked men and their manager, Frenchie, from the ring.

The Alabama State title tournament continued that same night in Mobile with the following results:

  • Cowboy Bob Kelly defeated Sugi Sito
  • Rocket Monroe defeated Don Carson
  • Bob Boyer defeated Mitsu Sito

Another tournament continued the next night in Hattiesburg as the Blue Yankees defeated the team of Bob Boyer & Tiny Frazier in the City of Hattiesburg tag team title tournament.

That same night in Hattiesburg Bobby Fields met Rocket Monroe in a special challenge match. Monroe claimed he could beat Fields in two straight falls within 30 minutes. Fields agreed that if Monroe were to accomplish that feat he would give him $300. To further make things interesting, the two men were chained together. Monroe was only able to win one fall before the time limit expired so Fields was awarded the match and kept his money.

Two nights later in Dothan, Rocket & Flash Monroe made yet another defense of their Gulf Coast tag team title. The challengers this night were Dick Steinborn & Don Carson. Carson was supposed to be barred from wrestling in Dothan since losing a match to Rocket Monroe three weeks earlier. He had gotten around that rule by competing under a mask as Mr. C until he had been unmasked a week earlier. Promoter Rocky McGuire decided to lift Carson’s banishment and thus enabled him to team with Steinborn. Furthermore, McGuire would also serve as the special referee for the title match. The Monroes were disqualified in the deciding fall and lost the match, but retained the title.

The matches in Panama City moved to Monday night in mid-April. The first Monday night card saw the Blue Yankees, accompanied by their manager, Frenchie, defeat Bob Boyer & Rube Wright in a best two out of three fall match.

That same night in Laurel, Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly met the Japanese team of Sugi & Mitsu Sito in yet another match. This time the Sitos’ manager Akio Yoshihara would be locked in a small cage at ringside. With Yoshihara unable to interfere in the bout, Fields & Kelly finally earned a decisive victory over the Sitos.

On that same card in Hattiesburg, Rocket & Flash Monroe won over Lee Fields & Chief White Eagle. Rocket pinned White Eagle for the deciding fall.

The following night in Pensacola, the Sitos & Yoshihara teamed for a six man tag team match as they faced the trio of Don Carson, Bob Boyer & Dale Jones, who was returning after a lengthy absence. Sugi Sito pinned Jones after hitting him with a karate chop to win the decisive fall for the Japanese threesome.

In the main event on the Pensacola card Bobby Fields teamed with Chief White Eagle to take on the Blue Yankees. One of the masked men pinned White Eagle to take the winning fall.

The following night in Mobile a tag team match was held between the Blue Yankees and Don Carson & Bob Boyer. Boyer managed to pin one of the Yankees with a back slide to win the first fall. The Yankees came back to win the second fall after Carson was forced to submit when the Yankees worked over his arm. Carson, Boyer and the fans protested after the fall that the bigger Blue Yankee seemed to load something in his built-up boot. The Yankee claimed that the boot was a medical necessity since he had one leg shorter than the other. During the third fall, the Yankees managed to get Carson trapped in their corner. While referee Joe Powell worked trying to keep Boyer out of the ring, the Yankees manager, Frenchie, climbed to the top rope and jumped off driving his cane into Carson’s back. Once was not enough for the little manager and he decided to go for a second try. As one Yankee held Carson’s head draped over the middle rope, the other Yankee stretched him out by the feet. Frenchie climbed to the top rope once again. But this time, Powell turned around just as he jumped. The Yankees were disqualified for their manager’s actions.

Bob Boyer twists the head of one of the Blue Yankees as referee Joe Powell looks on

Bob Boyer twists the head of one of the Blue Yankees as referee Joe Powell looks on

The Gulf Coast tag team champions, Flash & Rocket Monroe, also added a new manager to their team. This man was Dr. Ken Ramey, who had been a referee in the area several years earlier. Ramey made an immediate impact during a tag team match between the Monroes and the team of Cowboy Bob Kelly & Bobby Fields in Mobile. Rocket won the first fall after kicking Bobby Fields in the face and pinning him. Kelly came back and pinned Flash after a dropkick to win the second fall. During the third fall referee Joe Powell was trying to break up a ringside fight between Fields and Rocket Monroe while Kelly and Flash Monroe were the legal men in the ring. Kelly actually had Flash pinned twice but Powell was not around to make the count. The second time, Ramey took advantage of the situation and squirted a liquid into Kelly’s eyes and blinded him. This enabled Flash to make the pin as Powell finally turned his attention back to the action in the ring. The Monroes won the match but weren’t through yet. With Kelly incapacitated, Flash & Rocket turned their attention to Fields. They hemmed him up in the corner and gave him a real working over. Finally help came in the person of Tiny Frazier. Frazier chased the Monroes & Ramey from the ring.

The Alabama State title tournament continued in Mobile with the following results:

  • Tiny Frazier defeated Mitsu Sito
  • Rocket Monroe defeated Cowboy Bob Kelly

The feud between Bobby Fields and Rocket Monroe continued in Hattiesburg. After failing to beat Fields in their previous match, Monroe issued a challenge for Fields to meet him in a Concentration Match. In this type of match each man would start the match tied into a corner. The first man to untie himself would have a natural advantage over his still tied opponent. It would also be a one fall to a finish match with no time limit. As it turned out Fields was the first one to get free and was giving Monroe a tremendous pounding until Flash Monroe got into the act. This brought Cowboy Bob Kelly out of the dressing room to Fields’ aid. The four men fought all the way back to the dressing area and the match was declared a no contest.

The following night in Dothan the Monroes, accompanied by their manager Dr. Ken Ramey, put their Gulf Coast tag team title on the line once again in a rematch with Don Carson & Dick Steinborn. In order to secure the title match, Carson & Steinborn put $1000 up for grabs as well. Ramey interfered in the deciding fall by tripping Steinborn, allowing him to be pinned by Flash Monroe. The Monroes won the fall and the match, retained their title and took the $1000.

The Alabama State title tournament matches in Dothan also began with the following results:

  • Lee Fields defeated Phil Robley
  • The Blue Yankee #1 defeated Tiny Frazier
  • Bob Boyer defeated the Blue Yankee #2

Rocket & Flash Monroe met the team of Bob Boyer & Tiny Frazier in a tag team match in Laurel. In the deciding fall, Dr. Ken Ramey hit Frazier over the head with his cane sending the giant plowboy crashing to the mat. Ramey then joined the Monroes in triple teaming Boyer until Cowboy Bob Kelly rushed into the ring and chased them out.

That same night in Panama City, Lee & Bobby Fields teamed with Chief White Eagle to face the Japanese trio of Sugi & Mitsu Sito and their manager Akio Yoshihara. The Fields Brothers & White Eagle scored two out of three falls to win the match.

The next night in Mobile, Bobby Fields teamed with Tiny Frazier in a match against the Monroe Brothers. Frazier spent much of the first fall tossing Flash Monroe around the ring. Rocket finally couldn’t take anymore and entered the ring to help out his younger brother. But when he did he let go of the tag rope and was disqualified by referee Bob Cross. During the second fall, Bobby Fields grabbed Dr. Ken Ramey from ringside and flipped him into the ring. Before Fields could do any damage to him, however, Rocket Monroe grabbed Bobby from behind and Ramey kicked Fields in the stomach. Meanwhile Flash Monroe clobbered Frazier from behind and knocked him from the ring. Both Monroes and Ramey gave Fields a going over and finally tossed him from the ring as well. Referee Cross again disqualified the Monroes and awarded the match to Frazier & Fields.

The Mobile matches in the Alabama State title tournament continued the same night with the following results:

  • The Blue Yankee #1 defeated Chief White Eagle
  • Bob Boyer defeated newcomer Wildman Joe Turco

The City of Hattiesburg title tournament continued the following night as well. The results of those matches were:

  • Sugi & Mitsu Sito defeated the Blue Yankees
  • Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly wrestled to a 60 minute draw with Rocket & Flash Monroe

The following night in Dothan the Alabama State title tournament continued with the following results in round one:

  • Lee Fields defeated Wildman Joe Turco
  • The Blue Yankee #1 defeated Tiny Frazier
  • Flash Monroe defeated Ramon Perez
  • Dick Steinborn defeated Rocket Monroe

In round two:

  • The Blue Yankee defeated Lee Fields
  • Dick Steinborn defeated Flash Monroe

That same night in Dothan there was a special tag match with four teams vying for a $500 prize. Each team would occupy a corners and the match would continue until both members of a team were eliminated. The four teams involved were:

  • Rocket & Flash Monroe
  • The Blue Yankees
  • Lee Fields & Bob Boyer
  • Dick Steinborn & Ramon Perez

The Monroes won the tag match, so although both had been eliminated earlier from the Dothan end of the Alabama State title tournament, they went home $500 richer.

Bob Boyer was anxious to get his hands on the Monroe Brothers again in Laurel. He issued a challenge for them to face himself & Tiny Frazier again, but the Monroes wanted nothing more to do with Frazier. Boyer then recruited Cowboy Bob Kelly to be his partner. The Monroes hesitated but finally agreed. Boyer & Kelly had a surprise for the Monroes & their manager Dr. Ken Ramey as they were accompanied to ringside by Frazier. Boyer & Kelly won two out of three falls to win the match and score a victory over the Monroes.

That same night in Panama City, the Blue Yankees faced their stiffest yet as they squared off against Lee & Bobby Fields. With some illegal assistance from their manager Frenchie, the Yankees scored an upset victory over the Fields Brothers.

Bobby Fields demanded another match with the Monroes in Mobile, and recruited Joe Scarpa to be his partner. The Monroes were so confident that they agreed to put their Gulf Coast tag team titles on the line against Scarpa & Fields. Scarpa was forced to submit to a hammerlock after the Monroes continued to double-team him in the first fall. Scarpa came back and pinned Rocket to secure the second fall for he and Fields. In the third and deciding fall, Scarpa caught Flash Monroe in his sleeper hold when Ramey squirted liquid in his eyes, blinding him. With Scarpa unable to help, the Monroes grabbed Fields and held him as Ramey kicked him in the stomach. This caused a riot as the ringside fans ripped up chairs and began tossing them into the ring. Speedy Hatfield, Cowboy Bob Kelly and Bob Boyer came out and climbed into the ring in an attempt to calm the fans, but it didn’t help. The fans surrounded the ring and were determined to get their hands on Ramey & the Monroes. Ramey squirted his liquid at the fans and caused them to back away from the ring, allowing the Monroes and he to get out of the ring. As the police surrounded the trio the fans continued to hurl chairs at them all the way back to the dressing room. Referee Joe Powell declared the match a no contest but the Magnificent Monroes were still the Gulf Coast tag team champions.

That same night in Mobile the Alabama State title tournament continued with the following results:

  • Bobby Fields and Rocket Monroe wrestled to a 30 minute draw
  • The Blue Yankee #1 defeated Tiny Frazier
  • Bob Boyer eliminated the Blue Yankee #2

 

MAY:

 

In Hattiesburg, the tournament to name the City of Hattiesburg tag team champions continued as Rocket & Flash Monroe faced off against Sugi & Mitsu Sito. It was a rough match throughout as neither team cared much for the rules. When the dust settled the Monroe Brothers had defeated the Sito Brothers to win the match. With this victory, the Monroes would face the team of Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly, who had earned a bye in the tournament, at a future date to determine the championship

Mississippi State champion Cowboy Bob Kelly put his title on the line against Sugi Sito in a match at the Sports Center in Meridian, Mississippi. Kelly fell victim to an illegal karate chop to the throat by Sito and was pinned in the first fall. In the second fall Kelly caught Sito with the bulldog hold and pinned him to even the score. In the third and deciding fall, Sito’s manager, Akio Yoshihara, managed to slip a small packet of salt to him. Sito then tossed the salt into the eyes of Kelly, blinding him. Kelly was easily pinned and the fall and the match went to Sito, who became the new Mississippi State champion.

Dick Steinborn continued to have his issues with Rocket & Flash Monroe and their manager Dr. Ken Ramey. In Dothan Steinborn recruited Joe Scarpa as his partner to face the Monroes in a tag team match. Scarpa was still hot over the blinding incident that had happened two nights earlier in Mobile and was just as anxious to get his hands on the Monroes and their manager. Despite a strong showing by Steinborn & Scarpa, the Magnificent Monroes managed to take two out of three falls to win the match.

Another person upset over the previous week’s events in Dothan was the Pascagoula Plowboy Tiny Frazier. Frazier had been eliminated for the Dothan end of the Alabama State title tournament by the Blue Yankee #1, who had received some outside help by the other Blue Yankee and their manager Frenchie. Frazier challenged the trio to face him in a handicap match. Promoter Rocky McGuire refused to sign such a match stated that three men, even if one were as small as Frenchie, were too much for one man. Even if that one man were 7 feet tall and 400 pounds, as Frazier was. McGuire told Frazier to get a tag team partner, which he did. He decided if the Blue Yankees had a little Frenchman as their partner, he would do likewise. He recruited midget wrestler Frenchy Lamonte to be his partner. Despite getting some good licks in on the Yankees, Frazier’s team lost when the Yankee #1 kicked Lamonte in the head with his built-up boot, which allowed him to be pinned by Frenchie in the deciding fall, giving the match to the Blue Yankees and their manager.

Frazier got another shot at the Blue Yankees three nights later in Panama City. This time he did get to face the masked team, minus their manager, solo in a handicap match. Once again the Yankee #1’s boot came into play as he kicked Frazier with it and pinned him for the deciding fall.

Another manager’s interference came into play that same night in Panama City as Akio Yoshihara got involved in the match between his team, Sugi & Mitsu Sito, and the team of Lee Fields & Charles Irby. In the deciding fall, Yoshihara tripped Irby from outside the ring which allowed Sugi Sito to pin him.

That same night in Laurel, Rocket & Flash Monroe put their Gulf Coast tag team title on the line against Cowboy Bob Kelly & Bob Boyer. Despite being a fairly new team, Kelly & Boyer worked well together. So well, in fact, that they won two out of three falls to defeat the Monroes and become the new Gulf Coast tag team champions.

The following night in Mobile Boyer teamed with Bobby Fields to face the Monroes in a tag team match. Boyer forced Rocket Monroe to submit to an abdominal stretch to win the first fall, but Monroe came back to win the second fall after thumbing Fields in the throat and pinning him. In the third and deciding fall Fields had Flash Monroe reeling with a series of shoulder blocks off the ropes. When Fields went to bounce off the ropes again Dr. Ken Ramey, manager of the Monroes, separated the ropes which caused Fields to fall from the ring. Referee Bobby Howell spotted the infraction and immediately called for the disqualification of the Monroe team, awarding the match to Fields & Boyer. This upset the Monroes and they tossed Boyer from the ring and stomped he and Fields on the arena floor before heading back to the dressing room.

Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines returned to the Gulf Coast that same night in Mobile and they faced the Blue Yankees in a tag team match. Billy Boy Hines used a sleeper hold on the Yankee #2 to win the first fall. The second fall went to the masked team after the Yankee #1 used his built-up boot to kick Billy Boy in the head and pinned him. In the third and deciding fall Bad Boy Hines had the Yankee #2 in a bad way and tagged Billy Boy in. As Billy worked over the Yankee #2, the Yankee #1 entered the ring and once again flattened Billy Boy with his heavy boot. Referee Bobby Howell immediately disqualified him for coming into the ring without the benefit of a tag and awarded the fall and the match to the Hines Brothers. The Yankees tried to continue the battle after the decision but wound up the victims of the Hines’ sleeper holds instead.

Earlier that same evening in Mobile, the Blue Yankee #1 was involved in the final match of the Mobile end of the Alabama State title tournament as he faced Bob Boyer. Boyer won the match when the Yankee was disqualified for throwing him over the top rope. With this win, Boyer not only advanced to the final round of the tournament he was presented a trophy naming him as the first holder of the City of Mobile Championship.

With all of the confusion with the current team calling themselves the Medics (and who had briefly used the name of the Interns), one of the original Interns returned to the Gulf Coast. The Intern made his return a successful one as he defeated Charles Irby in a one fall encounter in Mobile.

The tournament to name the City of Hattiesburg Tag Team Champions came down to a match with the team of Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly facing Rocket & Flash Monroe. Fields & Kelly won two out of three falls to win the match and become the first City of Hattiesburg Tag Team Champions.

The following night in Dothan the Monroes were involved in a tag team match against the Masked Medics. The Monroes were accompanied by their manager Dr. Ken Ramey while the Medics introduced their new manager, a masked man calling himself The Good Doctor. The Monroes took two out of three falls and won the match over the Medics.

The final of the Dothan end of the Alabama State title tournament took place as Dick Steinborn faced the Blue Yankee #1. Steinborn defeated the masked man and would move on to the final round of the tournament.

New Gulf Coast tag team champions, Cowboy Bob Kelly & Bob Boyer, met former champions Rocket & Flash Monroe in a return title match held in Laurel. The match was scheduled as a best two out of three falls match with a 60 minute time limit. Kelly & Boyer won the only fall scored before the time limit expired and were declared the winners of the match and still champions. The Monroes and their manager Dr. Ken Ramey protested the decision stating at the very least the match should have been decided a draw since neither team won two falls.

The finals to decide the Alabama State title tournament were held the following night in Mobile. Bob Boyer had won the Mobile end while Dick Steinborn had finished on top in Dothan. It was stated that Billy Boy Hines had won the honors in Huntsville while Ken Lucas was the winner in Birmingham. The four men would compete in a one night wrap up of the tournament with the winner being named Alabama State Heavyweight Champion.

Boyer and Hines wrestled to a 30 minute draw and were both eliminated from advancing. The title would be decided between Ken Lucas and Dick Steinborn. As rough as the Boyer and Hines bout had been, Lucas and Steinborn put on a scientific display of wrestling. At one point Lucas sent Steinborn toward the corner and Steinborn tried to jump up on the turnbuckles but fell to the mat with an injured shoulder and back. Lucas pinned him and became the new Alabama State champion. Steinborn got to his feet, presented Lucas with the new title belt and shook his hand to the delight of the fans.

Dick Steinborn presents Ken Lucas with the Alabama State Heavyweight Championship belt

Dick Steinborn presents Ken Lucas with the Alabama State Heavyweight Championship belt

Steinborn’s night was not over however as he challenged Rocket Monroe to a match. Monroe had actually injured Steinborn’s shoulder the week before during a match at WKRG TV in Mobile and it was re-injured in the match with Lucas. Monroe took advantage of the situation and continued to work on Steinborn’s shoulder. But Steinborn managed to catch Monroe as he bounced off the ropes and slammed him to the mat knees first. As Monroe rolled on the ring in pain, his manager Dr. Ken Ramey climbed onto the apron to distract the referee. Steinborn then hit the pesky manager with a dropkick and then went on to pin Monroe for the win.

Wrestling in Panama City returned to Thursday nights with the first card highlighted by a six man tag team match.  Dick Steinborn teaming with the Hines Brothers to face the Blue Yankee #1 & the Monroe Brothers. Steinborn pinned Flash Monroe to win the deciding fall for his team. After the match Billy Boy Hines and Rocket Monroe got into a wild brawl that ended with both men bleeding.

That same night in Hattiesburg Bob Boyer pulled double duty. He was meeting Mississippi State champion Sugi Sito in a title match in the main event. Prior to that match he faced Sito’s manager Akio Yoshihara in a one fall bout with the stipulation that if Boyer won, Yoshihara would be barred from ringside during the title match. Boyer won the match and Yoshihara was barred from accompanying Sito in the title match.

Since Boyer had already faced one opponent that evening the title match was set as a one fall 15 minute match. Without his manager at ringside to advise him Sito was defeated by Boyer, who became the new Mississippi State champion.

It was not a good night for the Sito clan as Mitsu Sito was defeated by Cowboy Bob Kelly earlier that same evening.

The semi-final of that card in Hattiesburg saw the Blue Yankees taking on a pair of newcomers named Pat Valentino & Bobby Pico. The Yankees took two out of three falls to win that event.

The following night in Dothan Rocket & Flash Monroe faced their bitter rivals Don Carson & Dick Steinborn. These two teams had been battling off and on for several months but the Monroes finally ended things for good when they won a clear cut victory in this match by winning two out of three falls.

The Monroes were anxious to regain the Gulf Coast tag team title from Cowboy Bob Kelly & Bob Boyer as well. The two teams met in a match in Laurel that was basically a continuation of their previous match. It had the special stipulation that since Kelly & Boyer had won the only fall of their previous match, they only had to win one fall in this match to earn the victory and remain champions. On the other hand, the Monroes had to win two straight fall if they hoped to win the match and regain the title. Despite the odds against them the Monroes won two straight fall to win the match and once again become the Gulf Coast tag team champions

A rematch between Dick Steinborn and Rocket Monroe was held the next night in Mobile. Steinborn won the first fall after slamming Monroe’s head into the mat. In the second fall, Steinborn leapfrogged over Monroe as he bounced off the ropes, and then attempted to do it again without turning around. Monroe caught him in mid-air however and applied an atomic drop to get the pin. In the third fall, Steinborn had Monroe in a headlock and decided to ram Rocket’s head into the corner. Just before they reached the corner, Monroe managed to escape and sent Steinborn crashing into the corner and pinned him to win the fall and the match.

That same evening in Mobile Flash Monroe challenged Ken Lucas for the Alabama State title. Lucas won the first fall with his abdominal stretch and then put Flash to sleep to win the second, winning the match in two straight falls. Lucas then announced that he was going to bring in his brother Chris Lucas in order to defeat the Monroes for the Gulf Coast tag team titles.

Sugi Sito got a chance to regain the Mississippi State title when he faced Bob Boyer, the man who’d beaten him for the title, the next night in Hattiesburg. Boyer proved his initial win was no fluke as he won two out of three falls to defeat Sito and remain champion.

That same night in Panama City Billy Hines and Rocket Monroe met in a 10 round boxing match. Monroe’s manager, Dr. Ken Ramey had demanded the match after Monroe and Hines had gotten into a bloody bout of fisticuffs following a six man tag team match the previous week. Ramey failed to take into account that Hines had been a professional prizefighter prior to entering professional wrestling and his experience showed. He completely outclassed Monroe and scored a knockout in the 6th round to win the bout.

Ken Lucas made good on his promise to have his brother Chris joined him when the Lucas Brothers took on the Monroes in Dothan. Bob Boyer was assigned as the special referee and the Monroes’ manager was locked inside a cage at ringside to prevent his interference. With the odds on their side the Lucas Brothers won two out of three falls to defeat the Monroes. Unfortunately for them, the Monroes’ Gulf Coast tag team title was not on the line.

The Monroes still had former Gulf Coast champions, Cowboy Bob Kelly & Bob Boyer, on their trails as well. Kelly & Boyer felt that it had been Ramey’s interference that allowed the Monroes to beat them to regain the title the previous week in Laurel. They wanted a return title match but the Monroes refused. Kelly & Boyer did convince matchmaker Speedy Hatfield to put Ramey in the ring with the Monroes in a six man tag team match. Kelly & Boyer teamed with Bobby Fields and the match was signed for Laurel. Boyer pinned Ramey to score the decisive fall for his team to win the match. Afterward Rocket Monroe jumped Kelly from behind and rammed his head into the corner post, cutting him open.

A Gulf Coast tag team title match between the Brothers Monroe and the Lucas Brothers was signed for Mobile and proved to be a wild one. Rocky McGuire was assigned as the special referee and the rule that allowed a title not to change hands on a disqualification was waived. The Lucas duo won the first fall as Chris Lucas put Flash Monroe out with the sleeper hold. Rocket Monroe came back and pinned Chris after thumbing him in the throat several times and kneeing him in the stomach. In the third fall Rocket got pushed into McGuire, knocking him to the mat. Dr. Ken Ramey took advantage of this and climbed onto the ring apron. Ken Lucas spotted him and flipped him over the ropes and into the ring. Ramey was desperately trying to pull out a chain that he had with him, but Lucas got it first. He knocked Ramey around with it and then went after the Monroes. In the meantime, McGuire got back to his feet, saw Ramey in the ring and disqualified the Monroes. This gave the match and the title to the Lucas brothers. Ken & Chris Lucas were now the new Gulf Coast tag team champions.

Chris Lucas leaps over a charging Rocket Monroe

Chris Lucas leaps over a charging Rocket Monroe

That same night in Mobile, Bob Boyer made his first defense of the City of Mobile trophy. His opponent was Billy Boy Hines. Hines pulled out all stops as he used an assortment of fists, thumbs and kicks to weaken Boyer. Hines then whipped Boyer into the ropes and caught him with a knee to the stomach as he rebounded. Hines then pinned Boyer to win the first fall. Boyer received more punishment from Hines during the second fall but managed to catch Hines with a series of bodyslams and pinned him to even the match. Hines continued his rough onslaught in the third fall. Referee Rocky McGuire tried to control the action and got into an argument with Hines. This gave Boyer the opening he needed and he surprised Hines with a back slide and pinned him to win the fall and the match to retain his title.

Boyer also defended his Mississippi State title in yet another match against former champion Sugi Sito in Hattiesburg the following night. This match would be fought under Judo Jacket rules which would give Sito a decided advantage. Boyer surprised the Japanese ace and won the first fall in quick fashion. Sito came back and scored the second fall to even the match. In the third fall Boyer had once again gained the advantage when suddenly Mitsu Sito entered the ring, The Sitos were giving Boyer a beating until Ken Lucas came out to help Boyer, Sugi Sito was disqualified and the third fall and the match were awarded to Boyer, who remained Mississippi State champion.

Lucas & his brother Chris had faced the Blue Yankees in a tag team match earlier the same evening in Hattiesburg. The Lucas Brothers won two out of three falls to defeat the masked team.

That same evening in Panama City the feud between Billy Boy Hines and Rocket Monroe continued. Hines had easily beaten Monroe in a boxing match the previous week so this week they met in a bare knuckles match. Monroe felt he would fare better in this type of bout because he claimed that, being from Kansas, he was a natural bare knuckles fighter. Hines proved that to no be the case as he had Monroe bloody and reeling until Flash Monroe and Dr. Ken Ramey got involved. Hines was able to escape their clutches before any damage could be done and was awarded the match on a disqualification.

Flash Monroe didn’t fare any better in his match earlier in the evening as Dick Steinborn beat him in a Texas Death match.

The following night in Dothan, the Monroes & Ramey were matched against Ken & Chris Lucas in a handicap match. Chris Lucas used his sleeper hold to put Flash Monroe out for the third and deciding fall to win the match for the Lucas Brothers.

That same night in Dothan saw the arrival of a new masked team called Los Toros. Billed as the Mexican Tag Team Champions they met Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines in a tag team match. The Hines Brothers were on a bit of a winning streak as they had scored recent victories over the Blue Yankees in Laurel and Sugi & Mitsu Sito in Mobile. The Hines duo kept their streak alive as they defeated the highly touted Torres Brothers by taking two out of three falls.

Also appearing in the Gulf Coast in May were Chief White Eagle, Billy Hamilton, Wildman Joe Turco, Silento Rodriguez and a newcomer called The Arkansas Mauler.

 

JUNE:

 

The feud between Cowboy Bob Kelly and Rocket Monroe erupted again in Laurel. The two had tangled the previous week following a six man tag match and Kelly had wound up bloody and battered. Kelly demanded a match with Monroe in Laurel and the match was signed. Each man had scored a fall apiece when Kelly applied the bulldog hold on Monroe in the deciding fall. Before Kelly could secure the pin, Monroe’s manager Dr. Ken Ramey jumped into the ring and nailed Kelly from behind. Ramey and Monroe then kicked and stomped Kelly until he was again a bloody mess. Monroe was disqualified and Kelly was awarded the match but he had to be carried back to the dressing room.

That same evening in Laurel the Blue Yankees met Bad Boy & Billy Boy in a rematch of a match that the Hines Brothers had won the previous week. The Yankees won two out of three falls to win the match and avenge that loss.

In order to get a chance to regain the Gulf Coast tag team titles; Rocket & Flash Monroe along with their manager Dr. Ken Ramey offered the new champions, Ken & Chris Lucas $1000 for a return match. The Lucas’ agreed and the match was held in Mobile. Prior to the match, a letter from Dr. Ken Ramey was read to the fans that stated that he would not be at ringside with the Monroes because the promotion had plans to have him injured.

The title match saw Chris Lucas take the first fall for his team by putting Flash Monroe out with the sleeper. Rocket Monroe came back to even the score when he applied a neckbreaker on Ken Lucas and pinned him to take the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, Chris Lucas had Rocket against the ropes and was reigning forearm blows across his back. Suddenly Rocket raised up and flipped Chris over the top rope. This resulted in an immediate disqualification against the Monroes. The Lucas brothers were still the tag champs, but Chris suffered an injury as a result of the fall. Rocket continued to fight with Ken Lucas after the match until the two were separated.

Rocket Monroe chokes Ken Lucas as Flash Monroe keeps referee Bob Cross occupied

Rocket Monroe chokes Ken Lucas as Flash Monroe keeps referee Bob Cross occupied

The following night in Hattiesburg, Ken Lucas teamed with Bob Boyer to face Sugi & Mitsu Sito in a tag team match with Judo Jacket rules. Lucas had come to Boyer’s aid the previous week when the Sitos were double teaming Boyer during what had been a solo jacket match between Boyer and Sugi Sito. Lucas had a background in martial arts himself so a judo jacket match was not new to him. Despite the Japanese duo’s expertise in judo, Lucas & Boyer scored two out of three falls and earned the victory.

That same night in Hattiesburg Cowboy Bob Kelly teamed with Pat Valentino to take on the Blue Yankees. Valentino was the victim of the Yankee #1’s heavy boot and was pinned in the deciding fall, giving the masked team the win. Kelly complained to the referee about the built-up boot and was also kicked by the Yankee and laid out.

That same night in Panama City Rocket & Flash Monroe and their manager Dr. Ken Ramey teamed up to face Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines and their partner Chris Lucas in a six man tag team match. The Hines Brothers & Lucas won the match but Billy Hines wound up bloody after Ramey hit him with a piece of metal during the third fall.

The following night in Dothan saw Dr. Ken Ramey in the ring without the Monroes as he wrestled against promoter Rocky McGuire in a special challenge match. The match stemmed from a confrontation that had occurred during the televised matches at WTVY TV in Dothan. Ramey accused McGuire of trying to have him injured and challenged McGuire to get into the ring with him. McGuire accepted the challenge and booked the match for the matches held in Dothan. During the actual match McGuire was giving Ramey a good going over until the Monroes came out and pulled their manager from the ring and carried him back to the dressing room.

The main event that same night in Dothan saw another Gulf Coast tag team title match between Ken & Chris Lucas, the champions, defending the title against Rocket & Flash Monroe, the former champions. Just as had been the case in Mobile, the Monroes & Ramey had put up $1000 to get a chance at the title. Chris Lucas used his sleeper hold on Flash Monroe to win the first fall. Rocket Monroe came back and applied an atomic drop on Ken Lucas and pinned him to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, Ken Lucas had Flash Monroe in an abdominal stretch but before Flash could submit, Ramey reached through the ropes and whacked Lucas across the head. Rocket Monroe had distracted the referee long enough for Ramey to pull this off and when the referee turned back to the action Flash had Lucas pinned. Lucas was counted out and the Monroes were awarded the fall and the match to regain the Gulf Coast tag team title.

The ladies returned to the area as Bette Boucher teamed with Billy Boy Hines in a mixed tag team match held in Mobile. Their opponents were Vivian Vachon & Mitsu Sito. Hines won the first fall for his team by pinning Sito after hitting him in the stomach with a knee. Sito came back and flattened Hines with a double handed judo chop and pinned him to win the second fall. Boucher used a reverse bridge to pin Vachon to win the third and deciding fall and the match for her team.

Boucher and Vachon also met in singles matches the next night in Panama City and the night after that in Dothan. Boucher was victorious in each of those matches.

Cowboy Bob Kelly was hot at Dr. Ken Ramey for the stitches he had received after Ramey & Rocket Monroe had stomped him into a bloody pulp the previous week in Laurel. He demanded that matchmaker Speedy Hatfield put Ramey in the ring with him in Laurel and despite Ramey’s complaints the match was signed. Kelly was just getting warmed up on Ramey when Rocket Monroe appeared at ringside and dragged his manager from the ring. Kelly won the match on a count out but he was far from satisfied.

Monroe had scored a victory over Pat Valentino by winning two straight falls in a match earlier that same evening.

In the semi-final match in Hattiesburg, the Blue Yankees scored a victory over the team of Ken Lucas & Bob Boyer. The Yankee #1 kicked Lucas with his heavy boot and pinned him to score the winning fall.

Ken Lucas agreed to put up his Alabama State title in order to get Rocket Monroe back in the ring in Mobile. Lucas won the first fall with his abdominal stretch, holding it after the fall until he was forced by referee Pat Valentino to let go. Rocket dropped to the mat and it was questionable as to whether or not he would be able to continue. Brother Flash came out to administer aid to him between falls. Lucas decided that it was not wise to remain in the ring with both Monroes, so he headed for the ropes. Just as he was stepping through the ropes, Flash grabbed him. Lucas was ready, however, and clamped a sleeper on to Flash. By this time, Rocket had gotten to his feet and he went to his brother’s aid. Together the Monroes gave Lucas quite a beating and Rocket was disqualified. Lucas was declared the winner in straight falls and was still Alabama State champion

Flash & Rocket Monroe stomp Ken Lucas as referee Pat Valentino tries to break it up

Flash & Rocket Monroe stomp Ken Lucas as referee Pat Valentino tries to break it up

In a tag team match that same evening in Mobile, Cowboy Bob Kelly & Bob Boyer teamed up to face the Blue Yankees, who were now operating without their manager Frenchie. Kelly won the first fall by applying the bulldog hold on the Yankee #2 and pinning him. In the second fall the Yankee #1 tried to whip Boyer into the ropes but sent him spinning into referee Pat Valentino instead. Boyer fell to the mat while Valentino was knocked from the ring and onto the arena floor. The Yankee slammed Boyer to the mat and covered him and it appeared that Valentino made the count while still outside the ring. When Valentino climbed back into the ring, Boyer had reversed the pin and was now holding the Yankee down. Valentino made another count and awarded the fall and the match to Boyer & Kelly.

In still another tag team match that same night Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines wrestled Sugi & Mitsu Sito, who were also now without a manager after Akio Yoshihara abruptly left the area. The Sitos won the first fall when Mitsu pinned Bad Boy after kneeing him in the stomach. The Hines Brothers came back and won the second fall in identical fashion as Billy Boy kneed Sugi and pinned him. In the third and deciding fall the Sitos threw Billy Boy over the top rope and proceeded to double team Bad Boy. Referee Speedy Hatfield disqualified the Sitos but the action continued until Billy Boy returned to the ring and the Hines Brothers chased the Sitos back to the dressing room.

The following night in Hattiesburg Mississippi State champion Bob Boyer won a 5 man Battle Royal. He eliminated Sugi Sito to win the match and the $100 prize.

The main event that same evening saw Cowboy Bob Kelly challenge the Blue Yankee #1. Kelly had been the victim of what many felt was the Yankee’s loaded boot the previous week and wanted some measure of revenge. Unfortunately he didn’t get it as the Yankee flattened him again with the boot and scored the deciding fall and the match.

The same night in Panama City, Dr. Ken Ramey woes continued. He was forced to face Billy Boy Hines in a kid glove match. Hines knocked out Ramey to win the match.

The main event that same evening the main event featured Ramey’s charges, Gulf Coast tag team champions Rocket & Flash Monroe facing Ken Lucas & Dick Steinborn in a non-title match. Lucas & Steinborn won two out of three falls to win the match.

As if things weren’t confusing enough with the various wrestlers coming in and out of the area in medical garb, what with the Masked Medics and the Intern, June saw the return of one of the original Mysterious Medics return. The Mysterious Medic made his return in a match in Panama City against Bad Boy Hines but lost it on a disqualification after constantly fouling Hines. The Medic also lost a match against Bob Boyer the following evening in Dothan, once again by way of a disqualification.

That same evening in Dothan, Dr. Ken Ramey once again found himself in the ring as a competitor. This time his opponent was Ken Lucas. Maybe the promotion really was out to have Ramey injured. Lucas made short work of Ramey and won the match after using the sleeper hold to render the manager unconscious.

The feud between the Hines Brothers and the Sito Brothers continued as the two teams met once again this same evening in Dothan. The Hines Brothers scored another victory over the Japanese duo by winning two out of three falls.

The main event in Dothan saw Gulf Coast tag team champions, Rocket & Flash Monroe facing their arch-enemies Dick Steinborn & Don Carson in a non-title match. Carson was returning after a brief absence, but his hatred of the Monroes had not subsided. Each team had a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. At one point the Monroes tied Carson’s leg into the ropes and took turns jumping up and down on it. Carson was finally forced to submit, giving the fall and the match to the Monroes.

That same night a card was held at the National Guard Armory in Atmore, Alabama. The opening event was a 7 man Battle Royal with the remainder of the card decided by the elimination order of the participants. The wrestlers involved were Bobby Fields, Cowboy Bob Kelly, Pat Valentino, Bobby Rico, the Red Angel and the Blue Yankees. Pat Valentino was eliminated first and thus would serve as the referee for the remainder of the card. The next two out were Pico and the Red Angel, followed by Fields and the Blue Yankee #2. The last two men were Kelly and the Blue Yankee #1 so they would meet in the main event, with the winner receiving a $100 bonus.

In the one fall single match, the Red Angel defeated Bobby Pico. Bobby Fields defeated the Blue Yankee in two out of three falls in the semi-final match.

In the main event, Cowboy Bob Kelly scored the first and third falls over the Blue Yankee #1 with the use of the bulldog hold to win the match and the $100 bonus.

Dr. Ken Ramey’s troubles continued in Laurel when he was signed to wrestle Cowboy Bob Kelly once again. This time the match would be a one fall to a finish with no time limit. Furthermore the Monroe Brothers were barred from the building for the evening. Kelly was on the verge of finishing off the pesky manager for good when Ramey reached for a squirt gun they he had hidden wrapped in a towel in his corner. He squirted the liquid into Kelly’s eyes and was immediately disqualified.

Earlier that same night Ken Lucas & Bob Boyer met the Blue Yankees in a return match that had been requested by Lucas & Boyer. Each team had won a fall apiece when the match was stopped in the third fall and declared a no contest.

Because of his actions, Dr. Ken Ramey was suspended indefinitely by the Gulf Coast Wrestling Association.

Alabama State champion Ken Lucas was wanting another chance at the Magnificent Monroes after being double teamed the previous week by the duo during his title defense against Rocket Monroe in Mobile. He challenged them to a tag team match but his brother Chris Lucas was unavailable due to an injury. Lucas wanted someone as rough as the Monroes so he approached the Mysterious Medic and asked him to be his partner. The Lucas Brothers and the Mysterious Medics had been mortal enemies for many years so the Medic was hesitant at first but finally agreed to join Lucas for a match against the Monroes in Mobile. The action was fast and furious before the opening bell even rang, with all four men punching and gouging away. Order was finally restored and they match officially got under way. Lucas scored the first fall when he forced Flash Monroe to submit to an abdominal stretch. The second fall was a furious affair as well with Flash being strangled by the Medic using the tag rope in his corner. Finally the Medic slammed a weakened Flash and pinned him, giving the Medic & Lucas the win in two straight falls.

The Hines Brothers and the Sito brothers met in yet another tag match the same night in Mobile. Mitsu Sito pinned Billy Boy Hines after hitting him in the throat with a karate thrust. Billy Boy came back and pinned Mitsu after a knee to the stomach to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall Billy Boy was giving both Sitos a hard time until Sugi Sito handed a packet of salt to Mitsu. Bad Boy Hines tried to warn his brother but was pushed back out of the ring by referee Pat Valentino. With the referee distracted, Mitsu tossed the salt into Billy’s eyes and pinned him easily, giving the fall and the match to the Sitos.

The following night in Hattiesburg, Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly put their City of Hattiesburg championship jackets on the line against the challenge of the Blue Yankees. Fields & Kelly won two out of three falls to win the match and remain champions.

That same night in Panama City Dick Steinborn & Ken Lucas wrestled the Sito Brothers The match was a full out melee with all four fighting not only in the ring, but outside on the floor as well. The match finally stopped the match and declared it a no contest.

The next night in Dothan, Lucas & Steinborn teamed with the returning Dennis Hall to face the trio of Wildman Joe Turco & the Magnificent Monroes. Each team had scored a fall apiece when Steinborn pinned Turco to take the winning fall. Turco complained vehemently that his feet had been in the ropes during the pin and attacked Steinborn from behind and rammed his head into the corner post.

That same night in Dothan, Billy Hines faced Sugi Sito in a Judo Jacket match. Sito was much more experienced in this type of match and defeated Hines.

The midget ladies arrived on the scene as Darling Dagmar met Diamond Lil in a best two out of three falls match in Laurel. Each lady had won a fall apiece when Dagmar pinned Lil in the deciding fall to win the match.

They met the following night in a one fall match in Mobile. Dagmar used an airplane spin on Lil and pinned her to win the match.

The next night in Panama City these same two were involved in a mixed tag team match as Lil & Rocket Monroe defeated Dagmar & Billy Boy Hines.

They met yet again the following night in Dothan with Dagmar once again scoring a victory over Lil in a one fall match.

In Laurel Ken Lucas & Bob Boyer met the Blue Yankees in yet another return match. Just as the last meeting between the two teams this match was stopped and declared a no contest.

A newcomer named Mac McFarland made his debut in the Gulf Coast that same night in laurel. Billed as a former Mr. Universe, the muscular McFarland defeated Mitsu Sito in his debut.

Later that evening McFarland teamed with Cowboy Bob Kelly to defeat Sugi & Mitsu Sito in two out of three falls..

Three nights late in Hattiesburg, Kelly met the Blue Yankee #1 in a special grudge match. Kelly had been on the receiving end of the Yankee’s loaded boot on more than one occasion and was looking for revenge. The match was stopped and both men were disqualified.

The semi-final match in Hattiesburg that night was a mixed tag team match with Bobby Fields & Darling Dagmar winning two out of three falls to defeat Wildman Joe Turco & Diamond Lil.

That same night in Panama City there was a return match between the teams of Dick Steinborn & Ken Lucas & the Sito Brothers. This match would be a Texas Tornado match with all four men in the ring at the same time. Bad Boy Hines was assigned as the special referee. The Sitos were disqualified by Hines for throwing salt into the eyes of Steinborn & Lucas.

The Sito Brothers got a chance at the Gulf Coast tag team title, which they once held, when they faced current champions, Rocket & Flash Monroe, in a match in Dothan the following night. The Monroes won two out of three falls to win the match and retain their title.

That same night in Dothan Ken Lucas teamed with Mac McFarland and scored an impressive victory over Los Toros by winning two out of three falls.

Ken Lucas & Bob Boyer had yet another return match against the Blue Yankees in Laurel. This time Cowboy Bob Kelly would be assigned as the special referee. Lucas & Boyer won two out of three falls to win the match but the Yankees protested loud and long that Kelly had shown favoritism to the winners throughout the match.

The semi-final that night in Laurel saw the return of Silento Rodriguez as he faced Flash Monroe in a best two out of three falls match. Each man were former Gulf Coast champions and they both anxious to show their superiority over the other. Rodriguez managed to win two out of three falls to defeat Monroe and win the match.

 

JULY:

 

Wrestling returned to Mobile after a two week layoff with the announcement that Lee Fields had taken over the promotional duties from Rocky McGuire. Fields presented a special 10 man tag team match as the main event on that card. Each of the two teams would be comprised of 5 wrestlers, with one serving as the team captain. The team captain of each team was not required to remain in his team’s corner and could enter the ring without the benefit of a tag. Chuck Bowman, returning to the area after a lengthy absence, captained one team. His teammates were Bob Boyer, Mac McFarland, Ken Lucas & Silento Rodriguez. The other team was captained by Wildman Joe Turco who was partnered with Rocket & Flash Monroe and Sugi & Mitsu Sito. Ken Lucas forced Mitsu Sito to submit to an abdominal stretch to win the first fall for his team. Silento Rodriguez was pinned after receiving a double judo chop from the Sito Brothers to even the match. In the third and deciding fall Flash Monroe pinned Chuck Bowman to win the match for the Turco team.

Earlier that same evening in Mobile a tag team match between the Blue Yankees and the team of Cowboy Bob Kelly & Bobby Fields was set to determine which team would get a shot at the Monroes’ Gulf Coast tag team titles. Fields pinned one of the Yankees with a rolling cradle to win the first fall but was the victim of the masked duo’s double-teaming and was pinned in the second. The third and deciding fall was a melee with all four men fighting in the ring at the same time. Referee Pat Valentino stopped the match and declared it a no contest.

An 8 man tag team match was held the following night in Panama City that saw the foursome of Ken Lucas, Don Carson, Silento Rodriguez & Dick Steinborn defeat Chuck Bowman, Rocket Monroe and the Sito Brothers.

That same night in Hattiesburg, a return grudge match was held between Cowboy Bob Kelly and the Blue Yankee #1. As had happened the previous week, the match was stopped and both men were disqualified.

The following night in Dothan Rocket & Flash Monroe put their Gulf Coast tag team title on the line against Ken Lucas & Don Carson. In order to get the title match, Lucas & Carson had to put their hair on the line. Lucas won the first fall for his team as he forced Flash Monroe to submit to an abdominal stretch. Rocket Monroe won the second fall when he rammed his thumb into the throat of Carson and pinned him. In the third and deciding fall, Carson used a neckbreaker hold on Rocket and pinned him for the fall and the match. Ken Lucas & Don Carson were the new Gulf Coast tag team champions.

Bob Boyer & Ken Lucas met the Blue Yankees once again in a tag team match in Laurel. The Yankees had demanded the match because they claimed that in their last encounter Boyer & Lucas were shown favoritism by special referee Cowboy Bob Kelly. The Yankees requested that they be able to choose a referee for the next match. Boyer & Lucas agreed but only if Kelly be the second referee. When the Yankees’ referee entered the ring he was also wearing a mask and was introduced as The Black Hand. The match was tied at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Lucas had one of the Yankees on the verge of submitting with an abdominal stretch when suddenly the Black Hand pulled a black glove out of his pocket, put it on and punched Lucas in the head. Lucas went down like a shot as the Yankees and the Black Hand swarmed Boyer. Kelly helped Lucas to his feet and the two of them went to Boyer’s aid. The match turned into a total free-for-all and wound up as a no contest.

Flash Monroe had injured his leg in the match in Dothan and was unable to team with Rocket in Mobile to face the team of Ramon Perez & Silento Rodriguez. With Flash injured, Rocket chose the Black Hand to be his partner. The masked man wore a black glove on his right hand, thus the name. During the match, the Black Hand lost the first fall and was about to lose the second when Flash Monroe, serving as Rocket’s manager for the evening, slipped a different glove over the original one. This glove was obviously weighted as the Black Hand used it on Perez by smashing him in the throat with it and pinning him. Ken Lucas came to ringside to tell referee Bob Cross what had transpired, only to have the Black Hand attack him. While the Hand battered Lucas in the ring, the Monroes stomped Perez & Rodriguez outside the ring. Finally the Monroes and their new ally left for the dressing room.

Earlier on the card that same evening in Mobile, Lucas had teamed with Mac McFarland to take on the Blue Yankees. Lucas used an abdominal stretch to force the Yankee #1 to submit to win the first fall. The Yankee #2 kicked Lucas in the stomach and pinned him to win the second fall. In the deciding fall McFarland had the Yankee #2 in an airplane spin and when the Yankee #1 jumped into the ring he was hit by his partner’s spinning feet. McFarland then pinned the Yankee #2 to win the fall and the match for his team.

Flash Monroe’s injury was healed enough for him to team with Rocket the following night in Panama City to face Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines. The match was even at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Just as it seemed that the Hines Brothers were on the verge of victory, the Monroes’ new ally, the Black Hand, rushed into the ring, The Monroes were disqualified due to his interference, but they & the masked man were working over the Hines Brothers good until Dick Steinborn entered the fray. He went to the aid of the Hines duo and the three of them chased the Monroes and the Black Hand from the ring.

The Black Hand had used his mysterious black glove to knock Steinborn senseless and pinned him in the deciding fall of their match earlier that same evening.

In Hattiesburg, the war between Cowboy Bob Kelly and the Blue Yankee #1 continued. They met in another match with the winner promised a title match that very evening against Mississippi State champion Bob Boyer. The Yankee used his loaded boot to flatten Kelly to win the deciding fall.

After a 15 minute intermission, the title match between Boyer & the Yankee commenced. Boyer took advantage of the fact that the Yankee had already wrestled a hard match that evening and won the deciding fall to retain his title.

The following night in Dothan a strange situation arose involving the Gulf Coast tag team title. During the televised matches at WTVY TV the Saturday before, the Black Hand made a challenge to the titleholders, Ken Lucas & Don Carson. He said that he could beat them by himself and win the title without the aid of a partner. He further bragged that he would put his mask on the line against the tag team title. He was scheduled on the upcoming Dothan card to face Carson in a singles match anyway, while Lucas had been signed to partake in a 12 man tag team match. Promoter Rocky McGuire asked Carson & Lucas if they were willing for the tag team title to be up for grabs against the Black Hand’s mask in the match between the masked man and Carson. Lucas agreed for his partner to defend the title solo and the match was signed. The Black Hand pinned Carson after a series of knees to the stomach to win the first fall. Carson came back and used a neckbreaker on the masked man and pinned him to take the second fall. In the deciding fall, the Black Hand appeared to load something into the black glove on his right hand. He punched Carson with it and rendered him senseless. Carson was then pinned, giving the fall and the match to the Black Hand, who was now the holder of the Gulf Coast tag team titles by himself. Carson had to be carried back to the dressing room on a stretcher and appeared to have been seriously injured by the loaded punch.

In the aforementioned 12 man tag team match that took place that same night in Dothan, Lucas, Mac McFarland, Dick Steinborn, Silento Rodriguez & the Hines Brothers defeated Rocket & Flash Monroe, the Blue Yankees & Los Toros. Lucas forced Flash Monroe to submit to an abdominal stretch for the winning fall.

Following the melee that occurred the previous week in Laurel, a six man tag team match was set up with Ken Lucas, Bob Boyer & Cowboy Bob Kelly going against the Blue Yankees & the Black Hand. Lucas, Boyer & Kelly won two out of three falls to win the match over the trio of masked men.

The next night in Mobile Ken Lucas defended his Alabama State title against the challenge of the Black Hand. Lucas won the first fall by forcing the Black Hand to submit to an abdominal stretch. The Black Hand came back and won the second fall with an atomic drop. In the third and deciding fall Lucas was thrown into referee Pat Valentino and both went down. The Black Hand pulled out his loaded glove, smashed Lucas with it and covered him for the pin. Valentino recovered and saw the masked man pinning Lucas and counted the fall. Valentino awarded the fall and the match to the Black Hand, making him the new Alabama State champion

The Black Hand applies a nerve hold on Ken Lucas as referee Pat Valentino looks on

The Black Hand applies a nerve hold on Ken Lucas as referee Pat Valentino looks on

That same night in Mobile the Hines Brothers faced the Monroe Brothers again in a tag team match. The first fall went to the Hines Brothers when Bad Boy Hines pinned Flash Monroe. In the second fall Rocket Monroe tied Billy Boy Hines into the ropes by one of his legs. While Hines was tied in the ropes the Monroe Brothers stomped and kicked him until he was bleeding from his ear. Referee Speedy Hatfield disqualified the Monroes and gave the fall to the Hines Brothers, who won the match in straight falls.

These same two teams were part of a six man tag team match the following evening in Panama City. The Hines Brothers teamed with Dick Steinborn to face the Monroes & the Black Hand. Steinborn & the Hines duo took two out of three falls to win the match.

That same night in Hattiesburg, Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly defended their City of Hattiesburg tag team jackets against the Blue Yankees. The Yankee #1 used his heavy boot to flatten Fields and pinned him for the deciding fall. The Blue Yankees were the new City of Hattiesburg tag team champions.

The following night in Dothan Ken Lucas was hot on the trail of the Black Hand. Not only had the masked man stripped Lucas of the Alabama State title, he had taken the Gulf Coast title from Lucas’ half of the Gulf Coast tag team title by being his partner Don Carson and injured Carson in the process. The Black Hand agreed to meet Lucas in a match and put the Gulf Coast belts up for grabs. Lucas won two out of three falls to gain the victory and win the belts. He announced that he would take Mac McFarland as his co-champion since Carson was injured and out of action for an indefinite period. Ken Lucas & Mac McFarland were now the Gulf Coast tag team champions.

Lucas was also involved in a six man tag team match in Laurel as he teamed with Bob Boyer & Cowboy Bob Kelly to take on the Blue Yankees & Flash Monroe. Lucas, Boyer & Kelly had beaten the Yankees & the Black Hand the previous week and the Yankees blamed the loss on the Black Hand. They requested the return match with Monroe as their partner. Monroe was pinned by Boyer in the deciding fall to give the match to Lucas, Boyer & Kelly for the second week in a row.

Lucas met the Black Hand in a return title match for the Alabama State title the next night in Mobile. The new champion, the Black Hand won the first fall by kicking Lucas in the throat and pinning him. Lucas roared back and won the second fall in less than a minute by simply battering the masked man into submission. During the third fall, Lucas had the Black Hand pinned into a corner and was giving him a real going over. Referee Jack Atkins got a little too close to the action and was inadvertently hit by one of Lucas’ elbows. Lucas turned to help the referee to his feet and while this was going on the Black Hand pulled his loaded glove from his tights. Before he had a chance to use it he was distracted by Mac McFarland who was watching the action and jumped up on the ring apron. While McFarland distracted the Hand, Lucas approached him from behind and applied the abdominal stretch. Atkins recovered in time to hear the Black Hand submit and Ken Lucas was once again the Alabama State champion.

Ken Lucas applies an abdominal stretch on The Black Hand

Ken Lucas applies an abdominal stretch on The Black Hand

Another return match was held that same evening in Mobile as the Hines Brothers met the Monroe Brothers in a Texas Tornado Match, which allowed all four men in the ring at the same time. The Hines Brothers won the first fall when they pitched Rocket Monroe out of the ring and worked over Flash Monroe’s leg. Flash had injured his leg in a match in Dothan earlier in the month and was still suffering the results of it. The second fall was an exact repeat as Bad Boy Hines again tossed rocket from the ring, then joined Billy Boy Hines in working on Flash’s leg. Monroe surrendered giving the match to the Hines Brothers in two straight falls.

In another tag team match held that same night in Mobile the Sito Brothers faced the rapid team of Silento Rodriguez & Ramon Perez. In the first fall tried a unique maneuver on Rodriguez as they both ran at him from opposite sides of the ring. The object was to smash Rodriguez between them, but he moved at the last minute and the Japanese pair crashed into each other. Rodriguez then tagged Perez who pinned Sugi Sito to win the first fall. In the second fall Rodriguez caught Mitsu Sito with a dropkick off the ropes and pinned him, giving Rodriguez & Perez the win over the Sitos in two straight falls.

The next night in Hattiesburg, the Blue Yankees put their newly won City of Hattiesburg tag team jackets on the line against former champions Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly. The match wound up in a double disqualification after each team had won a fall apiece.

That same night in Hattiesburg, Mississippi State champion Bob Boyer put his title on the line in a title defense against the Red Angel. The Angel tried every trick in the book, but Boyer withstood his attack and won the deciding fall to retain his title.

Lady wrestlers returned to the area as Kay Noble teamed with Dick Steinborn to face Jessica Rogers & Rocket Monroe in a mixed tag team match held in Panama City. Noble & Steinborn took two out of three falls to win the match.

Another mixed tag team match was held the following night in Dothan with Kay Noble teaming with Ramon Perez to take on Jessica Rogers & Sugi Sito. Noble & Perez scored the winning fall in that match.

The main event that same night in Dothan saw the new Gulf Coast tag team champions, Ken Lucas & Mac McFarland, putting the title on the line against Rocket Monroe & the Black Hand. Lucas & McFarland scored two out of three falls to win the match and retain the title.

In Laurel, the Blue Yankees were still trying to find a partner to beat the trio of Ken Lucas, Bob Boyer & Cowboy Bob Kelly. They blamed the previous two losses to that team on their partners, the Black Hand and Flash Monroe respectively. This time they introduced a third Blue Yankee, who, despite standing well over six feet in height and weighing nearly 300 pounds, lost the deciding fall for the team as he was pinned by Kelly following a bulldog to give the deciding fall to Kelly, Lucas & Boyer.

The following night in Mobile, the Black Hand brought in a second masked “Black Hand” in a special challenge match against Ken Lucas & Mac McFarland. The second Black Hand used an atomic drop on McFarland and pinned him to win the first fall. During the second fall the new Black Hand was unmasked and turned out to be Frank Dalton. The original Black Hand used Dalton’s unmasking to his advantage as he pulled his loaded glove out of his tights and handed it to Dalton. Dalton used the weapon on the unaware McFarland to knock him unconscious to score the winning fall.

The war between the Hines Brothers and the Monroe Brothers continued in Mobile, but this time only Billy Hines and Rocket Monroe were involved as they met in a 10 round boxing match. In the fourth round Hines was totally outclassing Monroe until Monroe grabbed him and tossed him out of the ring. Joe Turco, who was serving as Monroe’s second, delivered some well-placed kicks to Hines’ head while he lay on the arena floor. Hines did manage to climb back into the ring but was hammered by Monroe and knocked to the mat. Referee Bob Holland counted to 10 and awarded the match to Monroe.

That same night in Mobile the Blue Yankees were surprised in a tag team match with Bob Boyer & newcomer Sabu Singh. Boyer forced the Yankee #2 to submit to a backbreaker to win the first fall. In the second fall the Yankee #2 tried to lift Singh for a bodyslam but was surprised by a cradle and pinned by Singh to give Boyer & Singh the win in two straight falls.

The following night in Panama City Bad Boy Hines met the Black Hand in a Lumberjack Match. Hines and the masked man had wrestled each other twice the previous two weeks with the Black Hand leaving the ring each time it looked like he may be beaten. In this match the ring would be surrounded by other wrestlers who would keep the either wrestler from leaving the ring. The Black Hand won the deciding fall to score the victory over Hines.

That same night in Hattiesburg, a return match was held for the City of Hattiesburg tag team championship jackets at stake. The champions, the Blue Yankees, faced the former champions, Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly. Since the previous match had ended in a double disqualification, this match would be a no disqualification match. Fields & Kelly took two out of three falls to win the match and regain the City of Hattiesburg tag team jackets.

Others in the area in July were Rip Tyler, Alex Medina, Billy Hamilton and the Blue Inferno.

 

AUGUST:

 

Gulf Coast tag team champions Ken Lucas & Mac McFarland wrestled the Blue Infernos in a non-title match in Dothan under Texas Tornado rules. This was the first appearance of the Blue Infernos as a team in the area in two years. Lucas & McFarland won two out of three falls to score the victory in the match.

That same night in Dothan Dick Steinborn met Rocket Monroe in a Loser Leaves Town Match. These two had had a long simmering rivalry and this match brought it to the surface. Monroe scored to falls out of three to defeat Steinborn and send him packing.

The response to the City of Hattiesburg Tag Team Championship jackets was so great that it was decided to create another set of championship jackets for the city of Laurel. A one night tournament was held in Laurel with the following results::

  • The Blue Yankees defeated Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly
  • Ken Lucas & Bob Boyer defeated Rocket & Flash Monroe
  • Ken Lucas & Bob Boyer defeated the Blue Yankees to win the tournament and become the first City of Laurel tag team champions.

Ken Lucas & Mac McFarland put their Gulf Coast tag team titles on the line against the rough team of Frank Dalton & the Black Hand in a return match held in Mobile. McFarland subdued Dalton with an airplane spin to win the first fall and Lucas forced the Black Hand to submit to an abdominal stretch to take the second. Lucas & McFarland won the match in straight falls to retain their title. After the match, Rocket Monroe came out to the ring and he, Dalton & the Black Hand gave the champs quite a beating.

Monroe was also involved earlier in the evening in a match between himself & Joe Turco and the Hines Brothers. This match stemmed from the boxing match between Monroe and Billy Boy Hines in Mobile the previous week. Turco was serving as Monroe’s second and had kicked Hines several times after Monroe had pitched him out of the ring. In the tag team match, Monroe pinned Billy Boy Hines to win the first fall only to be pinned himself by Billy Boy in the second fall. Bad Boy Hines pinned Turco to win the deciding fall while Monroe and Billy Boy battled outside the ring.

Also on that card in Mobile, Cowboy Bob Kelly met the Blue Yankee #1 in a special challenge match. Referee Speedy Hatfield stopped the match after 10 minutes and declared it a no contest. Kelly was sporting a bloody face by the time the match was stopped.

Cowboy Bob Kelly delivers a punch to the Blue Yankee #1

Cowboy Bob Kelly delivers a punch to The Blue Yankee #1

The following evening in Hattiesburg Mississippi State champion Bob Boyer met Rocket Monroe in a title defense. Monroe scored the first fall when he pinned Boyer after kneeing him in the stomach. Boyer came back and won the second fall when he forced Monroe to submit to a backbreaker. In the deciding fall Monroe repeatedly jammed his thumb in Boyer’s throat and pinned him to win the fall and the match. Rocket Monroe was the new Mississippi State champion.

Also that night City of Hattiesburg tag team champions Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly wrestled the Blue Yankees in a non-title match. The Yankees had won the championship jackets from Fields & Kelly but had recently lost them back. They were anxious to get another shot, but would have to wait as Fields & Kelly won the match by taking two out of three falls.

Ken Lucas had to pull double duty that same night in Panama City. First he teamed with Mac McFarland to handily defeat the team of Joe Turco & Sabu Singh in two straight falls. Next he substituted for the injured Bad Boy Hines in teaming with Billy Boy Hines to face Frank Dalton & the Black Hand. In the deciding fall of that match, Bad Boy entered the ring and caused the disqualification of Billy Boy & Lucas.

These same two teams met the next night in Dothan and once again Bad Boy Hines was in the corner of Lucas & Billy Boy Hines. Just as had happened the previous night in Panama City, Bad boy got involved and the result was a win for Dalton & the Black Hand on a disqualification. After the match Billy Hines and Dalton got into quite a fracas.

The fans in Dothan got a look at an impressive tag team that was making its first appearance in the area as the Soto Brothers faced Rocket Monroe & El Toro. Rocket Monroe used a thumb in the throat of Roberto Soto and pinned him to win the first fall for his team. In the second fall Roberto used a series of flying headscissors and pinned El Toro to win the second fall. Monroe was on the end of a double dropkick by both of the Soto Brothers and pinned by Cyclone Soto in the deciding fall.

City of Laurel tag team champions Ken Lucas & Bob Boyer put their championship jackets on the line against the team they had beaten to win the tournament and title, the Blue Yankees. In order to secure the title match the Yankees put up $200 against the jackets.  The Yankees took two out of three falls to end the short reign of Lucas & Boyer to become the City of Laurel tag team champions.

The semi-final that same night in Laurel saw Rocket & Flash Monroe take on the team of Sabu Singh & the returning Don Barnes. The Monroes won two out of three falls to take the victory.

Ken Lucas & Mac McFarland teamed with the Don Carson in a six man tag team match in Mobile against the threesome of Rocket Monroe, Frank Dalton & the Black Hand. Carson won the first fall for his team when he applied a neckbreaker to Dalton and pinned. In the second fall, the Black Hand distracted referee Alex Medina while Dalton & Monroe used a double atomic drop on McFarland. This allowed the Black Hand to pin McFarland to win the fall. Medina got distracted again in the third fall as well. Lucas had caught Dalton in an abdominal stretch when Monroe entered the ring to break it up. This brought Carson in who chased Monroe from the ring and continued to chase him around ringside. Lucas again applied his hold on Dalton, but Medina was too busy watching Carson chase Monroe to notice that Dalton had conceded. Meanwhile, the Black Hand had slipped on his loaded glove and hit Lucas with it, knocking him out. The Black Hand then dragged Dalton across the prone Lucas and when Medina finally turned his attention back to the action in the ring, he counted Lucas out.

Mac McFarland back drops Frank Dalton

Mac McFarland back drops Frank Dalton

Two new faces also appeared on the same card in Mobile as Siki Samara faced Jimmy Jones. Samara was billed as the Southern Jr. Heavyweight Champion and he was defending the title against Jones in this match. The match was tied at a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. At one point Jones slammed Samara and covered him for the pin. Referee Speedy Hatfield made the count and failed to see that Samara had draped his leg across the bottom rope. Hatfield awarded the fall and the match to Jones and declared him the new Southern Jr. Heavyweight champion.

That same evening Cowboy Bob Kelly and the Blue Yankee #1 met in a no disqualification, no time limit match. The Yankee appeared to do something with his built up boot as he tapped the toe hard against the mat. He then kicked Kelly in the head with it and pinned him to win the match. Once he regained his senses, Kelly pulled his belt from his jeans and wrapped it around his fist, using the buckle to give the Yankee a pounding until the masked man managed to escape the ring.

The fans in Mobile got a bit of a shock during that same card. For the past several months the Hines Brothers had been among the most popular on the scene, so it was a surprise when they reverted to their former selves during a match against Bob Boyer & Sabu Singh. It started off well enough as both teams strictly followed the rules. Bad Boy Hines won the first fall for his team when he pinned Singh with a back slide. During the second fall, the Hines Brothers started taking shortcuts and Boyer absorbed quite a beating. Sing tried to get into the ring to help Boyer but was forced out by referee Speedy Hatfield. As this was going on the Hines duo picked Boyer up and dropped him across the top rope by the throat. Boyer was then easily pinned by Billy Boy Hines, giving the Hines Brothers the match in two straight falls.

The next night in Panama City the Hines Brothers were good graces of the fans there as they teamed with Ken Lucas to beat the threesome of Frank Dalton, the Black Hand & the Blue Inferno in two straight falls.

Lucas faced Rocket Monroe the following night in Dothan in a match with Lucas’ Alabama State title on the line. Monroe was disqualified in the third and deciding fall allowing Lucas to win the match and retain his title.

Don Carson faced the Black Hand in the main event of that same card in Dothan. Carson won the first fall when he applied a neckbreaker to the masked man and pinned him. The Black Hand came back in the second fall and used an atomic drop on Carson and pinned him to tie the match. In the third and deciding fall, Carson kept up the pressure on the Black Hand and was on the verge of pinning him when Frank Dalton came to ringside and distracted the referee. This allowed the Black Hand to slip on his loaded glove and flatten Carson with it. The masked man then pinned Carson to win the fall and the match.

Ken Lucas & Bob Boyer got another match in Laurel against the Blue Yankees, but the Yankees refused to put their City of Laurel championship jackets on the line. Each team had won a fall apiece when the match was stopped in the third and deciding fall and declared a no contest.

In the semi-final that night in Laurel, Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines took two out of three falls to defeat the team of Don Barnes & Alex Medina in a tag team match.

Gulf Coast tag team champions Ken Lucas & Mac McFarland put their title on the line against Frank Dalton & the Black Hand in a match held in Mobile.  McFarland cost his team the first fall by arguing with the referee who was trying to keep him out of the ring. While the referee’s back was turned Dalton & the Black Hand double teamed Lucas into submission. In the second it was Lucas who did the damage to his team. He accidentally knocked the referee out of the ring and went to help him back in. While this was happening, McFarland had the Black Hand trapped in a bear hug. Dalton, noticing the absence of a referee, slipped on the Black Hand’s loaded glove and knocked McFarland to the mat with the masked man on top of him. When Lucas finally got the referee back into the ring, he counted McFarland out. Frank Dalton & the Black Hand were the new Gulf Coast tag team champions.

On that same card in Mobile, Don Carson was giving Rocket Monroe a solid thrashing in their match when suddenly Dalton & the Black Hand climbed into the ring. Between the Black Hand’s loaded glove and Dalton’s belt buckle, Carson was a bloody mess until Siki Samara rushed to his aid. Samara had Monroe. Dalton & the Black Hand reeling with a series of head butts until the trio were chased from the ring.

Earlier in the evening Samara had beaten Jimmy Jones in two straight falls to win their match and regain the Southern Jr. Heavyweight title that Jones had beaten Samara for the previous week.

Siki Samara flips Jimmy Jones to the mat

Siki Samara flips Jimmy Jones to the mat

On that same Mobile card, the Hines Brothers continued to draw the ire of the fans when they defeated Bob Boyer & Cowboy Bob Kelly in a one fall match. They used their new favorite maneuver as they dropped Boyer across the top rope by the throat which allowed Bad Boy Hines to pin him easily for the win.

The next night in Panama City, Billy Hines teamed with Siki Samara to face Frank Dalton & Jimmy Jones in a tag team match. Hines pinned Jones to win the deciding fall for his team.

On that same card in Panama City was a battle of masked men as the Black Hand took on a masked newcomer calling himself Mr. Wrestling. The match ended in a no contest as both men were counted out while fighting outside the ring.

A six man tag team match was held in Hattiesburg that same night as Bobby Fields, Cowboy Bob Kelly & Bob Boyer teamed to take on Rocket Monroe & the Blue Yankees. Each team had won a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. During that fall, Monroe seemed to have a falling out with the Yankees. He laid a haymaker on the chin of the Yankee #1 and left the ring. The Yankee was easily pinned, giving the fall and the match to Fields, Kelly & Boyer.

The Black Hand continued to have his issues with Don Carson the following night in Dothan. They met in a return match but this time to keep Frank Dalton from interfering on the masked man’s behalf he would be handcuffed to Ken Lucas at ringside. With Dalton held at bay, Carson won two out of three falls to defeat the Black Hand. All four men got into a melee after the match was over.

Mr. Wrestling made his presence known that night in Dothan as well. He had challenged Rocket Monroe to a match and insisted that it be a Loser leave Town match. Monroe was curious as to why this new man was making such a challenge, but he accepted the match. Mr. Wrestling defeated Monroe, which barred Monroe from wrestling in Dothan for the time being.

On that same card, Siki Samara made a successful defense of the Southern Jr. Heavyweight title as he once again trimmed Jimmy Jones in two straight falls.

City of Laurel tag team champions the Blue Yankees met the team of Ken Lucas & Bob Boyer in yet another non-title return match. Lucas forced the Yankee #2 to submit with an abdominal stretch to win the first fall. The Yankee #1 pinned Boyer after applying a neckbreaker to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, Boyer had the Yankee #2 caught in a backbreaker, but before he could get the submission, the Yankee #1 came into the ring and kicked Boyer with his loaded boot. Boyer went down but the Yankees continued to kick and stomp him until they were disqualified. Lucas & Boyer were awarded the fall and then match but Lucas had to carry Boyer back to the dressing room.

The Hines Brothers continued their win streak in Laurel as the defeated Bobby Fields & Pat Valentino in a tag team match. Billy Boy Hines pinned Valentino to score the deciding fall.

Don Carson was anxious to get his hands on Frank Dalton & the Black Hand and asked Siki Samara to team with him to face the pair in a tag team match in Mobile. Carson & Samara jumped Dalton & the masked man at the opening bell and scored the pin after Samara flattened Dalton with a head butt and pinned him in less than a minute. Carson & Samara kept it up during the second fall which lasted less than 10 minutes. Carson used a neckbreaker on Dalton and pinned him to with the fall and the match.

On that same card in Mobile Ken Lucas put his Alabama State title on the line again against Rocket Monroe. Lucas won the first fall with and abdominal stretch while Monroe scored the second by pinning Lucas after an atomic drop. Lucas had things going his way through most of the third and deciding fall until he made the mistake of going after Monroe in the corner. Monroe tripped Lucas with a double leg dive and pinned him. For added leverage Monroe placed his feet on the bottom rope which went unseen by the referee. Lucas was counted out and the fall and the match were awarded to Monroe, making him the new Alabama State champion.

The next night in Panama City, Mr. Wrestling and the Black Hand met in a return match. This time they met in a chain match where they were joined at the wrists with a length of chain. Mr. Wrestling defeated the Black Hand when he managed to drag him around the ring touching all four corners.

That same night in Hattiesburg, Mississippi State champion Rocket Monroe defended his title against the challenge of the Blue Yankee #1. The two had had a falling out during a six man tag team match the previous week and Monroe had flattened the Yankee and caused him to lose the match. The Yankee gained a measure of revenge as he defeated Monroe and became the new Mississippi State champion.

The next night in Dothan Ken Lucas & Don Carson teamed to challenge Frank Dalton & the Black Hand for the Gulf Coast tag team title. Lucas & Carson had been champions at one point and had never truly lost them as a team. Carson had been beaten by the Black Hand in a singles match and was injured. Lucas regained the title when he defeated the Black Hand in yet another singles match. Lucas then took Mac McFarland as a partner to share the title until they lost it to the masked man & Dalton. The match ended in a no contest when both teams were counted out while fighting outside the ring.

A new masked man arrived calling himself The Avenger on the scene and challenged Mr. Wrestling to a match in Dothan. Something was very familiar about this man, but no one could quite decide what it was. This match, too, ended in a no contest.

Other appearing in the area in August were the Red Angel, The Red Raider and Tony Nero.

 

SEPTEMBER:

 

In Laurel, the new Mississippi State champion, the Blue Yankee #1, faced Bob Boyer in a non-title match. Boyer had held the title earlier and was anxious to regain it. The Yankee was just as anxious to keep the title and refused to defend it against Boyer. Each man had won a fall apiece when the 60 minute time limit expired and the match was declared a draw.

That same evening in Laurel Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly won two out of three falls over Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines to end the Hines Bothers’ win streak in that city. Fields & Kelly, who held the City of Hattiesburg tag team title, were now clamoring for a shot at the City of Laurel tag team crown held by the Blue Yankees.

Don Carson & Siki Samara were demanding a title match against the Gulf Coast tag team champs, the Black Hand & Frank Dalton. They were awarded a title shot in Mobile based on their victory of the champs in a non-title match the previous week. The title match was a rousing battle with Samara dropkicking Frank Dalton into submission to take the first fall for his team. The Black Hand made use of his loaded glove to flatten Carson to win the second fall. In the third fall, it was Samara who felt the sting of the masked man’s loaded glove. He was knocked out of the ring and when he got to his feet he returned to the dressing room, leaving Carson to fend for himself. Carson held his own for a while but was soon pretty battered. Still Carson managed to avoid getting pinned, but where was his partner? Had Samara abandoned him? Not at all! Samara soon rushed out of the dressing room with his right hand heavily bandaged with adhesive tape. He climbed back into the ring and flattened Dalton, the Black Hand and referee Bob Cross. Samara then revealed that he was using the bandage to conceal the fact that he was wearing brass knuckles. Samara was disqualified for his tactics, giving the match to Dalton & the Black Hand and allowing them to retain the Gulf Coast tag team title.

Earlier that same evening in Mobile, Ken Lucas wrestled Rocket Monroe in a return title match with Monroe’s Alabama State title on the line. Monroe had beaten Lucas for the title the previous week in Mobile and Lucas was anxious to regain it. Lucas won the first fall by forcing Monroe to submit to an abdominal stretch. Monroe came back in the second fall and pinned Lucas after jabbing him in the throat with his thumb. In the third and deciding fall, Lucas was on the verge of defeating Monroe when the Black Hand appeared at ringside. Fearing a sneak attack, Lucas turned his attention towards the masked man and took his eyes off of Monroe. Monroe took advantage of the distraction and grabbed Lucas, applied an atomic drop on him and pinned him to win the fall and the match, thus retaining his Alabama State title.

In another title defense that same evening, City of Mobile champion Bob Boyer put his title on the line for the first time as he met the Blue Yankee #1. In the deciding fall, the Yankee was softening Boyer up by whipping him into the corner turnbuckles. The masked man tried the trick once too often when Boyer managed to reverse it and sent the Yankee hurtling into the corner headfirst. Boyer then caught the Yankee in a shoulder slide and pinned him to win the match and retain his title.

The Blue Yankee’s troubles continued the following night in Hattiesburg when he was defeated by Cowboy Bob Kelly in a best two out of three falls match, losing his newly won Mississippi State title.

That same night in Panama City Billy Hines faced Jimmy Jones in a 10 round boxing match. Jones had served as a referee in one of Hines’ recent matches and Hines wasn’t happy with his officiating. He challenged Jones to the boxing match and Jones accepted. Jones soon regretted his decision as Hines knocked him out in the fourth round.

That same evening in Panama City Mr. Wrestling teamed with Bob Boyer to face the team of Frank Dalton & Big Bad John. Big Bad John, making his debut in the Gulf Coast, stood 6 feet six inches and weighed 300 pounds. During the match Dalton used his heavy belt buckle to injured Mr. Wrestling who was unable to continue. The match was stopped and declared a no contest.

Mr. Wrestling recovered quickly and wrestled the following night in Dothan. He faced the Avenger in a Mask vs Mask match. The loser of the match would have to unmask and reveal his identity. Mr. Wrestling won two out of three falls to win the match and the Avenger unmasked, revealing the face of Rocket Monroe.

The following week in Laurel Bob Boyer challenged the Blue Yankee #1 to a return match. The two had fought to a one hour stalemate the previous week. This time Boyer challenged the Yankee to a one fall to a finish match with no time limit. Boyer was on the verge of victory when he was tripped by the Blue Yankee #2 from outside the ring. The Yankees #1 pinned Boyer and was awarded the match. Cowboy Bob Kelly, who had defeated the Yankee #2 earlier in the evening, came to ringside to argue the decision until the Yankees jumped him. Boyer went to Kelly’s aid and all four men fought all the way back to the dressing room.

Two nights later another rematch was held in Mobile between Don Carson & Siki Samara and the team of Frank Dalton & the Black Hand. This time Carson & Samara put their hair on the line against the Gulf Coast tag team title held by Dalton & the Black Hand. The match was tied at a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Dalton used a chain to flatten Samara and pinned him. Referee Jimmy Jones failed to notice that Samara had his leg draped over the bottom rope during the pin and awarded the fall and the match to Dalton & the Black Hand. Carson & Samara protested loudly, refusing to allow their hair to be shorn as per the stipulations. Finally matchmaker Rocky McGuire came to ringside and ordered that the third fall be restarted. Carson & Samara quickly jumped on their foes and had them both pinned in less than 30 seconds. Although Carson & Samara won the match and were allowed to keep their hair, it was decided that the Gulf Coast tag team title would be held up pending a decision by the commission.

Also on the Mobile card, City of Mobile champion Bob Boyer put his title on the line against Alabama State champion Rocket Monroe. Boyer wanted a shot at Monroe’s title and hoped a successful defense of his title would secure him one. Each man had scored a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. During that fall both men were disqualified for fighting outside the ring. When they finally got back into the ring, Monroe grabbed the City of Mobile trophy from ringside and smashed Boyer in the head with it. Boyer was a bloody mess while Monroe strutted back to the dressing room with not only his Alabama title belt, but Boyer’s Mobile trophy as well.

Rocket Monroe works over a bloody Bob Boyer as referee Bob Cross tries to break it up

Rocket Monroe works over a bloody Bob Boyer as referee Bob Cross tries to break it up

The next night in Panama City Mr. Wrestling was seeking to avenge the injury he had received the previous week at the hands of Frank Dalton. He challenged Dalton in a special challenge match with the stipulations that if Mr. Wrestling lost, he would unmask. If Dalton lost the match he would be barred from wrestling in Panama City. Mr. Wrestling won the match to preserve his identity and cause Dalton to leave Panama City.

That same night in Panama City Ken Lucas & Don Carson teamed to take on Rocket Monroe & Wildman Joe Turco in a tag team match. Lucas & Carson took two out of three falls to win the match.

The next night in Dothan Lucas & Carson teamed once again and challenged Frank Dalton & the Black Hand for the Gulf Coast tag team title, which had been returned to them after being held up briefly. The match ended in a double disqualification.

On that same Dothan card, Alabama State champion Rocket Monroe put his title on the line against Mr. Wrestling. In order to get the title match Mr. Wrestling had agreed to put his mask on the line against the title. In the deciding fall Mr. Wrestling appeared to be well on his way to winning the title when Flash Monroe appeared at ringside. Flash had been out with an injury but he quickly made his presence known. He distracted the referee which allowed Rocket to hit Mr. Wrestling with a low blow. The masked man was then easily pinned giving Monroe the fall and the match. Monroe remained Alabama State champion and despite his protest, Mr. Wrestling was forced to unmask. When the mask came off the face behind it belonged to Dick Steinborn.

In Laurel Cowboy Bob Kelly & Bob Boyer teamed to face the Blue Yankees in a special challenge match. These same four had gotten into a brawl the previous week during a singles match between Boyer and the Yankee #1. Kelly & Boyer took two out of three falls to win the match.

Two nights later in Mobile, Bob Boyer was matched with Rocket Monroe and was seeking revenge for the beating Monroe had given him the previous week. Monroe had Boyer bleeding again in the first fall after pounding him with his fists. Referee Bob Cross warned Monroe about his tactics and as the two argued, Boyer was able to surprise Monroe and pinned him with a shoulder slide to win the first fall. In the second fall Monroe kept pounding on Boyer’s cuts until Boyer was so weakened that Monroe easily pinned him to win the fall. In the deciding fall, Boyer fought back and soon Monroe was bleeding as well. Monroe finally managed to tie Boyer into the ropes and continued to stomp him until referee Cross disqualified him. Monroe kept up his punishment of Boyer until Ken Lucas rushed into the ring and chased him out.

A bloody Bob Boyer works over Rocket Monroe as referee Bob Cross moves in to break it up

A bloody Bob Boyer works over Rocket Monroe as referee Bob Cross moves in to break it up

Siki Samara was so upset over Jimmy Jones’ officiating of the match that had nearly cost him his hair the previous week in Mobile that he challenged him to a 10-round boxing match. That ended a little oddly, when in the fifth round, Jimmy Jones accidentally slugged referee Billy Boy Hines. Hines immediately stopped the bout. He waved Samara over and removed the gloves from his hands. Hines then put the gloves onto his own hands and proceeded to knock Jones out. He then awarded the match to Samara.

The Black Hand & Frank Dalton agreed to face Ken Lucas & Don Carson in a Gulf Coast tag team title match in Mobile. Carson won the first fall with a neckbreaker and pin on the Black Hand. The masked man evened things up in the second fall by choking Carson out using a concealed piece of chain. In the third fall the advantage swayed back and forth several times. Again Billy Boy Hines, serving as the referee, contributed to the outcome of the match. As Lucas and Dalton were crisscrossing the ring by bouncing off the ropes, the Black Hand tried to toss Dalton the chain. Dalton missed it and it landed on the mat. Hines bent over to pick it up just as Dalton bounced off the ropes. As Hines stood up, he caught the stunned Dalton in a backdrop. Lucas then fell on Dalton and Hines counted him out. The fall and the match were awarded to Lucas & Carson who became the new Gulf Coast tag team champions.

The following night in Hattiesburg, Mississippi State champion Cowboy Bob Kelly defended the title against the man he won it from, the Blue Yankee #1. Kelly took two out of three falls to win the match and retain the title.

On that same card in Hattiesburg the new team of Sabu Singh & Alex Medina was impressive as the scored two out of three falls to win their match over Frank Dalton & Mitsu Sito.

The Alabama title also saw a lot of action. Rocket Monroe put his title on the line against former champion Ken Lucas. Lucas won the first fall with his abdominal stretch as Monroe took the second by thumbing Lucas in the throat. Lucas had the upper hand in the third fall and seemed well on his way to regaining the title when the Black Hand got involved. He came out and stood at ringside causing Lucas to fear a sneak attack. As Lucas was arguing with the Hand, Monroe sneaked up behind him, delivered an atomic drop and pinned him to win the match and keep his title.

That same night in Panama City Don Carson won a 6 man Battle Royal. The other participants were Ken Lucas, Big Bad John, the Black Hand, Rocket Monroe & Dick Steinborn. Carson eliminated the Black Hand to win the match. Carson also defeated Rocket Monroe in a grudge match in the main event that same evening.

The following night in Dothan, Rocket & Flash Monroe joined forces to take on the team of Ken Lucas & Dick Steinborn. Rocket Monroe pinned Steinborn in the deciding fall to win the match for the Monroes.

The following week in Laurel, the Blue Yankees introduced their new manager, Col. Beauregard Van Buren. Van Buren stated that the Yankees had been stumbling lately due to a loss of direction but that he would provide that direction and it would take them to the top of the profession. The Yankees first match under new management was a rematch with Cowboy Bob Kelly & Bob Boyer. Kelly & Boyer were awarded the match when the Yankee #2 was injured in the final fall and was unable to continue.

That same night in Laurel saw the return of Bobby Whitlock. Whitlock wrestled to a 15 minute draw with the Black Hand in the opening match. Whitlock then teamed with Bobby Fields in the semi-final match to score a victory over the team of the Black Hand & Big Bad John.

Wrestling in Panama City returned to Monday nights during September. The first Monday night card saw the start of a tournament to name a new Panama City Champion. The opening round of the tournament saw the following results:

  • Ken Lucas defeated Jimmy Jones
  • Ramon Perez and Flash Monroe wrestled to a 15 minute draw
  • Bad Boy Hines defeated Flash Monroe (who wrestled twice) by disqualification
  • Billy Boy Hines defeated Rocket Monroe by disqualification

A return Alabama State title match between champion Rocket Monroe and challenger Bob Boyer was set in Mobile, this time as a Texas Death Match. They battered each other while the battle swayed back and forth. Slowly Monroe started gaining the advantage, bloodying Boyer and hurting his arm. Suddenly the two men crashed into each other and both went down, Boyer outside the ring and Monroe inside. Referee Jimmy Jones began to count each man out. Since Monroe was inside the ring, he was only allowed a ten count to get to his feet while Boyer, outside the ring, was allowed twenty. Monroe was counted out first and Bob Boyer was declared the winner and new Alabama State champion.

That same night in Mobile saw the debut of newcomer Steve “The Brain” Bryant. Bryant prided himself on being the smartest wrestler around but his brain didn’t help him much in his debut. He was beaten by popular Ramon Perez in two straight falls.

The following night in Hattiesburg Mississippi State champion Cowboy Bob Kelly once again defended his title against the Blue Yankee #1, who was accompanied by his new manager, Col. Beauregard Van Buren. In the deciding fall Van Buren distracted the referee while the Yankee appeared to adjust his heave built up boot. The masked man then landed a kick to Kelly’s head and knocked him senseless. The Yankee then pinned Kelly to win the fall and the match to regain the Mississippi State championship.

In the semi-final match that same night in Hattiesburg, Bobby Whitlock won a 5 man Battle Royal. Other participants were Frank Dalton, Sabu Singh and Sugi & Mitsu Sito. Whitlock eliminated Dalton to win the match.

The following night in Dothan, new Gulf Coast tag team champions, Ken Lucas & Don Carson, put their title on the line against Rocket & Flash Monroe with Jimmy Jones assigned as the special referee. Despite some questionable officiating by Jones, Lucas & Carson managed to win two out of three falls to win the match and retain their title.

Mississippi State champion, the Blue Yankee, and his manager Col. Beauregard Van Buren were demanding a match with Cowboy Bob Kelly & Bob Boyer. Kelly & Boyer had injured the Blue Yankee #2 in a tag team match the previous week in Laurel and he was out for the foreseeable future. With his partner unable to compete, the Blue Yankee recruited the Black Hand to be his partner to face Kelly & Boyer in Laurel. Kelly & Boyer one again emerged victorious when Kelly pinned the Yankee in the deciding fall.

That same night in Panama City Bad Boy & Billy Boy Hines wrestled Rocket & Flash Monroe in a special best three out of five falls match. Each team had scored two falls when the Monroes were disqualified in the fifth fall, giving the fall and the match to the Hines Brothers.

Lady wrestlers returned to the area that same night in Panama City as Kathy O’Day scored a victory over Donna Christanello.

Others in the area in September were Pat Valentino, the Red Raider and Red Steiner.

 

OCTOBER:

 

Rocket Monroe was seething that he had lost his Alabama State title to Bob Boyer and was demanding a rematch. He offered Boyer $500 to meet him in a title match in Mobile. Furthermore, Monroe was demanding that the rematch be a chain match with the two men bound together by a six-foot chain attached to their wrists. Boyer agreed and the match was set. The two men spent the match battering each other with the chain until both were a bloody mess. Suddenly Boyer caught Monroe in a bow and arrow hold and seemed on the verge of retaining his title. Out of nowhere appeared Flash Monroe who climbed into the ring, unchained Boyer from his brother and proceeded to knock Boyer from pillar to post. A fan climbed into the ring to try and help Boyer, only to get knocked back out of the ring by Flash Monroe. The Monroes decided that things may get a little too carried away for their own safety, so they left the ring for the sanctuary of the dressing room. Boyer was still the champion and he also had Rocket’s $500.

That same evening in Mobile, Gulf Coast tag team champions Ken Lucas & Don Carson put their title on the line against Sugi & Mitsu Sito. The Sitos were former champions and were hoping to regain their former glory by taking the title from Lucas & Carson. The match was even with each team having won a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. During that fall Carson was tossed through the ropes and got caught by the foot, leaving him dangling upside down between the ring and the arena floor. The Sitos started to stomp the helpless Carson until Lucas came to his aid. The Sitos turned their attention to Lucas and floored him with a double karate chop to the throat. Sugi Sito then pinned Lucas and referee Steve Bryant counted him out. Bryant awarded the match to the Sito Brothers and was about to hand them the Gulf Coast title belts when referee Speedy Hatfield entered the ring. He explained to Bryant that Carson had been the legal man in the ring, not Lucas, when the deciding fall was scored. Hatfield took the belts and returned them to Lucas & Carson, declaring the match a no contest.

In yet another match that night in Mobile, Mario Galento returned to the area after a lengthy absence and faced the Black Hand. Galento totally overwhelmed the masked man by attacking him at the bell. After a few well-placed punches, Galento forced the Black Hand to submit to his hangman’s hold to win the match in 42 seconds.

The following night in Hattiesburg Cowboy Bob Kelly met the Blue Yankee #1 in a return match. Kelly was demanding that the Yankee defend the Mississippi State title which he had taken from Kelly the week prior. The Yankee and his manager Col. Beauregard Van Buren refused to put the title on the line. Matchmaker Speedy Hatfield did add a stipulation to the match however; the Blue Yankee would have to wrestle barefoot. Without the advantage of his built-up boot, the Yankee fell to Kelly in two out of three falls.

The next night in Dothan, Rocket & Flash Monroe made their bid to regain the Gulf Coast tag team title from current champions Ken Lucas & Don Carson. In order to secure the title match the Monroes agreed to put their hair on the line against the title. Each team had won a fall apiece going into the finale. During the third fall Carson was injured by the Monroes and was forced to concede the fall and the match. The Monroe Brothers were once again the Gulf Coast tag team champions.

The lady wrestlers continued their tour of the area as Donna Christanello easily defeated Kathy O’Day in a match in Mobile. The two met the following night in Hattiesburg and the night after that in Dothan. Christanello beat O’Day in each of those matches as well.

The following week in Laurel, Mario Galento issued a challenge to the Blue Yankee #1. Galento wanted a shot at the Yankee’s Mississippi State title, but the masked man and his manager, Col Van Buren, refused to put the belt up. Galento also recruited Cowboy Bob Kelly to serve as his ringside manager to counter Van Buren being in the Yankee’s corner. In the deciding fall, Galento had the Yankee trapped in his hangman’s hold and on the verge of submitting. Referee Bob Cross was busy trying to separate Kelly and Van Buren at ringside and failed to see a second masked man enter the ring in street clothes. He leveled Galento, who fell to the mat with the Yankee on top of him. Cross turned around and saw the Yankee pinning Galento and counted the fall, awarding the fall and the match to the Blue Yankee.

Something similar happened that same night in Panama City in a match between Bob Boyer and the Black Hand. Each man had scored a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. Boyer had the masked man on the verge of defeat when the Black Hand rolled out of the ring. As the referee Colin Hutchinson was pushing Boyer back to the center of the ring, a second Black Hand appeared at ringside. He pushed the original Black Hand under the ring and rolled back in. Boyer grabbed the new masked man before he could get to his feet and pinned him with a shoulder slide.

In a Panama City title tournament match held that same evening, Billy Hines defeated newcomer Lee Burl.

Bob Boyer was not satisfied with his disqualification win over Rocket Monroe and wanted another crack at the Monroes. He asked Mario Galento to be his partner to face them in a tag team match in Mobile. Rocket Monroe took the first fall for his team when he pinned Boyer after thumbing him in the throat. Boyer came back to force Rocket to submit to a bow and arrow hold to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall Galento forced Flash Monroe to submit to his hangman’s hold to win the fall and the match for his team.

That same night in Mobile, the team of the Black Hands faced the team of Ken Lucas & Billy Hines. The new Black Hand was obviously not Frank Dalton, who had returned to the Gulf Coast earlier in the year as the second Black Hand. The new masked man was taller and heavier than Dalton. In the first fall both of the Black Hands caught Lucas in the stomach with their knees as he rebounded from the ropes. Lucas was easily pinned and the fall went to the masked duo. In the second fall the Black Hand #1 used his loaded glove to open a cut on the forehead of Lucas. The Black Hand #2 got into the action and he was giving Lucas a going over until Lucas managed to tag Hines. Hines came in and tied up with the Black Hand #2 and was giving him a pounding until Hines got to close to the masked pair’s corner. The Black Hand #1 nailed Hines with his glove and sent him crashing to the mat. The Black Hand #2 easily pinned Hines, giving the match to the masked duo in two straight falls.

The next night in Hattiesburg, Cowboy Bob Kelly finally got his return title match with Mississippi State champion the Blue Yankee #1. With Mario Galento serving as the special referee, Kelly won two out of three falls over the Yankee to win the match and regain the title. Galento and the Yankee’s manager, Col. Beauregard Van Buren got into a bit of a scuffle after the match,

Another state title match took place the following night in Dothan as Alabama State champion Bob Boyer defeated former champion Rocket Monroe in two out of three falls to keep his title.

Rocket’s brother, Flash Monroe, didn’t fare any better that night in Dothan. He lost to Ken Lucas in a concentration match. Both men were tied in opposite corners at the outset of the match. Lucas managed to get free first and gave Monroe a good going over. He then untied Monroe himself and forced him to submit to an abdominal stretch.

On that same card in Dothan the Black Hands took two out of three falls to defeat the team of Mario Galento & newcomer Tommy Seigler in a tag team match.

The ladies continued to make appearances as the team of Donna Christanello & Toni Rose teamed to defeat Kathy O’Day & Vivian Vachon in a tag team match in Laurel.

The following night in Mobile, the teams were slightly different as Christanello teamed with Vachon to take on O’Day & Rose. Christanello & Vachon double body slammed O’Day in the first fall and Vachon pinned her to score the fall. O’Day & Rose came back to win the next two falls to win the match.

The next night in Hattiesburg, Donna Christanello defeated Kathy O’Day in a singles match, while Toni Rose defeated Vivian Vachon the next night in Dothan.

The following week in Laurel Cowboy Bob Kelly teamed with Mario Galento to take on the Blue Yankees. The Blue Yankee #2 had interfered in a match the previous week between Galento and the Yankee #1. The second Blue Yankee was not the same man who had competed as the Blue Yankee #2 previously and had been injured in a match in Laurel a few weeks earlier. This new Blue Yankee was a bit smaller and lighter than the previous Yankee #2. As it was the match was stopped in the deciding fall and declared a no contest.

That same night in Panama City, the Black Hands took on the team of Bob Boyer & Billy Hines in a tag team match. The masked team took two out of three falls to win the match.

The Black Hands were on hand the following night in Mobile as well as they took on the team of Boyer & Ken Lucas. Boyer scored the first fall for his team when he pinned the Black Hand #1 after a series of jarring body slams. In the second fall, Boyer whipped the Black Hand #2 into the ropes and bent over to catch him with a back bodydrop. The masked man kicked Boyer in the throat instead and pinned him to win the fall. Similar action took place in the third and deciding fall but this time it was Lucas that the Black Hand #2 tried to kick. Lucas managed to avoid the kick and the masked man’s momentum caused him to lose his balance and crash to the mat. Lucas quickly covered him for the pin and won the fall and the match for his team.

Mario Galento had a wild match with Rocket Monroe that same night in Mobile that ended in a 45-minute draw. Galento forced Monroe to surrender to a spinning toehold to win the first fall, while Monroe won the second after thumbing Galento in the throat and pinning him. The two punched and kicked away at each other until the time limit was up and the match declared a draw.

Rocket Monroe hammers away at Mario Galento

Rocket Monroe hammers away at Mario Galento

Two old enemies also squared off that same night in Mobile as Bobby Fields faced Maxie York. York was returning after a near two year absence quickly set his aim on Fields. Fields won the first fall by pinning York with a rolling cradle. In the second fall Fields nailed York with a dropkick and pinned him to score the victory in two straight falls.

Fields teamed with Cowboy Bob Kelly the following night in Hattiesburg as they won two out of three falls to defeat Sugi & Mitsu Sito in a tag team match.

On that same card in Hattiesburg, Mario Galento faced Col. Beauregard Van Buren in a special grudge match. These two had gotten into a skirmish during a match the previous week between Cowboy Bob Kelly and the Blue Yankee #1. Galento was the special referee and Van Buren complained about his officiating throughout the match. They met in a one fall no time limit match which was completely dominated by Galento. Finally Van Buren left the ring and returned to the dressing room. Galento was awarded the match by count out but was far from satisfied.

The following night in Dothan saw the Black Hands continue their winning streak by defeating Bobby Fields & Bob Boyer in a tag team match.

That same night in another tag team match, Rocket & Flash Monroe defeated Ken Lucas & Dick Steinborn by winning two out of three falls.

A return match was held in Laurel between the teams of Cowboy Bob Kelly & Mario Galento and the Blue Yankees. The Yankees were defending their City of Laurel tag team jackets in this match which saw each team win a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. Kelly had the Blue Yankee #2 all set to apply his bulldog hold when the Yankee #1 kicked him with his heavy boot. Kelly was then pinned by the Yankee #2, giving the fall and the match to the masked team and allowing them to retain their title.

The Black Hands also scored another victory on the same card in Laurel as they defeated the team of Bobby Fields & Bobby Whitlock in two out of three falls.

That same night in Panama City the team of Ken Lucas & Bob Boyer scored a victory over Rocket & Flash Monroe when the Monroes were disqualified in the deciding fall.

Also on the same card in Panama City saw a match between newcomer Jim Hyde defeated The Terrible Turk, who was returning after a year’s absence, in the semi-final.

The Monroes also had their hands full with the team of Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas. Lucas & Fields had held the Gulf Coast tag crown briefly back in July of 1967 and they wanted a second chance as champions. The match, which was held in Mobile, see-sawed back and forth for quite a while until Flash Monroe got carried away applying back body-drops on Bobby Fields. As he spun Fields into the ropes to catch him on a rebound, Fields managed to tag Lucas. Flash was stooped over to catch Fields and didn’t notice the tag. Fields then leap-frogged over Monroe and was closely followed by Lucas who caught Monroe in a sunset flip and pinned him. Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas were the new Gulf Coast tag team champions.

An Alabama State title match between champion Bob Boyer and Mario Galento was held that same evening in Mobile. Billy Hines was assigned the role of special referee for the title match. Things were going quite fine until the third fall. Boyer and Galento had each won a fall when in the third Boyer was working Galento over with a side headlock. Galento shoved Boyer off intending to shoot him into the ropes. Instead he sent Boyer crashing into Hines, sending both men sprawling to the mat. Galento fell onto Boyer for the pin, but Hines refused to make the count. Instead he ordered Galento to get up. He then waited until Boyer rose to his feet and then flattened him with a right to the jaw. Hines then proceeded to drop his knee into the throat of the prone Boyer. Galento pulled Hines from Boyer and knocked him to the mat. Hines then slid out of the ring and headed to the safety of the dressing room. That left no referee to decide the fate of the match. Galento decided it himself when he went to ringside and retrieved the championship belt. He climbed back into the ring and handed it to Boyer and raised Boyer’s hand in victory as the fans cheered this sportsmanlike gesture on the part of Galento.

Galento had another chance at Col. Beauregard Van Buren the following night in Hattiesburg. Galento had the Colonel on the verge of defeat the previous week when Van Buren slipped from the ring and ran to the dressing room. Galento approached matchmaker Speedy Hatfield and asked to get Van Buren in a match with the ring surrounded by chicken wire. Hatfield agreed and the match was all set. With nowhere to run, Van Buren was easily beaten by Galento who forced him to submit to the hangman’s hold to win the match.

On a special Sunday afternoon card held in Dothan, Mario Galento teamed with newcomer Tex McKenzie to take on the former Gulf Coast tag team champions, Rocket & Flash Monroe. The huge 6 foot 9 inch, 275 pound McKenzie nearly single-handedly beat the Monroes, but it was Galento forcing Flash to submit to the hangman’s hold in the deciding fall that won their team the match.

The semi-final on that same card in Dothan saw the return of Dynamite Dick Dunn as he teamed with Ken Lucas to take on the Black Hands. The masked team won two out of three falls to win the match and keep their winning streak alive.

Also on that card in Dothan, Alabama State champion Bob Boyer met Mississippi State champion the Blue Yankee #1 in a match that ended in a 30 minute stalemate.

The following week in Laurel, arch-enemies Cowboy Bob Kelly and the Blue Yankee #1 met in a special challenge match. Kelly agreed to pay the Yankee $200 if he was beaten. Kelly took the deciding fall with a bulldog hold and a pin to win the match and keep his money.

The Black Hands kept their win streak alive as they defeated Bobby Fields & Bob Boyer in a tag team match that same night in Laurel.

That same night in Panama City a special 6 man tag team match was held as the threesome of Ken Lucas, Ramon Perez & Mario Galento teamed to take on Billy Hines & the Monroe Brothers. Each trio had won a fall apiece when Perez was injured in the third and deciding fall and was unable to continue. That left Lucas & Galento to face three opponents. They remedied that quickly as they pounded on Hines so mercilessly that he left the ring and ran to the dressing room. Lucas forced Flash Monroe to submit to an abdominal stretch to win the fall and the match for his team.

A rematch for the Gulf Coast tag team title was scheduled in Mobile between the new champions, Bobby Fields & Ken Lucas, and the former champions Rocket & Flash Monroe. The match was to be a Texas Death Match with no disqualification and no time limit. Despite it being a Texas Death match, referee Mike Stringfellow continued trying to enforce the rules, as all four men were content to just batter each other. Once, while trying to force Lucas back out of the ring, Stringfellow had his back to the Monroes, who grabbed Fields and applied an illegal piledriver on him. When Stringfellow turned back around, Fields was out cold and was being pinned by Flash Monroe. Stringfellow counted the pin and awarded the first fall to the Monroes. Unfortunately for Lucas, Fields was out cold and unable to continue the match. Lucas would have to defend the titles on his own. Lucas was holding his own until he spun Rocket into referee Stringfellow. Stringfellow was knocked to the mat by the collision. Monroe took advantage of the situation and slugged Stringfellow a couple of times while he was down. Lucas managed to drive Flash Monroe out of the action and then turned his attention to Rocket. He grabbed Rocket and punched him, knocking him to the mat. Stringfellow began to regain his senses and looked up to see an irate Lucas standing over a prone Rocket Monroe. He asked the wrestlers as to who had hit him. Monroe pointed at Lucas and sense Lucas was standing while Monroe was on the mat; the dazed referee disqualified Lucas, although this was a Texas Death Match. Stringfellow awarded the match and the titles to the Monroes. The Magnificent Monroes were once again the Gulf Coast tag team champions.

On that same card in Mobile Bob Boyer challenged Billy Hines. The two of them had an bit of an altercation the previous week in Mobile when Hines jumped on Boyer during a match that he was assigned to referee. In the challenge match each man had scored a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. Hines worked over Boyer with a chain that he had snuck into the ring. He wrapped it around his fist and flattened Boyer with one punch. Referee Speedy Hatfield didn’t see the infraction and he counted Boyer out when Hines covered him for the pin.

Two nights later in Dothan, Boyer defended his Alabama State title against Ken Lucas. The fans got a thrill as the two men battled to a 60 minute draw that was full of clean, scientific wrestling.

In the semi-final match that same night in Dothan, scientific wrestling was nowhere to be found as the Monroe Brothers took on the Black Hands. All four men battered away at each other until the match was stopped and declared a no contest.

Also in the area in October were Frank Dalton and Bad Boy Hines.

 

NOVEMBER:

 

Cowboy Bob Kelly issued a challenge to Col. Beauregard Van Buren, the manager of the Blue Yankees, to a match in Laurel. To prevent any outside interference Bobby Fields was handcuffed to the Blue Yankee #1 at ringside. Kelly was in complete control during the match until the Blue Yankee #2 entered the ring in street clothes. Together he and Van Buren gave Kelly a good beating. With Fields handcuffed to the Yankee #1 he was unable to lend any assistance.

The Blue Yankee #1 won a 5 man Battle Royal earlier that same evening in Laurel. The other participants were Bob Boyer, Ramon Perez, Flash Monroe and the Terrible Turk. The Yankee eliminated Boyer to win the match and a $100 prize.

That same night in Panama City Rocket Monroe & Billy Hines teamed to take on the Black Hands. Each team had won a fall apiece when Hines abandoned Monroe in the third fall. Alone, Monroe was the victim of double teaming by the masked pair and was pinned, giving the fall and the match to the Black Hands.

The Black Hands offered up $500 in order to get a title match against Gulf Coast tag team champs Rocket & Flash Monroe. The Monroes agreed and the match was held in Mobile with Mario Galento serving as the special referee. Since Galento had no love for either team, it was assured that he would show no favoritism. The Black Hands gave their $500 to Galento for safe keeping prior to the match and then it was underway. The first fall was surprisingly tame between the two rough and tough teams, but went to the Monroes as Rocket pinned the Black Hand #2 with a crossover toehold. In the second fall, Galento got involved in trying to keep Rocket Monroe out of the ring while the masked men double-teamed Flash Monroe. While Galento was distracted, the Black Hand #2 illegally jumped off the top rope onto Flash and then the Black Hand #1 used an illegal piledriver on him. When Galento finally turned around he saw Flash was being pinned and counted the fall. Flash was unable to continue in the third fall, so Rocket went it alone. He was more than holding his own as he battered both Black Hands around the ring. Finally the Black Hand #1 went for his loaded glove but was caught by Galento. He disqualified the masked duo and awarded the match to Rocket Monroe. The Monroes were still the champions. But before Galento could give the $500 to Rocket, the Black Hands knocked Monroe from the ring and then descended on Galento. They double-teamed Galento and removed the money from his pocket and headed to the dressing room.

That same evening in Mobile Bob Boyer put his Alabama State title on the line against the challenge of Billy Hines. Hines came to the ring with a link of chain hidden in his trunks which he continually used on Boyer out of the view of referee Speedy Hatfield. During one exchange Hines actually slipped the chain into the trunks of Boyer then pointed it out to Hatfield. Boyer was immediately disqualified giving the first fall to Hines. Boyer was irate and took out his frustration on Hines in the second fall and soon had him bleeding. Finally a weary Hines reached into his trunks and pulled out another length of chain. He wrapped it around his fist and flattened Boyer with it. Hines then pinned Boyer to win the match in two straight falls. When Hatfield went to award the title belt to Hines, the ringside fans were screaming about what had happened. Hatfield decided to hold the title up until a review could be made by the state commission.

In another match that same evening in Mobile, Ken Lucas teamed with Ramon Perez to take on Sugi & Mitsu Sito. Lucas won the first fall for his team when he forced Sugi Sito to submit to an abdominal stretch. The Sito Brothers came back to win the next two falls by using illegal karate tactics on Lucas & Perez.

Lucas got another shot at the Sitos the following night in Hattiesburg when he teamed with Bob Boyer to face the Japanese pair in a tag team match. Lucas & Boyer won two out of three falls to win the match.

The main event that night in Hattiesburg saw Cowboy Bob Kelly & Mario Galento team to take on the Blue Yankees. Each team had won a fall apiece going into the third and deciding fall. Galento had one of the Yankees caught in his hangman’s hold but before his could force a submission, the Yankees’ manager Col. Beauregard Van Buren, nailed Galento with his cane. Galento was then pinned to give the fall and the match to the Blue Yankees.

The following night in Dothan, Tex McKenzie teamed with Dick Dunn in an effort to lift the Gulf Coast tag team title from Rocket & Flash Monroe. McKenzie & Mario Galento had defeated the Monroes in Dothan the week before, but the Monroes weren’t the champions at the time. Despite a strong showing by McKenzie & Dunn, the Monroes won two out of three falls to win the match and retain their title.

The Alabama State title had been returned to Bob Boyer by the state commission and he met Billy Hines in a return title match that same night in Dothan. The match was stopped in the third fall and declared a no contest.

Also on that card in Dothan, Ken Lucas & Ramon Perez faced the Black Hands in a match that saw Lucas & Perez put up $200 against the masks of the Black Hands. The masked dup won two out of three falls to win the match and the money.

The following week in Laurel, Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly demanded and were given a match against the Blue Yankees. When time for the match rolled around, the Blue Yankee #2 was nowhere to be found. His place in the match was taken by Flash Monroe. Monroe was pinned by Kelly in the third and deciding fall to give the match to Kelly & Fields. The Yankee #1 and his manager Col. Beauregard Van Buren blamed Monroe for the loss and attacked him following the match.

Earlier that evening Monroe had teamed with Mitsu Sito only to lose their match against Bob Boyer & Bobby Whitlock in two out of three falls.

That same night in Panama City, Mario Galento and Billy Hines met in a match that saw the ring surrounded by chicken wire. Galento was disqualified in the third and deciding fall for throwing Hines over the top rope.

Also that night the odd combination of former bitter rivals, Ken Lucas & Rocket Monroe, teamed to take two out of three falls to give the Black Hands a rare loss.

Two nights later in Mobile Bob Boyer made yet another defense of the Alabama State title against persistent challenger Billy Hines. Boyer won the opening fall when he pinned Hines after a series of body slams. Hines came back in the second and used the drawstring of his trunks to choke Boyer into submission to even the score. Boyer had Hines pinned several times in the deciding fall only to yank him up to dish out more punishment. At one point Hines was able to break free and climbed through the ropes and onto the ring apron. Boyer tried to go after him but was stopped by referee Joe Powell. Boyer shoved Powell aside but was got by a punch to the jaw thrown by Hines. Boyer went down and Hines jumped on him for the pin, wining the fall and the match. Billy Hines was the new Alabama State champion.

Mario Galento demanded a match with the Black Hands in Mobile to gain some revenge over what had happened the previous week. Galento was surprised when Rocket Monroe stepped up and volunteered to be his partner. The two had no lost love between them but respected each other enough to face their common enemies, the Black Hands. Rocket Monroe pinned the Black Hand #2 after an atomic drop to win the first fall for he and Galento. The Black Hand #2 returned the favor in the second when he kneed Monroe in the groin and pinned him for the fall. The third fall was going back and forth until the Black Hand #1 made use of his loaded glove. He used it to knock Monroe unconscious and then both masked men went to work on Galento. Before they were able to inflict too much damage, Ken Lucas hit the ring and he and Galento sent the masked pair scurrying. The match was awarded to Galento & Monroe on a disqualification.

The next night in Hattiesburg, Galento once again teamed with Cowboy Bob Kelly to face the Blue Yankees. To keep the Yankees’ manager Col. Beauregard Van Buren at bay, he was locked in a small cage at ringside. Each team had won a fall apiece going into the deciding fall. Galento had one of the Yankees in his hangman’s hold when Van Buren managed to reach through the cage and toss his cane up to the other Yankee. The masked man used it to flatten Galento who was then pinned to give the Yankees the fall and the match. After the match Flash Monroe came out to ringside and confronted the Yankees and their manager but was escorted back to the dressing room before any trouble was started.

The next night in Dothan the add combination of Ken Lucas & Rocket Monroe met the Black Hands in a return match that had been demanded by the masked duo. A special NWA referee named Bill Burt was assigned as the official for the match. The match ended in a double disqualification as neither team paid any attention to Burt’s attempt to maintain the rules.

That same night in Dothan Bob Boyer and Billy Hines met in yet another match with the Alabama State title on the line, but this match saw Hines entering the ring as the champion. This match was fought with no disqualification which Hines used to his advantage as he constantly broke the rules. Boyer fought back and was able to win two fall out of three to win the match and once again become the Alabama State champion.

The opening match that same evening saw the local debut of Jimmy Golden. Jimmy was the son of Billy Golden, who had been the promoter for the Gulf Coast Wrestling Association during its time in Louisiana. Golden teamed with Bobby Whitlock to take two out of three falls to win their match over Sugi & Mitsu Sito.

The following week in Laurel the brewing animosity between Flash Monroe and the Blue Yankee #1 came to a head as the two met in a match requested by Monroe. The match was a one fall to a finish match with no disqualification and no time limit. The Yankee made good use of his heavy boot to kick Monroe senseless and pin him to win the match.

The semi-final event that same night in Laurel featured the Black Hands taking on the unusual team of Cowboy Bob Kelly & Frank Dalton. These two had been bitter enemies for years going back to their days in Louisiana. Dalton felt that he had been tossed aside by his former partner, the original Black Hand, when the second masked man came onto the scene. He was familiar with Kelly because of the many battles they had waged in the past so he approached the cowboy to be his partner against the masked duo. Kelly was leery but agreed to team with Dalton for the match. Dalton scored the winning fall when he pinned the Black Hand #2 after applying an atomic drop on him.

That same night in Panama City, Mario Galento and Billy Hines squared off in another match, this one fought under Texas Death match rules. Hines outlasted Galento and won the match after a grueling battle.

Rocket Monroe challenged the Black Hand #1 to a match two nights later in Mobile. To make things interesting, Monroe put his distinctive Monroe hairstyle of jet-black hair with the blonde center streak on the line against the Black Hand’s mask. The loser would either unmask or have his head shaved. And furthermore it was decided that the match would be a Texas Death Match! Rocket battered the masked man around and decided that he would unmask him and not wait for the outcome of the match. And unmask him he did, revealing Joe Turner to the crowd. Turner in turn used his loaded glove to twice knock Monroe to the mat. Monroe managed to get to his feet both times and even caught Turner in a piledriver. Neither man was able to make it to their feet before the count of ten, however, and the match was declared a no contest. So Rocket didn’t win, but he didn’t lose his hair either. And he managed to unmask the Black Hand in the process. The Black Hand #2, who was sitting at ringside with scissors in his hand, jumped Monroe after the match and was pounding away on him. He also shoved referee Jimmy Jones aside and Ken Lucas who had come to Monroe’s aid.

Another match that same evening in Mobile saw Duke Savage & Chin Lee return to the area. They made their return in dramatic fashion as they faced the team of Bob Boyer & Jimmy Golden. Boyer & Golden were impressive in the first fall which Boyer won for his team by knocking out Chin Lee with a right handed haymaker. Lee came back in the second and hit Boyer with a double judo chop to the throat and pinned him. The third fall was decided when Duke Savage forced Golden to submit to a punishing skull crusher hold.

The opening match of that same card in Mobile saw a battle of true veterans as Mario Galento faced the famed “Spaceman” Frank Hickey, who was making his first appearance in the area. Galento forced Hickey to submit to the hangman’s hold to win the one fall match.

The next night in Hattiesburg, Flash Monroe recruited Frank Dalton to be his tag team partner against the Blue Yankees. Just as had been the case the previous week, the Yankees’ manager, Col. Beauregard Van Buren, was locked in a cage at ringside. In a further attempt to control him, Cowboy Bob Kelly was locked inside the cage with him. The match was totally out of control and wound up as a no contest.

The next night in Dothan, Rocket Monroe was out to take care of the remaining Black Hand. He challenged him to a match with Mario Galento as the special referee. Furthermore Ken Lucas was handcuffed to Joe Turner at ringside. In the third and deciding fall Monroe got into an argument with Galento and punched him, resulting in a disqualification to give the win to the Black Hand #2.

The semi-final match on that same card in Dothan, Chin Lee & Duke Savage continued their winning ways as they took two out of three falls to win their match over Bob Boyer & Ramon Perez.

In an odd twist, Bob Boyer and Rocket Monroe met in a special one fall match held after the regular card with Boyer’s Alabama State title on the line. Monroe totally dominated Boyer with some rough tactics and won the fall to beat Boyer and become the Alabama State champion once again.

The following week in laurel Flash Monroe and the Blue Yankee #1 met in a rematch. Monroe was brutal in his treatment of the Yankee as he battered him with his fists to win two out of three falls to win the match.

That same night in Panama City a special 9 man Battle Royal was held with the winner earning a $200 purse. Billy Hines was the special referee for the match. The participants were Sugi & Mitsu Sito, Ken Lucas, Mario Galento, Rocket Monroe, Jimmy Jones, Chin Lee, Duke Savage and Bobby Whitlock. Rocket Monroe wound up winning the match and the money although he wasn’t the last man left in the ring. Monroe had been the fifth man eliminated leaving just Lucas, Jones, Savage and Lee remaining. The four men fought more outside the ring than they did inside it and wound up with all four being counted out.

Two nights later in Mobile a special grudge match was held between Rocket Monroe and the Black Hand #2. Monroe was anxious to reveal the identity of the remaining Black Hand. The masked man had Monroe in a bad way when Flash Monroe came to his brother’s aid. Rocket was disqualified and the match was awarded to the Black Hand, but the Monroes jumped him and removed his mask revealing him to be Frank Martinez.

The main event on that same card in Mobile saw Ken Lucas teaming with Bob Boyer to take on the Blue Yankees. The Yankee #1 kicked Boyer in the head with his heavy boot and pinned him to take the first fall for the masked duo. In the second fall Lucas had one of the Yankees caught in an abdominal stretch when Col. Beauregard Van Buren entered the ring and brought his cane down across Lucas’ back. The match went form there to a full out melee with Lucas & Boyer fighting the Yankees and their manager all the way back to the dressing room. The match was declared a no contest.

The Blue Yankees & Van Buren saw action the next night in Hattiesburg as well as they faced the threesome of Cowboy Bob Kelly, Flash Monroe & Frank Dalton. The Yankee team won the match when the Yankee #1 kicked Monroe with his heavy boot and pinned him in the deciding fall.

The next night in Dothan Ken Lucas & Dick Dunn teamed to take on the rugged team of Chin Lee & Duke Savage. Dunn & Lucas won two out of three falls to win the match and hand Lee & Savage their first loss in the area.

 

DECEMBER:

 

The month of December started with a card held in Laurel. On that card Flash Monroe and the Blue Yankee #1 met in yet another rematch. In this one the Yankee and his manager Col. Beauregard Van Buren demanded that it be a 10 round boxing match, All was going well until the 6th round when the Yankee #2, acting as his partner’s second, climbed into the ring. This brought Monroe’s second, Mario Galento, into the ring as well. All four men battered themselves weary and the match was stopped and declared a no contest.

On that same card in laurel the team of Cowboy Bob Kelly & Frank Dalton continued to find success as they beat Sugi & Mitsu Sito in a best two out of three falls match.

That same night in Panama City Ken Lucas & Jimmy Jones joined forces to take on Chin Lee & Duke Savage. These four men were the final four in a Battle Royal in Panama City the week before but were all counted out for fighting outside the ring. Lucas & Jones scored the deicing fall to win the match.

On that same card in Panama City, Rocket Monroe defended the Alabama State title against former champion Bob Boyer in a match that saw both men disqualified in the third and deciding fall.

Two nights later in Mobile, the Blue Yankees took on the team of Ken Lucas & Dick Dunn. Dunn used a shoulder slide to pin the Yankee #2 to win the first fall. In the second fall Dunn whipped the Yankee #1 into the ropes with the intention of catching him in a back body drop. However the Yankee kicked Dunn in the face with his heavy boot and pinned him to win the fall. During the third and deciding fall Lucas was tossed from the ring. As he was getting to his feet Col. Beauregard Van Buren, the Yankees’ manager, hit him across the head with his cane. Lucas went down again, this time bleeding from the head. Lucas finally managed to make it back into the ring, only to be pinned by the Yankee #1 to give the fall and the match to the Blue Yankees.

That same night in Mobile Alabama State champion Rocket Monroe pocketed a $100 bonus by winning a 5 man Battle Royal. Others in the match were Chin Lee, Frank Hickey, Jimmy Jones and Jimmy Golden. Monroe eliminated Golden to win the match.

Monroe also saw action the next night in Hattiesburg when he team with his brother Flash to take on the Blue Yankees. The Yankees scored two out of three falls to upend the Monroes and win the match,

On that same card in Hattiesburg, Cowboy Bob Kelly & Frank Dalton teamed once again to take on Chin Lee & Duke Savage. This match was won by Kelly & Dalton when Lee & Savage were disqualified in the deciding fall.

The next night in Dothan the Monroe Brothers put their Gulf Coast tag team title on the line against the team of Bob Boyer & Dick Dunn. The Monroe were disqualified in the third and deciding fall. Boyer & Dunn were awarded the match but did not win the title, which could not change hands on a disqualification.

The semi-final on the same card in Dothan saw Ken Lucas & Jimmy Golden team to take two out of three falls to defeat Sugi & Mitsu Sito.

The following week in Laurel the Blue Yankees faced Flash Monroe & Mario Galento in a special combination match of boxing and wrestling. One member of each team would wear boxing gloves. Galento knocked out the Yankee #2, who wore the gloves for his team, in the deciding fall.

Mario Galento is ready to box

Mario Galento is ready to box

That same night in Panama City, Bob Boyer put up $200 saying that he could beat Rocket Monroe twice in 30 minutes. Boyer scored the first fall in quick order but failed to win the second fall within the allotted time. Monroe was awarded the match and pocketed Boyer’s $200.

Two nights later in Mobile, Dick Dunn & Ken Lucas met the Blue Yankees in a return match. The Yankees manager Col. Van Buren was chained to Mario Galento at ringside. Dick Dunn used a monkey flip on the Yankee #1 and pinned him to win the first fall. In the second fall Lucas caught the Yankee #2 in an abdominal stretch. Despite being chained to Galento Van Buren managed to slide under the bottom rope and into the ring. Galento attempted to pull him back out, but was hit with the chain by Van Buren. The Yankee #1 then got into the action as he held Galento in place while Van Buren worked free of the chain. Van Buren then retrieved another chain from his jacket pocket which he wrapped around his fist and flattened Lucas & Dunn with it. Van Buren and the Yankees then left the ring and raced back to the dressing room. Referee Joe Powell declared the match a no contest.

The Blue Yankees got a shot at the Gulf Coast tag team title as they faced the champions, Rocket & Flash Monroe, the next night in Hattiesburg. The Yankees scored the first fall when the Yankee #1 pinned Flash Monroe after kicking him in the head with his heavy boot. Rocket Monroe came back and applied an atomic drop on the Yankee #2 and pinned him to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, Rocket had the Yankee #1 up in the air for another atomic drop when Col Van Buren reached in and tripped him. Monroe fell with the Yankee on top of him and was counted out. The Blue Yankees won the fall and the match and were the new Gulf Coast tag team champions.

On that same card in Hattiesburg, a 5 man Battle Royal was held with the participants being Cowboy Bob Kelly, Mario Galento, Bob Boyer, Duke Savage and Frank Hickey. The winner would receive a $100 bonus. The last two men in the ring were Kelly and Galento and the two, who had been tag team partners just a few weeks earlier, tore into each other wildly. The match was stopped and declared a no contest and the money was held up.

The next night in Dothan, Bob Boyer & Dick Dunn faced Rocket & Flash Monroe in a return match. Dunn & Boyer too two out of three falls to defeat the Monroes and win the match.

In Laurel, the Blue Yankees, the new Gulf Coast tag team champions, put their City of Laurel jackets up for grabs against the team of Mario Galento & Flash Monroe. The Yankees won two out of three falls to win the match and remain double champions.

On that same Laurel card, Cowboy Bob Kelly & Frank Dalton continued their winning streak by taking two out of three falls to defeat the team of Sugi Sito & the Red Angel.

That same night was the final card of the year held in Panama City. The main event on that card saw Ken Lucas & Bob Boyer team to earn a win over Rocket Monroe & Frank Dalton.

Two nights later was the final card of the year in Mobile. The main event on that card saw Ken Lucas, Dick Dunn & Mario Galento combine forces to tackle the threesome of Col. Beauregard Van Buren & the Blue Yankees. The Yankee #2 drove a knee into the stomach of Lucas and pinned him to win the first fall. Dunn used a rolling cradle to pin the Yankee #2 to win the second fall. In the third and deciding fall, Galento was working over Van Buren until they moved a little too close to the Yankee team’s corner. The Yankee #1 removed his heavy boot from his foot and tapped it against the corner ringpost. He then brought it down across Galento’s head and knocked him senseless. Van Buren pinned Galento easily and won the fall and the match for he and his masked team.

The Blue Yankees weren’t so fortunate the following night in Hattiesburg as they met the Monroe Brothers in a return title match for their Gulf Coast tag team title. The Monroes won a wild and wooly match to defeat the masked team and regain the Gulf Coast tag team crown.

On that same card in Hattiesburg, Cowboy Bob Kelly and Mario Galento met in a match with the winner to get the $100 purse that had been held up from the Battle Royal the previous week. Kelly won two out of three falls to win the match and the $100.

The Monroes proved to be fighting champions as they turned around and defended the Gulf Coast tag team titlt the following night in Dothan. The challengers were Dick Dunn & Bob Boyer, who had defeated the Monroes in Dothan the previous week. The Monroes scored two out of three falls to win the match and retain their title.

On that same card in Dothan saw the return of the Soto Brothers as they faced the team of Jack Vansky & Vincent Lopez. Lopez was new to the area but Vansky was making his return after a lengthy absence. Vansky pinned Roberto Soto after using a neckbreaker to win the first fall. Cyclone Soto pinned Lopez with a sunset flip in the second fall. The Soto Brothers flattened Vansky & Lopez both with dropkicks in the deciding fall and Roberto pinned Vansky to win the fall and the match.

The final card of the year in Laurel featured Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly teaming to face the Blue Yankees in the main event. Fields & Kelly emerged victorious by winning two out of three falls.

In the semi-final match Sugi & Mitsu Sito teamed to defeat the team of Flash Monroe & Frank Dalton in a best two out of three falls match.

Three nights later in Hattiesburg, the Sito Brothers got a shot at the City of Hattiesburg jackets held by Bobby Fields & Cowboy Bob Kelly. Kelly used a bulldog hold on Mitsu Sito and pinned him in the deciding fall to win the match and allow Fields & Kelly to retain their title.

The main event that same night in Hattiesburg saw the Gulf Coast tag team champions, Rocket & Flash Monroe, defending their title against the Blue Yankees, who had held the title briefly. In this match the ring would be surrounded by wire and it would be no time limit and no disqualification. It was a wild match but the Monroes emerged victorious and retained their title.

The final card of the year was held the following night in Dothan. Greg Peterson returned after an absence and defeated Vincent Lopez in the opening match.

In a tag team match that same night in Dothan, Sugi & Mitsu Sito teamed to take on Tarzan Baxter & newcomer Robert Fuller. Fuller was the youngest son of Buddy Fuller, a popular favorite in the area. The Sitos won the deciding fall when they flattened Fuller with illegal karate chops to the throat and pinned him.

Another returning favorite was Don Carson who faced Flash Monroe in the semi-final match in Dothan. Carson used a neckbreaker on Monroe and pinned him in the deciding fall.

The main event in Dothan that night was an Alabama State title match with champion Rocket Monroe defending the title against Dick Dunn. Each man had won a fall apiece when Flash Monroe interfered, which brought Don Carson out to the ring as well. The match turned into a four way brawl and was stopped and declared a no contest, but Rocket Monroe remained Alabama State champion.